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The Federal Bar
The Federal Bar

The Federal Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.TheFederalBar.com
  • Phone: (562) 435-2000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

    Brunch

    Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Shad Davis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering. Please email Nicole Castaneda for details (nicole@thefederalbar.com)
  • Entertainment: Owned and operated by Knitting Factory Entertainment, The Federal Bar offers a wide variety of entertainment including but not limited to: Comedy, Jazz, Indie Rock, Hip Hop and of course plenty of dancing. The Long Beach location stays true to it's "speakeasy style" with a basement venue underground which includes a bank vault, another bar, and plenty of room for you to try out those dancing shoes.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Great for weddings, private business functions, etc...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Blue Line stops directly across the street on 1st.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Federal Bar offers valet, and encourages guests to take advantage of the lots central to our location.
A word from The Federal Bar
This 1920's style bustling Gastropub and entertainment venue has quickly emerged from its sister location in North Hollywood to the sandy steps of Long Beach. Owned by Knitting Factory Entertainment, you can be sure to find smooth jazz one day, to comedy and burlesque the next. With a savvy collection of craft beer, signature cocktails, and sizzling hot eclectic cuisine, The Federal Bar is sure to make you sing their praisesContinued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The staff went out of their way to make our lunch memorable. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "I have always wanted to go to the Federal Bar. For years I would walk by and look in the windows, amazed at how beautiful it is inside. It seemed like the kind of place you go for a special occasion- the kind of place where you feel like you can treat yourself. I would have had that experience if it weren't for my choice to go on trivia night. The dj running the trivia did not know how to handle my request to join halfway through the game. All he told me was "We play in sequence." The food was excellent and the wine and beer choices were superb. Our server was very nice and easy to find when we needed something. Our experience would have been much more enjoyable if the dj was just playing music. I will be going back when there is no dj."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "First time the bill came back, it said we had given $30 instead of our having given $40, so the change was less than it should have been. When called to our server's attention, the bill came back corrected, but the change was still less than it should have been. So her tip became the change she stiffed us on. Beware!!!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Fast attentive service and good food. The drinks were okay, nothing spectacular."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I would rather leave the restaurant a note than write a review"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I enjoyed the chicken and red velvet waffles. They were surprisingly spicy and delicious and the portion size is great for sharing. My dining companion had the bacon wrapped shrimp and wasn't impressed with the taste of the bacon. Overall the ambience is cool and hip (a modern twist on the roaring 20's era)."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The building and decor is very interesting. The food is good to very good. The service is good to very good. The cocktail and beer offering are very good. The wine offering are good but not outstanding. It is a good place for a casual meal or for meeting up for happy hour or later evening drinks. Crowd gets bigger as the evening unwinds. There is also a club downstairs."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Took my sister to dinner for her 30th birthday. Great atmosphere and the food was great. The service was lacking a little bit but they were fairly busy at the time."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, although a bit dark. The food was tasty."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent waitress and staff. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation and they sat us early even though the restaurant was already packed. I highly recommend any of the fish plates."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The restaurant is located in a beautiful classic building, but I wish more attention had been paid to practical matters, such as adequate lighting to read the menus. If you consider this a happening bar spot with a restaurant thrown in as an afterthought, you're less likely to mind the mediocre food."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "What a delightful, culinary experience. The Mac & Cheese is the best I've ever had!!! OMG!! So delish!!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The menu had some exciting options. The waitress told us they had mushroom soup. My friend and I decided to order a few starters to share(bacon wrapped shrimp with a mango chutney; barbeque sliders, & side salad). We each ordered a cup of the mushroom soup. The shrimp and sliders came first. The sliders were OK, but not exceptional. The soup came, but it was broccoli soup and we sent it back. The salad came last and by that time, we didn't really want it as our lunch time was already over. I'm sure if they had brought out the correct soup and salad out first we would have been happier. Overall, I recommend the shrimp, but not the sliders. The broccoli soup didn't taste good. We really wanted mushroom soup - which they did not have."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We bought a living social and had endless mimosas with brunch! The food was great. We order the French toast to share, an egg white omelet and the Fed Special? All were great. Not sure the bottomless mimosas are worth $15 per person if we were to come back in the future. Our server, Sam, was fantastic! Very attentive and made sure out mimosas never were empty!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This restaurant was very nice and elegant. It was a little bit dark inside, but it was very nice overall. It looks very classy for a fancy dinner or a friend gathering place. The food was amazing and perfectly priced! Everyone that works here made us feel very welcome and special :) I will definitely be coming back here again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great good....awesome service...amazing atmosphere! I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Enjoyable brunch coupled with great service. A short walk away from The Pike and in the heart of downtown Long Beach"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The burgers are awesome. The fish and chips not so much. There was more breading than fish. Fish flavor was good, but seriously, batter on fish was heavier than the few pieces of fish. The fries are great too. Desserts are good too."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "there is a valet sign outside of the restaurant bur the valets station themselves across the street. when u retrieve ur car, you have to go across the street to get it. restaurant is in a beautiful building. a lot of delicious, high fat bar food. we tried the chili (meaty, slightly spicy), poutine (fries with gravy and meat on it), burger, salad (very fresh with lots of veggies), blue cheese sliders. We liked everything. they need to have someone pick up empty plates. our empty dishes just sat there even when they were bringing new plates. the red velvet cupcake was a little dry, could have been old. But the other food was delicious and we want to go & try more items"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Federal Bar. Why? They seated right on time. The servers were attentive from the beginning until we left. The food was delicious. And the beer choices were terrific."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "One couple had the chicken and waffles to share and with the chocolate peanut butter pie it was filling and good. I shared the tomatoe soup with a whole grilled cheese more than enough and tasty too. Husband had the OMG burger which was burning hot. He eats the jalapeño burger with pepper bacon at Stacked all the time this was 5x hotter."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I planned surprise dates for one another this weekend. My day was Friday & his Satutday. We went to happy hour at a near by resturant but I hated that there were so many flies so that was a huge down fall. After we went to the aquarium which was the highlight of the evening. We then walked to federal and this was our first time there and it was very noisy. I had reservations and I should have asked for a booth because we were sat right in the front in between two couples. The service was okay, I just wish I would have known that miao and conversation would flood the entire place. It was hard to even have a good dinner. We had to talk over everything & although the food was good, wish I would have known."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was mediocre. I would just go here for drinks and apps. Drinks would be my usual..not any of their specialty cocktails. I went here with a friend to catch up and it was great for that. The noise level was great to have a conversation and service was on point and friendly."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The space is great! The appetizer we had was awesome! Short rib pontine over fries! Nummmmmm! Drinks were great. Burger one of ordered was good but was less than expected. Chicken and waffles were such a cool presentation... But sooo boring. A great place for ambiance and drinks!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had an excellent time at the Long Beach location. Was there to take a friend for her boozy birthday brunch and that was achieved. Really enjoyed ourselves. We had the breakfast sandwich which was excellent, and the hash breakfast with shortribs, that was also very good. Excellent beer selection, and the unlimited mimosas for the birthday girl were a deal at $15. Turns out they have a downstairs, and the place if huge, and the ambiance was lively. Will definitely return. BTW, this is not a place to bring the family."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "So I had the garlic chicken and it was really good."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Although we had a terrific birthday dinner with some outstanding fish and short ribs, the dining room was so dark you could barely see your companion or your food. When asked for a light; a tiny electronic candle was brought to the table but it did not make a difference. The brussel sprout dish and the maple flavored sweet potato tats were fantastic and each order could serve 3-4 people as a side dish. They were yummy and still good as leftovers."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Apparently you have to make sure to indicate that you want a booth when you make your reservation. When we arrived we were sat at a terrible table in the center of the room. There were 6 open booths and we requested to sit at one. The hostess initially told us that they save the booths for large parties. There is no way you can have more than 4 adults sit comfortably in a booth and there was not one table that had more than that. We spoke to the manager and he was very rude and said that they were all reserved. The hostess was then able to find us a spot at a booth. Our server, Yvette, was fantastic and she saved the entire experience. It took 1.5 hours before anyone sat at a booth. The manager needs customer service training."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This resturaunt was built in a federal reserve bank with some origional details left. Themed resturant roaring 20's with flapper girl waitresses, good food, good drinks, a speaky easy in the back, dancing in basement, and an occassional burlesque show."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Federal is a gem! I've been numerous times for drinks and dinner, and atmosphere is simply awesome! You can't beat the old architecture and 1920's vibe! The food is great for both breakfast and dinner! Definitely a great date place, or for a fun night with the girls/guys!! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a really great veggie burger but terrible service. I was the only one sitting on the patio so they forgot about me. After my food was delivered I didn't see the server again. I had to go inside and track her down to get another drink. The heat lamp stopped working and they didn't know how to fix it. Huge bummer because the wind had kicked up and it had really cooled off."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The brunch menu for Sunday looked awesome, however, the Federal eggs with shortrib was very bland and tasteless. There was very little seasoning on the shortrib meat. The old bank 18' ceiling and atmosphere is what we came for and without disappointment."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The decor was amazing and the food was very good. They also have good vegetarian options. I highly recommend it for a romantic date or a girls' night out."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I met a friend for an early dinner. This was my second meal at The Federal Bar. The wedge salad was tasty and big enough to share. I tried one of the personal pizzas. It was good too. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Sunday funday $15 buck all you can drink mimosas!!! I had 6 :-) plus they have a speak easy down stairs"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food and service were great and of course the decor is beautiful. Really awesome just to go and have a few drinks while taking in the architecture"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Service not so good, Even the waitress could not get help from the bar, A table sent back a glass of wine because it had lipstick on the rim, She stood there waiting, Gave up and took a towel and wiped of the lipstick and return the same glass back to the customer. I’m not going back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great service. Came for Sunday brunch; we all ordered something difference and everything was delicious. Super loud so if you're trying to have an intimate conversation, this is not the place. Otherwise, check it out! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The brunch selections are limited to one page, but it's the kind of menu you want to come back and try every item on - so very well-thought out. The service is attentive and friendly even during peak busy brunch hours. There are bottomless mimosas and great beers on tap. Very reasonably priced. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The Federal Bar was superb in service and food. The interior decorations created a classy environment that could be for celebrations and romantic dates. The waitress for my table for the night was very insightful and helpful. She helped my table pick out what beer and wine. We were very happy with the suggestions. The food was wonderful. I didn't personally try the dessert, but my friends said it was heavenly. I will definitely recommend this place to everyone! The Parlour was also a nice scene to visit. It was different from the fast paced bars that I have visited before. The Parlour was a place you could have a conversation without screaming to be heard. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014