The Federal

74 Tower Rd, Waltham
(781) 373-1245

Recent Reviews

OpenTable Diner

The steak is just not good quality for the price they charged. The filet mignon is just not very tender even though it’s cooked to our spec of medium rare. The dry age sirloin quality also is subpar even though it’s cooked perfectly to medium rare. The Costco usda prime is better. Will not order steak from here again unless they improve the quality of the steak offered,

OpenTable Diner

Fabulous food at a premium price. The whole experience was first rate, but you pay for the quality. Expensive but worth it!

OpenTable Diner

Food was goos. Waiter forgot our escargot appetizer. Thw dining room is super noisy though…


We had a great dinner and our waitress Amanda was fantastic!


An all around enjoyable experience. Staff, food, and atmosphere were all outstanding.

OpenTable Diner

Food was delicious! From soup, salad to steaks and sides. Music did not make for a good ambiance. Very dated... didn't match the vibe they were trying for. Would go back for a special occasion as it was pricey.

Jessica Bethoney

While the restaurant is nicely appointed, the overpriced mediocre food resulted in a very disappointing experience. My $36 swordfish entree was a salty, dried out meager portion. And though the wait staff is accommodating and pleasant, the service was very slow resulting in an over leisurely 3 and 1/2 hour dinner. Not a place I would recommend.


Oysters were fresh, steaks were cooked perfectly medium rare, tiramisu was delicious, service was excellent.


The Federal continues to be a top "go to" spot for great food, outstanding bar scene and wonderful staff.


We love the Federal--great food in a very comfortable (not uptight) setting that still feels festive and worthy of the investment. My family of four (including two young adults) find a celebratrory reason to go a few times each year and have never been disappointed.


My wife and I went here for our anniversary and had a great time. Really good steaks, great desserts, and a wonderful server. We'll absolutely be back.


The food and service were fantastic!


As usual the Federal does not disappoint. We sat on the patio which is a must for us for health reasons. Kyle,our server, was attentive and friendly. Oysters and cocktails were great. We all enjoyed our meals; two of us had swordfish, one tuna and one filet. Sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. All of us were very pleased with our entrees. Careful attention to a gluten allergy which is much appreciated. We will be back soon.

Oleksii Lysenko

The average restaurant, doesn’t have a soul. Just a good quality food, little bit pricey. The server was really nice, but the hostess and especially manager was weird. The attitude should be improved

Elizabeth B

Our meal was great out on the patio. I especially appreciated the range of cocktails and wine list. While we had a light dinner, the oysters, appetizer and shared steak were all delicious.

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