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About The Federal Restaurant & Bar

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.

135 Cooper St
Agawam, MA 01001
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(413) 789-1267

Website:
http://thefederalrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music in the bar every Friday & Saturday night

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Presnal

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.

Private Party Contact:
Cristina Presnal: (413) 789-1267

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

The Federal Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (37)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (27)
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Creative Cuisine (27)
Romantic (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Business Meals (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Casual (7)
Live Music (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
Organic (4)
Healthy (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Sean the waiter was worth the trip!
Very easy on the eyes!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I chose this as a location for a first date which I had never met in person. Service was great and server went to great lengths to explain how special items were prepared. Many items came from their own garden which could be seen from our table. Food and service were fantastic and I won't complain about pricing because you get what you are willing to pay for. Meal arrived quickly and my cocktail was "strong enough to defend itself" very much to my liking. It was such a pleasant experience that the text from my date the following day called it the best first date ever. Let's score The Federal with an A+

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food, as always, was fantastic!! Such creativity from the amazing chefs !!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Presentation and the complexity of flavors excellent . wait staff always present but or intrusive .Great place to have dinner and drinks

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The Korean Tuna and Salmon Poke was phenomenal.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Food and service were top notch. Very delicious creative food. Seafood was very fresh. Server was great. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Food consistently good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The food was exceptional and service was wondering. It's a bit pricey and I'd only be able to dine there for special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had a double date tonight and enjoyed another great meal at The Federal. We have dined here 20+ times and keep coming back. The Chicken Bolognese is fantastic with a lot of flavor. My wife had Salmon which she loved. Of course the bucket of balls and zucchini matchsticks are amazing. We love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My husband and I had an AMAZING evening at the Federal this past Saturday (July 8, 2017). It was our anniversary, and we were made to feel special from the moment we walked in the door. The drinks were great at the bar, the wine was wonderful and the food was out of this world! Our waitress was just great. She was personable and attentive! The singer at the bar that night took our special request and sang our wedding song while the bar cheered. It was a moment I will never forget. Can't wait to eat here again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Service and food excellent as usual

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great service, excellent creative menu. We will be back!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Overall, very good. Room was quite loud. Food good, but each item just tried a bit too hard. One or two fewr ingrediants per dish. Why does foie gras need french toast and gelato, for example? We might try the bar next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Love the Federal,we love the food always delicious,we have dinner there frequently!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Don't let the old-fashioned ambience fool you. The food is not your typical boring staples. Definitely recommend the sashimi style sushi and the "pot" brownie. My only criticism is that the cocktails were just meh. I had some sort of orange martini which was too sweet and syrupy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I was disappointed in my tuna dish. It was overlooked and over complicated.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Western Mass, always innovative menu choices for us foodies but really good options for the less adventurous

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Good food,nice environment and good service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We tried The Federal prior to a concert at the Mass Mutual center, which is less than 10 minutes' away. We enjoyed an absolutely stellar meal and superlative service from our waiter Alex. From the time we checked in with the hostess to cocktails at the bar, then apps, entrees and desserts we thoroughly enjoyed the time spent. I couldn't begin to suggest dining options because we all ordered a number of dishes and one was better than the next! Suffice to say feel free to order whatever suits you and it will be just grand!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Fantastic dinner and experience- keep it up, we'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Everything I've had here is delicious. The fancy thin crust pizza is amazing and the truffle macaroni and cheese is to die for. These are not foods I would associate with an upscale restaurant, but The Federal made me change my mind. I've also tried some of the more elegant specialty entrées and they were all amazing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The Federal never disappoints as a destination for a special night out. The food remains excellent, fresh, with creative preparations. But the restaurant really shines from the glow of their staff, who are to a person gracious and knowledgeable to no end. I have been many times over many years, and they remain at the top of their game. Highly recommended!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I loved the clean and bright feel of the room with a nice table for two. Glad I took the server's recommendation on the halibut special as it was spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed the fried oysters and heirloom tomato appetizers. The pear martinis were excellent and dessert of strawberry rhubarb creme brulee was a perfect finish to the meal. The complimentary pita with olive tapanade and hummus was a nice touch, along with the fresh bread.

Overall it was a lovely dinner although the space can lend itself to being a bit loud if patrons are not considerate of others. I thought the pace of the service was very good and attentive. It is a nice special occasion location but may be considered on the pricey side for weekend outings.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Good food and service, even for this picky foodie. Chef gave lots of goodies on the house, including a double espresso! I would go again when back in town.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

First visit to this well-regarded fixture. Valet parking is a nice touch at the start. We were seated right away even though we were a little early. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive and warm (Lilly). The Federal has a great bar. Cocktails were delicious. The menu is cleverly arranged by type of food then subdivided by course. The chefs specials sounded so good we abandoned.most of our menu choices in their favor. If you eat meat, and it is available, GET the Elephant's Ear pork chop. You will thank me. My wife had the tuna steak. I sampled a taste and it was cooked perfectly. That's not hyperbole. It was exactly right. Sauces and sides complemented without overwhelming. (I'm talking to you olive ragout on the pork chop.)

Lovely desserts. Although the dinner portions were so generous we split a single bacon lovers. Which was rich and wonderful.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Admittedly a "fan favorite" of our family for special occasions. Never disappoints with the quality and creativeness of the dishes and products. We also use The Federal for business dinners ranging from small parties (e.g., 4-8) or for larger including our Board meeting dinners (25-30). Never disappoints!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

food was great, service was fantastic relaxing environment

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We've eaten here many times, but this time the service was lousy, the room was too noisy for conversation, and the food had too many discordant flavors in the same dish.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We come here every year for our anniversary. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Absolutely the best dining experience. Food is superb and portions are filling! Atmosphere is very inviting. We will be back many more times!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The Food and service are the greatest. Our server, Matt, was one of the best we have ever had!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

A favorite and worth a trip if you're not close by.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great selection of tasty fish and meats. Short ribs are always great. Strawberry Rhubarb creme brulee was amazing and sized for sharing. I always look forward to the cotton candy!

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great place, great food, great service. Needs to be better about spacing out reservations in order to serve their parties each individually as service suffered when packing several large parties were apparent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The "Lobster Latte " was my wife's favorite new soup. Our meal presentation was very appetizing and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had the perfect college reunion gathering at The Federal and were treated like royalty. The round table was great for conversation. The food was fun, delicious, original, beautifully presented and accommodated all of our dietary constraints. We so much appreciate having The Federal as our goto for all special occasions. Sincerely,

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

One of our favorite places. We come on special occasions and on family get togethers. Never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Live Music, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The Federal never disappoints, fantastic dinner!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. Great food, great service. I am going there again..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Business dinner ... my clients (5 total) have been dining at the Federal for 10+ years, my first time, service was not good at all, restaurant maybe at 30% capacity. Drinks took forever, appetizers, salads, dinner, desert. timing between each course erratic. My clients suggest worst experience they have had at the Federal. I will be going somewhere else next time in town. Spent over $500.00.

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