The Federal

4.6
453 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 453 people are saying
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vipBenT
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially their steaks...thought we had two non-steak eaters, who enjoyed their entrees (tuna, chicken). Very nice wine list too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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.

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MargieG
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff.

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vipDavo
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Cowboy steak was great. Overall. Everything was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnL
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

the food was excellent. We were greeted, seated and served within moments.. the staff was attentive.

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connie
New England
47 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My dinner was not hot but other than that, delicious.

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vipAnaM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GreT service!

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MichaelG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent entrees and delicious drinks. Upbeat and friendly staff.

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JohnH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently prepared, delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere

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vipLizB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious, as always!

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MargieG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipLightfoot
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipRogerM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Romy our bartender and waiter was outstanding….

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Aaron was amazing. Only thing bad was the kid screaming in the background.

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C4Cookie13
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal to celebrate a special occasion. The service was very attentive. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for steak

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SpecialDiningExperience
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DavidC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Outdoor seating on the patio became intolerable by 8:30 due to mosquitos.

Stay indoors!

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GaryP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the meal very much. The food was very good as was the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, Food, Drinks were all outstanding - highly recommended!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BunnyR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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StacyP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here several times and it really is a great restaurant. Menu is good, food is great, service, etc. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipSallyB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to the Federal many times, always top quality food and good service.

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vipLuv2dineout
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AleciaM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun staff and excellent, flavorful food; highly recommend that you treat yourself and visit!!

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vipfoodlover
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with excellent food preparation and tastes equaled to a pleasant experience.

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GeorgeM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Staff work hard to meet your needs.

I will visit again.

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JudyN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server Jeff was very good.
We had an enjoyable evening.
Second time I’ve been to the Federal and both times excellent

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vipluvthelambburger
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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.

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MikeL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu choices for food and drinks that delivered great results. The service was very good as well. I look forward to coming back.

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vipLewisC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants and bar in the Waltham area. Excellent food, drinks and service.

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vipDebbie
New England
58 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great venue for patio dining. menu somewhat limited but food was good. Service was very good. Drinks were well portioned and interesting

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MikeW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
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
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
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.

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 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.