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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
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Ranked #1 of 49 restaurants in Agawam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
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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English first
Farmington, Connecticut
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We go to Suffield, CT frequently to visit friends but have (until yesterday) never crossed the border into next-door Agawam, Mass. Our friends made reservations at the Federal Restaurant, and we could not have had a better meal or better service. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in New England. It was a Friday night and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We have the typical good restaurants in the area, but if your looking for that one place that is REALLY above and beyond, The Federal is the place. I think like any restaurant you hope your experience is the best and you don't get caught up on an 'off day', at the very least by going to the Federal, your... More

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My husband & I used his birthday as an excuse to take our tween to the Federal for a" Fine Dining Field Trip." Our hope was for him to be able to practice his etiquette in what used to be the finest, local restaurant we knew. Unfortunately, as it turned out...the staff of the Federal also need to take a... More

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We have always heard of the comments from The Federal Restaurant but never had dinner. It was a special occasion and I made the reservations. We both knew Tina from years past at another restaurant in the area. I just can't say enough about The Federal between the staff, food and service it was all "TOP SHELF". From the time... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

In the parts we have visited The Fed 5 to 6 times a year. We noticed the prices continue to rise while the quality has declined. Last visit my grilled shrimp was burned on one side to a crisp. Any Chef would have noticed. Sent it back and 2 shrimp again looked over cooked and dried out. I wonder if... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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600 reviews 600 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is definitely an upscale restaurant in atmosphere (an old New England style home) and upscale menu items/prices. There is not much good in the area so they were very busy on a Tuesday night, and clearly well liked (one businessman arrived by limo service). They are best known for their "risotto" balls, one of which comes free to each... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Wow! A bit more pricey than expected but well worth it! The atmosphere was great as was the service. And the food! Incredible! I had the grilled scallops. Perfectly cooked, the sauce on the side allowed me to control how much I wanted. My husband had a lobster dish and he cleaned the plate. I hate to fight for a... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of the best restaurants in western Massachusetts. It is the number one or two restaurant in the Springfield area. I can't make up my mind whether this or Lattitude is number one. The Federal boasts fresh inventive food that is consistently great. The bar is great for a pre or post dinner cocktail. This is also Springfield's... More

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It's my favorite restaurant. Food is excellent. Truffle balls are amazing. Service is superb. Federal restaurant is a great treat!

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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

My husband and I have dined here 3 or 4 times. We have always been very happy with everything at The Federal. The menu choices are limited, but with the daily specials there is always plenty to choose from. Everything here is sooooo fresh.The chef's are very creative with their presentations and plating. Portion sizes are very pleasing. My favorite... More

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