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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.
San Diego, CA 92101
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
Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mr. Rocky Powell
On the Saxophone
Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm-7pm
Please contact Stephany in our catering office.
Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.
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.
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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
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!!!
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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