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.
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.
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.
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.
62 Reviews for Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Recommended by 93% of couples
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Charmaine · Married on 04/02/2021
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!Sent on 06/14/2021
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
Zachariah O. · Married on 10/16/2020
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!Sent on 04/26/2019
Katie E. · Married on 10/03/2020
This was the perfect waterfront wedding venue for us, we love the food and beautiful views there. When the pandemic started we thought we were going to have to postpone. Tom Ham's Lighthouse had thought of everything and we only had to make a few logistical changes like a smaller guest list, outdoor reception, and no dancing. Our wedding actually turned out to be even better than I imagined. Perla was so organized, professional, and helpful throughout the whole process. We were able to have our reception outdoors and our guests absolutely loved the view and the food. The wedding ran perfectly and all of the staff was so kind and professional. I highly recommend Tom Ham's Lighthouse for the most beautiful wedding day!Sent on 03/28/2021
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!
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!