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The Federal, Waltham, MA

The Federal

4.6
4.6
682 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

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

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What 682 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Good for business meals

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  1. J

    Jaykay

    Munich

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good fine dining option with great selection of wine, seafood & steak.
  2. NR

    NicoleR

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The crab cakes were fantastic, as was the calamari (shared). Those plus the beet and goat cheese salad were more than enough for a meal.
  3. b

    baysalo

    Key West

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Steak was served cold. Steak was not cooked to the right temperature. Table light was not working and wasn’t replaced in spite of 3 reminders. It was an embarrassment towards my guest (this was a business meeting).
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Staff seemed inexperienced and ill-prepared for a Saturday evening during holiday season. Wine arrived 20m after the salads after we asked. Server only checked back once. They charge for brewed coffee refills in small 4oz cups. Sides were delayed. Management said the poor service was because they were very busy.
  5. JK

    JamieK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a lovely environment. Superb waitress. Tables spaced out. Went there with New Yorkers who are used to good restaurants and they loved it.
  6. ML

    MeatLover

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a die-hard Filet Mignon guy but decided to try their Delmonico. It was one of the best steaks I've ever had! I added the sea salt truffle butter which was outrageous. Great restaurant, great food and great service. Highly recommend.
  7. D

    Dininggirl82

    New England

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is our 2nd time here. I mainly go there for escargots and Beef Wellington. It's hard to find those 2 on the menu anywhere. My husband had the Bolognese and enjoyed it. Have not been disappointed yet. I will definitely be back! We had wonderful service from Amanda!
  8. JG

    JimG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Federal. The food is outstanding every time we dine there. Mariah was our server on this occasion, and she was so helpful, friendly, and attentive. This has become our new go-to “treat” restaurant—highly recommend!
  9. M

    Millers

    New England

    218 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    218 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving wasn’t as busy as I imagined which was nice. Oddly their online thanksgiving menu said certain prices but actual prices tonight on menu in restaurant were more. Bad oversight or price gouging. I was excited for the haddock with Rock shrimp and lemon risotto as advertised and sadly that’s not how it was prepared and server looked perplexed when I asked about the shrimp. 8 oz fillet went from 38 to 48 too which is wayyyy high. Food was decent. Moscato was delicious and Bobby was as pleasant as can be.
  10. S

    Suzen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here and we went for Thanksgiving dinner. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was amazing and so were the drinks. The booth was private and romantic. We will definitely be back!
  11. MR

    MaryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ivis provided us with an outstanding experience. We told the manger he was a keeper. The managers were visible throughout our stay. To us we always say “ when you can’t tell who’s in charge things may not go your way.” I don’t want to forget the lovely greeting we received on entering and the lovely good bye.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dinner!!!
  13. DW

    DineWithKids

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I was at the restaurant a few weeks back with friends and most of us loved it. So I took my family back for another visit. While the service was just as good, the food was a little disastrous. I even ordered exactly the same items but they still disappointed me. I'm not likely to come back anytime soon.
  14. c

    connie

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is our "go to" place. It is near home and the food is good and service outstanding. The staff is very accommodating and we really enjoy the restaurant. We go there often.
  15. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were exceptional. Everyone was welcoming and attentive. our meals were outstanding!
  16. DS

    DonnaS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Always such a great experience and the staff are amazing! I can’t wait to go back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The steak is just not good quality for the price they charged. The filet mignon is just not very tender even though it’s cooked to our spec of medium rare. The dry age sirloin quality also is subpar even though it’s cooked perfectly to medium rare. The Costco usda prime is better. Will not order steak from here again unless they improve the quality of the steak offered,
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    123 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food at a premium price. The whole experience was first rate, but you pay for the quality. Expensive but worth it!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was goos. Waiter forgot our escargot appetizer. Thw dining room is super noisy though…
  20. L

    Lynn

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner and our waitress Amanda was fantastic!
  21. C

    Chris

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An all around enjoyable experience. Staff, food, and atmosphere were all outstanding.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was delicious! From soup, salad to steaks and sides. Music did not make for a good ambiance. Very dated... didn't match the vibe they were trying for. Would go back for a special occasion as it was pricey.
  23. M

    Marias

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Oysters were fresh, steaks were cooked perfectly medium rare, tiramisu was delicious, service was excellent.
  24. HF

    HopkintonFoody

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Federal continues to be a top "go to" spot for great food, outstanding bar scene and wonderful staff.
  25. JA

    JenniferA

    Berlin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love the Federal--great food in a very comfortable (not uptight) setting that still feels festive and worthy of the investment. My family of four (including two young adults) find a celebratrory reason to go a few times each year and have never been disappointed.
  26. J

    Jake

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary and had a great time. Really good steaks, great desserts, and a wonderful server. We'll absolutely be back.
  27. TL

    TereseL

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were fantastic!
  28. t

    tols

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the Federal does not disappoint. We sat on the patio which is a must for us for health reasons. Kyle,our server, was attentive and friendly. Oysters and cocktails were great. We all enjoyed our meals; two of us had swordfish, one tuna and one filet. Sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. All of us were very pleased with our entrees. Careful attention to a gluten allergy which is much appreciated. We will be back soon.
  29. W

    Winejew

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine list. Properly stored and proudly displayed. They even used the proper wine glasses for the Burgundy. The meal was wonderfully prepared and seasoned to perfection. Ambience is upscale but relaxing. Staff is attentive to detail. Parking can be a nuisance at dinner, and not just on the weekends. Lunch time is quiter.
  30. m

    marjo

    New England

    306 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    306 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our food was excellent Steak cooked to perfection as requested. Clams and Oyster appertizers also very good. Service was outstanding and wines by the glass were numerous and fairly priced. Why not a Five Star Rating? Because the dining area was freezing! Had to request, as with other customers to shut off the Air Conditioning a number of times. At 68 degrees outside why was it needed and kept on so long? Otherwise, a great place to have a great dinner.
  31. T

    Titlemama

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very very good. Every dish was delicious and the service was very good. Escargot just right, as were the tuna and the cannolis for dessert. Well worth the trip. Ah the Manhattan also perfect
  32. AA

    ArthurA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! It was my first time trying the Tuna...it was excellent!
  33. P

    Peteyb

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Steaks came out warm not hot. One was undercooked and had to be sent back. Courses did not come out evenly. With so many steakhouse options in the area, doubt I will return.
  34. AC

    ACStaley

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal at the Federal. Party of six - and we all enjoyed our meals. Table shared the charcuterie board and the cheese board. Great selections on both boards and were a nice start to the evening. Great cocktails and wine list. Duck breast, haddock, and a few pasta dishes rounded out the meal. Everyone enjoyed their food. We will be back.
  35. M

    Mima

    New England

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice menu and well-prepared food. Good choice of wine by the glass. A little noisy. We would dine there again.
  36. PD

    PeterD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitstaff was friendly and very attentive. Food was very good.
  37. d

    dgrboston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our friends arrived a bit early and were seated promptly. We were right on time. We caught up for a while and Tim, our server, was great about being attentive but not pushing us to order. The food was excellent. Overall a great experience for a special occasion.
  38. RL

    RachLS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Was hoping it would be better. For the price, would rather dine at a Boston steak house.
  39. PP

    PaulP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always great great variety of beef seafood and pasta
  40. T

    Tomato

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant, and their food and service are always great.

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 682 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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