Ted's Bulletin - Ballston

4.4
118 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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Atook
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Honestly, I loved Ted but since they have expended it’s really gone down hill. The manger did handle the situation well and really appreciative of that. My food came out cold like poached eggs felt like ice and bacon was cold. It took 15 minutes to get someone’s attention to even say something. My friends egg sandwich was also lukewarm the cheese was already starting to like set up. The cinnamon roll was great thankfully. The avocado toast was a joke for sure. It was a thin spread of mashed avocado and may be two or three slices of radish. It was honestly comical. If you like pop tarts and arent picky teds isn’t bad but if you want your food hot don’t know if you should expect much.

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CutieRes
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Loved the food. I had the chicken n biscuits that was moist and and delicious. Their homemade honey mustard is some of the best I've ever had. The only thing is that I wish there was more spacing between tables. Every table was full and packed. I wish they were still following COVID precautions and distancing or not using every single table.

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Kurt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The people who are there are working hard but they are way understaffed. It’s a tough situation for them and for the servers and staff who ar

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luke & Jamal gave exceptional customer service as well as having great time management.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy hanging at Ted’s. The Ballston location is especially nice.

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vipJoeR
Washington DC
178 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

First visit -- had been really looking forward to trying Ted's. On the good side, the outdoor seating was charming. Our server was too -- although overloaded with tables. It didn't feel like there was any management present to watch over things. But the food -- pretty disappointing. Fish & chips was a meager single piece of fish, although tasty. The steak in the steak frites was overcooked and pretty tasteless, although the fries were OK. The draft beer was served in the smallest possible glass, which left a bad taste. All in all, this dinner was just not worth the spend and we likely won't be back.

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CaitlynS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly good food and a cool ambience. Will be returning!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Awful service.

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IngridF
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed this place and the food. The environment is casual but very nice to go for dinner. Our waiter was amazing and the music was a good selection with good vibes. Chocolate cake is the best I've had!!!

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JaMeekaL
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a waiter and he kept touching his hair so we asked for a new waiter. We was please to get a new waiter named Gabe and he was great.

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BrazellM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

This was my 3 time there and the s2 time the food came out cold. This time had to wait over 15 minutes for a new order of fries.

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Lynn
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch- my 2nd experience eating here and it did not disappoint. Coffee is bold and hot and our server was exceptional. All service people were masked up and we appreciated the care they take to separate tables. Busy morning but food quality was still exceptional!

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MattF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and good prices!

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Burke
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was cold when it came out. Orange juice was warm and nasty. I had to take my baby to restroom and told hostess I would be back and when I came back they throw away my to go cup of juice but still charged me for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Had a reservation and still weren’t sat for almost 15 minutes after arriving.

Service was slow and we waited a very long time for our drink order.

Overall staff was friendly and food tasted good.

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vipvickiboys
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location, loved the ambience and thoroughly enjoyed our server, Destiny. Food was good but they forgot to bring our pancake! No worries, we'll be back for another visit. Thanks!

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vipNOVagirl
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I have to lower my rating because the restaurant would not seat us outside, as our reservation stated, and seated others without a reservation at a table for 4 (we had a party of 4.) They claimed that they don't take reservations for outdoor seating and that it is first come, first seated. Our reservation was confirmed for outdoor seating.

Meanwhile, there was a table set for 8 people that was RESERVED, and the response was that the person paid extra to reserve it. So you DO take reservations for outdoor dining then?

If that's the case, they need to update their options on OpenTable. Without this issue, my rating would be 5 stars. We were pressed for time so we did eat inside at a table away from other parties. There was no apology given and no acknowledgement that there's a problem with the reservation system.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with potential employers with lunch. Great atmosphere

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Melissa
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teds has quickly become my go-to spot! My boyfriend and I are there almost everyday. The food, drinks and employees are all amazing and keep us coming back. Some of our favorite menu items are their Peach Bellinis, PB Bacon Burger, Bowl of chili (their cornbread is out of this world!), steak frites, just to name a few.

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VanessaO
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place !
Went for brunch with my friend and our daughter and they loved it as well.
Friendly environment, food was very delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and very attentive and the food was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service, had to wait 30 minutes for a booked table outside; food below average, overpriced, like in casual cafes but priced like a high end one. Servers slow, late, and don't care particularly when you ask for anything other than as specified in menu... avoid this place!

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vipJSReview
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food wasn’t anything to rave about. The deviled eggs were a little salty but tasty enough to eat. The steak frites were a little bland, the truffle fries were delicious. The popcorn shrimp were not as good, the breading was lacking tho flavor there. The drinks were mostly disappointing. Oreo shake was OK.0

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vipIrishLass
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Reserved table for outside through Open Table. Did not receive points. Email said they my reservation was not eligible for points! This is a bit of a bait and switch!! Very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The food at Ted’s Bulletin is always good, which is why we like to go, but the service is just terrible. I reserved an outdoor table but when I arrived was told by the hostess that they don’t allow for outside reservations. She was rude, spent the whole time complaining about how long her shift was, while still making us feel like an inconvenience for wanting an outdoor table. Meanwhile, we watched another party just sit down outside without seeing the hostess and no one said a thing. The waitress was nice enough but the service was slow and after the experience with the hostess, we didn’t feel comfortable and couldn’t enjoy our meal. I’m not sure if I’ll be going back after this experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ely was the best!! Another server served our meal to another table. Germ freaks that we are - Ely had our food made fresh. He was very polite.

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PatrickA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cool spot, definitely will be back, food was good , service was good , drinks could've been better

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APRILC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. We had to return the food because there was barely any meat on our sandwich, but it was quickly corrected. Other than that, it was a great meal. We appreciated that the manager checked on us to make sure we were happy.

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RudyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Met friends from work.
Horrible service!
Mediocre food!
Terrible drinks!
Overpriced!
Save your time and your money and choose another restaurant.

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FredQ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time my wife and I enjoyed every minute

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We waited 15 mins for a menu, then 45 mins for our drinks. We understand life is crazy post Covid but our experience was just very disappointing. The food was okay, but not much flavor to be honest. There are other places to frequent nearby that we would recommend for brunch.

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JimC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service!! We know we're going to have a nice dinner when we go to Ted's

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vipArlDiner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine. Not great.

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vipHoo5
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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michellelovesfood
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived at 7pm to our 7:45 reservation. The hostess gave us a pager and said she would give us the next available table. We checked in three times with the hostess, and did not get buzzed until almos 8pm. Our server was quick and fabulous. We ordered the gravy fries. They were delicious. However, there were three tiny pieces of cheese curds and it could have used like 20 more! The main entrees were amazing. I had the meatloaf and my husband the grilled cheese and tomato soup. The food was hot and came out promptly. I’m sad I could not try the dessert but since we were seated so late, despite our reservation, we had to leave for our movie.

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CaitieD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A bit of a wait for a table, even with a reservation. Food and coffee were excellent- all-day breakfast is a plus!

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LizV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for breakfast - we were told there were only two servers for an unexpectedly large crowd, but it never felt that way to us. A few things came out a little bit after the others, but it turned out there was an accident and they had to remake my meal, which added a few minutes (and which I would rather they do than try to salvage a bad version). When my poached egg was a little... overpoached, the manager noticed right away and IMMEDIATELY brought out a fresh one (which was perfect). I don't expect any place to be perfect - it's what they do when things are NOT perfect that define good service and a good experience. They did everything right. And on top of that, the food was delicious. Seriously, that cinnamon roll really is as big as your head, and the glaze is to die for.

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NathanZ
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding. The server worked with us on the kids menu and worked out an option that was great for everyone. The chicken parmigiana was delicious. The pop tart desserts are unbeatable! We love Teds Bulletin!

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BriS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A friend and I decided to visit Ted's for dinner and cocktails. We really loved the decor and feel of the restaurant. We only had to wait a few minutes to be seated (we had arrived earlier than our reservation time so we were impressed.) We were served immediately with ice water before our waitress came back to take our order. The fried cauliflower was an instant favorite and was the perfect amount of food for an appetizer for two. My pancake stack, eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns were very good. The only complaint was the lack of any salt on both the eggs and the hashbrowns. No salt was provided on the table, though I'm sure I could have asked the waitress for some. Otherwise very pleased and will definitely be back!

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vipLinda
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new local favorite. Always good food. Noise level is crazy though so if you want an intimate conversation, forget it.

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