The Federal

4.4
401 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
bistro steakhouse-style breakfast and lunch with a classic fine dining experience for dinner.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks and food were great.

ML
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Best wedge salad we’ve ever eaten and pork schnitzel was beyond delicious!

R
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want a really crazy big good juicy awesome fillet, then this is your place! We did ask if they had a smaller than 12 ounce but my wife and I split it and it was more than enough. Spinach was a little bit too garlicky but the brussels sprouts were amazing.

SC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food. Great service as well. Still think the price point is marginally high for brunch, but hey I keep coming back so....

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a date and this place was perfect.

a
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service is very casual, yet attentive. The food and drinks are ridiculously expensive, BUT the food is phenomenal!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Atlanta these days!

T
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It's a relatively small place with a small menu focused on steak and a bar scene. The essential problem is that it's just overpriced. Even the Prix Fixe special, only available early on certain days, is $40. And the a la carte menu is a good bit pricier - easy to spend more than $100 - $120 per person for a complete meal with a couple of glasses of wine. The least expensive wine is $10, but most of the wines are priced at $15 up. The atmosphere is dark and homey but a bit dated. Service is very informal. The food, while simple, is excellent.

OA
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I chose the Federal after spending the early evening at the High Museum. We chose to sit outside since the weather was pleasant. Service was great with an attentive but not intrusive waiter. The drinks came quickly and were very good. They have a extensive wine list and a variety of cocktails. We ordered the porterhouse for 2 which was outstanding with garlic spinach & fries as sides. Definitely enjoyed the entire experience and will return

JO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at the restaurant . Food was really good just a little pricier than we thought it should be for what they offer. One of our guests did have a incident though. She bent over in her chair to pick up her glasses and her chair slide out from underneath her causing her to fall on the floor. She was ok but the chairs do slide very easy on the type of flooring that was used in the restaurant. The staff was very nice and did come right over to ask if she was ok. We will definitely be back even if it’s for some drinks and hang at the bar.

ER
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good hidden secret of Crescent Street on back side of the 1010 building
Steak was very good
Only negative was a little pricey however very good overall experience

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day Brunch

WJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day brunch was perfect. The outdoor dining was nice and watching people was great but the side walk is on a slope so watch your drinks.

SW
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed dinner at the bar. Great service from our bartender — thank you!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointing steak frites which has been much better on prior occasions. Need to lift their game for a $45 entree!!!

A
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was simply superb! Service excellent. One of the best dinners we have had in Atlanta.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good!

m
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Let me start off by saying, this negative review is not in any way tied to our server/service. He did all he could to make our dining experience pleasurable. If you're going to call yourself a steakhouse, the most important thing is to learn how to cook a steak, or at least have the forethought to check it before it gets sent to a table. And even then, if you get it wrong once, you should definitely check it the second time it goes to the table, right? We received a pretty well done steak round 1 (ordered medium rare) and then a very bloody rare steak round 2. They finally got it right the 3rd time, but wanted to keep it on the bill, which is their prerogative, but if you want to have integrity with your steak (at a steakhouse), you shouldn't make the guests/waiter ask management to take care of something like that. It puts everyone in an awkward situation which caps off a very mediocre meal. Also, don't order the au poivre sauce.

P
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice quaint small space, which is nice for intimate dinners. Treated Mom for Mom's Day. Easy parking and access (will validate garage parking). We had a attentive wait staff. Trouble with one steak but it was replaced by mgr with the charge being removed as well. I will return to try other entrees.

PM
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely anniversary dinner!

R
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Federal is becoming our favorite spot in our neighborhood for a date night. We share apps and then split a great steak. We especially loved the brussels sprouts caesar and steak tartare, the KitKat at dessert is a must. Our most recent server was knowledgeable, efficient, but relaxed and never overbearing or intrusive.

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

our server forgot to bring her oysters, but then she did and they were full of shells and very unappetizing. The food was OK, and it was generally a disappointing experience. She brought our oysters in the middle of dinner and didn’t even apologize. In all, I would not return .

RB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE The Federal.

OT
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My steak was a little too salty and fatty for my taste.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The chef has a great palate. All of the dishes were well-seasoned and well-balanced.

D
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

What has been a Midtown go-to, one of the best hidden gems in all of ATL, The Federal has "gone south." I was so very disappointed in Saturday evening's experience. First red flag... virtually no one was in the dining area. Secondly, the service was spotty if not terrible and the food - while "good" - was eons away from the many previous dining experiences I've relished here. My fear is it's the beginning of the end... Shaun D may have thrown in the towel on this once opon a time outstanding restaurant. Ugh. So very sad.

DG
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great and the atmosphere was very nice, kind of a retro high end diner feel. The issue was the service and it might be the reason there were literally only 3 tables with people at them when we sat down for brunch. Here's a list of issues with the service (the server was very nice and apologized but did't really help):

- Food took almost an hour to come, it's breakfast and nobody was there so they weren't busy
- Had to ask for coffee for one of our party 3 times
- asked for scrambled egg whites, came standard with yolks
- ordered a side of bread, it came as we were paying the bill
- had to flag the server down to get the check after waiting about 15 minutes after he already cleared our plates.

If the food is just OK but the service is great I'll go back. When the food is good but the service is terrible, I usually won't. I'll give it another try as the server was nice but can't recommend the restaurant as I can't imagine what the service would be like if they were busy

AB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and music playing in the background. We were excited about $1 oysters, but they were only available at the bar. It was disappointing, but the food was fantastic and the drinks were delicious. We had a great time.

NF
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Flounder was excellent, so was the accompanying asparagus!
My spouses Pork Schnitzel was plain and bland accompanied with naked onions. The Cabernet was very good. The chocolate dessert was ok but would not order again. The very nice gentleman waiter was very attentive but seemed rushed, as he was the only waiter there for seven tables! I would go back again for the flounder if it was cooked with the same sauce!

TM
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very small menu. Pricey! Pompous staff (not our waitress) but other. Won’t be back

t
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The dining area was quaint and illuminated with candle lights, giving it a cozy feel. Upon entering the restaurant you see the different cuts of meat they have to offer. The noise level was loud, but after half a Manhattan you settled in and it became great dining area. The server, Michael, was very friendly and accommodating. They did run out of several sides but Michael offered some dipping sauces for our steak, for the inconvenience. The thick cut bacon was a great start to our meal which was followed by the special of the night, 36oz tomahawk ribeye. We finished the meal off with their bread pudding and a cup of coffee. Pretty good.

AT
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Just terrible execution. Food was average (ribeye- excellent- all else pedestrian). Wine list is incredibly weak. Service was less than non-attentive. Fire alarm went of during dinner due to kitchen fire (there was zero communication as to things under control or we should run for our lives). Honestly, just a mess. So many other great food options nearby.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Waiter was always in a hurry and could not be bothered to wait for our choices. Food was overpriced. Got quoted the wrong price on a special item. Very frustrating experience all round.

KK
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was so incredibly disappointed in my crab cake it was all breadcrumbs. My salad was bitter and it was not because of the vinaigrette which was actually good. Overall it is too expensive for lunch and the wait for food is too long.

KC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and we received great service. The bacon was awesome! We will definitely come back!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch with friends

RK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience! The steak was the best Atlanta had to offer, cocktails were perfectly crafted, and service was attentive and punctual. Thank you!

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We sat at the bar and while the restaurant had a handful of there patrons, it was not full or super busy. The bartender wasn't unfriendly, just more disinterested. We had to get his attention to order drinks, food and ask for water - as opposed to him checking on us or asking us if we needed anything.

The food was okay. I had the pork schnitzel and it was a bit dry. The large, thick cut onions that sat on top of the schnitzel were nearly raw and not good. I love onions.

The salad and crab cake my friend ordered were good, as were the oysters and fries we had to start.

Overall, I was disappointed in the service and my meal but it could have just been an off night!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It’s my third time going to this restaurant, but the last time probably was a year ago. Anyways the server Ethan was not polite with us. Was always like in a rush don’t took the time to explain carefully about the options. I order the burger he said that is not available anymore so I did need some time to look the menu. We order drinks and when he bring to us he drop on the table my wife drink, did no say anything to apologize or clean the table. My steak I ordered medium well came well done.
After we finish my wife and I were talking trying to have at least a good conversation but he just Put the check on the table and we didn’t say that we’re about to leave.
Not a good experience at this time service wasn’t good and my food was not the way I ordered.

JH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ribeye and wine selection were perfection! Service was amazing.

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