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The Federal Grill
The Federal Grill

The Federal Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefederalgrill.com
  • Phone: (713) 863-7777
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch
    Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Tuesday - Friday: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We are pleased to offer a personalized private dining experience. Our elegant private dining room accommodates groups up to forty guests for a luxurious dinner party. While the bar & lounge is the perfect place for a corporate or commemorative happy hour or cocktail party. From specialty cocktails, wine selection, dinner, lunch or appetizers we will help you select the right menu for your unique event. Whether it’s A/V equipment, balloons or flowers let us know how we can turn our space into your space.
  • Private Party Contact: Trish Forget (713) 863-7777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gibson
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from The Federal Grill
Dress Up or Dress Down. A Bourbon or a Beer. A Ribeye or a Burger. Throw in a little Sinatra, and you will begin to have a taste of the FEDERAL Experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a decent brunch spot. The menu had some hits and misses. We went for brunch during restaurant week. I had the roasted bell pepper soup. Despite some complaints I read, I enjoyed it. It is like gravy. But I like gravy. Lol. My friend had the fried asparagus. It was pretty bland. Not much flavor. I went with the angry stuffed shrimp for second course. It was alright. Nothing to right home about. Didn't even taste the alleged feta cheese. My friend said his cheeseburger was great though. The half baked cookie was divine. Best thing I had there. The bread pudding also good. The $15 bottomless mimosas were great and they always kept my glass full. Service was great. All in all solid spot. Would return, but there are better places."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Amazing brunch! The bottomless mimosas are the best we have ever had! And the food is awesome. Can't wait to come back and try other menu items."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This was our first time to Federal Grill since it took over the Branchwater Tavern space. We went for the HRW brunch menu and added the $15 bottomless mimosa to our respective orders. Federal Grill takes the term bottomless seriously as we never even came close to having a half empty glass. We both had the Federal oysters which, while similar to BWT's old style, do not have the Frank's hot sauce to give it that extra little kick. The brunch burger was good, though not as good as those served at Hearsay--my go to standard for brunch burgers. I liked that the dessert portions were not overwhelming and enjoyed my cheesecake topped with blueberry compote. We would certainly come back on a regular Sunday and find plenty to choose from."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Was here on a Saturday night after waiting a long time to try this place. The place was only half way busy and there was staff everywhere, yet they still could not manage to provide good service. It all started with the drink order that took 20+ minutes to get to our table. When I asked the waiter, his response was that the bar was busy with people. I took a glance at the bar and it was empty! The food arrived quickly as by this time, the manager had come to our table. One of the dishes had the risotto, and it was under-cooked. When the manager came back to the table, he called this their house specialty. Obviously, not. Extremely disappointed, yet, will go back to try other items on the menu. Don't let me down twice!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very nice place to get a nice lunch. Food was good and service Good"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went to The Federal Grill during Houston Restaurant Weeks for my husband's birthday. We decided on the brunch menu and it was delicious! There was something for everyone. Great atmosphere and it was great for a group of 9 of us! We plan to go again with friends!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is my 3rd time here and I made a reservation for 11pm. However they close at 11pm. Thank God that staff was nice enough to still serve us. Food was good as usual but I felt the need to hurry since they were cleaning off tables and turning off lights."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Service was slow..starter was awful....main a little better....decided desert was not worth the bother...."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I needed to entertain one of his clients. Federal Grill was the perfect choice. Two of us took advantage of Houston Restaurant Week menu which was excellent. Everyone was very pleased with their meals. I was thrilled to order John Anthony Cabernet by the glass."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. Loved the biscuits and jam! I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We've been here about six times for lunch and have always enjoyed it. Servers were great; food was wonderful; owner said hi. But we've noticed a definite change, and it's disappointing. Servers are different every time and not that good. There must be a different chef, too, because quality has declined. There are six of us who meet for lunch once a month. We'll give it one more chance."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The Federal Grill is a new restaurant in the area and it has a lot of potential. The overall look and feel of the restaurant is nice and clean, it just needs more people! We had the crab cake which is one of the things they are known for - it's less of a crab cake and more of a mountain of crab. The Salmon was excellent and cooked to perfection. The desserts were ok - I wouldn't order the bread pudding again. Overall it was great food and I was in great company. I can't put my finger on it - maybe the overall atmosphere - but I don't know if I'll return. There are so many restaurants in Houston and this one wasn't a standout all around."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Three friends met for lunch during the August Houston Restaurant Weeks promotion. We all ordered from the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and each of us loved what we had. I tried the fried asparagus with crab meat appetizer and loved it. My friends ordered oysters and a wedge salad, and not a morsel remained. My grilled salmon salad entrée was excellent, and my friends seemed to enjoy their fish & chips and sandwich entrees just as much. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant and checked the Sunday brunch and dinner menus while we were there. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was Ok but the service was great! Maybe I chose the wrong thing. Not hot enough and too heavy. Unfortunately too hot to use the patio. Self parking non-existent but valet very good and fast."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went in for brunch and found the resterant to be a little smokey on the inside. Not sure if it was the open kitchen ventalation system not working properly or the location trying to bring you back to the old west days. Food was served timely and above average in taste. Server was bit slow at times, but location was extermly busy so not a negative, just not a positve in my book."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We tried Federal Grill for the first time Friday night. We had a reservation and they sat us about 15 minutes after arriving. The hostess was the chef's wife and she was pleasant and very apologetic that our table wasn't ready when we walked in. After being seated, our waiter was attentive. The chef let us know the short ribs were sold out and that he would substitute a filet for anyone planning to order the short ribs. All of our meals were outstanding. We all agreed the filets were extraordinary; extremely tender and flavorful. The salmon was also delicious. All portions were generous. The truffle mac and cheese is to die for as well. Overall a very positive experience;however, our waiter went MIA towards the end of the meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was ok, the service was slow. It took 20 minutes to get drinks from the bar. I wasn't impressed"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was exceptionally better this time around. The wait staff is more in tune on how to properly serve people. Everyone works. It was nice to see the team work throughout. Bar scene is awesome! We will return for another date night. Apps could use a little more fine tuning but overall, food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had the fried oysters and they were a bit chewy. The main entree was short rib benedict and it was ok but the potatoes that came with them were burnt and no taste to them. The bread pudding was just ok. I guess the only thing that was good was the mimosa."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I always drive by this place and decided to take advantage of Houston Restaurants Week. Absolutely delicious. A great line of available whiskeys for the whiskey lover like myself. The service was quick and courteous. Portion sizes were not skimp by any means, even though it was off the HRW menu. It is definitely worth a revisit."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great ambience, very nice bar in the front of the restaurant, too. Our waitress, Chelsea was friendly, helpful and her timing was perfect for making our evening relaxing; never rushing us or crowding the courses. We ate from the Restaurant Weeks menu, which has lots of good choices. Favorites of the night were the little biscuits and pepper jelly served with your appetizers, some of the best short ribs Ever, delicious seabass, and risotto. The desserts were the perfect ending to a wonderful meal; bourbon bread pudding and half-baked chocolate chip cookie with vanilla bean ice cream were like comfort food from heaven! They appreciate your business and are so gracious,and we look forward to our next visit very soon!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We visited the restaurant for a Houston Restaurant Weeks lunch. I realize that it isn't Branchwater Tavern anymore and that it had to change the recipes that came from Branchwater--but none of the changes were for the better. The Federal Fried Oysters were good but I really miss the heat from the old recipe--which was great. These have no interesting spice. The Parmesan Fried Asparagus needed salt. The tenderloin sandwich was good but not special. It's a nice restaurant but no longer special. It's a lovely restaurant but the food is no longer top-notch."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I loved the restaurant week brunch I had there! The service was great, as was the food. The bourbon bread pudding was delicious! The only flaw in the meal was the roasted red pepper soup. It's not that it was bad, but it was more of a "cream of roasted red pepper soup," which I wasn't expecting and which I personally don't like very much (like cream gravy with bell peppers in it, ick). So, my bad for not asking our lovely waitress for more details. Still, this was the first impression I had of the whole meal, and the fact that everything else was good enough to overcome it means everything else was quite good!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant and I had a really nice time. My friend and i sat out on the patio. There was one other couple and a group of guys at another table when we arrived but by the time we were starting on our entree they were both gone and we had the patio to ourselves. The weather was nice, the mimosas were good (wish they had Bellini's tho) and our waiter was very attentive. I would definitely recommend this place. Can't wait to go back and try the happy hour; the bar area was nice and looked very inviting."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "For the price it was a nice dining experience and we helped the Houston Food Bank raise money. Arrived at 11:00 and the noise level was not bad but then there were not many diners yet. By 12:00 it was very noisy and busy and we had a little trouble trying to converse. Food was good from the Houston Restaurant Weeks Menu which are items regularly on the brunch menu. Not all that impressed with the fried oysters. My red pepper soup was a bit thick with little taste other than cream and butter. I preferred the braised short rib benedict over the angry stuffed shrimp. Surprised waiter did not ask my husband how he would like his eggs poached and there were under cooked for him. Cheese cake and bread pudding were lovely."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Owner/chef Scott and his staff make it a point to always make you feel at home and welcome. The food is consistently very good. We really love coming here."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food and outstanding friendly service from the staff and chef-owner in an upscale casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Federal Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. The Chef/Owner presents an innovative fun menu, plus a talented bar staff and a nice ambiance for watching sports in the bar area. We enjoyed the relatively peaceful atmosphere at Saturday Brunch. Get down there, before the crowds discover it!! Great value on some reliable menu favorites, plus excellent drink specials."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything was perfect...the food was outstanding, the staff friendly. It was a good choice. I look forward to visiting again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for lunch. The table service was great and the menu had great choices. I met a colleague here for a business lunch. It was not too loud and it was not too expensive. I plan to return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The crab cakes were the best ever."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My wife and I had the biscuits and gravy. Very good but too little gravy. Very friendly staff. We love the decor."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "best burger in town and off the chain beet salad. remember ask for Daniel"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Attentive service and delicious food. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was a great place to celebrate my anniversary. The food was great and the cocktails were unique and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Have dined here repeatedly since its opening, and plan to do it more often. Enjoyed the Angry Shrimp (stuffed) this week, and ADORE the fried chicken, chicken pot pie, bread pudding, and everything else I have eaten there. The ambience is great; it is quiet enough to chat and do business, but not a morgue. The service is friendly and impeccable, and they really sound like they mean it when they thank you for coming! One of my guests this week from East Texas paid them one of the highest Texas complements - "This chicken fried steak is better than my momma makes". I don't do restaurant reviews, but this is a true find that deserves praise and attention."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I went with my husband and another couple. We are always trying different restaurants. We had a wonderful time at the Federal Grill. The food was delicious, top notch service, great ambience and I can't think of anything to mention as negative. Crab cake and tuna tartar were some of the best I've had. The husbands had one of the seafood specials and wives had the Sesame Crusted Eggplant Napolean. Brussels Sprouts were good, too."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were a group of 7, none of us had been to the restaurant and decided to give it a try for my birthday. The waiter was slow and forgetful. The calamari appetizer was the best thing on the menu. The pork chop was over cooked and dry. The seabass was flavorless. The scallops were nothing special. It took 30 minutes for the waiter to come back and tell us that they don't split checks. And another 15 before he brought the check back. Ordering a round of drinks was a disaster, everyone's glasses were empty for at least 10 minutes before refills arrived. When we asked for the manager, he should have listened instead of arguing. Luckily my friends are great, as the birthday got better after the left the restaurant. We will not return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We dined at Federal Grill the other night for my boyfriends birthday after hearing great things about it from our friends. The restaurant inside and out is beautiful- even the smallest details make a big impact. I love the photos of movie stills on the wall as well. But moving on, the menu was incredible and extensive. There's something for everyone! The crab cake.. Divine. Melts in your mouth. The wine list is just big enough to give you plenty of options and not completely overwhelm you. The service was excellent, everyone in the restaurant wanted you to feel welcome and at home. They are a made from scratch kitchen, and you can definitely tell! And you can't forget about desert! You MUST get the cheesecake!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It started out good, very quiet but quickly got very loud. We were told the owner would be stopping by our table since we were first time visitors but he never did. Then when our credit card statement arrived our $22 tip showed up as $25. When my husband called and spoke to the owner he was busy and said he would call back after looking into the matter but never did."
    Dined on 7/11/2014