Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
A graduate of UCLA, Tom Ham came to San Diego in 1955 to rescue a floundering Shelter Island restaurant, the Bali Hai. The restaurant became a success and provided him with an opportunity to pursue his lifelong interest: the study of California history, avid involvement in many community affairs, and the athletic and scholastic advancement of Californians.
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, the best seafood restaurants, opened for business in 1971. An actual functioning lighthouse, known as Beacon #9 on any USCG Nautical Map, was incorporated into the design. The result is one of San Diego’s best known architectural landmarks. Besides the Lighthouse, Tom Ham’s is also famous for its eye-catching vistas of the San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge and San Diego skyline. Today, the restaurant is operated by a second generation of Hams who continue the tradition of fine dining and exceptional service that represents a culmination of the interests and visions of the Californian whose name it bears.
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