Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield

4.4
234 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 234 people are saying
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Ashley
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was good as always. They did not seem to manage the Sunday brunch/lunch crowd well. We had a 12:30 reservation, but were not seated until close to 1:00. The table had not been cleaned, which I discovered by wiping my napkin over sauce left on the table's edge. They were kind enough to wipe the table down after we asked. I still love Ted's and hope this is just part of getting back in the habit of serving a full house of customers.

ML
MaryLou82
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday brunch & attentive staff. The place was busy so the noise level was very high but the hostess found a table for us in a quieter area.

GW
vipGingerW1
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Unlike most restaurants Ted's Bulletin seems to have retained its full pre-Covid menu offering the breakfast menu all day along with the lunch and dinner selections. I had the Mexican salad which was quite good, very plentiful, and the meat prepared exactly as I had requested. Our waiter Pete was very attentive. The weather was great so we sat outside. I hadn't been to Ted's in a long time, and will definitely return.

KR
KristenR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our wait person was very good and attentive, but one bad thing, she brought the check before my husband was done eating his meal and then she came back (while he was still eating) and asked if we had “paid the bill”… so that was not cool.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great visit with the family!

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shoppergirl
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service could have been improved. Food was okay- too much of it.

VJ
vipVivianJ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Had wonderful experiences on previous visits. Came in for pancakes and. They were horrible. They were so gummy, I couldn’t cut with knife and very difficult to chew. Supposed to be plain butternut pancakes which were perfect when ordered before but on this visit they were 100% different. Regular coffee way to strong and bitter. Waitress told us numerous patrons had same complaint. Tried decaf but it was served tepid and also too strong. Tried again with another decaf cup and even stronger so I couldn’t drink. Should have just left and returned food. Now I doubt I will try again for a long time. Not sure how you ruin pancakes but this cook did. Very disappointing. They were paper thin, and so chewy. Taste was off. Nit sure what they were made with. Didn’t rise at all. Pancakes and coffee my favorite breakfast and up until Saturday Ted!’s Bulletin was my first choice. . Not any more! I only allow myself the splurge on pancakes once a month so now I have to wait until I can try somewhere else

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our sons birthday. Staff made accommodations for our gluten-free eater. Sat outside and enjoyed the views.

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Lunch menu was very good. Service was so-so, but that’s how it goes with a shift staffed with a lot of newbies. They will get better with more shifts. Had to micro-manage each step of the experience:

1) Requested menus after being sat (our table did not have the QR code for the soft menu).

2) 15ish minutes before a server greeted us for drinks—ordered drinks and lunch immediately.

3) Steak salad was not delivered with a steak knife. It took asking 3 different employees and about 12ish minutes to finally have what I needed to eat my meal. My companion was halfway through her plate by the time I started.

4) Ordered dessert and was sure to explicitly request new silverware and the check when the dessert landed so the server could take care of multiple things in one trip.

5) Hostess accidentally marked reservation as Canceled instead of Seated. Had to call back later to correct the mistake and get my OT dining points for the visit.

Will definitely visit again and am rooting for the new staff to improve with time. Front of house work isn’t easy.

RH
RobertH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The nutrition values are not well defined on the menus and not on the app.

JR
JimR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoy Ted’s. John is an outstanding server - he takes great care of you!

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BarbaraP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tons of choices - I had breakfast which was delicious (& my husband had the chicken which he loved)

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pw1234
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We went on a Sunday evening for dinner and it wasn’t crowded but our food and drinks took a long time to come out. I was in a party of 4 - not large at all - and the restaurant was mostly empty. Our food took so long that it was completely cold and they messed up all of our side orders. But we had waited so long that we were all starving and decided to eat anyway. I wish I had sent my dish back. I got the pot roast and it gave me a stomach ache later that night, probably because it was red meat that had been sitting out for at least 45 minutes before it got to me. We watched at least 3 other parties get their food before us and while we were still finishing up, the bus boy came over and started clearing our plates, dumping them into a tub. Really unprofessional. Maybe it’s a racial thing, it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened to me and my family. It’s just extremely disappointing. I wouldn’t recommend going to this location.

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Primo
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Silverware is dirty. Coffee is cold. The fries with my Fish and chips is cold and soggy. Took a while before our food was served.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful

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Aisar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside it was a bit too crowded inside. Pete our server was awesome in every aspect, and the food was delicious right amount and good price. the pancakes were fluffy and perfect and the coffee was very good which is not common in many places.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very attentive to us. We sat outside, and the staff were wonderful, and incredibly accommodating with our young children.

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Hunter
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff was great, especially the busboy! Food was good, but not hot. Awesome restaurant with good vibes. Can’t wait to go again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had a reservation but restaurant was super crowded and disorganized so had to wait 20min past reservation time to be seated. Server was just ok. Took food forever to come out and order was missing items but overall still good when corrected. Milkshake was delicious!! Not my first time eating there so hope it was just an off day.

GJ
GuavaJelly
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in town.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow, but food very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

OT
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
139 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.

OT
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.

OT
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.

NG
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great meal, extremely efficient

S
vipSongbunnymama
Washington DC
41 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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Able to have a business meeting in an informal environment.

SG
vipSusanG
Washington DC
17 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.

OT
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!!

FAQs

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 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 4.4 stars by 234 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.