Thunder Grill
Thunder Grill

Thunder Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arkrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2028980051
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: THE MEZZANINE Offers views of the U.S. Capitol and the Main Hall, and accommodates 70 guests for seated events, and 100 guests for standing receptions. Can be used in conjunction with America’s Capitol Wine Rooms, increasing capacity to 100 for seated events, and 150 for standing receptions. THE MAIN HALL & MAIN HALL ALCOVE Seating in the midst of Main Hall’s grandeur, or in the hidden alcove. Accommodates 70 guests for seated events and 100 guests for standing receptions. The alcove will accommodate 25 guests for seated events. THE EAST HALL ALCOVES Semi-private spaces which extend into historic East Hall, each alcove accommodates 20 guests for seated events. Can be used in conjunction to accommodate 60 guests for standing receptions. THE UPSTAIRS MAIN DINING ROOM Accommodates 120 guests for seated events, and 150 guests for standing receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Ark Catering 2023333011

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Thunder Grill validates for the first hour.
A word from Thunder Grill
Incorporating towering, adobe-like wall fragments at the entry hall of Union Station, intricate mosaic surfaces of turquoise glass, and a menu reflecting the many cultures that have influenced the region, Thunder Grill is a visual and culinary celebration of the American Southwest.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Thunder Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.3
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (13)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    The food was very good and moderately priced. The menu was a little different than what was posted on their website but they still made the dishes we wanted.
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Great dining at Union Station
    Sheri
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Great food in Union Station. Kind of odd/fun to feel trains rumble by under your feet. Nice healthy innovative options - tuna wrapped in tortilla was EXCELLENT!
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    fit for foodies
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  • The main portion of their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    The main portion of their dining room is right in Union Station. If you sit towards the back, as we did, it is a little quieter but you can still people watch in the main hall. The service was friendly, but busy with many tables and had trouble with the drink orders for our large-ish (8) table. The food was better than I expected, given its location. Everyone seemed pleased with their entree; most ordered burgers or sandwiches of some kind. Not a bad place to go if you are in a rush or have a large group.
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  • Food was fair but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2012
    Food was fair but the service was particularly slow and forgetful.
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  • Watch out for the candles!!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    The server took my children's drink order while I was on the phone with our ride. I didnt hear what they were talking about until the end. All I heard was him saying he would bring water. When he brought out their drinks it looked like apple juice but truned out to be unsweetend tea. My nine year reached over the candle for a sugar packette and burned her arm. We put ice cubes from her drink on the spot. Was so upset that I could not eat. She is better but the experience ruined dinner and our entire trip.
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  • About on par with the rest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    About on par with the rest of sit-down places at Union Station. Price-wise, salads are $11 to $15. Servers during a weekday lunch were attentive and helpful with menu advice. Pleasant surroundings in the station hall. We've now gone three times (work group) and will return in the future.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • My husband reports that he
    PablocitoyFamilia
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    My husband reports that he enjoyed a very pleasant lunch with our grandkid. Nice to overlook the Capital and the concourse of Union Station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • This is a great place to grab
    SadCustomerVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    This is a great place to grab a quick meal. However, I was very disappointed with the drinks. The Sangria was like drinking lemonade - lots of lemons and limes. When I mentioned this to waiter that there was no fruit, he said the sangria comes from a bottle and just shrugged his shoulders. No "my apologies", no "let me get you something else". Regardless, it was on my bill at the end. The food was okay but not spectacular but something quick to grab before a train.
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  • Our Girl Scout Troop consisting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2012
    Our Girl Scout Troop consisting of 7 adults and 7 teen Girl Scouts ate at the Thunder Grill prior to taking a Monument Tour by Night. The food was good along with the service and atmosphere. I would recommend this as a place to eat in Union Station.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Our server was very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    Our server was very attentive and professional. He placed my colleague and I in the most quiet spot that he could find at our request. The pace of the service was good for a business lunch - fast, but not too fast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great place for both biz & pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2012
    Thunder Grill has always come through for me when I wanted a place for a special business gathering on Capitol Hill. The food is top tier, the service attentive, and the ambience interesting - both inside the restaurant & bar, and out in the Great Hall of Union Station. As a bonus the food is not over-priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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  • Had reservations for a late
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Had reservations for a late lunch for 8 following the Duck tour (which was fun). When we arrived, the restaurant was about 20% full. We were barely acknowledged by the MaitreD who seated us in the "outside" are that is inside the beuartiful station. There is a small area by the outside wall which has such bad accoustics I could barely hear the person sitting next to me. The waiter was adequate in his attitude however was impossible to find. The food was adequate at best. I had the fish tacos which would have been OK at half the price but were not worthy or the inflated charges. One of us had baked chicken that was so dry it was inedible We would have asked to have it redone or chosen something else however we did not see the waiter again un
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  • The food is okay but a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    The food is okay but a bit pricier than the rest of restaurants in Union Station. The service are okay too but a bit slower than what we expected. I supposed when you serve 3 big groups, its hard to attend to everyone :/
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    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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  • POOR SERVICE
    JanetR
    Dined on 5/16/2012
    Good food but very indifferent and non-attentive waiter. He actually told us NOT TO ORDER WATER as everyone would get water...only the few who ordered water received water and he was pretty irritated to bring the others a glass of water who didn't order water! We would have moved tables had there been another available. We had to track him down for any need including our check.
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  • I had a party of 9 people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    I had a party of 9 people who attended a work luncheon and 2 of the attendees sent their burgers back because it was not cooked properly according to how they ordered it. One of my attendees sent their burger back 5 times because she wanted it well done and every time she cut it check how well it was cooked it was very pink on the inside and and appeared to be cooked medium. After the 5th attempt to get it correct, she ended up telling the waiter not to worry about it any more. The food for everyone else in attendance was great and really enjoyed by the party.
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    great for lunch
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  • Nothing to write home about!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Won't ever go again. Food was okay but pricy and service was terrible!
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  • I had the beef tostada which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    I had the beef tostada which was excellent, the steak was cooked perfectly and the other ingredients were very fresh. The server was attentive without being distractive. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and will return.
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    great for lunch
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  • Food was ok, nothing to brag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    Food was ok, nothing to brag about (sorry). The wait time was very slow and the place wasnt that crowded.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Good spot to meet when looking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Good spot to meet when looking for regular fare. Nothing too special, but all delivered with good cheer.
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    hot spot
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  • Not just for tourists
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Made reservations but sitted in loud area. Service was sporadic at best. The wine was old. I like the upstairs and will go back. I was also never told the upstairs was closed when I made the reservation.
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  • Good location for lunch and
    HoyaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    Good location for lunch and food and service were solid for its location. I would not go out of my way to dine at THunder Grill but if you are in the Union Station area it is a good choice.
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  • While our food and our server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2012
    While our food and our server were quite good, there were several downsides to our experience; Nice food but food courses were served on top of each other and the restaurant is too loud. Don't go if you want to have a good conversation!
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  • would never return!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Really looking forward to night out with my family at Union Station. Unfortunately, service was absolutely horrible despite restaurant being almost empty. Server never even came back to table after we ordered. We had to flag someone down to refill water and had to hunt server down to get our bill. We were so disappointed. Food was mediocre. I know manager was present in the bar but never came out into restaurant to check on tables or we would have let him know how we felt. Would never go back again and really put a damper on what was supposed to be special night out on our vacation.
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  • Brunch
    BandK
    Dined on 4/8/2012
    Went for Easter brunch, nice menu (not buffet), food was good, fairly good price, especially for D.C. Went at 1130, few people, lots of seating, not very noisy.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • The food was tolerable. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/2/2012
    The food was tolerable. The service was slow. Our waiter was horrid.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, hot spot
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  • So incredibly loud that there
    HillresidentVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    So incredibly loud that there isn't a rating for it And the noise wasn't helped by the number of times servers dropped full trays of plates And 2 of our 4 person party didn't get their drinks until after the entrees were served (despite many requests) But the food was good
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  • Beef brisket was good--could
    susu
    Dined on 3/23/2012
    Beef brisket was good--could have used some extra sauce.
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  • This was my first time, my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2012
    This was my first time, my cousin had a surprize bridal shower dinner for her daughter, it was very nice, we all had a good time, I so enjoyed it. The food was great. I will be back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Went on a Saturday around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    Went on a Saturday around brunch time and the place was EMPTY. We ordered a decent variety of things and everything was mediocre to good (nothing bad, but nothing that wowed us). Service was relatively friendly at first, but surprisingly slow and sporadic, given how few customers were actually in the restaurant. Towards the end of the meal, the service was also just apathetic and unhelpful. I imagine this is a good lunch place during the week when you want a sit-down meal and you're confined to Union Station. May be better for dinner as it has a decent menu and a nice big bar. But not sure I'll personally be back to find out.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • it got the job done for a
    thatguyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    it got the job done for a quick working lunch. the service, not including our waiter, was mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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  • Not bad, but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/7/2012
    The food was OK, not bad but not something to write home about either. The service was a little lacking. On the menu it stated that for groups over 10 or 11 gratuity would be automatically added to the bill. I had a group of 11, so I did not write a "tip" with this in mind. Our waiter came back, interrupted our conversation, and told me that gratuity had not been added... basically, he asked for a tip. Let's just say I left with a bad taste in my mouth after that.
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    good for groups
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  • I have been to Thunder Grill
    auntie
    Dined on 3/7/2012
    I have been to Thunder Grill numerous times and have enjoyed everything but on this particular visit, other then the service which was totally outstanding, I was not impressed. I ordered the turkey burger (delicious) but the fries where cold and hard and the cole slaw was bland and bitter. I want to think since Union Station had construction going on the restaurant was having an off night. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The fries were okay, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    The fries were okay, but the bison burger was not. The restaurant was far too loud and that made it difficult to hold a conversation.
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  • Food is okay, nothing special.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Food is okay, nothing special. For a pricey dinner its not worth going back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • We wanted to see if this place
    Lorincyn
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We wanted to see if this place would work for our wedding rehearsal dinner since it's 2 blocks from our reception hotel. The hostess who sent us upstairs to be seated was very welcoming, but the food was mediocre -nothing to write home about. I think my grilled salmon had been precooked and then put on the grill to finish/heat up. My mashed potatoes were so cold (not lukewarm - cold) that my date and I decided that they must have forgotten to heat them before they scooped them out of whatever container they were stored in and put them on the plate. The spinach was very good, and the preplacement potatoes were MUCH better. My date's pasta was nothing spectacular but good. The dessert cheesecake was too floury and had a grainy texture.
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    The restaurant looked appealing online, the decor was very cool and I thought this would be a happening place w/ atmosphere. It was difficult to get to w/ all of the construction and the parking is NOT clearly marked or easily accessible. When we got there, on a Saturday night, it was dead. There were only 2 other sets of diners downstairs and apparently a party upstairs, which we never heard. The service was good. The food was average. The ribs were not tender and only 1/2 a rack came w/ the order and the sauce was nothing to brag about. The slaw, ok, a bit dry. The fajitas were regular run of the mill, chicken was dry, but the beef had good flavor. As for the margarita...very ordinary and would not be oredred again.
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  • Food was good. Staff was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Food was good. Staff was very nice but service was a bit slow. Table next to us was seated after, but received food first.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Excellent decor and good food.
    MikeDC
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    Excellent decor and good food. The bar b que brisket is excellent!
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Well the place was very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    Well the place was very nice. the waiter wasn't all that fast. We had to wait for periods of time to get our food. I didn't like the fact that they didn't refill soft drinks for free and that you had to pay every time you order on.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    A huge disappointment. Arrived early and went to the bar. After waiting there to order drinks and getting no attention, we decided to ask to be seated. We at a nice table (place was half empty), but the hostess took us to a table three feet from where we'd been standing at the bar. Waiter was unfriendly, unhappy we weren't ready to order appetizers at his first appearance. Never pointed out dinner or drink specials, never asked if we wanted another drink, never asked how the food was. Dinner came out before the appetizers were even half done, without apology or even notice. When we finished eating, he showed up, silently took plates, and returned with the check without asking if we wanted coffee, dessert, anything. Ugh. Never again!
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