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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KC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
8 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
36 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
18 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
5 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
1 review
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
29 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!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were looking for somewhere that was not too expensive. Tonics was lively and noisy, but our party of 6 sat upstairs and could talk together ok. Food was a wide variety, suitable for all in our party. Salads were really tasty. Service was genuine and friendly. Recommend.

D
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took son to dinner, just starting at GW. Waiter (James) is a junior, we chatted him up a bit throughout meal and he was more than happy to share info. Good food. Good atmosphere. Great service. Would come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious (I had the Memphis burger) and we were seated ahead of our reservation time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great visit at Tonic. My son just moved in to GWU to start his 2 year. Every visit included a stop at Tonic.

R
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time here when dropping off daughter at school. Varied menu with tater tots instead of fries which is a nice change. Will definitely return.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

There were several things that made the dining experience less than it should be. First, I asked in writing that we be seated on the second floor. When I arrived, I was told that was not possible and would be seated outside. Second, my guest asked for a side of salad, but got tater tots instead. We informed the waiter and he did promptly replace with a salad. Third, I put down a $50 bill thinking I would get change back from the waiter. Instead, I waited a while until it was obvious that the waiter would not be coming back with my change. I had to find the waiter and ask for change. All in all, I think I might have been treated as a second-class guest based on my appearance (I took younger than I actually am.)

L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud is the operative word, even upstairs. We had eaten here before and everything seemed better then we were not sure why. Mac and cheese not as good, hamburger not as good, tater tots on the cold side when we got them. Convenient place to meet. Casual, food is just ok, drinks are ok, service is ok, you have to keep looking for your waiter. So, it was just ok.

J
Sydney / NSW
64 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All good. Fun atmosphere.

ML
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good breakfast place. My favorite thing was their tator tots. Worst thing was the very unfriendly hostess that seemed completely put out to seat us. Otherwise service and food was fine.

MT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Fruit was old, glasses were not chilled for beer, Memphis burger patty had no flavor . Service was great ambience was great.

AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only thing is that the water had a funny smell, I reported it to the waiter and would recommend you check on this issue

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Awesome venue in GWU area. Great food and atmosphere😊

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress had multiple tables but did the best she could to meet our needs. The food was delicious, especially the desserts!! The ambiance was geared towards college-age students but fun for my teenage daughters.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Porch was great

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