Engine Co. No. 28

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1613 reviews
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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, sea bass 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I’ll start with the bad part. I ordered a drink from the valentines menu and the person who made the drink forgot to add the simple syrup and it was a spicy drink so you can imagine what that was like. Then the waiter walked by our table and didn’t check on us many times felt like we were not there anyways now the good part. Valet parking right at the entrance was awesome reservation check in was quick and got seated right away. We ordered the 3 course meal and all 3 were great!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The hostess sat us at the worst table in the house and was unwilling to move us to another table, even though the restaurant was half empty. The waiter, Julio, was great. The food was poor. My steak was raw and cold. The salad was overdressed and they used chocolate sauce instead of hot fudge for the hot fudge sunday. We should have headed the yelp reviews.

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TG
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Food was good also and very conducive for our business meeting.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on Saturday night, and it wasn't crowded. Tried the filet of sole, the special of the day, and it was just okay, too salty. Others had the meatloaf and loved it. The desserts were good, nice cheesecake and pecan pie.

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easy location, awesome service, broad menu. Not fussy or pretentious, an easy dinner before a show.

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PL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had read some negative reviews but was pleasantly surprised at how good the service was. The food was delicious. Try the meatloaf! Our waitress was Ingrid and she was attentive but not overly so. Bread and beverages brought out right away. And not a long wait for the entrees either. Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert was yummy. Overall, I say this restaurant is very good. Nice place downtown to have lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Good server but food really not up to par.

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EG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great. First time my friend has been there and she loved it.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time! Fun cocktails, good food. Casual atmosphere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice ambience and good food. However, slow service and mistakes in the order. Made up for it though and were very friendly and apologetic.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but expensive and not enough to go back. Service, despite being less than half full was terrible. Waited over 40 minutes at lunch, with each passing waiter pointing behind them as they went by. Food is ok, prices are ridiculous for what you get.

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LM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This old firehouse has very good comfort food for reasonable prices. Staff was very friendly & attentive. Sports was on the TVs in the bar, restaurant fairly quiet for Saturday night.

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A
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Engine Company 28 has stood the test of time. I remember when it opened and it's still serving firehouse inspired dishes. From the soups and salads to their meatloaf you can't go wrong. Definitely recommend especially for meals with friends.

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. We go in at 4:30 P.M. on a Sunday and the place was empty but that didn't bother the staff any they still took their sweet time to come to the table for the first time to welcome us. I had to go up to the bar to make our drink order and was told by the bartender to return to my seat and they would be there shortly. The food was so so. I had the fish and chips fish was soggy and cool and fries were cold. Due to the fact we are down town with many places to eat we will not return or even give them a second chance..

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice. Enjoyable. Nice waiter with good sense of humor:) kept the waters full. Just the right amount of attention. Thanks for a nice lunch with our friends.

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MB
Jackson Hole
34 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was here for dinner New Years's Day (following the Rose Bowl) -- just looking for something casual & convenient and ended up really enjoying the food, atmosphere, and service. It was QUIET (meaning we could actually have a conversation without shouting) and very reasonably priced for what our table ordered: lobster bisque, truffle fried chicken, sole, burger: a variety of items, and everyone was pleased with their meal. Would definitely recommend & return!

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LN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The restaurant was understaffed — with NO MANAGER — on NYE. What restaurant doesn’t have a manager on such a busy night?! Food and drink orders were incorrect, Champagne was served in wine glasses because they “ran out” (at 7PM); the bartender was wholly unprofessional — appearance/attire, attitude, service. The wait time was excessive and almost everyone in the place was complaining. It was a disaster. Most of the staff seemed upset that the manager didn’t show, but were poorly trained so didn’t handle it well. I was embarrassed that the out-of-towners coming in for a nice NYE experience had to go through this, as this restaurant is typically so much better. Horrible evening! The one employee who tried his best to appease diners was Gabriel, so I hope he gets done recognition.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

long time fave restaurant which seems to be under new mgmt or has just gone downhill. Food was barely warm and the chicken as well as meatloaf were covered in some type of sauce (to hide something?). Screaming children changed the ambiance to a Chucky Cheese environment. Dirty glasses and appetizer dishes were never cleared from table.

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LW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Went there because it was said to be family friendly and that is not the case. Yes they have hamburgers but the overall ambiance is for an adult crowd, they didn’t have items on their menu that we thought would be there based on their on line listing. Chicken Parmesan was just okay. Blackened chicken sandwich was excellent.

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GH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

This has been one of my favorite pre Music Center places. Now not so much. We got to the restaurant to find there was no valet parking - something they've always had, had no shuttle service to the Music Center - something mentioned on their website, and no ice tea - which they could have made with teabags and ice.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Fish and chips has a burnt oil taste and excessive Greese. We were like invisible people waiting for the cheque. Had to go and ask someone to come over.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Party of 5. Arrived 12:15 p.m. and didn't receive lunch until 1:20 p.m. As a consequence, had to scarf down food and rush to get back to work. No updates, original waiter disappeared, had to track down support-staff to refill glasses. Had been frequent diners but not any longer

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ST
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I’m sorry to say that the good old Engine Co. No. 28 has lost its charm for dinner. It’s probably best just for drinks, as its wood paneled booths and bar still lend a nice atmosphere. Sent back the crab cakes. The taste was overwhelmed by the green gland (too much of it and not enough crabmeat) and they were over cooked. Asked for the roasted Brussels stouts instead. Unfortunately, they were roasted until burnt. Even the bread was bad. It tasted like the refrigerator. So disappointed. It’s a great spot in such an historic building. It cries out “old world class,” but the only part of that phrase that fits is the word “old”: old and stale.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Haven't been there in a while. It seems a bit dingy now. The low quality paper napkins were definitely a minus.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I timed it. Our rather simple order took almost thirty minutes to come to our table at a time in the late morning when we were practically the only ones there.

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is my "go to"place for business meetings. Unfortunately, my ahi tuna salad was not up to par this time. Perhaps it was simply a bad day for them.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theater dinner

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TG
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our pre theater dinner.

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RW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Super neighborhood gem with a fun atmosphere and history.

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D
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great downtown place to eat, especially it you're in the area.

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PS
Los Angeles
398 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Pretty decent comfort food place.

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S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Welcoming atmosphere

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SA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was really accommodating, he was the only server there! The bar tender and the cashier! Awesome job!

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Brought my parents here who are out of town era, the food was excellent

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AL
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Did Thanksgiving dinner here as a last minute sub. Food was great as was the service. Would absolutely eat there again.

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PS
Los Angeles
398 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Had a good Thanksgiving dinner, but the overall quality and service was well below average...

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S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although the restaurant was good the parking was a disaster . There was only one valet and he was like molasses. I missed the start of my play because he took 20 minutes to take my car to park it and then over 1/2 hour to get it for me at the end of my visit. I will NOT GO there again, until they get their act together with parking, and what's worse I had to pay for the abysmal valet service!

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PS
Los Angeles
398 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good new lunch menu, and their "classics" are still very good.

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