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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

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135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
413-789-1267
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Hands down, the best restaurant you'll find outside of a major metropolitan area

Just went here for Valentines Day, most recently, but have been plenty of times in the past. The food here is second to none. Every bite of everything I've ever had here has left me and those I've been with "ooohhhing and ahhhhhing". The risotto balls as an appetizer are a MUST...it's like taking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
MattyB22
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Springfield, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Just went here for Valentines Day, most recently, but have been plenty of times in the past. The food here is second to none. Every bite of everything I've ever had here has left me and those I've been with "ooohhhing and ahhhhhing". The risotto balls as an appetizer are a MUST...it's like taking sin. The meats are all cooked... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We met anther couple for dinner last weekend. The Martinis we're excellent. We dined in the bar at a cozy table for four. Our waiter was spot on. I had the scallops and flank steak. I know it's an odd combination, however I was delighted that both proteins were done to perfection. The dish Came with roasted Brussels sprouts. I... More 

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Agawam, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
260 reviews 260 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Federal Restaurant was the perfect location for a gathering after a recent family funeral. The funeral took place in Agawam and was a short drive from the church. We were welcomed into the restaurant at noon and had time to socialize with everyone before being seated in the dining room. The luncheon was served family style with chicken, pork,... More 

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Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

There were 4 of us. Had to order the "balls" as they are very good and presentation is great. Also had a nice dinner salad and the duck. Duck was off the bone in a very complex sauce very good. We also had a couple of steaks and braised beef. For an "upscale"'restaurant I don't get the "create your own... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Food was creative and spot on. Wait staff were attentive with New Years fun personality. Modern atmosphere. Continues to be one of our favorite places.

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Agawam, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Wife and daughter went for cocktails and appetizers. Service was outstanding along with the food. Portions were just right and the atmosphere is classy. If you have the opportunity to stop in you won't be disappointed.

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Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We talked about eating here for some time and finally made it with another couple on December 19th. Got there for an early reservation and took advantage of the valet parking. Went inside and were immediately greeted and brought to our table. However, our table was somewhat small and directly in the path from kitchen to the dining room. We... More 

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Berkshires, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I have come here for many dinners and events. I have noticed a lot of five star ratings from people, and although this place is one of the best in the area, I find it hard pressed to give it five stars. The flatbread pizzas are the best thing on the whole menu, and are the best pizzas you can... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I had never been here before and was taken for a business dinner. We had a drink in the bar before heading for dinner. The bar had a very warm feel to it. The dinner menu had a good variety, but I went with a special of the night and it was awesome. The service was great as well.

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Agawam, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a great place for good food and good company. It's a very high class place . The appetizer and dinner entrees are great . Love going here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Agawam
  • Phone Number: 413-789-1267

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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