Engine Co. No. 28

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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.

Specials

HAPPY BITES & HAPPY DRINKS / 7 DAYS / @ THE BAR

ALL Cocktails $8 / House Red & White $7 / Draught Beer $5.
Tax not included.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 26, 2019

Ends: April 27, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-10:00PM

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Fantastic food, basic, but very well done.
Quiet at about 7/8pm, so little atmosphere, but worked well for us.

AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was god awful. The pre-fix menu had altered descriptions from the regular menu that made things like fried chicken seem fancy. I what is literally described as fried chicken on the main menu was chanhed to “honey truffle chicken, lightly battered” and then they served some ba disgusting fried chicken. Wine was awful, had a screw top. Food was flavorless. Just plain horrible.

MT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had the meatloaf and salmon and they were delicious but the lamb shank was excellent. The meat fell off the bone! It came with a risotto that was also excellent. The soup du jour was cream of broccoli and it was perfectly balanced and not too creamy. The crab cakes were also delicious.
Engine Co. No. 28 is a great, old restaurant in Los Angeles that people should re-discover.

f
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but it was early evening. The hamburgers were good and the French Fries were outstanding. We asked for extra crisp and they were delivered to our table exactly that way. A problem was that our first choices, both in appetizers and main course, were not available. I think that information should be given a a customer before they become threads go a particular taste and find it cannot be ordered. Value is good

WK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Engine Co No 28 is a gem of a place in the heart of Downtown LA. The unique setting is a charmer & the food always leaves your feeling satisfied. On this date, it was slow when we arrived, yet our server was very attentive, engaging & made sure nothing was left out. Great place to grab a drink or have a nice meal. Enjoy!

OT
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dover sole was very good.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Vibe was off. Service was horrible. Glasses were broken and dirty. Despite that food was good, but won’t be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The fact that the restaurant was empty should have been my first clue that this place was awful. The food, the drinks, the service- all bad.

GG
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We ordered drinks. The martini came without olives. These were brought in a separate glass upon request. We ordered an off-menu item for an appetizer that was ignored. When we asked the obviously very new server, she explained that the chef and sous chef were off (on a Saturday night) and a line cook was preparing the food. The ahi salad was fine but the shepherds pie was unbelievably salty (and I like salt), to the point of being inedible after a few bites. My husband ordered the hot fudge sundae and was brought a small dish of ice cream with butterscotch sauce. When he protested, it was replaced by a small dish of generic vanilla ice cream and a cheap chocolate sauce. My pumpkin cheesecake was dry and rather tasteless. We used to eat here fairly often, but the place has gone way downhill.

W
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to this restaurant for about 20 years. The food and service are always outstanding.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very disappointing. We will not return.

KE
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 7, great experience, friendly, attentive staff. All the dishes were well prepared, presented nicely, and tasted fantastic!! Very flavorful!! The Truffle Fried Chicken and Meatloaf were exceptional. Definitely recommend the Old Fashioned and The Cool Cucumber Basil Gin/Tonic!!

SS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was great for before a show at Disney Concert Hall. The only problem in our group was that there were a very limited number of gluten free offerings. Also, the French fries were disappointing (according to some!) But the service was excellent and the décor was festive for the holidays.

CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great spot if you need to have a conversation/business discussion.

W
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Just wasn’t very special.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty Brussel sprouts and burgers! It’s not too far from the metro station, so it’s an easy stop if you’re nearby.

F
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
393 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
6 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
24 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
38 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
13 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.

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