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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

1058 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion (38)
  • Good for Anniversaries (29)
  • Romantic (26)
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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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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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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Live Music in the bar every Friday & Saturday night
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 1058 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Early Valentines Day celebration

Netta (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

TannerB (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

vipPolarBear (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

ambart (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

vipWillRun4Wine (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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!!! and your belly will be so happy!!!

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

The food is exceptional.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

larrytraveler (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

love2dineout (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

MMSandspouse (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

majmom (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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