Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4492 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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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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lorraind
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views in addition to good food and friendly and efficient service. Ample free parking is a real plus in this touristy area.

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GeraldK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grest outdoor dining with a beautiful view of San Diego skyline over the bay

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KATHYB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, super clean, friendly with 5 star service with our server MOLLY. Every detail of this restaurant was 5 star. Management obviously gave each and every person many hours of training on how to treat their guests and everyone was prepared for the guests with everyone treated as if they were A-LIST guests. It was over 15 years since I had gone there, but I will be back and tell everyone I know to visit there because of the quality of the food and the 5 star service from everyone that we came in contact with.

5-STAR for the entire experience!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service!! I’d recommend this to friends, family, etc. Our server w

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vipStevenV
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences ever!!

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DerrickP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. I had the boulliabaise, which was very generous with lobster, class, muscles, and white fish. The service was perfect and very attentive.

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SusanG
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week offerings were amazing values for money. Lobster Rolls! Ceviche! Oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood and fantastic service! Can’t beat the location and views of the harbor and San Diego skyline.

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Mahlet
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I'm not a big fan of seafood, but I gave it a shot. Everything was fresh. My server was nice and constantly check on us. The view was beautiful! It was a great spot for my one year anniversary!

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SamZ
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, excellent food and a fun friendly staff...what more could you want!!!

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Bland paella and dry clams
And too tiny muscles
Calamari was very greasy

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great, had a good time great service

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vipPriscilla
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is great with amazing view, great food and friendly staff

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DeborahS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

View was great, portions were generous and food was good. One of our meals came out late, so please work on timing of meals so all plates are brought out together.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend to this gorgeous spot for drinks and appetizers, we were blown away by the gorgeous setting. Drinks and food were delicious and our server (forgot her name 🙈) was amazing and friendly. We’ll be back.

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MarissaV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view was amazing! The service was great (thank you Brad)! We had the chef's oysters, which were tasty. The calamari wasn't great, but still edible. The paella and scallops plates were delicious. The Saucy Sally cocktail was also great! We were there to celebrate a birthday and the complimentary birthday cake on the decorated plate was a nice touch. Thank you!

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Cecilia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great price, great service!
Thank you for the cake 😋

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, drinks, food and view. Had a really amazing time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When the bartender already knows your drink, you know you’re in the right place. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality!

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TBSD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

While the service was great, it couldn't make up for the food. What we were served was barely lukewarm, oversalted, & not representative of a $35+ a plate restaurant.

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SarahT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambience out on the upper patio is excellent! Our server was perfect. We enjoyed the paella.

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BernadetteB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I ordered Lobster Roll it taste like Ceviche. Too much tomatoe & cannot taste the Lobster . The Sangria is only half of the Wine glass. Service was good in fairness to the hardworking waitress & busboys. The view is stunning.

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taras
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great view great food many options. Will be back

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vipEdwardG
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Unsurpassed ambiance. Outdoors with heaters and bay and city views. The crispy whole fish is amazing.

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PeterK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great, wonderful server, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food and wonderful view.

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Cat2581
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views, good food and excellent service!

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

I was taking a personal day and wanted to have a delicious lunch in front of the water. I made a reservation and requested to please be as close to the water, but hostess got me a table near the bar inside and said that was the best she could do. I took it and looked over the menu. But then I noticed a private booth right in front of the glass facing the water. I asked my server Jaime if there was any way I could get that table instead, and the manager next to him said of course. It was not too busy inside. The views were amazing and I ordered one of the cold platters with oysters, shrimp, scallops and other delicious items I can’t remember. Jaime never forgot to check up on me, gave me such great service and the food was the freshest!
Highly recommend, this will be my next date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Overall experience was good. Appetizers were delicious. View was beautiful. Our entrees were a huge disappointment. The fish and chips were soggy. When I brought this up to the server he said that's how it is normally is and people ask about it often. He also said the batter was panko but it tasted like just regular dough. I would recommend coming here only for happy hour. Not worth the two hour drive from LA.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my mother’s 70th birthday. The service was great and the view was even better. Brad was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for brunch. Beautiful bay views. Requested in door dining and was accommodated just as requested. Staff was very nice and friendly, just noticed service was a little slow- will place that due to COVID, so plan to stay the full 2 hours. Food was great, portion sizes are on the small/medium size but still had enough for leftovers. Will definitely be returning!

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jamesm
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Brunch and Dinner. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolutely amazing! one of the best restaurants i’ve ever been to!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre-COVID I would go to TH for the Sunday brunch, which I always enjoyed. Tried dinner and it was ok, veggies were super salty, the rest of the dishes were good, not great but good. A few odd things, they now charge for bread, which was grilled and charred. There is also a 4% tack on to the total bill for increased costs of business. I always love the location and sitting outdoors which was lovely as always. The waiter was great.
I think I’ll dine elsewhere for dinner and await the return of the Sunday brunch buffet to go back to TH. Hopefully it does!

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SusanB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful bay view, good food and service. This is my favorite Saturday lunch spot. The views can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Lunch menu seemed limited. Hoped for more entrée type dishes versus sandwiches and salads. Enjoyed the bisque, calamari only. Ceaser salad dressing really lacked flavor so did the Cioppino. Server was accommodating.

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erh1
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices! Lovely view from the second-floor terrace. The lobster roll is a winner, with the best fries anywhere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The food was horrible however, the service was phenomenal. The flavor of the food was distasteful. We did ordered Calamari which was overcooked and flavorless. We also ordered grilled peppers which was ok. We ordered children pasta which was canceled based on the fact their was no more linguine. I ordered salmon which my whole entree was cold and so was my husband short ribs dinner. My grandson ordered linguine with shrimp and again no noodles so they used penne pasta which was extremely unflavored.

Our 1st time dining which will be our last time dining.

Our server was extremely friendly and attentive. Only bad experience was the food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Overdone fish , no service on getting sss as lt and pepper good just ok for price

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday with some friends!! Loved everything about it from the view to the drinks. Will be back again for sure!

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BiancaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a date-- amazing food, service, views and general ambiance

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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 4492 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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