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About Tonic Bar and Grille
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.
Wilmington, DE 19801
Steakhouse, Burgers, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10pm
Bar: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:30am-11pm
Between Orange & Tatnall
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Tonic Bar and Grille offers catering!
We will cater any size event. For more information call (302) 777-2040
There is parking located at the Community Service Parking Garage but we do not currently validate.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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.
Tonic Bar and Grille Ratings and Reviews
This is definitely not the same restraunt that blue fish once was. While the food is good I can’t help but think back to how good it used to be. Sure the new variety is great but I feel like the dishes may be hit or miss. The filet was great according to my fellow diner but my pecan crusted chicken sandwich the bread was over toasted and the Brie often over powered the dish. For a neighborhood bar and grill downtown it’s a good place but it’s far from the perfect date night it used to be.
My boyfriend & I went here for Valentine’s Day last year and ADORED it so much that we went back this year! The second experience wasn’t as delicious. Our drinks were pretty terrible. Mine tasted like straight cough syrup (I ordered some pear drink). We barely drank half before ordering something simple that we knew we would like. The waitress didn’t even ask what we thought of them. I must have ordered from the specials menu last year, because the entrees were not as appealing this year. I got the crab cakes. They were good enough. Just like any basic crab cake. I will say though, my boyfriends filet was cooked beautifully! Overall an okay experience food and drink wise. We are going to try it again when it is nicer out and decide if we will keep the Valentine’s Day tradition going then.
My husband & I went for early Valentine's dinner on Saturday evening. The service was very good, friendly staff. The steak special was pleasing. I ordered the filet, mashed potatoes & asparagus and was very pleased. My husband ordered a rib eye steak it was very good, except for his side dishes, the green beans tasted like plastic/wax and the potato cakes that it came with tasted terrible. He was able to eat some of my mashed potatoes to help with both of our sides. The house chardonnay is ok, not that great for 8.50 a glass. Overall we would probably not go back for dinner maybe for happy hour, it was not worth 100.00 between the 2 of us.
Chose this spot for a pre theater dinner at the Playhouse and worked out great, parking next door and theater down the street. Prices were moderate with drinks being a little high priced. We ordered salad, soup and several small plates. Plus prosecco and beer. Mushroom soup was very good as was the fennel-arugala salad. Jamacain samosas were tasty but a bit dry and the coconut dip provided was bland. The brussel sprouts were great and beautifully cooked and carmelized. The beet napoleon was not really like a napoleon but rather thinly sliced beets and portabellos with a small mushroom and arugal salad. It was delicious but the portabellos got lost in the beet juice.
The menu offered in the restaurant did not match the one available online, which was a but disappointing guven that we came specifically for their exquisite ‘mustard seed encrusted salmon with curry cauliflower puree’, which was no longer offered. On a happy note, our server Valerie was AMAZING!!!
We went to Tonic before the theatre. It's conveniently located and one of us hadn't been there before. I was able to get a seat at the bar while I waited for my husband, which was a nice surprise, even though it was crowded and loud in the bar area. They sat us at our table and it seemed as if all servers walked past us as if we were invisible. It took ~10 minutes for anyone to say anything to us. The food did come out pretty quickly but the crab cakes that were expensive! were VERY small for a main course. They were good but way to small a serving for the price. The filet mignon was excellent. I would go back but not on a regular occasion.
Bar menu has a nice selection. Our burger and chicken sandwich came quickly & were very good. The music was great but not too loud that you couldn’t have a conversation. Our waitress, Rachel was very attentive and friendly. She made our experience even more enjoyable.
Disappointing dining experience. We believe they mixed up our steak done-ness order and we decided to just let it go since we had a time issue. The steak salad I ordered was mostly lettuce, although they did include a generous portion of flank steak. The menu said "with avocado" and my salad had just one small, thin slice.
The ambiance was more sports bar than fine dining and the prices should reflect that. I do not believe we will return.
My food was delicious but the service was not good, and I was rather embarassed. I scheduled a lunch at Tonic for a business meeting. My colleague and I were talking and needed some extra time to look at the menu. Our server told us that "it was about to get very busy so he needed to keep on schedule." It was incredibly rude, but we were there for business so we ignored the comment and picked our entrees. I ordered the vegetable soup and the tuna tartare. It was phenomenal and I have nothing but good things to say about it.
My colleague ordered the steak sandwich without onions and told the server she was allergic. After eating about a quarter of it, she realized there were onions in it and told the server who said "there probably weren't more." This put my colleague in a very awkward situation: don't eat, or feel lile she's making a scene. The server should have apologized and immediately gotten her a new meal. We had to show the hostess after he left (who was kind and immediately apologized and got my colleague a new meal). Our server was grouchy, inattentive, and de-railed our otherwise productive lunch meeting. With other wonderful restaurants like La Fia, Domaine Hudson, and Chelsea Tavern nearby, Tonic cannot afford service this poor. I will never scheduke an important meal here again: take out only!
Three of us for an early dinner. The service was great and two of us had the rib-eye medium rare which was wonderful. Drinks were good.
The one who got the hanger steak on salad was disappointed in the tough steak. The wedge salad had a good flavor but the lettuce was shredded which made for difficult eating. The creamed spinach was marginal and the asparagus was grilled and tough.
We had a booth at the window and the view was guests and staff ducking outside on the sidewalk for a smoke. I guess if you are going to pay these kind of prices I expect more. There are many better places to get a good steak dinner.
Excellent!...from the greeting upon walking into the restauran; to Gabriella, our wonderful and friendly waitress who was highly knowledgeable of entire menu; to the HIGH QUALITY of fresh food, prepared to perfection; to the ambiance with live music. Superb in every way, a MUST in Wilmington!
The food is overpriced for the portion size and quality that you receive. If offering six wings as an app for 10.00, then ensure they are jumbo wings and not quail wings. The short rib eggroll was not appetizing. The steak salad is overpriced and the ingredients don't make sense. Why are there unseasoned fingerling potatoes in a salad? I probably would just save your money and go to a real steakhouse like Capital Grill, Sullivan's, or even Ruth Chris.
This casual but tasteful restaurant with good food is a great place to meet up with friends. We took advantage of the Saturday Lobster Boil which was packed with 1.25 lb. lobster, clams, and sides but hey kitchen, "How about slitting the tail and cracking the claws right after steaming because a dinner knife just won't cut it?"
Execution from host, wait and kitchen teams sparkles at every turn. Tonic is a great place for a business meal and a business cocktail too! The salad options with protein choices are an overly generous portion of fresh greens and expertly prepared seafood. Don't miss your chance to explore the rest of the menu.
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