Thunder Burger & Bar

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454 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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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've walked by this place countless times without stopping - until yesterday. Reviews said it had good burgers. And it does. They toast their buns, such a simple, yet often overlooked step in burger prep. The fries were just OK but would probably have been great had they come to the table hot. The bibb salad was excellent, fresh and with an extremely tasty dressing. Prices were reasonable and the service was very good and friendly. We had made a reservation only because we'd never been and didn't know how busy it got. All the walk-ins while we were there had no wait. I'd go again for the salad alone.

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LB
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I ate at Thunder Burger. Loved the burgers each time! They even had a gluten free bun for me and Brie cheese for the Burger! I wont forget the pickles! Heaven! I will continue to go to Thunder! Love it! Staff is friendly and very good service.

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BG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good burgers (kind of pricey); relaxed/rustic vibe

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d
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. It did take a bit of time for our food to come, but once it did the burgers were great. I will definitely be going back.

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HR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We both ordered medium well. Server was very apologetic but burgers came out blood rare. I was fine with mine but wife ordered chicken instead of remake. Fried mushrooms excellent, sweet potato fries good, and wings okay. My wife and I are not big into social media but our poor server had no back up from a manager, etc. Also I don't think mine was actually a half pound burger. More like maybe a third? Also we both ordered sharp cheddar cheese and got pepper jack. Again not our servers fault more the kitchen. Live and learn. It was okay.

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VK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Really disappointing first visit. To have been listed as having one of “DC’s 10 Best Burgers”, the Thunder Burger was underwhelming. The grilled onions were tough and bitter, the bun was soggy and there was surprisingly little flavor. I had read that grass-fed beef was on the menu, but it is actually free-range beef - for those who care, not the same thing. For all the shortcomings of the burger, the beer and fries were great - not enough to take me back a second time though.

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D
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good burgers, some of the nicest, friendliest servers in Georgetown @!

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KO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited 10 minutes; no hostess to assist; was never acknowledged or seated, left.

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SU
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great hamburger!! very large and came with 2 free sides. They put some sweet crackers on the table...yummy

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend’s sons’s favorite burger place, so we had to try it.

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G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The burgers were delicious cooked just right. All 4 of us had a different burger and no regrets. The cranberry slaw was very unusual and good. We would go back. The place was not crowded when we were there but the waiter did rush us a bit. Otherwise no complaints.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a yummy Impossible burger and super delicious sweet potato fries. The sauce that came with the fries was out of this world good!!

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A bit disappointed in the quality of the food as I remember it being better a few years back. It felt kind empty and the food cost too much for what it tasted like. I get the sense they may be closing soon.

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AJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was great and we sat right by the fire, which was perfect on a cold/rainy night. Thanks!

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K
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a burger experience a level above

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ED
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. Love the atmosphere, kind of rock-n-roll glam, but casual. It's fun.

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M
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My 15 year old and I enjoyed our dinner before the show at Kennedy center. The food was not only comfort food but delicious and the service the best.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Visiting Georgetown

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CB
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place should be your go-to for a great beer selection and phenomenal burgers. Awesome vibe.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Burgers are great!
Beer selection is fantastic!
Cleanliness always seems to be an issue.

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A
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's ok. i didn't see anything worthy of the 4+ stars that it was getting.

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t
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Was there Saturday night 10/20/18. Really fun environment. Lights flickering in my eyes from ceiling, a little weird. My drink was supposed to be tea with mint and rum, no mint and very weak for $11. Our burgers were excellent! No paper towels in bathroom or a way to dry hands. But over all a fun place. They need to pay attention to the details.

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DG
New York Area
53 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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OT
Washington DC
7 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
40 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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OT
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
27 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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
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
11 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
38 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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OT
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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OT
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
54 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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