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Engine Co. No. 28
Engine Co. No. 28

Engine Co. No. 28 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.engineco.com
  • Phone: (213) 624-6996
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday:
    Brunch: 8:00am - 10:30am
    Lunch+Dinner: 11:00am-10:00pm
    Sunday - Saturday
    Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch + Dinner 2:00pm-10:00pm
    Happy Hour 7 days:
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full menu, sandwiches and salads.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 20 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Linda Charis (213) 624-6996
  • Special Events & Promotions: Host your special events in our private mezzanine area and rear dining room.

    Please call to make arrangements for larger parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and Wilshire
  • Public Transit: Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available all day for $10.00
    Nearby street parking and public lot parking
    Our complimentary shuttle service drops off and picks up from local entertainment venues.
A word from Engine Co. No. 28
Housed in a beautifully restored 1912 firehouse, Engine Co. No. 28 has been putting out appetite fires since 1989 with classic American dishes inspired by the regional cooking of firehouses across the country.

The menu features a "signature" Meatloaf, New York Steak, Southern-style pan-fried chicken, crab cakes, Cobb salad, and Firehouse chili.

The weekly chef “specials” feature fresh grilled fish such as salmon, halibut and seasonal vegetables. Daily soups include corn chowder, chicken tortilla lime, tomato basil, broccoli and many other rotating favorites.

The restaurant is reminiscent of the classic grills of San Francisco and New York - mahogany booths, white linen tables, granite bar and original brass fire pole - housed in a restored 1912 Los Angeles firehouse.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "There were 4 of us for dinner on Thur. 8/21/14. I ordered the Firehouse Salad with shrimp. The shrimp was definitely not good, I sent the dinner back and the server advised he'd remove it from the bill of $112.00...we were on our way to the theatre and I didn't look at the bill until the next day. He never removed the charge so I called and asked for the manager "Jock" on Friday...left 2 messages, he's never returned my call. Today I will dispute the charges with my credit card company and will never return to the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, but the service was lousy. That being said, it wasn't the waiter's fault. He just had too many tables. Probably will not go back."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I remember Engine Co. as a vibrant, fun, and delicious restaurant, my most recent experience did not confirm that memory. We selected Engine Co. for an 11:30am pre-theater brunch. The valet that is typically in front of the restaurant is not there for brunch - parking is 2 blocks from the restaurant in a paid lot, no street parking. Even with few patrons in the restaurant, service was slow. Food was overpriced - for $16, the Blueberry Pancakes were a la Bisquick and not completely cooked in the center. We had to ask for our check and when it still wasn't delivered, had to go to the bar where he was mixing cocktails so I could pay. I don't think I'll be going back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We were happy to have a table in the back area. Server gave really great suggestions and we were able to conduct a work meeting without having to raise our voices. Food was quite good and generous. Servers were attentive and we enjoyed our time there."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Were were seated right away, but then waited 10 minutes before someone brought us the menu and asked if we wanted anything a drink. 15 minutes after that to take our order...we had to flag a waiter. We tried to order the roasted check special.....they had ran out.....the place opened an hour and a half ago. My chicken fried steak arrived out without the gravy.....another wait. The steak was okay. I do not understand what happedned to this place. The place was not crowded....half the table were empty. Never coming here again."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Ordered the Chicken Fried Steak which previously was prepared exceptionally well. The food arrived quite dried out (the steak) and the accompanying "country gravy" had a sodium type taste usually associated with canned or pre-purchased rather than made onsight. The only other possibility was the "turn over" of the food inventory had this gravy carry over a few days and it's lack of freshness was evident. My companion had fish we she said was also a disappointment Have patronized this establishment numerous times over the past ten years and this is the second visit in a row where it is evident of a deterioration as to the food service,."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Another pleasant experience at this venue, good food pleasant ambiance, Only two minor drawacks, #1 Tables a bit crowded, #2 It would be nice if the bread was served on a small wooden cuting board rather than a plate and wrappedin a small towel to facilitate slicing. Overall though a very pleasant experience. I would recommed to any and all of my friends"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Engine @28 has died. It is in dire need of renovation from top to bottom. The men's room was deplorable...and I'm a guy! The Signature Meatloaf was such a disappointment in that it had no flavor. So bland it was beige. Skip this restaurant for the many good ones in the downtown area."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We've eaten there several times, and it never disappoints. How can you go wrong in a restored fire-house? This time they offered a Prix Fixe menu In addition to the regular one. Generous options from which to choose a starter, entree, and dessert. Everything was carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was friendly and attentive. If you are attending an event at the Music Center consider dining here. They have a complimentary shuttle from the restaurant to all the theaters in the Music Center. Zips you there in no time and you don't have to re-park. Their valet remains open until you return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've been coming to Engine Company 28 for years, for business dinners and social occasions alike. It is a great place for a pre-theater dinner and has shuttle service to the Music Center and Disney Hall. The food is American comfort done extremely well. Fried chicken excellent, the dover sole special the night we were there was delicious. Good drinks, excellent food, great service. Convenient downtown with valet parking, marvelous ambience -- a former fire station with original pressed tin ceiling and an excellent bar."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My split pea soup was sweet; I prefer savory. I had their meatloaf, a specialty, but it lacked the deep beef flavor I prefer. The spinach was flavored with raw garlic, not my favorite. My lunch partner enjoyed his pulled pork sandwich."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "the food was sub par especially for the price. waitress was weird and kept touching the manager. wont go back"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We were there on a Sunday for brunch/lunch and may have been the only customers there, at least for a while. Our server was excellent as were the bloody mary's. The food was just OK - tasty, but nothing spectacular. Omelets were a little overdone, although we definitely appreciated the choice of fruit (mango and banana) served on the side - nice change from the typical orange or melon slice. The room is rather dark - fine during the evening, but a little depressing on a beautiful weekend day."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We gave the deliciously fresh seared shrimp cocktail. The cocktail sauce was flavor full chunky with diced tomatoes and avacado. I had one of the best batter on my fish and chips there. The only thing is the dim fluorescent colored lighting. They need to go to Ikea and get some low voltage strung across the room."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was astoundingly slow, then my order came out wrong. I had asked for the salad dressing on the side and hold the red onions, but the red onlions came on the side and my salmon salad was slathered in dressing - couldn't taste the greens it was so over poering. The only remedy the waitress offered was to bring out a side salad with no dressing. I won't eat here again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Good food and atmosphere, but the lunch service was slow. Not a place to go if you are in a hurry."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've come here for years, and am never disappointed. Reliable food and service and a shuttle to the Music Center! I take the Metro from the San Fernando Valley, and this location is tops. I like the variety on the moderate priced menu, and can always find something appealing."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food is good... I do think it is a little over priced"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The menu fare is adequate, but plain and predictable. They have a VERY limited number of spirits for drink choices. We had to make alternate drink choices for our alcoholic beverages because they did not have the brands that we prefer. The alcoholic beverages tasted watered down."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "While the food was good they appeared to have run out of a few items very early in service (I was there at 5:30pm on a Saturday) and they were already saying that they only had a few special items left and were totally out of two items off the regular menu. The place was not busy by any means either. Service from the wait staff and hostess was fair at best, however, the food runners and bussers provided outstanding service. This is an okay place to grab a bite to eat before a show at the Music Center or Disney Hall but it's just going to be that, a bite to eat."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Wait staff more attentive than most restaurants downtown. Refill on my iced tea was offered even before I received the original glass, which was somewhat amusing. Waiter checked on us a number of times. The space (converted firehouse with beautiful tin ceiling detail, polished wood and booths) makes for an upscale but warm and friendly dining ambience. I had wished only that the attention to detail had extended to my salad with steak. Several of the slices were gristly so I had to cut off portions. Both salad and steak were nicely flavorful, however. I'd attribute this to a fairly busy kitchen. My companion said signature meatloaf was quite good though not the best. We shared (and left not a morsel) of an excellent Chocolate Lava Cake."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "we really enjoyed the ambience and the food was very good. Fun experience!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Unique setting and great comfort food. I did not find out until it was time to order dessert that they have a chocolate lava cake that takes 20 minutes to prepare. Because we were short on time, it will be something to order next time when I am ordering my dinner."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have eaten lunch at Engine Co #28 frequently, but this is the first time in many years that I've had dinner there. It is less crowded (mid-week) than at lunch, and the food is still excellent. They have a good variety on the menu, although it is not extensive. My companion had the braised ribs special and I had the Dover sole special, and we found both to be quite good. I appreciate that they have shuttle service to and from the Music Center, which we used. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My friends and I had reservations this past Sunday @ 4pm. When we arrived there is NO available parking. No public parking lot, no street parking, nothing!! When I asked the hostess about valet parking (because they usually have it because there's no parking), the hostess stated their valet service begins @ 5pm. But when I said " but you're open from 11am to 10pm on Sundays so where are customers supposed to park before 5pm?" She had no response. My friends & I drove around downtown LA for 15-20 minutes before finding parking. We ultimately parked and walked 4 blocks back to the restaurant!! Unacceptable! Overall great food but unless you dine after 5pm be prepared to waste your time driving around downtown LA to find parking. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Having been to Engine Company many times over the years, I have noticed a steady, slow decline in the restaurant. We ordered an appetizer of crab cakes which were okay, but nothing special. The Mexican chicken salad I ordered had very tough chicken and the dressing was bland. Bread was not brought to the table until asked for and then it was stale, not what they used to serve. The server did not even bother to ask if we wanted to order coffee or dessert, just brought the check when we asked for it. We were going to take the shuttle to the music center, she said she would tell the driver; after waiting outside for several minutes we just got our car from the valet, since the shuttle driver did not come out. Won't be going back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love coming to dinner prior to going to the Music Center. The shuttle makes it perfect."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "From our hangout-time in the bar to an amazing meal, Engine Co. No. 28 is my go-to for a first night in LA. I came with a varied group of business associates, and a great time was had by all. Special kudos go to Jessica in the bar (a beauty with game, she makes best martini in LA!). She got us off on the right start, and even if the food wasn't amazing she alone would be a reason to return."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I met 2 friends here for dinner the other night. I have typically gone to Engine Co 28 for lunch. I found that the dinner menu is a little on the pricey side. One person in our party ordered a glass of wine, other than that there was no alcohol. We ordered 2 deserts that we split among the 3 of us and we all had coffee. Total price for the meal with tip was $165 or $55 per person. My salmon was good but not the best I've ever had. Dessert (warm chocolate lava cake served with strawberries and whipped cream on the side) was amazing. I would even go so far as to say memorable. The crème brulee was also very good. Service was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We took a Fireman for his birthday and he was in LOVE. The wait staff was wonderful and accomodating. They allowed us to bring our firehouse themed cake in and provided a table for the cake and the gifts... Food was great with large portions."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed every bite as well as my Grey Goose martini's!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My first time to Engine 28. Great ambiance, great food and wonderful service. If you are in the mood for some good comfort food, this is the place!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Always accommodating. Great for pre theatre and concert. Fun place, good food, can't miss. Shuttle to music center or Disney Hall is a big plus. We were in terrible traffic and got there an hour late and they still got us out on time."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The food was excellent as usual. I think we just had a bad server. She did not write down our order and she should have since there were only two parties and she got both orders wrong. When we ordered we were the first persons in her station but as she indicated, she was just so used to ordering our items in another way that she simply forgot. Hmmm... I'll go back as the food was really good once we finally received it. And, we had plenty of time to eat bread and talk business."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Walking in the door the restaurant was empty. The high ceilings covered in tacky bright silver accentuated the empty environment and coupled with dim lighting the restaurant was rather depressing. Upon being seated the table was slanted and the upholstery tired. The service on the other hand was prompt, courteous, and helpful. As for the food the ribs were ok, but nothing phenomenal. My girlfriend ordered the shrimp and loved it. With an interior facelift the restaurant could be a nice spit. But as of now I wouldn't head there again."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed our evening thoroughly. I took the subway from No Ho, others drove and valet parked. We lingered and never felt rushed."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The best part of the experience is having the valet park my car in their structure and then riding the free (generous tips appreciated) to any of the local venues, e.g., Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, etc. When the show is over a simple call results in the shuttle appearing relatively quickly!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've been wanting to eat here for quite some time, but have always chosen other downtown restaurants over this one. Finally we went in over the weekend, for dinner. Everything about it was just fine- nothing special, nothing to entice me to come back. The service was average; she wasn't nice, wasn't rude, she was ok. The food was bland, nothing special- no interesting cocktails either. The decor was ok, it kind of reminded me of an old Denny's- I expected it to be really cool since its in an old fire station, but no- low-end office carpeting, 1990s tables & booths, etc. Nobody was really there either and this should have been a busy weekend evening..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great Food. The Servers were friendly, attentive and accommodated our schedule (to get to the theatre in time). Love the Engine Co. 28 shuttle to and from the Ahmanson!!! The special touch was the service from the valet who took our "doggy bags" from dinner and placed them in our cars while we were at the theatre. It was so nice not to have to carry our leftover food to the theatre. At the end of the evening, the shuttle was right there to pick us up.. When our car was driven in from the valet, the doggy bags were right there in the car! Many thanks for a great dinner and service from the restaurant staff and valets!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had a business lunch here. Good food and efficient service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014