Engine Co. No. 28

4.2
1568 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday:
Lunch+Dinner: 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday - Saturday
Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch + Dinner 2:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour 7 days:
5pm-8pm
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Phone number
(213) 624-6996
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
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Private party facilities
Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 15 guests.
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Private party contact
Traci: (213) 624-6996
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Catering
Full menu, sandwiches and salads.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and Wilshire
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Parking details
Valet parking is available all day for $10.00
Nearby street parking and public lot parking
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Public transit
Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.
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Special events & promotions
Host your special events in our private mezzanine area and rear dining room.

Please call to make arrangements for larger parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1568 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Spontaneous birthday dinner

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

FIREHOUSE SETTING GREAT! Entrees good , MAC AND CHEESE IS NOT GOOD! No flavour for a 13.00 side

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JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Would’ve been a better meal if I had skipped the first course and just had an entree. Will remember next time!

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MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keith our server was amazing! Food & ambiance was great!! Loved it!!

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l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a historical building, a landmark! The façade is original and the interior was once the garage of a fire department. The pole is still in place although it has been blocked.

The food was delicious! The cobb boasted perfectly grilled chicken, still warm, and a pleasant contrast to the crisp, cold lettuce; the gumbo was delicious and artisically presented. The meatloaf dinner was great, with a savory mushroom sauce, and the generous pile of bright green spinach, finished off the visual presentation.

Our waiter and servers were very attentive and professional.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engine Co. never disappoints! It's my 'go to' place for business meetings.

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Mediocre food at best; would not suggest dining there. Veal shank was barely edible. Waiter brought incorrect vintage and when I asked him about it his answer was "sometimes the years vary". Brussel sprouts tasted like old rocks. Out of chocolate cake for dessert. They just didn't have their act together.

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DB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were isappointed. This restaurant used to be good...We went before the theatre.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

#28 was the first restaurant I ate in in the us back in 2000. It has stood the test of time. Good business model of interesting building being an old fire house, proper service that knows what you want and doesn’t ask you if you are having a good time yet, decent food and they brought a piece of cake for my wife’s birthday.

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MR
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hadn’t been here in years but still very good- certainly not busy on a Thursday evening

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FL
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Engine Co has comfort food, that is good. Not fantastic, but good. Service was great. We had two servers, attending to us and making sure that our ice teas were filled and all was good.

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SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food for a reasonable price. Attentive service.

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MI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service overall was very poor from reception to the lack of basic attention from the servers. The food left something to be desired as well.

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RS
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Engine Co No 28 is definitely nostalgic for anyone who is or knows a firefighter. The decor is very fitting for a historical fire station with the turnout area and fire pole. Great menu choices from salad to sandwiches to delicious plated meals. Food is top quality and tastefully prepared. But best of all is the service. Our server was very attentive and had a great personality.

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S
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only does this place have great food and service, it is a quick train ride too.
I enjoy working downtown and this is one of my favorite hang outs, never disappoints.

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JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, good wine choices, super atmosphere

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went to Dine LA and we had not been to Engine #28 in a long time. The food was good but the service was horrible. It wasn't even busy. Had to continually to to catch the waiter's attention. He also forgot about our 2nd round of drinks.

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for dineLA. Great value for 3 course dinner. Excellent spot before heading to Teragram Ballroom.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

No a/c on a hot day. No good.

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p
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great ambience in this old fire station. food is very good and the wait staff was exceptional.

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R
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here. Conveniently close to the Music Center where we had tickets to a play. Beautiful, very cool setting in restored fire station. Our server, Chad, was outstanding. Great service all around. Food was excellent. Reasonably priced food and drinks. We would definitely go back. Great place to go if you are looking for a downtown option.

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KM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not sure why this is rated so high? we were quite literally the one ones there on a Thursday, service was terrible, food was just like it was out of the takeout section at a deli... would not recommend. However the decor of the firehouse is neat.

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PC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! The chowder was excellent, as was the fried shrimp po boy. Service was also very good.

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S
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

I made reservations for 6 originally thru open table and need to change twice to a larger party, open table listed as no tables are available for that many people. I called the restaurant directly and they manually changed it since it was available. It’s odd that open table made it seem like it was too busy, not all the times were even available either. We get there, now a party of 8, the place was EMPTY, I think we were the only party there. (Again odd) we order our food, mediocre, service was ok. Price was reasonable but maybe because the food was just OK. Our bill came I gave a nice tip, and this is partially my fault for double checking but they already placed a service fee, didn’t tell me over the phone, or when we check in, or when the bill came that they are going to add a service fee! (Again partially my fault for not looking over the entire bill, we were in a rush to leave) I called and asked for a manager after the fact, and was told that she is not there so I spoke with a server. He said he won’t be speaking with the manager for a few days so they will see if they can fix the situation. What restaurant doesn’t have a manager on site every day and will take a few days to get back to me? I guess an empty restaurant that doesn’t seem to care about customer service. No wonder no one goes there, and this was THE biggest renevue generating week for Downtown LA since their biggest convention was running! I’ve been to this restaurant several times during this show and I was clearly disappointed this time. I won’t be returning.

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s
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Was informed meatloaf most popular dish. Terrible, gristle in the meat and dry.

What was once the "go to" place went downhill. After years of staying away, gave it another try. Still disappointing...

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SG
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had not been to Eng. Co No. 28 in years and was disappointed that the Cobb Salad was no longer on their menu. I ordered the chicken pot pie which was very good, very rich and enough to share. Everyone enjoyed their meal!

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MJ
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The overall experience was just OK. My Caesar salad was bland. I could smell floor cleaner. It's a great location and perfect for a meal before an event at STAPLES Center. I just wish they would play up the fire house history more and give the place a little energy. I loved our server. He was very attentive and very nice.

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SC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great downtown location in a historic structure. Engine Co 28 WAS a working fire house that dates back to the early 1900s. I met a friend there for lunch. The lunch was wonderful. They have a soup and 1/2 sandwich special that was just great. I really enjoyed everything. The service was good but could have been a little bit better. But I'd go again - in a heartbeat!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites. Consistent great service and good food!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as described on the menu and the value for the delicious food !

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my cousins to Engine Co. No. 28 to show them some
Local LA History and to enjoy a delicious lunch. We enjoyed our visit and our dining experience very much.

Thanks!

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Early Mother’s Day Brunch

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LS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Interesting historical atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great comfort food. Just grab friends or family and go enjoy a laid back southern inspired comfort food casual dinner.

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SM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a surprise..staying across at the street Intercontinental and decided to skip the expensive dinner there and read the reviews. It sounded like a good place to go. Had crab cakes for an appetizer and then our dinners consisted of Dover sole nicely encrusted along with Gumbo. Dessert was chocolate cake with Ammaretro. Great waiter

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MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was extremely quick and waiter was very thorough. The ambience and sound was perfect or a 3 person round table business meal we were having. The garlic French fries were great, Brussels sprouts excellent as were the crab cakes.

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OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis was absolutely the best waiter and bartender ! We went for the happy hour and everything was amazing . The food , drinks , service exceeded our expectations. We will come again !!

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PP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great happy hour deals! We had drinks and food off the happy hour menu and really enjoyed it- the bartender made really great drinks. The historic part of the building is cool and convenient to Downtown LA- they are open late which is good because some other places close early. The normal menu was more expensive but seemed reasonable for the area. Neat little place to enjoy drinks and bar food.

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G
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter and chef were wonderful with my husbands allergy. It was a fun time!

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r
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Central location.

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JR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I was a little disappointed. Got a sub roll/hoagie roll as bread, the fish we got was not well prepared.

Pros-place was almost empty so we got great service.

I was hoping for more fire house like atmosphere. Felt like a New England bar.

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