Thunder Burger & Bar
Thunder Burger & Bar

Thunder Burger & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thunderburger.com/
  • Phone: 2023332888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am *Limited Bar Menu Available For One Hour After Kitchen Closes
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st St
  • Public Transit: Thunder Burger is located approximately .75 miles from both the Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn Metro stations. The Georgetown Metro Connect, the Circulator Bus and the "30"s" Metrobuses all stop within 1/2 block of the restaurant, in front of the Georgetown Barnes & Noble (east-bound) or at the corner of M and 31st St (west-bound).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Colonial Parking operates an open-air parking lot directly across M St from Thunder Burger, as well as a garage right around the corner on 31st St. In addition there are several other public lots within a very short walk of Thunder Burger.
A word from Thunder Burger & Bar
Thunder Burger & Bar brings an edgy, rock & roll dining experience to the heart of Georgetown. Our mouthwateringly juicy and generously sized signature burgers are affordable works of art. A full selection of appetizers, refreshing salads, creative entrees and decadent home-made desserts offer a variety of dining options. Whether seated at the trendy bar, the graffiti highlighted banquettes and booths, or our ivy covered library room, sample from a large selection of American craft micro-brew beers and fine whiskeys. No matter the occasion, intimate dates, groups and families alike, enjoy the comfortable and energetic atmosphere with highly attentive service. Weekend Brunch now available, and a late-night menu is also available every evening.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Thunder Burger & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (20)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (12)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (11)great for brunch (7)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • We were very excited to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    We were very excited to try this place as we love gourmet burgers and beer. The best part about Thunder Burger was the beer selection. The ambiance was good too, really cute decor. It was hot when we went, around 85 degrees outside, and the restaurant was really warm. They had one of the front windows open! The burgers were just mediocre. We had boar and kobe burgers, which were really no more extraordinary than any other burger. They were pretty cheap with the portion of cheese as well. The sweet potato fries were very good, but the regular fries were just OK. Bottom line, I'd go back here for the beer selection. Not sure I'd spend $15-20 for the burgers again.
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  • Not Your Father's Burger Place
    CORKyVino
    Dined on 7/4/2011
    Take a group and visit the back of Thunder Burger for a great evening of beers and burgers - do a sampler of 3 beers because it is too hard to choose just one from their world-sourced list. Try a boar burger or other variation on the typical burger. The food is a great price value.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • The turkey burger was served
    lovediningoutVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2011
    The turkey burger was served as hard as a hockey puck. The service was slow and unfriendly. I will not return.
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  • Good food and great beer selection.
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Good food and great beer selection. Service is spotty. Had trouble getting our waiter's attention.
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  • Food was outstanding. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2011
    Food was outstanding. Service was a little slow but we had a large party. There is not a kids menu or kids cups-not kid friendly. The food makes up for any negatives. A great variety of burgers(not just beef) and a great beer list. We had 7 different menu items and everyone was thrilled with their meal.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Quality burger, reasonable
    RedBeardVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2011
    Quality burger, reasonable price. Recommended for the burger enthusiasts.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • the hostess on sunday, katie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2011
    the hostess on sunday, katie (?) was just so kind and very sweet to our party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • I was skeptical that Thunder
    ChicagoToDCVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    I was skeptical that Thunder Burger would be just another burger place, but it's all of the good and familiar things about a burger wrapped in a gourmet package. It's delicious food that isn't fussy and there is something on the menu for everyone. I had the O Fortuna sandwich and my friend had the elk burger. Both were cooked perfectly and seasoned well. I'd go back, but I'd probably head in earlier since it was so busy/noisy at 8:30 on a Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Food was excellent. The menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/21/2011
    Food was excellent. The menu is built around the best burgers in town, but there are plenty of other things to enjoy. The wait staff and their assistants are very knowledgeable about the food, the beers they serve (there are many, many beers to choose from) and the service is fast and efficient - but not to the point where you think they are trying to hurry you out of the restaurant. Lots of fun, a good meal and a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Great good, well decorated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2011
    Great good, well decorated themed restaurant (clovers on the wall were I little distracting), the reastaurant was clean, really the only bad thing I have to say is that the service was slow and seemed almost confused about what they were doing.
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  • Thunder Burger has neat decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Thunder Burger has neat decor and all, but we come for the burgers - everything on the menu is delicious. I don't really like mushrooms (except portabella are ok), but decided to spring for the portabella mushroom burger as a challenge...and omg it was amazing! The burgers are huge so you can definitely split, but my husband and I usually eat the whole thing and then walk the 30 minutes home to feel better about gorging ourselves. Only complaint - I wrote on opentable and told someone we were celebrating my husband's birthday and they didn't do anything, not even a mention of it. But, maybe they're just not that kind of place.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • Thunder has some of the coolest
    FeedMeBoloVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Thunder has some of the coolest decor I've seen at any restaurant--think the "Furry Walls" scene from "Get Him to the Greek." The furnishings, wallpaper, and place settings give the restaurant a vibe that makes you feel like a rockstar. Awesome music selection, and pretty good eggs benedict to boot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Decent burget but not worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Decent burget but not worth a special trip to Georgetown. Five Guys is better, and probably closer.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great option for casual, inexpensiv
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Great option for casual, inexpensive dining in Georgetown.
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  • Spend your money elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    I ignored others' reviews and went here for brunch with two friends - good location and cool concept. The reviews that said it's expensive confused me - but now I know why. My friend ordered an omelette and was basically told she needed egg whites and fruit, instead of potatoes. This added $5 onto her $12 meal. It was not only insulting (equating it to ordering a coke and being told you really should have a diet coke instead), but it was no way a $17 omelette. He also tried several times to get me to add meat onto my salad, clearly not understanding what vegetarian means... There were 10 people working brunch and only maybe 20 dining, which was weird and service still wasnt good. Our check took 10 minutes after requested.
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  • The burgers and beer are delicisous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2011
    The burgers and beer are delicisous! The service is always very friendly and helpful when it comes to picking the right beer.
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  • The food and atmosphere were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2011
    The food and atmosphere were great! The service was very slow and confused at times. Other than that the experience was great.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Cooked to Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/10/2011
    The food and burgers were amazing! It's so difficult to find a burger joint that can actually cook a burger to order, but Thunder was absolutely up to task! We had the Kobe burgers, and they were amazingly juicy and flavorful...exactly what a perfect burger should be. Service was exemplary and drinks were great! Not at all what I expected from the outside, so a nice surprise!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • we've had two vwry good meals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    we've had two vwry good meals here. Great beer list and good service. Nice place.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, hot spot
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  • We ate here twice & both times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    We ate here twice & both times food was excellant! Had burger once & pulled pork other, they were prepared perfectly! Very flavorful great sides! My sister had turkey burger & said it was the best!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The food was excellent, with
    Arlington412VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2011
    The food was excellent, with the exception of the mussels, which were very disappointing.
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  • The burgers were good and
    studaddyVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2011
    The burgers were good and fairly priced. Mine fell apart toward the end, not a great thing.
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    great for lunch
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  • Once again, another great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2011
    Once again, another great dinner at Thunder Burger. Their ever changing selection of great beers and extensive selection of burgers with a twist keep us coming back for more.
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  • Great burgers and beer selection.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2011
    Great burgers and beer selection. Fun place to hang out and relax
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Juicy Burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2011
    I had the kobe burger and it's AMAZING. I wish the bun is bigger/wider. It's a bit hard to eat when you put all the meat in there with little tiny bun :) I end up use folk and knife :( Cocktail was good and reasonable price. I will definitely go back there again!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • I went with a few friends
    afenia
    Dined on 3/13/2011
    I went with a few friends for a Sunday brunch in Georgetown. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted and seated immediately. Our server pointed out several things on the menu which ended up being great recommendations. Since it is a burger joint, we all went for burgers with a variety of toppings. When the burgers came out, we were not disappointed. And the Bloody Marys were superb!
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • This burger bar has a very
    aemirfa
    Dined on 3/12/2011
    This burger bar has a very masculine vibe. The burger's were great, music was good, service was good. Pretty decent selection of beer on tap. I would recommend.
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    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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  • Great food, nice people, chill
    ohhdinesVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2011
    Great food, nice people, chill atmosphere... that's all. I highly recommend this spot.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • My first visit to a DC area
    PhillyBeerWeekPhan
    Dined on 3/5/2011
    My first visit to a DC area gourmet burger place was OK. Thunder Burger is all about beer and burgers. They tell you that first thing. There is a wonderful beer list full of some outstanding beers (though they were out of the Dog Fish Head I wanted). They have a really tasty roll and great toppings for the burgers. However, there is nothing exceptional about the burger itself-no secret seasoning, kind of bland, just meat. Maybe the taste of the burger is overwhelmed by all the toppings. No surprises on the menu but generally good-loved the sweet potato fries. Deserts appear to be store bought. Nice atmosphere although noisy near the bar. Our part of 5 had a quiet table in the back.
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  • pooorrr waiter
    GustavSpeedVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2011
    Our waiter was awful. He could not complete 3 of 7 orders and one he had to bring out so late all other food was cold. Thus the cold burger was not the best and I can not really comment on the food quality. The pulsating loud rock music made it hard to carry on a conversation.
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  • On our first trip here a month
    DiningDuoVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    On our first trip here a month ago, everything was perfect. On our second trip, the food was still quite good (fantastic spinach salads, perfectly cooked buffalo burger - and wow, the burgers here are truly great); the beer list remains a big highlight; and the service is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. This time, however, the music was way too loud, and the table-for-two was so cramped and uncomfortable we decided to leave early rather than have another beer, or dessert. Next time we'll ask for a booth, but the too-loud music might keep us from making this a regular stop, which is too bad since we live in the neighborhood and that was our original plan. (P.S. to Open Table, need to add ability to check "Notable Beer List")
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great English pub-like atmosphere
    MLArtistVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2011
    Great English pub-like atmosphere with but with a more varied menu, food is very good, EXCELLENT service. Very nice. Looking forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • If your sever is named Dimitri...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    As always the burgers were great and the beer selection was on point, however our server was not. From the time we were seated until we were able to first place an order was 25 minutes. This should have been an omen. Throughout the night he managed to spill beers on two people, confuse or orders, drop several glasses from other tables, was incapable of standing upright without swaying or leaning,made inappropriate comments, slurred his speech...he was either A)suffering from head injury or B)intoxicated, the table unanimously went with B. The manager, Ryan, did an exceptional job of handling the situation once alerted, but if you go to Thunder Burger and your server is named Dimitri...don't say you weren't warned.
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  • Excellent beef burger and
    MsFussyVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Excellent beef burger and turkey burger. Excellent sweet potato fries and excellent side salad.
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  • Does burgers very well (as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/9/2011
    Does burgers very well (as in they're good, not on a medium/rare scale). If I want a burger, I'll definitely go back. Also has 23 beers on draft, so if I wanted a beer I'd go to.
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  • Very fun casual hangout with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    Very fun casual hangout with quality food. The decor is truly unique and adds to the experience!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Great if you're looking for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/29/2011
    Great if you're looking for a place to have a drink and eat a tasty burger...which is a surprisingly rare combination. The burgers aren't the best I've ever had, but they ARE the best burgers I've had in a place that also sells a wide variety of beers and bourbons.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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  • This is a fun, lively spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    This is a fun, lively spot with delicious burgers (made from free range cattle for those concerned about eating organic) and many choices of beer. The restaurant has lots of positive energy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Very cute! The food was delish.
    Josei
    Dined on 1/23/2011
    Very cute! The food was delish. The staff was outstanding. The atmosphere was fun & eclectic. My only compliant is that we didn't try Thunder Burger sooner duh!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Can't wait to go back ...
    DiningDuoVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Our first visit, planned on a whim, was perfect -- great table (booth next to the wall), friendly staff, VERY professional service, wonderful food expertly prepared, and ambiance. The burgers were fantastic (we tried the boar and bison) -- big, but not too big, prepared exactly to order, and REALLY tasty. Even the buns were good, and sides can be substituted easily. A dieter among us had the spinach/goat cheese salad and blackened salmon - both were outstanding. The spinach salad is big enough for a full meal. Beer list is great fun - I'm partial to Belgians, and the selection and size-options were just right. Lastly, if, like us, you hate too-loud music -- this place gets it right, continually adjusting volume for crowd size.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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