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The Federal, Waltham, MA

The Federal

4.6
4.6
582 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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Booked 22 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Seasonal Dinner Menu. All steaks come with choice of one sauce or salt. Additional $2 each

Starters

  • Artisanal Charcuterie Board$25.00

    Imported Italian Meats, Olives, Cornichons & Garlic Oil Baguette

    • Artisanal Cheese Board$25.00

      Hand Selected Cheeses by Our Friends at Wasik's Cheese Shop & Baguette

      • Crab Cakes$18.00

        Remoulade Sauce

        • Prime Sirloin Steak Tartare$18.00

          Cognac Mustard, Quail Egg & Toasted Baguette

          • Prime Beef Carpaccio$18.00

            Shaved Pecorino, Arugula, Capers & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

            • Oysters Rockefeller$22.00

              Six Oysters baked with Spinach, Parmesan Cheese & Pernod

              • Grilled Shrimp Skewers$15.00

                Brushed Scampi Sauce

                • Escargot$19.00

                  Baked in Garlic-Parsley Butter, Seared Olive Oil Baguette & Pernod

                  • Clams Casino$18.00

                    Eight Littleneck Clams Baked with Bacon, Garlic & Parmesan Breadcrumbs

                    • Calamari Fritto$15.00

                      Cherry Peppers & Pomodoro Sauce

                      Raw Bar

                      • Select East Coast Oysters$19.00

                        Cocktail Sauce & Champagne Mignonette

                        • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail$26.00

                          Cocktail Sauce & Lemon

                          • Tuna Tartare$18.00

                            Cucumber, Avocado, Seaweed Salad & Citrus Vinaigrette

                            • Crabmeat Cocktail$27.00

                              Jumbo Lump Crabmeat & English Mustard Sauce

                              • Chilled Lobster Tail

                                Cocktail Sauce & Lemon

                                • MKT
                              • Shellfish Tower$105.00

                                Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Tail, Oysters, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat & Littleneck Clams

                                Soups & Salads

                                • Onion Soup Gratinée$11.00

                                  • Classic Chopped Caesar$12.00

                                    White Anchovies, Garlic Croutons & Parmesan Cheese

                                    • Beet & Fried Goat Cheese$14.00

                                      Beets, Fried Goat Cheese, Crumbled Pistachios, Arugula, Dried Cranberries & Saba

                                      • Mixed Greens$10.00

                                        Cherry Tomatoes, Aged Balsamic, Red Onion & Garlic Parmesan Crouton

                                        • Federal Clam Chowder$11.00

                                          • Iceberg Wedge$13.00

                                            Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes & Blue Cheese

                                            • Prosciutto & Burrata$18.00

                                              Sliced Prosciutto, Red Wine Poached Pear, Arugula & Drizzled Saba

                                              • Lobster Bisque$19.00

                                                Available Friday & Saturday Only

                                                Pasta

                                                • Spaghetti alle Vongole$25.00

                                                  Littleneck Clams, Garlic & White Wine

                                                  • Bolognese$25.00

                                                    Veal & Wild Boar Ragu, Rigatoni & Parmigiano Reggiano

                                                    • Orecchiette, Sausage & Broccolini$27.00

                                                      Orecchiette Pasta, Sausage Crumble, Broccolini & Chili Flakes

                                                      Seafood Entrees

                                                      • Panko Crusted Haddock$36.00

                                                        Olive Oil Crushed Potatoes, Asparagus & Herb Lemon Butter

                                                        • Grilled Atlantic Salmon$29.00

                                                          Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini & Pinot Noir Sauce

                                                          • Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Steak$38.00

                                                            Sweet Potato Puree, Ginger Bok Choy & Wasabi

                                                            • Grilled Swordfish$36.00

                                                              Shrimp, Baby Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes & Scampi Sauce

                                                              • Halibut La Meuniére$44.00

                                                                Pan Sautéed in Fresh Parsley Lemon Butter with Cherry Tomatoes

                                                                Entrees

                                                                • Cassoulet$38.00

                                                                  Duck Confit, Herb Sausage, White Beans & Pancetta

                                                                  • Chicken Under a Brick$28.00

                                                                    Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus & Arneis Beurre Blanc

                                                                    • Kurobuta Pork Chop$38.00

                                                                      Soft Polenta, Red Wine Poached Pear & Pork Jus

                                                                      • Roasted Portobello$25.00

                                                                        Portobello Mushroom, Caponata with Cannellini Beans, Asparagus, Broccolini & Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

                                                                        • Prime Skirt Steak Frittes$38.00

                                                                          Garlic Butter & Parmesan Fries

                                                                          Chops

                                                                          • Filet Mignon

                                                                            • 8 Oz.$46.00
                                                                          • Prime NY Sirloin

                                                                            • 16 Oz.$48.00
                                                                          • Prime NY Sirloin Au Poivre$50.00

                                                                            • Dry Aged Bone-In NY Sirloin

                                                                              • 16 Oz.$54.00
                                                                            • Delmonico Steak

                                                                              • 16 Oz.$48.00
                                                                            • Cowboy Steak

                                                                              • 18 Oz.$54.00

                                                                            Add On

                                                                            • Blue Cheese$4.00

                                                                              • Roasted Bone Marrow$6.00

                                                                                • Grilled Shrimp Scampi Skewer$8.00

                                                                                  • Hot Buttered Lobster Tail

                                                                                    • MKT
                                                                                  • Oscar Style$29.00

                                                                                    Sauces & Salts

                                                                                    • Au Poivre

                                                                                      • Béarnaise

                                                                                        • Horseradish Crema

                                                                                          • Truffle Sea Salt

                                                                                            • Lemon Rosemary Sea Salt

                                                                                              • House Steak

                                                                                                • Demi Glace

                                                                                                  • Maitre d'Hotel Butter

                                                                                                    Sides

                                                                                                    • Roasted Butternut Squash$9.00

                                                                                                      Fried Sage & Olive Oil

                                                                                                      • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes$9.00

                                                                                                        • Sautéed Broccolini$10.00

                                                                                                          Garlic Butter, Chili Flakes & Sea Salt

                                                                                                          • Sautéed Wild Mushrooms$11.00

                                                                                                            Roasted Cipollini Onions & Herb Oil

                                                                                                            • Grilled Asparagus$12.00

                                                                                                              Sea Salt & Olive Oil

                                                                                                              • Creamed Spinach$12.00

                                                                                                                Parmesan Croutons

                                                                                                                • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes$9.00

                                                                                                                  Garlic Confit & Chives

                                                                                                                  • Kennebec French Fries$7.00

                                                                                                                    • Parmesan Polenta$10.00

                                                                                                                      Chef's Daily Specials

                                                                                                                      • Tuesday: Pork Milanesa$38.00

                                                                                                                        Bone-In Pork Cutlet, Arugula & Shaved Reggiano

                                                                                                                        • Wednesday: Frutti di Mare$42.00

                                                                                                                          Calamari, Littleneck Clams, Scallops, Shrimp, Lobster, Pomodoro Sauce & Spaghetti

                                                                                                                          • Thursday: Braised Veal Short Rib$38.00

                                                                                                                            Tagliatelle & Parsley Butter

                                                                                                                            • Friday: Catch of the Day

                                                                                                                              • MKT
                                                                                                                            • Friday & Saturday: Beef Wellington$52.00

                                                                                                                              Classic Wellington baked in Puff Pastry with Liver & Mushroom Duxelle

                                                                                                                              Last updated: February 7, 2022

                                                                                                                              What 582 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
                                                                                                                              • 4.7Food
                                                                                                                              • 4.7Service
                                                                                                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                                                                                                              • 4.2Value

                                                                                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                                BradfordH

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Steaks were wonderful, perfectly done and very tasty. Service was impeccable and personable. Drinks and dessert were great, too. Heartily recommend!

                                                                                                                              2. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                Richmond

                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                14 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We had a nice dinner. We’ve visited The Federal three times over the past 2 years…the first was the best, the second visit was the ‘Place’, and this one was ‘Show’. While the service (Gregory) was excellent, the Venetian Martini seemed off…based on the description and taste, I felt as if I had been given someone else’s cocktail. Filet was Medium, not the Very Rare as requested. Noise level in the section where we sat was quite loud. Other than those three comments, it was enjoyable.

                                                                                                                              3. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                Food was very good. Service was pretty slow. Took a long time to order and a long time to get each course. We frequent other steak houses in the area and typically have a much better experience. On a positive, food was very good. For this price range though I expect good food and service. And I just don’t get the sense that anyone cared that it was slow.

                                                                                                                              4. F

                                                                                                                                Foodplusmore

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                7 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                Salmon was farm raised with no flavor. Worst I have had.

                                                                                                                              5. B

                                                                                                                                Bryan

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                I took my wife and kids to the Federal for a Mother's Day lunch, and we were not disappointed. The food and drinks were wonderful, and the staff attentive and readily available. I highly recommend to everyone looking for a slightly upscale dining experience.

                                                                                                                              6. RP

                                                                                                                                RocP

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                The service was great our waitress was wonderful.

                                                                                                                              7. K

                                                                                                                                Kris

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                Very nice night… just VERY busy

                                                                                                                              8. SD

                                                                                                                                SDoering

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                From the greeting to the dessert... everything was top notch. The Food and service was terrific. Our table had the seared tuna entree, filet mignon and Delmonico steak. Everyone loved their entrees. I highly recommend The Federal for a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends. The noise level was moderate... lively atmosphere but quiet enough to hold conversations at the table.

                                                                                                                              9. WZ

                                                                                                                                WeiZ

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                if you are looking for a nice place to have a quiet nice dinner with perfect ambience it is the place. The service was good. it was a little expensive but worth every penny you spend on it.

                                                                                                                              10. DR

                                                                                                                                DianeR

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We love The Federal. Food is always excellent. Atmosphere is great - back dining room is cozy and quiet, the bar area is a little more lively and also great. I also love their outdoor seating.

                                                                                                                              11. RO

                                                                                                                                ROBERTOG

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                good experience, excellent food, a little pricy.....

                                                                                                                              12. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Was a great evening. Loved the food

                                                                                                                              13. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                The bar is great, and the bartenders are fantastic! Service is very attentive and friendly. My steak came out over cooked, 2nd attempt was almost rare, but got it right in the end and was very good! Without my asking it was taken off the bill. Prices are what you’d expect from a good steakhouse. We will be back for sure.

                                                                                                                              14. c

                                                                                                                                cocoarmy

                                                                                                                                Louisville

                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                The French fries were fabulous. Filet was perfectly cooked.

                                                                                                                              15. B

                                                                                                                                Brucec

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                60 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                60 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Great steaks and good drinks made for a Easter dinner

                                                                                                                              16. KP

                                                                                                                                KarenP

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Food was excellent. Service was great. Can't wait to go back.

                                                                                                                              17. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Our waitress, Sophia, was phenomenal! All staff are exceptionally kind. The timing of everything was perfect. The food blows us away every time we visit.

                                                                                                                              18. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                                                                                I have been to the federal before and the service and food was much better. My entire table was freezing as well as those around me. Everyone had there jackets on which made it difficult to enjoy the meal. The service was very slow and overall not what I expected compared to the last time.

                                                                                                                              19. MP

                                                                                                                                MichaelP

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Amanda our waitress was amazing. We were a party of five and everyone's food was perfect. The noise level was a little high but what to you expect when you go to a popular restaurant. I would recommend the Federal.

                                                                                                                              20. PB

                                                                                                                                PatriceB

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Great service. Ives was charming, knowledgeable and attentive. He was interesting to talk to. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. A+ on ambience. my date and I were seated in the curved banquet - very private and romantic and not too tucked away as my date likes to talk with everyone who walks by...lol A great evening - will be back!

                                                                                                                              21. k

                                                                                                                                kimm

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                11 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food3service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                Food and drinks were okay. Service was very disappointing for a higher end restaurant. Had to keep asking for water to be refilled. Impossible to order a 2nd drink but saved on the calories :). We were celebrating a birthday and even though my husband told the server that we wanted additional desserts and drinks, she never returned to take the order.

                                                                                                                              22. WS

                                                                                                                                WemdyS

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                The food, ambiance and service were great! Unfortunately, the noise level was weigh too high and we were in a booth.

                                                                                                                              23. JS

                                                                                                                                JohnS

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food2service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                Food was decent. Waiter was great. The veal special was way undercooked. Sent back. Got a steak which was good. But nothing comped which was strange. Would I go back? Not for a big meal.

                                                                                                                              24. AF

                                                                                                                                AmFoley

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                58 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                58 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Fantastic dinner! From the cocktails, appetizers, wine, entrees to the fabulous desserts! Of course, service was on point. Richard and David are always gracious hosts. Wonderful to see the place busy and full of life!

                                                                                                                              25. R

                                                                                                                                Rattatouille

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food5service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                Food is really excellent, if quite expensive. Service, though, was slow and forgetful. Enormous wine list; they have a particularly good selection of Italian wines.

                                                                                                                              26. M

                                                                                                                                Miami12

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Excellent food, nice place!

                                                                                                                              27. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Late birthday

                                                                                                                              28. JM

                                                                                                                                JMoney

                                                                                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                                                                                                Nothing special nor especially wrong, just average for a $100+/person meal. Nice people, but nothing to write home about the food. More like..."eh".

                                                                                                                              29. KT

                                                                                                                                KenT

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                15 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Food was good, not great. Steak not up to real steak house standards, though pricey. Drinks very well poured.

                                                                                                                              30. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Everything was great and our sever, Amanda, made it a better experience.

                                                                                                                              31. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                1.0

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall1food5service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                Terrible service

                                                                                                                              32. K

                                                                                                                                Kornerman

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                29 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                I highly recommend The Federal for excellent prompt service, delicious food (fish and steak), while giving kudos to the bar tender for drinks.

                                                                                                                              33. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                This is our favorite restaurant. Good food, drinks and service. Waiters are very friendly.

                                                                                                                              34. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                Chicago

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Great restaurant and food. A bit on the pricier side.

                                                                                                                              35. BG

                                                                                                                                BumpersGirl

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Great dinner.

                                                                                                                              36. KC

                                                                                                                                KarenC

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                21 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                21 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Always great ! Food & service

                                                                                                                              37. CL

                                                                                                                                ClaireL24

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 22, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Great food, service was exceptional our server was great!

                                                                                                                              38. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                Decent meal and a nice atmosphere but the food was way overpriced and the quality nowhere near that of Capital Grille or Ruth’s Chris but the prices were very comparable.

                                                                                                                              39. T

                                                                                                                                Tara

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                13 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Great wait service!!

                                                                                                                              40. AT

                                                                                                                                AnnaT

                                                                                                                                New England

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Overall fantastic dining experience. This was the first time we went to this restaurant, food quality and service was outstanding. Waiter really explained everything and answered all questions.

                                                                                                                              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 582 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                                              Booked 22 times today
                                                                                                                              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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