Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.6
3068 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Californian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: *Menu Service Only
Monday - Saturday From 11:30am-3pm

Brunch: *Buffet Only
Sunday 9:30am to 2pm...
Two Hour Dine Time & Buffet is open until 2:45pm

Dinner: *Menu Service Only
Sunday 4pm-9pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(619) 291-9110
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle Kovar
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Catering
Please contact Stephany in our catering office.
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Cross street
Harbor Dr.
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Easter Brunch!
Enjoy bottomless champagne, fresh seafood, and gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.

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What 3068 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Can't beat the view! It was the perfect evening to sit on the patio with ocean views. The salmon with ginger carrot puree was excellent and the skin was perfectly crispy!

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Great location with very nice views of the bay, etc. Seafood and steak wasn't anything to speak off with the meat being dry & warm and not even close to being hot and the scallops were undercooked. Overpriced shrimp and coffee and service was slow in the dinning room and kitchen, but there were plenty of people working. Recommend lunch or light dinner and drinks only with the great views.

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The view was amazing. We dined at brunch. I would dine here again.

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JO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom Hams Lighthouse has the best Sunday Brunch, for the money, in San Diego.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All seafoods are fresh, the view is great, worth it!

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Tom Hams a few times, it's always a great experience. This time in addition to the great food and service we were able to spot a baby whale!

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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Really your paying for the view. The good isn't that good, not seasoned well. It was bland, the view of the city was the only good part of the evening. The service was good though, no complaints there. They gave us a free slice if cake for our anniversary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

We were very disappointed in our food. My husband said the mussels were awful. My paella had very little taste. It seemed like regular rice with a minuscule fish and vegetable. The shrimp on top was just an add on. No blending of flavors.our server was very pleasant and professional.

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AD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff. Great venue. Food, overall good. Good wine list. Will return.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. This restaurant was recommended by our Uber driver. He said it was a great place for brunch but we ended up going with a bunch of people in town for a conference.

Food was great! View was great! Service was great!

We sat outside at dusk and the view was great. The restaurant is at one end of the bay so you could really get a good view of the shoreline at night.

It you go on the sunset sailboat cruise with Sailing San Diego and make a reservation here after the sunset ride, it would be a perfect date!

Will definitely go back next time I'm in San Diego.

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VB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

View is spectacular. Oysters, catch of the day all exceptional. Service was great (Eduardo), craft beer list and tasting portions were awesome.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I admit I chose this place for my birthday dinner because I felt like enjoying a view while eating, and while that didn't disappoint, neither did the food. My salmon was excellent, and my friends said the scallops were the best they'd ever had. The strawberry-topped piece of chocolate cake, laid on a plate that said happy birthday in chocolate, was the perfect sweet ending to a wonderful meal. The service was fabulous, too. Perhaps not for the budget-conscious, but certainly a treat for a special occasion.

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

My husband ordered medium rare steak, but received well done, like shoe leather.
I order watermelon quinoa salad with cheese, but it came with cheese and it is more of an appetizer than a salad.
Great view and excellent service, but food is below par. This was our second time, won’t be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was beautiful, most romantic view over the water looking at downtown SD. Food was amazing as always. Service was fast and attentive.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The view was beautiful but the food was mediocre and after the sun went down it is very dark on the patio, making it difficult to know what you are eating.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals / atmosphere we had in San Diego.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom hams lighthouse has one of the most amazing views of the San Diego Bay and downtown San Diego City skyline and the Coronado Bridge. Great food great service and a great venue for any occasion especially special occasions. This is a great restaurant to propose to also propose to someone. I've been going to Tom hams for years and every time I go it's a memorable experience. You can just go have a drink and appetizer sitting out looking out at the bay or go for a Sunday brunch or a nice romantic dinner. Tom Ham's Lighthouse is one of my all-time favorite restaurants mainly for the Ambiance and The View. Have a great time

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great view!

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New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic dinner here this past weekend overlooking the water. Delicious prosecco, baby squid, ceviche, and pasta. Service was outstanding, too. Highly recommend for a romantic night out with a beautiful view.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and super view with a very good server, answered all of our menu questions. We are gluten free and she was able to let us know what was available and the changes they could make to accommodate us. The gelato suggestions was right on, yummmy!!! We will be going back next time in SD

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e
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location near the airport with great views of the bay as well as the downtown skyline, where I like to take my friends who have just arrived in “Sun Diego”.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mai Tai are really great and the Bouillabaisse is excellent. In addition, the bartenders and waiter staff provide exceptional customer services.

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LN
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the beautiful view. Of course the food was delicious, loved mussels, ceviche..

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Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Anniversary dinner st Tom Ham Lighthouse. Our table location was perfect ! Our dinner was delicious .

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Ambiance lacking. Food was ample but not with much finesse.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The ambiance and service almost make up for the noise level and the pedestrian food. But not quite - it’s a pricey menu for what it offered. Wine list was nice.

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SR
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cent beat the view!

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CA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful in making our dinner choices and the food was wonderful/

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DS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views with amazing food can’t go wrong here!

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TK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, bottomless bubbly, over the top service, check all boxes 5*

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GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch! We loved the seafood choices and the price was fairly reasonable for the food available for brunch. The only complaint is the very cheap champagne that is served. Corkage fees should be waived for those who wish to bring their own champagne.

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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were excellent!!!! The service wa great and the scenery cannot be topped!!!

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OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for several years, and we are never disappointed.

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LG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 39th Wedding Anniversary and the Scenic View, Ambiance & Food were great!
However, what took it over the top was our "Fantastic Server Diana"! From her explaining the menu items and offering suggestions, to embracing the moment and truly offering sincere appreciation from Tom Hamm's Lighthouse for choosing their location to celebrate our special moment! Special Thanks and Gratitude to Diana and the Management Staff at Tom Hamm's Lighthouse!

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K
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except they overlooked the halibut. To their credit, they then took that entree off the check.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view over San Diego harbor is amazing, the food was very good, but not a lot to choose from.
The server was attentive.

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MS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my boyfriends 40th birthday!!!!
Highly recommend!!!
The food is outstanding !!!
DID I MENTION THE VIEW?

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Had scallops. Didn't have much flavor and our waiter was not attentive. Seemed like he was trying to avoid our table. I had to get up and walk over to him. He did a great job while he was present explaining the dishes on the menu. It was difficult reaching a busser and food runner too. They just come and drop the food and dont bother asking if we need anything else. Seems like they leave in a hurry to avoid it.

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DK
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was "different". For example both I and my wife had the whole fish, head and all. An unusual treat . An extensive selection of draft beer with choice of three quantities, 2, 4 or 8 oz. Ambience was subdued with a splendid view across the bay to downtown San Diego. Service was friendly and adequately responsive. Prices were in line with the view.

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W
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing from start to finish. Wonderful service, fantastic food, incredible view!

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