Tom Hams Lighthouse

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3608 reviews
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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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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Tom Hams could not have been better. We will be back.

t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends from the Midwest were delighted and surprised with the beautiful chocolate dessert for their anniversary. And they loved the view. After lunch we dropped them off at the airport for the trip home.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice hidden gem for a Sunday night anniversary dinner. Good food, nice view easy parking.

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had great service while dining here to celebrate my father’s birthday and the birth of a new baby in our family. The view was gorgeous and the service impeccable. We had a lovely time.

DB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Beautiful views. Food was tasty. Our friends enjoyed the views of the city from the back deck. Nice to have convenient parking.

BO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view and food was good. Nice selection and service was memorable. Food was a tad cold by the time I sat down though.

J
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We come to Tom Ham's brunch a few times a year. The draw, and value, is the selection of crab legs, lobster claws, and scallops. These are great and arguably we get our money's worth just from the shellfish. I've been a little disappointed with their carving station the past few times, a staple of higher end brunches. First, there's only one station, versus the 2 or 3 stations with different meat options I find elsewhere. Second, they serve tri-tip roast, which is one of the cheapest cuts of beef available. No prime rib, no ham, bacon-wrapped pork loin, etc. Just a dry, somewhat tough, lean chunk of cheap tri-tip. If they would increase the quality of this piece of the brunch puzzle it'd be 5 stars across the board.

DJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday Brunch with champagne. Our server, Carlos made our morning brighter and more enjoyable. Will be back soon.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood brunch was phenomenal! There was a large variety of foods, bottomless champagne, and beautiful view of the ocean. Will definitely be returning!

SS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate outside. Arrived at dusk, and saw the lights of the city come on over the water. Perfect atmosphere for my friend from England and his lady friend. It was so San Diego, and they loved seeing the actual lighthouse. Food and service great, and I definitely would come again and recommend Tom's to my friends.

DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly, especially the hostess. Waiter was great as well with great recommendations. We came here moments after I proposed to my girlfriend to celebrate. The view was magnificent as well and the complimentary dessert was great!

JB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, ambiance, service, and food. Would go again.

l
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely setting right on San Diego Bay. Ate outside. Service was a bit slow. Took awhile before server came for our order. The lobster roll was nothing like a true east coast Lobster roll! Way too dry. Would not recommend. The fries were great! And lots of them. Overall a nice lunch in a picturesque location.

l
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch and the view and food were amazing.

MB
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. It was my wife’s birthday, and not knowing what the traffic would be, we arrived early. After a short wait while they set the table we were escorted to a perfect table on the patio, with a full view of the bay, the city and the Coronado bridge! It is the quintessential San Diego view! Everything that is great about the city in one locale! We both had the beet, burr at a and arugula salad which was delightful, and then I had the scallops, which melted in my mouth, while my wife had the duck which she loved! He scallops were served with some crispy artichoke hearts which were almost better than the fish! I also had a couple of the gin cucumber gimlets which were perfectly made, and they brought out a dessert with a candle for my wife. When they realized that she did not eat chocolate, they brought her an apple crumb cake as well...I ate the mousse cake, but neither appeared on the bill! Very kind and classy!
We will definitely return, as the food service and ambience are all that one might ask for!

PE
Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricy but pay for the view- it got a little cool for the night and our group would have enjoyed better with jackets and long pants vs shorts / dresses .... waiter was great. Food was good presentation and all worked well

l
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

View was amazing. Took our friends from out of state and they were very impressed and really felt like they were in California eating there by the ocean!

C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place is a must if you're visiting the San Diego area. Food is great & the view of the bay and city skyline is breathtaking. Makes for a perfect evening, very relaxing date night spot also. Highly recommend outdoor seating.

J
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is at the very tip of Harbor Island. We dined on the outdoor balcony, where we had a stunning view of the downtown skyline. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was de-lish-us!!

WR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great server. Steak was cold. Beautiful view. Price was about average for San Diego.

LS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for all types of celebrations or just just to have a low-key Sunday brunch. The view of the bay is breathtaking.

DV
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is our fourth visit to Tom Ham's for brunch, but the first time with a reservation. When we've gone without a reservation we would sit in the bar area and the service was excellent. Sad to say with our reservation and a nice outdoor view table, the service was sub-par. We sat with empty mimosa glasses several times and also had used plates left in front of us. When we asked a passing waiter for more champagne, he told us he couldn't fill our glasses, since he wasn't our waiter. The food remains delicious, but if we go back we will sit in the bar!

MC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, view, outstanding service, delicious food. As always. Highly recommended

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breath taking views of downtown and bay side. Food was amazing but portion sizes were small giving the price

P
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun experience. Great views. Food was good.

DR
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Lighthouse offers great food, reasonable prices and a view second to none. We were late for our reservation because of picking up friends whose flight was delayed. They handled the change of time without complaint but I had the feeling the staff was anxious for us to finish and go home. It felt a bit rushed.

J
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Beautiful view. Food was just OK. The staff seemed inexperienced in spacing out courses as we ended up eating our main courses separately. When I questioned it, they made me feel as if I was making a big deal for nothing.

A
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A great view of downtown San Diego. The service was good and the food was OK. Shrimp cocktail seemed like frozen shrimp that were just defrosted and cost $22. Fish dinner was delicious. Deserts were average. Don’t plan on dinning late, bar closed at 9pm and had to ask they open the bar for an after dinner drink with my desert. No sure if I will be back. I hear their Sunday Brunch is very good.

DW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and really wow-ed our visitors. The food is always excellent as is the staff. Sitting outside and watching the city skyline is just the iceing on the cake.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch for my husbands birthday in the most beautiful location in our home city. Thank you Tom Ham's for yet another amazing meal!

e
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is always a great 'go to' when looking for something that says 'San Diego'. Enjoyed al fresco dining, next to the water, enjoying sunset and the rise of the lights downtown. Everything was delectable and the service was attentive.

CD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We ordered salmon & meat, the salmon was ok but the meat was really bad, the service wa excellent.

PV
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ourselves and our friends had a delightful time.
Perfect table, view, service and weather.
Thank you so much!

BM
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was really nice to enjoy our 17 year anniversary at Tom Ham’s. We heard a lot of great things about this place and were very happy with the food and the view.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The venue was beautiful and our server was amazing but I felt it was overpriced for the options available, and to top if off, for a "buffet" there weren't many food options to choose from. Some of it, like the potatoes for example, were stale and cold. Even the sausage was cold. The crab and lobster were all on ice. It would've been nice to have some warm options.

The best thing (aside from the mimosas of course) was the pasta cart. Which is unfortunate because the restaurant has so much potential. After a $419 tab our party of 7, all of us first timers, left feeling disappointed. We won't be going back.

MS
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery and awesome food. I cant eat shellfish but my wife definitely loved it. It was fresh and plentiful. It was worth every penny.

e
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb place for celebrating our anniversary. We loved everything from service to food and ambiance to views. We were beyond impressed with Tom Ham's lighthouse.

O
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience here. From our server, to the food to the amazing views.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal view, food and service! James took great care of us for my Father’s birthday. My family thoroughly enjoyed everything.

r
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebrating an 89th birthday

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