The Federal

4.3
385 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Good for a Date
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bistro steakhouse-style breakfast and lunch with a classic fine dining experience for dinner.
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4.3
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Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very good!

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m
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Let me start off by saying, this negative review is not in any way tied to our server/service. He did all he could to make our dining experience pleasurable. If you're going to call yourself a steakhouse, the most important thing is to learn how to cook a steak, or at least have the forethought to check it before it gets sent to a table. And even then, if you get it wrong once, you should definitely check it the second time it goes to the table, right? We received a pretty well done steak round 1 (ordered medium rare) and then a very bloody rare steak round 2. They finally got it right the 3rd time, but wanted to keep it on the bill, which is their prerogative, but if you want to have integrity with your steak (at a steakhouse), you shouldn't make the guests/waiter ask management to take care of something like that. It puts everyone in an awkward situation which caps off a very mediocre meal. Also, don't order the au poivre sauce.

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P
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nice quaint small space, which is nice for intimate dinners. Treated Mom for Mom's Day. Easy parking and access (will validate garage parking). We had a attentive wait staff. Trouble with one steak but it was replaced by mgr with the charge being removed as well. I will return to try other entrees.

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PM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely anniversary dinner!

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R
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Federal is becoming our favorite spot in our neighborhood for a date night. We share apps and then split a great steak. We especially loved the brussels sprouts caesar and steak tartare, the KitKat at dessert is a must. Our most recent server was knowledgeable, efficient, but relaxed and never overbearing or intrusive.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

our server forgot to bring her oysters, but then she did and they were full of shells and very unappetizing. The food was OK, and it was generally a disappointing experience. She brought our oysters in the middle of dinner and didn’t even apologize. In all, I would not return .

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RB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We LOVE The Federal.

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OT
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

My steak was a little too salty and fatty for my taste.

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent. The chef has a great palate. All of the dishes were well-seasoned and well-balanced.

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D
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

What has been a Midtown go-to, one of the best hidden gems in all of ATL, The Federal has "gone south." I was so very disappointed in Saturday evening's experience. First red flag... virtually no one was in the dining area. Secondly, the service was spotty if not terrible and the food - while "good" - was eons away from the many previous dining experiences I've relished here. My fear is it's the beginning of the end... Shaun D may have thrown in the towel on this once opon a time outstanding restaurant. Ugh. So very sad.

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DG
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was great and the atmosphere was very nice, kind of a retro high end diner feel. The issue was the service and it might be the reason there were literally only 3 tables with people at them when we sat down for brunch. Here's a list of issues with the service (the server was very nice and apologized but did't really help):

- Food took almost an hour to come, it's breakfast and nobody was there so they weren't busy
- Had to ask for coffee for one of our party 3 times
- asked for scrambled egg whites, came standard with yolks
- ordered a side of bread, it came as we were paying the bill
- had to flag the server down to get the check after waiting about 15 minutes after he already cleared our plates.

If the food is just OK but the service is great I'll go back. When the food is good but the service is terrible, I usually won't. I'll give it another try as the server was nice but can't recommend the restaurant as I can't imagine what the service would be like if they were busy

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AB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and music playing in the background. We were excited about $1 oysters, but they were only available at the bar. It was disappointing, but the food was fantastic and the drinks were delicious. We had a great time.

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NF
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The Flounder was excellent, so was the accompanying asparagus!
My spouses Pork Schnitzel was plain and bland accompanied with naked onions. The Cabernet was very good. The chocolate dessert was ok but would not order again. The very nice gentleman waiter was very attentive but seemed rushed, as he was the only waiter there for seven tables! I would go back again for the flounder if it was cooked with the same sauce!

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TM
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Very small menu. Pricey! Pompous staff (not our waitress) but other. Won’t be back

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t
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The dining area was quaint and illuminated with candle lights, giving it a cozy feel. Upon entering the restaurant you see the different cuts of meat they have to offer. The noise level was loud, but after half a Manhattan you settled in and it became great dining area. The server, Michael, was very friendly and accommodating. They did run out of several sides but Michael offered some dipping sauces for our steak, for the inconvenience. The thick cut bacon was a great start to our meal which was followed by the special of the night, 36oz tomahawk ribeye. We finished the meal off with their bread pudding and a cup of coffee. Pretty good.

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AT
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Just terrible execution. Food was average (ribeye- excellent- all else pedestrian). Wine list is incredibly weak. Service was less than non-attentive. Fire alarm went of during dinner due to kitchen fire (there was zero communication as to things under control or we should run for our lives). Honestly, just a mess. So many other great food options nearby.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Waiter was always in a hurry and could not be bothered to wait for our choices. Food was overpriced. Got quoted the wrong price on a special item. Very frustrating experience all round.

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KK
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I was so incredibly disappointed in my crab cake it was all breadcrumbs. My salad was bitter and it was not because of the vinaigrette which was actually good. Overall it is too expensive for lunch and the wait for food is too long.

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KC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and we received great service. The bacon was awesome! We will definitely come back!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Brunch with friends

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience! The steak was the best Atlanta had to offer, cocktails were perfectly crafted, and service was attentive and punctual. Thank you!

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AT
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
2 reviews
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
11 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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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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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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M
Atlanta
3 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
14 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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