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The Federal Restaurant & Bar
The Federal Restaurant & Bar

The Federal Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://thefederalrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (413) 789-1267
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Presnal
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: When the Federal caters, our reputation travels with us, whether to a dinner for fifteen or a wedding party of 300. The Federal brings the same exacting standard to every detail of your event, be it a graduation party, wedding, or business luncheon. Total event planning is also available – to your specifications, of course.
  • Private Party Facilities: The elegant and relaxed atmosphere of the Federal Restaurant can be reserved for weddings, special events, corporate functions, private parties and private luncheons. The restaurant offers different sized rooms for private gatherings. The largest room accommodates seventy guests and the smallest accommodates up to fifteen. no additional fee is attached to table service or menu in these rooms. The staff of the Federal will make every effort to procure your desired audio or visual equipment for business presentations if requested at least two days in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Cristina Presnal (413) 789-1267
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the bar every Friday & Saturday night

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Federal Restaurant & Bar
Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure at 135 Cooper Street in Agawam, Massachusetts became home to the Federal Hill Club in 1936. under the management of its owners the Moretti family, that establishment remained a premiere restaurant for over fifty years. The Federal's current owners Michael Presnal and Ralph Santaniello easily integrate the white linen elegance of that bygone era with a fresh and innovative "new american" cuisine that is perfectly prepared and impeccably served. strong Italian and French influences inspire the contemporary culinary style of Chef Presnal in dishes such as his red beet risotto, burnt tangerine glazed cod, and white-chocolate panna cotta. The Federal is dressed up as a special occasion restaurant, but is sociable and affordable enough for every occasion. It enjoys a dedicated following of appreciative diners from New York to Boston.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "As always, the service was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was very rich and filling. The complimentary risotto balls are great."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere were outstanding.as well as the cocktails Excellent service!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The night was perfect, great good, friendly service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Still the Best Restaurant in WMass. From the wine list (which has very good 1/2 bottles), delicious mussels, fish and filet that are perfectly balance with herbs and veges, to smooth coffee."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took our L I, NY friends here to celebrate their anniversary and ALL of us agreed that the ambiance/service/wonderful food/chef prep/ was exceptional. Often we've commented that it isn't often that you go out and comment thusly about a dinner out. It was an excellent evening we all supremely enjoyed. A memorable experience, enjoyed by all and definitely a performance to be repeated."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Historic building, enticing menu, attentive service, and delicious food- the whole experience was enjoyable. Chef has a penchant for more components makes a better dish, and it works. Chocolate clafoutis is superb!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I ordered a Filet Mignon special and it is the best steak that I have had outside of some of the finer proprietary steakhouses in Chicago. The Federal is the best restaurant in area...hands down!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The Federal never disappoints us. The food is superb, and that is a must for any refined restaurant. What I find differentiates The Federal is that the wait staff/bartenders/chefs will go the extra mile to deliver any requests I have -- all while being just plain nice -- a real treat when going out to relax and have a change of pace."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've always loved the risotto balls, they are amazing!! I had the seared scallops which were cooked perfectly!! I had the polenta for the first time and it was fantastic!!! My only complaint would be I wish there was 10 times as much on the plate!!! It was soooo good!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Amazing food, fantastic service, delightful cocktails. Can't get any better!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "When making the reservation on line, I requested a table by a window. We were taken to the very back table in the black room, where one of us would have been facing a black wall all evening. Then we were taken to the smaller white room, still in the corner, facing a wall, but at least near a window. We adjusted our seating so we could face into the dining room. My wife ordered the Lobster tails, (3 very small 1/2 tails), for the price of $36!!! She said they were just "OK". I ordered the scallops which were large and very good. Side dishes of baby wedge salad, rissoto balls, aspargus and polenta were excellent. A glass of champagne was tasteless and sent back. Dessert of Nuetella crepes, excellent. Service and ambiance, excellent."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Top notch service! Best food in western MA by far!!! Save room for dessert---a must!!! Will be back again for sure!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It was a delightful experience! Good drinks, excellent service, very good ambiance. Appetizers were very good, especially the proscuitto and melon shooter! The rack of lamb, so so. Filet mignon special was superb! Would like to visit again and not order lamb."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our visit to the Federal was fantastic! We are looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "great dining experience although the menu is very limited if you don't eat pork or shellfish"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was my husband and I's second time here! We went for our anniversary dinners! The food is to die for! The wait staff is wonderful! We enjoy the nice atmosphere. Also, the compliments of the chef are a great treat!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went here on the recommendation of someone, they had a good experience. The service was top notch, pricey menu but I knew this upfront having viewed the menu online. I ordered the filet Mignon, I ordered it medium. It was 39.00 so I figured it would be pretty good. It came med well, ok I could deal with that, sometimes it can be a tough call on the chefs part, what I couldn't get past was the meat itself. It reminded me of a pot roast not a filet!! It had that stringy texture that a bottom round has. It was not shoe leather by any means but did not fit my idea of a mignon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The blending of flavors and textures are masterfully accomplished by these artful chefs. I have entertained people from across the country who have eaten around the world. Last night my guest told me he believed this was one of the top 5 dining experiences he has ever had."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary. This was our second time and it did not disappoint. We really enjoyed the food and they accommodated my wife's dietary needs with no issues including helping choose some good foods that would fit. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Service was great but food was nothing special for the prices they charge. I don't see why the bucket of balls was so raved about either."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience. Food was delicious and well presented. Short Ribs particularly good. Complimentary taste of their special risotto balls. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Dining room separate from bar so it was quiet. Classy feel at fair prices. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food was prepared and presented very well. The atmosphere was just right and the wait staff were very nice and helpful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been going to The Federal for special occasions( son's high school graduation party, my 50th party) for many years and have always adored the food, service and atmosphere. This time our evening was remarkably different. Our waiter was unattentive and appeared to be upset when we did not order a second round of drinks. We waited quite a while for dinner to arrive and when it did come it was lukewarm. My salmon had no taste except for the heavy olive oil that was all over the plate. Very, very un characteristic for the Federal. Is there a new chef there? New management? With the prices that the Federal has they must make sure that the quality of their food is exceptional and service top notch...or customers will go elsewhere"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very pleasant staff. The food was awesome! Great variety and well seasoned. It was our first visit and I would go back. It was expensive but the complimentary appetizer 2 rissoto balls and a dish of cotton candy for dessert was great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was fabulous!! Must try the risotto balls and Mac and cheese. Everything was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It is a very lovely restaurant. Food could not be better. Service is always excellent. One of our favorite restaurants to eat at"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We came for a special occasion, a meetup with old friends. The food was fantastic and the service was great. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our first time at The Federal. We had a party of 8 people for a retirement celebration & everyone in the party had been here before except for us. Overall our experience was a very good one. The food was very good and presented beautifully and the servers were very nice to work with. Our waiter had a good handle on the menu and gave recommendations when asked. However we were a bit disappointed with the lag time between the time we ordered drinks & when they were actually delivered. Also, water wasn't refilled in a timely fashion and when the servers came out with the dinners they didn't have a handle on who ordered what. These a minor details but unexpected for a restaurant of this caliber. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "What an incredible find! Had our wedding reception there 35 years ago... Great food then under different management and chef. But now... WOW! Spectacular presentations,creative preparations, and not a single missed beat on anything! Hopefully The Federal will continue to thrive... you can tell whoever is in that kitchen is passionate about his/her love of food! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This is an excellent restaurant with superb food. I had the grilled salmon, it was tasty, a bit crunchy on the outside that gives it a unique texture. The asparagus were tasty and crunchy. I and my guest did not have dessert. The ambiance is charming, service was attentive. The cost was reasonable for the quality of food and ambience. Though a glass of wine was a bit pricey."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience at the Federal. The wait staff was outstanding and the food was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife's daughters bought us a gift card, good thing too as even though we live in Agawam we had never heard of The Federal! Our dinner was outstanding, each course better than the one preceding it. For starters we tried the famous "bucket of balls,' which were excellent. Then the salads arrived, and I had not had such an excellent Caesar salad in years. My wife's house salad was pronounced a winner too. We eagerly awaited what was coming for the entrees: Mac 'n Cheese with braised ribs & lobster tail for me, filet mignon and lobster stir fry for her. Both were outstanding. Good-sized portions as well. Neither of us went home hungry, that's for sure. It was quite the memorable evening, and a delightful birthday present!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Another fantastic dining experience. Food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food presentation was eye-catching. Everything we ordered was done to prefection and portions were very ample. Our server was personable, very knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive to our needs. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and are planning a return visit in the future."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant for a Mother's Day brunch and my mom and I were both extremely pleased with the food and the service. It is by far our favorite restaurant to treat ourselves to. The food is amazing and no matter what dish we order we are always leaving very pleased. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I plus 4 other friends dined at The Federal restaurant after attending a great musical performance earlier in the evening. The dining experience was wonderful, the entrees were excellent and made for a very enjoyable day. With it being the evening before Mother's day and the restaurant being packed, it would have been very easy for the staff to rush us through dinner. They did not which afforded us ample time to converse with our friends. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed with The Federal - yes, it's pricey, but it's well worth it. The food is fresh, delicious, and perfectly prepared. I am not normally a fan of beets, but tried the beet 'risotto', and it was incredible! They had a ginger creme brulee, which was the best creme brulee I've ever had. It tasted like a homemade gingersnap cookie, the texture was creamy and luscious, and the carmelized sugar coating was perfect. Their presentations are great, and the chef comes up with wonderful combinations and specials."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The selections were unique and creative, I had a very hard time deciding what to order because there were so many wonderful options. Also love the be your own chef options. Everything was delicious. Service was great, all the staff was fun , attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food was perfect, servce appropriate, friendly inviting , The seafood was cooked to perfection, the sides complimented the entree . the room we had dinner in was next to a baby shower, they were find. the next table over from us was very nosiy, 4 adults, they thought they were the only ones in the restuarant. Even the bar was quiet compared to them. I prefer the room with the fireplace, warmer and inviting. I have never had a bad experience with the food or service. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Another great meal at The Federal. We had a large group (12) and our table was ready when we arrived. The service was friendly and attentive. We were there for Easter brunch and a special brunch menu was offered for the holiday as well as chef specials. It was difficult to decide as all the items were appealing. Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal and we look forward to when we can come back. Delicious! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014