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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (137)
Scenic View (130)
Great for Outdoor Dining (101)
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Good for a Date (90)
Special Occasion (86)
Romantic (76)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Good for Anniversaries (65)
Worth the Drive (56)
Great for Brunch (53)
Good for Groups (47)
Sunday Lunch (41)
Great for Lunch (38)
Business Meals (38)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Casual (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Fun (23)
Cozy (19)
Healthy (18)
Great Beer (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Disabled Access (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
People Watching (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Vegan (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very nice venue and easy to get to. Has an AWESOME view of San Diego across the bay. The menu selection and service are great. The food is very tasty and there are plenty of choices to satisfy most any appetite.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

My 84 year mom came in from NJ, so the family met to take her out to dinner. We had a wonderful time. Our server, Diana, was fabulous - she was friendly, professional, and made great suggestions! And the food - talk about yummy! My duck was absolutely delicious! And do yourself a favor; order a side of the cauliflower gratin - mmmm so good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Ordered the New York steak and it was tough and chewy. I was disapointed. Very nice room and beautiful view of downtown. If you make reservations at 5 p.m. plan on being seated at 5:15 or later. I arrived at 4:30 and had to wait for almost 45 minutes to be seated. They told me the resturant does not open till 5 p.m. so i had to wait. People that arrived well after me were seated before me. That's what happens when you put an inexperianced hostest at the front of your resturaunt. Pretty much every dish is made with either onion or garlic so if you have a food alergy there is not much to eat but salad as much of the food is pre prepared. Calimari was awesome however.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very impressed! Impeccable view. Great service, amazing food. Would recommend to friends and would certainly return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Perfect evening...the food ALWAYS wonderful...
But my husband was very upset over the current 3% fee for the raised wages...
We do not agree with this...just raise the price of the menu items...be done with it!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had dinner there (date night). Exceeded expectations in almost every regard. The service was excellent, as was the food. The view of the harbor (San Diego) was postcard-worthy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our group meets here once a year for a "girls" brunch and have always had a great time with awesome food and good service. A table inside can be a little loud if you have a large party seated near you. If the weather is good, a patio seat is highly recommended. Worth every penny for the Sunday Brunch!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love to come here when visiting friends in SD. I’m gf/df and this is one of the only places I can really enjoy brunch. It’s also a great value, with a great view. Service is always great. Recommend it to everyone!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent customer service and table 14 on the outside deck had a amazing view of the San Diego downtown skyline and Coronado. The food and drinks were excellent and our server Eric was kool and real courteous. About to book again for my birthday coming up in February

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really friendly staff! It was a little noisy, with a few large groups in the main dining area, but the view is great and the food tasty.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Ate here our last night in San Diego. Service was great. Waiter explained all their offerings and helped us chose. Spanish octopus and mussels were fabulous. Diver scallops were the freshest I have ever eaten.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

A great venue for brunch, with a wonderful cold seafood bar. And a view..

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful spot to sit outside on the water and enjoy the bay views. The service was exceptional.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food is good, harbour view is the best located. Service is good too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very good afternoon lunch with a beautiful view of the marina and downtown San Diego. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food very good lunch fare. I was very pleaaantly surprised to have good food, cooked to order, at reasonable prices and such a serene setting. Will definitely return when in town again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

At the beginning of our meal, the server complained that people didn’t tip well during his “Thanksgiving” shift. Quote. “These people could afford to eat out during a holiday but couldn’t afford to take care of us....you know what I mean. It wasn’t a good night.” When we didn’t order dessert, his facial expression changed and just walked away. Had to ask for the check twice. Unprofessional. Also they added extra 3% onto the bill stating it’s there to cover the increase in cost. Fraudulent!!!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Definitely a worthwhile Thanksgiving buffet if you really cannot hassle with cooking at home or want to friendsgiving with a big group. The food is ok but the seafood bar make it worth it. Jonah claws were overdone and hard to get into but lobster tails were perfect and I could have eaten 10 more if I hadn't filled up on turkey, brisket, and panko penne mac. Dessert bar on point with mini slices of real pies, vanilla ice cream, cookies and a chocolate bread pudding that was obscenely dark and intense. But the reason you really pick this place for Thanksgiving is the sunset harborfront view. Book right at 4pm, take a break in between refills and finish your meal to a sparkling San Diego skyline. My parents are a bit immobile and older so they put us convenient to the buffet in a side room with a window and some larger tables with young kids. I would request a ballroom or outside table next year.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our Thanksgiving meal was wonderful. Service was outstanding. Their staff is wonderful. The servers are the best. Always a good time on Thanksgiving at Tom Hom's Lighthouse. We have dome this for the last 4 years

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent service - the hostess was able to quickly find and assist seating my very elderly parents upon arrival at the restaurant. We never got to the bottom of our water glasses or our dessert coffee cups. If there was a 10-star option, I'd give TH's servicer that rating.

Before-dinner cocktails - WOW. Just sip it slowly until dinner or appetizers arrive. Strong and well-made. WOW.

Food - hot, fresh, and very tasty.

Parking - MUCH easier than, say, four or five years ago. Plenty of room and more light in the lot (makes it easier for the older folks).

Generally, a far better experience than in previous years. Well-done, new management team!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tapas, Vegan, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food with an amazing view

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Love the oysters and lobster rolls. Great foods and awesome service.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I like this pkave

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a great dinner here. We sat outside with an awesome view of the bay, skyline, and Coronado Island. Food and service were excellent. Definitely worth a visit if in San Diego

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Fun, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We came from Fresno to dine here! Their reputation is well earned. You’ll spend a bit more than your average night out but it is more than worth it as the food is outstanding and the service is superb.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were celebrating two birthdays. We have been going to Tom Hams for many years, but this was our first visit since their recent remodel. The atmosphere is now stark and cold. It is like a big open hall with a few booths on the side. The old maritime decor has been reduced to a couple of pictures on the wall across from the hostess's station. Nothing sets this place off from any of the other (better) restaurants in the area. We had lunch in the middle of the week and the place was nearly empty. I counted 13 people sitting down at tables and three seated at the bar, two of which were employees.

After being seated it took over 20 minutes for a waiter to arrive. This was only after I had to go to the front desk to inquire if anyone was ever going to take our order. When the waiter finally arrived he was chewing food while he spoke to us! It felt like we were a bother to him as he rushed away after taking the order. After our food was delivered, he sped away again and we had to ask another employee if we could have utensils. No one at the restaurant showed any comprehension of the term "customer service."

The visit was a total disappointment for all of us. We have spoken with several other people about our visit and they related similar stories and feelings about the latest version of Tom Hams Lighthouse. We will not be returning nor will we recommend anyone else consider it as a place to dine on Harbor Island.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was incredible. Our server, Raymond was friendly and knowledgeable

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

As I re-read these reviews, I almost think that we went to a different restaurant! It's true that the view is great and it would be a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset. The food however was a disappointment. Between the four of us, we ordered 4 different dishes. (Paella, Salmon and Bouillabaisse). We all found the seafood/fish to be overcooked and not the quality that we expected for the price.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
·Dined on November 13, 2017

Delicious and fun! Would bring all out of town guests there, and locals too!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good food, great service, and beautiful place!

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vip
·Dined on November 13, 2017

Fresh seafood and dining over the Water make this a perfect venue for any occasion! It was so relaxing-food was fabulous, and their care with one of our guest’s food allergies was phenomenal.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great place as always. Love their brunch. Beautiful setting, great food.

Tags: Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My fiance has Celiac's and they were able to easily accommodate her mandatory gluten-free diet. Very nice place, outdoor seating looked pleasant but we sat inside which was nice and quiet. Beautiful views of Coronado and the bay. Dressy casual to dressy would be the appropriate attire. We both enjoyed our meals (she got the scallops, and I got the sirloin steak, we got gelato and sherbet as well). Overall enjoyed the experience. I've also attended work events here and enjoyed the group vibe in the dining / banquet halls downstairs. Parking was free, no valet which I enjoyed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Waterfront, Live Sports, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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