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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (108)
Scenic View (99)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
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Good for a Date (66)
Special Occasion (61)
Romantic (51)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Great for Brunch (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Sunday Lunch (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Business Meals (23)
Casual (22)
Bar Seating (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Fun (17)
Cozy (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Healthy (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (11)
People Watching (10)
Authentic (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great Beer (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything from the ambiance to the value was great, truly a great experience. I preferred to be seated outside for the view and that's exactly where my date and I ended up. Our waiter was just simply amazing, couldn't ask for more (I believe her name was Ashley). I will definitely be coming back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Terrific view of the city and excellent service. Food is also quite good.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service, views of San Diego and waterfront, and excellent food.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The waiters were friendly, the food was delicious, the view was perfect. It was our third year coming and would do it again

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Good, attentive server. Very good salad, fish dish and dessert. Steak was good but not top-notch. Very good ambiance--quiet so you can easily have conversations.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing! Quick service! Amazing view!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional view, food & service! I absolutely love this place.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

They have the best brunch!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

Food quality and selection went downhill from a visit a few years ago

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

It had been over 30 years since I went to Tom Hams (used to take dates there in High School!). The food is still excellent and the service attentive. I had the Crab Louie salad which was deconstructed, but had plenty of fresh cherry tomatoes, grilled asparagus, hard boiled egg, avocado, a wedge of iceberg and a HUGE serving of crab meat. They serve it with a big dish of Louie dressing. Add the fresh, hot sourdough bread and compound butter - it was magnificent!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent seafood. Friendly and superb service! Outstanding atmosphere and terrific panoramic view of the bay.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The restaurant is lively and we sat at an outdoor harbor view table that had a beautiful view of the skyline. The service was good but we felt the food was pretty average. It’s not cheap and from what we had been told about the high quality of taste of food, we were disappointed. It is a fun place to eat, but we won’t go back.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was delicious, as always. The view is amazing.

The service was terrible.

I made reservations for 12:30, Super Bowl Sunday for my friends birthday. There was a total of 4 people in the party. We all arrived on time and had to wait about 20-25 minutes for our table to be ready.

The waiter had to be asked multiple times for drink refills, ketchup, and Tabasco sauce. I had to take our dirty plates to the waiter station, while 2 staff members that were talking stood there watching me. No apologizes or anything.

The "surcharge" of 3% is ridiculous, as well. The price went up $5 per person (it's now 49.99) AND there is a 3% surcharge for increasing costs. Unacceptable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is just OK. I have visited this restaurant before and it seems the food is not as good. The scenery is great with a view of the bay. The wine list for per glass order is limited, was not able to order the wine I want.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic service and the best view in SD!!!! Our server was pleasant and very attentive. The food choices were also amazing. The chips for their ceviches were delish. I ordered the lobster roll and glad I did because it did not disappoint! Definitely will take someone special here over and over again. The view was just breathtaking!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant itself was beautiful with great staff. Prices are high so my expectations for the meal were high. Unfortunately both my wife and I got sick from a raw platter. This is unfortunate, I will NOT be returning to this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was poorly cooked and tasteless. We went there after 3 years. Based on past experiences we were excited. Although service was ok, the quality of cooking was bad and was not worth the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Seafood menu is great, somewhat limiting as compared to other high-end restaurants. View toward downtown San Diego is fantastic at sunset.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

not happy with the crab, either that the way it usually smells or it was bad. Service at the bar area slow, had to get my own drink after bartender poured it .
thanks

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Perfect place for a casual get together with friends but most especially for a spectacular view of the bay.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for our anniversary and it happened to be Restaurant Week: 3 course meal for $40. We enjoyed the food but the real star (other than my date) was the spectacular view. An outdoor table is a must. Food was good for the value. Service from server was friendly and swift but busser was lacking. Perfect setting for our anniversary celebration.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great menu, always good service & unbeatable view!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The Sunday brunch a Sunday amazing. The restaurant was nice and the service was great.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was the first time sicne moving to SD 10 years ago that I have ever been to Tom Hamms. I came here for my moms bday during restaurant week to try out the menu. I loved that the menu was extensive so that there were a lot of options to choose from! My server Eddie was amazing, he took really good care of us and made sure we had everything that we needed. The whole meal was phenomenal and I will return to check out the happy hour at some point. The bar area looked cozy yet social and the bartenders looked rather attentive so I will join them for a drink very soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Comfort Food, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service and food as always!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The view is beautiful. Our waiter was polite however it seemed as if he was just too busy to provide quality service to all the guests considering how many other tables he was responsible for that night so he was rushing from one table to another. We ended up asking someone else to take a picture because we felt as if we were bothering him. He was nice though so I gave him a nice tip. When our dessert was brought over, a woman brought the dessert and placed the items on the table with no smile, didn't ask if we wanted coffee. She seemed miserable. Had to flag our waiter to ask for coffee. I've had better service at previous times I've eaten dinner at Tom Ham's. I was surprised when I walked into the restrooms. The wastebasket was knocked over and paper towels were every where. Bummer because it's a nice restaurant with very nice views.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our "go-to" place for an awesome dining experience (special occasion or just a great meal). The view is amazing, the service is excellent and the food is outstanding. Great place for happy hour and a perfect place for out of town guests.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It had been too long since we had hit Tom Ham's. Could be one of the best view places for bar and dinner in all of San Diego.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Live Sports, People Watching, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Waterfront, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very nice meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was good. This was my second time there; however, I believe due to restaurant week the food wasn't as good as it was the time I went. The view can not be beat! Outstanding for an afternoon date or just to see the city.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Top-notch food and service - and the view is outstanding! A real San Diego treasure that all locals should visit for a mini-staycation.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I tried this place for Restaurant Week lunch - the food was excellent, portions were great size and you can't beat the views. We will definitely be back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always fantastic service, every time we come here the servers are very friendly and treat you like family-never had a bad experience.Plus I have to mention the view.
Thanks guys always for a wonderful time.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food! Had there restaurant week menu!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

outstanding & creative Restaurant Week menu at a reasonable price

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were by the open door, and even at noon on an average day, we had a cold breeze on us. We waited for lots of things - sometimes quite a while, and one request never did arrive. The lobster bisque and cioppino were very salty. The crab Louie was fantastic, filling, and had a LOT of very nice crab. The apple dessert and the blackberry dessert were yummy. Five stars on the blackberry could. Noisy. But great view.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were there for
Lunch during restaurant week. The menu was wonderful-two courses for $15.00! Even though nearly every table was filled , we had excellent se vice and our food arrived hot. It was delicious and attractively presented. The views from Tom Hams rival their food. We will be back-soon!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

There were many choices for restaurant week and a fabulous view

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Beautiful view. Food left a lot to be desired though. New york steak had a lot of grissle and was thin. Cheesecake was also thin and seemed store-bought. For such a nice place there should be some sort of dress code, but it was very obvious there is none.
Not worth it at all.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Tom Hamm's is great for bringing out of town guests. One of the best views on San Diego Bay. This trip I got the "market fish" which was yellow-tail. But the server should have mentioned that it was seared so that we could have requested the fish be cooked through. Other than that everything was great and my Scandinavian guests loved it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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