Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy
Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tonicrestaurant.com/Foggy-Bottom
  • Phone: 2022960211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar 11:00am - 1:00am nightly and 11:00am - 2:00am Friday and Saturday nights
    Late night fare available
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sheldon Alexander
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tonic offers on and off-site catering for parties of 10-200 - for details contact Brianna DeBrock at events.tonic@gmail.com or 202-560-2858.
  • Entertainment: Lounge space featuring local performance artists, musical acts, and student groups. Three flat-screen televisions, movie nights, board games available.
  • Special Events: Trivia Nights, Monday in the lounge @ 8:30 - food and drink specials, teams of 2-20. Wine Down Wednesdays, purchase two entrées and receive 1/2 off any bottle. Bottomless mimosas at brunch from 10-3 PM Saturdays and Sundays with purchase of brunch entree for $16.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st and G
  • Public Transit: 5 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Blue Line and Orange Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking on 21st ST, two hour parking on G and F.
A word from Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy
Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant offers classical American cuisine with a contemporary Southern twist. Tonic is located in the heart of Washington DC’s historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

Come and enjoy signature tater tots with homemade dipping sauces, weekly specials and craft beers on draft. Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant caters to all tastes.

Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant serves 12 beers on tap, 14 wines by the glass, and many specialty cocktails that complement our new American menu.

A quick stroll from the Foggy Bottom Metro and a few blocks from the Kennedy Center, Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place for a happy hour cocktail, a fun night out, or a leisurely brunch. No matter your mood, Tonic cures what ails you.
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Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (83)neighborhood gem (79)great for lunch (62)good for groups (36)vibrant bar scene (28)great for brunch (23)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)special occasion (6)scenic view (5)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • LKE5
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food & server; hostesses were disorganized and took 15 minutes to seat us, despite having a reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent serves. College vibe
    OzMomo
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Picked this place purely due to its close proximity to our hotel. Great find. It was a good find. With outdoor areas and a lower level bar, but we were seeking refuge from the humidity of mid Autumn and got a table upstairs in air-conditioned comfort. Fried chicken wings w/ blue cheese dip and ranch sauce; pulled pork mac'n'cheese; pulled pork platter (with mac'n'cheese and cold potato salad). Plus a mocktails each. We had leftovers to take home! Hahaha. Presumably gets more lively once semester restarts!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DCFanVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Quigleys is located on the George Washington University campus.....it has a great college atmosphere with terrific food, great service, and a wonderful location.....I love going to Quigleys since it gives me a great excuse to be on campus and absorb the college energy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    LikesToEast
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Usually the salads are great! The special - blueberry and spinach was a disappointment - thre are very few blueberries and a few pieces of avacado - and lots of spinach - it was not the typical 'full' of 'stuff' Tonic salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun place to eat
    SumfunVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Nice menu with some standard plus not so standard choices. Food was good. Location is great and the building was cool. Server was friendly but kind of slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great except for the server
    Anna
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was good: nothing to write home about, but decent and yummy. My gripe with this restaurant was our server, who was dressed in a slovenly manner and had extremely poor people skills. She was a little odd -- her affect and delivery, both in speech and serving our food, was off and unpleasant. As my dining partner said, "She has strange energy." She really shouldn't be a server in a restaurant of this caliber, especially given the charming hostesses who start the evening off well for customers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just ok
    NYdiners
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and attentive enough-- we asked to be seated on the outside porch but we were on such an angle that the condensation from our drinks kept dripping through the slots in the table onto our legs. It was a pleasant enough night for that kind of trade off. My drink came out only after we asked about it again and it had clearly been poured and forgotten due to the ice being so melted. Tator tots came out and they were luke warm at best. By then we were too hungry to complain. Just a " meh" experience. Not sure we'd bother to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty food, good service
    FussyDiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A justifiably popular spot for lunch, drinks and dinner. The staff are friendly and make good recommendations. My only complaint is the less than efficient "system" for seating clients. I showed up on time for my lunch reservation but still had to wait in a line that stretched out the front door for about 10 minutes before I could reach the host/hostess station, where the management seemed to be struggling to juggle all the customers, most of whom also seemed to have reservations. I recommend showing up early for your reservation, especially if you're on a tight schedule. The food is simple, wholesome and good value for money.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The lunch at Tonic was very good. The food is very good and the tater tots were superb. Service and ambiance was very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had a good lunch experience as a first time visitor. Food was good and atmosphere was appealing. Sat outside and weather was beautiful on that day. Service was good. Made online reservation, which was very convenient. No complaints or extraordinary experiences to speak of. Will frequent again in the future if in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Bluemax
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have been to Tonic seversl times since we work at the Department of the Interior. I booked a table for eight and we were seated on the top floor where it is not as loud. The service was so slow we waited for 15 to 20 minutes with dry glasses. Our waiter passed by several times without making eye contact. Tonic has better lunch time wait staff. The food is typical bar fare..burgers and such. They really think their tater tots are special for some reason. Both were served cold unfortunately. My plate had all the residue from the deep fry basket dumped on it and the memphis burger I ordered had a deep fried foreign object on it that made me nauseous when it bit into it. We wont be going to tonic again. Come on guys!
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  • Great TaterTots Disappointing Salad
    Run4BaconVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We ordered the basket of tater tots for a starter and they came with 3 dipping sauces, which were all delicious. The basket is a very generous portion and the tots were cooked to the perfect level of crispiness. However, our second course of salads was unbelievably disappointing. And we chose salads that were recommended by our server! One salad had been added back to the menu recently because it was so popular in the past (I can't fathom why after tasting it). The lettuce was nice and crisp, but the toppings were scarce and bland. What made up for all of it was the wonderful outdoor dining space next to a very light traffic road in DC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • they need more help
    kmack57VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Wait staff has to handle too many table leading to long waits. Food was cold on arrival at the table. Won't be in a hurry to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Place
    Carmine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had dinner before attending the Washington Kastles match. We ate in the second floor dining room. The place is like many others in town, exposed brickwork and beams with some modern touches in the design and a menu that is becoming standard fare in middle-of-the-road restaurants in DC. But that is a good thing, as the quality of the food and the selection of drinks shows just how high standards have been raised in DC. Tonic is not a place for special dinner, but we had a very good meal with excellent service, and that's plenty good enough.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • World Cup Sunday - GREAT
    mdsuburbs
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Four of us spent a delightful Sunday afternoon and evening in the Lounge viewing the final game of World Cup and then had dinner in the second floor dining room. Overall it was fantastic. We sat right at the bar where the waitstaff was attentive and prompt with service. I was especially impressed that the redhead bartender remembered what I was drinking when it came time to reorder. In the dining room the ambience was enjoyable and the food delicious. Our waitress was polite and helpful, but her only function was to be to take our order. She came by very shortly after the food arrived to ask if everything was satisfactory. That was the last we saw of her. She never came back to see if we needed more iced tea or water.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh.
    mjdj
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Made reservations for the World Cup Final. The restaurant had a note that it would make efforts to meet requests with views of TV, but cannot guarantee. Understandable - but makes it seem like that it is possible. When we checked in, the hostesses said the only spots to watch the game were in the bar, outdoor garden & thee space upstairs, which were all first-come-first-serve. So basically the reservation meant nothing and their note for viewing the game was misleading. Food was okay; not bad, but nothing spectacular. One great thing was the male bartender who worked that day in the garden bar: quick to see an empty glass and offer a refill simply by making eye contact & nodding to us. Great service, please recognize him for that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JAMD
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I love this place! Great staff! Great Food! Awesome location! If you want to experince the DC dinning without breaking the bank this is the place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group Lunch
    Trvlgodds
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The staff pushed two booths together and it made it challenging to get 12 people into the booths.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staying near Tonic
    dbahnsen
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We went on the 4th of July. It was super busy and it took over an hour to get our food. The taters tots (which they are famous for) were very good everything else was average.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tots & Pizza
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    You have to start with the tator tot basket! It's enough to feed a family of 4! Then, we had the Hamilton & Bernie pizzas - both were delicious. Had enough left overs for the next day's lunch (and then some). Awesome place, love visiting when we're in town.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for drinks than dinner
    BusyOnTheGo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I would not recommend the food but the overall experience was pleasant.
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  • It was okay.
    yumyum
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ate here before a 7:30pm show at the Kennedy Center. Only about a 10 minute walk from the restaurant to the Kennedy Center, so it was a very convenient place to eat. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice, and the wait staff and hosts were friendly. The cocktail I ordered was "meh", I wish I had just ordered a beer or glass of wine. The food was good, but it came out seriously like 5 minutes after we ordered it. That makes me think everything is pre-made and they just plate as they get orders? It was strange. But, like I said, the food did taste good and was hot. Not sure I would go to Tonic again, but our experience was not bad.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum... tater tots
    FloodRN
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great place to have lunch during the work week and I would imagine the tots would be even better late night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Tonic is a decent place to dine. I have had great experiences and I have had bad experiences there. Unfortunately, this last time dining at Tonic was a bad experience. We went for lunch and were given in a seat in the outside garden, which is great! The server was really nice, but it took just over 50 minutes to get our food. Once our food came out they messed up the order so instead of leaving the food they did get right they took it all away. 20 minutes later we finally got our food. Since the food took so long to come out we had to get the check right away and box up our food and take it with us. I love Tonic's happy hour so I will most likely go back for that, but dining there will not be an option for me anymore.
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  • It Was OK
    Kmarsh1
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Got there at 1:30 for lunch and they were out of the daily special. A very pricy (All most $100 for 2 salads and 2 salmon burgers) afternoon..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 14 Jun 2014
    Jecd
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We chose the restaurant for an early dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. The tater tots were very good, but the pot pot pie was under seasoned (a few herbs and spices are in order). My husband's steak was obviously a cheaper cut of meat as it was tough, even though it was medium rare. The brownie dessert was the highlight of the meal--delicious. The waitstaff was excellent. Might eat there again and order different items
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fifi
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The back patio is nice and new, but desperately needs shade for all the tables, as summers in DC can get quite hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent spot in the GW area
    foggybottomfoody
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    You do need reservations, but it is worth thinking ahead for this spot. The food is great! Servings plentiful and the service has always been good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks before Kennedy Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A friend and I went here prior to a ballet at the Kennedy Center. It's a short walk from Foggy Bottom Metro and we were able to get in and out in time for the ballet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unsavory salmon burger
    rudydaleVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This was my 2nd visit within a month to Tonic. My first visit was very favorable - I actually booked dinner before a performance at nearby Lisner Auditorium and then returned for after dinner drinks. I had enjoyed the menu offerings then, so on this visit I wanted to meet colleagues working nearby and try more of the lunchtime menu. I chose the salmon burger but to my surprise found it to be the most tasteless, dull, dry specimen I have ever had, leagues less digestible than I find at a local greasy spoon across town. I had to say NO this time on the question of recommending Tonic to a friend based on this indigestible salmon burger - it was simply the very worst salmon burger I have ever had.
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  • Loved the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Loved the food at Tonic. Atmosphere was definitely college student chic but my mom and I had a table upstairs near the front window and it was just fine. The food was excellent and we both enjoyed what we had. Service was a little slow but it was really busy so understandable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Went to Tonic for a lunch meeting. Nice place to have a sit-down lunch in Foggy Bottom. Food was very good and has nice outdoor seating areas.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Sunday brunch
    beachbilly
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Ate out front on a beautiful spring Sunday. Had a reservation and seated immediately even though it was GW's graduation. Service was great and food enjoyable. A very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Good service.
    JuleS0464
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food here is good. If you are looking for something healthy to eat, the menu is pretty limited. Laid back atmosphere. Very good service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Tonic's famous "tots" as well as totchos (nachos using tater tots), and wings are huge portions during Happy Hour. Happy Hour prices for wine and beer. Nice outdoor seating with awning that came in handy when it started raining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the Tonic!
    Natwit
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have always liked Tonic at Quigley's at Foggy Bottom. Now i have a new reason: the outside bar area where Austin provided the beer, food and great tunes for an excellent outdoor Friday lunchtime dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory, efficient, comfortable
    rudydaleVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Tonic is just a block from GWU's Lisner Auditorium, ideal for catching a meal before a show and the service didn't disappoint. Our waiter and the kitchen staff ably provided us our meal in a flash and it was a savory salmon with garlic spinach and homestyle mash potatoes that I'd go back for. While the clientele skew towards the university set, with their high volume outside voices easily bombarding adjacent tables, the structure's sturdy enough to absorb & disappoint some of the bombast so that you can have a reasonable conversation with your companions. All in all, for a first visit, Tonic didn't disappoint and we actually returned after the performance for a late night drink and snack.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Spot!
    brunchdc1111
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We sat outside and had a lovely waiter. My friend order the tater tots covered with hollandaise sauce, which were delicious. I got the Santa Fe scramble egg dish, which was fantastic especially since I added a side of guacamole.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 92 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 434 reviews are from the Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy reviews archive.
  • Good low-key place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I liked this place, I'm not from DC but if I lived there this is definitely the type of place I'd go to. Some nice outdoor seating areas, solid menu of comfort food with a twist, great beer list (a little overpriced when not happy hour, but still), and easily accommodated our baby.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tot a surprise!
    Marcus
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We were in DC for a Garden Walk and selected Tonic due to its proximity to the WH and brunch offerings. The food was very good but the service was a bit slow. They are fully justified in touting their tots - yum!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.