Engine Co. No. 28

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1652 reviews
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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.
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Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and loved this restaurant. The old firehouse setting is very cool. We had their signature meatloaf and fired chicken dinners. This isn't something I would normally order but it turned out to be a great choice and lived up to it's reputation.

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DE
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had been in a years...GREAT like ALWAYS! Bartender was super !!!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Valet expensive and slow. Service was slow and they tried to overcharge me for the food and possibly did for the drink. They did not confirm my reservation check in so I had to straighten things out with Open Table.

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M
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so flavorful and tasty and we had a nice wonderful lunch. Enjoyed the history of the place and the service was awesome!! Will be back soon.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch date with my daughter

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

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RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got there late thanks to my underestimating how long it would take, then had to wait for the valet. Chad, our waiter, was very attentive and super helpful. We were running late to get back to Union Station, so Chad asked the valet to get the car while he packed up our leftovers so we could catch the train on time. The valets are really for the restaurant next door, so they put those folks first. Since Chad told us that, we were prepared and made the train. The food was yummy, the wine was tasty, and we were there ahead of the dinner rush so it wasn't crowded or loud. Dad loved the architecture, too. I've been there before and was happy to return, and will so again.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food however the service was slow and we were the only guests in the restaurant!

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K
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch in a beautiful court yard. Wonderful service and excellent cocktails. Probably the BEST burger in town. Also loved their soft scrambled eggs. Looking forward to going back!

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SD
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fish was poorly prepared and returned. Protein ended up last piece so had to opt for other fish—-well cooked but not a great flavor. Plain. Sorry to say I won’t be returning to this restaurant

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ME
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend is a fireman so I thought it would be nice to treat him to lunch for Father's Day. He ordered the steak and was impressed with how tender and flavorful it was. We would definitely come back to try other items on the menu.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Julio made my birthday extra special. He brought humor to the table and CHEESECAKE!

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TG
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for dining before the theatre. Julio, our waiter, was diligent to get us to the theatre on time.

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PN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Engine No 28 was special from the greeting to our departure. The restaurant's unique atmosphere in a restored 1912 firehouse, the convenience (next door to a metro stop), the menu, the very reasonable prices, and the service all made our experience perfect. We came for brunch but will return to try other meals soon. The breakfast menu was extensive. My husband enjoyed the eggs Benedict and I had scrambled eggs. The roast potatoes were a delicious change from hash-browns, and the cup of fresh seasonal fruit was a very nice bonus. The service was great, thanks to our terrific server, Maria, who was neither intrusive nor unavailable. She was promptly responsive and very friendly, offering us a brief history of the firehouse and the original artifacts incorporated into the restaurant's design. We will return.

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CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Chicago with my wife I wanted to find a nice place for dinner. Her grandfather was a Chicago firefighter so finding this restaurant I felt was a no brainer, and we were not disappointed! Our server was awesome, the food was amazing and we spent well over 2 hours there! They allowed my wife and her aunt to wear the old fireman jackets and take pictures too, very cool!

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DC
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for an early dinner at the Engine Company No 28. Even though the restaurant was not full, the service was slow and indifferent. The food was good, but not great. Nothing special about he presentation, the taste or the quality of the food. The menu choices also did not afford anything that was extraordinary. If you are looking for a very plain dinning experience, with indifferent service then this is the place. If you are looking for something really special there are other restaurants within blocks of this restaurant, the will more fully fit the bill.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The interior was amazing. Beautiful setting. The food and service could use some work. My friend ordered the ricotta pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries. When the meal came it looked like normal pancakes with no whipped cream or strawberries. When we asked the waiter he wound up bringing a bowl of whipped cream over and then telling us that they were out of the ricotta so the pancakes were plain. Had we not already waited like 20 mins for our order to arrive, we would have asked them to correct the order. As it was, we were hungry and willing to put up with the error so we could get out as quickly as possible.

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RA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was fine, the service needs help. We went for Mother’s Day brunch. It seemed like the did not want to be there.

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DH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It has been several years since the last time I dined here. With this I was going off fond memories of an older, polished wait staff not the hostess greeting us seating us and waiting on us.
We arrived on Mother’s Day and downtown has virtually no parking, I would have gladly paid for valet!
The hostess seated us and then took our drink orders. The 3 course meal had a choice of soup or salad, 3 entrees, and two deserts.
The salad was good the soup cold.
The chicken and waffles were way under cooked. The desserts were fine.
The issue was we had 4 different people piecing together the service so it was very inconsistent.
Sad to see this location go down hill.

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MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Crab cakes were delicious!

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LC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at this restaurant. This time we arrived early and sat at the bar. We were so entertained by our bartender, Julio, that we ended up having diner at the bar. This is a fun, welcoming place with great food. My husband went with the restaurant fav, meatloaf, and I went with one of the specials, sole. Both were excellent and accompanied by delicious garlic mashed potatoes and yummy veggies. Portions were large and prices very reasonable. And don’t forget dessert! Best NY cheesecake since leaving N.Y.! Go! And say hello to Julio!

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunate to see how Engine Co. has declined over the last five or so years. I remember it being hip and bustling with excellent food. Now empty, in need of some serious care, and the food is, well, bad across the board. Maybe someone can come invest, take over, and give this unique location the attention it deserves.

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EM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat in downtown LA not far from Music Center. Have been here several times and am looking forward to going again.

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GS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Easter brunch. We were not happy with the brunch menu so our waiter gave us the normal breakfast menu. He was wonderful and the food was great. Seems like a great spot for dinner and happy hour as well.

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j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and the food was very good. We'll definitely be visiting again.
Highly recommend the meatloaf.

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OT
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I've been going there since it opened. We went there as it's right off the Metro Line, I had good memories. We were 2 of 6 people in the entire restaurant, pre theater. I asked about the lack of people, was told some nights full, some not so. Once Engine 28 was one of a few good places to dine downtown. Now, many choices. The food was barely so so. I love a good chicken pot pie. So So is kind. If everything else was perfect, we wouldn't go back. Refilling a water glass was almost impossible. I don't like writing something like this, too many good choices.

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RB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have eaten here several times and this was as good as the last time it was a solid 3.5 stars in my opinion. The dining room was not busy at all this random Tuesday I was there. I think there were more employees than guests. This made it I think a bit off. Service was good not great for having so few guests that evening. We stuck to "comfort" food which Engine Co. No. 28 is known for and it did not disappoint.

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. I was a little concerned based on previous reviews, but none of that happened for us.

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambience is a fun throw back to old LA. But the food is the fun part. Menu is all about comfort favorites. I will bring my family back (5 teenage boys) for a special occasion. But also a fun change for a business lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are visiting the convention center area make a reservation! It was very nice! Great selection service was top notch. Definitely a place to go! We will be back.

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SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

This was a fun environment to take her five-year-old to. I'm not sure if it's always like this, but the service was really bad the night we went in. There pretty much nobody in the restaurant, and it seemed like the wait staff was off. Even though they were there. The food was good otherwise.

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d
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Understaffed and valet parker was gone....waiting for a long time.

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AC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Saturday night so the restaurant was not too crowded. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Overall I would recommend dining at this place.

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JP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Doesn't or didn't have a full bar. No iris liquor. I wondered what 28 was going to do for Saint P day because of that.

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M
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great and the food was good. I thought the price was a little high but that’s downtown for you. Parking on Sunday was challenging because many lots are closed and there was no street parking available. All in all I was pleased.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It was cold inside. The steak and eggs came out cold while the fried chicken and waffle was piping hot.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food average or worse no fried chicken at 1pm. It’s their signature dish and we’re out.
Couldn’t find server most of the time

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KH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We had a reservation for Valentines Day and were given two time slots - 630p and 830p only to find when we got there the restaurant was half EMPTY. I was not impressed. However the food was good. Service a little slow.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I’ll start with the bad part. I ordered a drink from the valentines menu and the person who made the drink forgot to add the simple syrup and it was a spicy drink so you can imagine what that was like. Then the waiter walked by our table and didn’t check on us many times felt like we were not there anyways now the good part. Valet parking right at the entrance was awesome reservation check in was quick and got seated right away. We ordered the 3 course meal and all 3 were great!

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MW
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Wine selection was awful. Mostly sub par cabs and limited white selections. Did not try steaks, which there is an abundance of. Very old school fare. Mediocre at best.

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