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.

3/12 Dinner

Rappahannock Oysters (6)

Grapefruit Caviar, Horseradish,

Kosher Salt, Chive, Fried Capers $14


Apple Salad

Shaved Radish, Pickled Shallots,

6 Minute Egg, Mixed Greens, Feta,

Toasted Almonds, Sumac Vinaigrette $10


Chicken Panini

Roasted Chicken Breast, Pickled Red Onion,

Spinach, Smoked Gouda, Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $9


NC Yellowfin Tuna Tacos (3)

Rare Seared Tuna, Charred Scallion,

Banana Pepper & Jalapeno Relish,

Pineapple Balsamic, Espelette on Corn Tortillas $14


Duck Breast

Haricot Vert, Sautéed Portobello Mushroom,

Chicken Liver Breading Pudding, Dried Cherry Sauce $17