Engine Co. No. 28
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.
HAPPY BITES & HAPPY DRINKS / 7 DAYS / @ THE BAR
ALL Cocktails $8 / House Red & White $7 / Draught Beer $5.
Tax not included.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: April 26, 2019
Ends: April 27, 2118
Availability: Daily 4:00PM-10:00PM
My boyfriend is a fireman so I thought it would be nice to treat him to lunch for Father's Day. He ordered the steak and was impressed with how tender and flavorful it was. We would definitely come back to try other items on the menu.
Julio made my birthday extra special. He brought humor to the table and CHEESECAKE!
Great for dining before the theatre. Julio, our waiter, was diligent to get us to the theatre on time.
Everything about Engine No 28 was special from the greeting to our departure. The restaurant's unique atmosphere in a restored 1912 firehouse, the convenience (next door to a metro stop), the menu, the very reasonable prices, and the service all made our experience perfect. We came for brunch but will return to try other meals soon. The breakfast menu was extensive. My husband enjoyed the eggs Benedict and I had scrambled eggs. The roast potatoes were a delicious change from hash-browns, and the cup of fresh seasonal fruit was a very nice bonus. The service was great, thanks to our terrific server, Maria, who was neither intrusive nor unavailable. She was promptly responsive and very friendly, offering us a brief history of the firehouse and the original artifacts incorporated into the restaurant's design. We will return.
Visiting from Chicago with my wife I wanted to find a nice place for dinner. Her grandfather was a Chicago firefighter so finding this restaurant I felt was a no brainer, and we were not disappointed! Our server was awesome, the food was amazing and we spent well over 2 hours there! They allowed my wife and her aunt to wear the old fireman jackets and take pictures too, very cool!
We went for an early dinner at the Engine Company No 28. Even though the restaurant was not full, the service was slow and indifferent. The food was good, but not great. Nothing special about he presentation, the taste or the quality of the food. The menu choices also did not afford anything that was extraordinary. If you are looking for a very plain dinning experience, with indifferent service then this is the place. If you are looking for something really special there are other restaurants within blocks of this restaurant, the will more fully fit the bill.
The interior was amazing. Beautiful setting. The food and service could use some work. My friend ordered the ricotta pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries. When the meal came it looked like normal pancakes with no whipped cream or strawberries. When we asked the waiter he wound up bringing a bowl of whipped cream over and then telling us that they were out of the ricotta so the pancakes were plain. Had we not already waited o
The food was fine, the service needs help. We went for Mother’s Day brunch. It seemed like the did not want to be there.
It has been several years since the last time I dined here. With this I was going off fond memories of an older, polished wait staff not the hostess greeting us seating us and waiting on us.
We arrived on Mother’s Day and downtown has virtually no parking, I would have gladly paid for valet!
The hostess seated us and then took our drink orders. The 3 course meal had a choice of soup or salad, 3 entrees, and two deserts.
The salad was good the soup cold.
The chicken and waffles were way under cooked. The desserts were fine.
The issue was we had 4 different people piecing together the service so it was very inconsistent.
Sad to see this location go down hill.
Crab cakes were delicious!
Second time at this restaurant. This time we arrived early and sat at the bar. We were so entertained by our bartender, Julio, that we ended up having diner at the bar. This is a fun, welcoming place with great food. My husband went with the restaurant fav, meatloaf, and I went with one of the specials, sole. Both were excellent and accompanied by delicious garlic mashed potatoes and yummy veggies. Portions were large and prices very reasonable. And don’t forget dessert! Best NY cheesecake since leaving N.Y.! Go! And say hello to Julio!
Unfortunate to see how Engine Co. has declined over the last five or so years. I remember it being hip and bustling with excellent food. Now empty, in need of some serious care, and the food is, well, bad across the board. Maybe someone can come invest, take over, and give this unique location the attention it deserves.
Fantastic place to eat in downtown LA not far from Music Center. Have been here several times and am looking forward to going again.
We went for Easter brunch. We were not happy with the brunch menu so our waiter gave us the normal breakfast menu. He was wonderful and the food was great. Seems like a great spot for dinner and happy hour as well.
Service was very good and the food was very good. We'll definitely be visiting again.
Highly recommend the meatloaf.
I've been going there since it opened. We went there as it's right off the Metro Line, I had good memories. We were 2 of 6 people in the entire restaurant, pre theater. I asked about the lack of people, was told some nights full, some not so. Once Engine 28 was one of a few good places to dine downtown. Now, many choices. The food was barely so so. I love a good chicken pot pie. So So is kind. If everything else was perfect, we wouldn't go back. Refilling a water glass was almost impossible. I don't like writing something like this, too many good choices.
I have eaten here several times and this was as good as the last time it was a solid 3.5 stars in my opinion. The dining room was not busy at all this random Tuesday I was there. I think there were more employees than guests. This made it I think a bit off. Service was good not great for having so few guests that evening. We stuck to "comfort" food which Engine Co. No. 28 is known for and it did not disappoint.
Service and food were excellent. I was a little concerned based on previous reviews, but none of that happened for us.
The ambience is a fun throw back to old LA. But the food is the fun part. Menu is all about comfort favorites. I will bring my family back (5 teenage boys) for a special occasion. But also a fun change for a business lunch.
If you are visiting the convention center area make a reservation! It was very nice! Great selection service was top notch. Definitely a place to go! We will be back.
This was a fun environment to take her five-year-old to. I'm not sure if it's always like this, but the service was really bad the night we went in. There pretty much nobody in the restaurant, and it seemed like the wait staff was off. Even though they were there. The food was good otherwise.
Understaffed and valet parker was gone....waiting for a long time.
We went on Saturday night so the restaurant was not too crowded. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Overall I would recommend dining at this place.
Excellent food and service. Doesn't or didn't have a full bar. No iris liquor. I wondered what 28 was going to do for Saint P day because of that.
Service was great and the food was good. I thought the price was a little high but that’s downtown for you. Parking on Sunday was challenging because many lots are closed and there was no street parking available. All in all I was pleased.
It was cold inside. The steak and eggs came out cold while the fried chicken and waffle was piping hot.
Food average or worse no fried chicken at 1pm. It’s their signature dish and we’re out.
Couldn’t find server most of the time
We had a reservation for Valentines Day and were given two time slots - 630p and 830p only to find when we got there the restaurant was half EMPTY. I was not impressed. However the food was good. Service a little slow.
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!
Wine selection was awful. Mostly sub par cabs and limited white selections. Did not try steaks, which there is an abundance of. Very old school fare. Mediocre at best.
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.
Great food and service as usual.
Service was very good. Food was good also and very conducive for our business meeting.
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.
Easy location, awesome service, broad menu. Not fussy or pretentious, an easy dinner before a show.
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.
Good server but food really not up to par.
Service and food was great. First time my friend has been there and she loved it.
We had a great time! Fun cocktails, good food. Casual atmosphere.
Nice ambience and good food. However, slow service and mistakes in the order. Made up for it though and were very friendly and apologetic.