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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

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135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
+1 413-789-1267
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Closed
Hours:
Mon - Wed 17:00 - 20:30
Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Agawam, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had a very special announcement that I wanted to surprise my husband with and the excellent staff at the Federal went above and beyond to make the night flawless! Ashley was so terrific and easy to work with to make the proper arrangements. She, along with our server, pulled off the surprise perfectly and left my husband speechless! The... More 

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Enfield, CT
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We made reservations for a Friday night for my wife and I (8:15pm). We arrived early and had a drink at the bar and met with a friendly bartender who made a good drink($11 for specialty drinks) For dinner we started off with the risotto balls which were good; however a little too much truffle oil for my liking. I... More 

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Tolland, Connecticut
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The federal was a very nice dining experience. The building is an old house separated into rooms. This allowed for a very nice homey gastro experience. The Risotto balls are a must! The truffle Mac and cheese is amazing. I had it with the short rib on top, which was cooked to perfection. My only complaint is the bar area.... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place for family to celebrate. Our family celebrated our 45th anniversary here and everyone... ages 3 to 67 had a marvelous time! The youngsters were delighted with the ending bowl of cotton candy. Great memory made!!!

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Each and Every time we go to The Federal we are wowed! The waiter and waitress staff are super attentive and professional. The food is ALWAYS Amazing. WE have brought people here from all over the Country and have been able to impress them with the service and delicious food. We have Never ordered anything here that was not the... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

My wife and I had dinner for our anniversary. We both had a drink before dinner in the bar. She ordered a dirty martini, which was excellent, and I ordered one of their "specialty" drinks, which was okay. For dinner, we both ordered the "Tasting Menu" and were not disappointed. The meals were excellent. The server warned us that there... More 

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Holland, Massachusetts
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126 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We loved the appetizers, pumpkin bisque was especially wonderful. We both had turkey, it was yummy and plenty for leftovers. Great atmosphere an fair price for 3 course holiday meal. Desserts were well presented, but to me they were the low point of a great meal. I love that you can buy a full meal to take home, so you... More 

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New York City, New York
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The food at Federal is always amazing. This is the premier restaurant in western MA for special occasions. The risotto balls are to-die-for. Essentially anyone with good taste will leave the restaurant craving more - both in the sense that the food was so delicious, and in the sense that portions can sometimes be small.

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Thank 648mmm
Somers, Connecticut
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186 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

First time dining here and I could not believe the volume level of the back room where we were seated. Our party of six was seated at a round table and it was difficult to have a conversation with anyone but the person seated right next to you. Unless you were sitting right next to the server, you couldn't hear... More 

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We have been there many times over the years and always enjoy it. It is a bit on the pricier side but a great place for date night.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Agawam
  • Phone Number: +1 413-789-1267
Description
Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure at 135 cooper street in Agawam, Massachusetts became home to the Federal Hill Club in 1936. Under the management of its owners, the Moretti family, that establishment remained a premiere restaurant for over fifty years.The Federal’s current owners Michael Presnal and Ralph Santaniello easily integrate the white linen elegance of that bygone era with a fresh and innovative “new American” cuisine that is perfectly prepared and impeccably served. Strong Italian and French influences inspire the contemporary culinary style of chef Presnal in dishes such as his red beet risotto, burnt tangerine glazed cod, and white-chocolate panna cotta.The Federal is dressed up as a special occasion restaurant, but is sociable and affordable enough for every occasion. The restaurant enjoys a dedicated following of appreciative diners from New York to Boston.

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