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About Tom Hams Lighthouse

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.

2150 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Californian, Steak

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

Cross Street:
Harbor Dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 291-9110

Website:
http://www.tomhamslighthouse.com/

Entertainment:
Mr. Rocky Powell
On the Saxophone
Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm-7pm

Catering:
Please contact Stephany in our catering office.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.

Executive Chef:
Kyle Kovar

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Easter Brunch!
Enjoy bottomless champagne, fresh seafood, and gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline.
Make reservations today.

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.

Tom Hams Lighthouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (139)
Waterfront (137)
Great for Outdoor Dining (110)
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Good for a Date (97)
Special Occasion (88)
Romantic (83)
Good for Birthdays (75)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Worth the Drive (59)
Good for Groups (46)
Great for Brunch (44)
Sunday Lunch (38)
Great for Lunch (37)
Business Meals (37)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Casual (32)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Fun (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Notable Wine List (23)
Happy Hour (20)
Healthy (19)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Great Beer (14)
Disabled Access (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Vegan (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We sat on the patio with the most beautiful view of the bay and downtown. The fresh raw and chilled seafood menu had plenty of items to choose from, and the lunch was on point--traditional and tasty!

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Went to Tom Ham's Lighthouse for my wife's birthday. This was our first visit to this restaurant. Overall the food was good, had cerviche, my wife the market fish, and I had the paella. Service was outstanding and exceeded my expectations. However, the biggest reason we will go back is the view of the ocean and downtown San Diego. It was outstanding and with the evening darkness was truly a great romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved everything about it will for sure go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Although Tom Ham's has been around a very long time, I was very impressed with how delicious my (duck) entree was. And the outside dining was fantastic -- great views of the bay and coastline. Plus nice and quiet.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Really beautiful view .. wonderful outside dining. Haven't been there in years but glad we went. Food was goo. Good choices. Service was attentive and warm. A pleasure all around. Thx!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The waitstaff was outstanding. Even the young servers pouring water and bringing bread were very professional and courteous. The view of the skyline is gorgeous, and the overall ambiance is romantic and charming. The food was very good, but overpriced because of the view and setting. Overall, the restaurant is wonderful for a couple's date night or special occasion. Love it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Most disappointing that the restaurant paid no attention whatsoever to the special request we had most carefully drafted upon booking with "Open Table", a fact which became immediately clear when the attendant asked us whether we wanted to eat inside or outside. What is the point of prompting bookers to make special requests if restaurant can't be bothered to look at them? Will NOT risk it again.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food is a bit pricey & a little unusual, but so flavorful & beautiful presentation, along with healthy portions. This restaurant is all about the views & ambiance. The staff is so attentive & knowledgeable. We will be back!!! Special thank you to our waiter Nick who knocked it out of the park!

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Had dinner with friends asked specifically about the fresh fish to make sure it was indeed fresh yellowtail. We were super disappointed when we got our dinner and to discover that the fish was super fishy and old . This is the worst service we've ever had at this restaurant and the waiter didn't even ask our meal was. We left hungry and we told the waiter we didn't like our fish, he barely even apologized and didn't even offer to take it off our bill . So after much discussion at our table we decided to call the waiter back and have him take it off our bill which he was very put out about. Overall it was a disappointment very sad service for such a nice restaurant .

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We went to dinner with our niece visiting from Santa Barbara, so wanted to show her a wow view and my wife wanted some sort of fish. I had the market fish which was the yellow tail and it was delicious. Our niece had the paella and enjoyed it. My wife was disappointed in her linguini and shrimp as it had bay shrimp which she was not aware of since it wasn't described on the menu. Our niece and I had dessert - the key lime pie and the chocolate cake and they were both delicious - if small. I'm a big dessert person, so the bigger the better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Authentic, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Ive been multiple times for corporate events and they offer great service but their food quality is below average. We have a yearly event there and swore I would never go there for dinner and pay with my own money. Several friends have raved about their sunday brunch and they did not disappoint.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Beautiful day for a Sunday Brunch with a gorgeous view!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great view and great food. We always love coming here even if it takes us a two hour drive.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Had an delicious dinner. Boullabaise recommended by waiter was the best we've ever had.
Sitting on the outside patio was perfect ambience for a romantic birthday celebration!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Outstanding. The food, drinks and service were all just great. Start off with the chilled appetizer. All fresh and just great. The bouillabaisse and the fish and f the day were fresh and cooked very well. Our server Nicholas was just outstanding, great sense of humor and perfect timing.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I have been to Tom Ham's Lighthouse many times. It is always enjoyable and a restaurant that I have on my "special" list for a nice lunch or dinner with my husband or a get together with friends. The location is wonderful and the service is always very good. The menu changes occasionally, and unfortunately, some of my favorites have been substituted by other dishes, but I enjoying trying out new tastes. Servers or hostesses are always amenable to taking a picture, a favor which I often request, since my company is usual special and the view is the best in the San Diego area as far as I am concerned. The staff are all friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The Linguini with Shrimp was terrible - small, hard, tasteless shrimp with very small chunks of Chorizo. Overall menu was weird. No shrimp cocktail, only large shrimp at $4.50 each, so a 4 shrimp cocktail would have been $18. Outrageous!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We met friends here who dine at Tom Ham's often; we had never been and based on their past visits were looking forward to it. We go out for dinner a lot and were eager to find another place to add to our favorites. The outside seating and views are great. From there our meal went downhill. We had poor service–which my friends agreed with and said was really unusual. We asked if a bottle of wine was white or rosé; he said white which we wanted but brought it and it was clearly rosé, so he took it back. After pouring the first glass he never came back to pour more. My husband got a really bad oyster in his half dozen; our waiter barely said sorry and that was the end of that. No one offered to do anything to make up for it and the manager on duty never came by. We had to ask for bread. When we left and my friend spoke to the manager about these deficiencies, he acted as if he didn't care–despite the fact that my friend told him she was a frequent customer and had good service in the past, and told him that she had owned a restaurant so knew how our situation should have been handled. We were very disappointed overall. That said, the calamari appetizer was excellent and my scallops were good. My husband thought the bouillabaisse was okay; my friend thought it was good, and her husband's fish was also good. However, the way our problems were dismissed by the waiter and manager made us unwilling to go back. (I should mention that we all had appetizers and ordered two bottles of wine, so it's not like we were being cheapskates!)

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I reserved this place to celebrate my 3 year anniversary and it was amazing. It was super romantic and the view where we were seated at was breathtaking, our waiter was amazing as well, great service and celebrated us with an after dessert written on it "Happy Anniversary"

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Overall not impressed with the waitress or the entree that had a foul odor to it and no assistance from waitress to check on is after meal was served. Appetizers were great only an issue with main meal

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2017

What can be finer than lobster rolls overlooking the San Diego Bay on a cloudless day. A very fine luncheon in most enjoyable surroundings.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Food was ok but not delicious . However, the view was beautiful and waitress was curteous. We had a nice time and would come again for another special occasion. First time we come for dinner. We usually come for Sunday brunch and is always great.
Thank you.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Really good food. The service was great and we really liked our server Diane. We will be back during restaurant week.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

I was bummed to find out there was no brunch on a Monday holiday. I was really looking forward to brunch and showed up to only a lunch menu. Food was ok, a little pricey

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

For a seafood restaurant, serving bad oysters is unacceptable. Fully half of mine were bad. The management needs to change its source, or change the way it handles, stores and serves fresh oysters on the half shell, because it is serving items that have gone bad. I would have complained to the server, but no one came to ask how our meal was. Very unfortunate for a restaurant with a long history and great location.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Love the location, and the food, but the Sunday brunch is getting a little crowded. They pack in as many people as possible (crammed tables) which gives it a cafeteria feel. Still a favorite spot, but just wish they'd avoid the crush on Sundays.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Was very pleased with our dining experience! Yelp stated it correctly, excellent, unpretentious dining experience. The view of the bay is spectacular!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Relaxing lunch in one of the restaurants with the nicest views of San Diego.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Always great seafood with a fantastic view. Easy parking.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The hostesses were very accommodating, however, the service left a wee bit to be
desired. i think we were seated at an outdoor table for about 15 minutes before
anyone came to offer menus or even acknowledge us.

The waiter did recommend an asparagus and corn salad which was fabulous.
The view on patio is delightful and we were there for the Large Sail Ships.

its very noisy inside.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

They did almost nothing for our anniversary and wife's birthday. The hostess did mention it but server EDDIE, had no clue.
I ordered fish. Tried to cut it with knife and then found out it was raw. I think it was FROZEN. Terrible

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Excellent waitress Ali on the patio. Awesome food & presentation dinner was enjoyed by all!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We celebrated a friends 90th Birthday on this dining experience! We were pleased with everything the restaurant offered, from timely seating, reservation accommodations, our beautiful water-front seating!!, menue choices, the hostess, and our very friendly and attentive waiter! The appetizers were amazing, the beer/cocktail selection was excellent, and our food was very good! I am a very tough critic when it comes to food so if I were to critique anything on the cuisine I would say that the fish (I and my niece had the Market Fish, I believe was a Barramundi) was a bit over done and the falafel on the Vegetarian Dinner was a bit over fried and heavy, but aside from these issues both entrees were delish!
For starters, we had the calamari which was cooked perfectly and accompanied by a Honey Chili Lime Sauce to die for! We also shared the mixed beet and greens also spot on-delish and Spanish Octopus with corn 3 ways, AMAZING! another noteworthy entree at our table was the Bouillabaisse, which I am looking forward to trying on my next visit!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent location, very good atmosphere and excellent servers. Second to none overall.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Casual, Live Music
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fabulous meal; great service; our server (Nick) was friendly and extremely helpful; and the outdoor seating was spectacular with the Harbor beneath us and the city skyline view just to the south of us. It was an overall great experience and I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The first time there recently I had a tuna dish that was outstanding. Last Saturday after arriving back from Dallas my wife and I went for a late lunch. For some dumb reason I chose the BBQ Pork sandwich rather than a seafood dish. Don't get the BBQ Pork sandwich. It was dry and almost tasteless. They would be well served to have it removed from the menu.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

First time to visit here and very happy with the experience. The staffs are friendly, scenic view is fantastic and foods were great. The way they cooked their steak is perfect. I will highly recommend this place and we'll come back here again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great experience until we received the check. THL added a 3% surcharge with an *, “A 3% surcharge is added to each guest check, due to increase of cost. Thank You!”
If you have to add a surcharge, change your prices on the menu. It is only 3% but the way it was added is not correct in my opinion.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We got there at 5:15 and caught the last 45 minutes of happy hour oysters and glasses of wine before we had our meal the food was delicious and we sat on the patio enjoying the beautiful

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Fantastic food....market fish was exceptionnally well cooked and accomodated
.....unfortunately too much noisy ambiance

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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