Tonic Bar and Grille

4.3
819 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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.
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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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819 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
47%
Very Good
44%
Good
8%
Fair
0%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DO
4.0Dined 7 days ago

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
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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

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J
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great restaurant!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

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DM
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

One of the best filet I ever had

Great food, Great Service, Great Price

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PS
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food, great service. Will be going back.

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CS
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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

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JK
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Chef Bradley was amazing. Cannot wait to return.

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RO
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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PS
3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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
4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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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OT
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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

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TJ
4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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

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M
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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RB
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was great and our server was wonderful.

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NC
5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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
4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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OT
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great experience!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Michelle is great!!

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OT
1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

What a lovely place. The food was delicious. The server was polite. But I doubt if I’d come back .

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AM
5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The Brussels Sprouts app was out of this world. We all had a great meal and will be going back soon.

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DZ
5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Stopped in for a quick bite before a show at the Playhouse on Rodney Square. Convenient. We had several appetizers and all were great. Bar can be noisy, but the dining area was quieter. We will be back.

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b
2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Service was terrible. Although the waitress (Michelle) was nice and friendly. The food took WAY TOO LONG to arrive, and only after we inquired about it twice. Once it arrived one of our four orders was incorrect. It was also quite difficult to just get our water glasses re-filled.
The food was also very disappointing. To their credit, once we voiced our concern to the manager, she did remove one of the four dinners from our final bill, and did offer complimentary desserts.

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WM
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great place for any occasion. On this night there was live music by the Light Up the Queen musicians. Great community involvement.

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