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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 - 10:00 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, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Description: Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure at...
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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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
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I have heard for a while now that The Federal is the best restaurant in our area. We have also heard that it was pricey, so we hadn't quite gotten around to visiting yet. When my boyfriend came into town, we decided it would be a perfect time to try it out on our date night. For that night, we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
cmkd_2007
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have heard for a while now that The Federal is the best restaurant in our area. We have also heard that it was pricey, so we hadn't quite gotten around to visiting yet. When my boyfriend came into town, we decided it would be a perfect time to try it out on our date night. For that night, we... More 

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Thank cmkd_2007
Springfield, Massachusetts
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119 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was recommended to us for a nice evening out. We had no trouble getting a reservation for weeknight. The restaurant has a nice, New England interior. Our wait staff was friendly and professional. We opted to skip the appetizers knowing we would order dessert. My husband ordered the filet and I had the scallops. He said the filet... More 

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Thank KMR96
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly an outstanding restaurant. We (12) were there this evening to celebrate a 90th birthday. First visit for us. It was a busy Saturday evening. Service is outstanding, staff was working like a Swiss watch, food was perfect. Appetizers were a little different as was the entrees. The chef is very creative and each dish was visually well done, flavors... More 

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Thank Sjs52
Hanover, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous food, interesting menu and innovative. Really a pleasant surprise in the middle of the state. That said, I have to disagree with those who suggest this as a romantic spot. It's LOUD, and I mean can't hear the person sitting next to you yelling in your ear loud. They've done some theatrical decorating but the place lacks the real... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

My first time visiting and won't be my last. I've heard nothing but wonderful things about the Federal and it was all true. Very busy of course during the holiday season, but was not rushed and our waiter was excellent and took his time to explain the specials to us. For starters we got the house special Risotto Balls which... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The Federal once again remains my favorite restaurant of all time! Impeccable service, romantic atmosphere, fine dining at its best. We started with figs wrapped in prosciutto with a drizzle of balsamic. Delicious! The Swordfish special was phenomenal and The Federal "Cookout" was like Summer on a plate. Warm nutella crepes for dessert was a sweet and decadent ending to... More 

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Thank Hwitally
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

This is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in the area. It is always so relaxing and romantic being here in the federal setting. A definite must for starters is the famous risotto balls. They are divine. The drink menu is brilliantly created and changes every now and then. After apps we had the clam chowder which is incredible and... More 

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Thank 7DustedHound
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We visited last weekend with three other couples. Never disappointed. Always a creative meal. This time I went for the surf and turf with the king crab leg, perfectly cooked filet and the crab mashed potatoes. Well done by chef Michael!

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Thank VacationDude66
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The food is fabulous. The setting is fabulous. The greeting is fabulous. The service is fabulous. It is a totally amazing restaurant. You will love it. The parking is great!!

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Thank James T
Springfield, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

First time here. Lamb entree was very good. Service was very attentive. Do make a reservation. Desert was pricey bur amazing

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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
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?