Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4647 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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Safety precautions

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.7based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerryK
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and our server, Raymond, was super friendly and helpful! Definitely recommend the paella!

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KathyT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood, awesome location and views! Definitely a place to enjoy a special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as you walk upstairs, friendly greetings from the staff. Waiters were definitely a team. Didn’t matter who was your waiter from the start, everyone was always checking in to see how we were doing. Food was amazing. Calamari and soup of the day were great starters! Will definitely return for more!

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Riters
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a view, what a delicious menu! We sat at the bar and had tenderloin tips and roasted cauliflower for appetizers, then shared the asparagus salad and scallop dish for entrees. Everything was fabulous, the bartenders were efficient and very friendly, we love the place! I’m sure in non-pandemic times, they have a larger wine menu, but the offerings were good for a small menu. Oh, and we told them my birthday was the next day but we couldn’t get reservations at the time we wanted, and they surprised me with a lovely piece of birthday cake!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys are kickass. Everyone was so nice! From bus boys to the servers. Hospitality unmatched.

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vipMimi
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I ordered their Crab Louie Salad and while it was a generous portion the crab meat was tasteless-perhaps snow crab rather than regular crab. My husband ordered their burger-"medium" and it was cooked "well"-so it was dry. The service was good and the views are wonderful. In the past it was one of our favorite places but we were very disappointed with the food this time, I don't think we will return for a while.

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CristelR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Cannot beat the views!! For vegetarians, not a lot of options to select from

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KarenR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good location. Good ambience. Good service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was perfect fit for mother’s day dinner, and they were even able to accommodate getting us my favorite table. Pro top: ask for the Two top in the back facing water inside dining room. Our waiter Raymond made the dining experience that much better. The oysters, crab and tenderloin were perfect!

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LucienP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic setting for a date night. The view of downtown and the bay was stunning.

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MichaelB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food, service and view of the bay were very good. The only detractor was a table of loud people, which the restaurant couldn’t really control.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

2nd deck seating better than lower deck. Service was great. Food portion not worth the value

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vipAlfred
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and fast service.

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Holly
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our dinner was so elegant and it was such a special time. We even got a sweet desert because we were celebrating our anniversary. It was really amazing.

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AraceliP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the view, the food, and our service.

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CarlF
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The view of the bay and the lights of downtown is terrific. It was very comfortable on the deck with heaters keeping the chill off. The menu is rather limited and lacked the sirloin steak I was hoping to enjoy there. But the items we ordered were all well prepared and we very much enjoyed the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It’s a good experience. We went for lunch and the menu choices was ok. Love the oysters :)

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LeslieA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Wonderful Waitress, Molly!

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Dana
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the view and openness of the space. A delight to enjoy the harbor area.

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vipBarbaraC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great wine list. Service is good. Beautiful views.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect way to celebrate our mother! Food was delicious and ambiance and view was just perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, wonderful views

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MikeVee
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Was not impressed. Expected much more in terms of food quality. Calamari was uneatable . Overcooked and felt like chewing rubber. Very very bad. Do not order calamari. My fish was dry and tasteless. I simply can’t recommend this restaurant to any one.

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ColleenH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great restaurant but little disappointed in the crab blt. Other then that service was wonderful and waiter was great! The sandwich was a bit dry, not much flavor, we would still come back to your beautiful restaurant and amazing staff!

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MartyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Tom Hand for our Anniversary, it did not disappoint lobster was delish as always, mussels and clams also very good. Our waitress was nice and informative, even the budget was nice.

If I had to make a comment on something that needed improvement, I would say the deserts, cream brulee was so so, and the cheesecake wasn't fresh,

We don't go to Tom Hand for the deserts, we go for the seafood, the cocktails.

Our dinner was delish, and we will be back,

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love it! Great BD experience for the hubby.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great brunch. Pancakes were amazing and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a nice view, good food.

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AnjuC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location and ambience for a sunny day by the water front ! Great comfort food and service as well !

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vipWenc
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Was looking forward to a brunch menu to find out they only have it for Sunday’s

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RichardT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tom Hamm's Lighthouse is our go-to choice for a bayside restaurant, especially when hosting visitors. The food is great, the view is spectacular, and the service is outstanding. And parking is plentiful, unlike many other waterside restaurants.

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MannyA
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for lunch or dinner. You can’t beat the views or the food.

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MelkeyaW
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!! The view was unbelievable!!

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Kris
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday dinner for my spouse. Food was tasty, I still remember the side of Brussel sprouts. I called a day prior to the reservation to request an outdoor table with a good view of the bay, and the staff made it happen. Would definitely go back.

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vipVedo
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice Outdoor dining experience with a view! Meal of ‘ok’ but the service was outstanding! Nice place to dine to enjoy the SD skyline

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best view in the city for dining. Kind of has a country club vibe but the service is outstanding and the food is good. I say good, not great. Short rib was awesome, scallops so so.

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DanielR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful day and great Food, drink and service! One of our favorite places

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was amazing, super friendly staff and good food.

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Taliesin
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice view. Good for gathering. Complimentary cake that was quite good.

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vipStaceyjoc
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luz & Abel helped make my daughter’s birthday extra special. Thank you!

FAQs

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 4647 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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