The Federal

4.6
387 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.

Support The Federal during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 387 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience: very good food and amazing service!

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ABfood
New England
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food2service5ambience2

First time here. Service was excellent, from greeting, server, etc. all were very good. food was fine but just not up to par with better known steakhouses. We had drinks, apps, mains, and multiple sides. Nothing was bad or prepared poorly, but the quality, preparation, and portions all about a B-/C+. Dining room lacked ambiance but that may be due to fewer tables/ spacing because of COVID.

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Ron9
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fine service, would like to see healthier options like salads or chicken. Expensive.

RR
vipRositzaR
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a dinner with a friend at The Federal, we sat on the patio outside, nice set up. The service and the food were very good. Definitely, I'd come back again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding and the food was outstanding! Excellent service all around.

JB
vipJoyB
New England
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience food was great and service was very good

MA
vipMichelleA
New England
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Then being overly salty which most restaurants are it was delicious.

M
Mitts
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got there at perfect time and sat at bar. Nice staff at bar , very friendly. Offered me a drink and engaged in conversation. Got the scallops always my first app favorite. They were fresh and cooked to perfection. That could have need a meal in itself. I ordered haddock risotto and just amazing! I also ordered sautéed mushrooms which is another fav. Great place and food. Will continue to go back!

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vipMark
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a great bartender with his suggestions for drinks and food

MH
MagaralH
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Excellent service. Nice ambiance. Strongly recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go! Always welcoming, always good!

RP
ReneP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Clams casino was very good. Carpaccio was stingy. The spring vegetable tortellini was undercooked. The tiramasu was delicious and more than enough for two people at $14. noice level was annoying. For two drinks, two appetizers averaging $18/each and one entree and one dessert, with coffee bill with tip came to $124. Overpriced for the value. Neither of us intend to visit there again.

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Diner21
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service. Waiter made an excellent wine recommendation.

JK
JeffK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a tremendous experience! They were all friendly and very accommodating! Service was first rate as provided by Noa! Make a reservation and bring your friends and family for a great time!

LF
LaureenF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This suburb restaurant rivals Boston restaurants. The food is fantastic, the setting is fantastic, and this time our server was fantastic (his name is Izar sp ?). The haddock w risotto, the filet, and their veal all outstanding. Their cocktails are superb. Love The Federal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great drinks. We were seated outside as requested on a beautiful evening. Made for great conversation at both a business and a personal level.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our salad and two steak entrees were very very good, among the best we’ve had. Wine very good, mixed drink very good. Our waitress and bus person were excellent.


Overall a lovely dining moment, celebrating a birthday and the first dinner out in more than a year and a half. Kudos!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time seeing friends since pandemic and sat in patio area.
Wonderful evening with exceptional service, food, and drinks!
Thank u for a fun time at the Federal!
Will definitely come now that everyone’s safer!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience

SG
StephenG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Federal is an absolute gem ! Fabulous and fantastic food ! Incredible menu selection. Spectacular service ! Perfect staff from Maitre D' to ALL the wait staff. Great ambience. Perfect parking and easy to get to.
We're going back as soon as we can for our upcoming anniversary.

KA
KARENB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal last week at the Federal. Our server was wonderful (Aaron?). Really! The shrimp cocktail, 8oz filet, sauteed mushrooms and asparagus were as good as I remembered them pre-pandemic, and it was a lovely night to sit out on the patio. It was great to see them busy again. It's a hidden gem...Go! Enjoy!

SD
SusanD
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Loved our server Johnny. He was so attentive. We left him an extra large tip!!

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vipMsgoodie
New England
56 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Food was great, service was not.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went back again and it just gets better every time. The large Oysters from the vineyard were AMAZING! The Rib Eye was delicious and paired with a nice bottle of Treana red. Wonderful restaurant and highly suggested.

KW
KayW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food-impeccable service! Would recommend for families, business, special occasion or just a weeknight meal. Seafood is fresh, drinks are amazing.

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vipChrisoula
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. Amazing food phenomenal service great ambiance!! In my top 3!!

TD
ThomasD
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at the Federal. Great company, food and service! I highly recommend the restaurant!

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vipRider
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our fifth or six time here in the past 14 months and we had another very good dinner. We ate outside.

The service is so good here! Keep up the excellent work and training. Attentive but not too much so and generally friendly and want to help.

The food is good. We generally get one of the fish entrees and appetizers/salads. All quite tasty and good portions--not too big and not too small.

The drinks and wine are good too!

We'll be back!

SB
SBSB
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is delicious... but service could really use improvement... for the price range it’s just not at par...

JD
vipJennD
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was exceptional.
The food was disappointing. Quite pricey. Steak Frites supposed to be medium ended up well done and very small portioned. Fries weren't hot.
Haddock was pretty decent but the risotto a bit boring.

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vipBlondie
New England
59 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We were seated in a booth with no tablecloth. Dining room had no flowers or special touches—very spartan. Other high end restaurants that I’ve gone to during COVID have been more attentive to ambiance.

MS
MikeS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall a pleasant experience ... Food was good, but not outstanding ... Service was very good ... Atmosphere was comfortable ...

CA
CAPudelBar
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service. We sat outside by the fire pit.

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vipPherb
New England
65 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants, but due to COVID we haven't dined here in over a year. The service here is less formal and polished than Capital Grill (our dinner plates were delivered over with more than a minute delay between the first and last, and some how the last plate was for the obvious guest of honor on Mother's Day). Still, the food was excellent (steaks, salmon, and veal Milanes special). The folding tables in the middle of the restaurant is hopefully just some temporary COVID thing.

TM
vipTraceyM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for Mother’s Day with mama and our server, Cordelia was great! We sat outside next to the fire pit and as two people who are cold all the time we were super comfortable in the 65 degree weather. They have a great patio.

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lisalimo
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always a fantastic meal

GA
GaryA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Waited quite a while for our drinks. Dirty Martini with "Dirty Rocks on the side" came out without the side rocks. Someone can over 5 minutes later with water and ice. They obviously screwed it up. A little disappointing from our last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Ribeye and prime rib were cooked to perfection and had great flavor. The cocktails and wine were very nice, and the sides and dessert were the perfect accompaniments. Our server was attentive and friendly. Overall, excellent!

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vipItalophile
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent and food very good. We sat on outdoor patio which is lovely but could use heat lamps in addition to the fire pit.

SA
SurinderA
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Downhill trajectory started with the Caesar salad, the lettuce was drowning in Caesar dressing. This followed by the snail pace service ruined our appetite and the visit.

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 387 OpenTable diners.

The Federal does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/the-federal/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.