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The Federal

1438 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1Y6, Canada
+1 647-352-9129
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (17 reviews)
“smoked trout” (2 reviews)
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American, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1438 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1Y6, Canada
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

I was initially nervous about checking out The Federal, after seeing reviews and pictures online - I was sure I would hate the hipster atmosphere. However, I was pleasantly surprised when we received amazing service, ample alcohol selections and incredibly delicious food. We were a...More

Thank TheMellybooProject
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Great customer service at this busy brunch location. Despite arriving early we still had a short wait for a table. The coffee was good which is a definite must for any brunch location. I had the Eggs Federal which was an excellent eggs benny alternate....More

Thank S G
Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

We went to the Federal for brunch on a Saturday morning. There was a line up outside the door, but luckily we were the only table-for-2 in line, so we were seated immediately. We ordered the Eggs Federal and the Cubano sandwich. The flavours were...More

Thank Arthur K
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

The best I have eaten. Fresh and innovative. The Benny's and burger are very good. Juices are a let down as they are not freshly squeezed. Small cosy room with a lot of smoke in the dining room from the kitchen. Food is amazing though...More

Thank Josh M
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

I was going to the Workman theatre on Dufferin and decided to hunt for a place to grab diner. Headed down to Dundas and walked along and randomly selected The Federal. At first I wasn't sure if it was a cafe or a restaurant. Once...More

Thank SoloTraveler4407
Reviewed September 12, 2016

So going through Toronto Life's Top 25 burgers right now. Stopped in here as there burger was listed. The bar is quite good with a great selection of mixed drinks, and they had mocktail options. The seating can be tight, sat by the front window....More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is small so there could be a line up outside where there were two chairs you could sit at if there are only two in line. There wait for our brunch was exceedingly long considering the meals weren't complicated ones. We were told...More

Thank Kulbi
Reviewed September 1, 2016

I was told that this was the very best of brunch locations but we stopped in around 130 so I guess it was more like Lupper? Linner? Either way we were just in time to beat a rush of people who came in right after...More

Thank SeanFromCapeBreton
Reviewed July 14, 2016

I really enjoyed my Cubano Sandwich. The smooth and ripe avocado really tied in all the flavours of the roast pork, ham, and cheddar all together. It was a very flavourful and scrumptious sandwich that you eat with two hands (otherwise it was very easy...More

Thank stenoodie
Reviewed June 17, 2016

Stopped for breakfast. Sorry Torontonians I can't get down with the brunch craze. Amazing food and we will very likely return for lunch, dinner, or just for drinks.

Thank coltranedis
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1438 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1Y6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 647-352-9129
  • E-mail