Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield

4.3
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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RF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in the process of moving from Falls Church to Florida and we are staying at he Hyatt House in Merrifield. We have tried all the local restaurants, Matchbox, Fine Foods, etc, but we saved Ted's Bulletin for last because we knew we would need some serious comfort food. We were not disappointed. The chili, the pot roast and the caesar salad were perfect, service excellent. What a special treat. We also met some interesting people sitting near us. All I can say is that--in many ways--Ted's Bulletin was exactly what we needed when we needed a cozy friendly and happy place. Don't miss it. It is a "one of a kind".

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The asian salmon salad sounds good but it's quite weak actually. It seems no thought was put into it. Just dumped some lettuce on a plate with salmon and some corn. The dressing was good but this salad has nowhere to go but up or off the menu.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, we appreciate your feedback about the salad. If you have a moment, it would be great to discuss your visit. Please contact us at jomidian@salisholdings dotcom

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The experience was great. My girlfriend didn’t get her side salad but we totally forgot until afterwards anyway. I think if they dim the lights the atmosphere will improve drastically for dinner.

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TL
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The cocktails were delicious. My gnocchi entree was gummy, tasteless, and inedible. Other entrees were more successful. Service was very good.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such yummy food !

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I had an Opentable reservation for a birthday dinner for 4 people, yet still waited about 45 mins to get seated. 15 mins after we arrived we were told they’re just waiting to clean up a table, so I thought it’s just a few more minutes of cleanup . After 10 more minutes we asked again and we were told that we can go to the bar inside because they serve the full menu. Not a good option to offer a family wanting to celebrate a birthday, isn’t it?
After a few minutes I called for the manager and told her they should have told us no seats and we could have already gotten seats at Matchbox next door even as walk-in. We were also told that they were not expecting customers to linger longer than normal. Blaming customers does not work as an excuse. After we finally got seated, the appetizer and dessert on the house were appreciated however just didn’t help much on an already frustrating evening. What this showed me was the staff and manager were not looking ahead at reservations, let alone the occasion for the reservations. We were at the same restaurant last month and so we thought of coming back for my son’s birthday. It was a bad idea after all that I had to apologize to my son, thankfully he was really patient.
Holly, our server, was very pleasant so she at least gave us her best to give us a good experience.

The management ahould revisit their quality of service, since there are far better restaurants next door and nearby with better service and food.

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SF
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time at this location but the experience was as enjoyable as my prior visit to the 14th Street location. The service was good and the food inventive and tasty. The signature pop tarts really are a treat.

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SD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I prefer to have my food served warmer. The food was good but barely warm and almost cold. The restaurant was not busy. Just a few patrons.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great team table waiting! Super fast service. Highly recommend the pretzel balls and cheese sauce.

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the classic - deluxe grilled cheese and tomato soup - and had such a delightful time with some friends as we enjoyed yummy, generous portions and the old-time charm of the decor (the TV playing Andy Griffith reruns was a great touch!).

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CP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I remember when this was the hot place to go for awhile. Boy how times have changed. Friendly but completely inept server and food that had no taste whatsoever. My kid's milkshake was good, but the rest was marginal at best.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded on March 31, 2019

Hello Chris, please contact us at jomidian@salisholdings dotcom to discuss the items you ordered.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gear for kids anytime of the day!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was fantastic!

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NZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was truly outstanding. The food was excellent. The prices were reasonable. We are definitely coming back!

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RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a very nice restaurant. The food was quite good, but the portions were huge. The service was all very good and all the wait staff very helpful and friendly.

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CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a large party and from the front entrance to the attentive server, all the service was excellent! On a busy weekend night, this is hard to find. Then the food was excellent and served quickly. Great experience! Thanks Ted's 👍

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D
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This place was difficult to get to; parked in parking garage blocks away. Overpriced, lack luster food for the money.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded on March 17, 2019

Hello Dave, we appreciate your feedback. Please contact us at jomidian@salisholdings dotcom to discuss.

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VE
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations on a Saturday evening. The place was busy but we were seated on time. The service was excellent. The food was cooked to our liking. However, I think what we had was a little overpriced. I will recommend to friends and we will go back in the future.

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre which is a change from the last times I cam here.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner for 15 girls; service was excellent...it just took us about 25 minutes to be seated.
Granted, the girls talked the entire time, but it was a bit of a wait to get started with the food.
Waitress was EXCELLENT.

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OT
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for breakfast with a friend - she'd not been to breakfast before here! Service was very friendly and pleasant and food was delicious as always - including the gigantic capuccino! looking forward to a return breakfast soon.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Ted's Bulletin. The breakfast is delicious and I generally meet friends or family there every weekend. The restaurant is a great place to get together with a group and catch up. The team at Ted's really make the experience. They are fantastic.

On my last visit, I branched out and tried a few new dinner options and was a bit disappointed. I tried the fried cauliflower and steak and fries. Everything was just ok and a little on the bland side. I love Ted's breakfast and sandwiches and was a bit disappointed with the meal in comparison.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and everyone was amazing! My new favorite Ted’s.

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IZ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Ted's and took a friend here for the first time for his birthday. In my reservation note, I noted that but nothing was done to celebrate his birthday no candle etc.

The onion soup was very salty and the fish sandwich not up to the normal Ted's Standard. everything else was very good.

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T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mexican Street Salad seemed small. Service was pretty slow, especially considering the restaurant was not crowded at all.

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OT
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch with friend who had only been for dinner - we both decided on BLTs but with regular tomatoes and regular mayo - server very accommodating and the sandwiches were just delicious - although I missed having my tomato soup! We shared a pop tart (apple pie) and it was warm and inviting - really loved lunch and looking forward to bringing my friend for breakfast next!

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P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Kitchen repeatedly (e.g. more than once) got both our orders wrong. Could be because the entire kitchen staff seemed to be having some kind of raucous gathering during our meal.

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food poor service.. we’ve been many times and this server was terrible. She had zero personality and we could tell she wasn’t happy there. Luckily the food brings us back.

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KH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I spent over $20 on a "deluxe" grilled cheese with soup that I honestly could have made myself... Probably better, too.

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NA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I don't like walking in to a restaurant and smelling dirty water in the air. You know that smell that makes you assume the cleaning crew used the same bucked of dirty water to clean the entire floor in the restaurant and haven't cleaned the mop in a month? It's a big turn off.

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GL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ted's Bulletin was a great way to start out 2019 with friends!
The food (Salmon on Green Salad) was excellent... the Server was terrific and worked with us on some minor substitutes for our meal (adding bacon :-)) and substituting the Avocado Vinegar... We were all very pleased and will definitely return for the SAME Lunch !

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S
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

always good. food is well prepared and not overly spiced. good value large portions.

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R
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good mood and venue in the over built Mosaic area of Merrifield, VA. Parking is adequate in the garages but it can be a hike to the restaurant.

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Q
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything we wanted, but had not fully expected to get. Whole party had very good meals. Drinks were good, too, but should stock olives stuffed with blue cheese at the bar.

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AP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service! I also loved the strawberry - banana malt. I will definitely be back!

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H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Took care of us with Celiac Disease, but there could be more variety and something besides shakes for dessert. We were celebrating our friends 50th (which I made clear on my reservation, confirmed in person) and waiter said they’d bring one of their homemade pop tarts to celebrate. Birthday girl ordered awesome chocolate cake, but they didn’t put a candle in it or sing or bring the pop tart. Nothing special at all. They said the cake was amazing, but they could have done something special.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice, love having the option of having breakfast at any time. My friend had the burrito and she loved it, made perfectly. I had the steak salad, delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything

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PP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a very basic but enjoyable lunch. I believe the prices are rather high for a lunch salad with no bread provided at all during the meal.

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ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tater tots are out of this world. They're more like tiny, cubed hash browns, with just the perfect level of salt that you don't even need any condiment to enjoy them. Three of us shared them as an appetizer and were blown away.

This was my third visit to Ted's, which is why the biggest impression was left by the tots; I was already familiar with the welcoming atmosphere and old school vibe. We enjoyed our bellinis and brunch entrees as well, and service was great.

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