The Federal

4.7
416 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 416 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeW
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Federal had very good steak & seafood. Great selection & quality. Clams casino & shrimp appetizers were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything looks great, great service great food nice lighting Lou was our waiter was very professional 5star

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paulb
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambiance with cozy booths and wide table separation. Servers were attentive, and the food was expertly prepared. The three of us all had fish by the way: Halibut, Tuna & Cod.

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NH93
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful experience at The Federal! We came to celebrate a birthday. Ivis, our server, was extremely personable, accommodating, and attentive. He made great recommendations, including a superb wine to pair with my ribeye. Ivis even helped us create a delicious mocktail for a family member who does not drink. He made our dinner very special, and we really appreciated him!

The food was excellent. The seafood tower was fresh and substantial! The steaks were fantastic, cooked to perfection, and the sauces, sides, and add-ons were all delicious. The Federal is now officially my favorite steakhouse in the area, and will be a go-to for our family. Thank you for a terrific meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We dine here a lot & usually have great experiences. Last night just seemed “off” from 2 overcooked halibut entrees at our table and a tasteless tortellini entree.

We hope this is an outlier from a slow July Saturday.

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at the Federal never disappoints. Great service, people and food. There are a lot of options out there but The Federal is heads above!

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charliec
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is all excellently prepared and presented. Everything was delicious. Everything cooked was cooked to perfection. Everything uncooked was wonderfully fresh. A great dining experience. Our server was very helpful and enthusiastic.

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viprobrc
New England
42 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice dinner out at The Federal. Clams Casino were delicious. My wife had the swordfish which was excellent. I tried the Spaghetti alle Vongole and it was great (last several times I had this dish was in Italy, this preparation was slightly different than what I am used to, but I would certainly order it again). Wedge salad was great as usual. Our server, Sofia, was terrific. Will absolutely be returning soon.

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SPC73
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is usually fantastic. It was just ok. This time. The server was great. We loved her.

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Seatingisimportany
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around from food to service and selection

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vipMeglee
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here- and it will not be my last. High-end feeling and excellent service. Feels like you are downtown in a high end steakhouse.

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch and now will become a go to place for me. Simple excellent from being seated to our service and food was amazing.

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vipWabanJane
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner on the patio last night. The Federal never has failed to deliver the best quality food and service. I am such a fan and happy the restaurant survived the pandemic! Keep it up, with thanks

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vipSteve
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner date with my wife. We had a nice table on their outside patio. Perfect shrimp cocktail & a great steak! Awesome martinis as well! I highly recommend this place!

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RobertM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had three birthdays due to missing Covid birthday celebrations

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PamB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tim was absolutely fabulous!!! When I go back, I will only sit in his station. although everyone was quite attentive. - Food was perfectly prepared and presented.

Desserts were outstanding!!!!!!

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KeithH
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS and incredible time! The staff and food are consistent and top notch. Owners are very welcoming and nice

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it. great steak. impeccable service. Will return every trip we make to Boston.

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vipChrisoula
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service!! This is by far one of the best restaurants round Boston!

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Neil
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. You will be paying more for the extra quality, but if you love steak you won't regret it. Prices have gone up recently, reflecting the higher market prices of steak.

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markr
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy, great atmosphere.

Incredible menu.

Very professional yet friendly service.

I was there to celebrate my cousin's birthday and we had a fabulous time

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vipBruceS
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food great, steaks perfect, as were the sides. Ate outside, which was great on a nice night. Wonderful experience.

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vipLizaZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Restaurant was very lovely inside and our server was nice the food wasn’t anything spectacular.

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BillO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, All of staff were very pleasant and happy yo see you.

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JenniferC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner on the patio with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time. The service was excellent, very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. The food was delicious! We will definitely be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience: very good food and amazing service!

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ABfood
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
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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SusanO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience2

While I gave the music an energetic rating; this was a negative rating. It was too loud early on before the room filled up. It was absolutely overwhelming once the room became filled and was diffucult to hear across our table.

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vipJulianneR
New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing, service is exceptional and food is outstanding! I love supporting independently owned restaurants and to get one that compares to and surpasses a chain like Ruth’s Chris is a win win!

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vipRon9
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waitress disappeared multiple times the manager had to give us our bread and our drinks I believe she even took our order

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RositzaR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
vipJoyB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience food was great and service was very good

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vipMichelleA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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Mitts
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
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 on June 5, 2021
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.

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vipjamesg
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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 416 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.