Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4847 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
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRenettaH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The view and ambience on the patio were outstanding. Wine by the glass list had a nice range of options - higher end and value priced. The service was good, but the food was adequate at best. Given the prices, I would have expected a manager to stop by and inquire about our experience, but we did not see anyone but our server and bus boys. They served a meal they called paella, which was actually pre-cooked rice, per the server, and then steamed protein arranged on top - shrimp and chorizo. The dish had no sauce or taste. The salmon was fine, and the brick chicken was good. I would not go back except for a drink and appetizer to enjoy the view.

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Henry
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very good

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vipAmber
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful spot with the best and most attentive staff. Our server was very helpful and encouraged us to enjoy the view and our evening. The food itself was good, but I've had better seafood selections elsewhere, the sashimi was underwhelming. Really enjoyed the oyster variety! I had the scallop dish for my entree and I enjoyed the different flavors of leeks and artichokes. I'd skip the dessert, and order one of their sweeter beverages like the Skewball Painkiller. Overall, a very enjoyable evening and I'd be happy to visit again.

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KatherineS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse and I cannot wait to go back! The food was great, the views were amazing and the staff was very friendly . I’d like to recognize Davor’s outstanding service! He was friendly, attentive and made sure my husband had a great birthday celebration.

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vipCait
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ceviche and Nicoise salad were rather bland. But, the fish and chips and the Shrimp Po Boy were very good. Great waiter and beautiful view!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A first time family reunion with a couple of family members.

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vipSuzyFoodie
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Date night with beautiful views of downtown and San Diego Bay!

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sadhu
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broke the mouth
Ono kine grinds

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vipcobracat
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday dinner for my wife. She always orders the bouillabaise (sp?), which, once again, did NOT disappoint. I had the appetizers; all were excellent - - especially the mushroom soup. It was the soup of the day, so it may not always be available, but it was the best I've ever had. And...one of the best views of the city skyline.

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JohnS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

perfect seating, service and food was very good.
very enjoyable evening celebrating birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It’s mine and my fiancées favorite place to go in San Diego. It’s a nice restaurant without the “stuffy” vibes! Good food and good beverages!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Bay view can’t be best! Food was fantastic as usual.

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Marisol
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the Harbor and San Diego! Great sea food! Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Crab legs, oysters, and Lobster claw was the hit for me and hubby. I highly recommend. We were seated outside, perfect table, perfect weather.

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CAM10
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I came here with my spouse to check the food and venue out because we wanted to do a wedding ceremony here. But I was very disappointed by the food, I went there strictly for the crab legs and pretty much all of them were very salty that I had to throw a lot of it away. I didn't feel like they had a wide variety of things to eat for the price that I paid for. Towards the end, I got up with my spouse to grab dessert and came back to our table completely stripped off as if we were done eating. I found that incredibly unprofessional and one of the gentlemen who was bussing off tables felt awkward and quickly came back to dress our table. My server's attitude changed after that and became less attentive and became less friendly. I don't see myself coming back here sadly.

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Anna
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Would not go back. Food was mediocre it was very loud and interior is outdated.

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Robert
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, amazing view, excellent food. Easy parking. Perfect special occasion romantic dinner.

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Bill
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view, great service! The food was delicious. Highly recommended!

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Perry
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. The view is one of if not the best in the city looking AT the city skyline!! Had Lobster rolls..portions are plentifull...and service is tip notch. One would think outside patio is all the rave but for aomething more intimate..request a booth and you wont be sorry!

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Trudee
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the location and the Mai Tais 👍
The paella was very dry but our server was quick to replace it with something else along with an ice cream. Thank you for great service.

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LeahG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting and it was fantastic! Celebrated our anniversary and they gave us a premier table along with a celebratory free dessert. Food was outstanding. Every single thing about the experience was top-notch!

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AnnF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Come here for the amazing views, especially of you choose to sit outside in the balcony

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I LOVE this place, but the last to visits have had some unwanted visitors, FLYS! The food is always great and the service too, just get rid of those darn flies! We will be back, but if more flies are there :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were waited on by an excellent server. He was absolutely amazing as we ate and enjoyed our water front views.

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BayParkGirl
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tom Hams is always my go to Happy Place. I entertain a lot of clients and TH is always my 1st choice for lunch or dinner. The service, ambiance, and food is always a Home Run for myself and my guest every time. I have introduced TH to many family members, business colleagues, and friends from SD and all over So. Cal and they always return Thank Me for the introduction to this Grand Jewel "Tom Hams Lighthouse"
Thank You to all your chefs and staff for always doing a great job each and every time.
Sincerely,
Christine CCA

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vipLadylin
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Molly was an absolute delight!
Her responses and ideas to accommodate a opinionated table guest were beyond awesome!
Her knowledge of menu and beverages was perfect. Molly's friendliness and overall concern for our table was simply amazing!! We love you Molly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Took care of my Gluten free needs!

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EricL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want great food on the water...this is it

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Mlundeen
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was upbeat and very knowledgeable. The food was soooo good and perfectly timed. Husband enjoyed his scallops that were cooked to perfection. Our special night out to dinner was everything we wanted it to be with the added entertainment of sailboat races going on in the bay!

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littlejo
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

In the past when I have been here I have often asked for a small sample of a new beer they are offering. My friend and I both asked for a sample and ended up getting the beer we samples. I noticed that they did not give us a full pour though, as if they deducted the sample from our glasses. I did not think about it until two beers went by that were full to the brim and I realized what they had done. Guess the bartender was being petty. It left a bad impression on me. If they wanted to dun me for sample they could have asked me to buy the smallest size--I would have understood that but being blindsided irritated me.

Also I liked the old cheeseburger better than the new one. The truffle aioli was not as good as it sounded. Previous burger also had bacon. Little cuts

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Food was excellent. But noise and atmosphere was really not what we expected. Sat across from table with someone playing loud videos on cell phones which really distracted from the great view and what would have been a memorable dinner

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JasonH
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent . Food was excellent .... Not a compliant in the world !!!

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vipKarinR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tend to visit Tom Hams Lighthouse when we get back into town or pick someone up at the airport. It's less than 5 min away, parking is easy and free. We were an hour early for this reservation and they were able to accommodate our early arrival with no problem! We got a beautiful view from out table of the bay. Our server Raymond was so kind and patient with us. He made great recommendations. He was quick to return to our table with any needs we had and even provided my daughter with a fruit plate which was not on the menu. We can't wait to go back!!!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was as good as it gets, parking, seating, food, drinks, very friendly service.

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vipAngelA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've eaten here so many times and always enjoy the ambience, service and quality of food. However, this time we tried the crab blt sandwich and was not as good as I expected. Unlike the lobster rolls that we always ordered before, the Crab BLT has flat taste... dull. It didn't taste crab at all. I wondered if it was a real crab meat. So far away from a tasty delicious crab cakes.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambience was incredible. We had outdoor dining with views of the water. The service was outstanding as well. The pricing was moderately expensive, but for the view and service level, it wasn’t too bad. The menu was excellent, with many fresh fish options that were caught locally off the coast of San Diego. All in all, a great experience, we will be back!

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BrendaJ
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent & the harbor view was gorgeous! We’ll be back!

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ByronN
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were fresh and tasty. The paella and clams/linguine were both outstanding. The food is surpassed only by the service, which was friendly, prompt, and very accommodating. My wife and I were there for our anniversary (as were 2 other couples!), and they graciously gave us a nice dessert on the house. Brad, our waiter, was excellent, as was the whole restaurant experience.

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AlliA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a reservation but still had to wait for a table and the server took awhile to help us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

64th birthday

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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 4847 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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