The Federal Grill

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$30 and under
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American
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful waiter, unfortunately I do not remember his name. He recommended the crab cake appetizer that was amazing!

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with two other couples who had never been to The Federal Grill. The food, service, and atmosphere were all better than I had hyped them to be. Everyone in our group wants to go back soon.

CB
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has quickly become our new favorite neighborhood gem. We love the prompt seating through Open Table, the friendly and prompt greeting, the amazing service, the outstanding food, Manager checking in on us, meal portion ... Love this place!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. Wine was good. Cocktail was good. Great time with friends.

SI
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Celebrated birthday

TG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The waiter suggested an appetizer that turned out to be amazing! The food was perfectly cooked. Everything was beyond expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My birthday dinner with family and friends was wonderful here this past Saturday night. The restaurant was fabulous. From beginning to end, when we arrived, we noticed they offered complimentary valet parking which was a nice bonus. Next we were immediately seated and ordered drinks and appetizers. Our drinks were great, a bit pricey but comparable for the area overall. Everyone loved their food orders. The Calamari was fantastic as was the chili and complimentary bread (biscuits and butter) with an excellent jelly spread. Salads were good and fresh also. Entrees varied from the Shrimp and Grits to the Braised short ribs and chicken fettuccine, a deconstructed cheeseburger, a real cheeseburger and fries and scallops, and they sent me out a birthday surprise very sweet and I was surprised so I loved it but it was a bourbon style bread pudding, with vanilla ice cream and our waiter was very jovial and helped with our food choices and was pleasant to deal with our different personalities. All in all we will all be back and highly recommend everyone going too!!!! Thank you!!

KS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, broad menu and great service. Saturday night was too loud for our party of 5.

TM
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic atmosphere with great food. Would sit in main dining instead of bar next time.

a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was of excellent quality. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

D
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Valentine's Day dinner and enjoyed it tremendously! The menu was fixed but still had a variety of options and the food was delicious! Service was also top notch. Will definitely come back and try their weekend brunch and a regular dinner service!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The surroundings were amazing with a candle at each table it was a warm and cozy place to be. The filet mignon was literally the best I have ever tasted and we have eaten at some of the most prestigious steakhouses in Houston. The sides were excellent. The wait staff was very attentive and on point. My wife actually commented what a wonderful experience it was and that we needed to eat there more not just on special occasions. I really cannot say enough. Only thing I can say is you will not be disappointed if you eat here GUARANTEED.

MA
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It’s mainly a liquor and cigar bar. Food was very mediocre and never received our biscuits

BP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated an anniversary and it was a great evening. Wes was awesome. Can't wait to see him at the new Memorial location!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it from the service to the food. 10 across the board WILL BE BACK.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of seven for a family meal after seeing a play. Our service was wonderful, very attentive without being annoying. We ordered shared appetizers which were delicious. All of us loved our entree’s and our two shared desserts for the table. We will be back. Our favorite restaurant close to downtown!

JG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful last minute decision after church to go for brunch. Always a top pick for Sunday Brunch and we were so grateful to get a table. Great service and friendly elegant atmosphere. We can't wait to go back.

BG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding! Will definitely recommend and support

PV
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A quick bite before catching a show. My wife had fish and I had beef. Both were served quickly and with moderately sized potions. Taste was good, and preparation was quite professional. The bread was delicious - had to try hard not to ask for more.

P
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails and wine list. Chicken fried steak was excellent. We always enjoy the Cheeseburger Egg Rolls. Excellent service.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were both very good-my wife and really enjoyed our meal. It seems odd to have large televisions in all corners of the restaurant but the volume was off so it wasn’t an issue for us.

CB
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit was as good, if not better, than our first time here. Added favorite neighborhood gem for delicious food and amazing service. Can’t believe it took us so long to try it! Highly recommend to anyone thinking about eating here. I love the fact we can reserve through Open Table and thankful the restaurant participates so we can use one of our favorite apps. Well done management, cooks, servers and other staff.

l
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. DEFINITELY WON’T BE THE LAST!

JB
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great place. Shrimp and grits dish was rich and delicious. Pork chop was a little bland, but extra sauce helped. The spinach and polenta sides were perfect.

GA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and reasonably priced. Great place for a business lunch with noise levels low enough to hold a conversation. I highly recommend The Federal Grill and will return soon.

G
Houston
112 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to Federal Grill in a few months. It has always been good for both casual service and comfort food. Friday night however, we noticed a major change. The service was over the top. Managers very friendly and checking on us often. Food was exceptionally good. This place is not a high end romantic dinner place, but a nice casual fun dinner and drink spot. Federal Grill, you have nailed it. Can not wait to go back. What Federal Grill does, it does so very very well. Hats off to the management and staff for making this such a great restaurant and fun place to go.

MD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

chose Federal for birthday dinner on a recommendation from a colleague and was disappointed. Compares well to higher end restaurants and has character and ambiance of its own. they treat me well for the birthday without being OTT, and even listen and acted on request by another patron to turn down music a little, which made things even better

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federal Grill was amazing!!!!! I will definitely be back, food was great, along with the mimosas we ordered as well. Great staff & fast service!

l
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner there for the first time and had such a great experience we wanted to try brunch. It was outstanding! Superb service and attention to everything. Food is out of this world!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!!
The food was delicious, the staff was efficient, and it was quite enough to have lovely conversation.

FD
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers, managers and owners are always so cordial. Food and service was top notch as always. We love you Federal Grill!! We can't wait to try the new location.

l
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time dining and enjoyed the food. The atmosphere and service was very good as well.

JC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, liked having tv in the bar but I think the restaurant area would be a better experience without the distraction.

W
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very enjoyable!

DS
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish and chips was made with Mahi Mahi. Two people ordered it. One thought it was fine. The other thought should be cod.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our experience was average. Nothing that WOW us. Good experience just won’t go back soon.

t
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was not happy after making my reservation a week ahead, we had to go into the back room because the hostess was not smart enough to check her reservations and seated a couple before us who did not have a reservation . I was not given anything to make up for their mistake and i talked to the manger , do what nothing was done, and i had to remind them it was my husbands birthday since they did not check the reservation , anyone know you make reservations for sunday brunch if you do not you are the ones waiting or put in the dark back room,, no excuse for this kind of service , I was very is pointed it was not special at all I hope they train their staff or at least take the time to check zi may not go back and if their new place is the same I know I will not go back to either

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden Gem! If you haven’t been! It’s a must!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow. Waiter didn’t check back with us to see if we needed anything and it took a long time for them to bring us the check-had to ask. We told them it was a birthday/special occasion but nothing was done for that. Food was good except my husband’s eggs were undercooked.

CB
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live so close I can’t believe it took so long to try Federal Grill. Love using Open Table for reservations. We were greeted and seated right away, our server was excellent and recommended awesome apps and specials. Also, FG has one of the best ambiances. My husband does such an excellent job grilling our steaks we never order them dining out. My filet was cooked to perfection as was his ribeye. The fact the asparagus was not overcooked was icing on the cake. We were both too full to try their desserts but look forward to leaving room to try next time. Best Rice Military neighborhood restaurant!