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Tom Hams Lighthouse, San Diego, CA

Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
4.7
5456 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 98 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 291-9110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Kovar

  • Catering

    Please contact Perla Ortiz in our catering office. banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr.

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Scenic View

  • San Diego

    Seafood

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Scenic View

  • San Diego

    Seafood

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  1. s

    slick

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, great food! Service was very good too.
  2. JI

    JodiI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Molly, our server, was outstanding! The food is always amazing.
  3. GM

    GregoryM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    No lobster in lobster bisque, Bouillabaisse broth was more like a paste, not good we had to send it back!
  4. l

    lab56

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food and nice setting. HOWEVER, beware that on Sundays you can only have the brunch buffet and cannot order anything off the menu...except wine! The brunch is $80 each btw. Terrible value if you don't eat much!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    My husband and I went to Tom Hams to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We were very excited and looking forward to dinning there. It all went down as soon as we went to check in with the hostesses. Both ladies did not look happy to be there, no smile, no welcome, no congratulations. We checked in and had to wait for table. The food was ok, definitely not worth the price. The view is amazing and that’s really the only reason why I would ever go back to this place.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just out on a date night with wifey! The environment and seating was a sight to see. Our server, Ally, was outstanding with her service and menu recommendations. Must go to spot to eat and enjoy the scenery. Request an outside seat if you don't mind the fresh sea breeze!
  7. CG

    ChristieG

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was just OK but service and everything else was great!
  8. MR

    MonicaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I have been here for lunch and it was a pleasurable experience. Not so for dinner. Although the view cannot be beat, in the evening when the restaurant is full of people, there is a cold and cavernous feel to it. My bouillabaisse was good but my friends' salmon and yellowtail were overcooked. Very disappointing. I also felt a little rushed by the waitress.
  9. OC

    OsvaldoC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife had the salmon and I had the paella. Both super good
  10. E

    Esra

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a perfect place! You will love every second of it. The view, food and server everything was great!!
  11. B

    88Bruin

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in San Diego from LA just for the day and had lunch at Tom Ham’s. It’s our favorite restaurant in San Diego! We ate out on the patio, overlooking the water. Gorgeous view, delectable food, and outstanding service! And the ice tea was so tasty (it’s black currant). Made our trip all worthwhile! Tom Ham’s us a must when visiting San Diego!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is very good as is the scenery. Food came out at a good pace and the service good. Overall nice place to get a drink at the bar and watch the game or go for a date night.
  13. EW

    EmmanuelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A classic restaurant with delicious food and service. We'll definately comeback.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu offered great variety and all (3) of our meals were delicious. It was a pleasure to have Cassie look after us during our wedding anniversary dinner.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was fine, however, in my reservation it was noted that we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. This was not noted at all during the meal, etc. Disappointing for sure…….
  16. L

    Ladylin

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful place to bring out of town guests or locals who have never experienced Tom's...and 100000% great choice!
  17. j

    jasonb

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Shrimp cocktail was probably a bit undercooked and poor overall. Rest of meal was decent. Menu and wine list are pretty limited. Service was fine, but a bit impersonal. View and setting are great.
  18. VM

    VegasMike

    Las Vegas

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I like the ambience At tomham's but I went there specifically for the paella. Oh guess what they don't serve that in the lunch menu.
  19. M

    rozM

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is our summer visit to the restaurant. Wait staff is always great. Makes the meal fun and highlights with good conversation. Christina was new to us but equaled the previous years servers. Given the wonderful view it is always a great evening.
  20. S

    Stella

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We were told the soup was lobster bisque , they brought corn chowder. The bouillabaisse was all mussels so just get the mussels did for half the price . Chicken dry on the Caesar. View is phenomenal however. Great dessert!
  21. AH

    AllanH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about are anniversary dinner at Tom Ham's Lighthouse was excellent.
  22. k

    kndhrt7

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary. Our server was personable, attentive and enjoyable. The food was very good, and the view spectacular
  23. PB

    PoojaB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This was a last-minute reservation. So glad it happened. From the moment you walk in you are treated with great attention. The food for the most part is amazing a vast array. As with all buffets, nothing is perfect. Some items aren't as good as they look. For the most part, sitting outside the view is beautiful and the service is great as well. Will definitely go again.
  24. LC

    LoriC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Hostesses and server all polite. When we sat outside, it became unbearably hot. Asked to move inside and was snootily told sorry, no more tables. I get it, but can you check anyway? There won’t be any was the reply. Ok fine. Brunch no longer includes champagne. Feel like that should be in BOLD letters on your website. Oysters (my usual fav!) were fishy tasting and not well-shucked, lots of shell pieces. Cut my finger on the crab legs; asked waiter for a bandaid and had to wait a long time. Again, I get it, but couldn’t eat with a bloody finger. Not the Sunday brunch I was used to in the past. Another sad by-product of Covid, I suppose. Mentioned it was my birthday and was told, “Oh that’s nice.” Unless service and food change a bit, I won’t be back. Sad because I used to love this place.
  25. SP

    SalvadorP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The view of the city of San Diego is incredible, just for that is worth it to go to this restaurant
  26. l

    lh1048

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent with Oxanna being professional and warm at the same time . A bit of noise behind us as people kept on coming out from dining room to have their picture taken adjacent to our table . The food was yummy and well plated. We love the whole ambience . Location location location !
  27. T

    Tanstaafl

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    The setting is awesome and the service was excellent as were the appetizer Brussels sprouts. Paella is usually a delicious blend of many flavors and spices …… A difficult dish to make well … so we looked forward to something special. We had high expectations …. … that were disappointed. The that paella that night was dry and boring
  28. AZ

    AmyZ

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good vibe and good service. Outside seating is recommended
  29. H

    Henry

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view, food and service. Lunch menu was limited but fairly priced
  30. FA

    FreddieA

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience4
    Beautiful view of the San Diego bay but the restaurant hasn’t really improved on their food quality. Other nearby restaurants are better. They just didn’t taste good.
  31. KB

    KathleenB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I enjoyed a late lunch at Tom Ham's prior to her flight. Our server was pleasant and attentive. (I apologize that I don't recall her name.) The food was delicious, served hot with a nice presentation. The view, of course, is stunning. We will definitely return to Tom Ham's.
  32. CL

    CharleneL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, good food and wonderful view of SD bay. The Hostess was particularly accommodating to my elderly handicapped parents!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Manager himself cleared off a great table on the deck fir us. My wife's birthday. Fantastic view of SD Bay. Great service. They don't rush you out. Fine food, as always.
  34. LS

    LindaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tom Ham's Lighthouse is my go-to restaurant when I'm staying at the Marina. It's a lovely walk along the water to and from the hotel, and the food is excellent. The cocktail menu is broad and there's always something new to try. The food is outstanding and reasonably priced. Last time, I had the market fish and substituted the creamy mashed potatoes at the advice of the server. It was wonderful.
  35. M

    Marty

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is a wonderful place to enjoy a spectacular view of San Diego and the Bay. For the first time, we ate outside on the balcony and it was delightful! We were well protected from the sun and breeze and enjoyed watching all of the sail boats on the water. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Location cannot be beat. Amazing views of the harbor and downtown with outdoor seating. It was beautiful for a early August dinner. Oysters were fresh and fair priced. Good selection of small and medium oysters along with large. I prefer small to medium and the recommendations were great. There is an extensive draft beer list and the cocktails were great. I recommend the pomtini. We enjoyed the oysters and drinks and then had lobster bisque with a glass of the Hess Chardonnay. Her had tacos earlier in the afternoon so kept dinner light. Carrie, our server, took our picture with the downtown view. Definitely recommend for a nice night out.
  37. TV

    TheresaV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was very helpful and knew her stuff which does make a big difference.
  38. DB

    DeborahB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the harbor views from a great vantage point as we enjoyed an early dinner!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Eddie was very attentive and always made sure we weren’t out
  40. CR

    ConstanceR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lady helped to give us a fabulous booth with a gorgeous view for my boyfriends 60th birthday !!! Love the servers and the food is always top shelf !! Thank You Constance

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 5456 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 98 times today
Google Map for Tom Hams Lighthouse

2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking right out in front in our private lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kyle Kovar

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 291-9110

  • Catering

    Please contact Perla Ortiz in our catering office. banquets@tomhamslighthouse.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private and Semi-private accommodations for groups from 20 to 350. Buyouts available. All Dining space has magnificent view of the San Diego Bay.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Otto: (855) 510-8333

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