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The Federal Restaurant & Bar

135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
+1 413-789-1267
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good17%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“risotto balls” (41 reviews)
“cotton candy” (17 reviews)
“short ribs” (13 reviews)
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5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
135 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001-2150
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always loved the Federal and I have eaten here more times than I can count. That said they have gotten way to complacent. Enough with the short ribs. Enough with the truffle Mac and cheese. Enough with the chicken bolognese. Enough with every...More

Thank GeoffM24
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Nice restaurant. Drinks were good. Appetizer was good. Sirloin steak was not cooked as ordered (over cooked) and was on the tough side. No salad with meal. Bread was good, not great. Overall, I expected better from a fine dining restaurant.

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 27 August 2018

When we first moved to the Springfield area in 1970, the Federal Hill Club was the best restaurant in town. We had many excellent meals there until the Morettis gave up the helm. Times and styles have changed, and the restaurant has gone through several...More

Thank ulysses4
Reviewed 15 August 2018

My husband took me out to dinner for my birthday. It has been about 10 years since I last went to The Federal Restaurant. During my last visit, people dressed to go to dinner. The wait staff were extremely attentive to their guests. The moment...More

Thank lynnwalshlopez
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

This is THE BEST restaurant in the Pioneer Valley hands down. A perfect venue for romantic dinner dates, nice business dinners or a special celebration! I was lucky to have both my wedding and baby shower here and was extremely pleased with everything! The menu...More

Thank Liznrich
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This was recommended by a friend. It did not disappoint. The decor and atmosphere were fantastic. Felt like a very upscale environment. The food was delicious! I had the Filet Special with chive potatoes, mushrooms and sauce. It was so tender and flavorful. My hubby...More

Thank Missy S
Reviewed 14 June 2018

This is an upscale restaurant. The risotto balls for an app'y are fantastic. Just had the pan roasted scallops and braised short ribs. We finished our plates and could had licked them clean!! Our waiter Shawn was the best.

Thank carcabbi92
Reviewed 30 May 2018

A charming restaurant very different for Springfield. The prosciutto and fig pizza was amazing!! And the deep fried risotto balls - I've never had anything like them!! Great service as well definitely the highlight of my time in Springfield, MA.

Thank Chicago_Traveler_Rob
Reviewed 14 May 2018

the Federal is probably the best upscale restaurant in Western Mass. The food is excellent and service is great. Menu has something for everyone. I highly recommend.

1  Thank bradbeth63
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I don't usually write reviews good or bad but had to write this one: I heard so many good reviews about Easter brunch at the federal decided to go with my family. We were exciting since I had an amazing experience going there with a...More

3  Thank Byg-Foody
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Peter G
2 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
USD 20 - USD 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, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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