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.

8/12 Dinner





Bluebird Meadows Green Tomato Salad

Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pickled Radish,

Mozzarella Burrata, Arugula, Roasted Walnuts, Lemon Sherry Vinaigrette $11




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Havarti on Sunflower Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $10


Bratwurst  Sandwich

Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers, German Sauerkraut, Swiss,

Romaine, Tomato, Herbed Dijon on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Ceviche Burger

Rare Seared Ahi Tuna Cake, Red Cabbage & Onion Slaw,

House Bread n’ Butter Pickles, Spicy Remoulade on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $15



NC Shrimp Ravioli

House Ravioli Stuffed with Shrimp, Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers, Tomato, Celery,

 Red Onion & Cream Cheese with Fried Okra, Shaved Summer Truffle, Lemon Sherry Sauce $16