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“Lunch at Union Station” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Thunder Grill

Thunder Grill
50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214
+1 202-898-0051
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Ranked #1,134 of 2,557 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Southwestern
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 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.
Newark, Delaware
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lunch at Union Station”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Enjoyed a nice lunch while on a bus tour of the DC sights - great soup and a really good entree; only downside was that because we were seated outside the restaurant which is the lobby of the station it was rather cold.

Visited December 2013
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Fish Tacos I've ever had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

My friend ordered Fish Tacos for appetizer and I was very skeptical. You see I've been so disappointed in the number of restaurants where Fish Tacos were on the menu. However, after my friend smiled after a bite, I tried them for myself. Thunder Grill came through with flying colors and they were the best Fish Tacos I've ever had.

The Calamari were very good; juicy and lightly battered. And the beef brisket was so tender and delicious you could swallow it whole!

Thunder Grill was a great find!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reston
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221 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Good location within Union Station - Cozier than other major restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The cold was coming in the front door with the other major restaurant but this was tucked in and nice and cozy. The service was excellent and the food was good. Great place to wait out with a train departure time with my son.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Good Place for Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We met a family member at the Thunder Grill for lunch today. The restaurant is located in the DC Union Station. Our very friendly server quickly brought us water and took our drink orders which arrived shortly. My spouse had a burger served with fries and cole slaw, her brother ordered a turkey burger also with fries and slaw. Tomato and onion were on the side and mustard and catsup were brought to the table. Both burgers were pronounced very good.

With some trepetation I ordered beef enchiladas. They were delicious. Wrapped in blue corn tortIllas the tender well seasoned beef was covered in white chese. On the plate was rice, guacamole and tomato.

We each had coffee after our meal.

We were all well pleased with Thunder Grill. The food was good, service was good and our server, in particular, was friendly and efficient. Our bill was $61, which included a $10 tip.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nothing special.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

After returning our rental car late in the evening at Union Station we decided to eat in the area before taking a taxi back to the hotel. We ended up at Thunder Grill because it was located at Union Station and we where tired to continue looking for something else. The restaurant was about to close so we had to site on a bar type table. Not the best choice after a long day of shopping. The food was oke but nothing special. It was very loud in the restaurant from drunk costumers.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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