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.

6/11 Dinner

Chicken Liver Pâté

French Mustards, House Garlic Pickles, Pickled Okra,

House Strawberry Jam, Kalamata Tapenade, Crostini $12


Beets & Burrata

Bluebird Meadows Beets, Mozzarella Burrata,

Sea Beans, Sherry Vinaigrette, Lime Basil, Espelette $10



Hickory Bacon, Apples, Romaine, Red Onion,

White Cheddar, Dijon on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9



House Cured Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Swiss, Russian Dressing on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


Steamed Mussels

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Crostini $14


Spring Fettucine

Hand Made Pasta, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Wild Ramps,

Sautéed Daylily Buds, Creamy Pesto, Purple Basil $15


Herb Roasted Duck Breast

Heirloom Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms,

Purple Fingerlings, Mushroom Sauce $17