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“Excellent Service and Good Food”

The Federal House Bar & Grille
Ranked #14 of 350 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Description: Located on Market Space in the Historical District of Annapolis, The Federal House is nestled among a shopping and sightseeing haven. Have lunch and experience the unique charm of the world's sailing capital or visit us for dinner to check out Annapolis's extraordinary nightlife. The Federal House, established in 1830, has a handicapped entrance and is pet friendly and partnered with oyster recovery, Navy Athletics, and Paws boutique.
Culpeper, Virginia
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190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Excellent Service and Good Food”
Reviewed September 19, 2011

The Federal is nicely located and has both indoor and outdoor seating. We made reservations and we seated promptly. Our server was friendly, attentive, and kept our drinks filled, so kudos to her.

I had a NY Strip steak with baked potato, and grilled vegetables. My meal was excellent. My husband had the crab soup which he thought was good. Overall, the food was above average and nicely presented.

My only complaint was that the Navy & SC game was on and the bar area was noisy. Ordinarily, not a problem, but our table wasn't far from the hooting and hollering.

Our overall experience at this restaurant was very good and we would recommend it.

  • Visited September 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great location, yummy food, and good service.”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

We visited this restaurant on a busy Labor Day weekend. If there is a free table in front of the restaurant, we were told that you're welcome to sit down and take the table. This was a welcomed surprise as there was a free outdoor table and we took it. We were promptly welcomed within two minutes by a friendly waitress. She took our order and promptly came back with our drinks within 2-3 minutes. We had the calamari, the rockfish, and the half tuna sandwich and cream of crab soup. The calamari was generous portion served with a sweet, tang, and spicy sauce. The rockfish ($28) was also a generous portion, served with a creamy sauce, asparagus, rice, and carrots with green beans. The tuna was good and it came with crunchy fries. But, the most memorable was the cream of crab soup. It was delicious! The guest of the table next to us had brought their dogs and the hostess promptly came over with a plastic water bowl filled with ice water. So, we didn't have any of the bad experience that previous reviewers had.

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York PA
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345 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed August 20, 2011

We actually ate at this restaurant last year twice - my husband really loved the variety of food and atmosphere. Due to the fact that we were returning back to Annapolis this year, it was first on our list. Had the tenderloin salad and it was as delicious the second time as the first. My husband sampled it and wished he had ordered as well, although this cobb salad was excellent as well. When we go back next year, will probably put it on our list.

  • Visited August 2011
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New Jersey
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Love this Place!”
Reviewed August 7, 2011

We've been to the Federal House about five times in the past few months, while getting our daughter in and settled at the Naval Academy. The atmosphere is great--the bar is awesome! The food has been excellent every time we've been there. We've had cheeseburgers, nachos, steak and brie sandwich, ceasar salad...everything has been good. Great menu and always good service!

  • Visited July 2011
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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“One of my fav's”
Reviewed July 25, 2011

My favorite cream of crab soup in downtown Annapolis!! Also prob one of my favorite crab cakes too. I am an Annapolis local and dine here frequently & I get the same thing everytime I go and it never disappoints. The dining experience, service, decor is just okay but if you like either of my favorite dishes this place won't disappoint you!

  • Visited July 2011
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