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Federal

$$ - $$$American, ,
914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701-2025
+1 919-680-8611
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good47%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (10 reviews)
“bratwurst” (2 reviews)
“salad” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701-2025
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1 - 10 of 80 reviews

Reviewed 10 November 2017

I stopped by to watch some Sunday night football. I was hoping to find a larger selection of items on their menu. I ended up just ordering the fries and they were massive and satisfying. Pro tip: ask for the red pepper aioli to dip...More

Thank Casey T
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Traveling by yourself for business and staying in a soulless hotel nearby? Sit at the bar. You'll be well cared for and extremely well fed. This place looks like a solid neighborhood dive -- but the food is several notches above that. I had the...More

Thank Lampshady
Reviewed 28 July 2017

appetizer was HUGE, enough to share for a meal...nachos, but should have added chicken to make it a true meal. I ate outside and it was nice until it began to storm. Could have moved inside but was almost done, so just paid and ran...More

Thank H800ELchristineb
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Went there after a track meet in Durham, searching for a good bite to eat on the hottest day of the summer. The beer was great! I had the hummus plate... the hummus could use a drizzle of EVOO and some paprika. The bb burgers...More

Thank Joi W
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

In town for a week of family time. Federal is both a place going back & I wish was in my area. (But you can't export a bar's culture. ). The culture had a gentle bohemian flair. Menu & beverage selection was sound. Like too...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Stopped in here recently with a group, seems to be a pretty busy place even on an off-night during the week. All the tables were full, so we put our names on a list and waited for a table to open up, which wasn't too...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My business associate told me about this place and the food was amazing. We ordered the Pork Belly Sandwich which I ate with a knife and fork. So very delicious. It also came with Brussel sprouts that were fine. The other person ordered the Nachos...More

Thank Sandy R
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My buddy and I had a super lunch the other day there. I had a bratwurst on a pretzel roll with mustard and a side salad with a great vinaigrette dressing. He had a taco of pork that you really made yourself, unusual and he...More

Thank robert r
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The sound of the menu is way brought me in. Everything sounded original, fun and tasty. I met a few friends there and was excited to jump right in that menu. We ordered the pulled pork nachos for an app to share. The chips were...More

Thank Alex R
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Squeezed between gritty, traditional sports bars on Durham's Main Street, not far from Duke University's East Campus, this higher end pub attracts profs, students, tech start-up entrepreneurs, Southern hipsters and the occasional boomer couple. People come for the energetic vibe, personable servers, superb sandwiches (try...More

Thank Ted J
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 914 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701-2025
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-680-8611
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