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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
+1 413-789-1267
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“risotto balls” (35 reviews)
“cotton candy” (17 reviews)
“short ribs” (12 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We dropped in at The Federal unexpectedly and were very pleasantly surprised. The food was creative and excellent, the service was wonderful and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. All four of us had an enjoyable meal and would recommend this restaurant.

Thank Helen10054
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were disappointed. The Mac and cheese was limp and bland and the short rib was dry. The quail was tasty but overcooked and dry. The bacon wrapped figs were non-descript, but might have really popped with a balsamic reduction. The asparagus was overcooked, but...More

Thank AnneMarie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

MDH and I have enjoyed the Federal for years. We bring all of our out of town guests here and while it may have started as a special occasions location we frequent it on random dates when we just want to treat ourselves. When planning...More

Thank travelduo12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. Beautiful set up for dinner. We had the best food and the cocktails were out of this world

Thank tonysurrette22
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Starting with popcorn for a little change of taste, then great starters including a slab of foie gas, the main courses were delicious with a wonderful variety of options from lobster and other fish entrees to beef and duck. Desserts were great as well. To...More

Thank Shari C
Reviewed 6 December 2017

My sister in law held a luncheon after my brothers funeral. The buffet was delicious. The buffet included cod,roast beef, a pasta dish, potatoes and green beans. The desert was wonderful also. The service was very good and atmosphere festive.😢 After checking the dinner menu...More

Thank Pat4Gary
Reviewed 14 November 2017

The Federal has a long history of being one of the area's premiere dining spots, even though it has gone through a few different owners over the past decades. The present owners have revamped, redecorated and reinvigorated The Federal, and it is a great spot...More

Thank michaelkU4551EN
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

My favorite restaurant. Love the bucket of balls, short ribs and Nutella crepe. Lanagrace be when they add a pork chop to the menu. Have enjoyed Christmas celebrations and Thanksgiving. ❤️

Thank 1fashionista
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Had drinks and a margarita pizza..... yup Pizza!.... always gracious waiters and waitresses..... open at 5pm... better get there close to that time.... fills up fast... Appetizers flow on spoons around the bar area..( the best).... up to you... can be expensive or not... two...More

Thank winefan2016
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is a special restaurant for special times. Food and service are outstanding, though slightly expensive by local standards [not by Boston prices], you get what you pay for. Its a good value. My wife started with the Risotto balls, which she shared... Excellent. I...More

Thank RSG-foodie
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Peter G
1 September 2016|
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Response from 9jeremyf | Reviewed this property |
I've eaten here a few times wearing just jeans and a polo or a button down. Dress runs the gamut from suits/ties to casual. Just depends on the party. But you won't be uncomfortable being a little more than casual.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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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