The Federal Grill
The Federal Grill

The Federal Grill

  • 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

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

    Dinner
    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: Steak, American, Comfort Food
  • 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

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
The Federal Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (57)great for brunch (55)special occasion (46)good for groups (40)great for lunch (38)vibrant bar scene (37)notable wine list (31)romantic (27)hot spot (23)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food but...
    Carbera
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    ...the service lacks in attention and comes across as patronizing. Front door is far from valet....raining when left and had to walk in rain to give ticket to valet; yet another knock on service. The dining room is energetic and lacks warmth - so not a place for romance. But it is a good place to grab a delicious dinner...but keep in mind that service lacks. Prices are high for the overall experience; should be about 25% lower...but since the dining room is somewhat small (compared to other major steakhouses) it is likely they can support the pricing because of limited seating when busy. I'll go back but not frequently...too many dining options in the area with far better pricing and competitive gastronomy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem!
    TeeGeeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    After a very nice lunch, we returned on the weekend and were truly captivated by this place! We will return again and again. The food was exceptional, the Flowers Pinot was at the perfect temp, and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small scallops
    bdugVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food has changed a lot since FG first opened. Some for the good, and some for the not so good. If you stick with the simple things: burgers, chicken fried steak, etc. you'll be ok. A member in our party ordered the scallops with a side of truffle mac & cheese for $34. There are 4 small scallops and a little serving of the mac in the middle. You certainly cannot justify that price. I ordered the tuna tartar and determined that tuna should not be served in a mustard sauce. The mustard overwhelmed the tuna. Good selection of whiskey.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and service
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I loved the atmosphere and service at Federal Grill. We had the fine dining experience without the fine dining "stuffiness!" The food, however, was a bit disappointing. Generally the food lacked flavor, neither my tuna tartar or my crab cake were very flavorful. The evening because of the atmosphere, was great so I'd return to try new menu items and give them another chance .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above and Beyond on Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Originally our party of 5 was sat near the private dining area that was being used by a party of 40+ so the noise was pretty loud ... we mentioned moving tables or closing the doors to the party room to our waiter and he was more than willing to accommodate to whatever our preference was.... once the doors were closed the noise in the main dining room lowered immensely. The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is very warm and inviting. Menu has a wide array of selection to satisfy any graving! Our meals were fantastic, nice size portions very filling. We were continually checked on by both our waiter and the owner's wife; who both went above and beyond to make sure our dining experience was very nice. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUNDAY BRUNCH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was my second time here.The first time I cam with another couple and the service and food was outstanding.I bragged about it for days and I planned another brunch on 11.09.14 with more friends about (10) for see what the hype was about.Upon ordering the bottomless mimosa's we ordered food and when the food came out it seemed like no one knew who ordered what. Plates had to be exchanged and rearranged.For instance I ordered the poached egg braised pork rib but i wanted the eggs hard.upon everyone getting there food my food was there considerably late compared to everyone else.People did not want to eat until I got mine.My dish was given to someone else and when we got a togo bag we were given a white walgreens bag.embarrasing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Rooster
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Everything about The Federal was wonderful! We will be back and have already told many of our friends that they need to go there soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The gulf oysters were low quality and shucked poorly. Unacceptable. The patty melt was just okay. The waitress called our attention to a not great wine list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great last minute find
    RELspot
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We tried to go elsewhere first, but it was a two hour wait for a party of 6. Called federal and they were able to fit us right in on a Saturday night. They were pretty busy but very quick and detailed service. Extensive wine and whiskey menu. Lots of burgers on the diner menu and a few entrees, but everything was delicious and reasonably priced. Seemed like a fun place for couples, groups or check out the car if you're solo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    onthebeach
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had an excellent meal. Hubby had the caprese sandwich and I had the angry stuffed shrimp. Daniel was our server and he was prompt, proffessonal, and well-versed on the menu. He is still talking about how much he liked it, which is unusual for him. Too many great things on the menu and specialty drinks that we didn't get to try, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We went there specifically for the crab cakes because a friend said it's the best she's ever had, but she did say it was a couple of years ago. We ordered them and were terribly disappointed. We also ordered the wild salmon, which had no flavor and the veggies didn't taste fresh. The smoked pork chop was extremely salty. Everything was room temp, not hot. The best thing was the sauteed spinach and mash potatoes that came with chops. We also had a spinach salad and beet salad, both tasted like it's been sitting out for a long time and mushy. Was going to say something, but my friends and I were having such a good time catching up that we didn't want to ruin the atmosphere. Our server Tina was very good!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Date night spot, close to home. We had the crab cake app. VERY GOOD! Not your typical Maryland or East Coast crab cake.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My wife, my sister and I met some friends here for brunch on 11/1/14. Atmosphere was great and the food was awesome! I can't forget about the bottomless mimosas that were flowing fully. Will definitely be back to Federal American Grille in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Yummy Brunch
    ImpressMe
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Federal Grill is a great stop on a Saturday for brunch or lunch - -the menu offers something for everyone. Excellent Bloody Mary. Burgers and so many delicious salads. My friend ordered the special - Crab Cake Benedict - fabulous. Attentive Chef-Owner seems omnipresent, and he does not miss a detail. See you again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on patio
    TexasLeigh
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The day was so sparkling, my friend and I sat on the patio. The staff and food were all first rate. This was my second visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and mediocre
    skudd
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had fond memories of the food from the previous establishment at this location, and we were hopefully excited to try the current occupant's offerings. We were quite disappointed. The service was good and we thought the environment was more welcoming than it had previously been. Our waitress asked us if we wanted a salad or soup with our meal, but didn't indicate that it was not included. My wife ordered the Caesar salad and I ordered the soup of the day. The salad was tough and the lettuce was not very flavorful. The soup was good. Our entrees were good, but when we got the check we were shocked to see that the salad, soup, 2 conservatively priced entrees, and a beer were $70.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    BkbkVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent food in a nice setting with great wine selection and friendly welcoming chef, Matt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nizzann
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nice new place! I'll go back for sure. We especially liked the Brice's Burger appetizer.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Meals for Brunch
    TexasLeigh
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was my first time and it won't be my last. All three of us enjoyed our meals. Our waitress was so good, we thought she was a "Stepford Wife."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Tony
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was delicious, ambiance great and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sandra
    sandra
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I loved the place, it was wonderful, food was excellent, best I have tasted in Houston
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Never thing ordered tasted amazing and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruch
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a very nice brunch with our aunt. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for friends night out
    LizBVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The decor is well put together and the place is clean. Bathrooms are hotel like which is very pleasant. Food was average but menu offered good selection. Wine list decent. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Big parking lot but valet claims spots. Very little street parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birmingham
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great brunch! Short rib Benedict and regular eggs Benedict amazing. Great mimosas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, quaint, excellent place!
    FoodieTexasGal
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Enjoyed the experience, great service - glad we tried it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understaffed this day
    golferdude1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have been to Federal Grill many times and it has always been great but this past Sunday it was obvious they were understaffed in the kitchen and I feel on the servers as well. It was brunch on the last Sunday of Restaurant week. My server took my drink order and then didn't come back for 10 minutes with my drink and then took my order. I never saw him again. Well he never helped me again. All Kudos go to Oliver that took over for him. Replenished my water, brought me another drink, was apologetic when he brought me a desert I didn't order but I didn't tell him. He came back and said, you didn't order this and I said no but that's ok. You are working your butt off. He was great. I will be back for sure. Today wasn't normal!
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  • Mixed review
    Andi03
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food. Shady parking. Poor service. So parking anywhere in the Midtown, Washington area, Rice Military or Heights area is always going to be a challenge (1st world country problems...and then you get parking ticket) but sometimes it is worth it for a bit of fun foodie experience. Such is the case with FG. Once you have found parking or won the lottery with the poor valet guy that has chosen to offer you parking, the food is pretty good! According to sources, majority of the staff park in the back of the restaurant thus leaving us to fight for our lives. That same staff is scrambling to provide a decent service to match the food. Then we waited for 1.5 hours for our 1st course to arrive. Will be back. But not doing HRW.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK - high, mediums and lows
    mapmaker
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had heard about the Federal Grill and was glad to try it during restaurant weeks. A little disappointed. Everything was pretty good. Nothing particularly outstanding. There were four of us and we tried a variety of dishes. The bacon on the wedge salad was the thinnest piece of bacon outside of Subway, but the bacon on the hamburger was plentiful and delish. Fried oysters were imaginatively served and quite good. Lightly fried and put back in shells. short ribs benedict - 3 people ordered this. One of the six eggs was gently poached. The other 5 were hard cooked. Deserts were OK. Not bad. Not great. Probably won't go back. With all of the great places in Houston, we don't have to settle. Service OK, but waiter disappeared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    PaulS
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went for the last Saturday of Houston restaurant month, specifically for the Prix Fixe menu. Everything was perfect. Our waiter, Daniel, was attentive, professional, and knowledgeable. I had the fried oyster appetizer and it may have been the best fried oysters I've ever had; perfectly cooked and perfectly presented. House salad was simple and was excellent. We all had the sea bass and, again, we were blown away. The only weak spot, at least for me, was the bread pudding. It was merely good. We'll be back and will bring friends. Just bring your wallet; it's not cheap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent
    Lately25
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My friends and I were able to find this gem by way of Houston Restaurant Week, and wow are we glad we did! The service, the food, the ambience, everything was magnificent! I will definitely return, and not just for the $15 bottomless mimosas :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Crab cakes are so flavorful! Love the atmosphere. Had a great dining experience and would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food vs atmosphere
    diningexplorer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was excellent but noise level was off the charts. Made all conversation difficult at best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    HoustonDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Now I understand why I've never heard anyone talk about this restaurant in the 2 years I've lived in the Heights. Me and 4 friends dined here Saturday night for restaurant week (which I specified in the reservation request via opentable). For the prices we paid for food and drinks, the service and quality did not meet that standard. It is obvious that the hiring manager has been hiring hostesses and waiters with absolutely NO restaurant experience. They were consistently overwhelmed, had awkward table manners and weren't very service-friendly. Food was undercooked (carrots and pork chop etc). I almost forgot to mention ... we received our check (yes, one check they refused to split) at 11:00 pm. We sat down to eat at 7:45.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant surprise
    AdavVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The best new restaurant tried for HRW. Service excellent and food delicious. Hope they can keep going hot
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jury still out
    Katycole
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went for HRW so it was busy. The service was so-so and that may have been the reason. Our server looked pretty rushed. Drinks took forever to come and and we had to ask for water a couple of times. Meals were all very good so I'd be willing to give it another try. Liked the atmosphere and variety of the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good Food
    MomLovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is our second time to eat here & the food is so good. We took advantage of the Houston Restaurant Week menu & it was a great deal. We had a variety of food choices in our group of 6 - Appetizers of fried asparagus, fried oysters, entrees of Braised Short Rib, Roasted Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Fish special (Chilean Sea Bass), desserts of Half Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie (omg!), Cheesecake, Bread Pudding & everything was good! Wine list is decent but they buy wines in small lots so they were out of a couple of wines we tried to order. Service good & ambiance nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Neifhborhood Gem!
    R1516
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were so surprised and pleased with the food we tried. It was fabulous!! Great menu with large size portions. I had to take 1/2 home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food for all times of day
    antcham
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great seating. Tasty Food suitable for all times of day...breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but don't be in a hurry
    SteaksVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've been here a few times and the food has always been very good. The service is slow, so if you're in a hurry this is not the place to go. If you want to hang out with a drink and some food, it's pretty good. It's also loud, not "energetic" so if you want a quiet place to talk you likely won't want this place. We like it, but because of the above its only particular times we will go
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic