Engine Co. No. 28

3.9
1644 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1644 people are saying
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Luna
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I come here a lot and I really enjoy this restaurant. One of my favorite things about this place was it’s romantic setting. They’ve added some bright lights that really kill the mood now.

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vipMichael
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This place had great reviews, so we picked it for dinner, out of a plethora of options in DTLA at the same highish price point. The drinks were nice and the server was nice. But the interior is fairly drab and the TV’s are poor quality. The food was terrible. Their “grilled broccoli” was steamed, limp, and bland. Lobster fettuccine was just olive oil and lemon with a tiny amount of rubbery lobster. I could’ve made a better dish at home. Ribs and fries were surprisingly great, even with the ribs being a little dry in some places. But it was weird to have ketchup that was so vinaigary and spicy. The whole night was $120!!! I will not be coming back here for dinner again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons gathered a group of old friends to celebrate my birthday last Friday. The Engine Co. Proved a great venue and the staff was outstanding. Food was good, came out quickly. Chrissy and Felix took great care of us. Manager Andrew ran bar and kept the party going. Engine Co was familiar to all of us, a perennial downtown haunt since the 90s. No pretentious steak shop or fusion factory, just quality comfort food and a good drink in a unique setting. This historic firehouse is always fun. Their business is off, like all the downtown places. They are one of the few open for lunch. Give them and try and let’s keep them open. Place is a treasure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If you don’t offer gluten free items just be truthful and say that. We called to verify if they had gluten free options and were told a variety of menu items that could be made gluten free by the receptionist. When we arrived the server had no clue, went to the back to ask and said the woman on the phone was wrong and they in fact did not have anything gluten free. Terrible experience and a huge waste of our time. Just be honest from the start.

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LAWoman
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the luncheon DineLA menu! Our server was top notch! We had wygu beef burger and fries! And the chicken vegetable soup was fresh and healthy! And the chicken fried sandwich was just delicious. We had complimentary soft drinks, which were very refreshing.

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jkbec1
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good but the restaurant itself is a bit rundown and showing its age. This may be a side effect of Covid so capital improvements may be impractical at this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !

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vipHelenofTroy
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was good, server was good. However parking is a challenge when it's 2 blocks away & there are so many homeless people on the sidewalks. Leaving the restaurant we were immediately confronted by a homeless woman who wouldn't leave us alone. I like the food & the restaurant but sadly I will think twice about venturing to downtown LA to meet friends for dinner.

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SamWhitehead
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Cali and this was the best food in town!!!

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vipScottK
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner before the theater, valet parking with one attendant the past two times I have visited. Often a delay in dropping off the car and picking it up

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere perfect for a business lunch

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vipLA9CC
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is the restaurant I prefer when going from my nearby office t meet someone for a business lunch. After having someone tell me that she prefers the fish and chips, I ordered it, passing on my usual choices of the meatloaf, chili or chicken pot pie. I will return to the restaurant and return to my favorite selections, as the seasoning on the fish seemed unusual to me as were the fries. And return I will, as I enjoy the experience each time so much.

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vipBPaul
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Been here a few times over the years because it is close to my office, usually during lunch - even took clients there. I visited the restaurant before a show with my daughter and the food wasn’t as good as I remembered. Service was okay. It wasn’t busy, so I expected a lot of attention and wound up needing to call server three times.

I will think twice about returning- nothing really bad, just not a memorable experience.

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vipBilH
Fort Lauderdale
57 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Too quiet. Enjoyed dinner with my beautiful wife and son

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vipLA9CC
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always my choice for a business lunch near my office in the Financial District of Los Angeles. The food is consistently good, the service is always at an appropriate level of attention, and the history of the location always prompts a great conversation.

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FredG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engine 28 is an old standard with great american comfort food, upscale feeling and terrific service.You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
One of the best!

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Coopergirl
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food as always. Thank you!

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AlanA
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date night. I wonderful food and bottles of wine are not outrageous for a restaurant in DTLA.

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vipGreatspot
Orange County
152 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with our friends. Drinks were great, food was delicious and dessert was perfection. The building was just amazing. Nothing to complain about.

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Cai1286
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The dish I order, Dover Sole, generally my favourite fish to eat was well cooked but lacked in any real flavour, the rest however was delish and the service was attentive.

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SarahiM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We waited at the front desk for about 15 minutes without anybody even speaking to us. A couple came in after us and was seated before we were. That couple didn't even have reservations as we had made, but we noticed they were seated in the bar area, which in a sense felt like a justification for them being seated before us. When we were finally approached, the waiter didn't even care that we had reservations and sat us right next the the couple that had come after us in the bar section, while they had 3 booths available and proceeded to seat the people that came after us in the booths. If reservations don't matter, we should be told that from the beginning.

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Billz
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited for 10 minutes for host along with people who had been waiting for more than 5 minutes already. No communication from restaurant staff. Restaurant was less than half full on Valentine's day, and hostess appeared to be helping wait tables. Left before being greeted assuming it was going to be a bad dining experience.

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vipReason
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This used to be a great place to go Downtown but now its awful. We went last night for a Valentine's dinner it took 10 minutes to even be greeted. Finally the hostess/server came looked up our reservation and sat us at a table directly outside the kitchen inspite of the fact the restaurant was only half full. We finally moved after the set a table elsewhere. The hostess/server came back by about 15 minutes later and we ordered cocktails and dinner all at once. By the time the cocktails arrived the ice in mine had melted and it was watered down and the worst old fashioned I've ever had. Dinner came about 30 minutes later and was terrible. The whole experience was bad. Never again going back. The hostess/server even told me the owner was cheap and purposely under staffs. AVOID THIS PLACE!!

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vipArleenS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Lobster roll was HORRIBLE! Why fry the lobtster & stick little pebbles of fried lobster into the sandwich AND have the nerve to plop that into a hamburger bun rather than a roll? The insides all fell out!

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MonaLisa
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tried it for the classics in the menu: Shepard’s Pie and Fish N Chips. Both we EXACTLY as they should be . High quality ingredients that combined to remind us of our childhood versions, yet better! Service was accommodating, attentive and engaging. We shared dog pics with our main server as he was fun to speak with.
The only thing that took away from the experience was the dark decor. The dining room had kinda old school formal vibe but Firehouse items tossed in. Strange combo. The space would be better if it lightened up.

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BOBJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

EXCELLENT RESTURANT IN MID DOWNTOWN LA. HAD NOT BEEN THERE FOR 30 UEARS AND FOOD WAS GREAT.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A definite "Go to" when on the run but want a good meal and great service. I ordered filet of sole, and though very tasty was a bit over done. I highly recommend the rigatoni!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Ordered simple dry martini. Took three times to get it right. Food was ok. Not worth the amount charged. Vegetables were average. And meal was. expensive seems like the fire truck has left the station. Maybe it’s time to close shop.

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LaTanyaR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food overall good. Honey truffle chicken was a little bland and soggy, but mashed potatoes and spinach was delicious. Filet of sole also great preparation.

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vipAnnieo
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We came here for a light business meal. The space is themed well but seemed a little worn and dusty. I think it would be a great place with friends and people you were super comfortable with -

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vipSilO
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food decent. Good gumbo. Watch for over harges though.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

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

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AlexisG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
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.

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MotherofThree
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.

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fogiesnightout
Los Angeles
75 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

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vipWarrenK
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dover sole was very good.

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MarieC
San Francisco
3 reviews
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
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.

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Wiedy
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.

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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 1644 OpenTable diners.

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