The Federal Restaurant & Bar

4.6
1064 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

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.
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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vipKTReview
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CameronC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CandaceG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Valentines Day celebration

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CoralC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipNetta
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TannerB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

PB
PolarBear
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ambart
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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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vipWillRun4Wine
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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larrytraveler
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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love2dineout
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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MMSX2
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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majmom
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Michelle
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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FoodSnob
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience5

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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JeffreyV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
MichelleM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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The Federal Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1064 OpenTable diners.