The Federal

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$30 and under
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Steakhouse
The Federal is an exciting new steakhouse with Modern Italian inspired food. The restaurant is upscale and affordable, comfortable, and relaxed.

Our Italian inspired scratch kitchen is sure to please. Located in Waltham, MA we look forward to serving you soon.
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RK
New England
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it
Portions are seriously huge so ever ordered a steak as they would feed 4

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Thank you for making my sons birthday dinner extra special.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place from start to finish.
(2) out if (3) steaks perfect. (1) slightly undercooked which was immediately corrected.

BN
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

the service was terrible and the food sub par, desserts were good though

PM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

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!

p
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks cooked perfectly. Duck was outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Too noisy poor service quality of food was not good

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent steakhouse

g
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around!

DL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I already called 4 people to tell them about the Federal. Thought the food was terrific and the atmosphere was very quiet and inviting.

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. A big fan

T
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

b
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak!

RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality, especially for lunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for our anniversary. The service, food and wine were all outstanding. We’ll be visiting again!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

JM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but experience was excellent! Only disappointment was that the waiter forgot we had a birthday celebration.

GK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

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.

n
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Pricey and service wasn't great. Food was good but not worth the trouble

LB
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

EC
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday celebration and visit to child who goes to Bentley

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good service was mostly good with a few small quirks

EK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy interior, love the decor. Jose provided great service! The duck was amazing as well as the haddock. Will be back!

j
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food, wine and service were excellent. Would go again.

RP
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amanda our server was great!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steaks, side dishes and appetizers were fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

JP
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and professional service staff.

GS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mediocre lobster role- expected much better - very chewy

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.