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Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles, CA
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Engine Co. No. 28

3.9
3.9
1558 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Housed in a beautifully restored 1912 firehouse, Engine Co. No. 28 located 3 blocks from the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention center 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, crispy hand-breaded fried chicken, a burger to remember and a great assortment of handmade cocktails, a consistently updated wine list, and a great draft beer selection.

The restaurant is reminiscent of the classic grills of San Francisco and New York - mahogany booths, granite bar, and original brass fire pole with eclectic old filament light bulbs to add to the motif.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch/ Dinner Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 624-6996

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

  • Catering

    Full menu, sandwiches and salads.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 20 guests. Semi private dining for parties of 40-50.

  • Private party contact

    Traci: (213) 624-6996

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Figueroa St. and Wilshire Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Self Parking Lots: Metropolis covered parking garage, 723 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017,Metropolis open lot parking, 737 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017Metropolis covered parking garage, 757 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017Street Parking:Available on multiple blocks around our location. Please read all posted signs for current hours.

  • Public transit

    Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,558 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. S

    Scottz

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    No people in restaurant on Saturday night
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good and good service
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The service was terrible. We were literally the only table (3-people) and it took forever just to get someone over to see if we needed water or anything. Service continued to be extremely slow and inefficient. The menu had a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio that we ordered, when it was delivered to the table the bottle was a Pinot Grigio but of a much reduced caliber. When we inquired about it the waiter simply said - well that’s all we have. When asked if this inferior bottle would have an adjusted price he said he’ll see but the final bill had the price of the better bottle. And by the way, for the first time in my life ordering wine in a restaurant , they didn’t pour the first glass or even a taste. Just dropped the bottle on the table and left. Cool venue but now understand why we where the only ones in the place.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Lack of staff, food was subpar, expensive for portions and quality. No parking nearby, super disappointed as we’d been here years ago and had an amazing experience. It’s downhill and unfortunate.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The drinks tasted like nothing but alcohol, we only ordered dessert but I’m glad because even though it should have been sweet both the cheesecake and chocolate mousse were drenched in caramel and neither tasted like anything else. Disappointed for choosing this place for a special new years dinner in DTLA.
  6. LN

    LovesNYC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good location, fun ambiance, food ok. Wouldn't return - the weather was very cold and rainy and there weren't enough warm soup/stew options. Also very loud sound track running.
  7. PR

    PhillyRich

    Los Angeles

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my meatloaf with spinach and mashed potatoes. Everything was well-presented and tasted great! Service was outstanding.
  8. SB

    SuzetteB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The happy hour menu a few years ago was better and cheaper. It included a dessert and the drinks were more of a variety. The hours were longer it started around 3 and ended about 9. I was very disappointed.
  9. NH

    NancyH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Will never return, last time I was there it was one of the best places to eat in downtownLA
  10. I

    Impressed

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great server in Chrissy - good service overall.
  11. SM

    SteveM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    1 Waitress @ 6 pm Wed night. 2 parties of about 40 people total. SLOW SERVICE Food portions VERY SMALL for the prices. Calamari was the worst ever fed humans Chicken wings seemed cooked about 1` week ago Actually WANT A REFUND of $280 bucks
  12. CF

    CaliforniaFoodie

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very dated. Went at 6pm on a Saturday and there were few people and the food was "average" at best. The carpet had holes in it, and they used paper napkins (fine dining place usually use cloth). Bathrooms were new redone and nice. I was a patron more than 20 years ago - definitely not the same.
  13. S

    Sylonboard

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The place was empty for 2hrs. I guess their brunch isn't very popular. We had 2 waiters that were very attentive. They had a good brunch selection. The place has great history. We put on firemen gear and took pictures.
  14. R

    Rita

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food over salted Portions smaller than usual Waiter did not compensate for dissatisfaction with our meals
  15. FF

    FaithfulFoodie

    Los Angeles

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Had a great experience at the Engine Company The atmosphere was easy and very casual.
  16. CL

    CaseyL

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so delighted to find this restaurant! Great food and wonderful service. The staff was welcoming and friendly, even offering historical background on the fire station. We particularly enjoyed the ambiance and atmosphere of the 1912 building.
  17. l

    lhfoodie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great but I would ask about the price of a mocktail before ordering one. I was charged full price as if my drink included alcohol, insane. It was adjusted after I complained.
  18. AS

    AtlantaScotts

    Atlanta

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great, Cody location with great, comfort food!
  19. M

    Monica

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was our group’s first DineLA get together since Covid. While we prefer outdoor dining, I did not want to be eating street side in Downtown. Luckily we were able to be accommodated as I requested one of the more isolated tables in the restaurant and it wasn’t busy on a Monday evening. Our service was great and we were drinking so much water. Our hostess also had wine and cocktail recommendations that paired well with our food. We each ordered something different on the DineLA menu. I had the calamari, Scottish salmon, and cheesecake. The calamari was nice and light, salmon was cooked perfectly to a nice flakey gesture and crispy skin. The cheesecake did have a strange flakey texture to me. I’m a little critical because I make a lot of cheesecakes for friends and family and I was expecting it to be creamier. It might have been a lack of eggs or something was off. My friends had the short rib (very good), chicken Parmesan, lemon pepper wings, and cauliflower buffalo wings. They all looked good.
  20. H

    Halp

    Los Angeles

    232 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Went from DineLA dinner. Seem as if they were ill-prepared for the event.
  21. A

    Anita

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Engine Co. No. 28 WAS a nice spot for buisness lunches. Its really showing wear and tear, our booth seat was torn, scrapes on the paneling and tabletop. The bar fridge was broken so white wine and beer were not available and the cheeses cake tasted a bit strange. I will say the wagu burger was good. Please make the investment and update the interior.
  22. ML

    MaryL

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    Engine Co was ok. Maybe breakfast is not their strong point. The meal was alright. Service was casual.
  23. J

    Jackie

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service was pathetic. The food was quite decent, except for the side salad, which was down there with the service.
  24. US

    USCmom

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Very disappointing. Food is so bland. Won’t be back
  25. LR

    LinetteR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great restaurant within walking distance of our downtown LAt also hotel. It's located in a historic fire station and decorated with fire station and LA memorabilia. I had the spicy shrimp (huge!) over a creamy and flavorful risotto that also contained mushrooms and asparagus. Would definitely recommend this little gem.
  26. MM

    MissMercury

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Good food but SO overpriced. They charged me 12.95 for a tiny side caesar salad added to my main entree. Also told me rolls were included but charged me for them.
  27. f

    frenchy584

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service
  28. DS

    DeborahS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was good, but not as good as it used to be.
  29. DR

    DavideR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it. I would recommend to a friend. Very nice location and service
  30. BL

    BenL

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cob salad! And great service in the financial district
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant. Attentive staff and amazing food!!
  32. DA

    DawnA

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went right at 1130a when they opened during the week. Our server was perfect. She was friendly, efficient, helpful, and respected the time we needed to talk business. Food was delish and I can see coming here for a happy hour. Great vibe.
  33. T

    Teek

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    A little disappointed with the lack of menu items available during our visit. There were 4 of us and we each ordered a different meal. Well 2 of the meals we ordered were not available in the kitchen that evening although it was listed in the menu. They appeared to be short staffed, but the staff that was there was excellent. The service was slow because there was just not enough people working.
  34. T

    Tanja

    Hamburg

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tolles Restaurant in einem alten Feuerwehrhaus. Die Bedienungwn Waren alle sehr freundlich und bemüht. Das Essen war frisch zubereitet und die Hamburger haben lecker geschmeckt. Kleines Manko: die Klimaanlage war etwas zu kalt eingestellt, so dass ein längeres Verweilen nicht unbedingt möglich ist.
  35. IH

    IanH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nostalgia is cool & this place is all that. Our server & support staff were fantastic! With no lack of selection, food was spot on.
  36. KE

    KathrynE

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. We were treated well, even though we were the only table. Food was delicious. Service was good. No complaints.
  37. AC

    AntonC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a quiet place if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of LA Live on a Saturday. Really good food and friendly service. I would go again.
  38. H

    Hollyt1

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Calamari appetizer was very good. Beer selection was poor. Waitstaff attentive.happy hours rules antiquated
  39. R

    Rogue

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made reservations only to find once we arrived that the restaurant was closed. Poor form, Open Table.
  40. c

    caphilldiner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Management should be ashamed to place untrained staff as servers. The servers were no better than a a fast food counter server. When I’m paying these prices, I would expect service commensurate with what the establishment expects of me as a customer. Here, the servers were completely untrained. I don’t blame them so much as the management who should know better. The food was mediocre at best. Came out cold with no taste. $40 NY prime steak was more like a flat iron steak. My salmon was gross. Other plates similarly bad. Spent $400 to entertain a group for lunch and couldn’t have been more embarrassed. I will never return to this restaurant. You shouldn’t go either.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Engine Co. No. 28 using the Order Online button. Engine Co. No. 28 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 624-6996.

Engine Co. No. 28 is rated 3.9 stars by 1558 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Engine Co. No. 28

644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Figueroa St. and Wilshire Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch/ Dinner Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Self Parking Lots: Metropolis covered parking garage, 723 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017,Metropolis open lot parking, 737 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017Metropolis covered parking garage, 757 s Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017Street Parking:Available on multiple blocks around our location. Please read all posted signs for current hours.

  • Public transit

    Adjacent to Metro Blue, Red Lines and DASH.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 624-6996

  • Catering

    Full menu, sandwiches and salads.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private mezzanine - accommodates 20 guests. Semi private dining for parties of 40-50.

  • Private party contact

    Traci: (213) 624-6996

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