Thunder Burger & Bar

4.4
432 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 333-2888
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
31st St
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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.
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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).
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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What 432 People Are Saying
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DG
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The overall experience was very nice. The food was very tasty and we enjoyed it. The burgers are excellent. The waitress was funny and shared some have a her life with us. I would return to this place.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great, specifically went for the frites they make just for brunch! Great brunch spot if you want more lunch foods for brunch.

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R
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent offering of tapped beers. Customs burgers done perfectly. Great service. Definitely the go-to burger and brew bar in Georgetown.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good burgers ! Kobe beef and bison.
Very nice service

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London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very enjoyable but service was poor and staff had to be asked for menu, sauces and there were omissions on the order. Food itself was very good.

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M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It is a good value type of restaurant! Friday night was a really loud night at the restaurant! Bar area had so much fun and they ver yelling. Maybe too much for drinks... it is a mediocre burgers.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and neat atmosphere!

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IH
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Eclectic furnishing and exposure of the building construction gives Thunder charm. The menu is a fun twist on burgers and much more. The portions are great sized and presentation simple however the flavors could be tweaked a bit to improve the food. Had 2 people with and they felt the same... more salt in one, bit light on the complexity of a falafel burger etc. Service was the downfall. Rushed to move thru the meal, plate taken before done, check dropped during food etc. Give it a shot if you are looking for comfort food and I hope the service improves.

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l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had burgers and ribs and they were pretty good. I was not happy with my drink. I asked for a gin and seltzer and I was sure they made gin and water. They made me another and it was the same. I asked bartender to show me what he was mixing the gin with and it was seltzer from the tap which was flat, I order this all the time so I know what it is supposed to taste like. The other mixed drink we got was fine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere complemented by friendly service staff and amazing food. Topped off a great visit to DC.
I’d also like to add that Kate our waitress was exceptional she knew the menu inside out and never rushed us at all

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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nothing fancy, but the burgers were tasty and the beer was cold. I'd go back for sure!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Forgot half the tables order so we had to spit out food and they gave no reimbursement nor did they offer anything.

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good was excellent! Excellent selection! Great to have the offering of pastured beef!

Katie our server was outstanding and so were all
The staff there.

The only negative was the cigarette smoke and some off-colored language from the bar area:

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HY
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here....had a gift certificate. Was very pleased. Burgers were fabulous and offer many options for delicious toppings. Would definitely eat here again. We were lucky to be there on a nice day. We had a window seat with an open window and loved being able to watch the activity on M Street in Georgetown. Wait staff was excellent! Would love to eat here again!

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BR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was amazingly good. I LOVE the fried mushrooms and chicken bites with red pepper ranch dip

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G
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son and friends there for dinner after finishing up their freshman year @college. THEY LOVED IT. I had an amazing turkey burger, the waiter was wonderful and attentive. We will be back.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The staff was nice, the food was subpar. The burgers were dry, even when asked for medium well. The fries and the mushroom potato soup were great, though. But to be a burger spot, that shouldn’t mean your appetizers and sides are better than the main course.

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J
Oklahoma City
49 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful burgers. Very friendly restaurant. We had a really great server who was very attentive to us

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve walked by many times and thought it looked like a dark and uninteresting bar. We decided to give it a try for a casual dinner based on the ratings, and we all liked it a lot. Cozy inside because there are different rooms/sections, and the food was very good. We’ll go back.

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SM
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was music is too loud for a large party. Otherwise it was awesome. Great burger!!!

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Considering that it had Burger in the name, we were expecting a really really good burger to have for dinner. After looking at the menu and seeing over 10+ specialty burgers with all kinds of meats (Elk, Kobe, etc.), we knew we picked the right place...or so we thought. The burgers were not that great and we actually couldn't even finish more than half of what was brought out. My date said hers had a weird smell to it. My burger had so much juice that the bun became soggy and really unappetizing altogether. The fries were also just bland and not good. I would have had a better burger at Shake Shack, actually, even Burger King. Would avoid this place if you are looking for a burger.

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Poconos
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit to Thunder Burger! We all loved the vibe of this place. Burgers and fish and chips were great. Beer menu was diverse. Prices were reasonable for DC. Morgan was our server and she was awesome! Would definitely recommend!

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v
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They had a great soft shell crab special. The drinks were on point. Most all things were delectable but 2 of the burgers were over cooked. One was supposed to be medium rare and the other was supposed to be medium. Neither had pink in the middle. All other entrees were good. Service was excellent but the music was a bit loud eventhough it was a nice playlist.

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j
Naples
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Service starting from the host station to the bartenders and servers. Food was great, moderately priced, nice selections. Table seating is tight making for a good conversation with the adjacent table. We will be back!

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FB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food in a very well decorated atmosphere

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JH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks and service! Two of us had the Thunder Burger, and one of us the crab cake. All were perfectly prepared and hit the spot after a lot of walking that day. We will definitely add it this restaurant to our Georgetown rotation!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They forgot our nachos

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TM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic.

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BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visiting DC from Minnesota, this was a great place to warm you up! The food was terrific, service great and the atmosphere lively. We would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a great burger and fries.

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o
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had brunch here, really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict, friendly service, and very nicely priced mimosas and bellinis! Would def. come back.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff, awesome food and great people. Highly recommend it.

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JC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

While they were able to accommodate a larger party than you can normally reserve for, we found service to be somewhat inattentive. The burgers were decent, but beyond the variety, I found myself craving Five Guys. Obviously a different type of experience, and not a 100% fair comparison, but it happened nonetheless

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The burgers are always perfect! Even the specialty burgers like the chicken or falafel are amazing too. Great fries as well.

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D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ate there during college tours. Disappointed they wouldn’t extend happy hour to our table vs the bar. Place was empty. I would have had several more drinks if they did vs the one drink. Burgers were just ok. Not worth price. Plus bottom of buns were so greasy and wet when burgers arrived. Pulled pork quesadillas-pork was good, Little odd tasting. I liked, son and wife didn’t. Cheese was either melted away or non existent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall this place was o.k., but not worth going out of your way for. we were there during this past President's Day weekend, and it was very busy. The service was a bit too rushed. Our appetizer came and while we were still eating it, our burgers came. I don't like this kind of timing, I want to enjoy my meal at a more leisurely pace. My son had the bison burger which he liked very much but he asked for medium and it was definitely rare. Mine was cooked properly. The food was tasty. I do feel my gin and tonic was a bit weak... I liked the decor very much, we were in the room at the very back that has "fake grass" walls, and the noise level was much lower, which was great for us because we wanted to talk. Overall, the food was tasty but it was just a bit rushed. by the way, it was so busy that the ladies restroom lacked toilet paper. I mentioned it to the hostess but she said they knew but they were all too busy to take care of it. Honestly, there needs to be someone who takes care of something like that no matter how busy you are! i still recommend this place because the burgers were tasty and the atmosphere fun, but they need to work a bit on service.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Tables were on top of each other. Guy next to me kept sneezing made me very uncomfortable.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat the corned beef hash every time in the area (twice a year)! It's just one of those things you eat and can't wait to eat again, but only available for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The service is always great and Mike is especially attentive and personable without being intrusive. Give it a try, but prepare to become addicted!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in the door you are treated with the most comfortable ambience of any restaurant in DC. The layout gives off an old tavern vibe with a medieval vibe. Weird, I know, but lovely. We all had the “Love me tender” burger which is a kobe beef burger. It was phenomenal! This place is definitely worth a visit.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for dinner. Food was great, service was friendly and accommodating, atmosphere was fun, noise and crowd increased quickly after 6:00pm but was energetic, was perfect for a small group. Would come back.

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FM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service from the hostess to the waiter was fabulous. The turkey burger was too dry for my taste but my friend's burger w the egg was perfectly done. Experience wise, while waiting for our table we did experience unpleasantness from another patron but. No point in the long story but gist is that the company you keep whether a person or an establishment says a lot about you- there were 2 guys at the bar who should have been cut- off long before we showed up.

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