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Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

3.9
855 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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Phone number
(202) 296-0211
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sheldon Alexander
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Private party facilities
Complete with exposed brick, a private bar and versatile set up, the lounge at Tonic is the perfect place for your next private event. The lounge at Tonic can accommodate business meetings, office happy hours, holiday parties, sporting events, seated dinners, rehearsal dinners and much more!!!
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Private party contact
Brianna DeBrock: (202) 560-2858
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Catering
Tonic offers on and off-site catering for parties of 10-200 - for details contact our event coordinator at events.tonic@gmail.com or 202-560-2858.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st and G
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Parking details
Metered parking on 21st ST, two hour parking on G and F.
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Public transit
5 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Blue Line and Orange Line)
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Entertainment
Lounge space featuring local performance artists, musical acts, and student groups. Three flat-screen televisions, movie nights, board games available.
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Special events & promotions
Trivia Nights, Monday in the lounge @ 8:30 - food and drink specials, teams of 2-20. Bottomless mimosas at brunch from 10-3 PM Saturdays and Sundays with purchase of brunch entree for $16 for a maximum of 2 hours.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious meal in a great atmosphere! 10/10 would recommend! So many options for carnivores and vegetarians alike!

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was marginal drinks were ok, Cherry in the drink was gross and overripe. Service was slow, Location was great, it could have been a off night.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

We have eaten here about 3 times as it was a block form our Motel. The Mac and cheese is best. The crab cakes are from canned crab would not recommend this at all. They have great mocktails.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Recommend a reservation since a popular spot. The outdoor area is great when weather is pleasant. Food was tasty and service prompt!

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

All was great except for the hot water for tea--it wasn't! I loved the taco salad, and my companions really liked their burger and crab cakes.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2017

While our server was friendly our lunch order got lost. The response "it's coming" is unprofessional and immature. Acknowledge that there was an error and being corrected. Trying to fool smart people results in never returning versus returning.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

It was a perfect weather day to sit outside on our lunch hour. Always love their fish tacos and tried the Port City Optimal Wit beer for the first time and it was great.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Great tots!

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2.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was good. Great location by GW. Place gets very busy so don't expect speedy service at those times!

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

The first floor may appeal to the youthful crowd (outdoor, bar, and stool seating), but I appreciate the elevator, and the second floor table dining without mosquitoes and flies buzzing about and nipping at my blood. My guests cleaned their plates of the quinoa salad. I had the crab cakes. they were tasty as was the corn and asparagus side.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

I had driven by the this place the whole summer I was working in DC and it had always been buzzing with energy- it was past time that I tried it out. I went during happy hour, which was perfect!, I got a few apps and drinks. I sat outside, too. The tots were definitely worth it!! You get so many you need at least 3 people to finish the basket they give you. Try it out!

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Great place for a good, quick lunch. Very much comfort food, but also some healthy options. Tots are a must...

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Don't skip the tots...EVER.
I hold business lunches here at least once a month and have never been disappointed. Great location, fantastic menu, attentive staff...what else could you ask for?
If you're in the neighborhood, don't miss out. And by the way, did I mention not to skip their TOTs?

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2017

Great atmosphere, easy to walk to, delicious food, good drink selections

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Next time I would skip the tator tots. Two of us had entree salads that were very good. The server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The place was crowded and had a lively vibe. We were dining pre-Kennedy Center. It's about a 15 min. walk, but easy enough if the weather is good and you're able.

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1.0Dined on July 31, 2017

The hamburger bun was stale. The hamburger was flavorless. The tater tots were flavorless. No need to ever eat here again.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2017

They push the tater tots, which are indeed yummy. Don't make the mistake I did, which is ordering a heavy entree afterward. I got mac and cheese with mushrooms and carmelized onions, which was delicious but too much. They brought the salad and entree at the same time, and before we'd finished our tots, which irked me.

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Very disappointing. Food has gone downhill while prices have gone up. Asked to have price adjusted for salad because ordered without salmon and yet was charged full price because manager refused to adjust. Apparently not interested in happy customers. Will be scratching Tonic off my list.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Sat almost immediately even though they had a huge line! It was great food great service.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Read mixed reviews but tried it anyway. It was easy to get to from where we stayed. The food was good but not great.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant, with consistently good meals, a broad range of drink choices and a nice ambience. First floor can get a little loud, but second and third floors are generally at least okay for conversation . Great tater tots!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

The service was great. The food was delicious. I loved the tater-tots. I would highly recommend the Cajun chicken sandwich. It was very moist.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2017

It was our first time to D.C. So we chose this based off reviews. And they were generous. The food was average, nothing spectacular. We sat outside and that was nice, but I think because we were outside our server forgot about us. Over all this place was average. Nothing special that the other reviews made it out to be. Also our meals came out before the appetizers, but had to go back anyway. Every plate was wrong.

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2.0Dined on July 12, 2017

This was the noisiest restaurant I have ever been in. We were not offered dessert. I doubt we would have ordered it anyway. We just wanted out. Our food was good but, we will never be back. The noise level verged on painful

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Loved this place! It's a cute little college bar we happened to find when our original pick was too full to take more customers. Would definitely recommend for a casual and filling dinner. They have either avocado or pesto on almost anything which is also a plus.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Tonic is centrally located on the GWU campus and it is always a great place to grab lunch or dinner...the service is always terrific and the food is great....strongly recommend the tots!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Our waitress was friendly but not invasive. Food was good and came out quick. Taternacos are ridiculously tasty.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Dinner with a friend was fun and the food was delicious and the service very good!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Lovely to sit out on their covered patio with fans whirring, so we could enjoy a warm summer afternoon. Very friendly and attentive service. You can make your own hamburgers!

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2017

The restaurant had plenty of outdoor seating, a big plus on a nice summer night. Our waiter was polite, but not very good. We had to ask him multiple time for items that we wanted/needed. He also did not split our checks correctly at the end of the meal. My dinner of a mushroom burger was pretty good, but my friends ordered a turkey burger and said their buns were stale. Overall, nice location and good menu, but poor service.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Restaurants face challenges - what is telling is how they handle those challenges. My friend and I work in the area, and often, sometimes weekly, walk the two blocks to Tonic for lunch. We encountered a new (to us) waiter and a new menu. Tonic changes their menu seasonally. Unusually for us, we both ordered items from the menu with no changes. My friend's salad looks different each time she orders it, so it was not a surprise. The meal I received was not the one I ordered. It took the waiter a long time to reach the table and to check back with us - and we pointed out how my meal differed from the description in the menu. Off the waiter went to the kitchen and returned with two of the items that may have belonged on the item I ordered - in the meantime, my meal was cold. I sent it back. It took forever to return, however, it was brought to me by a manager who apologized and removed the cost of both meals from the bill. The response was the correct one, and kudos to Tonic for doing the right thing. I can only imagine that being a waiter is tough - and being new at a job with a menu change has to be really challenging. The poor waiter was overwhelmed, and one wonders if there was a way to pull him off the floor and have him wrap silverware or something. Again, kudos to Tonic for the way they handled the situation . I will probably return to Tonic, but perhaps not next week - I'll give the new menu and the waiter a chance to settle in before we venture back.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2017

My salmon was grossly undercooked. I told my waitress (who was wearing the shortest shorts I've seen outside of a beach), and she did nothing. I won't return.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

I thought the food was ok but nothing to write home about. Breakfast tots are the main attraction here, and yes they were good just not "oh my god I want to come back" good.
I'm sure this place is great for locals we drove 25 min to try it after a recommendation. So eat there if in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Great patio seating and friendly service! We got seated right away and the server checked on us several times during the meal. I love eating here!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

We cancelled a booking at Founding Farmers and came here. We liked the upstairs dining area as the tables weren't on top of each other. Could have done with cushions on the hard benches but hey, we weren't there for a lifetime. Thought the portions were good bordering on generous. The food arrived hot and was tasty. We were very happy overall.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Great food and drinks!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Always a good go to for drinks with friends or meals occasionally. Always have to steal a tot or two if a friend orders them. Great breading on the fish tacos!

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Disappointing meal, lovely setting!
Quaint building (former pharmacy) and nice patio with shade to eat outside. Food was however a let down (omelette had sliced cheese slapped on top, just a bit melted but not stirred in, and steak slices were pale and sad looking!), no PB on table (only cafeteria style single serving), etc. When we asked the waitress for recommendation, her answer was that she usually sleeps in and doesn't eat breakfast.... Lame sell.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

We came here about 2 yr ago on our trip and loved it so much we came back this trip. We had a reservation for 5pm and arrived at 4:30pm. Hostess told us dining room didn't open till 5, but we could have drinks and apps in lounge or patio. We sat in lounge and happy hour was fantastic. We had nachos and tator tots. Huge portions. Drinks and apps were on happy hour. Super cheap! We actually stayed there for our dinner. We split the pulled pork Mac-n-cheese. It was HUGE and scrumptious. My husband and I barely finished half.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2017

I work nearby and have given Tonic three tries. Service consistently mediocre, kitchen more concerned with cute food names than actually good food, $11 cheeseburger worth less than half that. In the immortal words of Roberto Duran "No mas."

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