Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield

4.3
213 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 213 people are saying
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4.5
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4.2
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was fantastic!! Food was great. Good time with family.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Great vibes. Great location!

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Katherine
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Too noisy and I had to ask several times for napkins, drink and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went to celebrate two birthdays for breakfast. Very busy Sunday, and the noise level was extremely high but you could still hear the music . The kitchen Forgot a couple things that we ordered so the server had to run back a couple times. Other than that, I enjoyed it

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Nekkocat8
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food was subpar and disappointing. Do not recommend. With reservations we were seated quickly despite it being very crowded. Hostess was nice, waiter was nice. Food and drinks delivered quickly. Was very noisy, could have been cleaner, and the food and drinks definitely need a lot of work.

AR
AshleyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

If you have the option to reserve an outdoor table online, you should honor that and/or take the option offline.

ES
vipESUS
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

My first visit to this restaurant - the Mosaic area location. Not sure I will rush back. It gets good reviews. Crazy busy on a nice Sunday morning for brunch - lots of families. It has a nice buzzy ambiance. Because it was busy, our table was clear of dirty dishes but the table and seat were dirty and sticky. Our table service was very good - attentive and cheerful - and she followed us out of the restaurant to bring my guest his forgotten glasses which we so appreciated. I had a club sandwich with fries. It was basically a big turkey sandwich with bacon and some cheese that tasted like Kraft slices, not a club. I asked for the bread to be toasted dark and it arrived barely brown and only on one side. The fries were cold and under seasoned. My guest had eggs, bacon and hash browns and he said they were good and served hot. If I went back, it would be for the great service, not the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Booked reservation through Open Table only to be told when we arrived that they “don’t use Open Table anymore.” News to me and likely Open Table too?

Took 10-15 mins before anyone realized we were seated and ready to order. Server did a good job of being attentive once he was assigned to us.

My steak was served gray and dry throughout for a “medium” order. Wife’s steak was overcooked for a “medium rare” order.

Prices are high for the value & quality.

Chose Ted’s because it was convenient to another appointment but wouldn’t travel to it nor recommend anyone go out of their way.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place it was my first time here same as my boyfriend. We decided to come for both of birthdays in March.

EJ
ElizabethJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ted's Bulletin. This visit was great for dinner before our daughter's high school dance. She and her friends enjoyed it and Ted's was able to provide some options for some of the kids with food allergies which was a big plus.

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vipNicoleG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice spot for breakfast. Service is a bit slow and distracted but pleasant. Nice selection for breakfast items and very nice that they offer gluten free bread. That's always a plus.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great meal, extremely efficient

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vipSongbunnymama
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We went to Ted's because we wanted a change from Matchbox, which is our usual post-movie go-to. Our server wasn't familiar with the menu, and couldn't explain my options for alternatives to hash browns on the breakfast burrito. I asked about the cheese grits, but at $1.75 upcharge, I decided not worth it, and just said to skip the hash browns. Was looking for a lower-carb alternative, but none was offered. I snagged another server to check -- he said tater tots or broccoli could've been substituted, or any other side, at an uncharge. Of course the burrito showed up with the full complement of hash browns. Server asked if we needed anything else, for example, did I want ketchup for the hash browns. I said "No, I don't want the hash browns. I asked not to get them. They will go in the trash and be wasted." He looked confused, then left. I had also asked for no cilantro in the burrito, ended up getting no salsa, so the whole burrito was pretty much bland and tasteless. The grilled flank steak pieces were small, overcooked and chewy. All in all, a disappointing meal. Oh yeah ... my husband had the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots. Meatloaf was oddly sweet (bbq-style sauce on top I guess), and the mashed potatoes had a gloppy consistency, and weren't very warm. Maybe Sunday evening isn't a good time to dine at Ted's.

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Steve
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was outstanding

LJ
LJCo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to have a business meeting in an informal environment.

SG
SusanG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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

LH
LouiseH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Thank you John for the fabulous experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
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
vipBirthdayGirl
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
JeanB
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.

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Jean
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipMirnaG
Richmond
10 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
vipMaryE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food. We will be back.

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vipCybizwife
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DG
vipDianaG
Richmond
3 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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vip1661guy
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."

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vipRhianA
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.

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Andrew
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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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Buckeyegirl
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time ... great food & service!

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Molly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

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

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

DD
DottieD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Alexa
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.

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vipPete
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal for 6 with superb service

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JimmyH
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 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.

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You can order delivery directly from Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield using the Order Online button. Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 830-6680.

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield is rated 4.3 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.