About Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield

A family restaurant in the heart of Merrifield- Let’s be honest–these days trying to pick a restaurant in Merrifield is like trying to pick a winner at Pimlico before the first heat. And with such a wide selection, it’s difficult to know how to handicap them. But now we have Ted’s BULLETIN in the starter’s gate – a real American classic joint with a bit of style. As diners will figure out early, the fare is unabashedly familiar– like ma’s blueberry pie but a damn sight better–and that’s great for kids and adults alike. And far from primitive, there’s nothing gussied up about BULLETIN except the trappings and lights from the old Philly Convention Hall where Joe Frazier first fought for a title in 1965.

2911 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 7:00am - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(571) 830-6680

Website:
http://www.tedsbulletinmerrifield.com/

Ted's Bulletin - Merrifield Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
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Kid-friendly (3)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a good experience and the food was good! Valentines day lunch was delicious and brunch style perfect for an 11AM reservation!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Enjoyable experience. Food was very good quality and service good. Love the meatloaf!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Met a friend who I will not see much as she is going overseas; we could only spare a short time so met at Ted's for coffee and pop tarts - it was a strange time, 2:30, but it IS restaurant week and I wasn't sure if there would be leftover lunch crowd. It was quiet so it was a great visit, the cappuccino was excellent and as always, the pop tarts were exceptional!

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fun atmosphere and great comfort food. Johnny was a great host

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Overall good. Wait staff very helpful

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Outstanding service. I love the homey feeling inside.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I know you might look at the title of my review and think "Oh snap what extras do we get" but I just did it as a play on words.

My wife and I like to eat at fun and good places. We truly like Ted's Bulletin and have frequented more than once. I was out in Merrfield doing some shopping and decided to go sit at the bar and treat myself to a burger and shake. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

On this night we both tried two different items. I had the Cobb Salad with Salmon and she the Turkey Reuben. Both were very delicious. I had to treat myself to another Heath Shake. Seriously one of the best shakes I have had and feel I am pretty close to an addict : ).

The staff was friendly and we can't wait to come back.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My favorite thing at Ted's Bulletin is the adult milkshakes. I really love the white russian milkshake. The meatloaf is really good. I also really like the burger with peanut butter, yes you heard me right. It's good. They also serve breakfast all day.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good food and service, with a variety of entrees to choose from. The spinach salad was very good. Good selection of desserts.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This was our first time. The food was really enjoyable and the staff were super flexible. I’d easily go here again for an easy, casual dinner with friends.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Grabbing a day off during a dip in work chaos, took my wife on a brunch date after dropping the kiddos off at school. Food was great, servers were nice and attentive, and the price was on target. The Mosaic shopping area is awesome, and this place has exactly the ambiance (big band music, Beaver Cleaver in b/w on TVs) of a classic diner without the grease smell, and with a really modern vibe. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The experience was good. We tried 2 of the hamburgers offered. The one with peanut butter and spicy jam was really good! Carrot cake was Awesome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Delicious food. Nice staff. Just wish the seats weren't so have .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Out-of-town team members of mine continuously want to return to Ted's for a quick brunch before a meeting in the area. The food is constantly good and the service is very good. Great atmosphere to brainstorm before a meeting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Ted's Bulletin was a pleasant surprise. The staff were welcoming and helpful, the sound level was a perfect setting for conversation, and the ambiance was charming. The menu offered a wide variety of choices, the restaurant agreeably made concessions to accommodate my dietary restrictions, and the food was delicious. My husband and I will definitely return, and I have already recommended it to friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Our server was exceptional. Knowledgeable, honest, professional, expedient, and very courteous. For me, that's just as important as the flavor of the food. I'd go back for the customer service, alone. Food is good. Nothing exceptional. But good. Drinks are great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed an evening with friends. Our waitress was superb! She sensed when to return and check on us, and made suggestions in a friendly manner (no pressure). Only one area warrants a suggestion: ribs did not "fall off the bone" so that dish is one we won't order next time.

Overall, great experience!!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Nice unpretentious place to eat. Good, non-fancy food. comfort food. Service was good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Met up with old friends for dinner - and we all had an excellent time. Justin took great care of our table - which was a mixed batch of kids, and adults who couldn't stop catching up to focus on food. As always, the food was great, and the drinks were fantastic!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I have been to Ted's a few times and it used to be great. I always get the "famous" tomato soup and the hummus salad. The service was good. But the food has been disappointing the last few times. The salad tasted funky and the soup tastes like they swapped it out for some Chef Boyardee. Also, I asked for another glass of wine as I was almost finished with my first. When I asked for another the food runner grabbed my glass that wasn't finished and ran off. The wine that was brought to me next was different from the first I ordered. The food is too expensive for how inconsistent the food is. Fries are always cold as well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Meal was okay. I ordered a taco salad and the beef. Was tasteless and dry. The salad had no dressing on it. Just lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeño and cheese. Pretty bland. Didn't finish. Went to order one of their famous shakes and they were out of vanilla ice cream! What? I probably won't go back unless friends want to. Also the deviled eggs and salmon were really salty!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Service was very good. Food was good. we

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Food, service, people and atmosphere are all great at Ted's. I made a reservation for breakfast but its really not necessary that early, but you do need one during the day and evening. Worth it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Enjoyed Brunch for our Anniversary with our little one!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 7, 2017

We have enjoyed Ted's from day one! Gio in the bar area, is AMAZING! She makes us feel like family, every time we visit, which is usually 1-2 times a week. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Our favorites are the Double Chubby Chuck burger, fries, biscuits & gravy and the brussels sprouts. If you enjoy a good Mojito, request that Gio make you one. You will not be disappointing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2017

I love Teds, high quality American food with inventive cocktails

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Service and food this time at Merrifield were not consistent with my usual experience at the 14th street location

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Perfect location for a business lunch. Great service, good food selection that tasted great. Fast service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Great restaurant for brunch. I thought the portions were very large but overall food was great and service was outstanding. Also, the food arrived very quickly.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2017

This experience was amazing. Came to have a brunch with my out of town sisters to share with them the amazing treat that is a Ted Tart. Made a reservation, was going to be able to 10 mins, called and changed my time for 15 mins later just to make sure. Checked in, there was a few mins wait but nothing to worry about- but some how, someone else did get our table- the host realized as soon as we sat down at the bar seats, apologized for the mix up and offered cocktails, or tarts whichever we preferred. Her attentiveness was definitely noticed and appreciated. The entire staff was happy and made the morning very enjoyable. I'm very happy once again, as always, that a trip to Ted's is always worth it. :)

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

This is the place for breakfast food in NOVA! I love their steak and eggs breakfast. Also, be sure to try the homemade pop tarts, you will not be disappointed. This place takes you back to the 1950s with its tile heavy decor and The Andy Griffith Show on the TV. Great for families or adults!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Ted's Bulletin is an ok place to eat after a movie and if you can't get into one of the more popular restaurants in the area. The food is mediocre and quite expensive for what you get. My husband ordered a cubby burger and it was very small and tasted like a Big Mac with better quality meat. I had a salad, as did a friend of mine, and we agreed that there was plenty of lettuce but they were skimpy on the added salmon, and in the case of the Greek Salad, there were pieces instead of whole peppers and olives. We probably won't be going back...

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Took a friend for her first time - she loved it, as I knew she would - she decided on Jon's Omelet for lunch and I had grilled cheese and the wonderful tomato soup - shared a pop tart and enjoyed a cappuccino - wonderful lunch and a good chance to get caught up with each other!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2016

too salty and greasy to eat - meat, potatoes are good, easy to talk - less noisy

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2016

My English mother had the fish and chips and absolutely loved the fish! She said it was the best she had in the area. She didn't care for the chips so much, but the fish (hake) more than made up for it!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Homemade tarts (think Poptarts) are amazing!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2016

I met some friends for lunch at Ted's and ordered one of my favorite menu items: the Rachel. Their version of the Turkey Reuben is usually great, but this time around the bottom slice of bread was a soggy mess by the time the plate got to me. One of my friends also ordered a Rachel and hers was in the same condition. The others at our table ordered salads, so we couldn't figure out what might have held up the sandwiches.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2016

Comfort food. Uncomplicated menu. Welcoming staff

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Consistently good place to eat, especially if you enjoy breakfast and creative options for consuming sugar and alcohol. This place is very versatile. It's a bright dining room with a lot of energy. We've been a few times including a kid-friendly brunch with family as well as a girls night out. The tater tots are delicious as are the brussels sprouts. You can get milkshakes spiked or not. They have homemade pop-tarts. The portions are on the larger side. Some of the dishes (we've heard) like the fried chicken are the sole reason why people dine there. Across the board the menu is strong and there will be something for everyone, especially if you love breakfast.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2016

We met a friend there for dinner. I hadn't been to any Ted's before; my husband has enjoyed some breakfasts at this location.

Very nice atmosphere and decor; seemed clean; service was attentive, gracious, and thorough. The portions were extremely generous. Kids are definitely welcome here - babies on up. It can be a bit loud if a cranky/hungry kid is directly behind you, but that's temporary and part of living in a community ;) Otherwise, the sound level was at a good volume.

My salmon was a bit saltier than I prefer and they offered to make me a new one, but I declined - it wasn't inedibly salty or anything and tasted good otherwise, plus I wasn't super hungry. I wouldn't have felt right getting a second one. The leftover salmon was quite good for breakfast the next day; might have been my taste buds that were off at dinner. The restaurant was happy to give me broccoli instead of rice as a side, and the squash and zucchini mix that came with the salmon was tasty and not soggy like at some places. The person who had the all-day breakfast pancakes said they were good - they all got eaten - but not as good as Silver Diner's or IHOP's and were a bit thick. The biscuits and gravy and the Rachel sandwich that other party members had were apparently quite tasty and disappeared. We didn't get dessert there, but the carrot cake (I think that's what it was) at another table looked good.

What I didn't like: the prices were very high for ordinary but nothing-special food. Even given the popular (read: pricey) location, I thought the prices should have been about a third lower. That's my main reason for not recommending it more highly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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