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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.
Convenient to trains
Nice dining in train station for overflow
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This restaurant takes full advantage of being the only sit-down restaurant at Union Station, but the food is sub-par.
Ordered chicken fajitas, brought to table sizzling hot. Best fajitas I've had in long time!
Service and food subpar. Worse than convenience store food. Chili on nachos tasted canned. Fajita meat and tortillas burnt
Waste of money and calories!!!
I asked for a quiet table. They got me a booth in the back. Perfect.
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!
Good service, fast, fine food
Food is always good; service is always slow. But still worth the visit!
A terrific local place for after work drinks and food - vey convenient for all modes of transportation
Thunder Grill has a variety of excellent brunch selections. Bar drinks are pricey but oh so delicious.
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!
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.
Love the location. It is so convenient for friends to meet. Diverse food choices. Friendly professional staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food was sub par and the service was very slow and unprofessional.
The staff was very professional and friendly. Food was surprisingly good for a place in Union Station. Will go again if in the area.
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.
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.
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.
I go to thunder grill for the environment. There was live music in union station as well as the hustle and bustle of Amtrak. Great place to hang out with lots of energy. The food is ok not great. I had the Cobb which was good but not much chicken. Most entrees are around $15 so it is ok value. The environment is really the value here
Ate at Thunder Grill today for a going away lunch. Was seated upstairs which made it much quiet than on the station level. Our server was a little inattentive but our food was great!
This is a better-than-average restaurant strategically placed in the entrance to a major transportation hub--Washington's Union Station. Good restaurants in busy locations are hard to find, so this rather average restaurant is a great restaurant for such a location.
love this place - the food is good, the prices are great and the service is fantastic!
The staff at Thunder Grill were great to accommodate our reservation for 18. They provided excellent service throughout our meal and the food was good.
Went with 12 people following a long day of meetings to catch up on how each person's meetings went. We had a space that was just for us leading out into Union Station. It might be louder during the day but we had the place to ourselves. Great food, service and in general a super place to meet.
Had lunch here with a friend and former colleague who now works near Union Station and it was really very nice and quite convenient. I parked in the garage upstairs above the station and it was easy to access the restaurant (Note: if you keep your visit to under 2 hours, don't forget to validate your ticket as you return to the garage - you will save a bundle).
The food was very good, the service was friendly and attentive, and we chose to sit in the section on the side of the room that opens into Union Station. From here, things are quiet and you can look into the historic station and appreciate the architecture, it is peaceful and you can actually have a conversation. The Classic Burger and the Southwest Chopped Salad were both terrific. The interior design of the restaurant itself is quite beautiful and unique.
All in all, it was a fine lunch and we enjoyed the food, the service, and the station view.
The only negative was that they refused to honor our reservation upon arrival. They did still seat us right away though.
Our family group has eaten here 4 times and will surely return! Briggett has a fantastic way of making folks feel welcomed at Thunder Grill. I talk up this restaurant to friends because of its good food and the convenient for dining after meeting folks coming into town by train.
Met a friend for lunch here. Great location for meeting up. At Union Station so easy train and metro access. Close to the Capitol and Postal Museum. Really liked the fish tacos.