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Tom Ham's Lighthouse

San Diego, CA View map Visit website
Rating 4.6 out of 5
63 reviews
$14k - $18k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

About

$14k - $18k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is a historic wedding venue located in San Diego, California. Weddings here feature panoramic views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline. Nestled on Harbor Island just five minutes from San Diego International Airport, the venue is both picturesque and convenient for guests traveling to the wedding.

Facilities and Capacity

The venue’s ceremony site is situated on the waterfront with the San Diego skyline as the background. The calming blue tones of the ocean and the property’s vibrant lawn serve as wedding decor. Couples can stand under the arbor sculpted by artist Christopher Puzio to recite their vows. The ceremony space can accommodate up to 230 guests, who can retire to the adjacent reception areas easily after the ceremony. The California Room has large floor-to-ceiling windows and opens onto a private patio offering sweeping views of the bay. This function room can comfortably seat up to 230 guests. Intimate weddings of less than 80 attendees can be held in the Harbor View Room, which, like the California Room, features its own outdoor deck.

Services Offered

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse hosts a variety of wedding events apart from ceremonies and receptions, including engagement parties, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners. Their master culinary team can aid couples in selecting the catering style and menu that is right for their event. The venue also covers setup and cleanup for the convenience of the newlyweds.

Cuisine

The venue specializes in fresh, creative seafood fare, though they offer an array of other dishes for guests with allergies or dietary restrictions. Catering styles available include cocktail service, hors d’oeuvres, buffets, and plated meals. Both function rooms feature a full bar, and couples can choose their bar service.

History

Tom Ham was a UCLA graduate and history-lover who moved to San Diego in 1955. He purchased a property on Harbor Island to build a restaurant and sought to incorporate the space’s existing beacon. Tom decided to add a fog bell and make the United States Coast Guard Beacon #9 a main element of the restaurant. Today, the restaurant is run by his daughter, Suzie, and her sons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Restaurant
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Chairs
Dance Floor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November

63 Reviews

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Rated
4.6
out of 5.0
Recommended by 93% of couples
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    Rating 4.6 out of 5
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    Rating 4.6 out of 5
  • Value
    Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.5 out of 5

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    Tamara Married on 10/09/2021
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    Amazing venue!

    I am still on cloud 9 after having my wedding here. Planning a wedding in the midst of a pandemic was not fun by any means and it was difficult to have fun. But, Courtney was absolutely amazing. She truly turned our experience around. The day was absolutely flawless. That view is something I will dream about for the rest of my life. Every penny is extremely worth it here. The food was delicious and plentiful through the buffet. Beth and our bartenders had amazing hospitality. People treated my husband and I like king and queen when we were getting wine service during our seated dinner. They made sure we had all appetizers, cake and buffet. If i had to do it all over again, I would pick Tom Ham's again and again!! You won't regret it with that view and amazing balcony.
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    Charmaine Married on 04/02/2021
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    Absolutely Stunning view and delicious foods

    I highly recommend Tom Ham's Lighthouse for any events! The view is absolutely stunning during the day and especially in the evening! The food was delicious, from their appetizers, main entrees and their chef's dessert special of the week or month? They also have the best deals for big events - the quality of foods, space and breath taking view!

    Had my wedding here back in April when restrictions for COVID were still heavily limiting us from having huge parties. However, Sharon and her team made it happen for us!

    Sharon was ALWAYS, I mean ALWAYS available for us to speak to regarding every detail, changes or any random question that a bride must have to make sure our wedding will happen accordingly. She sure took very good care of us even with her busy schedule! Sharon was such a doll!!! Very sweet, approachable and professional!

    Absolutely 100% recommend Tom Ham's Lighthouse and Sharon's team! Thank you for accommodating our wild and crazy family and friends
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    Zachariah O. Married on 10/16/2020
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    Perfect Venue, Extreme Professionalism

    Brooke @ Tom Ham's Lighthouse is AMAZING. She was friendly, responsive and extremely helpful. This venue is so affordable with breathtaking views and incredible food options. After booking this venue, I'm so excited for our special day!

Awards

  • 63
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Mayra & Michael
    112 photos · 07/17/2021
  • Jackie & Alex
    46 photos · 09/01/2017

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Spotlight Studios Spotlight Studios Wedding Photographers

What a beautiful venue! All the photographers here at Spotlight Studios just can't help but be in love with the classic nautical feel! There is so much splendor, with the sweeping landscape and panoramic views of the ocean. We recommend this place for anyone planning their next big event!

Flower Hill Flowers & Events Flower Hill Flowers & Events Wedding Florists

I LOVE T.H.L - Great Venue for a very personal and intimate event. Love the View of San Diego and the food is always outstanding. The Staff is always on their toes and ready to jump in a help. Keep up the great work!

Map

2150 Harbor View Room San Diego, CA, 92101
6192919110
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Tom Ham's Lighthouse frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Tom Ham's Lighthouse?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Tom Ham's Lighthouse, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Tom Ham's Lighthouse, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Tom Ham's Lighthouse includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of Tom Ham's Lighthouse in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Tom Ham's Lighthouse for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Restaurant
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Tom Ham's Lighthouse for wedding events?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Tom Ham's Lighthouse offer?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Tom Ham's Lighthouse offer for wedding events?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Outside Vendors

What furniture and decorations does Tom Ham's Lighthouse have available for wedding events?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Tom Ham's Lighthouse and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Tom Ham's Lighthouse is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in quality of service, 4.7 in value, 4.6 in average response time, 4.6 in professionalism and 4.5 in flexibility.

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