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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Shertut
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time eating in a restaurant since pandemic started. Went early for lunch and sat outside. No one else there. Very disconcerting that the hostess, waiter, busboy and even the manager were not wearing masks.

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vipMCAL
London
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many wonderful things on this menu. Perfect place to get together with friends, date, or business associates. Love the quotes on the wall. Had been a while and forgotten how great this place was. Amazing biscuits to begin, & I usually don’t even like buscuits. Will be coming back again soon.

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MichaelC
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a great choice. They have a variety of good american food dishes. The staff is extremely nice and it's always entertaining to read the quotes on the walls.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is delicious! Highly recommend the chicken & waffles. Our server was amazing & attentive but not overly. Will definitely be returning!

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vipDebraL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food! Excellent service! The crab cake was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Federal Grill!! Their Brunch is amaze-balls!!!

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, local place!!!! We have been here numerous times and it never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first sit down, dine-in after CV19. Thanks for the great service, hospitality & suggestions, Rocky!

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KatharineC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Federal Grill was everything I wanted for my mother's day brunch! Fast and friendly staff, managers owners that came to our table to say hi, excellent food, and a great atmosphere. I can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here, but everything was perfect... we’re already planning another trip back for this coming weekend! Staff all had masks; everything was clean, hand sanitizer station as you enter, and plenty of room in between other diners. In fact, we only had two other tables in the entire room. Most delicious eggs and Bloody Mary I’ve ever had!! Five stars hands down!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Outstanding service as always! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Oysters on the half shell were delicious!! Bloody Mary with shrimp was soooo good!!! Brought home enough meatloaf for a second meal. I’m going back again this week. Yummy!!!

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vipHeidiR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were just a few tables occupied on Thursday night. We took my sister out to celebrate her birthday and the 3 of us all shared a few dishes. The wedge salad was excellent because the quality of the Roquefort was smooth and mild. I had the seared tuna salad for my entree. It was good but the dressing was watery and tasteless.The chili was as good as ever-rich and delicious. The staff got pretty loud but I think they were just celebrating being back at work. Who could blame them! Overall, it was wonderful and great to be out in our neighborhood!

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vipTrueFoodie
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. One of my favorites. They have it all...great food, people, cocktails, and atmosphere!

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KNicole
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, sat on the patio and had an amazing date night. Would recommend to anyone looking for a date night place. And the cheeseburger egg rolls are a MUST HAVE!! this is my new favorite spot to eat at!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Federal Grill is a long time favorite . Menu is extensive. Food is high quality and excellently prepared. Service is professional. Ambiance is delightful.

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vipfinediner
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot wait to return to The Federal Grill. Great service and management but must importantly the food is phenomenal!!!

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Tracy
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch - you must eat the biscuits! We ordered a carafe (or 2) of mimosas, a couple orders of Chicken & Waffles, and another ordered the Federal Breakfast, which we all enjoyed. The wait staff was attentive without being obtrusive.

When you go, visit the bathroom to read the framed quotes. It makes waiting in line entertaining (if you do encounter a line).

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JanetteL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Would like to see more flowers on the patio but otherwise great for brunch!!!

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kandicdes
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The location is excellent. We had a group of 14, the restaurant was not full and we did not see our waiter for over 15 minutes when the rest of our party made it.

We asked 3 different people to help us find him and send him back to us (our table was in the back room).

It felt as though he didn’t care. When he did finally come back, he didn’t apologize.

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The appetizer came before the cocktails The ribs were not good Tasted like poorly reheated leftovers at 28$ for a rack Not a good value Came because of a gift card We will not be returning

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DanM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, we ordered the carpaccio and tuna tartare for appetizers and I had the texas wagyu burger for my main course. Everything was well presented on the plate and was obviously made with care and pride. Could not be happier with the service and ambience. One of my favorite places to dine at in Houston.

JB
vipJBreen
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mitch
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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CoutureBella
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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipSIG1
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Celebrated birthday

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ThomasG
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.

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vipfinediner
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five Stars all the way around. Federal is a must try.

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OpenTable Diner
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!!

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KerryS
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.

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TM24
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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annonymous
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.

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Dorie
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MichaelA
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

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BeckyP
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.