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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
  • "Food was incredible, service was amazing. The crab cake is the best I have ever had in my life."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I received an email advertising the federal grill has all day happy hour, $5 wine, 1/2 off appetizers through out the July 4th week, but it wasn't true, and we ended up paying all full prices. : ( if our waiter wasn't so nice, I would've left. He was awesome."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Matt and Jen have outdone themselves! Simply excellent food, accompanied by unexcelled service (Daniel) deserves to be celebrated by many return visits."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food, reasonably priced. White table cloth service. Great oysters!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Restaurant not crowded at 7 on a Saturday night. A really great restaurant should be, now I know why. Evening seemed to start fine, with all 4 of us selecting from fixed price menu. We ordered a bottle of wine and our appetizers were excellent. Then entrees arrived. My smoked pork chop was so dry it had no flavor. It was too tough to eat. I could barely cut it. One of my dinner companions had the same experience. Sides were not what had been described on the menu. My mashed potatoes were instant: rubbery, flavorless. The other two said their entrees were ok. Desserts were ok. Then the check arrived. Ordered a $62 bottle, but were charged $84. The server had brought the wrong bottle, did not offer to adjust. Not worth the $270 + $50 tip."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our first choice for a last-minute Saturday reservation was booked, so we used Open Table's map to find something else in the area. Now we're glad the first choice wasn't available! We ate in the dining room as opposed to the bar or outside (it was still 90 degrees!) and were almost immediately greeted by our waiter and his trainee. Ordered some good Riesling Kabinett which neither server was familiar with (learn the wine list, guys) then the entrees - I used the prix fixe menu for a beet salad, wild Norwegian salmon and carrot cake, husband ordered the summer salad and center cut filet. We were both very happy with our selections and have no negative comments at all. Really, really good quality and preparation and good service"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant focuses on whiskey as their drinks of choice and they do not disappoint. The food is excellent, but I would not put it up there at the top of my list (although it is very very close). The bar appears to be an excellent spot to sit back during happy hour or before dinner for a nice cocktail or craft beer. I would not hesitate to dine at this restaurant again. Their menu has a lot of items I would like to try."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We noticed the restaurant was not at capacity, but full and loud enough so that our 1 year old wouldn't disturb surrounding diners. We waited 20 minutes for a waiter to greet our table, and she did so only AFTER we flagged someone down. Food and drinks were slow in coming, and the waiter was not fully knowledgeable about the Father's Day special that the restaurant was advertising that day (and didn't come to our table prepared with the special menu). The calamari appetizer was good, if almost too spicy, but my husband's steak (came with special) was prepared Medium Well instead of Medium Rare as ordered. We wanted to love it because of the bourbon selection, but won't be back--there are better Houston restaurants for the price."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have had Federal Grill on our mind and finally put it on our agenda again thanks to a reminder from a friend. The atmosphere inside was more than the exterior revealed. Service was more like a welcome to one's home than a business. Food was outstanding and a meeting of the owner brought even more enjoyment. He was very genuine in requesting our honest opinions of the evening. We look forward to Sunday brunch after church as soon as we can."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed everything ordered at our table. The crab cake appetizer was wonderful, full of crab, no fillers! The service was attentive, but not overly so. The manager introduced himself and wanted to make sure everything was good. Wine by the glass seemed a little overpriced, especially since our wait person told us they had very competitive prices on their drinks. They do have an extensive whiskey list if this is your thing. Interesting cocktail list, but also on the higher side."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The server was great, attentive, informative. Too much ice in cocktails. Gave feedback and when second drink arrived it was equally full. I understand the more ice the less liquid but this was much more than usual in a typical bar drink. Had to take ice out to drink it. Oysters were grat. Beets we're relish. Crab cake was just so so. Husband enjoyed the Brussels sprouts and the tuna tartare. Will go back. Server was on. Food and drink we're good but could be better."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious, but the service was poor."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went to Federal Grill on Friday night and none of us had been there before. We were greeted warmly by the lovely hostess, and she immediately welcomed us and took us to our table. Almost immediately our waiter, Lucas, came to greet us , and brought us a wine list. He returned to take our wine order. Very soon Lucas was back with our wine order and brought a dinner menu. We were interested in an appetizer and Lucas suggested the Crab Cake, which was his favorite. I can understand why---it was delicious and there was plenty for four people. Lucas suggested several items on the menu that he enjoyed, and we each ordered a different entrée. When our food arrived, we were amazed at how delicious every dish we ordered was. Try it"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had lunch there. Great food, served with flair. Nice atmosphere, white table cloths. Not too expensive. Very fresh and different. Good service too! Be sure to try the fried oysters - they are different and great! Nice place to go for a business lunch or romantic get together."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Daniel is back!!! if you visit ask for Daniel as your waiter. He is "amazing"! As i have stated before the food is over the top and you can't do wrong selecting anything on the menu."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I really enjoyed the food and service. The owner is very friendly and checked on us. We had a great evening."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Fantastic in all respects. The food choices are great and portion sizes are perfect. If you only have one night in Houston, go here. You will not be sorry. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I love this place and if someone is wanting me to pick the restaurant it is one of my top choices. I took two new people their with me on this trip and they loved it! One of them actually lives in the neighborhood and had never been there. Go!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The street appeal had me wondering what I had gotten us into for brunch. However, upon entering we were immediately welcomed and shown to our table. The wait staff, while pleasant, were a little less than attentive. My beverage glass remained empty on several occasions and once I had to flag down a different waiter because I gave up waiting. The food, though, was excellent. My daughter loved the beet salad and raved on it frequently. Her eggs Benedict was lovely, too. My salmon was very well seasoned and prepared beautifully. Overall, quite yummy food. Ooh, don't forget their desserts!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Very good food and attentive service. Excellent bar and wine and spirits to select from."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was our 1st visit & we thoroughly enjoyed it! The ambience was very nice, the menu selections wonderful and the staff lovely. We went with our grown sons & their wives & everyone enjoyed it. They have a lovely bar area that is quite large as well as a nice outdoor patio. Our waitress was friendly & attentive and the food was really wonderful. We shared Fried Oysters & Tuna Tartar for appetizers & they were delicious. We each had different entrees-filet, braised short rib, "angry shrimp", roasted chicken, smoked pork chop & everyone was very happy with their choices - also enjoying tastes from each other's plates. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Don't you hate it when a waitress interrupts your conversation to give the spiel without saying 'excuse me'? Instead picking a time that there is a natural pause in the conversation, she just talked over me. So I just ignored her until I'd finished my sentence. I can understand that it has to be done with a group because otherwise waitstaff would be waiting all day, but to do so over two people is just rude. However, the lunch option was tasty, great value, and quick. Hope next time the service will be better."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "It was our first time at Federal Grill and we really enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch. Our waiter was excellent and the food great. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Didn't realize when I booked this for mothers day that I actually been here before with my wife. The food was simple, not overwhelming on the list-side. Everything was top notch and taste great. The waiter was awesome, forgot his name, but I see him next time I'm there i'll be requesting. Overall, very pleased with everything, and will recommend to anyone visiting this sides of town"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was good yet over-priced and skimpy. Customer Service poor and inattentive. Hostess never smiled. They had issues with salt and pepper. Trying to flag down the "Pepper Mill"guy was impossible. We asked for a salt shaker and was first told they were all out?????? Then one was delivered whose top was so crusty nothing came out. We had to unsrew the bottom and tap into our palms. Not what I would expect paying $45 per person. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Crab cakes are awesome! We went for mother's day brunch and ended up having to order a second crab cake for the table per Mom's request. Everyone was very pleased with their food and the attention provided by the servers. The bottomless mimosas were also very good and not too diluted with OJ as encountered at other places. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Six ladies of an age enjoyed watching graduation parties and prom girls while enjoying barbecued marrow, crab cakes, lots of wine, and birthday cake."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was great, truly tasty!!! But the service was super slow!! Our water took forever to get to us. The waitress took our appetizer order and never came back for our entree order. The hostess, could be a bit more friendlier. But I would go there again and tell my friends about it. Truly a nice place."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This restaurant has a great location and the food was good, just not great. The best part was the warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert, however the salad and entrée was just good. I did not leave thinking "oh I can't wait to go back", which is a big must for me being a foodie that eats out a lot. There is potential, so I am hopeful but will wait awhile before going back."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food and service is good but the real draw is the very reasonable wine prices- with so many great restaurants in town that makes it stand out."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went for the first time and had a great time. We had the crab cake appetizer which was wonderful. My wife had the evening special of grill snapper and I had the center cut fillet. Both we excellent choices. A nice feature was that though the menu is set up a la cart the entrées are offered with some sides included. A wonderful treat was the half baked chocolate cookie for dessert. Don't let the term half baked throw you because it is so good. A fantastic finish! Very flavorful! The service was very good without being around too much. We will return and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had heard about the fried oyster appetizer, and that the restaurant was good. It was, and the oyster appetizer was as recommended. The wait staff could have been more knowledgable regarding the menu. I had the angry shrimp and enjoyed it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One of my fav spots in Houston. Should always be at the top of people's list when making reservations :)"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The food was fresh and made from scratch. We had a very nice meal and would definitely come again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had brunch today and everyone at our table ordered different items. Food was served well prepared. Everyone was very pleased with their choice."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "My husband and I had lovely evening sitting outside. Weather was terrific, and the food and drinks were perfect to go with the mood of the evening. We were seeking a light meal to go with our alcohol, and elected to share the oyster appetiser first with a Martini. One of better martinis and I happily able to request the blue cheese olives I love! And the snapper special entree was perfectly cooked, moist and very very tasty!! Perfecto! Our 2nd time there and we will be back!!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I enjoy Federal. The cocktails are good. The menu is good. The pricing is on par with a high-end steak house; but the atmosphere is more like a neighborhood bistro. It is hard for me to go to Federal when its not for business."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday. The service was very good. They even brought him out a half baked chocolate chip cookie with ice cream and a candle. It was yummy! It is certainly not a place we can visit every week due to cost but we will return for special occassions!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Our salmon had an unwelcome fishy taste and we brought it to our hosts' attention and they agreeably/cheerfully and immediately rectified the sitaution which is always a good sign of a restaurant that takes pride in their food. We found the food otherwise to be consistently fresh and delicious, in the style of "farm to table" that we always look for and find less often than we"d like"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with great biscuits, food and bottomless mimosas! Sean was our server and he was outstanding! We had a great time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014