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About Engine Co. No. 28

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.

644 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
7th and Wilshire

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 624-6996

Website:
http://www.engineco.com/

Catering:
Full menu, sandwiches and salads.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available all day for $10.00
Nearby street parking and public lot parking

Public Transit:
Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.

Executive Chef:

Private Party Facilities:
Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 15 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Traci: (213) 624-6996

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Host your special events in our private mezzanine area and rear dining room.

Please call to make arrangements for larger parties.

Engine Co. No. 28 Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (8)
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Cozy (6)
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Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
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Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Romantic (2)
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Worth the Drive (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

No one was front of house. No one tending bar. Brunch food took over 30 minutes. No bloody Mary’s or sparkling wine to be had.
Overall a really sad visit to this beautiful establishment.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

It was Valentines Day, and they unexpectedly had a set menu. Way overpriced. Decent food, but didn’t appreciate finding out about the set menu after we arrived.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

I have been going to Engine Company my entire life. Have always enjoyed it, although the food quality has declined over recent years and so I’ve gone less and less. Decided to bring my wife for Valentine’s Day, figured it would be nice to go downtown. It was really sad. Restaurant was dead, prix fixe menu was a 1/3 (lobster bisque was good, chicken parm and cheesecake dessert were honestly terrible). We felt very foolish for being there. If this was my first time, I would never go back. I know it can be better, but someone needs to get it figured out, soon.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I have always enjoyed this restaurant mainly for the easy location wonderful building.
The menu is simple and very good choices. The service has always been very good and
The servers seem very half and honest.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great experience. The food and service was fantastic. Everyone was so kind and gracious to us and our children. Thank you!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

In the heart of LA, good location, good food, good service and they have VALET parking.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The atmosphere and service is the best they have going for them. The architecture is fabulous and our waiter was outstanding! The place was empty at 6:30p on a Saturday evening. The food was just okay. The fish was over cooked and their wedge salad was the absolute worse I’ve ever had; runny watery dressing included. Their drinks were good but over priced for the type of place it is. $17 for a Manhattan...really! It should be $12-$14.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great location, great ambiance, good food. Worst service I've encountered in a "restaurant near a convention center" in a long, long time. And, to make the situation worse, excuses given and no apology or rectification once it was brought up politely to management. Once our food was brought to us (by a server, not our waiter) no one ever checked on whether we enjoyed our meal selections. No one asked if we'd like a second glass of wine (which we would have, in order to have a glass with our meal). We asked three times for water to be brought to the table - and finally had to get up and get a glass from the bar for one of our party who was only drinking water with her meal. At the end, when we talked to a manager twice, our waiter finally came out and said "he'd asked his assistant" to check on us. We never got a second glass of wine. We never got water. We asked for our dessert - which was to be part of our prix fixe meal - to be given to us in a to-go bag and left. This experience really negatively impacted what we hoped would be a beautiful first night out in Los Angeles.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great good and service as always! A downtown gem. Love the fresh bread, ambiance, and chicken salad-my fav! Much improved quality from last time.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Average food, service, ambiance. Nothing very special

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

“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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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.

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 (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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Literally the worst dining experience of all time. Food came out at all different times, food was AWFUL, truly terrible. Rude manager, dark and depressing inside....do yourself a favor and skip this place!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Second time I had been there. Sunday at noon, NOT ONE SOUL IN THE PLACE THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE. THIS WAS EXACTLY LIKE LAST TIME I WAS THERE, IN FACT PUT US IN SAME BOOTH. Food was great but the RAP MUSIC was not my idea of a Sunday brunch. Will not be going back, twice with no one else dining. Is this place used for laundering money? Amazing, good food but weird.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food is a wonderful setting, with great service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Late Sunday dinner was fabulous. The best fried chicken I've had in the west. Best chili outside my kitchen. Loved it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had a lovely meal after a downtown theatre event. Great range of choices.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was excellent, as was the ambiance and room. The food was so bad as to be almost inedible.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and service. Great for business lunch. Also an upstairs room for larger groups. Only drawback is the booths are small so they are a bit tight.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Engine Co is perfectly located downtown. Nice place for an upscale lunch or dinner. Food and service is always good. I love the meatloaf.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Nice ambiance, good food. Great place for business lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Nice looking place, close to downtown LA locations.

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ordered sparkling water and they were out. Tried to order a salad and they were out of avocado. Tried to order pasta and they were out of marinara. They were out of all steaks. This was a Saturday night! Tried to speak to the manager and he was out. Never go to this bad excuse of a restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Another good meal, good drinks, and easy reservation at the last minute. Same review as the last 10 years -
The service is oddly off at this place though for some reason. First could not find reservation (I was a little late), next seated but no menus offered, next salad came after the main course was served, it's the Engine Co. so you know the meatloaf is going to be solid and the drinks full and well made - but why not find service staff that are professional. They are very nice and always apologize, but why not just pay attention to the task at hand.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Change the brunch time frame on the open table site from 11-3 to 11-2

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This restaurant used to be much better. It’s losing stars. Or did we just have a off night.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Conveniently located and great ambiance. Great menu of simple classics. Favorite is Corn Chowder :)

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We love this spot for pre-performance dinners at the Music Center or Disney Concert Hall. Consistently good food & service.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

When we want a menu with enough items and variation to please anyone, Engine Co. 28 is on our top three list of restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. The historic setting and charm of a turn of the century Los Angeles fire house is enough for a three star rating. Their traditional approach towards their menu items in that space just reminds us of the meals we were raised on when everyone had time to sit down together at home and talk about our day. Nostalgia is and taking time to dine with people you enjoy is under-rated. Dining at Engine Co. 28 is a an opportunity you owe yourself every now and then.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Exceeded my expectations. Waiter recommended the ribs which was the special and not on the menu. They were wonderful.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in the area if you want to have a conversation while you eat. The service is top notch, the drinks are exceptional, and the food is comparable to anything that you will find in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This repurposed fire house is absolutely beautiful, and the classic decor is a hidden jewel in downtown LA. The food was great, prices are very reasonable considering the location, but we had to flag down the staff several times for refills and dessert orders when the restaurant was half empty. Even so, all staff was very friendly and welcoming at all times.

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