Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4395 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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!! Good service, good food, great view, what else can you ask for?

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DarleneL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of bay & downtown and food was great! Great service too.

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LindaD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We ordered as soon as we were seated, requesting that the 2nd course not arrive until we finished the 1st. We had to wait 20 min. for drinks, 40 min. for the 1st course, and the 2nd course arrive 5 min. later. We noted that customers who arrived later were able to get their meals, pay their checks and leave before we got our bill. All we had was cioppino and fish and chips - nothing difficult. We spoke to the front desk about the delay, but she really didn't seem to care. Food was great, though and the server was very pleasant - if slow.

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msms
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We reserved at THL to be near the airport and were not dissapointed. From the patio overlooking the water to the food, everything was top notch. Calamari was perfectly fried. Nicoise Salad had an interesting pickled egg and great balance. Bonus for the toasted New England style hot dog bun for the Lobster Rolls. Fish and chips were excellent. Washed down with a SD IPA.

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vipFood4life
Minneapolis
88 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views of the bay and skyline. A unique building and history along with the great food, drinks, and service.

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AronW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional and the service was great and the view was amazing.

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nobu
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for breakfast.
The weather was nice and the food was very delicious, so I had a good time.
I'd like to go to dinner next time.

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Peejay
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Raymond was probably the best server I've had in a long time. Super friendly and helpful and gave us some great recommendations. Checked on us often but not in an annoying way. The ambiance was great and it felt private even though there was plenty of customers. Food was pretty good as well but a bit over priced for portion/flavor.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

a bit pricey for how small the portions were and no bread service Just felt a bit basic and not over the top or any additional perks yet sitting outside and min service required - would have liked a bit more since we are supporting business and bearing the cold to eat outside. Waiter was great. Hostess service was below average View of course awesome

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viplocalnerd
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The saffron lobster bouillabaisse was outstanding and being able to make my own beer flight was perfect

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SteveAndChris
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! As always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service and amazing view

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vipVirg
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view from the outdoor seating looking at the city lit up at night. Service was great and food delicious. A real treat, and one gains an appreciation of what a beautiful city we live in.

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Hank
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Raymond was great. The food seemed average. The selection of items was smaller than I expected, but that could be due to Covid supply problems. You can't beat the view of the harbor and downtown.

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BillT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. 50 characters is to much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipSVjb
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and safe for COVID outdoor dining. Love the lobster roll and crab blt. So relaxing out in the sun by the water. Perfect for pre or post airport pick up and/or drop off.

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vipKimberlyF
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

If you want anything other than oysters, suggest you go elsewhere

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RonB
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Having the bay view was great also

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Thomas
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the San Diego skyline at sunset. Very efficient service, obviously well trained waiters and busboys. We had a relaxing three course meal with delicious raw oysters and the beet salad, followed by diver scallops and the paella with a cream brûlée for desert. A nice selections of craft beers and wine by the glass.
We live in San Diego and are used to the great waterfront restaurants we have in our city. Tom Hams is one of the best and well worth a visit.

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DouglasP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great reception from the staff. Swift and informative service. Tasty food. Better beer :-)
Pricy but worth the occasion and the venue.
A favorite :-)

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CeciliaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cool that night but we decided to go knowing there were heaters there. The heaters however were not very effective so we hurried through our dinner because we were so cold. Food was good; we’ll return when it’s warm outside.

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PeggyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view of the harbor and sailboats
Wasn’t that crowded... which I liked.
Space heaters if you want them
Waiter was very helpful and accommodating but gave me all the time I wanted...
lunch was very reasonable... delicious yellowtail meal.
Hard to decide with the lobster roll beckoning.
Oh - and the world famous rum drink ! I had to try “one” of those. Very strong but very tasty.
The day was sunny and a little bit chilly but being from Colorado I was so happy to be outside dining with such delightful views

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Foodie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice location by the water and great views of San Diego bay. Easy parking onsite. The food was very average and expensive for what it was. The servers were great and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The view was great we had terrific service and the view of downtown was amazing.

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ReaganW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome Valentine's Day Dinner here. Great and quick service with a beautiful view. Tried several drinks and all were all great - the strawberry jalapeño margarita was my favorite. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome possom

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never fails to satisfy

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was amazing! Server was very nice and personable. Had a great brunch. Thank u!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Tom Ham’s for Valentine’s Day. We were seated outside and had a beautiful view of the bay. We ordered French toast from the breakfast menu. It was delicious! As always the service was impeccable! Tom Ham’s is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. We were not disappointed.

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AmélieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh seafood, tasty mimosa and cocktail, beautiful view, friendly staff, we had a very nice Valentine’s Day brunch.

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SandraA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food! I'm so happy they were able to adjust to be able to open! I missed coming here. The scallops on the half shell.... Wow! And the short rib hash... Deli!

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JordanC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the Oyster's because we heard a lot of great things! Our reservation was at 9pm and when we found out they ran out of oysters we were devastated... But the owner came up to us and hooked us up with a bunch of other seafood and gave us a slight discount. Super generous of them! Food was absolutely delicious. Amazing seafood. Next time we are in San Diego we will absolutely come back.

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MattO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, everything we had was incredible!! Will definitely go back, worth every penny for the food, ambiance and view. Also special thanks to our waiter Raymond, gave great recommendations and was very welcoming. He made the night extra special

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MarkA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in America's Finest City. And, although the view is a world class draw, perhaps one of the best in town, we also come for the food and service. Even though indoor service is not currently available, the combination of really exceptional service, food and view were too much to resist and we succumbed to a year old need to be back.

After an exceptional Man Tai and a superb glass of chardonnay, we made our choices from two offerings on the special Valentine's Day menu: the stuffed pork chop and lobster ravioli. The ravioli was perfectly prepared, the lobster was sweet, delicate and fresh while the trumpet mushrooms were tender and flavorful. The saffron lobster cream sauce was so delicious we asked for a spoon so we wouldn't miss any. The pork chop was immense and the smoked gouda and ham it was stuffed with were a perfect match with the slightly spicy panic crust. It was served on a bed of delectable sun choke, corn and pepper hash with a delicious apple relish on top that went so well with every bite.

Raymond, our server was very attentive and accessible but not obtrusive. He saw that my wife was a little chilly and insured the heater was closer to her than me! What a hero. He also made some excellent suggestions on the dink menu that kept us from getting something stronger than we needed.

We won't wait another year before we go back to this awesome place.

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Kekoa
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary over the Valentine's weekend. Beautiful day with a view of the San Diego bay and downtown. Thank you to Tom Ham's Lighthouse for their wonderful food cuisine and ambience on that day. And, special thank you to Molly for being a fun, personable, exceptional server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentines day special. We booked for dinner. Our server was very attentive. It was outdoor seating but it was warm enough with the heat lamps they provided. View was gorgeous! You can see the skyline of San Diego by the bay. Food was so good. We had pork chop stuffed with cheese and lobster ravioli and they were a delight! And of course, ice cream cakes for dinner. Overall a wonderful experience for a very special date night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vday dinner it was amazing vday menu!

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vipparticularbutpleasant
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitstaff! Amazing food!!

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ArsalanD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table close to the water. The scenery was amazing. I highly recommend the place at night. The city view is amazing. Also, we ordered oysters it was so delicious.

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vipMarkP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic views, delicious oysters. This place is wonderful!

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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 4395 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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