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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 - 8:30 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
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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  • 89
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    Very good
  • 12
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  • 6
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  • 3
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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
Not disappointed once

best restaurant in the area - hands down.. if you don't mind spending more $$$ for food that is worth every penny and will leave you in awe, pls visit The Federal

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

best restaurant in the area - hands down.. if you don't mind spending more $$$ for food that is worth every penny and will leave you in awe, pls visit The Federal

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We went here to celebrate our 39th anniversary. This is a special place for special occasions. Every visit we've had has been wonderful. Let's face it, there are very few real good restaurants in this area. It's either homogenized flash frozen chains or stag party food. The soft shell crab appetizers were out of this world as was the service

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Capital Region
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This was our first visit-will not be our last! My husband & I, along with his sister & brother-in-law, came to celebrate the Father's Day weekend. The staff & their service was impeccable, friendly & remarkable - special thanks to Katie. Never have we been so seamlessly attended to-and that's even before the food was served. We chose 4 different... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Federal bar is intimate with excellent drinks and a very good menu. The pizzas are fantastic. Depending on the night and on the artist, however, the music and noise level can be overwhelming, negating the ability to have the type of conversation that couples go to such a place to have. It's nevertheless a favorite. We go late, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Incredible dinner. We go out often and we usually go for inexpensive local places. But once a year, for our anniversary, we splurge and The a Federal is always on that short list. It's pricey but well worth it. The menu is always and adventure. Nothing usual about it. Event the seemly ordinary is made special. I had a censor... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

In a small residential area in Agawam Mass you will find a Greek Revival style home turned Restaurant called The Federal. There are great "simply grilled" options and also unique dishes that are fantastic. Get the Bucket of Balls! This is one of our favorite starters. Our advise is to go early, sit in the bar for a drink or... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

For a restaurant to be described as "Impeccable" it's food must be superb, it's atmosphere must be welcoming and elegant and the staff must be attentive and competent. To be sure The Federal is all that and more. Truely memorable experiences happen here.

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We head here for a nice dinner. With friends or alone, this is a treat. The food is excellent. Love the "be your own chef" option. Service is excellent. Great wine list and the cotton candy is always a welcome treat! The only negative is that it may be a bit noisy.

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Monroe, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We attended the Easter brunch and the atmosphere is warm and lively. I ordered the salmon which I believe was poached. It was served in a delicious broth with peas and other veggies and was the best salmon I've ever eaten.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I had a ribeye steak that was fabulous with rissoto that was equally as good ! Every time we come its great.

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Additional Information about The Federal Restaurant & Bar

Address: 135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
Phone Number: 413-789-1267
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Agawam
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30

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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: Romantic, Doing business, Bar scene

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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