Engine Co. No. 28

3.7
1615 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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 1615 People Are Saying
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3.5
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3.6
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BobL
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, quiet, good food, Have been coming here for years when in town, always consistent. Great atmosphere, even when slow business like right now.

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RichardA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service

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Foodfan
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We made a reservation for New Years Eve based on the special menu of surf and turf. We asked for a larger booth and they said no because they were crowded. Those coming behind us, twosomes, got the larger booth. Strike 1. We get there and get handed the regular menu. They didn’t know anything about the special menu or when they would start serving it. Strike 2. We ordered meatloaf from the regular menu. There was so much chili pepper in it I couldn’t eat. Hubby did and paid the price. I suggested they warn people about it and they said they were famous for it and liked it that way. Strike 3. I ordered something else and it was just ok. At the end of the meal we were brought the check with no asking if we wanted dessert. Strike 4. We cannot recommend this restaurant.

JM
vipJoanM
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic location beautifully decorated for the holidays. The good and service were top notch. Will definitely return.

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vipKelleyN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service ( Brandon ? He works at both your restaurants he said) food, fine.

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vipCoffeeOut
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

After decades of coming to Engine Company, I can';t say that I'll return in the future. Went for an early dinner when the restaurant was nearly empty and had poor service, food that was only warm and of a quality that was not the way it was in the past. Restrooms were filthy. I wish I could give a better assessment for this old friend of a restaurant.

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vipMalikaV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very limited choice on the menu.

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vipLora
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Overall the experience was good. I can tell they did a lot of cleaning but the strong smell of the detergents made it somewhat unpleasant.

JD
vipJohnD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Friendly, courteous staff. Good food but not the same Engine Company 28 of years past. Greatly reduced menu and they were out of several menu items during our visit. Same experience with the wine list; several Chardonnays were on the list but none were available

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was close to the hotel, and the website seemed promising. However, was absolutely the worst service and experience we have ever had. We ordered bloody Mary’s and an Irish coffee. The bloody were described as having bacon, olives, jalapeños as garnish. They came with nothing. The Irish Coffee was more like a White Russian, with whisky on the rocks. We decided to eat somewhere else. The server comped our drinks which was the only positive.

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Mmmmm
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chile is not as good as it used to be prior to COVID

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Levistrauss
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place with good food. Had a quiet midweek lunch and would go there again.

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SFfoodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet with friends

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Slow service, our server seemed to be having a harder day

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Luna
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 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 8 October 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 8 October 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 2 October 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
31 reviews
Dined on 2 October 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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vipjkbec1
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 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
31 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !

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vipHelenofTroy
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 12 September 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 4 September 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 7 March 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 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere perfect for a business lunch

LA
vipLA9CC
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on 2 March 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 29 February 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
59 reviews
Dined on 28 February 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 28 February 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 22 February 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
36 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food as always. Thank you!

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AlanA
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 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
154 reviews
Dined on 15 February 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 15 February 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.

SM
SarahiM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 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 14 February 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 14 February 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 12 February 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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vipMonaLisa
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on 12 February 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 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 624-6996.

Engine Co. No. 28 is rated 3.7 stars by 1615 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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