Ted's Bulletin - Reston

Ted's Bulletin - Reston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://tedsbulletin.com/
  • Phone: 7039569510
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ted's Bulletin - Reston
Ted's Bulletin is a real American classic joint with a bit of style - complete with savory homemade food and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. The fare, though unabashedly familiar, is just like mom used to make but gussied up. Takes on grilled cheese, homemade pop tarts, meatloaf, and country fried steak are sure to please. Breakfast is served daily beginning at 7am. Guests can also check out our homemade pastry case with scrumptious pies, cakes, muffins, and other throw backs like oatmeal cream pies. Bulletin features its very own shaketender and barista, ready to whip up custom milkshakes - with or without alcohol and coffee favorites. Have a classic cocktail made the old fashioned way or your favorite sipping liquor served over one cube from the Macallan Ice Baller.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Ted's Bulletin - Reston reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (54)kid-friendly (54)great for lunch (50)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (27)hot spot (13)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)romantic (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Overpriced but nice food
    Uvajillybean
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Overall the food is pretty good here, though healthy options are pretty much nonexistent. My alcohol drink was yummy but way overpriced, like the rest of what our table ordered. Me did leave stuffed, though, and our server was helpful and friendly. Just wish my drink had come out before my food...
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  • foodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I appreciated that the burger was cooked medium-rare as ordered. Too often burgers are cooked well beyond the requested temp. Is there a noise level rating beyond "energetic?" Perhaps "bring ear plugs?" And that was early in the evening when very few tables were occupied.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice for brunch and family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    this was a very nice place for brunch on the weekend! the menu had lots of options. the food was good, servers are friendly. The restaurant has a nice ambience. it is great for kids because it is already somewhat loud so others won't really hear your loud toddler!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but nice
    Gourmetgal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food and great service but a bit loud for conversation. Great place to grab a bite with a group but don't expect to hear each other above the noise! I suppose that just means that everyone is enjoying themselves!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun food
    Funeats
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dirty Girl Scout milkshake, TV dinner or great smoked chicken and a homemade pop tart for dessert. What's not to like? Entreés are all excellent, nightly special is a steal and we've had fabulous service both times we've been there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    Browngirl50
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Did a Google search for breakfast spots in Reston. Ted's came up and the food and service did NOT disappoint! Will definitely go back and visit their their other locations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A comfort food favorite!
    AlexandriaM
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We're repeat diners, Ted's is both a favorite date night spot and weekend brunch place for us. Wonderful, fun cocktail list, consistently good comfort foods, and very attentive waitstaff. Wouldn't recommend for groups with the elderly or for quiet conversation, however. Busy, noisy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort food rules!
    LeoSac
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    From macaroni and cheese appetizers to milk shakes to burgers, sandwiches and breakfast food, our party of 6 all found the comfort food of choice. Will be back next chance we get.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure what the hype is about
    confused
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I know this is a wildly popular restaurant, but I've eaten there three times and each time found the food to be so-so at best. The service is always prompt and friendly, but the atmosphere is an odd cross between a hipster club and Chuck e Cheese, with many families and groups making too much noise to allow casual conversation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun
    BlairVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinning experience. Food was fresh and tasty. Service was perfect. It advertises comfort food and it was. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    HoundDogsVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is super bland. Big portions, bulky and no real depth in flavor. Nice that it isn't overly salty like so many places but it was in no way worth the calories. Just very blah. They are really going to have to revamp that menu if they want to succeed in an upscale area like Reston Town Center. Bar tender prepared my single malt scotch in a stemmed, champagne like glass. VERY odd. The only redemption - the milkshakes.
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  • A delightful diner
    StevenA875VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    You have to understand going in that this is a diner. So, you need to expect a menu that includes burgers, meatloaf, milk shakes, onion rings, tater tots with cheese and bacon (special appetizer), etc. They also offer salads and chicken and shrimp grilled shish kebab for those looking for something a little lighter. Ted's also is known for its homemade pop-tarts. So, if you're looking for a diner experience with tasty comfort food, this is the place for you. Portions are ample and you definitely will feel guilty (and satisfied) after your meal. ...And I mean that in a good way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Menu, Lacking Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Standouts: milkshakes, cocktails (though overpriced), pop tarts, bacon blue cheese brussels sprouts, TUBS breakfast sandwich, grilled cheese & tomato soup. Fun atmosphere: old school desks, old movies, art deco. Hash browns and biscuits/gravy are dry, tasteless. Service at Reston declining: Over 20 min for drinks, table next to us never cleared, desserts never made it to table, server sat across from us folding napkins, ignoring us, never checked on desserts, never asked if needed anything else, did not clear our plates. On way out attempted to purchase pop tarts for our guests, had to wait for employees to stop their conversation to help us. After raving about pop tarts to our guests, these were underbaked, doughy, very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not overly impressed with the food
    AMNYVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The claim to fame in my opinion is the baked goods and adult milkshakes because dinner really wasn't that memorable - they have a very, very limited beer selection and also a limited dinner food selection, our waitress said they didn't have at least 4 things we asked for in drinks - we settled for the fried shrimp and asked for tarter sauce with that, the waitress came back and said the kitchen ran out of tartar sauce, there's a Harris Teeter 1/2 mile down the road so we really were getting ready to leave when the manager said she would make us tartar sauce and did so kudos to her!! I will not return for dinner, perhaps for breakfast or brunch one day but I won't rush in
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Breakfast Spot
    Ashley
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Met up with a friend for breakfast, it had been a while since we last saw each other so we spent a lot of time talking before ordering. The waiter was very patient and not too pushy. The food came out very quickly and was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-So
    GadgetGirlJen
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The hype had me excited by the overall experience was only "Good". I really wish they'd have more dietary options for patrons. I found it difficult to eat at this restaurant having an allergy to casein as the description on the menu doesn't have detail. I also felt like if I were to bring a vegetarian or vegan friend, they'd have nothing to eat. Let's be real, comfort food is more than bacon and macaroni and cheese.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch....not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    BLT...bread was stale and very little bacon and very dry, small avocado smashed on top. Taco salad very bland. French fries soggy and cold. Service was good. Tried to write to them on website and the website does not work...flashes error. Perhaps due to the newness of the place but it was without a doubt the worst blt I have ever had.
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  • Way too slow at lunch time
    David
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The milkshakes were great, the burgers good, but it must be the kitchen that is way too slow. Lunch doesn't need to take 90 minutes once seated on a weekday.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Ted's is a great place for comfort food, big portions and all-day breakfast. The shakes are top-notch. All the entrees are excellent comfort food but nothing more than that. That is, if you want superb food, you're at the wrong place. This time service was excellent; it isn't always.
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  • Noisy and busy
    MyrosiaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My family of five had dinner here. We were seated promptly, but waited a while before our apologetic waitress appeared explaining that she was delayed because of a sudden rush of new diners. I had heard of the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich and ordered that. The soup was tasty; the grilled cheese, not so much - the bread had been brushed with oil and the cheese tasted like processed American cheese slices. Maybe I should not have been surprised because the restaurant theme is retro comfort food. The shrimp and chicken kabobs were good; the Ty Cobb salad tasty, but the chicken fried steak was a big disappointment - breading "unglued" from tasteless meat. Maybe we'll try Ted's for breakfast next time.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Waitress Tina
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Waitress Tina was sweet and very pleasant. She gave us no hassle when we moved to an outside table. She made our experience at Teds fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant if underwhelming
    terrypVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Met a friend for breakfast. She add very lightly, I had the corned beef hash with eggs. Hash was good, though it was cut into large bites, which distanced it a bit from what I expected. Not sure I would go out of my way for it. Coffee was good, service friendly. A nice meal, but nothing really distinguished it from Clyde's, or even the Silver Diner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Good food selection and friendly staff. Would go back to tried other food selection on the menu.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4/10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    4/10......to noisy....limited menu.....food ok/avg...
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    kid-friendly
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  • Great all around
    Studio1027
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I had a very good experience at Ted's. It was busy on a Friday night and our waitress was slightly distracted, but the food was amazing and the adult milkshakes were the perfect way to start off the weekend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • setch
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    It was incredibly loud. I had been to Ted's once previously. I had the reuben both times. While it was great on my 1st visit, it was quite grisly and fatty the 2nd time....very disappointing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time - we'll be back!
    fsjr
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had the Smoked Alabama Chicken with white BBQ sauce, a side brussel sprouts roasted with bacon and bleu cheese, and Genesee Cream Ale. My wife had the California Club w/ fries and 1/2 sweet-1/2 plain tea made to order. All delish, generously portioned, and very reasonably priced! We sat outdoors, and while the seating is near a busy intersection in the Reston Town Center, we had a sense of privacy due to enclosure by shrubbery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    overall good experience. I like the waiter's service very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Milkshakes= EPIC!!!
    Luv2RN
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The milkshakes are the BEST!! Especially the adult, boozy ones. You can even get the regular milkshakes to go. Perfection for a desert on the go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun spot for families
    familyfoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went here for a pre-Father's day breakfast with 8:45am reservations on a Saturday morning. They were very accommodating when we were running a few minutes late. The homemade poptarts were a great appetizer with a small child. Food was very good. And no one looked at us funny with our toddler laughing and jumping at the table. Great service and atmosphere for our group.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • COLD MEATBALLS
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Third time we visited for "Meatball Monday". Twice the meatballs and sauce came cold. HOW HARD is it to warm up meatballs? They do taste wonderfully…but…if they can't get this simple thing right….it's BAD. We really want this place to be successful….but they have to get the basics right.
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  • Good dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our reservation was met by friendly staff and we were seated immediately. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Our food came in a timely manner and we all enjoyed what we ate. (although my grilled reuben was a bit too greasy) All in all, we had a good, quick dinner before going to a movie.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    beanballva
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Service was awful and the food (strip steak for me) tasted like it was dry aged in a boot.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Cute place slightly dissappointing
    Jodi
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I had heard good things about Ted's so we tried for breakfast this last Saturday. Menu for breakfast was a little more limited than I was expecting. Portions pretty good but a little pricey for what you got. Had the homemade pop tart which had virtually no filling so was dry and not much taste. Our son had the kids pancake with strawberries and really did not have much taste. Great place and will try again for lunch or dinner and see if we get a better food experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Interesting menu and the food was good, but very heavy and greasy. I would pop in after the movies or maybe for breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stayntouchwithme
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The atmosphere was great, the server was excellent, He took time explaining main courses and was always checking to make sure we were satisfied with our meal. The food was great and the portions were filling.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Made reservations, still had to wait 15 minutes for table. Saw numerous tables open; host tried to sit us at an undesirable table; requested a different table only to be told it was reserved for 8 people. Told them that wasn't my problem. I had made reservations and still had to 15 minutes for a table to be cleared. Restaurant management could have handled better; but it's obviously not in their vocabulary. Only saving grace is the server we had. She had a wonderful personality and attempted to make up for the poor introductory service. I explained that the restaurant management responded rather arrogantly, and she completely understood
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  • liketoeat
    liketoeat
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It was the first time but hopefully not the last. The food was outstanding and service was great. We were on the way to the airport and this place was on the way and I am glad we stopped.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Pretty good brunch
    omnomvietnam
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Make sure to try their homemade poptarts! I had an egg white omelet which was as good as can be expected. The bloody mary wasn't quite as good as advertised, but still pretty delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Upscale Junk Food
    foodfamily
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    You come to TB for a reason - upscale comfort/junk food. Burgers were nicely prepared, flavorful and in some cases fanciful. Salad was tasty but the shrimp on top was overcooked and a bit bland. Highlights were the sides - mac and 3 cheese as well as brussel sprouts parmesan and bacon. Nice thick shakes and a full bar make it upscale but the prices match and some may be put off by the check. Homemade pop tarts are worth a try for dessert but they need to run with that and have homemade twinkies, hostess pies etc
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.