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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

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135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
+1 413-789-1267
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Westfield, Massachusetts, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had dinner for our anniversary. We both had a drink before dinner in the bar. She ordered a dirty martini, which was excellent, and I ordered one of their "specialty" drinks, which was okay. For dinner, we both ordered the "Tasting Menu" and were not disappointed. The meals were excellent. The server warned us that there... More 

Thank Rick_O_64
Holland, Massachusetts
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122 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the appetizers, pumpkin bisque was especially wonderful. We both had turkey, it was yummy and plenty for leftovers. Great atmosphere an fair price for 3 course holiday meal. Desserts were well presented, but to me they were the low point of a great meal. I love that you can buy a full meal to take home, so you... More 

Thank terryw678
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at Federal is always amazing. This is the premier restaurant in western MA for special occasions. The risotto balls are to-die-for. Essentially anyone with good taste will leave the restaurant craving more - both in the sense that the food was so delicious, and in the sense that portions can sometimes be small.

Thank 648mmm
Somers, Connecticut
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186 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time dining here and I could not believe the volume level of the back room where we were seated. Our party of six was seated at a round table and it was difficult to have a conversation with anyone but the person seated right next to you. Unless you were sitting right next to the server, you couldn't hear... More 

Thank Medusa222
Agawam, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We have been there many times over the years and always enjoy it. It is a bit on the pricier side but a great place for date night.

Thank carcabbi92
South Windsor, Connecticut
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251 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I was part of a group of 25 who met here as part of a financial planning meeting. The crusted clam chowder- with bacon- was out of this world and my filet mignon was done perfectly. There were a variety of hors d'oeuvres, each presented creatively, and desserts, judging by the reactions of my fellow diners were outstanding as well.

Thank RoyM1336
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

I've been to the Federal several times and have never been disappointed in the food, the service and the atmosphere.

Thank Scott F
Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

The Federal is the best of what the greater Springfield area has to offer, as far as upscale dining. The risotto balls are fantastic. The specials are always spot on. The restaurant setting is quintessential New England. It's our go to place and has been for years.

Thank Edward R
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Went with GF's parents and grandmother in August. The waiter was a saint as the parents and grandmother are very picky eaters. But solely judging my meal and dining experience, i found it to be overpriced and overrated. I had the steak with topped with crab (forget what the exact name was) but the strip steak was a slight overcook... More 

Thank peter s
South Hadley, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

My wife and went to the Federal to celebrate our 28th!!! The Federal has been a special place to go celebrate. Ordered an eggplant app special. Very disappointed. My wife ordered a fig app that she had last time there. Not as good as she remembered. For our meals my wife had the cod special...she was not happy. I had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Agawam
  • Phone Number: +1 413-789-1267
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?