Simplistic Perfection at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
raw bar seafood selections

Open since 1971,  Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is one of San Diego’s best known architectural landmarks, offering one of the best views of the San Diego Bay, paired with classic wood and high ceilings. Their real power, however, lies in the simplistic perfection of their menu, which is all about fresh and sustainable seafood.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Grapefruit and Endive Salad

Executive Chef Kyle Kovar has modernized the menu, elevating it to new heights, while  keeping the tradition and quality of expectation consistent. He developed his own style by working under several different chefs.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Clams and Linguini

After taking a few short culinary courses to develop some skills, most of his training consisted of working his way up in the kitchen.  “I never had the opportunity to work under one real mentor figure,” he explains. “Understanding the different backgrounds and knowledge of all of my past executive chefs helped me craft my own style that I now share with those working with me in the kitchen at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.”

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Seafood Bouillabaisse

Kovar likes to incorporate local produce and seafood into his menu, relying on Specialty Produce and farmers’ market trucks that stop in a few times a week.  His focus on unique seasonal elements results in creative dishes that are well received by discerning diners. Some menu items change frequently, depending on the ingredients involved. “We’ll do a complete menu revamp at least four or five times a year, changing with the climate and ingredient availability,” he says.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse
Key Lime Pie

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse host banquets, weddings, corporate events, seminars, business meetings, class reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, rehearsal dinners and festivals. With 3 unique banquet spaces, they undoubtedly have a space to accommodate your private event.

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