Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4723 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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 50 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaniceA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my fiancé’s birthday and it was definitely worth the hype! Our server was training someone but did it so gracefully we barely even noticed! Food was amazing, will be dreaming about the paella! Steak was a little pricey but it was expected and he loved it so that’s all the counted! The birthday dessert was definitely dry, you could tell it was probably frozen but it was free so can’t really complain!

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PheeS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambience. It was a great taste of aCalifornia for my visiting son from Rhode Island

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and we got a decent serving for the price. Highly recommend for great seafood and views.

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PaulH
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Dinner was fantastic and view spectacular.

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CharlesR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My all time favorite for Market fish lunch. The chili flakes on the beans is perfecto!

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RonM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

beautiful view,wed. nite is good because of all of the sailboats racing. We were served by Ricardo and he was very good. I had clam and shrimp pasta which was excellent. I was told by my companion thagt the scallops were also excellent The fishwas not as outstanding but was good. Very enjoyable experience.

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luckylouise
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with friends who had just flown in from Chicago and had never been to Tom Hams. Large portions! One had fish (4) and chips and we all loved the 'chips'! The Crab Louis was delicious. Service was efficient and prompt and, of course, the view is amazing! Will be back!

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THOMASF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING and extremely memorable evening. The entire experience was more then I could have hoped for; strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who desires the "perfect evening!"

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vipStudebaker
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At many restaurants that have great views, the food does stand up to expectations. At Tom Ham's Lighthouse the food was outstanding! We ordered the clam chowder and lobster corndog for appetizers, and the Bouillabaisse and market fish (yellowtail) for the main course. The food was excellently seasoned, well-prepared, and tasted very good. Also, our server Alexandra was helpful and friendly.

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MargeS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful view of San Diego. Service was a little slow but acceptable. Food was good. My lobster roll could have used a few more spices, rather bland. Good value for the money.

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CurtisC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and view of San Diego Bay. Food and service are excellent!

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Johnp
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The new york steak was delicious. Reasonable price and great view. The server gave us a free cAke becuase it was my wife birthday. Lovely

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vipSteveS
Central Texas
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch. Limited menu - and we were aware of recent ‘reopening’ of dining in Ca.

Large portions, flavors were right, service very good.

Would like to return when ‘normal’ returns and see an expanded food and wine offering.

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JessyD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It really was all great. Food, drinks, view and even the music were amazing.

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Bett
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the eggs Benedict on biscuits and the gorgeous view.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place, the food and the view is amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, start to finish. We even got to sit at the nice sweetheart table with a great view. Excellent service and the food was so good!

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AmyR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favorite place for brunch! Beautiful view, great service and delicious food! Highly recommend it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with an unbeatable view!

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vipOCfoodie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for boyfriend! What a great night! Attentive and super friendly staff. Gorgeous nighttime views. Sat in the bar and enjoyed a variety of bar bites. Exceeded our expectations and I’m a picky eater! Everything we ordered was amazing. We definitely will be returning. Thank you for making it a special evening for us. It was our first staycation since Covid started. So much fun and yummy! We live in orange county and wish there were more quality options like this where we live. There have been too many times where we have dined out and felt like we did not have a great experience and/or did not get our moneys worth. No regrets trying this place! :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Oysters were great the lobster roll could’ve had more lobster in it and I didn’t like the fish and chips

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A great experience overall. Excellent food and drinks, and our server Eddie was charming and knowledgeable. The only reason I took a star away was because in my reservation I specifically requested NOT to be seated near a server station. Where did they seat us? Right next to a server station. We were celebrating my mom's 70th birthday and one of her biggest pet peeves is sitting next to a server station. They moved us to another open table, but it wasn't how I wanted to start the evening.

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AmyL
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work related celebration. Excellent environment and views. Great food. And amazing service.

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JosephineK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant, easy parking excellent servers.

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4foodieme
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were celebrating

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Joyful
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing ! good food ! I had the Salmon yummy ! the view WOW! very romantic .The server was great ! polite and knew the menu well and was very helpful in making my dinner selection. It was to my surprise ! server came out with a wonderful cake !!! that cake was good. Thank you ! for making my evening very enjoyable !!!!

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Anabel
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love Sunday brunch! but we can not say the same about the regular menu. Like this time we ordered to dishes, scallops and linguini with shrimp and clams. I had only 4 scallops, leeks, a guajillo paste and a lot of fried artichokes I mean a lot! To be honest I didn't like the combination of flavors. The linguini was just ok.
We really like this place because it has wow views and would be awesome if the food was at the same level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Amazing views and ambiance. The kitchen unfortunately had a rough night.

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Camille
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Brad, made our experience spectacular!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

"It was a really nice dinner." Good food, great service and a beautiful restaurant in a spectacular setting.

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JeniferV
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and the service and the experience was outstanding!

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was not good, service was taking forever , fruit flies everywhere.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was excellent! The service was excellent! We love this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at Tom Hams Lighthouse. My husband and I went for our wedding anniversary and very much enjoyed our dinner. The food was delicious, the view was amazing, and waiter Brad was very professional and should get a promotion! We were surprised with a “Happy Anniversary” dessert which made my night. Thank you for a great dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was really good! Food was not as fantastic as our last several experiences, but it wasn’t bad either, just missing the full flavor we are used to having. We ordered a salmon dish, kids pasta, lobster roll, and seafood platter. Everything seemed fresh, but just missing the pop of flavor, more on the bland side.
We know COVID has changed so many restaurants from staff to kitchen, so we know things will take awhile to catch up. Overall, a great experience, beautiful view, clean restaurant, and fantastic service! We had our wedding reception here 10 years ago and we come back often to enjoy the experience all over again! We will return!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was terrible! I had to fish which was the catch of the day and it was bland the potatoes were under cooked and hard. We started with the ceviche as an appetizer and it was more tomatoes than fish in it and was bland I will not eat here again. It is overpriced for the quality. I was hoping they had the Brunch menu since it was memorial day.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this place during our family trip to San Diego. Really nice view and great food as well. Our waitress was busy but stopped by to check on us here and there. Pricey restaurant but I think it’s worth it.

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MattE
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the whole crispy fish. Very satisfying to eat a whole fish while setting next to the bay.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to eat. Love this restaurant and kid friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cinnamon French toast was great, the chilaqules my wife ordered were also very flavorful. Our seating was decent given that we were on the lower deck towards the kitchen.

FAQs

Tom Hams Lighthouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 291-9110.

Tom Hams Lighthouse is rated 4.7 stars by 4723 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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