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The Federal Bar

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American, Bar, International, Pub
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5303 Lankershim Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 91601-3114
+1 818-980-2555
11:30 - 00:00
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Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I tried The Federal a couple of years ago and neither my friend nor I fell in love with it. Too dark and way too noisy. BUT this past December, another friend invited me to a show at the El Portal across the street and I thought, oh, what the hell, let's give it another try. This time, while waiting... More 

Thank Kris W
Maplewood, New Jersey
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you're traveling it's easy to get delicious food. Not always easy to get it healthy too. I had an amazing salad: kale, squash, parsnips, bulgar and cranberries. SO GOOD. The rest in our party were equally happy (although maybe not so much with the vege dog). I also had the meatball appetizer. 3 nice size, and delicious meatballs.

Thank Cheryl90
Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The food is always great here, and the ever changing menu make you want to keep coming back. Finally tried the Mac n Cheese last night and regret not trying it earlier! Yummmm! The staff is always friendly, service is fast, and the atmosphere is great (albeit a bit loud). We love showing up without a reservation, waiting at the... More 

Thank VictoriousJane
Burbank, California
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We had a great first date here. The bartenders are friendly and pour good drinks. I've eaten here several times and the food is good and different. It is a loud place so not the best for a meeting.

Thank Michael H
Tallmadge, Ohio
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

We went to the Federal on Sunday, for breakfast and the endless mimosas. Everything was good, but I think that the food portions were a little small. The place has a very cool vibe. We would go back.

Thank Tracy H
San Diego, California
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466 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

We liked the Federal Bar so much that we actually ended up eating here both nights of our weekend excursion to LA. All the food we tried was great. At the time they had a create your own poutine deal that my wife really enjoyed. The place was near packed on the 2 weeknights we were there so I can't... More 

Thank TheSpeis
Des Moines, Iowa
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131 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

Went to this establishment twice. The first time was a disaster as our server was not attentive. In fact, we ordered another round and it sat on the bar for 10 minutes until we asked about it and she said it was not up yet. She then went and picked it up. This went on all night. However, every place... More 

Thank Dave4242
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

The food was quite good (except that the Veggie Burger missed the Aioli), but the Cider was flat and we were not happy with the service. However, when I paid with credit card, the restaurant added two dollars on top of the tip—not that much and might have been a mistake, but definitely a reason to avoid this place in... More 

Thank Marco R
Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

The food and drinks are very good and the price point, not bad at all! I like that, there was a live band on Tuesday night when I was there. The atmosphere is very pleasing, friendly staff, great food. The location is good because it is just off of the 170 fwy so easy to get to the Valley or... More 

Thank Margaret D
Montreal, Canada
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152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

Unfortunately, I cannot compare this bar to any other bar in LA, since we were pretty much zooming through LA (yes, it's a sin, I know) on our most recent road trip. The only reason we stopped there was because of the local recommendation. It definitely did not disappoint. As a group of four, we have ordered a bunch of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, International, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5303 Lankershim Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 91601-3114
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  West Hollywood
  • Phone Number: +1 818-980-2555

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?