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Ted's Bulletin - Reston

4.2
228 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
Reston Town Center location - We validate parking all year for up to 1 hour. Garage parking is always free on weekends, federal holidays and after 5pm.

https://www.restontowncenter.com/parking/

Ted's Bulletin is a real American classic joint with a bit of style - complete with savory homemade food and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. The fare, though unabashedly familiar, is just like mom used to make but gussied up. Takes on grilled cheese, homemade pop tarts, meatloaf, and country fried steak are sure to please. Breakfast is served daily beginning at 7am. Guests can also check out our homemade pastry case with scrumptious pies, cakes, muffins, and other throw backs like oatmeal cream pies. Bulletin features its very own shaketender and barista, ready to whip up custom milkshakes - with or without alcohol and coffee favorites. Have a classic cocktail made the old fashioned way or your favorite sipping liquor served over one cube from the Macallan Ice Baller.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30pm
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(703) 956-9510
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Casual Dress
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What 228 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great spot for a business or casual meal.

got to get the pop tarts!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Ted's is always great for a business lunch. The menu is vast, and anywhere that serves breakfast all day is a 10 in my book!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It was my first time here, and I had read a number of reviews complaining about the service. I ate at noon on a Saturday, and it was not overly crowded. Our server was very nice, very attentive, made suggestions but wasn't too pushy, and delivered the food we ordered. I ordered the Florentine Benedict and hate when poached eggs arrive over-cooked, but mine were perfect and the dish was just what I was craving.

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We ordered 4 meals 2 for adults and 2 for grand children
We ordered the adult salmon dinner for one of the grand children with just French fries and nothing else. The order arrived with asparagus and rice and fresh fries as a side dish . The other grandchild ordered a cheese burger and fruit and received a plain burger with fruit. My wife ordered. A Rachel which cane out fine. I ordered a green salad as well as a plain burger with a slice of onion and tomatoe. I specifically told the waitress GRACE who was new I did not want cheese or lettuce. I received the salad with the hamburger together which made it awkward with two bid plates on the table in front of me. I receive a cheese burger with the lettuce and tomatoes chopped on the burger as well as a slice of onion and tomatoes on the side. The waitress said she was sorry for the messed up order . It would appear that the chef just decided to follow the menu and disregard the customers order and desires
We go to Ted ‘s Bulletin all the time and this was the first time that our order was messed up
Either the waitress didn’t put the order in write which I think she did since she wrote it all down or the chef did what he wanted to do and the server not the waitress never checked the order. The manager never came over and probably was never informed by Grace the waitress that the customer was not happy.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The waitress really slow, upon arrival I didn’t get greeted nor assisted until a good 5 minutes and place was hardly busy.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I had a great Ruben sandwich, the services was predictably reliable, fast, and courteous. The Open Table reservation ensured - no waiting!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was all right. Nothing special.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Very friendly, servers helpful and attentive without being overbearing. Food was prompt and met every expectation.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love the to-go pop tarts and overall 40s diner feel. The menu was great for brunch and clearly they were very busy. We would return!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This was probably the worst service experience we’ve ever had... we had a waiter who was slow, but we didn’t care. And after taking our orders and bringing our drinks, he disappeared. We waited for about 30 minutes before asking someone else to get our waiter for us. Instead, a different waiter came to our table and took our order. Another 30 minutes went by after we had finished and we just wanted our check but still no one came by. We went inside to ask for a waiter and yet again, a third different waiter came out and gave us our check. It’s unfortunate because the food was so great, but by far the worst service either of us have ever experienced. Extremely disappointed.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Ordered an omelette and requested cheddar cheese instead of swiss. It came with a slice of cheddar like you would get at a grocery store, unmelted and half out of omelete. Also, omelette was cold.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A good chicken fried steak (CFS) is hard to get around here. Honestly, after scouring high and low, I think you are better off staying home and making it yourself.

If, however, that doesn't seem like a good option, then Ted's sells what is probably one of the better CFSs in the area. Is it better than your Gam Gam's from back home? Nope, but it is a serviceable and edible version that will get the job done. It is long on salt and low on other flavors. It's better than the Longhorn Steakhouse version and way better than the frozen plastic wrapped bricks that you're going to get at Denny's or some similar place. When I ordered it, it came accompanied by some truly uninspired mashed potatoes and some corn so heavily seasoned that it was suffering an identity crisis. (There's nothing wrong with corn people...enjoy it.) I was happy to see that Ted's uses white peppercorn gravy on it (an improvement from a few years back when I was served some sort of abomination of nature that had --gasp--brown gravy).

Anyway, lest this sound too critical, my wife and I had a good time and a good dinner at Ted's and left happy. You probably will too. It's just hard to find a decent chicken fried steak around here. Time's they be a changin' my friends.

My qualifications: I grew up in Kansas, and traveled extensively in the Midwest, stopping at diners, truck-stops, and mom-and-pop restaurants that have elevated this dish to an art form. My aunt made the best one ever.

P.s. Don't get the mac & cheese.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Nice brunch choices... I had an omelette, but my friend had steak salad. We both enjoyed the yummy bloody Marys

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Was fine. Nothing spectacular but solid.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food is always good and the staff are very friendly. This is a nice casual place to eat.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

It was good food at a convenient location. If you are looking for a value or for foodie creative food go elsewhere. Service was good, not outstanding. Food was good, not outstanding. Would I go back. sure!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Awesome food and amazing service. TD in Reston is a great place to eat and relax.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The day shift manager was so incredibly rude when we asked to be moved to stable away from the door. it was less than 20 degrees outside and the staff kept going in and out of the emergency exit door. At one point the staff member laughed and held the door open. We were freezing. Will NEVER eat at TEDS again due to how rude they treated us. And our food was cold and hard... but I was afraid to asked for something else as I did not want to be be-raided again by the manager or waitress...

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food as always!! Love the feel and look of this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Always great comfort food and NPR on tap 😀

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The burger I ordered and corn beef hash my wife ordered is nothing to write home about. Local diners like Amphora is better

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Great for families. Food is great, kids love it.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat in Reston Town Center when I come down for work.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The Drew Burger is Awsome! Request it with fried banana. We were pleasantly surprised this visit that our server recommended the banana... not usually the case. With the sweet tomato chutney and peanut butter, this is a truly unique burger. This is a comfort food we’ll make a special outing for... yum.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Annoyed that my breakfast as delivered did not match my breakfast as ordered.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Great brunch!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food!

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Took friends visiting from England to this restaurant on a Friday night. Our waitress was personable and helpful in the beginning. She offered recommendations for what to eat and had knowledge of everthing on the menu. I chose the restuarant because it had a good variety and I thought would offer choices for the vegetarian in our group. In our group of four, we had one order of the hummus salad (declared quite good), the meatloaf (no complaints), a breakfast selection and fried chicken. The fried chicken was OK -- the breading was not all that crunchy, needed seasoning and the meat was not hot when it arrived. It wasn't cold, slightly more than lukewarm but it was cooked all the way through. I ordered the Ted's tarts (which was another reason for selecting the restaurant). I asked for them to be heated but they were heated too much and all the filling leaked out which left the pastry empty and rather glued together. Not bad but a little disappointing. Things were not so bad that I wouldn't go again, but not as impressive as my first visit in the DC location.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Give me the homemade poptarts every day! If you're only in DC for a short time, you've GOT to get the homemade poptart! The brunch menu is small but great options to be had! Thanks for a great morning out!

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2.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Decent food,but overpriced for portion served. Missed my opentable check in and had to be contacted to resolve.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Ted’s Bulletin never disappoints. Great for families or small groups.

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2.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Small portion for the price paid. $6 to add chicken to a salad and you get one small thin sliced chicken breast.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Great service! Homemade tarts are fantastic. This was only my second visit, but I will continue to return until I am able to try almost everything on the menu.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Lots of fun comfort food. The waiter was attentive but not at all overbearing.
The outdoor patio is great, and there's some shielding from the passersby on the sidewalk, via various plantings.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

I loved tge crabcake platter! I was there with my 85 year old father to celebrate Father's Day. He loved it! The wait staff was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Nice atmosphere. The waiter placed my order correctly but the chef got it wrong, so I ended up with a side of broccoli I did t order. I really didn't want to be bothered today, but at least 3 people asked me how everything was. It seems like they are really seeking feedback.

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1.0Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was really bad.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Anything you order on the menu will be delicious. The Servers are always amicable, knowledgeable and attentive. Bulletins is one of our local favorites!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Great lunch as usual! My mom and I love coming here. Food is delicious every time and service is always great!!

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Basic comfort food

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