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.

2/17 Dinner


Fried Crimini

Buttermilk Battered Crimini Mushrooms,

House Tzatziki Sauce $7



Bruschetta (4)

Basil Goat Cheese, Italian Speck, Tuscan Salami,

 Fig & Apricot Jam, Olive & Tomato Tapenade, Crostini $8



Greek Salad

Bluebird Meadows Hakurei Turnips, Red Onion,

Kalamata Olives, Shaved Carrots, Feta, Arugula,

Sweet Tahini Vinaigrette $11




Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine, Tomato,

Red Onion, Smoked Gouda, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Shrimp & Scallop Linguini with Rosé

Pan Seared White Shrimp, NC Scallops, Bell Peppers, Shallots,

King Oyster Mushrooms, Spinach, Shaved Burgundy Truffle,

House Linguini, Rosé Sauce $16



Scotch Ale Sirloin Strip

Braised Sirloin Strip, Sherry Braised Brussels Sprouts,

Roast Cauliflower, Red Onion, Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes,

Scotch Ale Gravy $16