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The Federal


914 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-8611
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Photo of Josh Brown Josh Brown
Jan 11, 2024 5

This place is the absolute best. The staff are super engaging and really personable. It's a cool older bar with excellent food that isn't bad food. Even the wings seem like something you'd eat at a ridiculously overpriced swanky restaurant. Go for the alcohol if you like. Go for the food if that's your draw. But go. The people are the best part.

Photo of Natalie Roque Natalie Roque
Nov 10, 2023 5

Loved this restaurant! We were leaving a nearby bar, and were so pleased this was open late. Our food was delicious, and the menu was expansive ( quesadillas, burgers with fried eggs, etc) and exquisite! Our server, Connie was incredible! We were visiting for family weekend, as our daughter is attending Duke. Connie told us about all the nearby hotspots, and made our night extra special. She was very patient, king, genuine, caring, expedient, and talented. We were lucky to have found this gem of Durham, with the kindest waitress we have met!

Photo of Donna Turner Donna Turner
Nov 4, 2023 5

Enjoyed a late lunch after getting to Durham. Plenty of seats and great bartender/server that was attentive. We started with pimento deviled eggs. They were slightly spicy and full of flavor. The tuna tostadas were large and packed with tuna and slaw. The aoili on top was a perfect pairing. The Federal burger was cooked perfectly to order and was super juicy. The fries were an enormous amount and crispy. Definitely worth a stop when in town.

Photo of Richard LaBennett Richard LaBennett
Oct 15, 2023 4

Nice local watering hole with a solid kitchen and friendly bartenders. The fries and variations of apps are pretty good. The nachos are excellent. I had the lamb burger special which was decent but wouldn’t order it again.

Photo of Daikwon Redfearn Daikwon Redfearn
May 27, 2023 5

The service here was exceptional. I stopped by to pick up an order and Sam was working all by his self. He kept me updated, he didn’t get frustrated, and he was very quick all while handling like 8 customers at one time. This guy is amazing and If he is not already, he needs to be a manager. This is the guy to look for if you stop by this amazing place!

Photo of AdventureAttorney AdventureAttorney
May 21, 2023 4

Fun little dive bar in downtown Durham. Connie made a great Old Fashioned and her and Eric were very welcoming.

Photo of Emily West Emily West
Apr 2, 2023 5

Wow, happened upon this place & so glad we did. Food is spectacular…great beer selection and service is on point. I had the poboy & my husband had the Reuben wrap. The fries are cooked with fresh garlic. Amazing! Will definitely be back!

Photo of JSouth 72 JSouth 72
Mar 25, 2023 5

I used to frequent this place and I'm sure I still would if I was going out to eat and drink more nowadays. Hopefully they still do their daily meal specials(usually what we would go for) I don't think I was ever disappointed. They even knew about drinks that I couldn't find elsewhere so they got me with some nostalgia.....love the decor and it cozy atmosphere. Anyways check it out they have been around for a while now and I'm so glad they made it thru the pandemic. Plus great drinks and good food and conversation is what makes life worth it, am I right?

Photo of Charles G Charles G
Mar 14, 2023 3

Edit-please see below. Original-Service was fast and very friendly. They got busy while I was there but stayed attentive to my table even though I was alone. Food was much better than I expected after reading reviews. The steak was cooked perfectly. I was sitting on the front patio and the couple next to me had a dog, the staff made sure the dog got a bowl of water. Only complaint is the paper they put between the tray and the food does not work well then cutting steak. Other than that it was a perfect meal. Edit- the above review was based off the first time I went there. I went a second time and the food was not good (same dish), service was not good. I have coworkers that have gone there that the services was horrible to the point that they will not go back. At this point I would say that you are rolling the dice if you decide to go.