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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, 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 6
    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
One of - if not the best restaurant in the area!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Joep63
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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Halfmoon, New York
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

After reading all of the reviews, I expected to be wowed at every turn but ended up coming up a little short. Nine of us attended a business function in the private room which was very comfortable and had good acoustics. We had drinks, appetizers, entrees, dessert and coffee and everything was very good and mostly delicious. The service was... More 

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western mass
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65 reviews 65 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We heard good things about this restaurant and were about to make reservations, when we saw foie gras on the menu. We make a point of not patronizing restaurants that serve this cruel dish. So We won't be dining at the Federal until they remove this terrible item from the menu. Yes, yes, we know, it is probably delicious... but... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This a an excellent place for dinner or lunch. I have gone for both with my daughter and grand daughter.

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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
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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275 reviews 275 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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
34 reviews 34 reviews
31 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 via mobile

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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?