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The Federal Grill
The Federal Grill

The Federal Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefederalgrill.com
  • Email: eat@thefederalgrill.com
  • Phone: (713) 863-7777
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - 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, Monday - Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hoffman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining area accommodates 18 to 40. Larger parties are welcome. Select from our menu or consult with our Chef to create your own. Video and Internet is available. Effortless!
  • Private Party Contact: Caitlin Brennen (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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Federal Grill is a great neighbourhood restaurant - good food, wide range of cocktails, and attentive staff who are both friendly and very knowledgable about the food and drinks they are serving. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My husband and I always try to dine at a different restaurant because Houston has sooo many WONDERFUL places that you could never hit all of them...and then came Federal Grill. We try to cook at home often, so when we go out it is intentional and we have been to Federal Grill more times than I can count. The wine list is exceptional and the PRICES are what you get in a store. The owners visited with us once and shared how they want people coming for the food, and not having to pay an arm and a leg for beverages they could easily get at home. We've sampled a variety of the menu and have not once been disappointed. Do yourself a huge favor and check this place out."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Really nice meal and night out at Federal Grill. From moment valet greeted us it was welcoming. Bartender helped us decide pre-dinner cocktails. Our food was really great--every course. Nice ambience--good distance between tables, big windows, nice low lighting. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "lunch special is a good deal...beet salad and chicken sandwich were very good. I love crab cakes, and read the reviews on the crab cakes and wanted to try them. For me, they were OK...not blow away. A lot of crab, and not much filler...but to much wine sauce in (and on) the crab cake.. took away from the take of the crab..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "If you happen to dine here while Daniel is working, make sure to ask to sit in his section! Amazing service and friendly."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My husband and I visited The Federal Grill on 3/8/2014. We left an event early and were famished so we made last minute reservations and lucked out. The cocktail and wine menu was superb. Bread basket was actually biscuits that looked like bread and a pepper jelly that was delicious. We ordered the crab cake which was amazing quality, stuffed full of crab and no mayonnaise type filler. I had the caesar salad, and it too was great. The filet was cooked to perfection and the short rib was fall off the bone tender. The chef came over to ask how things were, which is always nice. Service was spot on, not intrusive. A complimentary dessert was a surprise....a to die for molten chocolate cake a la mode. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Took my wife to dinner for our anniversary and all I can say is WOW. Everything we had delicious. Crab cake - All CRAB. Tuna tartare - excellent. We both had steaks, wife had the filet while I had a ribeye, both cooked perfectly to our liking. All the sides we had were very well done. Mac & cheese, creamed and steamed spinach, brussel sprouts, lyonaisse potatoes - excellent. We thought we could eat no more then we say the PB&J Bread Pudding on the dessert menus. Easily one of the best desserts I have eaten in a while. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "have been to Federal Grill on several occasions. The food and service are always consistent . Each time I have brought newbies to Federal Grill and each have gone back on their own. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Federal Grill is a reinvention of the Branch Water Tavern but it still has the trademarks of the former establishment. Very good food but not outstanding, just above average service and a very energetic environment The only differences with the Branch Water Tavern are on the menu; that is, more variety of dishes which will certainly appeal the Houstonians, I.e. The Federal Grill offers a wider range of steak; and the extended sitting area near the bar. This is a good place for a date or for an informal dinner with friends but be aware that the experience can be a bit choppy because of the level of service. Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I took a date here as she said anything was good, now I had a motive for eating here. I like to think of my self as a whiskey/bourbon snob and the Federal Grill can stack up. The bar selection is great drinks were priced reasonable for what you received. Now the food.... She had scallops, I didn't taste but she liked them, I had the braised short rib. Everything on my plate was good but under seasoned. The short ribs were super moist and you never had to touch a knife but again lacked flavor. Dessert was a molten chocolate cake that made up for everything else and then some. Would go back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a real neighborhood gem. The crab cake was the most unusual crab cake Ive tried in a while and it was outstanding with lots of lumps of crab meat with no bread crumbs. The scallops were devine as were the Angry Shrimp."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was the best new restaurant find in Houston for some time. The service was excellent, the atmosphere electric and the FOOD spot on. Matt and his wife greated us and check on our table multiple times throughout a 3 hour dining experience. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Was a very enjoyable restaurant with good service. Steak was ordered medium well but came out medium rare. They did fix it though which was fine. Steak was a little tough as well. I would go back but wouldn't get the steak again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day when they had a fixed menu. The food was delicious! I had the filet, my girlfriend had the fish and both were prepared perfectly. Really good cocktails too!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The server was friendly but seemed out of it. Several times he came to our table to take our order AFTER we had already ordered! I had steak with Mac and cheese and a side of roasted carrots. Half of my steak was great but the other half was charred. The carrots were so hard you couldn't poke them with a fork. My date had the "fish special". It was served tail on and skin side up with the crab meat topping and other garnish covering the fish so you couldn't see the skin. The fish was very fishy tasting. Overall the food was very disappointing. I'd be willing to give the place another try as it has potential to be great but they do need to work on their food consistency. We did talk to the mgr and he was very nice and apologetic."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "love this place. great people, great food.' If you need a little twist on American food this is the place to go. Lisa Mc"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Although a bit pricey, you soon realize that the price paid is well worth the quality of food, service and atmosphere. We have yet to experience a dinner where we couldn't have a conversation at a reasonable level. Valet parking only."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Overall the Federal Grill was very good, it was much nosier than I expected. For a good weekend meal it would be great, but definitely not for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Perfection upon arrival.. Exceeded my expectations! Congratulations Kristin outstanding service. Courteous staff! Amazing & tasty food.. Totally recommend this place for any occasion."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The restaurant feels very relaxed but also upscale - kind of like an elegant pub. Everyone was very attentive and the food was really delicious. Make sure you try the crabcake"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great food and stellar drink selection. The only mis-step was after making a reservation, we got stalled sitting down and eventually just accepted an open table in the bar. The fault might be on dawdling Houston diners, but still worth noting. Rest of the meal, from the food to the drinks, was very good. Incredibly fresh produce. Greens cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The Federal Grill has a FAB menu no matter what the occasion! Give them a try !"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Scored high on my list for friendly, eager to please service. Our waiter was excellent. Friendly, changed menu to fit my diet needs - and with a smile. Would definitely go back. Food was great."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The kitchen melted down. It took over two hours for the entrees to arrive - cold. Management was very apologetic but totally ineffective in running a restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went here for the firat time on a fixed menu for New Year's. The food was good, great bartender, very poor service, waiter seemed to think he already had a fixed tip because of the fixed menu. I'll go back, but I expect better service, or second time is the last time."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had the 9:00 seating. The menu was simple and lovely. Just the right amount of food for the older crowd. The cheese cake is the best I have ever had. My husband and I will continue to put Federal Grill on our favorites list."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We have been several times in the past few months and are always charmed by the hands-on approach of the managment. This is as good as it gets if you are looking to be treated like a regular. The manager and servers remember names and favorite drinks and stop by each table to ensure you are getting great food and service. The chef prepares the best medium rare filet I've ever had and the sacues and sides are paired thoughtfully. The seafood is always cooked perfectly too. The portion size is just right and do not skip the cheescake for dessert. We found this place because they have the best bourbon selection in town. We love the flights, the full bar, and the craft beer bottle selection. This is our favorite upscale restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My fiancé and I decided Sunday evening to have dinner at Federal Grill as he was craving the Snapper dish. This was our best experience yet at this restaurant. I tried the Smoked Pork Chop for the first time.... OMG best pork chop I've ever had. I'm normally not a huge fan of ordering pork chop because I not big on the "sweetness" that other restaurants use in their seasoning. This pork chop was perfect for me. And my fiancé loved the Snapper dish as usual. The service was also superb, we never waited on anything and everything came out at the appropriate times. It ended up being one of the best dining out experiences we've had in a long time. Definitely a must if you've never been here before."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We had heard really great things about the Federal Grill and looked forward to trying it! The food, service, and décor are all terrific; however, we had 6:45 PM reservations and so did a couple who had a small infant--a screamer!! They were with another couple and were seated in the exact center of the dining room so this child could be heard everywhere! This is really unfortunate in such a wonderful place, especially since this is not an inexpensive place to dine!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Steaks were great and the grilled asparagus was amazing. Limited menu needs a few more dishes to round out non finish eaters. Will go back"
    Dined on 12/28/2013