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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

4.6

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (137)
Waterfront (135)
Great for Outdoor Dining (108)
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Good for a Date (97)
Special Occasion (87)
Romantic (83)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Worth the Drive (59)
Great for Brunch (47)
Good for Groups (46)
Business Meals (38)
Sunday Lunch (37)
Great for Lunch (37)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Casual (32)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Fun (26)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Bar Seating (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Happy Hour (20)
Healthy (18)
Cozy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Disabled Access (14)
Great Beer (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (10)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Vegan (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 8 hours ago

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Thanksgiving

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food with an amazing view

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (San Diego)·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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good food, great service, and beautiful place!

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 (Kansas City)·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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 (San Diego)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not a very good place.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 8, 2017

とにかくテラス席からのビューが素晴らしい!
ディナーの時間に行きましたが、サンディエゴのダウンタウンの夜景が一望できて良いです。
海沿いですので、ヨットやボートの往来も眺めながら、美味しいシーフードに舌鼓。
ロブスターの半身が入ったブイヤベースが美味しかったですよ。
また行きたくなるお店でした!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent seafood selections. Preparation and presentation notable. Service adept and friendly. A good choice for special occasion. Will return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The view of the bay and city is outstanding, ser ice is very good and the food is consistantly excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

I was excited to take my wife to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary since we haven't been there in years. They renovated the restaurant and it was very nice. We sat outside to enjoy the amazing downtown San Diego views. The weather was perfect and the service was fine... that's the end of the good things besides the sourdough bread. Sorry to say, the food wasn't as good as the ambiance. The octopus was rubbery and was served with a forgettable white sauce. My wife's scallops were overcooked and served with an inedible artichoke heart that had the texture of hay. My over priced NY steak had a vein of hard fibers along the center and made it tough to eat and enjoy. To end our evening, our waiter brought us a complimentary Anniversary chocolate cake, but unfortunately it was probably one of the worst cake of my life. Dry and flavorless... the thought was nice.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday for my best friend Kyle

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great brunch here! We sat outside , the view was amazing! Friendly server , was very attentive with the champagne!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food. Friendly staff. Excellent view of the bay

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We loved it, had scallops and tuna, both excellent. House wine was good. That’s how they lost a star on food. View was fantastic and service was excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday celebration for a friend.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

All around good seafood, little pricey, but the ambiance was spectacular. Good selection of beer and drinks. Very good selection of beer!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food was very good. Service was better. View was fantastic! Would definitely go back again and sit outside, soak up the view of the harbor, downtown San Diego and (at least when we were there) gawk at the $200M yacht parked right outside. Good times!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had great appetizers, salad and main courses. The waitress was helpful, funny and she made sure every few minutes we had all that we needed. We really enjoyed her. We have been there before for brunch and it was delightful so we decided to try dinner and were not disappointed......thank you

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great dinner once again! Our waiter was very personable and made the experience just that more special!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything is excellent here except even when you have reservations, they are not always ready for you or do not give you preferences that you requested.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

No better View of downtown. Great for visitors, romantic date, proposal (?😇) , or business. Great sexy server, all food made to order! Yum.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The views were fantastic! Food was good but nothing too crazy amazing. I feel like I'm not doing the food justice bc it truly was very good just not AMAZING.

Enough cannot be said about the views from the deck though.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The view was quite nice but the food was very average for a steep price. I would not recommend the restaurant to a friend or colleague.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

my husband and i stayed at Sheraton just minutes from the restaurant .Had happy hour appetizers and drinks with a great table overlookig the harbor. yes i would reccomend

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

I love Tom Ham's. Friendly, Food is awesome and fresh and good for you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, People Watching, Quick Bite, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Casual, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Love this place. Has the best view. Could have a better menu, but hands down my favorite place for a glass of wine and oysters. Their oysters are amazing!!!!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place . The ocean front view was amazing. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Sunday brunch was superb. And the price was affordable and worth it. Eddie was our server. He was nice and friendly. He gave us the run down on how the brunch works. I couldn’t give him 5 stars though. More than one occasion, he forgot to bring wet naps and juice for our champagne.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The view was the best part of the meal. My clam chowder arrived at the table room temperature. A second bowl was no better. The waiter was apologetic, but serving hot soup is a basic skill for a fine dining restaurant. I was not charged for the soup. The rest of the meal was good, but not spectacular. The view of the skyline and harbor is memorable. I will restrict myself to the bar and appetizers in the future.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful view. Excellent professional service.

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