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.

7/10 Dinner


Padrón Peppers

Fried Padrón Peppers tossed in Red Sea Salt, Brava Sauce, Smoked Onion Relish $6


Roasted Ellerbe Creek Carrots

Quinoa Tabouleh, Onion Jam, Opal Basil, Pimentón Vinaigrette $7


Heirloom Tomatoes

Bluebird Meadows & Ellerbe Creek Tomatoes, Mozzarella Burrata,

Pistachios, Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, Balsamic Syrup $10



House Corned Beef, German Sauerkraut,

Russian Dressing, Swiss on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $12


NC Red Snapper

Poached Sea Beans, Blueberries,

SC White Grits, Red Wine & Ramp Sauce $16


NC Shark Week

Pistachio & Almond Crusted Shark Steak,

Italian Sausage, Corn & Okra Maque Choux,

Red Cabbage “Slaw” Sauce, Granny Smith Apples $17


Alligator Meatballs

Hand-made Linguine, Sautéed Okra & Shallots, Goat Cheese,

Creole Tomato Sauce, Shaved Summer Truffle $18