The Federal Restaurant & Bar

4.6
1064 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure at 135 Cooper Street in Agawam, Massachusetts became home to the Federal Hill Club in 1936. under the management of its owners the Moretti family, that establishment remained a premiere restaurant for over fifty years. The Federal's current owners Michael Presnal and Ralph Santaniello easily integrate the white linen elegance of that bygone era with a fresh and innovative "new american" cuisine that is perfectly prepared and impeccably served. strong Italian and French influences inspire the contemporary culinary style of Chef Presnal in dishes such as his red beet risotto, burnt tangerine glazed cod, and white-chocolate panna cotta. The Federal is dressed up as a special occasion restaurant, but is sociable and affordable enough for every occasion. It enjoys a dedicated following of appreciative diners from New York to Boston.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(413) 789-1267
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Presnal
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Private party facilities
The elegant and relaxed atmosphere of the Federal Restaurant can be reserved for weddings, special events, corporate functions, private parties and private luncheons. The restaurant offers different sized rooms for private gatherings. The largest room accommodates seventy guests and the smallest accommodates up to fifteen. no additional fee is attached to table service or menu in these rooms. The staff of the Federal will make every effort to procure your desired audio or visual equipment for business presentations if requested at least two days in advance.
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Private party contact
Cristina Presnal: (413) 789-1267
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Catering
When the Federal caters, our reputation travels with us, whether to a dinner for fifteen or a wedding party of 300. The Federal brings the same exacting standard to every detail of your event, be it a graduation party, wedding, or business luncheon. Total event planning is also available – to your specifications, of course.
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Entertainment
Live Music in the bar every Friday & Saturday night
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service. We had the risotto balls, fried oysters, clam chowder and more - everything was DELICIOUS. We'll definitely be back soon!

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Federal for Valentine's Day. Every dish was exceptional and the service was great, even for such a busy night. Highly recommend the Federal. Worth the trip.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved It !!! The appetizers were great!!
We always enjoy everything!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal and service was excellent. Thanks!!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were exceptional but both main courses were disappointing. We have had better meals at the Federal.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentines Day celebration

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of six, and we all enjoyed our dining experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Federal was absolutely wonderful! The waistaff was very friendly. Our table was ready even though we arrived 15 minutes early. Our waitress was very well educated in the menu and explained things in an understanding manner. The food was phenomenal. Beautiful presentation and absolutely delicious. It's as if each bite made my taste buds explode with joy. I would absolutely go again!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m always impressed with the level of service and quality of food every time I go there. Simply excellent!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress had no personality. Just doing her job kind of attitude. Ladies room had no heat!!! Wine glasses were not specific to red or white wine??!! Food excellent! Just need to make these changes for an upscale restaurant charging top dollar everything should be perfect!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was delicious, got seared scallops with truffle butter sauce and it was amazing. Service was prompt, seating was easy with out opentable reservation, great night

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food as always. The Federal goes above and beyond your expectations. Highly recommend.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We recently went there for dinner for our anniversary and had a nice time. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable when it came to the menu items. The food was delicious and the portions were much larger than expected. We both brought leftovers home. We don’t normally order dessert but we tried the little ricotta donuts with dipping sauce and they were amazing! I highly recommend those. We will definitely go back again.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience as per usual. Went for the wife's bday, her fav spot. Went to seat us, was extremely loud due to two large groups. We moved to the bar and were well taken care of. Also, provided with a special, free, birthday desert platter, and my wife ordered the cotton candy to go, and that was comped as well, for her birthday

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service is very good and so is the food. Just a little pricey. I got the prosciutto and gig pizza and it was huge! Yum.

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PB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is in a converted house, a very large one. It is set on top of a hill. It is as nice inside as it was outside. We walked through a fairly full dining room, and I was seated with my back to them. I forgot anyone was there until the table I was facing got seated. The noise level is low even with a table of eight next to us talking.

Food was fantastic. Great apps and entrees. I did not look at the wine list, as I was the only one drinking wine. Their wine by the glass selections had names I knew of good quality. So quite happy to have a glass of Cab.

We plan to go back there, even with a 45 minute drive.

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed. The Mac and cheese was limp and bland and the short rib was dry. The quail was tasty but overcooked and dry. The bacon wrapped figs were non-descript but might have really popped with a balsamic reduction. The asparagus was overcooked, but the fried brussel sprouts were outstanding! We didn't like the partially thawed strawberries and the small amount of brownie in the "brownie pot". The service was average and we had to have our bill corrected when our $100.00 gift card was applied as a $30.00 credit. Not a great experience when you consider the prices.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've had so many great experiences at the Federal!!! Tonight was yet another amazing dining experience! The service, food, and overall experience were excellent!!! If you haven't been yet...go if you haven't been in a while...put it on your calendar!!! You are missing out if you haven't yet visited this gem in Agawam!!! Go...you and your belly will be so happy!!!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is exceptional.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife Jen and i had a 9pm NY Eve reservation, ease of reserving on Open Table and then loved the confirmation from The Federal. Upon arriving great to have valet parking and coat check, the bar was fast moving and tables were being turned at a great pace so we had only a 20 minute wait for our table and were seated at 9:03pm!!
Our service was with Jackie, she was both friendly and proffessional, easy to converse with and made sure we had our bread, drinks, and her service made our dining experience even better.
The appetizers were fantastic, the oysters on the half were fresh and had a great clean taste, the "meat candy special" bacon wrapped dates were excellent,
we both choose the NY Eve special which was a tuna piccada, it also was excellent and we both turned in clean plates! Dessert was pumpkin creme brulee and that just topped off another very good meal @ the Federal

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very delicious and the service was supper!! the waitress was so very nice and helpful, I highly recommend her.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't go to The Federal often enough! It's a real gem and a wonderful place for a special meal. We celebrated our 44th anniversary on 12/30 and I arranged for our two kids and their spouses to be there to surprise my wife who only thought it was the two of us. As always, the food was magnificent, the service superb, and they kept the secret until my wife and I were shown to our table where we "encountered" four additional guests! Couldn't have been bettter!!! Highly recommended.

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Federal for early New Years Eve meal at 5:15. As per usual the food and service was very good to outstanding. The only negative was a large loud party seated behind us.

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening of fine dining! The waitstaff was attentive and helpful. The dinner was outstanding with flavors and freshness.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always blown away by The Federal! From the ambiance to the drinks to the delicious appetizers and dinner...exceptional! It’s our local favorite spot, for a special occasion or a romantic date night.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server Matt was above and beyond. Great Food, Great Service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful main dinning room, white tablecloths, pretty holiday decor, excellent attentive friendly service. Food was excellent. Everything from appetizers to dessert. Great for special occasion. Would like to return to try lounge food. Had wine in lounge before dinner, fun friendly atmosphere and the pizzas looked amazing.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a dog show and needed a great place to celebrate a special birthday. We were immediately seated and the staff was promptly at the table taking our drink orders. Our waitress was awesome and so was the food. The "bucket of balls" and the meat candy apps were delicious, dinner was scrumptious, and the deserts were Devine! We will definitely go back when we are in town again.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and food was incredible! Can't say enough good things about our experience. Large party of 12 and service was friendly and fast. Perfect perfect perfect!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Old fashioned atmosphere and pricey but worth it for the experience.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner at the Federal is outstanding. The atmosphere is celebratory, the wait staff are friendly and attentive. The food is delicious beyond words. The pilgrims would be proud!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Went on thanksgiving and the turkey dinner was outstanding. The service was very professional and helpful but seemed spread thin. Overall a great dinner and look forward to going back. The ambience was weird for an old building the decor was modern or trying to be. The noise level was high.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

For the food quality it was very over priced. I don’t mind spending money for fabulous food. This is was not that. I would give the food quality a two. I will not be returning.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent overall. Filet mignon special was no the rare category requested. Alittle on the med rare level.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, exceptional service, an all around great experience.

This was our third time at the Federal. We both had the chef tasting and it was worth every penny.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of our favorite places to eat...great service,friendly staff and good atmosphere..

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

By far the best restaurant in the area. Everything we had was perfectly seasoned, well thought out and beautifully plated. Desserts were amazing as well. We will definitely return when we are in the area.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed here. Food is always amazing and service is top notch.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Federal never disappoints. To say the food is outstanding would be an understatement. 5⭐

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. We go every year for our wedding anniversary and The Federal never disappoints. My wife and I will continue to go here for years to come!!

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