The Federal

4.4
364 reviews
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Steakhouse
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bistro steakhouse-style breakfast and lunch with a classic fine dining experience for dinner.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We sat at the bar and while the restaurant had a handful of there patrons, it was not full or super busy. The bartender wasn't unfriendly, just more disinterested. We had to get his attention to order drinks, food and ask for water - as opposed to him checking on us or asking us if we needed anything.

The food was okay. I had the pork schnitzel and it was a bit dry. The large, thick cut onions that sat on top of the schnitzel were nearly raw and not good. I love onions.

The salad and crab cake my friend ordered were good, as were the oysters and fries we had to start.

Overall, I was disappointed in the service and my meal but it could have just been an off night!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

It’s my third time going to this restaurant, but the last time probably was a year ago. Anyways the server Ethan was not polite with us. Was always like in a rush don’t took the time to explain carefully about the options. I order the burger he said that is not available anymore so I did need some time to look the menu. We order drinks and when he bring to us he drop on the table my wife drink, did no say anything to apologize or clean the table. My steak I ordered medium well came well done.
After we finish my wife and I were talking trying to have at least a good conversation but he just Put the check on the table and we didn’t say that we’re about to leave.
Not a good experience at this time service wasn’t good and my food was not the way I ordered.

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JH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ribeye and wine selection were perfection! Service was amazing.

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AM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Good place to eat but pricey. I like the Paul Hobbs Cabernet and fillet.
Previously, we had a closing dinner at The Federal with a table for six and it was a great experience.

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m
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good steak. Salmon was excellent. Not many salad choices but hey! It’s a steakhouse

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The charcuterie board has a lovely selection for the price. The quantity is great as well! DO NOT MISS the bacon appetizer with the chimichurri. Seriously some of the best I’ve ever had. The Peachtree battle cocktail was perfectly sweet while still boozy.

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D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I loved the restaurant and the server was awesome. We thought the food was over priced. We eat out a ton and felt like the prices were way too high for what you get.

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SW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really tasty steakhouse fare, but in a spot that doesn't smack of "steakhouse chain". Great service and an awesome bar.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Unfortunately all four steaks were over cooked and under seasoned. For a $58 steak frites, this is not good. A Brussels sprout Caesar salad was underdressed, to the point I’m not sure the dressing was included. The charcuterie board was fine. Overall, very high prices for poor execution.

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J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing service, but our waitress did a pretty good job at upselling. We would have been fine with just one large cut of meat, but we got scarred into ordering several. Great food though and upbeat and trendy atmosphere. Would come back and also recommend.

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d
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I found the Federal to be the perfect restaurant for date night. We loved the atmosphere, the food, and the fantastic service. Our waiter was polite, prompt, and funny, adding the icing on the cake to an already great experience.

On top of our appetizers and bread service, the portions were huge, leaving no room for dessert.

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DH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great (waiter) Cook had to put my steak on the girl 3 times, even after I originally stated well done no pink. My fiancé enjoyed her food, although her crab cake had pieces of shell in it. I would expect precision and execution from a restaurant of this caliber.

It seemed like the restaurant was more concerned with processing orders than make in sure customers were satisfied.

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ML
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Chicken Livers and Oxtail soup. Plenty of great food options.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Waiter was very Gliebe. Bartender never engaging with customer even when prompted. Food. Need to learn other to cook a filet Pittsburgh rare on cast iron. Waiter and bartender actions could have been corrected with 20 seconds of being genuine. $250+ for dinner for two. We could have gone to Bones.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

I took my girlfriend to the Federal in the hopes of having a wonderful dining experience for Valentine's Day. I made reservations for 7pm, and we arrived around 6:40. We were informed that our table was not ready and to come back to the host stand around 7. We were seated around 7:15 and probably waited another 10-15 minutes before our server even took our drink orders. We ordered the French Onion Oxtail soup for an appetizer and it was fantastic. We then ordered our entrees, my date ordered the Swordfish and I had the lamb chop. Both were great. However, right after we ordered our entrees, our waitress asked if she could have our menus because they did not have any more for the other guests. We kindly obliged. Without menus, we asked our waitress for wine recommendations to pair with each of our  meals. After a wonderful dessert, we got the bill and we noticed that the wine that was served to us was literally the most expensive wine on the menu. To top it off, when we asked for our meal/leftovers to be boxed up, the bread was just thrown in the bag without having been wrapped up with so much as a paper towel. So considering that we were gouged and didn't have our food boxed up properly, I would say that the overall experience was poor.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Probably wouldn't recommend to a friend...its VERY LOUD in there. It was very difficult to understand my date while we talked...noise levels are very high there, In my opinion. The service was very good however, it was very busy and the waiter was still very attentive and pleasant.
It was VERY DARK also, it was difficult to see my menu in all honesty...I thought that was strange. I'm not one to complain about these type things but I did notice them. Additionally, the food was not what I would come to expect considering the price tag behind them. Food was definitely on the expensive side, and I felt it was not worth the money. I am one who will spend the money on a very good meal so this is not about being frugal. Overall, the experience was middle of the road drifting off of it...

Thank You.

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BB
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went after a visit to the High, about 9pm. Parking was easy next door. The Federal has a bistro feel, and the wait staff were jovial and on top of things. We had the smoked fish appetizer with salads and the onion soup was superb. We will come back.

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Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff and food!!

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CE
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

THere is virtually nothing on the menu for a non meat eater, one swardfish dish, that's all. The entree's were exorbitantly priced. The simple steak frittes my wife ordered was $58!! I had an exceptional meal at Atlas last night, substantially better and more interesting, and the entree prices ranged from $32-$45. The corkage was also outrageous, at $25 per bottle. That is very high for this level restaurant. I even gave the manager and chef about 1/4 bottle of a 1999 Grand Cru Burgundy, just to be generous.

All in all, it was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have had in a while, and we eat out often. The Federal is walking distance from our house, but I will not waste the steps again for this one.

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SO
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited The Federal for our Valentine's dinner. The setting was very romantic. Low light and candle lit. The music was perfect. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had the flatbread to start for a light snack with Cava. Then we enjoyed the Oxtail French Onion Soup. It was the best we've ever had. A delicious brussels sprout salad and we shared the Ribeye. It was cooked to perfection. With a great bottle of Zin and a Kit Kat for dessert, we were happier than can be. I highly recommend The Federal the next time you're in the mood for a steak or have plans Downtown.

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f
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was very good. Perfectly prepared as ordered. Server was attentive without being intrusive.
Free parking is a plus at a downtown restaurant. We thought the food was a bit more expensive than it should have been so the value was not terrific. The room was nice but got noisy as the evening went on. Wines by the glass were somewhat expensive. The rack of lamb was tasty but small for the price. The pork schnitzel was excellent.

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JN
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good restaurant for special occasions. Excellent service.

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MS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to The Federal several times and we always return. The food is terrific, the atmosphere very inviting and the services is consistently good. Located in the heart of Midtown, it's the perfect spot for dinner and then whatever else Midtown has to offer for the night. Always a delightful evening with very good eats. Looking forward to the next time....

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NM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent steak and crab Louis salad (on special that night).

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R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food and service were very good. Music was 1940s love songs at a comically loud volume level. We couldn't wait to get out of there. Won't go back.

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Bad attitude and limited menu

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CB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Good food. Poor service. Had to walk to bar to ask for water and our 2nd glass of wine which was ordered from server who was just hanging out at the bar. One guest meal came out 15 min after 1st meal. Note: not crowded only 2 other tables in restaurant.

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c
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It doesn't get any better than this -- Their Dinner menu is filled with a litany of winners from their tested appetizers to delicious desserts! Everything from the best Oxtail Onion soup you'll ever eat to their medium rare Ribeyes are cooked to perfection and served with a smile. I would not hesitate to go back for seconds --

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HG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I had looked this place up since I needed to have a business lunch with clients and The Federal would fit the bill. It was loud. The music was loud, but I did ask the waitron to lower and she did. Granted, we were the 1st ones there for lunch so the acoustics were sub-par. Then when partrons came in and filled the space, it was still a bid noisy. The food was awesome!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Solid all around

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LW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I stop in to The Federal every time I visit Atlanta. I can always count on a consistently good meal and a great bourbon selection!

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LL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, will go back! Food was fabulous. Atmosphere is dark and intimate, and we feels like you are in Europe.

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T
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We really enjoyed hearing about the specials and details about the menu. When they we’re energetically shared by the server at the table next to ours and we overheard them. Our server was infrequent and seemed rushed. We waited a long time for drinks as well as food. The food, however, was excellent. Was not as impressed with the steak as much as a prior visit, but the sides and other entrees were very good. Our water was refilled so aggressively (twice) that it spilled onto the table.
The food was excellent. The service, not so much.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Horribly slow service from someone who clearly didn’t want to be there, hadn’t washed his hair in days, and was generally disheveled throughout. We waited 15 minutes before getting water and another 30 before we got our drink orders. The restaurant was maybe at 60% capacity on a Thursday. The food was overpriced for the value of what you got both in the amount of food as well as the flavor.

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B
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Food was good, server ruined what could have been a nice night. After 20 minutes at the table, I checked with the host to ensure someone had been assigned to us...the server arrived shortly afterward and as best we could tell from his demeanor, this may have been an unforgivable offense. At the 60 minute mark, a food runner noticed us looking around with nothing on the table and offered to bring us some bread. She and the host were gracious and the meal was fine when it arrived, we just wished we had the service that the tables around us were receiving from other servers.

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SN
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Angus filet was cooked perfectly to order and very tender. Sides were great, especially the mushrooms and Brussels sprouts.

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CL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Dining here feels like you are inconveniencing the staff. That’s the only way I know to describe it. They seemed annoyed that you are there and that they have to serve you. No personality and it’s not like the restaurant is crowded. Food is not worth the price and if you order oysters they have no crackers and don’t try to order them because act like it’s weird that you would want them. Overall poor experience and it’s too bad because it’s a great spot and we really wanted to like it.

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The service was great but the food was underwhelming. Steak was over salted and Brussels were mediocre

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TC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The steak and service was amazing. Might come back to try the happy hour Prix Frixe menu at the bar next time.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed a great meal. All the staff was so wonderful. Great evening.

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