Tom Hams Lighthouse

4.7
5019 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5019 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Hostess was wonderful, food good, views excellent!

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SusieD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Pretty good food, server was great and view is unequaled anywhere

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bleset
San Diego
158 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful terrace with gorgeous view of bay and San Diego. Innovating dishes. Good wine list. Perfect service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible views with even better food! Looks forward to going back again soon!

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TinaZ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service,food and the view was amazing!!!

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Goya
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

beautiful view, delicious options in the menu, good

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vipnkan
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Food is ok or below average. Views are phenomenal

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Andrea
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy as usual!

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vipEllenC
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

3 out of the 4 persons entrees were very good. The crispy fish was overcooked and some of the beans had a rancid flavor.
The bouillabaisse was divine! Lots of seafood in a delicious red stew. Not spicy. The scallops dinner melted in your mouth. Wonderful raw oysters, tuna, and crispy calamari. Drinks were strong!

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GVML
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Oksana was the perfect server! She was very attentive with our order, making sure we had everything we needed. Thank you!

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NathanB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most places which have a great view, sell you the view and the food is below par. Here both, the view and the food are outstanding. Definitely our new favorite place.

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Canadnwen
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time else come to San Diego we come here! Excellent food! Great service! THE BEST views!!!!!

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CandyG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The view is spectacular. The servers were spit on and the food was very good. For a special evening I would strongly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The view and food doesn’t leave you disappointed! A must visit place if you love seafood.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views, great service, and excellent fresh seafood. We love celebrating here every time.

JM
vipJayM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch with a beautiful view.

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KathyH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The views were amazing lots of couples. Food pricing was good but the food was ok. Service excellent and wine very good

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great views and fantastic food.

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vipAlohaDiner
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy to have had a vegan options for myself.. My friends enjoyed their seafood meal. Eddie was an excellent server. Consistently good food and good time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful view. Great food and excellent service.

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DaveM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The view of the San Diego harbor was outstanding. The waiter was fun.

The caesar and house salads were good. The lobster bisque was ruined by applying truffle oil.

The grilled scallops were excellent. The paella looked nice but lacked saffron flavor. The fetuccine with clams was good, but very rich. The roasted brussel sprouts were overly sweet.

The dessert brownies were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and awesome service! I just wish the bottomless mimosas were back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view with great food definitely would come again

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the view, service and food!! Thank you for making my wife’s birthday fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I book a reservation for our anniversary. excellent food, outstanding service and great view. It made our day.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service food ok would visit again for lunch not dinner

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vipMorrisS
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant,nice atmosphere,good food.Nice service

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Claire
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Service was great but the food was overwhelmingly disappointing. The lobster meat in my lobster roll was completely overcooked to a point that the fiber was visible and the texture tasted like rubber. The proportion of the lobster meat is so little comparing to the amount of bread. The strawberry cheesecake dessert was dry and tasted like the cake they would serve you on the plane.

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vipddgallo
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite being very crowded, the service was impeccable and the food superb. Thank you!

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CarlsbadDiner
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tom Hams is a consistently good place to meet friends and dine. The food is very good and the Service Team really works as a team. Kudos to the staff. And of course, the view of San Diego across the bay makes the dining experience all the better. I highly recommend Tom Hams Lighthouse Restaurant.

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vipPY2222
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Found this spot via Google. What a gem. The view is it!! Our food was good too. Will definitely be back. Live in AZ so always looking to dine on the water.

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sdrose555
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. The portions were huge,their French fries are life . Service was outstanding

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CarolS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated outside. Excellent view and very quiet... perfect location. Food matched the view and ambience--outstanding!! Highly recommend 😊

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JasmineO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was good and view excellent. Even a better deal during SD Restaurant Week.
I've been here several times, never disappoints!

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vipemd1142
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited to celebrate Restaurant Week. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful! Thank you Molly for making Restaurant Week another hit! :-)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We took our daughter out for her birthday dinner at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant. Best view of the downtown skyline and big bay. Fantastic service and great atmosphere. Food was delicious.

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vipAGirlwholovesSteak
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

I love the view at this place however it is a little noisy with the airport close by. Their choices of fish are poor and I had the market price fish and it was not good. It was very fishy and I’m still burping up the oil today. We also had calamari and it was a little on the fishy side as well. They really need to look at a higher quality of food and just a few more options. Their wine list is fantastic and the server was really nice. The dessert was really good as well.

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Exflygirl2
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful day and sat outside on the patio with a great bay view. Food was good, good service and friendly people. Ye ordered off the special resturant menu and it was delicious.

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StephenS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tom Hams never fails to please. We sat outside with a great view of the harbor.
Sarah our server was attentive and unobtrusive and did a great job as did the entire serving team. We had the Crab BLT and Fish & Chips, both of which were outstanding. Tom Ham's is also our go to place to take out of town visitors for great San Diego seafood

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M1414
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Sarah was amazing, really kind, personable. They surprised us with dessert for my wife’s birthday- totally unexpected! Really appreciated!

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 5019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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