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Thunder Grill

359 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
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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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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Parking details
Thunder Grill validates for the first hour.
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
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Horrible, overly fried food which had an obvious hair in one of the sauces. Service was fair- waiter seemed generally disgruntled. Host and hostess were very pleasant and effective. Would not return for a meal- a pity that it is a nice, convenient space.

Joan (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2016

We ate there waiting to go on the monument by moonlight tour. The food was very creative and great presentation. Good service and interesting setting at Union Station.

viphappydiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

I gave Thunder Grill four stars because it's good at what it does, not because it serves the highest cuisine or anything particularly creative. It does sandwiches, fajitas, fried calamari, marqueritas, that sort of thing well. And it's outer dining areas provide a nice view of Union Station's interior. To sum it up, satisfying and comfortable.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

My wife and I were in town for a conference nearby and wanted a place to have a nice dinner without spending a fortune. We were very happy to be seated right away in a booth next to the bar. The wait staff were very attentive and food and drinks came quickly. All four of us enjoyed our dinners. Wine list is not extensive but has several nice items. The locally-brewed Right Porter is fantastic.

Would happily go there again.

MLCjr (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2016

Thunder Grill was the perfect restaurant for the what I needed. I was in DC on business and looking for a place to meet one of my gal pals before boarding my Amtrak north. We were able to sit, have drinks, and a leisurely dinner while staying inside Union Station. Had there not been a cocktail reception going on in the main hall, it would have been even nicer.

vipMDWfood (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Very poor wait staff. We had a large group -- 15 people for lunch when they were not very busy. They only assigned one wait staff to the table. He finally took our first drink order about 10 minutes after we were seated, and when they were delivered 15 minutes after that (he commented that the bar was not moving very efficiently), we ordered a second round and our food. We noted the table of four next to us was clearly unhappy with the waiter. The second round of drinks for us appeared after 15 minutes and he casually mentioned he had just then put in our food order. At that time he reviewed all of our food orders and realized he had missed one person's order. Our food arrived (with the help of another staff) an hour after we were seated -- and the stray lost order was served about 10 minutes after the rest of us. When it came time to deliver the bill, the waiter confessed he was not doing a good job and that his fellow workers had agreed. He begged for our forgiveness. I didn't pick up the tab, but I suspect he was shown little sympathy when it came to the tip.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Even with the changes, this place is a great lunch spot and convenient!

Grammie9 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2016

Exceeded our expectations in all areas...bartenders very friendly...I really enjoyed the chopped salad, very fresh

Charli (Charlotte)
1.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

I dined at Thunder Grill for a business lunch. The wait staff ignored me for several minutes in spite of making eye contact with me while whizzing by. A couple strolls up after I do and are seated before I am even though I was standing there before they were and also had a reservation. Despite the rough start I was optimistic that the service would improve. It didn't. The waiter took forever to come to the table and when he did he took the drink order for one member of the party but not the other. The food was mediocre, but I never got my drink until my entree came out. I had to remind the waiter that I wanted the drink and he seemed annoyed at the request. Overall this is a regrettable experience. I would never go back. If you're in Union station, hit the food court.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

The service from greeter to server was great and attentive.