Federal Taphouse-Lancaster

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$30 and under
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American

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Casual
Great Beer
Elevated comfort fare & 100 craft beers on tap. We have room for large parties and private banquet space available.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch there and it wasn’t busy so we got good service and good food. That’s a good time to go there on a Saturday.

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Purple
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were great, but the service was absolutely outstanding!
We enjoyed dinner so much, we went back after our show and had a couple of drinks and pizza -definitely get the 4 cheese pizza, It's amazing!! I think I found my new favorite place in Lancaster!

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RickW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time and won't be the last. All good save only 2 of the 6 red wines on the menu were available. I know - it's a beer place but one in our party does not do beer and instead wanted red wine. The beer that we had was very good and the selection outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Somehow our meals got taken by another table. The manager did the correct thing and compt on of the meals. The waitress was friendly but not very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the service was excellent and they had a very large selection of beers on tap. We enjoyed our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food was awesome and so

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vipBayleaf
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was subpar—Pizza was burnt on the bottom, fish and chips was mushy. Really noisy and wait staff had an attitude. Beer was great. Would recommend for drinking only.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great Selection of drinks. Nice server. Food selection was slightly overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Christmas dinner

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MichaelF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A busy Saturday night and the entry was very crowded (pit bull fund-raiser) and although we had reservations, I feared we may have a wait. We were seated very promptly and our server was with us fairly quickly. She helped my wife with her beer selection (she knew her stuff). We ordered and all was great. We'll be back

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JodieS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service before the tree lighting! Our server was excellent and friendly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love it here. Really enjoyed the fairly new mozzarella appetizer!!!

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vipvino
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place to watch the game, the beer was cold and the bison burger was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been a few years since we had been here. Pleasantly surprised by the new menu. Wings were great and the Cuban pizza was also. As usual the beer selection was a good mix. Wish I could remember the waiter’s name but he was great with the kids and new his way around the menu.

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KerryS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tremendous selection of draft microbrews! Excellent service from Adam. Appetizers (artichoke dip, beef egg rolls) were very tasty and good size portions. Meals were good as well. A lively atmosphere, but too noisy at times. A little sound dampening would be welcome.

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bikehikeman
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

we usually get to this tap house location 1x a year, nice variety of beers, friendly staff, ,food is just ok anymore. the bison burger was overcooked and french fries were barely edible by my wife's friend opinion. i noticed that as visits go by i find the food disappointing. beer and staff are great. maybe by next visit the quality of food can be improved.

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TomS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was Fantastic. The service was Outstanding. Our server Mimi, was Awesome and catered to us from start to cend of our experience.

Highly recommend the Federal Taphouse and would suggest asking for Mimi to serve you.

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MaryG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were able to get into the restaurant without issue around 5:30 PM. Paid Parking garage is right next door, and inexpensive. The beer was mediocre but the mushroom pizza was delicious. The service was spot on.

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Stephanie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were seated right away but it took longer than a normal greet time for someone to come by. The food was great but the server seemed more interested in hanging out by the host stand instead taking care of his table. I understand it was slow and we were his only table but you could tell he wasn't interested in being at work to take care of his guests instead it was more to socialize with his co-workers. He was very kind but just wasn't ready to create the greatest guest experience.

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Fleet1
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first time at the Federal Taproom. We made early reservations before seeing a show at the Fulton Theater. Fairly full and service was good. Food took awhile to get to us but the pizza and fish and chips were good. Very large beer selection.

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vipBobF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We were disappointed with the food. The best item was the stuffed meatballs (appetizer). Homemade potato chips were also excellent! The sandwiches were less than stellar. When they delivered the ham and cheese, it was obvious they brought a Cubano. Even when we pointed this out to the waiter, he stated he "was not a sandwich guy, but that was a ham and cheese". He never offered to change it. It had pork, pickles, mustard; definitely a Cuban. We are unlikely to return .

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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SuDW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crab corn soup and beef egg rolls was excellent!

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SusanS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consistently have a great experience at Federal Taphouse. Food and service is top notch.

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karens
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came over after the Beerfest and they were all ready for us - great service and great food!!!

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vipSharonG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great. I tell you to get the pork belly tacos. Our waitress was so busy pushing us to order more beers that she never filled our water which we asked for 2xs. She took off after we said no to a 3rd round. She never asked if it was all 1 check. We would love to go back but perhaps another waitress.

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shelliH
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt waiter was amazing

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matt was EXCELLENT. Our food and beer was outstanding and all recommendations were spot on! Staff in general were great! Will be returning and would highly recommend.

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LeAnnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The food was fresh & hot. The spinach, tomato jam & corn pizza is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Great food.

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vipcndirector1
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of beers from local to foreign. Food was good, served hot and timely.

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Laurie
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun amiable staff which makes bringing groups of family, friends, or co-workers here a superior choice over restaurants with similar menus.

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JustinR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Federal Taphouse has amazing burgers and sandwiches. I imagine the pizza is equally delicious, though I have not tried it yet. The reason I come to this conclusion is if they are able to do everything else well, I do not see a reason they would not be able to make a good pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, good ambience and huge selection of beer. Food was very good a little pricey but I think worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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SueS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had requested a high top. We were seated at a regular table and nothing was ever said about us having requested a high top. We were ok with it, but not sure why you ask a preference if they’re not even looking at it. Other than that, enjoyable experience.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good eats and great service. Accomidated our group of 7 very nicely we greatly appreciated that.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was outstanding! This was our first visit and he gave us THE best recommendations for beer and food. We live in NJ but we’ll definitely be back and we’ll request Adam as our server.

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MichaelD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the bar are great, the service was great. The ability to hear the person your with and carry a conversation is difficult on a busy Saturday evening. That's the only reason I didn't give everything 5 stars. They need to get an acoustic engineer in there to figure out a way to make the place more conversation friendly.

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AliceM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great food (we had two pizzas), efficient and friendly staff, and a funky and friendlt atmosphere. My only complaint was the noise level. We could barely hear each other. I would still return because it’s a fun place to grab a bite and have a drink.

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Federal Taphouse-Lancaster is rated 4.3 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.