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Brightleaf, Downtown Durham

Federal Lounge

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The Fed

I was in the Durham area this weekend and mosied into The Federal solely based on the Yelp attention this joint has received. The reviews were dead on – delicious, beautiful food disguised within a dark, vintage dive bar. In retrospect, neither I nor my lunch mate had any complaints about our lunch – everything was perfect. As directed, we started lunch with an order of “Fed fries” – cut potatoes tossed in an oil/gar... view more

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just right

What's not to like....well I suppose everyone has their ""thing"", but this place is nice and low key. You can wear just about anything in there and not feel out of place. The best part, is the food is ALWAYS bangin'\r \r Good stuff, great place, and if you haven't checked it out it should be top of your list.

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Poor Customer Service

I was a fan and a promoter of this local restaurant and bar, until I experienced one of the most disrespectful customer service exchanges with one of the waiters/hosts.\r \r I immediately left the restaurant b/c I didn't want to make a scene. I actually had a co-worker with me, who was excited about eating here for the first time. I raved about their delicious entrees and hamburgers. I telephoned the restaurant ... view more

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Overall, best value in the Triangle

I've eaten at the Fed, well, probably more than 100 times. I keep trying elsewhere, but nowhere matches the combination of outstanding food, great service, and reasonable (okay -- more than reasonable) prices. The Fed is the only place in the Triangle where you can get oxtail barbecue, rabbit stew, frogs legs, venison -- no telling what's going to be on the specials menu -- and never pay more than $15 for an entree. ... view more

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some problems

The food was good. I had a some kind of delicious beefy wrap with a side salad. The side salad is one of the best I've ever had at a cheap restaurant. Lightly dressed. no disgusting tomatoes. Both times I've been the salad has been good. My companions had a burger (good) and carnitas (good). The beer selection was good and the waitress was good about bringing refills of water/soda. She did, however, disap... view more

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Great Place to eat late

They have a great special menu and serve food very late on the weekends. Not at all what you would expect by peeking in the door. Duck confit with grilled asparagus or risotto at 12am in a smoky bar? I was pleasantly suprised by the food. It can be crowded and smokey but at least it's not Honeys. ow almost forgot good service too most of the time

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Our Favorite Place

I'm not sure where the complaints about the service come from. The third time we went there, we were greeted by name even though our visits were weeks apart. It's true that Ben and the other bartenders look a bit intimidating because of their size and tatoos, but they've always been approachable and friendly to us. And the food--wow. Throw down some white tablecloths, dress the staff in black and white, and you'd thi... view more

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good food, good beer, TERRIBLE staff

The Federal has gone downhill in the last few years - I've been going there with varying regularity since its inception - much much less frequently these days. The food is still excellent, the beer selection is solid, the atmosphere and music are fine, if a little loud.. \r \r However, good food and good beer isn't that rare in Durham these days, so The Federal isn't that special in those respects anymore. \r \r... view more

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More Wait staff Please

Let me start by saying that I really like the food and the atmosphere at Federal. It is a great place with so much potential. Where they seriously fall short is the lack of waiters / waitresses. The ones they have have to run around constantly to keep up with the lunch crowd (and it can definitely get crowded for lunch). Often times there are only 2 of them vs. close to 20 tables if it is nice enough to eat in their ... view more

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Very nice lunch

Great sandwiches and soup. 1/2 soup + 1/2 sandwich for $5.00. \r We had the spinach and potato soup, which was great. The penne chix panini also very good.

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