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Engine Co. No. 28

1509 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (16)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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:
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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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Full menu, sandwiches and salads.
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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.
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 1509 People Are Saying
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vipMark (Las Vegas)
Dined 3 days ago

GREAT meatloaf . . . !! Saturday lunch, quiet, excellent service (thank you Alexandria!). One of our favorites in Downtown LA.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 14, 2018

Went to brunch on a first date now we’re planning to go back for happy hour

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 13, 2018

Average food, service, ambiance. Nothing very special

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 9, 2018

Service was poor, almost no one in restaurant and waiters were looking at cell phones not us. Fries came, no ketchup or condiments on table. Food came, mashed potatoes with nothing on them, when I asked for butter it seemed like a big deal. Food was decent and seasoned correctly, but cost was expensive for the dishes.

vipJoeS (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 1, 2018

“Someone” screwed-up big time!
I haven’t been to Engine Co. 28 in years but it was always a reliable place to eat with decent food. Not this New Year’s Eve. When I arrived there were 12 people standing by the hostess station, but no hostess. When she appeared she announced they were not taking walk-ins and people with a reservation could expect a 15-20 minute delay being seated. Since my friends had been seated, I went to the table, noting that half the tables were empty. The only workers were the hostess, the bartender, and two waiters. No bussers. “Someone” didn't schedule enough staff.

Since no one took our drink order I went to the bar to order 2 drinks. No bartender, so I waited. When she finally appeared and took my order (1 martini, 1 Gibson) she told me they were out of all unflavored vodkas except two. It was 8, they opened at 6. “Someone” must have forgotten to order vodka. And cocktail onions. I ended-up with 2 martinis. Thankfully they were good.

We waited another 45 minutes. Still half empty but a few large parties. The waiters running food and the hostess bussing tables. Occasionally someone from the kitchen helped deliver food. The waiters were slowed down by requests to take photos or split the bill eight ways. They were harried and working their butts off trying to take care everything. I stepped in to take photos and told the waiter he didn’t have time for this and we still needed him to take our order. We didn’t see him for another 10 minutes. Once he (Chad) came to our table, he was apologetic, took our order and surprisingly, the food came out relatively quickly. The Steak Trio was good. About half-way through we asked Chad for the flute of champagne that was part of the menu. They were out of champagne ("someone" failed again). Chad brought us wine instead. He also comped the coffee we ordered with dessert.

Chad and his co-workers' hard work and good attitude saved the day. They deserve a bonus.

Rowen (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 1, 2018

It was ok. I had been here previously and it was much better. The service was lacking. Our main meal was brought out before our first course.

MileageJunkie (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and service. Worth the time and money. Brilliant.

vip550guy (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 28, 2017

A solid restaurant in downtown LA. It's housed in an historic firehouse complete with the fireman's pole. Broad menu choices so there is something for everyone.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 26, 2017

Everything was great! My reason for 4 stars, no place to park, no valet available. When I called the restaurant to ask where we should park, no answer! It was Christmas at 6:30pm so the regular parking structures were all closed.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 25, 2017

The restaurant was very slow on this Christmas afternoon. We were the only ones there during our entire visit. Therefore, I cannot comment on the normal ambiance.

The food was tasty and of high quality.

The service was pleasant but the slow pace of the day might mask the true level of service this location provides. We had all of the staff's attention so it was great but surely not typical.

We enjoyed the visit but must account for the lack of customers regarding service and ambiance.