Ted's Bulletin - Ballston

4.4
165 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ted’s Bulletin is a laid-back, classic American community restaurant, bakery and bar, serving craveable American cuisine in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Whether it’s family dinner, business lunch, or just a Ted’s Tart and coffee to-go, we’re as adaptable as your life is dynamic. Our breakfast menu is available all day because we believe that the most important meal of the day can be had morning, noon or night.

Ted’s Bulletin is a haven for comfort and celebrating the things we have in common: a hunger for good food at great value, a need for a place to be comfortable being ourselves, and a desire to connect with our community. At Ted’s Bulletin, everyone has a table, and every table has a story to tell.

Daily Dinner Specials starting at 4pm

MON Burger & Shake Night
TUE Rotating Ted's Tacos
WED Fried Chicken
THURS Shrimp & Grits
FRI Fish Special
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JaneineS
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food every time we come here.

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MissBoston
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a late reservation after arriving in Ballston late in the evening. Chicken Tortilla Soup and loaded Tots were an awesome snack. My husband loved his burger!

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JohnC
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We loved the food on our first visit but this time the whole experience was off. Took an age to get food and all items were cold. Being seated next to the expo, I could see our food be removed from the window and sat to the side, so it was no surprise that it was cold. Once notified, I will say that the manager and staff did everything possible to get our food back out and correct and to try to make up for the failures. Service to correct the issue would be 5. Overall, a lot less.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here. Food is great. Drinks are amazing.

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vipMargaretL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food.

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vipRich
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Margaritas were small. Deviled eggs were disappointing because they were bland tasting. Chili was good. I gave it a B grade. Chocolate cake was not as moist as usual. Cobb salad had overcooked chicken, lettuce was tasteless, very little bacon - overall, not as good as the the cobb salad here normally is.
We normally have loved the food here. This was the first time we were disappointed. Perhaps they have a new chef?

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vipLisa
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Ted's is certainly a boisterous place during Sunday brunch. That wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if it delivered. Our server, while very nice, was rarely seen. We watched our drink order sit on the bar for approximately 15 minutes and when we asked she made an excuse and delivered the now watered down drinks. We ordered some of the Ted's tarts which were pretty good. The problem is that we ordered them as part of our meal and they arrived at the end in a togo box with no explanation. The rest of the food was fine for a gutbuster breakfast but nothing to write home about.

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DestiniS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The waiter I received took long times to bring things out. The food I had was the Filet Mignon. The steak taste like all charcoal no flavor no actual taste. The salads needs a different dressing. The bacon in the ranch mixed with onions in it is not a salad dressing to me. My partner had the steak Fritas. He asked for well done it came with blood still in it. Then next took it back and it came back again burnt now with charcoal marks. And no flavor. I would not recommend my friends or family or either come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Popular brunch spot redefines comfort food. From the smart, vaguely Art Deco interior to the artisanal pop-tarts, Ted’s guests luxuriate in a heady swirl of urban sophistication and nostalgia. The staff is well-trained. The food is familiar and updated in delightful ways. It’s a bit pricey — and a good value.

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DamonH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had a great time, as usual. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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LucindaP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience2

I dined with a friend who likes a cocktail before dinner,I do not drink.I mention this because my friend likes bourbon and ordered an Avenue Smash while i had a blackberry lemonade.My friend,s drink did not contain any bourbon! Yes we should have said something at the time especially because we were charged $10.00.My friend doesn,t like to complain and she kept trying to decide if it was just a weak drink,I tasted it and thought there was a little alcohol in it.Anyway the food was delicious ,our server very nice.We are both seniors so loud factor which you term energetic is just too much noise for conversation.MY friend and her husband have a condo in Ballston and family who live and work in DC so maybe a gift card for a real bourbon drink? Thanks Lucinda H.Peterson

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good, not outstanding. Noise was excessive--it was hard to hear the waiter and the bass of the overhead music was too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good breakfast menu,similar to its Namesake on 14th St. in Washington. Very good service, especially considering how busy it was. Was glad to see they have plenty of seating in booths.

The only complaint, really, is the noise level.

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vipESki
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great breakfast on a recent Saturday morning - place was packed so a reservation is recommended. Service was exceptional and food delicious. Noise was loud, hard to hear our own conversation at the table.

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SamKat
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

This is one of our favorite restaurant. The service and staff are always outstanding, professional, pleasant, attentive.

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FrankR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

There wasn't a whole lot of value to my meal... for $20, I was hoping for a more substantial meal and certainly more then 4 thin slices of tuna over rice with very little the sticky garlic sauce.

My friend ask for a small substitution; mashed potatoes rather than pasta with her chicken piccata. After the waiter trying to bring us someone else's meal, what she received was chicken piccata over a diced baked potato.

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GetInMyBelly
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was breakfast and we had a pot of hot coffee on the table within minutes. When the breakfast came it was exactly what we ordered and it was hot ... perfect! Love the poptarts!!

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HaleyK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience1

Why are you playing club music at a breakfast spot? You guys don’t market yourselves as a brunch spot so don’t try to give that vibe. Music & bass were way too high to even enjoy breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Worst service I’ve ever had. Had a 7:00 reservation and waited until 7:30 to be seated. Waited a half hour after getting food for the waiter to come back and get drink refills. Wanted to order milkshakes to go and the ice cream machine was broken. Won’t be back.

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vipDavidB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always love TB and it's staff again as always

Ted's Bulletin - Ballston
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you David for your feedback! We appreciate the kind words! :)

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ted’s Bulletin has a great staff and wonderful food. We eat there consistently and have never been disappointed.

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viptd12
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and wonderful service! Food is always delicious.

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vipVirginiaGal
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Was disappointed in my meal. Had the Monte Cristo which is a fave of mine. It was very small and misshaped on the plate. The hashbrowns portion size was big but bland. No taste really. Nothing else came with the meal. And, the oj was bitter. I expect more from TB. Thanks.

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KatelynR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fries say gluten sensitive but they’re made in a frier that fries breaded foods. I told my waitress I had a gluten allergy and wanted fruit instead and a gluten free bun. The food arrived not gluten free and with fries. Luckily I noticed, but was frustrated that even though I made it extremely clear I had it an allergy that the food came out wrong.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was fun but so difficult to hear companions or servers. Prefer Ted’s Bulletin downtown location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food took over 40 minutes to come out. The tables around us received their food before us which made no sense.

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NicoleS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

I was really excited to try breakfast here. My husbands food came out cold and my food just was not good. Over priced and not worth it.

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PatrickB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Felt rushed by the wait staff, poor quality food and way overpriced drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice lunch with friends. Great spot, good food and easy parking.

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bmorecpp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Our recent trip to Ted Bulletin's could have been a disaster. However, the manager, Kendall, stepped right in and made everything just right.

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HBdc
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sit outside and the food was delicious. Excellent service! Thank you Jocelyn!

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and the food were outstanding even with it being crowded due to homecoming at the high schools.

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SLBKY
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our breakfast at Ted’s Bulletin. It was pretty busy but overall worth it. The Ted’s tarts were tasty as was the biscuits and gravy. The server did get the egg type wrong but we didn’t mind. The sausage could probably use a bit more spice. My daughter enjoyed her pancakes and the Bloody Mary and mimosas were good.

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KatW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was good, service was okay. It was very crowded and there was no beeper system to call patrons when a table was available. Therefore, the hostesses had to rely on remembering faces of guests to notify them of when their table became available.

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BREONJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was second time here and the food was soso.

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Cheri
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met old friends and really enjoyed our time together. The hostess made sure we would have some privacy and we had a very good waiter.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good comfort food, great service and an upscale restaurant feel. Definitely worth your time for lunch, dinner, or even a drink.

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vipRich
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The bowl of chili was wonderful, as was the Chicken Piccata, which I had also ordered six weeks earlier, but it was soooo good then, that I ordered it again this visit. The chocolate cake slice is HUGE, and sufficient for two or even four people to share.

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Ted's Bulletin - Ballston is rated 4.4 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

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