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Thunder Grill
Thunder Grill

Thunder Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "I met a friend here for lunch. We ordered cokes. the waitress asked if we wanted another, and we said sure - thinking this was the typical 'bottomless' soda at many hamburger/sandwich places. Were we shocked when we got the bill for $4 per soda! It almost doubled the bill. I will never go back there."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a 12:30 reservation that the restaurant wasn't prepared for. We had to wait 15 minutes only to be sat in a booth that was pretty tight for my not so small party of 6."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "THe restaurant is in a corner of the fabulous Union Station, so not only is it well-located but the architectural space is terrific. THe menu is limited, mostly burgers, a few salads and a handful of Tex-Mex inspired entrees. Our lunch (second time) was good but nothing notable. But the service is erratic; the Maitre D seemed upset to have to deal with customers and silently motioned us to our table, the floor under our table had a dirty napkin and some french fries. The kitchen is OK and the location is great....all is needs is competent management."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The calamari was pretty rubbery, but the fish tacos I had, and the Ceviche my friend got were pretty good. The outside dining room is pretty bad. But the inside dining room near the bar is much nicer. In all not a bad option for lunch or dinner if you have to meet at Union Station."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "exceeded expectations. Staff was extremely helpful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant mainly for its location--great for out-of-town guests. BUT every aspect of the restaurant was disappointing. The floors were sticky and littered with used napkins and paper, the menus were also sticky, and the waiter could not get our order correct. I am a very patient person, but was embarrassed in front of my out-of-towners for having chosen the place. All in all, this felt like a bad TGI Friday's."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Good service. Good entrees (I have enchilada's - very nice) and we shared a tasty brownie sunday."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This salad should have been an appetizer. After adding shrimp (3 for $6) the cost was $17. My lunch companion also had the same thing with chicken ($3). We both complained to the waiter about the skimpy portion and he said that's the way they make it. No offer of a dessert or even bread. This restaurant at Union Station in DC should be avoided."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I was organizing a dinner for a variable group of 10-15 people and loved how flexible they were about the fact that I changed my arrival time and group size a few times. Servers were great about letting me choose from variety of tables. Good range of food options for veggie and other "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great specials! The menu has options for all types of diets. :)"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "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
  • "This was a great spot for a group lunch after a Hill meeting."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "This was my first time at Thunder Grill and I came with a group of 7 for a work lunch. The service was slow, but we looked around and realized there was a one waiter for 5 or 6 tables with groups of 6 or more. Because of that, I wouldn't necessarily say the service is always slow. However, it was during the week, during work hours, and we obviously weren't there for a leisurely lunch. The food was good, although a cold by the time we got it. Again, I think this stemmed from the one waiter, 30+ people to wait on issue. The decor is lovely and the restaurant was energetic during lunch. However, I find it odd that the sodas are not free refills. What purpose does that serve? I'll probably give it one more shot."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "We made reservations here for our trip to Washington DC because we wanted a cheaper restaurant and to visit Union Station. It was a truly wonderful experience. The waiting staff were so wonderful and courteous. We could feel the trains coming in and out of the station beneath the floor. It was a lot of fun, and I'd strongly recommend this to anyone. It was truly one of the best parts of our vacation."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "First rate service, delicious food and warm and comfortable ambience"
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "I love Thunder Grill. It's a great way to get to see the happenings at Union Station from the comfort of your seat behind the wall. They also have a great happy hour.I highly recommend the salmon with the sauteed spinach."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Overall, good but not great. In the context of Union Station, a good alternative to B Smith's if you're looking for table service and affordability."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "I ordered the crab cake sandwich which I thought was pretty good. I was disappointed that they do not offer free refills on fountain drinks. The service was good and the atmosphere was nice as well. I would definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "I picked this place due to its convenient location inside Union Station. The food was surprisingly good (salmon salad) but the service, though friendly, was slow. I'd still recommend it though and would return."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "Everything was okay...service was slow....would've given 5s but no refills on sodas? Unheard of!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013