94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
One of my all-time favorite places to go for Sunday brunch is 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. This place is fabulous with an incredible array of food and endless champagne (which is great for mimosas)!
Given that this is such a lovely establishment, 94th Aero Squadron is located in a somewhat odd area of town: it is on east Balboa near highway 15. Perhaps this industrial location was chosen because it is at the edge of Montgomery Field, San Diego's "general aviation" airport.
"General aviation" means that the airport serves smaller airplanes such as private, corporate, or charter aircraft. In an emergency, Montgomery Field can service large, commercial crafts; however, for the most part, this airport is less busy and quite fun for those who enjoy aviation. In fact, in the restaurant, you can find headphones which allow you to listen to the air traffic controllers as the aircraft lift off and land.
The front entrance to the restaurant looks like a castle because of the prominent tower, the curving walkway, and the overgrown plants. It is, in fact, a model of a World War I French farmhouse.
Inside, you will find dark wood paneling, wooden floors, and lots of deep green plants. The walls are decorated with aviation memorabilia and period pieces giving it rustic charm. You will find everything from vintage photos to airplane wings and tin buckets. It's really cute.
Indoor seating is in the form of long tables with wooden chairs, or cozy booths which face outwards towards the fields. If you take a window seat, you will be able to watch the smaller planes land and take off. The back side of the restaurant has a large green space. If the weather is nice, you may choose to sit outside where it is more quiet compared to the bustling noise inside the restaurant.
The back lawn has a gazebo which can be used for weddings. The lawn decorations are in agreement with the restaurant's name: an old army truck, replica airplanes, and stacked oil drums.
There is no word to describe the food other than "great!" There's lots of it, you can eat as much as you want, and it's fresh. 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but this review is for their Champagne Sunday Brunch.
The list continues with crab legs, shrimp & cocktail sauce, mussels, sushi, salmon and a generous selection of salads.
Don't forget the dessert station which includes cakes, pies, a made-to-order crepes station, and a fountain of chocolate (for fondue). Drinks include all you can drink cappuccino, orange juice, cranberry juice, and champagne.
It doesn't stop there. If you want something that is not on in the buffet, you can ask your server and she may be able to help you. For example, I wanted a regular coffee: that was brought to me since it was not available for self serve.
How much will all this cost?
Prices, Hours of Operation, Location, Parking
Sunday Champagne Brunch: 9 am - 3 pm on Sundays
Adults: $25. Early Brunch Special $20 (9 am to 10 am)
Children (ages 4-10) $11
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11 am - 4 pm
salads and soups are approx $4 each
sandwiches are approx. $10
all you can eat buffet $12 (not as extensive as the brunch buffet)
94th Aero Squadron
Restaurant 8885 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (858) 560-6771
Parking is free.