Tonic Bar and Grille

4.4
826 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Offering lunch, dinner, and cocktails, Tonic Bar and Grille, located in downtown Wilmington Delaware, infuses urban sensibility with the classic American steakhouse to create a warm and inviting dining atmosphere. We also provide group parties, catering, corporate delivery and takeout to the Wilmington area. Contemporary decor, hospitable service, delicious craft beers, plenty of big wines, and the finest steaks make us a premier choice for guests who expect the best.
We deliver an experience that leaves lasting impressions. We look forward to seeing you.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Burgers, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(302) 777-2040
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick Bradley
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Catering
Tonic Bar and Grille offers catering!
We will cater any size event. For more information call (302) 777-2040
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Orange & Tatnall
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Parking details
There is parking located at the Community Service Parking Garage but we do not currently validate.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our private room can hold up to 60 guests for a seated dinner. With partitions the space can be made larger to accommodate up to 100 guests.

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What 826 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I'm a repeat customer of tonic and on this particular occasion I visited the restaurant for Restaurant Week. Service was slow and the entree was bland. Very unlike tonic, so I will definitely go back although I'm very disappointed in this visit.

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f
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My steakhouse salad was very good, but not great. Hubby's crab cakes were a little small; tasted good, but not great; came with tarter sauce, couscous and fresh green beans. We shared the steak rolls for our appetizer. They were yummy, but quite pricy for what you got, just two. We didn't get dessert. Our server was very attentive, though at 8:30pm on a Wednesday evening, there weren't many in the restaurant. My $7.50 glass of Merlot wound up being $8.00 on the bill. Parking is around the corner in the building parking garage, but the restaurant doesn't validate. Overall, our experience was positive, but there are so many restaurants to try, we'll not likely be back at least for a long while.

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s
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great meal, excellent taste, wonderful presentation! Saturday night tenderloin special definitely worth a night out!

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AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were here for a quick get away. Went to Tonic for dinner, was seated right away, service was very good and the meals, (filet special and pan seared chicken) were outstanding. Thanks for a grrr rest evening.

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VW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Two of us went for Sunday brunch. Nice facility, easy street parking on Sunday, pleasant service people, good eggs Benedict and French toast, and easy to make reservations on Open Table. We were two of only four to six guests from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. That made us wonder because our experience is that three other brunch spots on Market Street within two blocks of the west side of the Hotel DuPont are very busy (and loud) for Sunday brunch. Tonic is a hidden treasure. I hope that management/ownership won't stop Sunday brunch, because we plan to return. We may also try it for dinner for special occasions or theater nights.

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ND
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to try this for years, but am usually not in the area at lunch time. My friend took me for my birthday lunch. It was very easy to make the reservation. The outdoor eating area is very inviting and modern - it was too hot for us to dine outside, but I will definitely do that in the future. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious - loved the seasoning & spices on the cauliflower appetizer. Burger was done to perfection. I should have gotten the crab cake, but will definitely try that next time.

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L
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was surprised to learn that the Saturday night special, Fillet, was still on the menu. It was not listed in the online version. Terrific meal for a great price.

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DO
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! I had the Tuna special which was really wonderful and healthy. My colleagues had the salmon and steak which they also enjoyed

Loved that that had some healthy choices as well as things for those that want to eat more hearty dishes

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Monday evening dinner for 4. Great food, Mike was our waiter and he was excellent!

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J
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised by Tonic! Our server Mike was excellent! Very attentive and polite. Ask for him when you go. Saturday night is Filet Mignon night. I ordered my steak medium and it came out perfectly. It was, IMO, better than Harry’s Savoy.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My food was delicious, and my server, Yasmine, was fantastic! I will definitely be back!

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DM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best filet I ever had

Great food, Great Service, Great Price

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PS
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything started out fine, with both the service and food, but quickly went downhill. We started with the raw bar sampler, which we thoroughly enjoyed - oysters with a basil mignonette and traditional cocktail sauce and freshly grated horseradish, shrimp, tuna tartare, and crabmeat seasoned with just a little too much Old Bay. Our server totally disappeared when we wanted to order a second course and another glass of wine. We were eventually waited on by a different server. Our next course wasn't so wonderful. The French onion soup, which is supposedly a "Tonic favorite" was way too salty, and I like salt. The companion's corn and feta salad tasted "old" - not fresh and crisp, and with stale tortilla strips. We were disappointed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to use Tonic Bar & Grille for business meetings and Happy Hours for work. This has been the best place downtown that is easy to get to, great food, great atmosphere, and staff is phenomenal!

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NT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

When I made the reservation the open table website told me the only thing available for noon was a high top table in the bar so I took it. When we got to the restaurant there was only 1 table in the whole restaurant that was occupied and the hostess was at a loss as to why that happened. What’s up with that?

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a birthday celebration and had such an amazing meal. Our waiter, Michael was very helpful in our wine selections and an overall joy. He was entertaining, knowledgeable and professional. If we could pick our waitstaff every time we dined there, hands down he’d be our choice. The food is always superb from the apps to dessert. Tonic is my number one choice for a dinner for two to a celebration with friends, no matter the day. This place never lets me down.

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KJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and with reservation, we did not have a wait. We were well taken care of although the meals were pricey.

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WA
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonic has recently changed ownership, so I was a little apprehensive. But no need to worry. It was excellent. We had a Mother's Day buffet and it was great. We'll be back to try it again for a regular meal.

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P
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very personable service, although server was sloppily dressed. Did a good job though. Food is solid. Filet mignon was outstanding, as was salad. Not too noisy, so we could talk and visit nicely with our friends. Would recommend and would return.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Will be going back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and excellent service. The food was a little bland and overpriced but overall a nice spot.

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JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Gabriella, was efficient and prompt. Plus, she knew the menu very well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here before going to see Brian Regan at Hotel DuPont. Had a great time and the food was delicious! It took a little long for the food to come. But, overall it was a great experience!!

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b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Bradley was amazing. Cannot wait to return.

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RO
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had never been to Tonic. Excellent food. Wait staff was excellent.

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PS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Love Tonic, went there for Restaurant Week on Friday and was disappointed with my meal...first time usually everything is great!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for the Wilmington Restaurant week. Menu choices were good: enjoyed the smoked salmon mouse, blackened mahi mahi was delicious and the flourless chocolate torte was lovely.
Our waiter was very friendly and gave delicious drink recommendations, service was great! Would dine here again.

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RH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the fixed price 3 course dinner for $35 during restaurant week. Everything was delicious. Smoked salmon profiteroles with a cucumber salad, beef tenderloin en croute with asparagus, mashed potatoes and a Demi glacé which was to die for, and peach/berry brûlée for desert. One of the best meals I have had in the Wilmington area.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Wait staff very on top of things. Would definitely go back.

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TJ
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Appetizers and drinks were really good ! I’ll try the steak next time .

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was friendly and courteous, this is our go too restaurant when we go into Wilmington!

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RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a pre-theater lunch with my honey of 50+ years. Nice place. Pleasant atmosphere; comfortable seating; efficient and very friendly service. Saturday afternoon lunch menu is a little limited, but perfectly suitable for the occasion. The food was excellent. Best burger (perfectly cooked to my medium rare order) and fries I've had in years!

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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We have always had a great experience at Tonic but Friday night was Theater night and the restaurant was extremely busy.
The shrimp came out of the kitchen pretty dirty and was sent back. The steak was over cooked and the table where we were seated
Was right in the path to the kitchen. Michelle did the best that she could considering how busy it was but our night wasn’t really that great.

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Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great option for pre-theatre dinner. They offer a three-course prix fixe menu but we ordered from the regular dinner menu. I enjoyed the walnut-sweet potato soup du jour and arugula salad. Service was efficient but not rushed.

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IV
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice place with a good menu and the service was outstanding. The food was very good and fair for the value

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DB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tonic Bar met our expectations again. The selections of wines, suggestions for new ones to try were spot on. We again had their fillets which are good to perfection. The dessert was off as we had the cobbler which was gummy and hid the taste of the peaches. We were not rushed, and wait staff made sure all our needs were met.

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N
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our server was wonderful.

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NC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is the first time we had dined at Tonic Bar and Grill. The food choices were good. We shared a cauliflower appetizer which was very tasty. The wine selection was good. The salmon was also very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quiet night. They had 2 big parties in the back so waitress wasn’t as attentive but it was fine as we weren’t really in a rush. Limited menu but we were there for steaks which were excellent.

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