The Federal Grill
The Federal Grill

The Federal Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefederalgrill.com/
  • Phone: 7138637777x
  • 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
143 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (69)great for brunch (59)special occasion (58)good for groups (46)great for lunch (38)vibrant bar scene (35)romantic (32)notable wine list (32)hot spot (26)great for outdoor dining (20)late-night find (12)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • sandra
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruch
    Visitor
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
    • Food
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Loved food and ambience deserts ere great and both owners were awesome. Only thing that kept from 5 star was our waiter wasn't very good and didn't fit the quality of food and atmosphere experience. Isolated incident and we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but slow service
    Taster
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We did Houston Restaurant Week. The food was delicious but there were very few people in the restaurant and the service was extremely slow. If you have ample time and aren't in a rush, the food is worth the wait. But there are many other restaurants in Houston with quicker service and good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent
    TheSkinniestFoodie3
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birmingham
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Service
    Edwinam1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
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  • Jim gold
    sidewalksally
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very nice place to get a nice lunch. Food was good and service Good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Brunch!
    houstonfoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Renee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Britguy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was slow..starter was awful....main a little better....decided desert was not worth the bother....
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  • Wonderful meal!
    Foodiefair1
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Loved the biscuits and jam! I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rdlg
    WhatsupVIP
    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.
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  • DrinkDinnerDessertLover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Houston Restaurant Weeks
    Flatworld
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PrincessFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very understaffed for this particular Sunday. Will have to try this restaurant on another occasion. It's just a shame that it happened on my Birthday.
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  • OutofTowner43
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old West with Modern Feel
    HolostoiVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely go back!
    DiningDivaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow service
    ipotexasVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Second Time Around
    Foodieluvs2eat
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.