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

Engine Co. No. 28

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.engineco.com/
  • Phone: 2136246996
  • 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:
    2:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef:
  • 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 2136246996
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Engine Co. No. 28 reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (19)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (13)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (9)romantic (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Too bad
    FireBC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was terrible! I had the meatloaf and it was horrible and hard to get down, no flavor just tasteless! It had been some time since we were there and were so disappointed that we would not drive into LA again to go there . Such a shame never had firehouse meatloaf so bad! Valet service was an experience, never opened the door for either my wife or me. So unprofessional and again all added into why we won't go back !
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    MindyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Charming little place, cool to see all the Firehouse elements still present as little hidden gems around the restaurant. Food was good, service was just OK in the bar area. The bartender was our server and she was a bit slow getting out to use. Otherwise it was nice overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretheater
    BeingVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fabulous friendly service. Great tasting food. Good spot for pre-theater. Shuttle access to music center.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    KellVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The kitchen was backed up and it took a while to get our food. Other diners were leaving after 1 1/2 hours of not getting their food. The waiter gave good food suggestions, but never came back to see if we needed anything like desert or another drink. They seemed understaffed and there was a lot of diner frustration.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a birthday
    greeneyedmonster
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday. Great service and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • firsttimedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Visited here many times and have always enjoyed it. This time the food (once it arrived) was good. The service, however, was so poor as to be completely unacceptable. Half an hour wait for food at business lunch and additional wait of nearly the same duration for the check does not work for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    Champagnes
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I think while I didn't have a whole lot of complaints, considering how empty the place was and how dated some of the booths were, they should not be charging $17 for an okay hamburgers and $9 for a plain bed of mixed greens with absolutely nothing on it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic dinning
    Daryl135
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A nice place for great food and drinks. Also a nice place to go to on a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VALET DIDN'T SHOW UP ON TIME
    kevin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to this restaurant and have always been satisfied with the food and service. However, one of the best features is valet parking and a shuttle that will transport you to local venues e.g., the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Unfortunately, on this visit there was no valet available when we arrived and when we requested the shuttle we were told the driver was running late and might be there within a half hour. Consequently, we made alternative arrangements to get to the venue on time. Other than an apologetic staff member no one offered any compensation or discount despite the fact we had to pay additional money for parking and alternative transportation. Consequently, it is very unlikely that I would dine there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Customer Service
    2lovethangels
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
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  • Not a restaurant for Lunch.
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
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  • Disappointing
    mydaughterthechefVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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  • Intimate and quiet
    roxleeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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  • Disappointed
    Misterchk
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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,.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Venue
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Very Sad Story
    ANGRYGUYVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
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  • Great experience
    CarolinaGirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old school good school
    grifmonster
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not my favorite
    LUV2LUNCH
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pass
    Shadow
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    the food was sub par especially for the price. waitress was weird and kept touching the manager. wont go back
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  • TroischatVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor lights
    KokoVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryGVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michelle
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good food and atmosphere, but the lunch service was slow. Not a place to go if you are in a hurry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Pre-Theatre
    gotboxr
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1121 reviews are from the Engine Co. No. 28 reviews archive.
  • Good food
    TerripVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food is good... I do think it is a little over priced
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking Choices
    LuvItNeat
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Showing It's Age
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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  • Attention to Detail Could Extend
    TenaciousGVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LoriM
    LoriL
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    we really enjoyed the ambience and the food was very good. Fun experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique
    gwgwVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    HappyEater
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food but where's the parking?
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's up?
    birthdaydinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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  • Favorite
    AJC1950
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We love coming to dinner prior to going to the Music Center. The shuttle makes it perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite Downtown LA spot...
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable but pricey for dinner
    DianaLHH
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Party!
    DaisyisCrazy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    grubster
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Enjoyed every bite as well as my Grey Goose martini's!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.