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94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

8885 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123-1505
(858) 560-6771
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Ranked #182 of 3,977 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ponderosa
Description: For over 30 years, one of San Diego's landmark dining destinations and one of the most unique and memorable restaurants you will ever find. Located inside a replica of a World War I French farmhouse decorated with fascinating military memorabilia, antiques, and aviation relics, the restaurant overlooks Montgomery Field Airport, and has a cozy and romantic ambiance, with large stone fireplaces intimate booths, and beautiful views. The extensive menu features mid-western aged beef and the freshest seafood. Here you will find USDA Choice & Prime Beef steaks, slow-roasted Angus prime rib, succulent lobster tail, fresh fish, rack of lamb, veal, chicken, pasta dishes, and fabulous desserts. Their famous Champagne Brunch is currently the #1 Sunday Brunch in the city on AOL's CityGuide poll and is not to be missed. Beautiful outdoor patios, a very popular Happy Hour, and excellent banquet facilities help make the 94th Aero Squadron one of the great dining experiences in all of San Diego.
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Located close to our hotel and with numerous high reviews we were excited at our find. Interesting decor as it is a replicate of a French farmhouse during World War 1 and sits on an airfield. I think they are known for their steaks and maybe chicken. Seafood definitely tasted like it was made offsite and was not good. Creamed... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

What an amazing place! Apparently a recreation of the WW I experience of the 94th Aero Squadron when they served in France. Every detail was perfect. Lovingly preserved. What a tribute. Eating areas inside and out (facing the small air field to the south of the building). Vintage planes. Souvenirs and apparel from the "The Great War." Food options included... More

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had an early New Year's Eve dinner here with friends. The food was delicious, the service attentive but not overbearing, and though the restaurant was busy we could hear each other talking. I don't know what it was like later, because there were big parties starting to come in as we left. The prime rib was very good, and... More

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Northants
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

WE were taken here by some friends who live in San Diego as being somewhere different and we loved it. The menu was different (not the "same old , same old" that you find everywhere) , the surroundings were interesting, the service great and the food excellent.First class!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We were staying close to this restaurant and decided to try it. The atmosphere is a throw back to a nice quiet old school steak house by offering a full meal at a reasonable price. We were able to enjoy good food and hold a conversation without yelling over the sound of other tables. The prime rib was excellent.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is our go to place for our Hail and Farewell meals. Their lunch buffet always has fresh fruit and a nice salad selection. Along with a fresh cut roast beef as you pass by. The service is average but they one bonus is they always have had the ability to seat a large party when we come in. Like... More

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I had not been to the 94th Aero Squadron in years but my husband and I had a gift card so we decided spur of the moment to go on a Friday night around 7:00. We did not have a reservation so we had to wait for about 20 minutes to be seated but that was OK because there was... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

While visiting the area for a memorial service, this restaurant was highly recommended. The meals our group ordered were all excellent. The serving staff were super friendly. The atmosphere was definetly not quiet! A group was celebrating a member's advancement to "chief" and they were all very excited about it! It was also "club" night in the bar, but even... More

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phoenix
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My friend and I ate at this charming restaurant twice during a conference week at Spectrum Center. The decor and atmosphere are unique with both inside and patio seating. It was Restaurant Week when we were there which made our second visit a bit spotty. Salad came out wilted with very little dressing and service seemed sketchy. Manager Fred Olmsted... More

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Seattle
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I see that some reviewers had bad experiences but I can only speak for myself and my party of three and we had a great time. The food was fine: nothing spectacular but not bad at all. We ate the buffet selection and it was all good, nothing too greasy or cold. Service was prompt and friendly and our table... More

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