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.


Potato Cakes

Mashed Red Potatoes, Hickory Smoked Bacon,

Leeks, Sour Cream, BBQ Sauce $6



Duck Liver and Oyster Mushroom Pâté

French Mustards, Stone Brothers Damson Plum Jelly,

 Habanero Relish, Pickled Okra, Capers, Crostini $13



Salad Niçoise

Rare Seared Tuna, Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes,

Olives, Tomatoes, Mixed Greens, Dijon Vinaigrette $13



                                                                          East Side Cheese Steak  

Slow Roasted Sliced Beef, Onions ,

Peppers, Provolone, Jalapenos Aioli on Pretzel Bread

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Curry Lamb with Coconut Mint Reduction

Curried Roasted Lamb , Grey Dove Oyster Mushrooms,

Jasmine Rice, Red Onions, Green Peppers, Spinach,

Coconut Milk & Mint Reduction  $13



Ahi Tuna Sandwich

Raw Seared NC Ahi Tuna, Arugula, Tomato,

Red Onion, Sweet Saffron Aioli on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $16