Ted's Bulletin - Reston

4.4
240 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Brunch
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.



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 7:00am - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 956-9510
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
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/
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 240 People Are Saying
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4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A little pricey but a lot of food. Server Jenn was very good.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Breakfast with the family was great! Service was a little slow but it was busy and she was still really nice and nothing was messed up or anything.

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WC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always a pleasure to dine here. Perfect for a business breakfast. Convenient location. Excellent service!

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T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Ted's Bulletin is everything you'd expect from a second-tier burger joint. My wife and I were dining with another couple, having made a reservation a week or so in advance, and as we waited for our drinks to arrive, the hostess seated at least ten little girls--10-12 years old--immediately next to us. The noise level soared through the roof. On the positive side, when I requested to change tables, our request was cheerfully honored, but why would they put diner in that position in the first place? When large groups of children arrive, why not place them apart from quiet diners? That's just bad service.

The food was okay. Not bad, but certainly nothing special.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was inattentive and slow, and we went at 5:45 when there was only three other tables in the restaurant. Our server did not come over to check on us unless we stood and waved him down. Our drinks went unfilled for most of our dinner. There were shells in our crab cakes and egg shells still left on our deviled eggs. We ordered the s’mores tart for dessert and it was given to us cold. We definitely won’t be going back to this location.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I had a reservation and they said that they do not honor reservations so we still had to wait. I was confused.

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E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Had been wanting to try Ted’s Bulletin for quite some time, so we took my niece & nephew for lunch. My Mom had fish & chips, which she said wasn’t very good - the fish itself was good, but the batter heavy & greasy. The coleslaw had a strange taste as well. I had the ham eggs Benedict, which was quite good - the hollandaise was nice & light, and the ham was good. My nephew had the salmon Caesar salad, which he enjoyed, and my niece said her eggs & bacon were good.

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CH
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was in town for business, and made a reservation at Ted's for dinner. I sat outside as it was a lovely evening. I had the BEST fish-and-chips I've ever had (and I've eaten fish-and-chips for some 40 years). It featured generous filets of tender cod covered with a very light and crisp batter, a mountain of wonderful fries, and perfect coleslaw. (I'm picky about coleslaw.) The service by Jennifer was excellent. Even with a spiked strawberry lemonade and 25% tip, the total cost of the meal was less than $30. (A great value for dinner in pricey NoVa.)

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BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the breakfast items we chose - a burrito and eggs with bacon and the upbeat but quiet setting. The service was excellent. Substituted fruit for hash browns and got a large cup of delicious fresh berries.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our 47th Anniversary was on July 4th. We had made reservations July 4th to another restaurant but changed to go to Teds for Dinner. We already had the reservation for breakfast on July 5th at Teds. We love it there the food is so good and you get such large portions. Ther servers are always coming by to check if we needed anything. Wish we had one around Northern Va. Love this restaurant!!

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My girlfriend and I went for Sunday brunch with her sister and Mom. The boozy milkshakes are absolutely fantastic! The food was flavorful, cooked to my specifications (I had steak and eggs). We definitely had to speak up to be heard, it can get pretty noisy. Portions were good, service was awesome. Definitely recommend!

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TC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for a business or casual meal.

got to get the pop tarts!

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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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FT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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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JO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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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CT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was all right. Nothing special.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

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BL
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

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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SU
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

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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W
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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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SB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Was fine. Nothing spectacular but solid.

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BW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

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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JF
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great comfort food and NPR on tap 😀

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MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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BG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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b
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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

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VB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great brunch!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food!

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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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