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Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
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4075 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4075 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.8
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVkn1981
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! The staff was super friendly and safe during these pandemic times. The ladies at the front desk deserve a raise!

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vipmichaelm
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, awesome view. Service and food great as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was celebrating my moms birthday and Able was our server. He made the experience wonderful. Thank you!!!I was only in town for the day and it was a great lunch. But the service was outstanding.

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StaceyL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

There were a few people that recommended this restaurant. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. The food was ok - there was plastic in my pasta. I loved being out by the ocean, but it would have been nice if they used space heaters as it was slightly chilly and it made the food cold very quickly. The staff was nice but I feel as though the server could have been a little more attentive.

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SoCalCoug
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view on terrace, excellent food and presentation, excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD!
LOVE THE SERVICE!
LOVE THE VIEW!
10/10

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience5

We love the location but food was bland

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vipbigoj1
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ham's has done an excellent job adjusting to the California law forbidding restaurants from serving indoors. The food quality has not suffered and the view of the San Diego skyline across the harbor is unrivaled.

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begood26
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My favorite outdoor dining views in San Diego! The service is so good, the seafood is yum, the drinks are great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, view

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Gleefully
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best, most authentic Crab Louie salad in town. Good wine list. Well spaced tables and umbrellas overlooking San Diego Bay. Our favorite server, Sarah, still employed! Life is good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We had a wonderful time! Excellent customer service. Fantastic view of downtown San Diego 😍

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Isaac
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view of the city and ocean sitting on the deck was amazing!

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joseluisc
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I would have preferred to have been on upper level, but was not given a choice. David was an excellent waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We get the whole fish every year for our anniversary so we are partial to the lighthouse. Married here 11 years ago. Dang. Time flies. Outdoor dining Sd skyline across the bay. Service was excellent. Great way to end our day.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful brunch on the water.

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Mare
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We are wondering if the free flowing champagne was actually champagne and not sparkling cider! They kept filling are glass but nothing for the price hope it was real champagne

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, view, and kind service and they made my girlfriends birthday very special.

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AronW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a perfect evening on the patio at Tom Ham's. I have always wanted to take her here and it was perfect as expected. They take all the necessary precautions for Covid which really put my wife at ease. The servers, food, view and everything in between was spot on perfect.

Thank you
Aron

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Cathy
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All restaurants are doing outdoor dining, but Tom Ham's does it best!. In addition to their regular patio, they have taken advantage of their large outdoor event space, allowing them to serve many customers with tables adequately spaced. They are also serving a broad menu, unlike many restaurants that have limited their selections. The octopus appetizer was very creative and outstanding as was the cauliflower (I ordered two apps instead of an entree). My husband tried the bouillabaisse for the first time and it, too, was excellent. The service was friendly and efficient, and they were understandably not crowding us. And, of course, the view is just outstanding. After not dining out for months, it felt like a real treat. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect

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ElayneK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Celebrated my retirement ! Atmosphere was perfect! The oysters - we had several dozen were excellent! The whole fish Branzino was amazing but wanted the “sides” from the salmon entree and got charged for that. I would definitely come back 😊

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Poppy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day for the patio. Food was great...Service was attentive. All civid precautions were in place. Try the creme brulee...excellent.

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table on their outdoor patio, nice view of downtown San Diego and the bay of Harbor Island. Service was great, Mai Tai drink is strong, in a good way! Food was delicious. Upscale place to spend a wonderful lunch on a sunny day.

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TRJC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food , great service and great price ! Shout out to Molly you are an awesome waitress . You made our visit pleasant and assured as about safety being done by the restaurant during pandemic . We will definitely come back again .

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ESS69
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view. Perfect for date night

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Carrie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time celebrating our daughters 7’s birthday on the patio. Great service and great food. We will definitely be back!

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SONIAR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly saff, beautiful view, excellent food. Went to celebrate our anniversary, the waiter and staff were so sweet and surprised us with a chocolate cake. Would highly recommend.

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JenniferG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed brunch and dinner at Tom Hamms for many years! So spending our 20th wedding anniversary here was just perfect!

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TrevorA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waterfront outdoor dining experience overlooking San Diego harbor with incredible views. Great menu to choose from. Good beverage selection of beer/wine/mixed drinks. Enjoyed a platter of oysters/scallops/shrimp/mussels/clams as appetizer and went with the New York for meal - very tender and flavorful. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent and unbeatable views.

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GabriellaG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is beautiful and yummy! Super fresh and worth the prices (although more than your average restaurants). It was my boyfriend and mines anniversary, which we noted in our reservations, and we were surprised with a complimentary dessert that was delicious. It made the experience that much more enjoyable! Highly recommend for a date night, girls night, or any celebratory event.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly waiter and good food

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vipTexanSass
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Tom Ham's continues to be a delightful gem. The food is always excellent and you can't beat the setting. The value is tremendous as well. Thank you, Tom Ham's!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Tom Hams and it didn’t disappoint. Food was exquisite, had an amazing view and our waitress Diana gave us quality service. She made us feel at home and was the reason for a 5 star experience!

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vipMizzallie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They're doing an amazing job given all the new restrictions due to Covid. My favorite brunch spot

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vipJordanK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great spot for Sunday brunch, definitely worth it for the seafood and champagne alone. Will be coming back soon!

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BIllusion
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tom Hams is always a great go to place for Sunday Brunch. Outside seating only during COVID. I prefer outside anyway. Nice breeze under their umbrella shades, and a great view of the city. They bring you several items out at once, and the quality of the food is just as good as before. The food also comes out quickly. I only wish the champagne came a little faster. My glass was empty for a bit, and our server poured surrounding tables a few times before coming back to us. Besides that, great experience as always.

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vipVkn1981
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are very clean and sanitary- thank you to all the staff and the manager Luz - extremely great people!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Overall the experience was good however there was still a wait to get seated even with a reservation. We were seated about 20/25mins last our reservation.

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