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
35 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (15)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (2)great for brunch (2)neighborhood gem (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great for a large party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    19 of us had a great time. Service was good and everyone enjoyed their food. Just wish they could figure out a different table arrangement (from a long line) so folks can join in the conversation at the other end of the table!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lunch!
    VIPDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and the service are both really good, making this a favorite and very convenient location to meet friends and business associates for lunch. Right in the middle of Union Station, it is easy to meet there and always a great place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Got to try the Ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    There is a great buzz when walking into the restaurant. The excitement of being in a historic landmark building across from the US Capitol makes you feel like you are living history. The servers are smiling and dashing around the restaurant with customers telling jokes over the delicious meals. We had a sampling of food Ceviche was awesome, very fresh, Pork Sliders were moist and delicious, Fajitas were sizzling good, and the Salads are a fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    hak3VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I unique setting in a historic landmark but quality of food, simplicity of presentation and very uninspiring menu does't do justice to the special ambience of the station.
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  • mdl57
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went after the DC Duck Boat tour. Service was great and food equally as good. Sat out in the open terminal area. Was a very enjoyable time...
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irritating
    review2VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
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  • Reservation for 6
    Natika
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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  • Fabulous Location, Sad management
    MarginallyUsefulVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
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  • Decent option for Union Station
    Noname123
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    exceeded expectations. Staff was extremely helpful.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STAY AWAY- VERY bad experience
    kem16
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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  • Thunder Grill has improved.
    LLH1VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Good service. Good entrees (I have enchilada's - very nice) and we shared a tasty brownie sunday.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Entre salad for $17
    Barney29VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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    hot spot
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Thunder Grill reviews archive.
  • Very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service with a big crowd
    Fogofan
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    mnmred
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Good Location, OK Food, Bad Service
    Andy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soggy Nachos Is Us
    DrDoom
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
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  • Terrible service, bad food
    bmorefoodie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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  • Great spot for a large group
    MikeB
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location - Food needs work
    BeforetheShow
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • Business Meeting 2/26
    Pami
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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.
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  • Need to Catch a Train?
    FredVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great place for a sit-down meal with fast service. Excellent alternative to the normal Union Station eat-while-standing fare!
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  • Good for a quick bite
    Vidchick66
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    A decent enough place to grab a quick bite before catching a train.
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  • Good bar if you have to catch
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Good bar if you have to catch a train. Really slow table service though.
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  • Not recommended
    Dana
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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
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  • The food was delicious. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food was delicious. Service was great as well. Everyone in my party truly enjoyed themselves.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Railroaded at Union Station
    Weee
    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!
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    great for lunch
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  • Prompt service, good staff,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Co-Workers Annual Brunch
    VaWitch
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspiring interior view
    Brad
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    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.
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    scenic view
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  • Good food, good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Great specials! The menu has options for all types of diets. :)
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Decent basic food
    Nuka87VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
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    scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ate here for convenience only,
    barbfromdcVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    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.
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  • Pleasant dining experience
    LisaS
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location location location!
    dstdineVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch for a Bunch
    MotheroftheGroom
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    This was a great spot for a group lunch after a Hill meeting.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright for Work Team Lunch
    EmilyDC2010
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Gavin68
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate service, delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    First rate service, delicious food and warm and comfortable ambience
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.