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.

1/31 Dinner


Duck Liver Pâté

Stone Brothers Sweet Habanero Relish & Moonshine Jam,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Flatbread Crackers $13



Blue Cheese Salad

Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion, Blue Cheese,

Toasted Almonds, Spinach, Balsamic Vinaigrette $11



                                                             Roasted Turkey Panini

Sweet N’ Spicy Roasted Turkey Breast, French Brie,

Brown Sugar Bacon, Pesto Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $13


Pan Seared Cherry Duck Breast

Pan Seared Duck, Brandy Soaked Cherries, Bell Peppers,

Cauliflower, Asparagus, Butter Poached Fingerling Potatoes $15



Fresh NC Clams

New River Fresh Shucked Raw Littleneck Clams, Shallot Mignonette,

 Spicy Lemon Cocktail Sauce, Horseradish, Arugula, Pickled Okra

Six/$7 Twelve/$13