Tom Hams Lighthouse

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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 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Steak was above average but not great. The quinoa watermelon salad was... well... that will not be ordered again.

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RichardL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of Downtown, the Bay and Coronado. Situated over the water. Great food and great service.

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vipMary
San Diego
81 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

After being shut down for a couple of months, we were happy that this San Diego icon is open again, especially for the employees who are happy to be back to work and it shows. Service was great. We both ordered the paella and it was good but just a bit dry. I would prefer a bit more moisture, personally. We have had many paella's in Spain and this one needs a bit of improvement. It was good though.

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vipLindaQ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing plan in place.

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ShannonD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Felt clean, safe and friendly. Staff was exceptional. Food was excellent with great serving size and extremely great value. The beer selection and recommendations were on point!

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Bonita
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has great food they have great service and a beautiful view I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a beautiful dining experience.

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MIGNON
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best view and cocktails in San Diego! Friendly staff always making it a great experience from the cocktails to food and the most amazing view of the San Diego Bay.

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TessieR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous view, a fantastic place to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday. Everyone was very conscientious about providing a safe environment during these trying times. The seafood platter was very good and the malt vinegar fries were stupendous!

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RafaelaM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Will be back for sure. The food is amazing and the view is outstanding.

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JohnS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the circumstances it was a delightful moment of calm.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipAlexG
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipJulieM
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

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vipcookie
San Diego
13 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!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jojo
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.

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SergeiG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and atmosphere, nice variety of food

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DonnaD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed brunch! I would definitely go back again.

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DougS
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.

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VirginiaJoe
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.

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MarkC
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.

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AmyP
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

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Dinerice
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.

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Cardiffgreg
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.

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

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

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TENNYSONc
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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OpenTable Diner
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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DavidD
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

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TracyS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, amazing view, good food

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Maeve
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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

Great birthday meal!

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David
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.

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vipMayM
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.

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vipHoages
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food like always & server was fantastic.

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jennB
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!

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