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Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles, CA

Engine Co. No. 28

3.8
3.8
1622 Reviews
$30 and under
American
VALET PARKING $20 per car

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

19:00


Booked 10 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Burgers
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch/ Dinner Mon–Fri 11:30–21:30 Sat, Sun 14:00–22:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30–15:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 705-1556
  • 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
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,622 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Good for business meals

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    American

1,622 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    It was oddly slow for a Friday night, compared to other times I’ve been

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  2. dphii

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We very much enjoyed our visit to Engine Co. No. 28. The vibe was good, and friendly. The booth was comfortable and the ambiance was very laid back. There were few diners the evening we were there and the service was excellent. We both enjoyed our meals, but would like to have seen a bit more variety on the menu.

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  3. JenniA

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant wasn’t busy and it took a long time for the server to take our order and for our food to arrive. Our food was mediocre. Average bar food. The only good thing was actual restaurant that was a converted firehouse. It was a unique atmosphere.

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  4. Sebastian

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine's Day dinner We visited Engine Co No 28 for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful time. While the food did take a little longer than expected, it was understandable given the occasion. However, once it arrived, we were delighted with the quality and taste. The service was also excellent, adding to the overall enjoyable experience. We'll definitely consider returning for future special occasions.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Although we arrived late for our reservation we were still accommodated. Arriving at 6:55 we were seated by the security guard, our waitress came beyond our table about 5 minutes after we were sat. It was a prefixed menu, so we ordered everything immediately, and then we waited for almost an hour. We waited exactly 48 minutes before we flagged down a member of the waitstaff. The same security guard that sat us came and checked on us we relayed the same thing, no drinks no food for almost an hour. An hour after placing our order our drinks (Side Car, Salty Pear Martini) arrived. 10 minutes later our first course arrived almost an hour and a half after we placed our order. The tuna tar tar was the star of the show absolute best thing we had . The filet were served hot, but given the quality it was obvious these were pressed filets. The mashed potatoes were watery, and no horseradish to speak of. As a compromise for waiting we were given additional drinks which would be fine if we could have enjoyed them. We requested our desserts to be boxed to go as we were getting sleepy. Overall would never come here on a holiday again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It took like an hour to get the food so we decided to have it to go.

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  7. Dave

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Worse beer list than your average stadium with non on tap and half the cans sold out (and come on you’re an old fire house and going to serve Coors and Corona? Modelo in a high end place without a glass so I’m drinking foil?) inattentive/disappearing service; rin an empty restaurant with plenty of availability sat next to kitchen door and server station. Very disappointing. However, AMAZING appetizers: spicy mac and cheese balls, hummus (and who ever raves about hummus??), roasted brussels, and cauli warrant ordering seconds. Entree fried chicken sandwich was meh, too wet even without the aioli, and side salad was way over dressed. Apps save the place from being a two star overall, all four of us raved about those. Sit at the bar and order a scotch neat and an appetizer, or skip it. Save yourself a ton of money.

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  8. DonnJulie

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Lunch date morphed into a 3 hour reconnection conversation with an old friend. We were neither hurried or bothered by the excellent and empathetic wait staff. We'll be back. Highly recommended!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was VERY good but unfortunately short staffed. Not their fault at all. My meal came very late and I ate when my guests had already finished. Our waitress made it up by comping a free drink which we appreciated. Great place but please staff up to help your team and make diners experience better.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good was not that busy and the service was very slow.

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  11. GeorgeT

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service for table of 12… Lots of food choices … Would go back often if we lived in the area!

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  12. MarvinL

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I forgot how good this food tasted! Excellent all around. Will definitely be back!

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  13. Duvon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful holiday decor. The food was delicious and our server was attentive.

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  14. gwilly

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Sadly, 28 has seen better days. It possesses a wonderful ambience but feels like it’s been gutted - maybe not literally, but certainly of personality. Perhaps it was dinner on a Friday, as I used to lunch there monthly for many years. It’s presence is sad compared to my memories.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The chefs special, a fabulous cheeseburger and fries was amazing!!! Too many things on the menu contained truffles or jalapeños, so we decided to pass. We live in the suburbs, so it was kind of scary going into the bus lane to get to the restaurant but we made it! Everyone was friendly and helpful. The house red wine was great. If you the cheeseburgers and the best french fries I have ever tasted, I recommend Engine 28!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I did not enjoy my visit to Engine Co. No. 28 due to the staff ignoring me and my date as soon as we entered. We had to walk up to a staff member in order to be seated. Just an overall unwelcoming feeling.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this please. The food was delicious and the atmosphere nice. Was very happy with the blackened iron shrimp appetizer and also loved the Roasted Chicken Provençal. The brussels sprouts and cauliflower served with it were amazing. They all being said, the server was was extremely slow and inattentive, especially given that the place wasn’t packed. Would have been nice if she asked if we needed anything else and we didn’t have to track her down. The bus boy tried was better than the server asking us what we needed.

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  18. MnMnMnMnM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an early dinner before the Kings game here. When we arrived at 5:30 it was pretty empty, but by the time we left it was slowly filling up. The live music was nice. It was a just a keyboard and vocals, but it made a nice ambiance. The cocktails were very good. Great service, flavor, and variety of offerings. The service was OK. We ordered an appetizer, and she asked if we were ready to order entrees at the same time. We did so, and just a few minutes later our entrees showed up, but no appetizer. Thankfully, she canceled the order and removed the appetizer from the bill. So it worked out ok, we just didn't get to try the calamari. The burger was pretty good, but the fried chicken sandwich was just OK (a bit dry and not much flavor). For a $22 chicken sandwich, it was not a great value. The presentation was nice, and the ambiance was pleasant. I'll give it another shot when I'm heading to a game.

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  19. PS01

    Los Angeles

    631 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    631 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hmmm... Nothing special about the menu anymore. What happened to the comfort food items it used to have? Now the menu is no different than any other boring restaurant. The menu needs to find its unique character again.

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  20. BruceS

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average and the service was slow. It seemed like there was one server and one assistant on a Saturday night.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, not a one doggie bag from dinner of 6! Lamb chops and Minon Surf 😋😋 Beautiful and historic venue. Prices very reasonable 👍🏽

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  22. Neon

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    食事はとても美味しかったです。 ラムチョップが良かったかな。 ただアメリカの食事あるあるですが、料理の量が多いです。 Togoで持って帰りましたが。 雰囲気共にオススメです。

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  23. DavidB

    Atlanta Metro

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was very good but so understaffed. Please hire more servers and competent bar tenders. Shame to waste such a great location.

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  24. NormanP

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The Engine Co. 28 was one of our favorite restaurants for many years. Had great food, ambiance and was classy. The last time we dined there was before the pandemic and I have to admit I was surprised at how much the restaurant had declined. The menu is more than half the size it was, the wine selection is almost non existent and, with only one other occupied table in the restaurant, was quite depressing. The food was not even close to the quality of the past. My recommendation is to avoid the Engine Co. No. 28

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  25. DAVIDM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for birthday lunch. Food was delicious and the service was great. Would definitely come back and highly recommend.

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  26. JaniceQ

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything tasted horribly salty!! and I love!! salt but the salt ruined the taste for everything. I have never had Hummus that tasted like you were eating a whole spoon of salt. Could have been the pita bread as well. Caesar salad was horrific one was able to taste every anchovy, again heavy handed an overkill. Everything was overly salty?? Salmon and Risotto was absolutely delicious although the mashed potatoes were again too salty. I felt ill after eating, and throughout that night. Needless to say couldn't sleep after that lunch. Not a good thing.

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  27. BobbyF

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, friendly staff and ready good food!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The morning of our reservation, the restaurant cancelled. I thought it might be a mistake, so I rebooked. They cancelled again. I called and got a recording that the number had been changed and no new number was available. Not sure why Open Table still has them in the system.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the best most flavorful food my family has had. Everything was cooked perfectly & the staff was very attentive.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food was delicious with generous portions and the ambiance was great!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful evening and I would recommend it to Downtain diners

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  32. HS2004

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice lunch. Food and service were good.

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  33. MelissaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I as allowed to make a reservation and when we went to restaurant it was closed. Looked like it happened been open in days. Still said open on goggle.

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  34. AngelinaB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great! Food us tasty, service is very professional and you can actually have a normal conversation. No need to scream at one another.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Great food. Not too crowded. Cool concept. An A+ experience.

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  36. AnniversaryNight

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The cobb salad with dijon mustard dressing was a little bland. Thr meat loaf had an off taste, like chili con carne. Caesar salad was really mediocre, should take it off the menu. The restaurant does not have any bread yo serve with the meal. Service was very attentive, water glasses were kept filled and all requests were promptly addressed.

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  37. Mike

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very slow; menu was very limited; dessrt was stale; ambience was uncomfortable: our Maitre'd was a security guard. Not going back.

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  38. SimonL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time there and during lunch it was not too busy. I was there with a small party from work, a total of 6. Our server was nice and did her best to come around. It did feel like they were a little short-staffed though. We arrived about 15 minutes late for our reservation but still had to wait a few minutes for them to find us a table. I did call ahead to let them know we were running behind. They have a nice menu with a variety of options. Our group had the Cobb salad, Turkey burger, Korean chicken sandwich, Philly Cheesesteak and Ahi tuna salad and they tasted great.

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  39. CarolM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We order two of the creme brulee and was disappointed. This was more of an egg tart tasting rather than a creme brulee.

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  40. DonD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My first post covid visit. I had the Cobb Salad and my colleague had the chicken piccata. Portions were very small given the price. My salad was OK but rather unimaginative. Not sure I'll be back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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) 705-1556.

Engine Co. No. 28 is rated 3.8 stars by 1622 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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.
  • Area
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch/ Dinner Mon–Fri 11:30–21:30 Sat, Sun 14:00–22:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30–15:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (213) 705-1556
  • 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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