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Established in 1989, Engine Co. No. 28 is a full-service restaurant that serves American cuisine. Its menu includes appetizers, entrees, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant also serves desserts, such as cakes, pies and sundaes. In addition, Engine Co. No. 28 specializes in pasta and seafood dishes. It offers banquet and office catering services. The restaurant provides special banquet menus, as well as bar services for various parties. Its wine list includes chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir and zinfandel. Engine Co. No. 28 features seating areas, including main dining room and semiprivate mezzanine. The restaurant also provides food delivery services, as well as gift certificates.
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Downtown Los Angeles, Central LA, Financial District

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Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Love this place!

Can I just start by saying, I LOVE traditional American food ""with a twist""? And that's basically exactly what Engine Co 28 is. Their garlic bread is absolutely to die for (maybe that's because I adore both olives and blue cheese...). Salads are basic but always fresh and crisp. Entree-wise, I've had the fried chicken, risotto, and the ""up-skirt"" burger - all were fantastic. And the ambiance is great...but again, I love that ""Americana"" feel!


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high hopes not met

I was disappointed in their food. Maybe I ordered the wrong food but I was looking forward to their famous meatloaf and had to send it back. The waiter was having a bad night and seemed to be so over our table. The salad was ok but nothing was memorable. The walls were dusty and it looked like the place needed a good cleaning.


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Great Service & History!

This place has a neat history and i really did enjoy going. It's a fabulous dinner lunch place, or early dinner post friday night work. We were there on a Friday night, probably not the best time to go, it was full of after work people trying to skip the traffic.

The food was decent. Friend had the veggie risotto and loved it, another the veggie chili & thought it was decent, certainly not as good as Mani's. I had the southern fried chicken with spinach & potatoes, not bad, moist and crispy & tasted very well. It's above average american fare.

Every single member of the staff is incredibly friendly, & the place is comfortable and immaculate.

I would probably not go back for a weekend dinner, but would recommend this place as a great lunch spot if you work around the area!!


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The menu was sort of boring... southern fried chicken, meatloaf, steak, that sort of thing... didn't seem like they specialized in anything. My rigatoni was pretty bad, dry chicken, the roasted peppers are clearly from a can, and the cream sauce is bland. To top it off the paremsean was the generic store stuff. My husband ordered the salmon which was a little better, but the corn was again, from a can... i wouldn't reccomend it.


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Freindly hosts and service but this is another mediocre restaurant that LA specializes in.
Everything is just OK from the atmosphere to the food.
I'm actually trying to be nice as this was the worst ,meal I've had in a long time. ( I reverted to eating the so-so bread)
I had dry salmon with a sickening sauce and that was a daily special. A friend had pasta that was also just OK and another friend ha the crabcakes which the waiter raved about and they were nothing special. With so many other choices in thye hood I'm sure i won't be returning anytime soon.


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Perhaps we had a bad experience??

My 76-year old father-in-law swore to us that this was THE place to go, so we went on New Years eve. My birthday is New Years Day, so this was my birthday dinner with my husband. We had no problem getting reservations or being seated on time. The bartender was great, made perfect we thought, ""so far so good"". Well, it went steeply downhill after that. Our waiter appeared to be absolutely slammed, but we couldn't figure out how since it didn't appear that he had that many tables. It took us about 20 minutes to just get a drink order in, he apologized profusely, but we saw him maybe 3 times throughout the whole meal. We both ordered steaks and asked how the dinner Caesar salad portions were, he claimed they were big, so we decided to split one. What we got was maybe half a handful each of really terrible looking romaine lettuce. We would've complained to our server, but again, he was MIA. So we flagged down what appeared to be the manager....explained the situation and instead of apologizing or even offering an explanation, he very curtly asked ""Well, what, do you just want another one?"" Um, yes..we do. So he returns with what looks like a decent size ""split salad"" with really good looking romaine and asks ""is this about what you had last time?"" When we said, no it was much better and bigger than what we had last time he replied ""oh really? Because that looks really big to me"" and just stomped off. I was insulted. Mind you, this is a $9 salad...I don't expect a huge thing, but I certainly didn't expect what we got. When the waiter returned, finally, he apologized and said ""yeah, the Caesar salad portions really aren't that big"". If I'm not mistaken, he did say that they were big...he said he was sorry for confusing us...he was sorry a lot. Our steaks arrived and they were pretty good...nothing to write home about. I was just very upset about the incident with the manager that it made my experience all the less enjoyable. Never again!


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Cool Fire Engine Building

I don't remember what I ordered, so I guess the food wasn't that memorable. However, it wasn't bad and the waiter was really good. I do remember eating a very delicious raspberry tort of some sort. We were eating before going to the Mark Taper before a show, and we were the only young professionals in there. I think we were the only table below the age of 50, but it didn't bother us at all. The fire engine building is charming and full of history, and totally worth seeing.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great spot

Stopped in for dinner at the bar on a quiet Saturday night and had a great, simple meal. The chili and beet salad were both excellent. Beautiful space, reasonable prices, and friendly & gracious service made for a relaxed, enjoyable evening. Definitely recommended.


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Good food, nice atmosphere

Try the meatloaf, it was delicious. The waiters were very friendly and attentive, as were the valets. Not the best place ever, but a nice experience.


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Eh...Okay, I guess

For such a great building and location, I wan't that impressed. The food was sort of lackluster, I got the steak and it was really chewy, the rissoto my guest had looked a little gummy and the chicken my other guest got was bland when it was supposed to be a ""house favorite."" And not that this really means anything and I only noticed it after our meal, but the bathroom wall paper was a little dated. On the plus side, the service was good and the bar is cool sans the multiple flat screens. They didn't really fit with the decor.

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644 S Figueroa StLos AngelesCA 90017

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