Engine Co. No. 28

4.2
1587 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 1587 People Are Saying
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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
52 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our pre theater dinner.

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RW
New England
9 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
53 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
376 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Pretty decent comfort food place.

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

Great service. Welcoming atmosphere

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SA
Los Angeles
2 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
53 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
376 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
3 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
376 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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f
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but I was hoping for more of a cool atmosphere, considering it used to be a fire station. I was REALLY disappointed that they no longer do a shuttle to the Ahmanson.

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PS
Los Angeles
376 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Love their new menu. Their plates and utensils feel very outdated and cheap, but the food is great.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken pot pie never fails me

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner very early
We were the only ones there
Food was good ample portions
Restuarant decoration in old fire house
Negative no parking on Sunday lots near by are all closed valet parking decided not to come in on Sunday

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DG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So cool eating in the original firehouse that was one of the tallest bldgs in LA during its hay day of horse drawn firewagons. Menu to suit almost anyone, great cocktails, great service, and great as ambiance.

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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
4 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
7 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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OG
Phoenix
6 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
30 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
23 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
4 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
9 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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