Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant offers classical American cuisine with a contemporary Southern twist. Tonic is located in the heart of Washington DC’s historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

Come and enjoy signature tater tots with homemade dipping sauces, weekly specials and craft beers on draft. Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant caters to all tastes.

Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant serves beers on tap, wines by the glass, and many specialty cocktails that complement our new American menu.

A quick stroll from the Foggy Bottom Metro and a few blocks from the Kennedy Center, Tonic at Quigley’s Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place for a happy hour cocktail, a fun night out, or a leisurely brunch. No matter your mood, Tonic cures what ails you.
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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Most of our food was delicious. When the beignets arrived for dessert, however, they were raw inside. The restaurant did bring us another order, but those were overdone. Our server was very nice, but they seemed a bit understaffed, as they forgot our tater tots order as our appetizer and didn't bring it until we asked for it and our entrees were served.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!

L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious - love the tots. Our server was attentive.

KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our waiter was very nice, but clearly over extended serving too many tables as he was hard to catch. Our chili arrived lukewarm and the mac & cheese was cold to the touch. To their credit they comped the Mac but the rest of the meal left something to be desired.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting my son at GWU always includes dinner at Tonic. Great food, great service and the perfect location.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and their extreme amount of tots!! Went for brunch and it was great! Got the bottomless mimosas and Chloe made sure our glasses never went empty. Got the toffle
Burger and was very very impressed! Will go Back again

S
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great little place to hit up if you are in the GW neighborhood, BUT if you don't care for crowds, go at an off time. Evenings and weekends are tremendously busy, and also quite noisy. Food is always good and they have some flavorful and interesting takes on "usual" foods (ex: their BLT is quite different but quite fine). No parking at all in this neighborhood, but the Foggy bottom metro is only a couple of blocks away.

t
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

College town pub. A friend recommended that I dine here while I was visiting the D.C. area. We had the tater tots for an appetizer. It’s was a very large portion as an appetizer. Nothing exceptional about the tots though. My pulled pork sandwich wasn’t bad. Upstairs dining area was very, very loud.

OT
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food wasn't that tasty--soup was luke warm and the Salmon sandwich wasn't good. Waiter wasn't attentive. Wouldn't go back.

JF
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were a party of 3 and all our entrees were really good. I had the oodles of zoodles with salmon and it was excellent!! My husband had the Mac n cheese burger and it was cooked just right and not too much Mac n cheese to make it hard to eat. My son had the cheese pizza and ate every bite. One warning ... if u eat here on a cold day, do not sit next to the windows or outer walls because a major draft comes through. Either ask for an inner booth or wear extra layers!

MV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, very cool setting, bar and seating areas. Service was perfectly fine, food was as expected. We will be back.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal. Our server was incredible and even though they were out of Key Lime Pie, he was able to recommend something that I really enjoyed.

And of course the tots were amazing as usual.

KC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Underwhelming. The whole 'tater tot' craze is a bit much. Kind of pricey for being a college joint. Won't be going back.

HW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff, great food, good happy hour deals. I love the tots!!

CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Nice location within the GWU, but ow price value proposition.

AW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I liked this place a lot. Understand, I was there twice in 24 hours. On Friday night I led a party of 10 for dinner and they gave us a big booth upstairs. It was fine. The food was very good, if not gourmet quality. Very tasty. Service was superb from the young man that was assigned to us. The next day I needed a place to sit at a bar and watch sports, and they had just the thing, downstairs. Three TVs so I saw all the games I wanted. Although we sat longer than I like (and longer than acceptable) on arrival, the friendly bar maid more than made that up to us. The cocktails were well tailored and tasty. We ate at the bar and the food was all fine. This will be my go-togin mill and eatery in the GWU area.

TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. Also, we were seated promptly even though we arrived late, because of traffic (I called the restaurant to let them know we would be late). Traffic and parking can be problematic in that area.

K
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistent food, something for everyone, good service. The shroomwich is a great vegetarian option and tasty.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was no better than what you can order at a basic chain restaurant. My husband’s medium burger was rare and my salad was missing ingredients. Our waitress had several large parties seated at the same time, after us, and was too busy with them to check in with us. Very disappointing.

JT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Probably inexperienced service. Didn’t think to mention which specials were sold out. Took 4 passes to take our order.

L
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Tonic is definitely a burger bar, and should stick to their strengths. It was very busy and there was only one server for a dozen tables. She did her best, but could not keep up. It took us 20 minutes to get our drinks from the bar, so my old fashioned was watery. It took 40 to get our food, and we only ordered an entree salad, a Mac n' Cheese app and a side salad. The blackened Caesar salad my partner ordered was not great. The salmon was overcooked and the salad barely dressed. The side salad I ordered wasn't the right salad. Overall, it wasn't a great experience.

ML
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We come to this place often- great tots and burgers!

EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

TONIC offers a varied food and drink menu, plus an inviting atmosphere. Service at lunch was pleasant and efficient, and I left knowing that I would return. An excellent alternative to chain restaurants and venues right in the downtown area (as opposed to GWU) that are often crowded and noisy. The owners have done a wonderful job with reengineering an historic building as a restaurant location.

TF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love all the food at Tonics. The server was very attentive and very nice.

PR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Arrived and the hostess forgot to confirm our arrival with Open Table so later I received a message that we were a "no show" for the reservation. Once seated, it took several minutes for a server to pay attention to us. (At least he did arrive with water.) Since it was our first time to Tonic, we asked for his recommendations and ordered the "tots" as he suggested with the dipping sauces. Ordered long-island iced teas for drinks and the seared salmon with spinach and potatoes for dinner. The tots were cold, dry, and overly fried and the dipping sauces had been sitting so long a film developed over the top of them. Taste factor was mediocre at best. The drink was mostly ice - very disappointing considering the $11.00 cost. The salmon was flavorful, but small. The potatoes were cold. The spinach was delicious. Our bill ran $70+ and I was less than impressed with the lack of staff personality/timliness and overall food quality. Good location, but would never return.

DM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great, friendly. We sat upstairs which was really inviting.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice local spot for good pub-style food.

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon burgers and Mac & Cheese both great. Quiet spot on 2nd floor was great for conversation. Will return again and again ...

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of 18,loved Tonic's!
Mr.Brown,the manager,was very accommodating to our group.
Our waitress McKenna,was exceptional!
Food was cooked the way we wanted and drinks were perfect!

CW
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great happy hour drinks. Had a problem with one of our orders, manager corrected it right away. Great service.

E
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening. We sat outside on the terrace, the staff were very, very friendly. Our meals were delicious.
Everything was very good!

M
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The place was very busy for happy hour, but our reservation put us in a quiet spot upstairs, which was perfect. Our server was a delight and terrific. Everyone enjoyed their food choices and the “Tater Tots” especially.

GG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We sat outside so it wasn’t too loud. Inside we wouldn’t have been able to have a conversation. Food was pretty ordinary bar food. Waitress was nice but seemed inexperienced. Didn’t know what kind of sparkling water, split up the bill wrong, but tried hard.

TP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't had crab cakes in a long time. I tried the this time around. Best crab cakes ever!

MP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service - great place to see GW students and Alum

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to college

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I have been to Tonic a number of times over the past 3 years, since my son is a student at GWU. I recently was there this weekend and was told by the waitress that they adopted a new 1 substitution policy, in which you can only substitute 1 item. I ordered a burger that came with onions and mayo and told the waitress that I didn't want onions or mayo on my burger. She instructed me that my ordered counted as 2 substitutions and that I had to choose between the two. I told her that this policy was ridiculous since it would be easier to withhold these items and I was not substituting items. After arguing with her for a minute, she said she would speak with the chef and returned back and said it wasn't a problem. With so many other choices in DC, I would rather go to a restaurant where I can eat what I want and how I want it prepared as to a restaurant that dictates you must eat it as they like, not as how the customer likes it!!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Had the burger and it was very tasty. My favorite was the drinks. I had the G&T and it was amazing. The entire experience was outstanding. Food flavor and presentation was great. Service was also very good. Loved the ambience with books on the shelves with a “Bring a book, take a book” concept. Would definitely return!

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