The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

11/1 Dinner


Kale Salad

Marinated Bluebird Meadows Kale, Spanish Artichoke Hearts,

Candy Beets, Red Wine Vinaigrette,

Parmigiano Reggiano, Toasted Pine Nuts $9


Beet Sandwich

Roasted Beets & Red Peppers, Arugula,

Gorgonzola, Walnuts on a Baguette

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Veal Tongue Pastrami

House-Cured Pastrami, Tiny Farms Arugula,

Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese Crisps,

Dijon Vinaigrette, Rye Croutons $12



Steamed Mussels

Garlic, Shallots, Spanish Chorizo, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Smoked Flounder Ravioli

Saffron-Carrot Purée, Raw Carmen Peppers,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Microgreens, Shaved Black Truffles $17


Lamb Roulade

Sous Vide Lamb Mousse wrapped in Lamb Leg & Swiss Chard,

Goat Cheese Polenta, Kalamata Olives,

Smoked Butternut Squash, Fennel-Mint Sauce $20