Tom Hams Lighthouse

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse was built in 1971 by a man who was not afraid to put his name on his product. Rooted in warm welcomes & excellent food, Tom Ham made his lifelong dream a reality. Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is the only restaurant in the US to have a USCG operated & maintained Lighthouse attached to it. You can locate us on any modern nautical map as Beacon #9. Featuring a 100% responsibly resourced seafood menu & award winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, we are a must when it comes to the San Diego food scene. The dining room, purposely shaped like the state of California, allows for groups as grand as 92 yet private enough for a couple’s night out. Holiday brunches have been long time family traditions for many San Diegans. Start your family’s tradition this next holiday. With the best views of the Downtown City Skyline, Coronado & San Diego Bay, Tom Ham's is & remains a San Diego tradition in dining excellence since 1971.
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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the circumstances it was a delightful moment of calm.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our third time visiting their Sunday brunch. The place was packed, so it was a bit noisy. We liked the food although I wish they had more seafood variety. Our waiter David was very nice and friendly. We will definitely come back again.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant, staff, and ambiance were great for brunch. Unfortunately the food was not as expected. The crab legs were precooked and cold causing them to taste awful and to be stringy. In addition the seafood all together was not as expected. The best thing about the brunch was the champagne. Very disappointed.

AG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

. Server was great-felt like the seafood was hit or miss. The crab was super waterlogged and frozen that it was mealy.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Did not appreciate the 4% service charge for increased costs AT ALL. Sure, it was on the menu but when you’re chatting and having fun it’s easy to overlook. Why play games with your customers. Just raise the prices. Be honest.

JM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great view and very relaxing. We split a calamari appetizer and a crab louie and it was just the perfect lunch

c
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Service was good. Prawns were undercooked. Food was expensive. Had a salad, prawns, green beans, glass of chardonay and a beer. Bill was over $50.00. The crowning blow was the 4% additional charge added to the bill before tax so we got to pay tax on the surcharge.
The fact a restaurant this close to the airport doesn't have wifi was another example of management not understanding what the customer wants or needs.
We will not return!!!!!!!!!!!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

This was my third time visiting and was so turned off by the poor service I highly doubt I will return again. Food was just okay, my sons scallops were under cooked.

SG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and atmosphere, nice variety of food

DD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed brunch! I would definitely go back again.

DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, with an incredible view. This was our first visit and we’ve added it to our list of favorites. It’s a little on the pricey side but we’ll be going back again for sure.

VJ
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal at Tom Ham's Lighthouse on February 29, 2020, to wrap up a two-month stay in southern California. We greatly enjoyed our entire dining experience -- service, food, and ambiance. The views of the San Diego skyline through the huge windows was a special treat. We highly recommend this restaurant for visitors to San Diego.

MC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

View and atmosphere are great. Service was very good. My mahi fish was perfect, but two others with me said theirs was underdone. Unfortunately, they didn't say anything to waiter and suffered through. My fish was cooked perfectly and tasted great. It's too bad that 2 out of 3 were under cooked, so maybe odds of a great meal aren't what they should be, but based just on my meal, it was very good. We sat outside and the view of San Diego is absolutely stunning. This is a San Diego landmark.

AP
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great view but cheese board was pricey and stingy on portions and price was high on all

D
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with spectacular views. Delicious and healthy food with great service. We always visit this restaurant for special occasions.

C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good vibe began even before we arrived. When we called to say we were stuck in a traffic jam and would be delayed, your staff said that they would hold our table, and thank you for calling ahead. They meant it!
Upon arrival we were shown to an ideal table, were served with utmost courtesy and professionalism, received some of the best cocktails ever. Enjoyed an exquisite dinner, were served and attended to with just the right touch.
This was a very special night, celebrating a birthday that has been delayed by a winter cold, and the opportunity to spend an evening with a visiting relative whom we had not seen in a very long time. An ideal evening and ideal circumstance made all the more special by your first rate staff.
We have dined at Tom Ham’s many times and this was probably the best ever.

h
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It's one of my favorite place in San Diego. I love the view.

TE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not my first time at Tom Hams but it was for my two guests, a birthday celebration. As always the food, the server. the vibe, THE VIEW !!! was no less than wonderful. Yes I recommend and yes I will be back.
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went for the raw seafood and free-flowing alcohol, but the sheer variety and prompt service definitely surprised us. Thank you for a great brunch date!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and kept our table clear of empty plates. Our party of 7 had a great time, and there were plenty of options for our vegetarian friends and apple cider instead of champagne as a non-alcoholic option.

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived in San Diego for over 40 years and this my first experience having brunch at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. I was very impressed with everything!!! The food was excellent, service was outstanding and the view was amazing. The food selection was fantastic. For the price this was the best overall experience I have had at a brunch. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I

TS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server, Alicia, was outstanding. The noise level was high largely due to two rehearsal dinners goingon around us. Our guests from the midwest especially loved the view.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, amazing view, good food

M
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service. The view of course was a dream!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great steak. Glad to have some non-seafood options.

u
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great birthday meal!

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my wife and I had time off on President’s Day and took the opportunity to schedule a post-Valentine’s Day lunch date at the place where we were married 3 1/2 years ago in 2016. It was a beautiful day along San Diego Bay. The food and service were wonderful at Tom Ham’s, just like it was back on our wedding day. We would highly recommend Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for any of your casual or formal events.

MM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance there by the water; parking is easy and you can take a nice walk after your meal. The shrimp po boy sandwich with malted fries was delicious, as was the sangria. I've always enjoyed my visits to this restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food like always & server was fantastic.

H
Chicago
168 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I've been there in the past and shell fish was a lot better. It wasn't bad but quality wasn't there. Service was outstanding. Smoked salmon was terrific. Wizh I started there. Beef and short rib was also very good. Desserts where also very tasty.

B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our wedding at Tom Hams and so each year on our anniversary weekend we go to Sunday brunch. It's always a highlight. The seafood station, bottomless mimosas, buffet and service are all top notch. Plus you can't beat the view of San Diego Bay. Great experience!

m
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful find. Beautiful location and prime seating with great seafood selection. Great value for what is offered and incredible view included.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Late Valentine’s Day dinner. Didn’t order off the Valentine’s Day menu but it was cool that the kept it up all weekend. Drinks were amazing but pricy, food was okay but reasonably priced.

J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall great food and view. Love the outdoor seating, especially during sunset. Food and drinks were superb. Would definitely go again.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was really great and attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family visiting from Lake Tahoe. We took then to Tom Hams and they loved it! We sat outside, the weather, service, and food were amazing. We sat there well after we finished eating and talked. We were not rushed out at all.

LP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We usually come for the brunch which is very good, so we thought we would try dinner. I ordered the Market fish which was yellow tail and It was a bit under cooked. My husband ordered the Paella which was a lot smaller portion than we expected and was lacking seasoning. We then ordered the cinnamon Apple crumb cake. Nothing like we expected. No crumbs on it and it was like a pudding. We sent it back. The waitress Ally was very gracious and did her best to accommodate us . Loved her personality. I think we will just stick with the brunch.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best table with a view! Service was impeccable. Food was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Steak was not done how I asked for it. Med done. It was med rare. Then all they did was put it in a oven so the plate was super hot and burnt my hand.

LB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance. Amazing view if you're seated out side. Lunch menu was ok. I ordered the steak /greens/fries. It was ok for lunch.
Steak was room temperature. I enjoyed the fries.

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