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Thunder Grill

3.9
359 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southwest
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southwest
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 898-0051
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Ark Catering: (202) 333-3011
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Thunder Grill validates for the first hour.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 359 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.6
service
3.6
ambience
3.2
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vipPete (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was good but our service was slow. We were sitting away from the mainstream of the tables, but it wasn't overly busy in there. Therefore, my rating was not as good as other times I have had lunch at Thunder Grill.

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thehex5036 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food
Nice atmosphere
Convenient to trains
Good waiter
Nice dining in train station for overflow

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
1.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Came for a work lunch and the food was great. Gave such a poor review because the service was TERRIBLE! Our waiter complained that we came 8 minutes earlier than our reservation. Also took forever to attend to the table and take our order. To top it off, once the check came said he was unable to split because it would take too long to get the manager to void and then redo. After several of us saying that was unacceptable conduct took an extra 40 min to split check and came back and threw receipts on table. Will never return.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Had several great meals here several years ago, but the menu has changed. The food is pretty average. Good but not particularly creative. Seems more like a burger and sandwich joint now than a place for a nice dinner. Service was friendly but a little slow. Our party had various dishes, from salads to burgers to salmon. Everything tasted fine, but nothing memorable.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

This restaurant is a good choice in Union Station. I wouldn't make a special trip to eat here, but I trust this as a solid option for sit-down service

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vipHungry (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

Thunder Grill never disappoints. The location is perfect if one is near Union Station or about to board a train. I’ve had the fish tacos several times and they taste delicious-very fresh. The side salad is pretty big and very good also. Our server was pro,to, efficient, but left us alone when we were talking.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Both the service and the quality of the food was OUTSTANDING. We were celebrating the fact that one of our associates had just been declared "Cancer free". The manager and wait staff catered to us as if we were part of their family. We will all return to the Thunder Grill many more times because of this.

Henry

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

This restaurant takes full advantage of being the only sit-down restaurant at Union Station, but the food is sub-par.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

Ordered chicken fajitas, brought to table sizzling hot. Best fajitas I've had in long time!

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Sr5242 (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Service and food subpar. Worse than convenience store food. Chili on nachos tasted canned. Fajita meat and tortillas burnt
Waste of money and calories!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

I asked for a quiet table. They got me a booth in the back. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

I needed a restaurant for our group of travelers arriving in DC for a tour. Union Station was a must see and the restaurant was very flexible with our arrival when we needed modifications. Food was excellent and service outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Good service, fast, fine food

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

Food is always good; service is always slow. But still worth the visit!

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vipsbrennan64 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

A terrific local place for after work drinks and food - vey convenient for all modes of transportation

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Thunder Grill has a variety of excellent brunch selections. Bar drinks are pricey but oh so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Our group of ~15 ladies had a great time at Thunder Grill! It does not look fancy and sits IN Union Station, so almost looks like a mall restaurant, but my meal was really great. I had the crab cakes. Others did say their food was "okay" so it may depend on the dish you choose. All in all, it was great for our group!

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RobG (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

Thunder Grill is a Union Station standby. This is a place to go for reliable burgers, sandwiches, and salads in a comfortable sit-down environment. Thunder Grill is not a destination restaurant, but a safe pick at Union Station. As for view, it is hard to beat the Great Hall.

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DCUsher (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

Love the location. It is so convenient for friends to meet. Diverse food choices. Friendly professional staff.

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PJTdining (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

This is a convenient location in DC for lunch due to the metro and 2 commuter lines. The hamburgers were very good. The fish sandwich was just average . Service was very good and personal. We were reseated when one member of our party had trouble with stairs.

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Retiree (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Thunder Grill has a great location -- set in Union Station, it is very convenient when drawing people from across the DC area. The menu tends towards tex-mex, but offers a little wider choice of options. The food was good --not great. I had a beef salad in a fried "taco" bowl. It doesn't come with salad dressing, but I asked for some, which made the salad better. The meat was a bit over-cooked for my taste, but very flavorful. The service was ok. I had to ask more than once for extra ice. All in all, satisfactory.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2017

The restaurant is inside Union Station near the east entrance. Happy hour is in the bar on the main floor. The food was pretty good, overpriced and small portions, but good. The bartenders were a little rude to us when requesting menus. Also, a friend and I was able to overhear some of their inappropriate comments. Drink were well made. Overall good experience. I would go but not when certain bartenders/servers are there.

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vipIraBfromCSG (Miami)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

What a terrific experience - Great Sunday brunch with plenty of options and menu specials. Great people-watching while sitting at a table on the train/lobby side (versus the main restaurant). Excellent service.

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SoHaGal (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

We were looking for a table service restaurant in Union Station en route to a family function. We had brunch on Saturday, and it was hard to get the waiter's attention even though the restaurant was not that busy. The breakfast burrito was dry and when I asked for salsa, I got chipotle. My husband asked for his poached eggs to be "not too runny" but that's how they were delivered the first time. They did remake the eggs to his liking, but I ate alone while he waited for his meal. So, if you're focused on Location-Location-Location, Thunder Grill is adequate; if you have time and want table service, I'd suggest elsewhere outside of Union Station.

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BrooklynGirl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2017

The black bean and split pea soup was warm when it arrived, not hot, and quite bland, as was the steak on my salad, even though the steak itself was tender and cooked perfectly. I wish it had more flavor so I could have enjoyed it. The environment is loud, but it is in a train station so it is expected. I will likely not return anytime soon.

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vipLeah (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was sub par and the service was very slow and unprofessional.

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vipLinny (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

The staff was very professional and friendly. Food was surprisingly good for a place in Union Station. Will go again if in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

The reason to recommend this restaurant is the great location on the main level of Union Station, with seating outside the restaurant in the main hall. On my last visit we were seated inside, under what seemed to be a stairway near the bar. The restaurant seemed understaffed; service was very slow and that combined with the unattractive seating and the bar-par food made it only a just-adequate experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

Super convenient and fine if you are going to be catching a train. Otherwise, there are more interesting places to eat in the Capitol Hill area.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2017

The food was lovely and the service was hospitable and quick. Only con was that they ran out of all burger buns and had to use toast. My veggie burger was still great though! We sat on the "outside" area to get a beautiful view of the stations gorgeous ceilings.

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