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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

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (118)
Scenic View (108)
Good for a Date (79)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (77)
Special Occasion (70)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Romantic (54)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Great for Brunch (49)
Worth the Drive (47)
Good for Groups (39)
Sunday Lunch (39)
Great for Lunch (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Business Meals (24)
Casual (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (18)
Fun (17)
Happy Hour (14)
Healthy (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Great Beer (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
People Watching (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Authentic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Live Music (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was wonderful. The service was great and attentive. The views beautiful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

My friend and I pick out a new restaurant every month and I hadn't been to Tom Ham's since it has been remodeled so wanted to give it a try.

Service was great and we loved the ambiance of looking over the giant expanse of water. The meal, all in all was excellent as well as the chocolate cake and ice cream. The only downside at all was that the steak was not as tender as I would have liked, but the sauce was excellent and the asparagus salad had it all going on.

I would definitely recommend the restaurant to a friend and even thought of recommending it for our reunion this year if we can get everyone in the room that holds 260.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Just as good as I remember it being from many years ago!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

I think you get the best bang for your buck during brunch...it’s a plus when you’re seated outside.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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·Dined 7 days ago

We went for brunch, the service from the waiter was awesome, the hostess however seemed very unorganized. The food was mediocre at best and not at all worth the price. The selections were poor and lacking. I would not recommend this establishment for brunch, if you are going for the awesome view I would suggest packing a nice picnic basket and eating at a bench on harbor island drive, I’m sure it would be more romantic and much much more quieter.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

This is our favorite place! The value, service, food, & scenery cannot be beat!

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·Dined 7 days ago

Great service and atmosphere. The food is incredible as well

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved the place, view was fantastic, weather gorgeous. The Happy Birthday plate was fun.
Celebrated a 68 year birthday with friends. Bloody Mary's a little spicy, but not for some - my sister had 3!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife had the Bouillabaisse, the seafood components tasted somewhere between not fresh and just plain bad. Additionally the spice components just were not there for what one would expect from this dish.
I had the Scallops. Also not fresh tasting and overcooked. The artichoke accompaniment was tough and dry. Also the entire dish was served at a less than appropriate temperature.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Good food and a great vie of San Diego bay. Loved the shrimp and corn fritters.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and great value

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My Wife and I decided to go hear when a review that we were reading referred to Tom Hams Light house. We were pleasantly surprised that this place provided the local fare that we were wanting and it was presented in a way that made us feel appreciated. We will add this to our list of places.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good selection of entrees available. One of the best views in San Diego. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I really enjoy Tom Ham's every time I come. The Sunday brunch is spot on and is fantastic every time.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time visit from Oregon and we are so pleased we found information on the New Years Day brunch. It was fantastic and the outdoor seating and the food made this a wonderful way to top off our time in San Diego!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great brunch!!!! We had a wonderful table with a view of the Bay. Food options were varied and delicious. Champagne was great. Our server was great, even though she was a bit over-stretched.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is my 3rd time there - food, service, ambiance - all great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

If you love seafood, this restaurant's Sunday brunch is the one for you! All-you-can-eat lobster, crab legs, stone crab claws, peel & eat shrimp, oysters, scallops, ceviche, as well as carved tri-tip, salads and breakfast items e.g. Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes, bacon and sausages, potatoes, eggs benedict, smoked salmon/bagels and a dessert bar to make you swoon, along with free flowing "champagne" (J. Roget sparkling wine was bing poured the day we were there). All for $48 + 3% service charge + tax! The seating on the deck overlooks the bay and San Diego skyline. The service is exceptional and friendly. This has become our favorite Sunday brunch spot in the San Diego area---and we live approx. 45 minutes away. It's well worth the drive!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding on every level! Love this restaurant! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Underwhelmed. I'm sure this was once the spot to be but for NYE it was unimpressive and felt like where my grandparents would have gone 30 years ago. Service was friendly but lacked attentiveness. I was hoping for a better experience. Especially for my 5th Anniversary.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Chicken was undercooked. Had to pay a surcharge for increase of employee wages. Unfair

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great overall, food, ambience, service, view, location.
A great place to bring friends and customers
It has a quiet elegance about it
seating is comfortable
noise level low
makes for great dining

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Still dreaming about our amazing meal. From the moment we walked in, the view and the smell of amazing food swept us away. Can’t wait for another excuse to repeat brunch at Tom Hams!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The location is fabulous. Our service was good until our server got overextended with additional customers. Our food was adequate except for an incredibly tough and expensive steak.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The service was attentive and helpful. One diner’s gluten free needs were understood and easily met. The view is beautiful.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner. Steak was over done. But all else was fabulous!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Beautiful water view, great food and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was beyond expectations. Diana was a wonderful waitperson. One of the best ever. The view is unparalleled.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Sunday brunch. Seafood bar, create your own omelette/pasta stations, bottomless mimosas...what more could one want! A must if you’re visiting San Diego, this place is a must!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Eddie D. Was our waiter, he was exceptional! Brunch was amazing, and the view is breathtaking!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Tom Ham's always offers a great experience! What's better than sitting by the water eating delicious food and having great conversation!? Excellent customer service seals the experience! Thanks again!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best Sunday brunch in San Diego hands down! I have been here many times. And it is one of my favorite places to take friends and family when visiting. Fresh seafood and endless mimosas alone make the brunch worth the price, but all the other food is also amazing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Seafood and ambiance were spectacular. Extremely weak in the vegetarian/non-seafood category

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food matched the spectacular view. Sunset and city lights were amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fun, Organic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

After living in San Diego for 12 years this was my first time at Tom Hams... where have I been? I love it and I can't wait to go back! Fantastic service, food, drinks and view.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The go to place when visiting San Diego. This local gem on the water provides a great ambience with an excellent view, great dining selections and memorable experience. We will definitely return when we come back to town.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our server was excellent: Prompt, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was generally good, but somewhat under the standard we have found here before. The octopus appetizer was absolutely tasteless. Other offerings were good to very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was great, and the views are amazing. The food was average.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food, server was quasi sincere although she tried to do her best to be pleasant, views were spectacular as was the food. Noise level was too high --- people in our group could not hear one another easily. We weren't surrounded by many people. ...overall enjoyed the experience, however, I wonder how some people justify taking their kids and letting them run around. As cute as they may be, it's not a playground nor is it safe for the kids.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food and service were good and you can't beat the view!

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Business Meals
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