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.

1/12 Dinner


Hickory Bacon, Romaine Lettuce, Granny Smith Apples,

Red Onion, White Cheddar, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9 


Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata,

Biscuit Croutons, Mixed Greens, Rosemary-Balsamic Vinaigrette $9


Smoked Black Bass Salad

Belgian Endives, Field Greens, Shaved Radish, Confit Lemon,

Toasted Almonds, Herb Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $13


NC Sea Trout

Sauteed Tiny Farms Spinach, Butternut Squash,

Stew Leek Black Lentils, Sherry-Garlic Sauce, Saffron-Carrot Purée $16


Lobster Ravioli

Lobster & Marscapone Ravioli, Sweet Peas, Pickled Red Onions,

Sheep’s Milk Pecorino, Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce $18