Tonic Bar and Grille

4.4
839 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Ton-ic
/tänik/ Adjective 1. Providing a feeling of vigor or well-being; invigorating.

Tonic Bar and Grille is downtown Wilmington's hottest destination for creative cuisine, including some of the best steaks in the area. Multiple private dining areas make it perfect for all entertaining needs. The bar encircled with flat screens is always happening. Whether you are joining us for the city’s most talked about Happy Hour or your favorite sporting event, we want each guest to have a feeling of “Tonic”. We are building lasting relationships with our guests by serving excellence. We look forward to welcoming you into our restaurant and sharing our experience with you!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Burgers, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30AM to 11PM
Friday-Saturday 11:30AM to 1AM
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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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Catering
Jamestown Hospitality quickly gained a reputation as one of Delaware’s premier caterers, which lead to the launching of Jamestown Catering Co. by Tonic Bar & Grille. For more information, please contact yzahran@jamestowncatering.com or (302) 547-6896
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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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Houston
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Had a bit of a service problem after our main meal when we were ready to order desserts. Waiter had gotten vectored off to a large party and we couldnt get anyone’s attention. When we did, they made it right.... but it took about 15 minutes before we could get someone’s attention. They were very apologetic.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family & I had dinner before a show at "The Playhouse". My son is vegan & had the cauliflower steak, his comment was the food was "outstanding" . We had great service in a timely manner. "Tonic" has a warm cozy feel that's great for conversation. There was music in the background but not at anytime was it hard to hear one another. Can't say enough good about the place. Great food, reasonable price & nice atmosphere.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Michelle our service was awesome! We went pre-theatre on Saturday afternoon. Food came out quickly and we lingered for awhile. Refills on iced tea was a plus. Really enjoyed the fries!

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SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there. Came to try a new place for hubby's birthday. Enjoyed everything... food, atmosphere, music, food (especially) and great service from Michele.
We'll definitely be back!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good had a coupon from playhouse that was not applied to bill

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BL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very cool place to dine in the city. Decent options from menu.

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Saturday night special on filet mignon and it was delicious.
So were the short rib egg rolls.
Wines by the glass were nice and service was attentive.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were two couples and an additional friend and we all got the filet mignons. OMG, when it’s said that something melts in your mouth, it was these filets! We all ate every single bite and I would order it again and again when I go back.

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PA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I asked that my red wine be delivered with dinner; it was not.

I ordered an 8 oz. filet with mashed potatoes and green beans; the green beans were delivered, but it took 5 minutes to get the potatoes.

The filet was the ugliest piece of beef I've ever seen from an upscale restaurant. It was greyish/brown all over, with no grille marks at all.

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BL
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a real cool place to dine whether lunch or dinner.

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Tonic Bar and Grille are excellent! Food is attractively presented. They make it a point to offer selections for vegetarians, vegans and gluten intolerant diners. The staff members are courteous and helpful.

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S
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the food and service at Tonic. On the weekends they have great bands in the bar

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VW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanks, Tonic, for another great Sunday brunch -- Eggs Benedict and Mimosas.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
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
79 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
4 reviews
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
36 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
42 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
3 reviews
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
6 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
114 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
172 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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HA
San Antonio
3 reviews
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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