Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield

4.3
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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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SG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good. A couple of things to note: my husband and I both ordered Italian dishes. No one offered fresh Parmesan cheese.

The Caesar salad was good but your salad plates are too small for your salads. The lettuce kept falling off the plate and that was rather annoying.

We had two glasses of iced water. They came with straws. Given the environmental issues, I never use plastic straws. I think your servers should ask if a straw is wanted or what about getting rid of them altogether? Or, if you can’t, offer paper straws. Thanks for listening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Birthday meal with my wife. It was OK. Not memorable.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Thank you John for the fabulous experience!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good club sandwich. Server was great! Tried the smores tart to-go and it was so dry but maybe it’s better when you order in?

BG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We arrived and checked in slightly early for our reservation. We were seated immediately. The waiter was not very attentive and charged us the normal price for our drinks even though it was happy hour. The food was delicious. We had the Crab Cake Sandwich was full of lump crab meat and came with tons of tasty fries. The Brick Chicken was also quite yummy and filling. The manager noticed our long wait to discuss the bill and spoke to our waiter but it still took another 15 minutes before the corrected bill was delivered so we could pay and leave. Later that night I received a note from Open Table that we were no show. That was later corrected after I provided details of our dining.

JB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food at reasonable prices! Upscale diner favorites (like deviled eggs and tater tots) but all fresh ingredients and better-than-homemade flavor! Everything we ate was amazing and we were treated with smiles and friendly, welcoming attitudes.

J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Short ribs were delicious and ample portions. We had tarts for dessert....the crust was dry and tasteless...we never finished it. On our way out we walked by the dessert trays...the cakes looked fantastic and so yummy...!
I would have given a 5 star rating except for the dessert disappointment.
Service was not even at times...long waits for recieving bill, paying. Sweet and positive waitress who provided main course descriptions...all positive. May have been shot staffed.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall the food is very good and it’s not too loud. Our waiter was also working at the bar and he could not see our table. We had to ask others for water, boxes to go, and our check. We think asking bartenders to keep track of tables they can’t see us a mistake. We were a little surprised by the smallish serving sizes. We ordered the tater tots (almost $10) and we got about 12 small squares of tots. I ordered a mimosa (almost $10) and it was only 5 ounces. Not even a full pour of wine. The pop tarts are definitely not worth it. Bland and not enough filling. My avocado toast was great as was my husband’s pastrami sandwich. I’d go again for sure but our bill was $54 for 2 people and it’s best to know this before dropping in for a sandwich.

MG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Disappointed with the pop tarts. They were cold, hard as minimal filling. Waiter was overly busy though restaurant not crowded. I’ve had better breakfast at Silver Diner. Overhyped

ME
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food. We will be back.

C
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails by far best breakfast place in the DC Metro - Reston and this location

DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My fiancé and I met up for a breakfast date here after hearing a lot of great things about this place. Pop tart was a little dry, sausage patties and hash browns were unfortunately very bland, and our eggs were either over cooked or undercooked... our server was quite new and he wasn’t very knowledgeable but he was very nice. To be honest, I had such high hopes but I am not sure we will be returning based on this experience.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded on December 9, 2019

This is very helpful feedback. Please contact us at info@tedsbulletin dotcom to discuss.

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1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our server was relentless trying to up-sell us. Eventually he did manage to sell us the upgrade to tater tots, which we regretted even before we saw the upcharge on the check.

The "bowl" of soup was stingy, to say the least.

This is definitely not a "spur of the moment" place if you're looking for a quick lunch value.

We'll probably still come back, but keeping in mind we have to be on our guard for unannounced "extras" on the bill, and only when we feel like "splurging."

RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Always consistent. We love Ted's. We were there late this time and when we first all ordered milkshakes for dessert our waitress initially said the milkshake bar was closed. We pushed back and they wound up making them for us. It was 9:30 and restaurant closes at 11pm. If milkshake bar closes early that should be publicized.

A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My family of six found the food pretty average, the steak not cooked to the proper temperature, and one dish that did not taste right. Service was very slow for 5:00 pm with very few patrons. The manager was attentive to our concerns, so I give her praise for doing her best. The server was pleasant but inattentive. I am not sure I would return as the food was unimaginative, not well prepared, and over-priced for what we got.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded on December 1, 2019

Hello Andrew, we appreciate your feedback. Please contact us at info@tedsbulletin dotcom to discuss your visit.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I enjoyed my food. We had some problems with the service, especially with the beers- an IPA brought instead of an ale, then a confession that they don’t even offer the ale at the Virginia restaurant. The salad came after the rest of the food.

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time ... great food & service!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had to wait 45 minutes for a table even with the reservation.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great variety of food options and fun retro, yet elegant atmosphere.

DD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Great food choices, atmosphere, and service! Will definitely be returning!

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable experience. The food was pretty good and the service was impeccable.

P
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for 6 with superb service

JH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Went to Ted’s Bulletin based on reputation. Had to wait 30 minutes beyond our reservation time before we were seated. Waiter mixed up our order, giving me my wife’s meal and vice versa (burritos, so we couldn’t tell difference until we ate them). After delivering food, on two occasions we had to literally yell at him to get his attention in order to refill water glasses and sodas (but he was very attentive when it was time to pay the bill). Food was so-so at best—certainly not what we had expected. Would recommend that anyone wishing to go at Ted’s lower their expectations before going.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another great meal at Ted’s Bulletin. My French Toast and chocolate milkshake were delicious as always, and the food came out in a timely manner.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice! Great service and ambiance!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I went to this location for lunch and had a waiter named Pete who was phenomenal! Pete was friendly, attentive, and made our experience outstanding.

FJ
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I took friends to dinner at Ted's Bulletin Merrifield. Our waiter was new on the job, and she was eager but not yet very knowledgeable. I had the short rib pot roast, which was delicious. My wife had the steak Oscar, which was also good. However, she ordered it medium, and it came medium rare (barely). The cook did fix it, but it would have been nice for it to have been right the first time. Toward the end of our meal, a number of groups of (apparently) students whose dress indicated they were en route to a dance came in, and the noise level in the restaurant skyrocketed to the point that conversation was almost impossible. We're glad (truly) that they were having a good time, and this comment is just to indicate that the sound levels can be quite high in the restaurant. Overall, it was a good dinner.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just coffee and a delicious pop tart! Soooo good!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, Pete was very attentive, the children in the park were entertaining :-) .. the Pop tarts were amazing 3 to go!!!!!

Q
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was not prepared with the correct ingredients. The manager was very responsive - the wait staff appeared indifferent.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

While the portion size of the fries was very large, they were limp and barely room temperature.
At this weekday lunch there weren't many patrons so I didn't expect the fries to be sitting out for a while, which is probably what caused their limpness.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield
Responded on September 22, 2019

Hello Jason, please contact us at info@tedsbulletin dotcom to discuss your visit.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was upbeat, on the ball, and witty. The food was excellent!! Great after work spot with friends and/or family. Will return!!

CD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wanted to enjoy brunch al fresco with milkshakes!! Service was slower but it was uncommonly busy on the patio due to nice weather! Will definitely come back!!

DD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend and family meal with great food and lots of laughter.
We took food home because the portions were so large.

WA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Free milk shake with entree put us over the top.

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Pete was an excellent waiter!

a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

One of the worst experiences in the area! Bad service and just decent food (though half our table got only barely warm plates) Terrible value. The ‘pop tarts’ were a total disappointment with almost no filling. Not coming back when there are so many great restaurants around.

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Waiter was nice. Overall it was underwhelming

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Underwhelming. Won't go again. Fish and chips batter hah a weird grainy feel and couldn't finish.

GP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I would only recommend Ted's because of the food. Our food was delicious; can't say enough good about it! We would definitely return for the food and want to definitely try some of the the desserts next tune. The cakes and homemade 'pop tarts' made or mouths water but we were too full from dinner.

Our service was terrible. It took 10 minutes for our server to show up and the place was not busy. She did not speak clear English so we had a difficult time understanding her. Not just us, people at other tables were asking her to repeat herself. She was very scarce during our meal and we had to ask someone else for help.