Engine Co. No. 28

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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.

Specials

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

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Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engine Co. 28 is a classic venue for any occasion. I hope it stays in operation for many years.

JA
Los Angeles
388 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Before I left my house I called the restaurant to find out if they had valet parking. The woman who answered said they had valet parking on Figueroa at 5. Since it was 520 I asked her if the parking was on now and she said yes. When we arrived we sat out in front of the restaurant for a minute and then I called and was told that they don’t have valet parking on Sunday and to park in the lot across the street from target. I Did not know where target was and I asked her if it was in the mall and she didn’t know she just kept repeating it was across the street from target. We found a lot and parked but that was way too much work. There weren’t very many people in the restaurant as it was Sunday and it was after the clipper game had started at Staples. I thought the service was good and the food was OK. Did not know where target was and I asked her if it was in the mall and she didn’t know she just kept repeating it was across the street from target. We found a lot and parked but that was way too much work. There weren’t very many people in the restaurant as it was Sunday and it was after the clipper game had started at Staples. I thought the service was good and the food was OK.

LS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

A long-time patron of Engine Company, I was very disappointed with the service on this visit. The food was okay, but not terrific, and included a sandwich that literally fell apart when lifted to the lips.

DR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good. Old fashion cocktail was not up to par

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Service & food was amazing

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! Food was delish and service was great! Fast and friendly.
Located in a historic firehouse, lots of history. The staff was knowledgeable about the history and was happy to share a few stories.
Defiantly will be dinning here again when back in this part of LA.

JN
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced for the quality of food...good, but not great.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice old fashion steak house with great service. The ambiance is lovely and the steaks are cooked perfect. Great place for date night after the theater.

LA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, this restaurant is a great place to meet for lunch, including a business lunch. Close to the subway station at 7th and Figueroa Streets, a great historic location with a wonderful range of menu items, including comfort foods, in large proportions. The fresh warm bread to begin the meal is always welcome.

L
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No one to greet guests when we came in . Waited around for awhile before bartender came to help . Food quality gone down over the years . Lobster roll is not a lobster roll. It is deep fried something .
It needs to be clear on the menu that it is deep fried food. Service so slow eventhough restaurant not busy at all. Ice tea refills had to be asked each time and had to look around for waiter.
Steak sandwich over done . Fries soggy . Very sad and disappointing . We used to love to come to this place .

JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This is an iconic location in downtown LA that has been allowed to languish a bit since its heyday. The food was good, the service at the bar was good. It's just not the place it once was.

OT
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly competent service. Great food both of us had the meatloaf. Great meal.

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

We walked in and it was super smoky due to the bbq grill right outside the door. I didn’t notice it too much at first until we sat down. Another turn off was they were playing loud Spanish music. Nothing against Spanish music at all however, just not what we were expecting for a historic firehouse. Food didn’t make up for it. Won’t be returning.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Being that our office is right across the street from Engine Co. and we dine here often with our brokers, yesterdays service was NOT per usual. I had the cup of chili which I absolutely love and yesterday, I seemed to get a bowl that was full of fatty meat. Also, we were there for about 2 hours and our drinks were only refilled once. After we finished eating, the waiter didn't ask if we wanted dessert, coffee, nothing. We sat for another 10-15 minutes before he brought the check.

W
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to see a downtown restaurant that I used to go to when I worked downtown still in business. As always the food and service were outstanding. I hope they stay around for many years.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Despite a fairly gloomy presentation, the food was quite good although the service a bit erratic. A few minutes wait at the front door and a similar wait for a glass of water are not really acceptable in today’s restaurant scene.

SO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the 80’s music that was playing. My mom ordered the Southern fried chicken and it was awesome. My bro loved his meatloaf while my sis in law and I loved our steaks. I always see this place in DTLA and have always wanted to eat here but never got the chance. There is a reason why you guys have been around all these years.
Valet guy was always on his cell phone though. I had to get out of our car to find him.

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service and food was great!

RL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun decor and friendly service. Nice bar with top shelf choices and beer tap options. Everyone enjoys trying on the LAFD helmets and jackets! Casual and fun. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Super slow service given no one was in the restaurant. Food was extremely salty.

OT
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A good burger in an old firestation. Unfortunately we went on Sunday at lunch time and the place was pretty quiet.

ST
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good variety of food choices. Food taste is very good and the service is above average. I would recommend this to any looking for a change from the dull and boring chain restaurants.

OC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and loved this restaurant. The old firehouse setting is very cool. We had their signature meatloaf and fired chicken dinners. This isn't something I would normally order but it turned out to be a great choice and lived up to it's reputation.

LA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very consistent in producing great meals in a timely fashion with great service.

DE
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had been in a years...GREAT like ALWAYS! Bartender was super !!!

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Valet expensive and slow. Service was slow and they tried to overcharge me for the food and possibly did for the drink. They did not confirm my reservation check in so I had to straighten things out with Open Table.

M
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so flavorful and tasty and we had a nice wonderful lunch. Enjoyed the history of the place and the service was awesome!! Will be back soon.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch date with my daughter

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We got there late thanks to my underestimating how long it would take, then had to wait for the valet. Chad, our waiter, was very attentive and super helpful. We were running late to get back to Union Station, so Chad asked the valet to get the car while he packed up our leftovers so we could catch the train on time. The valets are really for the restaurant next door, so they put those folks first. Since Chad told us that, we were prepared and made the train. The food was yummy, the wine was tasty, and we were there ahead of the dinner rush so it wasn't crowded or loud. Dad loved the architecture, too. I've been there before and was happy to return, and will so again.

JJ
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food however the service was slow and we were the only guests in the restaurant!

K
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch in a beautiful court yard. Wonderful service and excellent cocktails. Probably the BEST burger in town. Also loved their soft scrambled eggs. Looking forward to going back!

SD
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fish was poorly prepared and returned. Protein ended up last piece so had to opt for other fish—-well cooked but not a great flavor. Plain. Sorry to say I won’t be returning to this restaurant

ME
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julio made my birthday extra special. He brought humor to the table and CHEESECAKE!

TG
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for dining before the theatre. Julio, our waiter, was diligent to get us to the theatre on time.

PN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

DC
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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