Our Italian inspired scratch kitchen is sure to please. Located in Waltham, MA we look forward to serving you soon.
Portions are seriously huge so ever ordered a steak as they would feed 4
Fantastic as usual. Thank you for making my sons birthday dinner extra special.
Great place from start to finish.
(2) out if (3) steaks perfect. (1) slightly undercooked which was immediately corrected.
the service was terrible and the food sub par, desserts were good though
The food was excellent, but the service was nonexistent. Our waiter disappeared and the food took forever to arrive. Extremely noisy with a baby on one side and a very loud group on the other side. Didn’t stay for coffee or desert!
Steaks cooked perfectly. Duck was outstanding.
The food was very good the waiter, Eric G was super. It was a lousy weather night on a Thursday so it wasn’t packed as I’d heard it gets but we’d go back for sure
Too noisy poor service quality of food was not good
Lovely spot and very polite professional waiter. Good appetizers but that’s where the good news ends. Main dishes were universally disappointing. Pork chop dry. Tuna not cooked at all — not rare, not black and blue, just crusted in sesame seeds and plated? Scant sides. Other seafood not as good as expected and extremely expensive for these mains not to be outstanding.
Fantastic all around!
Outstanding birthday meal and experience for my dad! It was our first outing to The Federal, and we couldn't have been more impressed with the caliber of food or service. These guys are restaurant pros and it shows. Haddock was phenomenal as were the ribeye, the chowder and the lobster bisque. And you've gotta get the sangria! This isn't the watered down, overpriced nonsense you'll find at most watering holes up here. It's huge, and it packs a punch! Most important, though, were the reception and the service. They're attentive, polite without being overbearing, always smile, and know how to make each guest feel special. That's the kind of experience that will make us return customers.
I already called 4 people to tell them about the Federal. Thought the food was terrific and the atmosphere was very quiet and inviting.
Excellent as always. A big fan
Had dinner/business meeting here. Great convenient location. It's absolutely beautiful restaurant like a big time steak house should be. Service was great. One of 4 was under-cooked and they re-fired it and manager brought it out. Would highly recommend. They have a cool outside area off the bar with a gas fire pit too.
We celebrated our anniversary and were very happy to split the ribeye and shared sides. The food was done to perfection and the service was impeccable. The bartender was also very knowledgeable about rye whiskey, so my husband got the perfect manhattan.
Excellent quality, especially for lunch!
Visited for our anniversary. The service, food and wine were all outstanding. We’ll be visiting again!
For someone who enjoys the atmosphere of a sophisticated restaurant but doesn’t want to travel into Boston, this really hits the spot. Food is always creative and dependable. Whether it be an early dinner with my kids or a proper dinner with my husband, I always leave feeling happy with my choice.
Overall, a pretty good dining experience. The dining room is loud and we were situated closely next to other diners, which made conversation a bit of a challenge. Main courses were excellent (12 oz filet and the haddock). One app was very good (ravioli), the other was undercooked and we should have sent it back (scallops). Had to ask for bread and wait a good while to get it. We liked the restaurant fine, but for what you're spending you should probably go to Capital Grille or Smith and Wollensky.
Pricey but experience was excellent! Only disappointment was that the waiter forgot we had a birthday celebration.
this was our second time there and this time was for our 23 anniversary. The food as good as well as the service. The only issue was that we sat right on top of the other tables of two so to have any sort of private conversation was out of the question. This of course was far from the romantic dinner we were hoping for.
Pricey and service wasn't great. Food was good but not worth the trouble
First time at The Federal. The main dining room was busy and loud. We were seated in the far smaller dining area. The room was nice and a little quieter. The menu was varied and had nice offerings. Once we put our order in the wait began. For both the appetizer and entrée courses the service was slow. We had to ask about our meal several times. The food was generally good - maybe a little overpriced for the quality but definitely tasty. The only other problem that we had was the brussel sprouts that we ordered. The first time they came out they were uncooked. The second time they came out - at least halfway though the entrée they again were uncooked. The restaurant offered us dessert on the house to make up for this. I would give it another try but I'm not in a hurray.
Staff is always ready to help, extreme cleanliness, nice atmosphere and delicious food with excellent delivery. The wine list is fantastic as well. Please bring back the 'Polenta' as we missed it, but the béarnaise sauce is still incredible. Extraordinary.
A birthday celebration and visit to child who goes to Bentley
Food was good service was mostly good with a few small quirks
Cozy interior, love the decor. Jose provided great service! The duck was amazing as well as the haddock. Will be back!
Unfortunately, The Federal was not worth going back for a second try. Food was fair at best and for the price, not worth it. We did not have the steak so maybe we ordered the wrong thing but for the price, everything should have been much tastier. Service and atmosphere very good.
Our waitress., Raphaela, was wonderful! She made our dining experience very enjoyable and we will definitely be back. The baked clams appetizer melted in my mouth and the filet was perfection!
Excellent service. Food, wine and service were excellent. Would go again.
Amanda our server was great!
Steaks, side dishes and appetizers were fantastic!
the music was loud, we sat at the high top area. my lamb chops were very fatty. service was terrible. had to ask for a refill on beverages, meal came out 25 minutes after salad plates were removed. i had to ask where our meal was, then it came of cool temp.
Beautifully romantic, intimate environment; fantastic semi-suburban location with authentic urban vibe; high quality, healthy servings illustriously presented; courteous, discreet and accommodating service.
Every guest within our group of ten enjoyed impeccable attention to detail beginning with the delivery of perfect drinks, followed by delectable appetizers and delicious soups and salads, finishing with delightfully satisfying entrees.
Though a thoughtful guest provided own milestone birthday cake, the choice was respectfully and professionally plated without query or hesitation.
We finished the evening reluctantly, having enjoyed the comforts of a fantastic, intimate one-of-a-kind private room combined with many wonderful moments that created the perfect, memorable experience.
Kudos to the entire team; from Liam and Erica to Clayton who orchestrated the event with aplomb; gratitude to the entire team whose evident efforts provided for an outstanding job well done.
Very friendly and professional service staff.
Mediocre lobster role- expected much better - very chewy
This was an amazing dinning experience. We actually went 2 times :) Erik is wonderful both as a waiter and manager. Go here! Food was amazing.
Waiter could use better training, was very slow to set things on table. And cleared plates and stacked silverware at table. Not something that would be done at the table at such a nice restaurant.