The 94th Aero Squadron is a unique restaurant in the middle of an industrial area. The building on the outside looks like a old French farm house from the WWI era, complete with models of bi-planes and ivy climbing up the walls. Inside, they continue the theme with old photos, coats and helmets hanging on the walls and music from the times coming from the speakers.
I guess you could say I’m a little biased towards this place since the Mister and I had our wedding reception here. We didn’t want to hold our reception at a traditional venue (hotel ballroom) and wanted a place that had character without having to break the bank. The 94th offered that.
Their dinner buffet option was $37-ish a head and included cake-cutting, a glass of wine with dinner, champagne/cider toast, 4 hors d’oeurves choices, 6 “salad” choices, 3 hot entree choices and 2 side dishes. It all adds up to a lot of food. They do add on an 18% service charge and of course, there’s the usual sales tax but given how a lot of places charge $100+/pp just for food, this was really a bargain!
The buffet ended up being really good and people were quite happy with the selection and quality. We had a couple of vegetarians and food allergies on our guestlist but the 94th accommodated us on both with ease. What little I ate was delicious. While it’s not cuisine that people are going to rave about, it is good, hearty and filling food that people will be happy with and not go home hungry.
As for the bar, we were able to do an open bar for $1K for the entire time (minus the last hour – give people time to sober up). They don’t over-price their drinks - a Jack n’ Coke is like $5 so not only were we able to do the open bar, we didn’t have to limit selections.
The service was fantastic and we didn’t have to deal with any issues at all.
The only issue I had was with the layout which actually worked out in the end. Because of the size of our party, we ended up having to seat guests in the side room so it sort of separated them from the main room but it did keep our more “liberal” friends from our more “conservative” family. :D Our friends actually liked it because it allowed them to be as rowdy as they wanted as well.
What was also nice was that there was an outdoor patio for smokers and a huge area with a duck pond for kids to run around and stay entertained.
In terms of regular dining, this place is pretty good. I’ve been here for their lunch buffet which is alright for the price. Some of their dishes like the salmon are a miss but there’s a lot more hits. They are great at doing meat dishes – love the carved prime rib – but not so much on seafood. I do recommend going earlier in their lunch hours as towards the end, you get the stuff that’s been sitting out for a while.
However, the big thing is the Sunday Champagne brunch. For $22.95, this is a great brunch buffet. Omlette bar, pasta bar, fresh waffles, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, mussels, eggs benedict, bacon, bread assortment and a HUGE dessert selection…yummy chocolate cake and chocolate fountain! I do wish they carried smoked salmon as that is a staple for a brunch buffet in my book but there’s enough other stuff to keep me happy. And they are not stingy with the champagne. They will keep filling your glass up till you start acting drunk or tell them you are done. There’s orange juice for mimosas as well. It gets really busy though so I highly recommend making reservations for this, even if it’s just for a party of two.
I give 94th Aero Squadron 3 1/2 NOMs. The food isn’t memorable but the value, service and atmosphere is.
94th Aero Squadron
8885 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
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