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Federal

4.4

914 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-8611
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Federal

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Photo of Kate Litscher Kate Litscher
Apr 27, 2019 5

Nice little bar with lots of character. They have good food (especially the fries). It was not too busy, it was great for conversation and late night snacks.

Photo of Timothy Timothy
Mar 18, 2019 5

Super chill place. I went for lunch and really liked it. Our waiter was very nice, and he kept our drinks full. Plus, the food was good for “bar food.” A good place to go with friends.

Photo of Robert Oehler Robert Oehler
Apr 18, 2019 3

Great food, good rotating beer selection, and friendly staff Edit: I originally made the above review over a year ago with 5 stars, however I'm having to update as quality has changed some. I've been in Durham for 5 year now and watched a lot change, but the fed was always a constant for me that I could rely on. And the staff and beer selection are still great, but the food has really dropped in quality. I used to tell people they had the best burger and fries in Durham, however my last two trips the fries were greasy and severely short on the garlic that made them special in the first place. As for the burger I ordered one earlier tonight medium rare only for it to come out very rare with the middle barely being luke warm. I had it sent back for a new one and that one came back in the same condition and I notice at least one other recent review below with a similarly raw burger. I hate to leave a review like this as for the last 4 years the fed has been my hang where I've celebrated birthdays, new jobs, and going away parties. And there are still some high notes(the pork sandwich is great as are the nachos), but one of the things I loved about the fed was that I could get anything from their menu and be confident it was gonna be great. Now it always feels like a role of the dice. I know kitchen staff has changed in the last year or so, but I'm hoping they can turn this around so I can change this back to 5 stars and start bragging to people about knowing the best spot for a burger and fries again.

Photo of Ted T Ted T
May 28, 2019 4

Great location with lots of people watching. The service was exceptionally fast even though we were outside on the patio. The garlic french fries were the best fries I've had in a long time. Both the staff and patrons were friendly. I ordered the Allagash White which is my favorite beer. However what they gave me was not Allagash White not sure maybe the wrong keg was hooked up?

Photo of Adam Thompson Adam Thompson
Mar 16, 2019 3

It's not bad, but the cleanliness rating is only 91.5, and the food wasn't anything special. Actually, pretty pricey in my opinion, as I paid $30 for two burgers with cheese. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't say it was worth the price, though volume is good.

Photo of Jason Heinrich Jason Heinrich
Jul 3, 2019 5

Can't go wrong here. Good beer list, good food and competent and friendly service.

Photo of Bhoodha S Bhoodha S
Aug 22, 2019 5

Bartenders were nice and fast. Managed to get in while not crowded and got the Fed Burger. I'll be back in October to try the stouts.

Photo of Jasmine Anderson Jasmine Anderson
Jul 26, 2019 5

Had a great experience here! Food was great and service was too. Nice little hidden gem in downtown Durham.

Photo of Micheal Peters Micheal Peters
Sep 14, 2019 5

Food & service were excellent. The fries do not disappoint!!!

Photo of Richard Jenkins Richard Jenkins
Aug 10, 2019 4

Decent food, good beer selection. It's a little bit on the pricey end of the spectrum compared to neighboring bars.

Photo of S D S D
Oct 23, 2019 5

Was passing through town and dropped in. If I lived in Durham, this would be my spot. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere, nice menu and great beer selection.

Photo of Chris Derickson Chris Derickson
Nov 5, 2019 5

One of my favorite places. Great food and great service. No frills but none needed when good is so good

Photo of Sarah Chittenden Sarah Chittenden
Nov 22, 2019 4

Great place to hang out with a great beer and a bite to eat. Not a lot of seating but worth hanging around for a table if you are planning to eat.