Tonic Bar and Grille

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851 reviews
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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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SN
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We met friends we hadn't seen in a long time. The place is nice, clean and incredibly easy to get to. Parking is ideal. Our waitress was very nice and quick. The food was ok. I expected a lot more for the prices. The appetizers were dry(poor pork belly) or cold. My husband ordered the ribeye with lobster tail. The seasoning on the ribeye was all over the place. One bite was bland and the next bite packed with salt (I had the ribeye too). The lobster tail had NO seasoning and NO butter. How do you serve lobster tail without butter? Two of us got the molten cake for dessert. Mine looked like someone took a chunk out of it. It was half a cake. The other one was perfect. Really could have used some ice cream or something. By 10 the dining room was empty and the wait staff were all congregated near our table giving us dirty looks to leave. They were constantly walking by our table over and over again even though they weren't doing anything. The hostility was very apparent and it became very uncomfortable so we took off. Probably won't be back. No one serves ribeye anymore so I was so looking forward to it. It was a bummer.

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JR
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I was pleased we could park in the Courtyard Lot with entrance in the block before on 11th. Cost $5 for dinner time. I felt some of the food was a bit expensive. $34.50 for a small filet. And it was pretty loud in there with low ceiling. But people were pleasant and pretty efficient.

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NS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was outstanding! From the atmosphere, to the service, to the food, we had a great time at Tonic and would definitely recommend it for any occasion.

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EJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed having dinner at Tonic Bar and Grille. The food was good. The service was good. And our overall experience was a happy one.

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LH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience before the show!

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b
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good food and a good place to stop before a show at the Grand.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good. But, we had a long wait for our entrees to arrive at the table after ordering. The waitress was very nice and apologized a couple times about the wait. Also, I was a little surprised at the price of our entrees. The bar scene was very nice. The live music was great. A duo, an acoustic guitar player with a female singer. They had an extensive catalog with good arrangements. Very enjoyable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We dined as two couples on Saturday evening. The restaurant only had two or three tables occupied. The servers were very friendly and quick. However, the food was fair, at best. Two of us had the Impossible (Vegan) Meatloaf. Both people thought it was pretty bad and had a funky taste. Two had steak (one had Filet Mignon and one had a Steak Salad). The steaks were good. The French Onion Soup and Acorn Squash appetizers were good, but the Thai Peanut Soup was too spicy. The wines were very good. The prices are definitley overpriced for the quality and quantity of food. There was also a mistake on one couple's bill-charged for two of the same item which was quickly corrected. Based on the almost empty restaurant on a Saturday evening, I guess we are not the only dissatisfied customers. This was our first and last visit.

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KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I dined at Tonic early on New Years Eve. Overall, it was pleasant. Our server was attentive and the atmosphere was somewhat nice. The price of the food did not match the quality. It was okay, but I would not rave about it. Good location if you are staying in the city. Parking garage is convenient and close. Appetizers were much better than the entrees.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for new treats dinner 2018 and had a great time. Food was very good and the service was attentive. Our party of five had a great experience

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i
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wilmington doesn't have a lot of good vegetarian food. We appreciate the changing and creative vegetarian options at Tonic.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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
25 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
34 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
37 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
44 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
8 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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CC
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
17 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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