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The Federal Grill
510 Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77007
Heights / Washington
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The Federal Grill Details
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Steak
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
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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Diners' Choice Winner
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
I am sorry that I waited nearly a
year to go to the Federal American Grill. The food is excellent, presentation is stunning and the service is perfect. I cannot wait to make this place one of my regular choices!"
Dined on 12/27/2013
We have most Fridays as girls day
out. We choose carefully where we will dine as one of the girls is a one year old. We knew the food would be great, but we also had the best waitress ever. Thank you Kayla for a great Christmas gift."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Everything was rocking along well
up until an order of fried chicken was delivered. It looked beautiful, until my friend cut into it and it was still bleeding. She sent it back and requested a sandwich in its place, the whole while sharing food with another friend until her replacement meal arrived. I understand that things can happen. However, her meal should have been comped just for the inconvenience of having to wait for another plate. Furthermore, the chicken that was presented to her was a leg and thigh, not a breast. So in my opinion, it was not worthy of the price they were charging. All was not bad. The green pepper soup was fabulous, but the pastrami reuben was a little tough for my preference."
Dined on 12/17/2013
Excellent service, but we were not
impressed with our food. The crab appetizer that was rated so high, was nothing special. We ordered two different dishes and neither of them impressed us. For the price, I would not recommend this place."
Dined on 12/16/2013
Great food, great service. Total
Dined on 12/15/2013
The service was pretty good - we
felt the wait staff was "over kill" though. They literally kept checking on us like every 10 minutes & they kept trying to remove our dishes while we were still eating our food. I would go back - loved the Fizzy Lifting Drink..."
Dined on 12/4/2013
We went to Federal on a Sunday
evening to celebrate my mother and my birthdays. The decor was beautiful, the food was amazing and the service was outstanding! I typed in to "special requests" that it was our birthdays and they brought the two of us celebratory desserts at no charge WITHOUT us even telling the waiter. THAT was a real treat that they paid attention AND were so cordial! Great choice!"
Dined on 12/8/2013
Celebrated a birthday with a party
of 12. Excellent service. Great menu choices. Good energy but not too much noise. I'd definitely recommend for a group, or a smaller party."
Dined on 11/30/2013
We went for the 2:30 pm seating
for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey, ham, sweet potatoes and dressing appeared to have "sat down" as a result of being warmed over from the 12:30 pm seating. Service was good, however. Food: 5 out of 10. Service and atmosphere: 8.5 out of 10."
Dined on 11/28/2013
The server and food were
fantastic. Very helpful on answering questions about the menu, didn't try and sell us on the most expensive items. Overall great dining experience."
Dined on 11/26/2013
This makes such a difference to a
dining experience. The staff was genuinely kind and attentive. The food was good. My husband had the burger and I had roast chicken. I would have liked my of the thyme sauce but felt uncomfortable asking for it since this is an entree and not a sandwich or something like that."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I have had lunch at Federal Grill
several times and they never disappoint. The food is excellent and the service is always top notch. The servers stay at the pace you desire so if you are looking for a quick or leisurely lunch, they can accomodate. Each of us ordered a different item from the menu and none of us could decide which was best since we all thoroughly enjoyed each. Great place all around."
Dined on 11/19/2013
We went to Federal on Tuesday
night for my husband's birthday. We'd been twice before and both times were excellent experiences. We invited a couple to join us on Tuesday who'd not been here and they agreed that everything was outstanding. We love the ambiance and the service has been excellent every time. Everyone enjoyed the food. We had the beef marrow and the Federal fried oysters for appetizers. They were both delicious with our Educated Guess Cabernet (reasonably priced by the bottle). Entrees were very good as was the molten type chocolate cake. We will return again and we highly recommend Federal Grill."
Dined on 11/19/2013
Here are the facts: 1)Waiter came
by to take our order and take our plates. Never asked how the food was (bad) or if we wanted another drink. 2) the bill had an extra dish on it. I mentioned it to the waiter and he didnt even look at it but said "I'll take care of it" 3) food was average at best 4) spoke to the owner/manager - he took the feedback well and seemed to care. Only positive of the evening."
Dined on 11/15/2013
The pan seared snapper was
amazing! And the service was great!"
Dined on 11/12/2013
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