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Thunder Grill
Thunder Grill

Thunder Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arkrestaurants.com
  • Email: thunder@arkrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (202) 898-0051
  • 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 (202) 333-3011

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
Diner Reviews
  • "Went on Palm Sunday with the Cherry Blossom crowd. Even though a packed house, my 6PM reservations got me immediate seating. Waiter was inundated with full tables but the whole team provided backup and a good overall experience. Food was good too! Catfish Burger, Salmon Burger, and Beef Brisket all got a thumbs up."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "After an afternoon roaming DC, this was the perfect place to gather before catching the train(s) back to our respective stations. Union Station is busy, and since we sat in the 'lobby' there was plenty to see, but not so loud that we couldn't chat amongst ourselves. Food was good, service was great. Fun place to hang out....Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The calamari appetizer was greasy and rubbery. The ceviche was acceptable. The jicama and chayote salad with salmon, a lunch special, was exceptionally good. The service was inattentive and slow, even though the place was not crowded. The lack of a crowd during lunchtime at Union Station is a good thing if you don't want to wait, but also an indication that not many people think highly of Thunder Grill."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Arguably one of the worst "meals" I have ever been served. The Texas Nachos appear to have been delivered from a nearby college dorm room. Perhaps moving forward, a dollop of Cheese Whiz would add inspiration. (Hint: shake first) Comatose service as well once bar crowd exited. I had been here previously and was disappointed by the downturn."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I scheduled a client meeting here and asked for a quiet spot. When I arrived no one was available to find my reservation and could not tell me if the person I was meeting had arrived. Then they seated me on the concourse where a very large high school band was playing. The service at the table was just as bad. On top of that the food was bad and they don't even refill sodas! Do NOT eat here."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a group of 14 people and the food and venue (Union Station) were great. Service was even better - Shawn, our server was fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We chose the location specifically because of the restaurant's location in the magnificent "beaux arts" Main Hall of Washington, DC's Union Station. We were picking someone up from the train and thought this would be a fast and easy choice. Plus side: Good menu choices, includes appeitizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees with a Southwestern US twist. But something for everyone. Fabulous location at the entrance of Union Station. Down side: Kitchen lacked attention to the order: meat was overdone and took time to arrive. [Service did make this right, however, by adding an article "on the house."] Would we go there again? Only if we were out of time and needed to be at Union Station."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great place for a sit-down meal with fast service. Excellent alternative to the normal Union Station eat-while-standing fare!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I had a business meeting there yesterday and secured a nice table in a quiet corner. That's about the only good thing I could say. The waiter had a STANK face the whole time. Disappeared! Didn't check to see if we need more beverages WE DID. Had attitude when we asked for more water and ice tea. Seemed like he wanted us gone! If the wait staff does not want to wait on customers then they are in the wrong profession."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A decent enough place to grab a quick bite before catching a train."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Good bar if you have to catch a train. Really slow table service though."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Mexican Spring Roll came out swimming in grease, absolute awful. Hamburger and fries were less than good but not horrible. Restaurant did not appear to be clean. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Service was great as well. Everyone in my party truly enjoyed themselves."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Prompt service, good staff, not particularly personable but pleasant atmosphere for a daytime business or group lunch. Variety of selection good for a Tex-Mex menu."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I tried to get a Rez for lunch by phone, asking for a table for two by the window. Had to use Open Table when they said no Rez by phone! Then got a table on concourse, tho plenty were to be had inside by the windows. Oh, well. At least the mushroom fajitas and TG home brew were good, tho service was slow. Convenient to the train to NYC afterwards!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This was our first time there for brunch and LOVED it all....especially being right there in Union Station made it fun to shop afterwards...only downside to the experience was the PRICEY PARKING - we had such a good time we lost track of time and paid dearly when we drove home.....ouch! Next time will try street parking or the Metro...but that will limit our shopping too....oh well maybe we'll wiork out carpooling! Loved the restaurant, waiter was very attentive, food was excellent.!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Great specials! The menu has options for all types of diets. :)"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Half of the tables are in the great hall of DC's Union Station so the ambience is unique. Years ago the menu used to have more items with a focus on southwestern fare. Not so anymore, so I would not go out of my way to return. But our server was great and brisket entree I had was okay. The crabcakes my wife had were okay, but she said she had had better. Even accounting for inflation, the prices here used to be lower and the food was more diverse and interesting."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We wanted to have a sit-down dinner at Union Station so we ventured to Thunder Grill. We were reluctant after we read the reviews but the other sit-down restaurants at Union Station did not have better reviews so we decided to give TG a chance. To play it safe, we ordered basic fare: I had the wings (extra spicy) and my husband had the grilled chicken sandwich. My wings were well-seasoned and his sandwich was okay. The price was reasonable, the service was acceptable and the food agreed with us (which is high praise for my husband's sensitive stomach) although we both felt INCREDIBLY thirsty about 2 hours later."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "ate here for convenience only, would not repeat. server agreed to special sandwich order (turkey on toasted wheat, nothing else) plus substitute sweet potato fries for regular. one slice of bread toasted, other was untoasted. food delivered with regular fries and we twice asked for the sweet potato fries but never got them. Regular fries were cold and very salty. Requested at time of open table booking to have a table that could accommodate luggage but were shown a booth, which was comfy but other patrons kept stumbling over our luggage, no surprise. very ordinary fare, very ordinary to less than acceptable service, surprisingly high cost."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "A varied menu. There was something for everyone in our group. The server was also helpful in recommending some tasty appetizers that I might not have tried but for the recommendation. Everyone left with a full and satisfied tummy!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We had our hearts set on going to Bea Smith's restaurant. Unfortunately we found out the restaurant was closed. Thunder Grill was a convenient second choice considering it was pouring down raining as well. The food was average. I would return to meet friends in Union Station."
    Dined on 10/11/2013