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The Federal, Waltham, MA

The Federal

4.6
4.6
706 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
The Federal is an exciting steakhouse 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.

Culinary Director Oscar Figueroa (The Federal, Stazione di Federal) brings 20 plus years of Boston fine dining excellence with him. His menus are filled with inspirations and odes to Boston restaurant icons both current (Scampo) and past (Towne, Locke-Ober) where he refined his culinary technique with renowned Chef Lydia Shire.

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

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 706 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Good for business meals

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

  • Boston Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

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  1. EP

    EricP

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very good dining experience - Food was excellent Service was above average Great bar to meet and have a drink before eating
  2. LR

    LinRan

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was delicious. We all had steak which was cooked to our liking. The service was extremely SLOW. Fortunately, we were enjoying our conversation.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service Very good food Fun evening out
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always great food and service
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stopped here before the Brandeis basketball game and had a 5:15 early bird dinner so we basically had the dining room to ourselves. Amanda was a phenomenal server and the food was delicious. Everything was timely and the evening was lovely. We will be back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Steak was a little over cooked
  7. w

    wheelerville

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent but what really stood out was the attention and service of Bobby the waiter
  8. t

    theresag

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great (Bobby) he was very attentive.
  9. JK

    JohnK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there several times and never disappointed. Food, service etc are excellent! Last night was a little noisy but there were after holidays gatherings.
  10. n

    nlg75

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous steaks! Cooked exactly as ordered. We will be going back.
  11. M

    Mideco

    New England

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined for NYE and despite the restaurant being busy we were seated on time and food/ service was spectacular. We had filet, duck, steak frites and NY strip with various sides and all were cooked to perfection. Mushrooms and Parmesan polenta were delicious. One member of our party has a gluten allergy and all food was expertly prepared and marked. The cocktail menu had so many bespoke options it was hard to choose . The blood orange cosmo was excellent. Incredible wine list too. Five stars for food and service.
  12. CG

    ChrisG

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Bobby is the best. Filet was perfect. Nice job.
  13. l

    lsss

    New England

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andrea and the kitchen all presented a delightful evening for us. The food, service, and atmosphere were all top-notch, in my book. Of course the highlight was Andrea, who is warm, professional, and has the most infectiously delightful laugh. I will come back just to see her. BUT, the food was also a standout experience - and will keep all of my family wanting to return again and again. THANK YOU
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner for husband’s birthday. The food was perfect. The management impeccable they make you feel like family.
  15. SL

    ShawnL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent 8 oz filet mignon cooked to a spot on medium rare.
  16. ZI

    ZITA

    New England

    264 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    264 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Holiday celebration with friends. Great menu with a wide variety of options. Dinner was outstanding. The duck breast and chicken were delicious complimented by our excellent cocktails. Robert our server made our dinner a dining experience.
  17. H

    Hungry

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible time at The Federal. When we arrived, the staff especially Erika, were very welcoming and cordial. They seated us right away. The lighting was excellent and the noise level was low. It was such a warm and welcoming environment. Our waiter was named Bobby, a young Greek guy who showed his Greek pride. He was excellent at his job and knew the menu inside out. He was passionate about what he could offer us and was spot on making recommendations after asking us a few questions. Our food was delivered on time and presented perfectly. We are a couple in our early 50’s that goes out to eat just about every Saturday night. I can tell you that everything was so well thought out down to the high quality oil that was presented with the bread at the beginning of the meal. We started out with the steak tartare and crab cakes for appetizers. They were both full of flavor and delicious. My wife’s filet mignon was cooked perfectly and my ahi tuna I could cut with a fork. The vegetables were fresh, well, seasoned, and as tender as you could get. I would recommend the asparagus spears, mashed potatoes, and the broccolini. The wine menu was extensive and well-balanced. We shared a beautiful bottle of Amarone Valpolicella Palazzo Maffei which complimented and completed our meal. I truly felt that the atmosphere, quality of food, and top-notch service clearly exceeded the price point of the meal. I would highly recommend trying this restaurant. We are looking forward to trying the second restaurant called Stanzione di Federale also in Waltham. A big thank you for the excellent meal and incredible memory. We will be back soon. Tom & Andrea
  18. JH

    JulioH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant is beautiful, food was excellent; however service was ok.
  19. c

    cindym

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fabulous as was the food. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.
  20. H

    Harry

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Service staff is very professional and courteous.
  21. f

    foodie

    New England

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I wouldn’t go back to this restaurant. I felt the waiter rushed the meal after I told him we weren’t in a rush. I ordered the baked stuff shrimp. They were so tiny I don’t know how they stuffed them and the price was 40$. The entrees come with nothing.
  22. ZI

    ZITA

    New England

    265 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    265 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The menu at The Federal is outstanding! It offers a wide variety of entrees, they have something for every palate. Their beverage menu is creative and extensive. Fantastic cocktails. We enjoyed the duck breast and swordfish which were excellent! Our server Kyle was outstanding. Good If you haven’t been it should be a “must try” on list.
  23. DS

    DebS

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Not quite there. When we order 3 courses we expect them to come out as such. Our first and second courses were served together. Appetizers and salads were tasty. Entrees were good, not exceptional as the price would suggest. A filet for $48. a la carte should be amazing....It wasn't. Server was excellent.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Everything was fine, except the filet was very chewy . I expected a much better cut. This applied to both are steaks.
  25. J

    Jaykay

    Munich

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good fine dining option with great selection of wine, seafood & steak.
  26. NR

    NicoleR

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The crab cakes were fantastic, as was the calamari (shared). Those plus the beet and goat cheese salad were more than enough for a meal.
  27. b

    baysalo

    Key West

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Steak was served cold. Steak was not cooked to the right temperature. Table light was not working and wasn’t replaced in spite of 3 reminders. It was an embarrassment towards my guest (this was a business meeting).
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Staff seemed inexperienced and ill-prepared for a Saturday evening during holiday season. Wine arrived 20m after the salads after we asked. Server only checked back once. They charge for brewed coffee refills in small 4oz cups. Sides were delayed. Management said the poor service was because they were very busy.
  29. JK

    JamieK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a lovely environment. Superb waitress. Tables spaced out. Went there with New Yorkers who are used to good restaurants and they loved it.
  30. ML

    MeatLover

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a die-hard Filet Mignon guy but decided to try their Delmonico. It was one of the best steaks I've ever had! I added the sea salt truffle butter which was outrageous. Great restaurant, great food and great service. Highly recommend.
  31. D

    Dininggirl82

    New England

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is our 2nd time here. I mainly go there for escargots and Beef Wellington. It's hard to find those 2 on the menu anywhere. My husband had the Bolognese and enjoyed it. Have not been disappointed yet. I will definitely be back! We had wonderful service from Amanda!
  32. JG

    JimG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Federal. The food is outstanding every time we dine there. Mariah was our server on this occasion, and she was so helpful, friendly, and attentive. This has become our new go-to “treat” restaurant—highly recommend!
  33. M

    Millers

    New England

    218 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving wasn’t as busy as I imagined which was nice. Oddly their online thanksgiving menu said certain prices but actual prices tonight on menu in restaurant were more. Bad oversight or price gouging. I was excited for the haddock with Rock shrimp and lemon risotto as advertised and sadly that’s not how it was prepared and server looked perplexed when I asked about the shrimp. 8 oz fillet went from 38 to 48 too which is wayyyy high. Food was decent. Moscato was delicious and Bobby was as pleasant as can be.
  34. S

    Suzen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here and we went for Thanksgiving dinner. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was amazing and so were the drinks. The booth was private and romantic. We will definitely be back!
  35. MR

    MaryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ivis provided us with an outstanding experience. We told the manger he was a keeper. The managers were visible throughout our stay. To us we always say “ when you can’t tell who’s in charge things may not go your way.” I don’t want to forget the lovely greeting we received on entering and the lovely good bye.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner!!!
  37. DW

    DineWithKids

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I was at the restaurant a few weeks back with friends and most of us loved it. So I took my family back for another visit. While the service was just as good, the food was a little disastrous. I even ordered exactly the same items but they still disappointed me. I'm not likely to come back anytime soon.
  38. c

    connie

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is our "go to" place. It is near home and the food is good and service outstanding. The staff is very accommodating and we really enjoy the restaurant. We go there often.
  39. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exceptional. Everyone was welcoming and attentive. our meals were outstanding!
  40. DS

    DonnaS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Always such a great experience and the staff are amazing! I can’t wait to go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.6 stars by 706 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joel Portillo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, 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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