The Federalist Public House & Beer Garden Review
By Kelly Conroy
Well, they don’t have a website. And they don’t have an obvious front door. But, The Federalist does have some delicious pizza and an awesome atmosphere.
As soon as I sat down with my beer inside the used-to-be-shipping-container restaurant, it was hard for me to remember that The Federalist Public House & Beer Garden hasn’t always been part of Sacramento’s midtown scene. With the funky metal container design, the open-air bocce ball court, and the local beers on tap, it seemed like The Federalist was right at home.
But, since it is the new kid on the block and first impressions are important, the restaurant has paid extra attention to creating a community friendly feel that is tucked into an alley like a neighborhood secret. With large tables and open seating, it’s easy to feel like you’re part of something bigger than your own date night. There’s a social buzz that you can feel from any corner of the repurposed container and, even though it gets super loud when the restaurant fills up, that buzz is singing Sacramento’s praises for having another great place to eat, drink and be merry.
On top of the super fun vibe and the simple (though very interesting) decorations – like the huge antlers hanging above the kitchen that were salvaged from an old Elks Lodge – this place is well thought out. Only a portion of the restaurant is open air, so you can hang out under the heaters when it’s raining or under one of the many ceiling fans when it’s in the triple digits. Plus, the only cooking being done is inside a wood-fired pizza oven, so the kitchen won’t give off any extra degrees when we’re all sweating through July. Genius.
The menu is limited with only 2 appetizers, 2 salads, and pizza, but the options are creative and they have suggested add-ons like farm fresh eggs and pancetta so you can customize your pizza if feel the need. It’s thin crust with incredible toppings (and drool-worthy tomato sauce in my opinion), so come hungry and upgrade your beer to a 32oz. Between the social buzz, the bocce and the super friendly staff, you’ll want to stay longer than 16 ounces will last.