Federal Taphouse

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Federal TaphouseFederal Taphouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

201 N Queen St
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603-3551
United States

(717) 490-6932 | map

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Added by woodychandler on 06-25-2013

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

What to say about the Federal Taphouse? Well it's part of a chain, and it feels like it ~ not that that's totally bad, that can be good at times, but it lacks character. Bland. On the plus side they've got 100 taps? Is that right? 100 taps? YES! And it gets better - they're all pretty good and there are beers that you won't find anywhere else in Lancaster. That's enough for me to recommend it, and as much as that seems a bit odd to me as I'd prefer to a certain extent to send you to a place like Pour on Prince Street, they don't have the selection, and let's face it, that place is fancy and "expensive" and small and totally something different altogether ~ apples and oranges, or perhaps apples and something more exotic like dragon fruit.

Let me take a step back. The atmosphere is OK. The architectural elements are basic, as is the decor. The mirrors behind the taps might give the room a bigger look, but they don't give it any character. It's corporate looking, and a large open space. Despite their design efforts it remains bland and uninspiring.

The service is OK, and perhaps a bit better, but really it's just college kids behind the bar and at the tables so don't expect too much.

The food, thankfully, is pretty good. Again, don't expect more than what you'd expect from a decent chain restaurant.

So to add a little sprinkle of new information and then sum up, don't go on a weekend night, it'll be crowded with college kids; but do stop by for at least a pint and perhaps a bit of lunch or early dinner.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4.18/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of jp11801
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Jhub999
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Finally got a chance to check this place out. Selection is excellent. A wide variety of brewers and styles to choose from. 2 of the 3 beers I had were from in state brewers that I had not heard of before. The atmosphere was ok, it kind of felt more like a restaurant than a bar. Service was very good, no complaints at all, food was good but not great. The prices were a little high, but not outrageously so. Overall it's a place worth checking out if in the Lancaster area.

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Photo of Renegawam
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Shandycan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Stopped in with the wife and kid during a trip to the outlets. 100 tap list was quality, divided into sections for easy reference. Big selection of hefes, to the chagrin of the wife! So positive wife points. She had a pizza I had the turkey club- both were monstrous portions and above average. Kids portions are also huge. Service was somewhat indifferent by our server, despite being there at a slow time, but the 'host' (whom I presumed to be manager) was very friendly and pleasant.

Will keep it in mind for future visits to the area

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Photo of MarkGamber
4/5  rDev +5.3%

The food is good and they have 100 beers on tap, always something you'll like. The service is usually pretty good, also, but the atmosphere usually leaves something to be desired. I've never felt like "hanging out" as I do at other local places. I find myself trying to choke down a beer or two and getting the hell out of there. But, that having been said, the beer or two I choke down are always top quality.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lancbeerguy
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I entirely disagree with a former review on this place (about their food). The food is absolutely fantastic, and I have eaten here numerous times. It is in no way "lackluster". They have a wood fire oven for their pizzas and they have the best burger in the city. I have had nothing but excellent food. Everything is fresh and the presentations and portions are great for the price.

As far as the beer goes, they have 100 drafts, and it seems that their tap list is constantly changing. They are very creative in their choices, and I love trying new things there.

The place is great.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, PA
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 38 ratings