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About 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.

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 898-0051

Website:
http://www.arkrestaurants.com/

Parking Details:
Thunder Grill validates for the first hour.

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: (202) 333-3011

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Thunder Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.7

service

3.7

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3.6

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2015

We selected Thunder Grill in Union Station based on it central location to multiple job sites. The personnel were extremely accommodating and our meals were served very fast. Overall, the food was good however the chicken my Chicken Tostada was overdone and a little tough. Otherwise everyone enjoyed themselves and complimented the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2015

Nice place for lunch if your in Union Station- menu has a nice variety of items that can appease even the pickest of eater.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2015

Food is processed, mediocre. Three burgers order medium, were served rare. Nachos were Sysco -a nuked lump of processed meat, soggy tortilla chips and cheese doused in sour cream and canned jalapenos. No free refills on 8 oz., heavily iced soft drinks.

Never again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Opentable listed the first opening at 11:15 AM, but the restaurant didn't open until 11:30 AM. The crab cakes didn't seem to have any crab in them. I haven't been to the restaurant since the earthquake, but I probably won't go back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2015

Needed a sit down restaurant on the Senate side. There are not many choices so Thunder Grill sufficed. The menu is diverse enough and the location is convenient.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2015

Perfect place to go if you are meeting someone at the station. Delicious food, friendly staff, interesting surroundings. At least once during the meal you will realize why the grill has its name when you hear the rumble of the "thunder"!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2015

Great place. Don't be deterred by the fact it's in a train station. Excellent food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2015

Thunder Grill has a great location and far more room than you might expect. The service for lunch on a Thursday was quick and friendly. The food is predictable - othing special but there is plenty of choice. It's a good choice for meeting up in Union Station.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2015

I came here for a business lunch and couldn't have been more pleased - the menu had many options, the staff was really friendly and the ambiance was perfect for what we needed. i would definitely return for a happy hour with some appetizers or another lunch!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2015

The Union Station location couldn't be beat for convenience for an business dinner with people from all around the area. At my request, the host gave us a table in a very area. Staff was very good at attending to each person, even though the six diners each arrived separately. The waiter was very good at refilling, following up on requests, and offering to take more orders. Since I didn't know all the guests, I was pleased that the menu could accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary constraints. The food was well-prepared and moderately priced. I had eaten here before by myself or with a friend, and the food was consistent every time.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2015

Perfect place for a meal away from the crowds of travelers passing through Union Station. Nice variety of food for meat eaters and those that don't eat meat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 12, 2015

We were disappointed to find a limited menu as a result of "kitchen issues," but all in our group of 13 found satisfaction in their food choices. Union Station under construction, so the scenic view was obstructed- worth a trip back when construction is finished. Nice bartender and very accommodating waitstaff who divvied up our bill into nine separate checks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2015

My family and I were there to celebrate my wife's birthday and enjoy union station. The staff recognized the reason we were there and the fact that we had kids so we were seated upstairs away from the vibrant bar crowd. Service was great as was the food. Felt it was good value for everything we received. Thanks

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2015

This was my third visit to Thunder Grill. It's very convenient to meet with colleagues who work on or around Capitol Hill, convenient to the Metro, and the food is quite good and the noise level is reasonably sane. It's not terribly expensive either, which is a plus. Overall, I'm pleased with this restaurant and I'll be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2015

Good as far as Union Station food goes, but not exceptional in any other respect.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 11, 2015

Our server was great and the food was really good. The whole place shakes lightly when the trains go underground and it gives the place character. It is in the train station after all. I like the fact that you can sit outside in the train station or inside in a normal restaurant setting. Fun on both sides, depends on the day and how you are feeling or the group you are with.. Try the brisket... it is very tender and tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2015

Anytime I plan to be near Union Station, I come here. The food is good bar food: burgers, sandwiches, nachos, calamari. I have never gone wrong. Nice beer selection, too. Friend had one of their cocktails and was impressed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2015

amazingly, the thunder grill is the only place for a pleasant sit down meal at union station

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2015

My party of five enjoyed their lunch at Thunder Grill and found the service to be very good as well. Lots of great menu items to choose from and super convenient being right inside Union Station.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2015

They were able to seat our discussion group away from any significant noise. The food was very good (particularly the barley mushroom soup) and our server was very attentive. I'd definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2014

I had a surprise birthday party for my boyfriend (just he and I) and Bridgette made it perfect! I love her. She is awesome! I Definitely will be coming back because of her.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2014

This is easily the best place to eat in Union Station. Nachos were good, as were the burgers and sandwiches. Service was very good; attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2014

The server was ok. However, the food was great and it was the perfect atmosphere for my work meeting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2014

Not a 'fine dining' establishment. A bar menu split between mediocre Mexican dishes (nachos, tacos, etc.) and 'designer' burgers (yes, there is a 'Mexican" burger). Within 200 yards, there are a number of better choices for either fare. Mediocre food served indifferently.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2014

The food was good. Everyone had a good time. The service was great also.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2014

The location is convo eminent for travels or guests who don't want to spend time trying to find parking. The food was very good. It was pretty loud so in out attempt to take a more quiet table, we felt like out server forgot us...service was a bit slow. Won't stop us from trying it again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2014

Great stop if you are on the go. Bar staff was terrific! Great specials for Happy Hour. Met some friendly people as well!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2014

Food was good and waitor was very good. I had a party of 7 for lunch. Food was served within a reasonable time frame.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2014

Easy to get to available metro and parking. Good place to meet for lunch if one party is in the
Hill area and one is coming by car or metro. Also, good size place so good availability. Food is satisfactory-- it's in the train station. It's more about location.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2014

I really enjoyed my Thunder Grill experience. However, was not able to order Happy Hour food at the restaurant only at the bar. That was disappointing. But, overall we received great service from our server.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2014

Our group thoroughly enjoyed this place. The friendly and helpful restaurant servers made our food selections fantastic. It's a great place to go with a large group when you don't have time to make a reservation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2014

Great spot for a good lunch or dinner in Union Station. Nice bar with friendly bartenders.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 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...

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 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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