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.

2/27 Dinner

Rabbit Pâté

Ice Pickles, Pickled Okra, Butternut Squash Salsa,

Blackberry Jam, Dijon Horseradish, Crostini $12



Squid Ink & Asiago Arancini, Italian Speck,

Hardboiled Egg, Arugula, Saffron Aioli $12


Marinated Kale Salad

Braised Beets, Quartered Radish, Biscuit Croutons,

Balsamic Reduction, Champagne-Dijon Vinaigrette $9


Eggplant Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant, Shallot & Red Cabbage Slaw,

Provolone, Russian Dressing on Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9


Butternut Squash Sliders

Slow Cooked Collards, Sundried Tomato Relish,

Pickled Onions, Goat Cheese on Slider Buns

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Sous Vide Rabbit, Shallots, Brussels Sprouts,

House-made Linguine, Rabbit Cream Sauce, Shaved Manchego $19