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About Thunder Burger & Bar

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.

3056 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
31st St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 333-2888

Website:
http://www.thunderburger.com/

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.

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).

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Thunder Burger & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 4, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised at how much all loved the food and low key atmosphere at Thunder Burger. I had a Kobe burger that is by far the best burger I've had. Even the kids raved about the garlic dusted fries, sliders and chicken. Awesome original brews too. Perfect find in Georgetown.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Food was great, Would recommend to everyone who loves a GREAT burger.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 28, 2013

They know how to do two things very well:
Prepare ground meat & offer up a great selection of draft beers.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Went with my boyfriend for a casual Saturday lunch. I love the 80s music playing in the background! Their burgers are fantastic. Recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2013

Decent food. Waited too long for waitress to come over and then even longer for drinks. Burgeres were good and the side salad was excellent and a very pleasant surprise for a burger joint. Management did not seem to have the right staffing levels at the time we were there. Nice beer selection

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2013

The food was not hot enough! Had dinner on Friday night and Brunch on Sunday and both times, barely luke warm. That's a real turnoff for me. My husband and daughter enjoyed their burgers and the fries were great. But heat it up better!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2013

Loud, but the food was great. Awesome unique burgers. Good selection of beer.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2013

We paid a visit here for DC Restaurant Week. The service and decor were great, everything was very clean. Most of us got the three-course Restaurant Week deal; I opted for the Thunder Burger with bacon, Swiss, and tomato. Everyone liked their food. Only negative? A bit overpriced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2013

The burgers themselves are very standard. The sides are good and the ambiance is nice. Good service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2013

The server described a warm pink center for a burger, it was raw for one of my associates. My burger was excellent but service needs to improve. My server was very distant and not attentive to my party. I do not agree with a service charge of 18% for mediocre service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2013

Their beer selections were interesting and very tasty - it's worth it to do the beer flights. Definitely recommend the pulled pork, either by itself or with a burger. Only let down was they'd run out of potato skins...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2013

In addition to good food, the restaurant has a great selection of brews. Loved being able to make my own flight...great for trying new things.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2012

Exceptional burgers and fun atmosphere. What great food with good prices for Georgetown.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2012

The music was turned up a little loud for us, the wait staff was a little brusque, the food was good, we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2012

The name is self-explanatory, burgers are gooood at this place. And we are talking business here, they got not only beef burgers but bison burgers, elk burgers and other kinds too. Definitely one of the best places in DC when it comes to burgers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2012

It took quite a while for our waitress to come over and take our orders and when our food was brought out, one of the orders was wrong. Also, all of the breakfast potatoes were cold.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2012

Interesting menu and great food. We had a reservation and were seated promptly--place was crowded. I am a vegan and found lots of possible menu items--protabella mushroom burger and sweet potato fries were great. My companions had a different aray of burgers and they were all pleased as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2012

Fun, trendy scene. On a fall, Friday night, the restaurant appeared to be mostly full of college-students. I took my friend who is from out of town. We walked the Georgetown shops and had dinner here. The restaurant has an upscale casual feel.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Good burger joint in trendy G-town. The Buffalo Wings were some of the best I've every had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2012

Today I had both a burger and a drink. I had the Bison burger which was incredibly flavorful and juicy- I didn't have to add any condiments.

What I didn't expect was their incredible drink menu- for $11 I got a drink worthy of more...hibiscus syrup, nude vodka, St Germaine- it was delish. Kudos to their mixologist.

The tables are kinda tight, and if it's a busy Saturday you'll have to accept whatever they give you.

Overall though very good and I will be returning soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2012

This place has great burgers and an excellent beer list. Some menu items seem a little overpriced (6 wings for $10...), but if you stick to the burgers, you're good to go. It gets a little loud, and the kitchen can be a little off on occasion, but for the most part, a great place.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2012

Thunder Burger & Bar was pretty much what you expect when you make a reservation there--a kind of trendy "gourmet" burger place with a fun atmosphere, good burgers, and decent (but not spectacular) fries. Between my two friends and I, we tried the bison and kobe beef--all of which was prepared very well, juicy and flavorful. However, what was disappointing was that they were not prepared for our 8PM reservation (we were sat around 8:20) with the host staff acting snarky and cavalier about that fact--even when we were patient and understanding about having to wait. Luckily, our server was so nice that he almost made up for careless and borderline rude attitudes of the host and hostess.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2012

We sat in the backroom for our party - which was fantastic. Had a lovely time. The BF did not love his burger but everyone else thought theirs was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2012

This is a great restaurant, with lots of unique options for people looking for a great burger. The service was good, and the ambiance and noise level were nice for conversation. Will definitely be going there again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2012

Prompt service. Good food. Great music selection. Very accomodating letting dining room guests partake of happy hour specials. That is rare. This is my first choice for good affordable food with good service and a great beverage selection whenever I plan on dining in Georgetown.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2012

Good food, service, and atmosphere. Everyone is very friendly and the meals, especially the burgers, are excellent, particularly for the price. It's great for a casual group.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2012

Great hot spot for burgers and fries with style. I almost ever consider burger and fries as lunch, but in this case I can make an exception.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2012

We eat out frequently and were expecting just another burger joint. What a pleasant surprise to find such a wide variety of gourmet food and beers. We will definitely return.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2012

Good burger, not the best I've ever had but good with a wide selection of toppings. I would certainly return if in the neighborhood. I appreciate the fact they are on Open Table.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2012

I will not be returning to this establishment. The bartender was the most unengaging individual I have ever encountered whose job is to give good service and receive a good tip. The calamari looked like it was cooked in very old grease and I did not eat it. The bartender didn't inquire why I did not eat it he just took it and threw it away (yes I was still charged for the untouched calamari). The drinks were fine but the bartender made the whole experience uncomfortable as if he did not want anyone at his bar. It wasn't only me, I watched as he robotically moved across the bar area. The place and happy hour menu looked appealing, but the bartender ruined the whole feel of the place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2012

I had a very good burger and fries for a reasonable price ($16). I had the "Love Me Tender" burger and recommend it highly. It is Kobe beef. Sweet potato fries and regular fries both very good. If we are in the city again, we would certainly go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2012

disappointing. mediocre food and drinks. poor service, though they try hard.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2012

Best burger I've had in a long time. My daughter (a vegetarian) was pleased with her food as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2012

Great food.. Only problem was they were understaffed. We waited 30 minutes for our check (we couldn't find our waiter!) and never got a water refill after the first fill-up. It was a Friday night, so they might have been better off with another waiter or two on the floor. Food is excellent though - just wish we had been given a dessert menu at some point!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2012

After having read several reviews, I had great expectations for the burgers. Much to my disappointment, our burgers were surprisingly tasteless. I've had much better elsewhere!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 7, 2012

My husband's burger was great and I wanted to thank the staff for accomondating my food needs. Great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2012

I have mixed feelings on Thunder Burger. The food is delicious and inventive. The elk burger is amazing and the falafel with cucumber dill sauce is a great vegetarian option. However, the service is sort of lackluster. After taking our order, our server came back to tell us that they were out of Jack Daniels for a Jack and Diet Coke. OK. No biggie. Then minutes later they told us that they were out of the tuna burger that I ordered. So I don't know if there's a lack of communication between front of house and back of the house, but those guys need to talk more. Also, please crank the a/c up when it's 95 outside at 8 p.m. Again, the food is amazing. There's just some minor quirks to the service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2012

I love a good burger and Thunder Burger has the best one around. It is delicious. My husband and I each had a cheeseburger customized to our tastes and enjoyed every bite. As sides, we ordered the regular french fries and the sweet potato fries. Both are cooked just right and tasted great. Their burgers never disappoint and the style of the place is rock eclectic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2012

Very generous with burger toppings. Can get sloppy if you over top your burger.
The burgers were delicious.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2012

I always enjoy coming to this restaurant. The burgers are outstanding and I had a number of other selections on the menu that have been very good. The beer selection is very broad and the prices are reasonable. It's a great find in Georgetown for a night out with friends and family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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