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Federal Cafè

Restaurants Sant Antoni
3 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
© Iván MorenoFederal
© Iván MorenoFederal
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This restaurant would not look out of place in the trendiest, most cosmopolitan of cities. Natural light, tasteful decor, good music, fast, friendly service and a menu specialising in breakfasts that can resuscitate you after a night of overdoing it: juices and shakes, eggs and sausage, fruit and sandwiches...

By: Monica Roselli


Venue name: Federal Cafè
Address: Parlament, 39
Sant Antoni
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am–11pm; Fri 8am-1am; Sat 9am-1am; Sun 9am-5.30pm.
Transport: Sant Antoni (M: L2)
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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:3
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Great for brunch / lunch. Light, tasty food, cosy simple interior. My favourite is hippie burger (?.. not sure if I remember the name correctly). Also.. CAKES.


We loved Federal so much, we visited twice during our long weekend trip. The first time was for lunch at their Gothic Quarter outpost when we shared a club sandwich and quinoa sandwich, washed down with a decent flat white and fruit smoothie. The second visit was to the Sant Antoni branch, where we sat in the open window and demolished two servings of baked eggs with sourdough. Delicious.

Visited there while on a weekend birthday trip. From the start some of the staff were very rude and offhand, acted as if  we were an inconvenience. Good food terrible service.

Federal es el bar-restaurante al que solía ir casi a diario para estudiar ya que se encuentra cerca de mi casa. Durante este tiempo me he preguntado una y otra vez porqué volver a asistir a este bar-restaurante, pero al final siempre volvia, hasta hoy. El motivo es el pésimo, pero pésimo servicio que me ha atendido durante estos meses. Nunca me había sentido tan infravalorada! Te tratan como un mero producto que cuando ha consumido su bebida te invitan a marcharte y dejar la mesa libre de una forma tan maleducada que no entiendo como personas así pueden y siguen trabajando de cara al público. Aunque, debo de admitir que los chicos, la chica francesa, la de color y una nueva con el pelo rizado si que me han tratado con educación y respeto. Pero Siry o Sily o como se llame, se lleva la palma de arrogante, maleducada y estúpida (perdón por la palabra, pero es la más grata que me sale para designar a esta persona). Idem con Miriam. Gracias por hacer que una clienta habitual deje de asistir a Federal por el servicio tan grato que prestais, well done! (apreciese la ironia). Por favor señor o señora propietaria, le invito a ver los videos y confirmar con sus propios ojos lo que una clienta habitual que deja de serlo, ha tenido q soportar por parte de sus dos magníficas empleadas ( ironía también, por si se escapa) durante dos meses.



Good food and ambience but also agree that they got to sort out the issue with staff. Really bad service. 

When Federal first opened, it was fantastic. We used to go three or four times a week to enjoy the great food, atmosphere and vibe there, however once the original owner (I think) left, the place changed and nowadays the service staff are so miserable that we seldom go. Recently some visiting coffee lovers asked where to go and we suggested Federal, Caravelle and Satan's Coffee Corner, but warned them of the service issues. Needless to say, they found the service awful too. The manager, when he is there, is delightful - he's the guy with the red band tattoo, but I have no idea what the issue is with the rest of the staff - it's as though you are an inconvenience there and they're put out having to serve customers and do their jobs. Quite extraordinary given the huge competition that they have in that area alone now, not to mention in Barcelona, like Caravelle, where you feel spoilt and the food and drinks are just as good, if not better! Do yourself a favour and visit Federal, check if the manager is on duty, get served by him. If not, walk 15 mins to Caravelle and experience a far better drink/meal/time out.