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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
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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (132)
Scenic View (131)
Great for Outdoor Dining (101)
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Good for a Date (95)
Special Occasion (88)
Romantic (79)
Good for Birthdays (70)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Worth the Drive (57)
Great for Brunch (54)
Good for Groups (47)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Great for Lunch (39)
Business Meals (38)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Casual (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Fun (23)
Cozy (19)
Healthy (19)
Happy Hour (17)
Comfort Food (13)
Disabled Access (13)
Great Beer (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
People Watching (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Authentic (10)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Vegan (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very impressed! Impeccable view. Great service, amazing food. Would recommend to friends and would certainly return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect evening...the food ALWAYS wonderful...
But my husband was very upset over the current 3% fee for the raised wages...
We do not agree with this...just raise the price of the menu items...be done with it!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great Beer
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·Dined 5 days ago

Had dinner there (date night). Exceeded expectations in almost every regard. The service was excellent, as was the food. The view of the harbor (San Diego) was postcard-worthy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our group meets here once a year for a "girls" brunch and have always had a great time with awesome food and good service. A table inside can be a little loud if you have a large party seated near you. If the weather is good, a patio seat is highly recommended. Worth every penny for the Sunday Brunch!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love to come here when visiting friends in SD. I’m gf/df and this is one of the only places I can really enjoy brunch. It’s also a great value, with a great view. Service is always great. Recommend it to everyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent customer service and table 14 on the outside deck had a amazing view of the San Diego downtown skyline and Coronado. The food and drinks were excellent and our server Eric was kool and real courteous. About to book again for my birthday coming up in February

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really friendly staff! It was a little noisy, with a few large groups in the main dining area, but the view is great and the food tasty.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Ate here our last night in San Diego. Service was great. Waiter explained all their offerings and helped us chose. Spanish octopus and mussels were fabulous. Diver scallops were the freshest I have ever eaten.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A great venue for brunch, with a wonderful cold seafood bar. And a view..

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful spot to sit outside on the water and enjoy the bay views. The service was exceptional.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food is good, harbour view is the best located. Service is good too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good afternoon lunch with a beautiful view of the marina and downtown San Diego. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food very good lunch fare. I was very pleaaantly surprised to have good food, cooked to order, at reasonable prices and such a serene setting. Will definitely return when in town again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

At the beginning of our meal, the server complained that people didn’t tip well during his “Thanksgiving” shift. Quote. “These people could afford to eat out during a holiday but couldn’t afford to take care of us....you know what I mean. It wasn’t a good night.” When we didn’t order dessert, his facial expression changed and just walked away. Had to ask for the check twice. Unprofessional. Also they added extra 3% onto the bill stating it’s there to cover the increase in cost. Fraudulent!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Definitely a worthwhile Thanksgiving buffet if you really cannot hassle with cooking at home or want to friendsgiving with a big group. The food is ok but the seafood bar make it worth it. Jonah claws were overdone and hard to get into but lobster tails were perfect and I could have eaten 10 more if I hadn't filled up on turkey, brisket, and panko penne mac. Dessert bar on point with mini slices of real pies, vanilla ice cream, cookies and a chocolate bread pudding that was obscenely dark and intense. But the reason you really pick this place for Thanksgiving is the sunset harborfront view. Book right at 4pm, take a break in between refills and finish your meal to a sparkling San Diego skyline. My parents are a bit immobile and older so they put us convenient to the buffet in a side room with a window and some larger tables with young kids. I would request a ballroom or outside table next year.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our Thanksgiving meal was wonderful. Service was outstanding. Their staff is wonderful. The servers are the best. Always a good time on Thanksgiving at Tom Hom's Lighthouse. We have dome this for the last 4 years

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent service - the hostess was able to quickly find and assist seating my very elderly parents upon arrival at the restaurant. We never got to the bottom of our water glasses or our dessert coffee cups. If there was a 10-star option, I'd give TH's servicer that rating.

Before-dinner cocktails - WOW. Just sip it slowly until dinner or appetizers arrive. Strong and well-made. WOW.

Food - hot, fresh, and very tasty.

Parking - MUCH easier than, say, four or five years ago. Plenty of room and more light in the lot (makes it easier for the older folks).

Generally, a far better experience than in previous years. Well-done, new management team!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tapas, Vegan, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food with an amazing view

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Love the oysters and lobster rolls. Great foods and awesome service.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a great dinner here. We sat outside with an awesome view of the bay, skyline, and Coronado Island. Food and service were excellent. Definitely worth a visit if in San Diego

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Fun, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We came from Fresno to dine here! Their reputation is well earned. You’ll spend a bit more than your average night out but it is more than worth it as the food is outstanding and the service is superb.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were celebrating two birthdays. We have been going to Tom Hams for many years, but this was our first visit since their recent remodel. The atmosphere is now stark and cold. It is like a big open hall with a few booths on the side. The old maritime decor has been reduced to a couple of pictures on the wall across from the hostess's station. Nothing sets this place off from any of the other (better) restaurants in the area. We had lunch in the middle of the week and the place was nearly empty. I counted 13 people sitting down at tables and three seated at the bar, two of which were employees.

After being seated it took over 20 minutes for a waiter to arrive. This was only after I had to go to the front desk to inquire if anyone was ever going to take our order. When the waiter finally arrived he was chewing food while he spoke to us! It felt like we were a bother to him as he rushed away after taking the order. After our food was delivered, he sped away again and we had to ask another employee if we could have utensils. No one at the restaurant showed any comprehension of the term "customer service."

The visit was a total disappointment for all of us. We have spoken with several other people about our visit and they related similar stories and feelings about the latest version of Tom Hams Lighthouse. We will not be returning nor will we recommend anyone else consider it as a place to dine on Harbor Island.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was incredible. Our server, Raymond was friendly and knowledgeable

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

As I re-read these reviews, I almost think that we went to a different restaurant! It's true that the view is great and it would be a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset. The food however was a disappointment. Between the four of us, we ordered 4 different dishes. (Paella, Salmon and Bouillabaisse). We all found the seafood/fish to be overcooked and not the quality that we expected for the price.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Delicious and fun! Would bring all out of town guests there, and locals too!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good food, great service, and beautiful place!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Fresh seafood and dining over the Water make this a perfect venue for any occasion! It was so relaxing-food was fabulous, and their care with one of our guest’s food allergies was phenomenal.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place as always. Love their brunch. Beautiful setting, great food.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My fiance has Celiac's and they were able to easily accommodate her mandatory gluten-free diet. Very nice place, outdoor seating looked pleasant but we sat inside which was nice and quiet. Beautiful views of Coronado and the bay. Dressy casual to dressy would be the appropriate attire. We both enjoyed our meals (she got the scallops, and I got the sirloin steak, we got gelato and sherbet as well). Overall enjoyed the experience. I've also attended work events here and enjoyed the group vibe in the dining / banquet halls downstairs. Parking was free, no valet which I enjoyed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Waterfront, Live Sports, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not a very good place.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 8, 2017

とにかくテラス席からのビューが素晴らしい!
ディナーの時間に行きましたが、サンディエゴのダウンタウンの夜景が一望できて良いです。
海沿いですので、ヨットやボートの往来も眺めながら、美味しいシーフードに舌鼓。
ロブスターの半身が入ったブイヤベースが美味しかったですよ。
また行きたくなるお店でした!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent seafood selections. Preparation and presentation notable. Service adept and friendly. A good choice for special occasion. Will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The view of the bay and city is outstanding, ser ice is very good and the food is consistantly excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I was excited to take my wife to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary since we haven't been there in years. They renovated the restaurant and it was very nice. We sat outside to enjoy the amazing downtown San Diego views. The weather was perfect and the service was fine... that's the end of the good things besides the sourdough bread. Sorry to say, the food wasn't as good as the ambiance. The octopus was rubbery and was served with a forgettable white sauce. My wife's scallops were overcooked and served with an inedible artichoke heart that had the texture of hay. My over priced NY steak had a vein of hard fibers along the center and made it tough to eat and enjoy. To end our evening, our waiter brought us a complimentary Anniversary chocolate cake, but unfortunately it was probably one of the worst cake of my life. Dry and flavorless... the thought was nice.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday for my best friend Kyle

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great brunch here! We sat outside , the view was amazing! Friendly server , was very attentive with the champagne!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food. Friendly staff. Excellent view of the bay

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We loved it, had scallops and tuna, both excellent. House wine was good. That’s how they lost a star on food. View was fantastic and service was excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday celebration for a friend.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I Love everything about this place

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