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.

9/10 Dinner




 Fried Artichoke Hearts

Buttermilk Battered Artichoke Hearts, Pickled Cauliflower,

Castelvetrano Olives, Molasses Honey Vinaigrette $8  



Chicken Liver & Bacon Pate

Stone Brothers Moonshine Jam, Fig Preserves, & Sweet Habanero Relish,

French Mustards, Capers, Pickled Okra, Crostini $13



Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Paprika Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potatoes,

Cherry Tomatoes, Shallots, Toasted Almonds, Spinach,

Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette $11




Roasted Sweet Potato, Double Smoked Applewood Bacon, Romaine,

Tomato, Red Onion, Swiss, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $12



Buffalo Shrimp Taco (3)

Buttermilk Battered Shrimp, Buffalo Sauce,

Creamy Cole Slaw, Arugula on Corn Tortillas $11



Coq Au Vin

Roasted Airline Chicken Breast

Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes, King Trumpet Mushrooms,

Beech Mushrooms, Spinach, White Wine Jus $15