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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)
Late-night Find (3)
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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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had reservations, glad we did! Excellent service and food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food is amazing. Literally the best food ever. Can be pricey depending on what you order but well worth every penny

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Graduation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The Feferal is one of our gems in this area. We had very good food and our waiter , Matthew , was excellent. The pork chop was tasty, the monkfish very fresh and well-prepared, and the creme brûlée divine.
Unfortunately, a large party of 14 was near us so the noise level was excessive. Parties this large should be in a private room or seated near the back of the dining room to prevent discomfort to others.
We always enjoy dinner here and will return.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dining room extremely loud. Moved to the bar. Would have left if bae was not available.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The waitress was the most pushy and rude waitress we have ever encountered. We weren't ready to order and she kept coming back every two minutes asking if we were ready but offered to give us more time. We've never felt so pushed and uncomfortable. Was embarrassed with the friends we brought there for the first time. Also the noise level was so loud we couldn't hear each other communicate. I have reservations there again on November 18 th and are seriously thinking of cancelling them.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We are never disappointed, we expect a romantic evening filled with a great meal and they always make that happen!

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The truffle mac n cheese's smaller portion is a perfect sized plate. I absolutely LOVE mac n cheese and this was by far the BEST creamy goodness I have ever had!!! My husband ordered Salmon and he raved about his dish too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was great except for the filet mignon couldn’t believe they served us well Done fillet’s A good cook would never over cook a fillet

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This was our 7th or 8th time at the Federal. As usual the ambiance, food, and service was outstanding! We're from Maryland and we are willing to go way out of our way to go to the Federal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

My family and I had a wonderful experience, Sean our server was the best server I have ever had in my life and the food was fantastic. I honestly cannot say enough good about the Federal restaurant. It is an absolute gem.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food and service as always! Just very loud!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Consistently great quality with inspired menus. Owners always present and attentive to the patron's experience.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Ive been here many times and its always a winner.... great for many different occasions. Creative and great tasting menu and attentive staff who go out of their way for you.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The Chef does a great job...creative...excellent seasoning on the different dishes. You can really enjoy the place too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Fantastic as usual- have dined here on several occasions - small and large groups - they are very accommodating and the food and service never disappoint

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food, excellent service, and great atmosphere!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2017

In town for a last dinner with son who was leaving for USAF. Unfamiliar with area this restaurant came up on search and menu looked good and decent reviews. The experience was phenomenal. Chef choice plate and a very attentive manager and waiter (Sean) made the night rememberable for all of us. I'll be making Federal my go to stop whenever I'm in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The Federal is our choice for fine dining and great service. We have been coming here for years and have never had a bad meal!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We love the Federal as does everyone we've brought there. It's always a great meal! Our server Matt was wonderful! The tartar was outstanding & wonderfully playful.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food, wonderful service, and fantastic experience all around. I will definitely be back. So nice to know that places like this still exist.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

The Federal is a high end restaurant excelling in both food preparation and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

All 5 of us loved the food. From steak to cod, salmon and quail, great presentation and delicious. I highly recommend.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We came to the Federal to celebrate our mother's 75th Birthday. The server, cocktails and food were outstanding.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food and service. Always enjoy ourselves there.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Have to visit every time we are in town. Never disappoints. Need to try the bucket of balls! They are a must. Already looking forward to the next time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My second meal at that restaurant. Ordered the veal and it was tasteless, full of fat and poorly presented.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our anniversary at The Federal was delicious, as usual. Our waitress, Jen, was friendly, polite, and knowledgeable about the menu and specials.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The Federal is one of our favorite special dining places. We had a great meal there for the last night of our vacation. We were looking forward to the risotto balls but instead were given a sampling of popcorn with truffle powder and butter. Not something I would have asked for prior to a dinner and would see that more as a substitute for the cotton candy at the end of the meal they provide. I tried the Caesar salad which was excellent. and the Bolognese was filled with hearty rigatoni, cheesy goodness and a spoonful of marscapone to add to the richness. My husband had a dinner special which was cod which he said was cooked just as it should be. I always hate to say no to dessert so the lemon sorbet was the perfect sweet, refreshing but light touch to the end of our meal. We will return again and again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

My wife and I come here often. It is pricy but the value exceeds the cost. Great food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We were unfortunately seated very closely to three other tables despite the rest of the restaurant being empty. We would have preferred a quieter location given it was our wedding anniversary (which we had marked on our reservation). As we were the first couple to be seated, we did not ask to move by the point the other tables were seated. Usually we love the Federal, but the ambiance of this visit was not great.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We love the Federal! We are never disappointed by the taste and quality of the food. However, it took 30 minutes to receive our meal and we thought that was too long to wait.
We absolutely miss the zucchini matchsticks that use to be on the menu. And we miss the complimentary " bucket of balls". No need for the popcorn, you're not the "99".
Waitstaff is always wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Organic
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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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