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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
Sunday - Saturday
Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch + Dinner 2:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour 7 days:
7th and Wilshire
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full menu, sandwiches and salads.
Valet parking is available all day for $10.00
Nearby street parking and public lot parking
Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 15 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Traci: (213) 624-6996
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
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!!
I can't really say how the restaurant was because we never made it inside. I made reservations here because it was on the way to the concert we were attending that evening. I was happy to note that they had valet available so I wouldn't have to deal with parking in downtown L.A. I live in a suburb so I am not really familiar with the area. I arrived a few minutes before my reservation time to discover no valet. I was able to pull over to let out my passengers but when they got to the door it was locked. Another customer was also trying to get in and was able to get someone to open the door. We were told they were unable to open because a couple of employees didn't show up for work.
This is a go to spot for lunch because the food and service are good. Nothing special about the menu and it could use a refresh, but has all the basic options for a business lunch: soups, salads, burgers and pasta. Great big bar is probably great for meeting friends after work.
Three different requests for cocktails were denied: "We're out of that." A Sapphire martini was delivered to the table--but it turned out to be a substitute gin. They seem to be running out of alcohol and not restocking. Altogether, it was quite a disappointing visit to this old-favorite restaurant.
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