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The Federal, Waltham, MA

The Federal

4.7
4.7
879 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
The Federal is an exciting seafood and chophouse with scratch-made, chef driven modern Italian inspired food. The restaurant is upscale, affordable, comfortable, and relaxed.

Come and explore our wine list where new age and old world meet. Our wine list is curated by co-owner/managing partner David Alphonse and features wines from around the world with a focus on Italian and old world selections. We have a great selection of new world wines as well.

We feature two adjoining private dining rooms and a seasonal covered patio.

Located in Waltham, MA in the Market Basket Plaza, we look forward to serving you soon.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (781) 373-1245
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Joel Portillo
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Erika@the-federalrestaurant.com regarding any private events! We have plenty of versatile indoor and outdoor space available for parties of all sizes.
  • Neighborhood
    Waltham
  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus Route 70, Main Shopping Center @ Marshall's stop
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Good for business meals

  • Boston

    Steakhouse

879 Reviews
  1. KevinL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Polite & attentive staff. Food is good. A little dark, but comfortable.

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  2. wellesleyeats

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All awesome - great place as always - never disappoints

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  3. AnnN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Calamari was especially good enjoyed the large chuncks along with the fine tendrils. It was a late lunch and a quiet time.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Always great! Service is perfect

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  5. Lina

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, ambience, presentation, service, price value. I was disappointed and expecting the Bourbon Pecan Pie to be presented as a Slice of Warm Pecan pie with ice cream on top. It was not a Slice as the menu says, Instead it was a small Cold Tart. Not appealing nor in the traditional idea of Pecan Pie. Menu needs to reflect what you are getting.

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  6. Foodie1

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a late reservation at The Federal. The staff could not have been more accommodating from start to finish, never felt rushed. Started with escargot and oysters rockefeller, outstanding classics. My date had the Tuna, I had the short ribs both incredible. LOVE this place.

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  7. SuzyQ

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food - A Atmosphere - A Service - A AAA - sat at bar, had the A+ Filet Mignon.. a fun night !!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed. Waitress was great. Had haddock (40.00) - overcooked. Two tough asparagus spears . The fingerling potatoes- seemed oily or soggy. Did not finish. My wife’s meal - she enjoyed. Salmon,FF and broccolini. Cinnamon cheese cake good. Would have been good - but my meal sucked!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will our server was very nice and attentive. The appetizers and entrees came out rather quickly. The food was hot and very good, although 2 of the 3 filets were a little overcooked then ordered, but still very good. The tiramisu was delicious and a portion for 2 to share.

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  10. SteveA

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at The Federal is excellent and the service was attentive. Definitely a place for special occasions or business dinners as it is a bit pricey. For some reason our OpenTable reservation was changed to 6 people about 10 minutes before we arrived. Don't know how this happened but it caused some confusion at the front desk.

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  11. lilliann

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    None of the food came out hot . Very disappointing.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service. Overall nice experience !

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  13. SusanO

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Salad was a little wilted.

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  14. KathleenB

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely dinner with sisters. Outstanding service. Our young waiter could not have been more attentive. Cocktails , appetizers, and dinner were delicious.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all ordered the Delmonico (ribeye without a bone) and it was a piece of heaven. Is that too dramatic?! The food was absolutely delicious and a decent portion as well. We had the burrata w prosciutto and blue cheese wedge salads. I recommend this restaurant. Finally quality paired w value!

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  16. RickL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very busy. Took a while for drinks. Food was very good. It is noisy but it was a Saturday night.

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  17. LillieB

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was fantastic! Too bad she is leaving! The steaks were fantastic! Better than other top steak houses.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the Federal. Definitely my top 2 in steakhouses

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  19. Nick34

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GREAT SERVICE. GREAT FOOD. GREAT ATMOSPHERE. LOVED THE VIBE. VERY RELAXING.

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  20. LeeV

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed the Haddock dish, and the Cinnamon roll cheesecake was delicious! Our server was very attentive and helpful and had a really nice approach and personality. It was a great night and I plan to return.

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  21. KeithK

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and service was excellent. Environment worked for a casual dinner meeting. Will definitely be back.

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  22. Paulie

    Greater Boston

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was outstanding. Our server was so good. She knew exactly what she was doing. Food was delicious. Little pricey for not being a major steakhouse.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the Federal. Always consistent, delicious food and excellent service.

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  24. Sharon

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our whole dining experience was amazing. The food, service, ambiance and overall lunch was fabulous!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to join coworkers for dinner, food was great.

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  26. AnthonyB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was super and food was excellent. Nice quiet room as well.

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  27. Annie

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are at The Federal for the first time. We started off with escargot and raw cherry stones, delicious! My husband had the cowboy steak with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus and chose two sauces. Everything was cooked perfectly. I had the French onion soup and the wedge salad. I could not finish it all but loved both. We then shared an incredible Tiramisu and pistachio gelato with huge pieces of pistachio. I have not had dessert this good since visiting Sicily. But, the best part of all was our server, Amanda. She deserves a huge raise. She is so sweet, helpful, friendly and extremely attentive! We will definitely go back and ask for Amanda every time ❤️

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were top notch. Great experience!

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  29. MerryB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff was fantastic and they provided us with free cannolis for my boyfriends birthday!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitstaff was fantastic - very attentive and genuine!!

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  31. DinnerClub

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Steaks were fantastic but I feel that the starter and desert weren't as flavorful as previous visits

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice meal last nite. Crab cakes were nice and crabby ($22 I think) but not crispy enough on the exterior. The entrees of duck and swordfish were excellent and a good size, $28 and $32 maybe. Side of garlic broccolini was tasty, tiramisu and pistachio zeppole were excellent. Had a problem with the cocktail being too warm and it needed to be reworked twice to get there. Drink prices are decent for today’s overpriced times. Good service overall and its pleasant spot for dinner.

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  33. EC32

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only issue was the process of getting seated. We did not want a booth and requested a standard table. That options was not "presented" to us even though there were several open tables; we had to take a booth. Our reservation was for 5 pm; shortly after opening so the restaurant was not yet busy.

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  34. LisaD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything not only looked good but it tasted delicious. It was a great experience!

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  35. JudyZ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the second time we dined here. Personally, my food was too salty and oily, but everyone else's food was very good.

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  36. gerry

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were good. We were off the main dining area in a small room near a wall. It was cold....

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  37. MikeL

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great food, wine & service when I'm in the Waltham area.

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  38. Barbara

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was fantastic! Beverages and food was perfect, as was the service. I highly recommend trying The Federal!

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  39. EricP

    Greater Boston

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place for a night out with friends or colleagues - awesome bar for a Pre or after dinner drink

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  40. 65Imp

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seven people for dinner, all raved about the food...service was outstanding. Really nice ambience and a nice buzz in the room. Always a great experience at the Federal

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Federal using the Order Online button. The Federal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 373-1245.

The Federal is rated 4.7 stars by 879 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Federal

74 Tower Rd, Waltham, MA 02451-1022

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main Street
  • Neighborhood
    Waltham
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Bus Route 70, Main Shopping Center @ Marshall's stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joel Portillo
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (781) 373-1245
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact Erika@the-federalrestaurant.com regarding any private events! We have plenty of versatile indoor and outdoor space available for parties of all sizes.
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