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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

3.7

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

77% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (13)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food is a wonderful setting, with great service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 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 10, 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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 (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 25, 2017

Nice looking place, close to downtown LA locations.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 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 11, 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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 (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 4, 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 3, 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 25, 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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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 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 12, 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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I just wanted somewhere close to the Staple Center as we had tickets to see the LA KINGS! This restaurant was suggested on Open Table and we really were impressed. Time was of the essence and the traffic was horrendous. But once we stepped into the renovated firehouse we were very impressed. My bartender made a fabulous Paloma and the calamari was great! the atmosphere was very nice. It looked like some gentlemen were coming after work and enjoying the bar, and the waiter we had that evening was so great! I loved my steak sandwich and my husband loved his shepards pie. The next Paloma was again fabulous. The check came when requested! We made the game, our team did not win this time, but the season just started! thank you staff at ENGINE CO. NO 28!! We will definitely come again!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great date spot. Ambiance is awesome. Valet is always a plus when it’s downtown (although it was pricey, $9). Service was great. New York steak was a little fatty but good. Gumbo was TREMENDOUS.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We used your website and there were very few reservations available. We were shocked when we got there to find the restaurant empty except one other party. It was my birthday and I am 69 I wanted to treat my family to a special treat. Because of the limited reservations we could not pick a time where the whole family could go. I was disappointed not to be all together and the total lack of atmosphere with no one there👎🏻atmosphere is more important than the food to me!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I have heard good things about this restaurant & they offered shuttle service to the Music Center. We valet parked. I inquired about the shuttle with the hostess, she said that it had been discontinued!
Good Service. Food Marginal; The Brussels Sprouts were dry & flavorless, Haystack Onions...Meh, My Buffalo Chicken salad looked like the Salad in a bag from the grocery store , the 4 pieces of chicken did have more flavor than the bland dressing.
Hubby's Shepards pie was a little salty & the meat was a little tough.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The food was ok. The cheesecake was dreadful. I was asked 4 times if I wanted a refill of Coke, and I'm all about great service, but it was irritating to be interrupted in conversation repeatedly after saying I didn't want a refill. I almost said yes just to get them to stop asking. There was a guy at the bar cursing and yelling and they didn't seem to mind, and didn't ask him to keep it down. So through the meal we listened to a guy screaming the F word at the top of his lungs which was awkward. Again, the food was ok - the steak was prepared accordingly but nothing to write home about. I think if the staff were more aware of the guest experience, it may be worth a second shot. It wasn't a bad meal, just a weird one.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always enjoy eating here and the large selections of items. Portions are large and service is great.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had reservations. Waited at the front for 10 mins to be acknowledged. No one was visible so we left. They reported to OpenTable that we never showed up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I have been coming back to Engine Company #28 whenever I'm in LA on a business trip - for nearly 30 year now. I've never had a bad experience. The food is always innovative, perfectly prepared, and the atmosphere is perfect for a nice business dinner. I'm looking forward to the next 30 years of success from one of my favorite restaurants!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Visiting daughter in L.A. Went to E28 for late lunch/early dinner on Sunday afternoon. Service was excellent. Food was also outstanding and reasonably priced. We called ahead and they even got us great parking advice. Great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We had reservations for 5:30 on a Tuesday night. We were coming from Orange County so we left early and the traffic on the freeway was not that heavy. However, after got off the freeway it took us 45 minutes to travel 4 blocks. The downtown traffic was horrible.
Luckily the restaurant had Valet parking, $9 after 4PM.
Once we got inside the restaurant was nearly empty so we were seated almost immediately. Water and bread were delivered quickly and our waiter was attentive.
We made our order. My meatloaf was excellent and my wife had the chicken breast which she said was very good. The sides were good but not exceptional.
We were not pressured at all and when we were finished the bill was processed quickly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Quality of food as gotten worse. I was disappointed they didn't have their signature chili even though it was on the menu. They had a white bean "chili" instead which was awful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We went for lunch on a Monday. The carpeted floor felt sticky and wet as we walked to the table. Service was adequate but slow. Several items were not available from the menu which seemed odd for a Monday. Price was very expensive for typical pub fare. There were no lunch specials on the menu.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent service by friendly staff. Reasonable prices and very relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Service was spot on and we had a group of 7 for a business lunch. Food was tasty and served at perfect temperature!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Came here because we saw an online article rating this a great place for kids due to the firehouse theme. This is grossly off. This place is great, maybe, for a happy hour after work if you are into the quiet, creepy bar scene.
I had made a reservation with notes about it being our 9 year olds birthday -which was totally silly because reservations are not necessary and there wasn't even a waitstaff in place yet when we arrived at 7:15. The servers once they came by were nice enough but more of the smell like cigarette smoke variety and quick and to the point than the " sing your kid happy birthday" variety. I think the article reviewer just never actually came into the place before. Fine for adults for a half hour after work though. Food wasn't terrible but overpriced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great place, especially for a date night with your partner.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great nostalgic restaurant
The AC wasn't working yesterday 😣

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Our waiter was very conscientious. He asked if we had theatre reservations to ensure we would make the curtain time later that evening. Our salads were scrumptious.
My friend loved her paloma margarita.

Everything was great.

Traffic was horrible so we called and they held our table for us.

Overall it was a 4+

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I heard about this place and liked the idea of a converted fire house turned restaurant. I was able to try out the special dinner menu for DineLA. The food portions are excellent for the price we paid. I wound up taking everything but the dessert home. The hot cheetos mac n cheese were a big hit for a hot cheetos lover.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Service was great and everything was delicious. The lemon meringue pie was the absolute best!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Super slow service with over priced food. Had been excited to visit but will not be returning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Service was awful! I used to like this place and suggested it for a business dinner. It was embarrassing how terrible it was. Our waiter disappeared for a long period of time when we were waiting to order, meaning we were there nearly half an hour before our orders were placed. The waiter when he finally showed up was gruff and indifferent. All this despite the restaurant being nearly empty on a Monday night. Never again.

My colleagues will never let me pick the restaurant again!!

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