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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Great food, especially their steaks...thought we had two non-steak eaters, who enjoyed their entrees (tuna, chicken). Very nice wine list too.
Had to hail down waiter after half hour for drink order. Didn’t take our food order until we were seated an hour. appetizers (minus one salad) came a half hour later. Dinner entrees arrived after we were seated for two hours. Missing salad came at same time. One side (of only two ordered) never came. Food was good, but it was not that busy. Don’t understand the wait. Other tables came and went before we ever got our food.
The patio area is very nice and the tables are well spaced. Our server was very attentive and friendly. I think for the price of the entrees they should come with more substantial side options. We all did enjoy our meals.
Great service. Cowboy steak was great. Overall. Everything was excellent
We had a terrific time and we found the service was fabulous. Although they were very busy and our main course took a little time to come out they were very courteous and considerate and when one of the steaks we ordered was not quite the way 1 of our party wanted it they went above and beyond to to get the steak to just the right temperature. We will definitely go back
the food was excellent. We were greeted, seated and served within moments.. the staff was attentive.
My dinner was not hot but other than that, delicious.
Excellent entrees and delicious drinks. Upbeat and friendly staff.
Excellently prepared, delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere
Lovely and delicious, as always!
Very nice eating on the patio. Overhead covering provides good protection from rain and sun. Server was very personable and did a good job-very attentive. Will definitely return.
Overall- very nicely prepared entrees and the service was great. Our group dined on the halibut and tuna… very tasty and portions were generous. My only complaint is that the prices are a bit too high for this restaurant. $42 for halibut is a bit too steep based on other fish entrées of similar quality I’ve had at other restaurants ranging from Boston all the way to Cape Cod.
Romy our bartender and waiter was outstanding….
Our waiter Aaron was amazing. Only thing bad was the kid screaming in the background.
It was a great meal to celebrate a special occasion. The service was very attentive. Food was delicious.
One of the best places for steak
Great dinner out with friends who have been separated by time and distance over the years. This was also the first time indoor dining for some of us since COVID-19. The Federal was very welcoming and put us all at ease with very good spacing and protocols, along with their professional service and terrific food and wine. We will come back for sure.
Outdoor seating on the patio became intolerable by 8:30 due to mosquitos.
We enjoyed the meal very much. The food was very good as was the service.
Great service delicious food!
Service, Food, Drinks were all outstanding - highly recommended!!!
Absolutely delicious food and great mixed drinks. Extremely friendly and attentive staff. Wait times between dishes felt just right. Desserts and coffee were fantastic as well. Prices aren’t too high as to be off putting and everything was well worth it. We will definitely be back.
Met with our friends for our two birthdays and our anniversary. First time there. Read reviews online. Anybody who gives this restaurant less than a four is crazy. I agree with one reviewer who said they are above other steakhouses like Ruth Chris etc. The steaks were phenomenal every bit of food that came out was hot and well prepared. Our waitress Sophia knew the menu like the back of her hand. She was able to perfectly describe every dish that we had questions about. There was a special last night and there was only one left and she was sure to tell us that and was actually able to hold it since one of us wanted it as our dinner. It was a Seabass special and it was phenomenal. They obviously have a five star chef. All of their desserts are also made in house and are phenomenal. Sophia told us the menu for the desserts will be changing that is incentive enough to go back.
The wine list is extensive for both glasses of wine and champagne and bubbles as well as bottles. I found their prices to be extremely reasonable for this. The martini list is also quite special. Kudos to the bartender for making incredible drinks.
Every staff member was professional cordial said hello said goodbye the water glasses were constantly refilled. We will definitely go back.
Big thank you to Sophia for suggesting that Keylime cake which was the most incredible thing we ever had. Not sure that should come off the menu lol
I've been here several times and it really is a great restaurant. Menu is good, food is great, service, etc. Highly recommend.
Amazing food and service! James our waiter was attentive and extremely friendly. Our steaks were cook perfectly and everything tasted great! Will be back for sure!!
We have gone to the Federal many times, always top quality food and good service.
We stumbled upon this via an online search while traveling through the area. Great choice! The haddock, salmon, and steak was excellent! There is a nice selection of options for sitting inside at a table, booth or bar. There’s als a nice outdoor patio. Highly recommend!
Fun staff and excellent, flavorful food; highly recommend that you treat yourself and visit!!
Excellent service with excellent food preparation and tastes equaled to a pleasant experience.
Great restaurant! Staff work hard to meet your needs.
I will visit again.
Out server Jeff was very good.
We had an enjoyable evening.
Second time I’ve been to the Federal and both times excellent
Food and drinks were just ok. I have been to the Federal several times and really liked it. I find the food and drinks to be very inconsistent. For example - THE Federal sangria was awesome in the past and very flat/bland this time. They can’t figure out how to make a mojito. Steak was ordered medium and came out well done. Such a waste of $42 dollars. I can grill a better steak at home. Waiter offered to redo but at that point we had waited so long for our food we ran out of time. All in all, a very disappointing visit to The Federal.
Excellent menu choices for food and drinks that delivered great results. The service was very good as well. I look forward to coming back.
One of the best restaurants and bar in the Waltham area. Excellent food, drinks and service.
great venue for patio dining. menu somewhat limited but food was good. Service was very good. Drinks were well portioned and interesting
The Federal had very good steak & seafood. Great selection & quality. Clams casino & shrimp appetizers were excellent.
Everything looks great, great service great food nice lighting Lou was our waiter was very professional 5star
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.
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 453 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.