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Thunder Grill

359 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (9)
  • Business Meals (5)
  • Great for Lunch (4)
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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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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!

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!!!

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.

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!

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

Good service, fast, fine food

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

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

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