Tonic Seafood and Steak

4.5
966 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Ton-ic
/tänik/ Adjective 1. Providing a feeling of vigor or well-being; invigorating.

Tonic Seafood & Steak is downtown Wilmington's hottest destination for creative cuisine, including some of the best steaks in the area. Multiple private dining areas make it perfect for all entertaining needs. The bar encircled with flat screens is always happening. Whether you are joining us for the city’s most talked-about Happy Hour or your favorite sporting event, we want each guest to have a feeling of “Tonic”. We are building lasting relationships with our guests by serving excellence. We look forward to welcoming you into our restaurant and sharing our experience with you!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 966 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipCharles
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful outdoor dining experience in chilly weather. The service and food were fantastic. Look forward to another meal there soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing dinner. Our waiter Cory was prompt and knowledgeable and really added to the experience. The food was absolutely perfect. The filet was cooked perfectly, crab cakes were the perfect combination and the fried calamari was the best I have had. Thank you for making our special night!

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on November 13, 2020

We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience and that Cory took good care of you! Hope to see you again soon!

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KJSG
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great service! Our server Teddy was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I took my boyfriend to Tonic for a nice birthday dinner, and we were very excited to check It out. We ordered 2 rounds of drinks, the “after school special”, the “RAD”, and the “la fresita” and all were very good, but the food was a different story. For appetizers, we got the calamari (which was just ok) and the sticky cauliflower which was subpar. The cauliflower was basically just steamed cauliflower with a pool of sauce beneath It, and lacked any flavor. For dinner my boyfriend ordered the crab cakes, which were about $30 and were not good. The crab cakes were soggy, lacked flavor and tasted like they were frozen or sitting under a heat lamp for a longtime. I got the curry chickpea cakes, which the cakes themselves were good, but the cauliflower purée had a strange taste to It. It also was a turn off when we ordered our entrees and they came out in less than 5 minutes... therefore telling us they were not made to order and were not fresh. Despite the disappointing food, our server was great and very nice! She noticed that my boyfriend had not eaten his crab cakes and took a round of drinks off our bill. Overall, It was way too expensive for the quality. The bill was almost $200 (with tip) and nothing was impressive. If we ever go back, It would just be for cocktails.

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vipRickV
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The server brought water over but didn’t ask for our drink order. It took several passes by our table to finally say we wanted drinks. Other than that, the service was fine. My ribeye was just mediocre. Definitely not worth the $42. My wife said the same of her filet. The Brussels sprouts were very good however with a variety of flavors and textures that complemented each other.
If we were to come back, we’d only order apps and stay away from the steaks. We expected more based on the prices.

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Shann
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Place is beautiful, the service was good but the food was not as we expected. Menu sounded great but Halibut dinner was so bland and I didn’t feel full, it was a decent size piece of fish but you get arugula and fruit with it. Not filling at all for the price!! The mushrooms ravioli came out in heaping bowl but were not very good. Barely any sauce on them. Overall, they have a Nice drink menu and the live music was cool for a Saturday night. I’ll definitely try it one more time to give them the benefit of the doubt.

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vipJWes
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to see our friend’s band play Saturday night. Our group all ordered steak dinners of various cuts. Dinner was delicious & service was very good. Tonic is always one of our favorite places to visit for good music & great food.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on November 13, 2020

We're so happy that you enjoyed your Saturday night with us! We have live music every Friday and Saturday, so please come back again soon!

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vipAnnetteT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice dining experience at Tonic. The service was outstanding. The menu options were extensive. Very enjoyable!

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review Annette! Hope to see you soon!

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HollyB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The 16oz bone-in ribeye was to die for!! Melt in your mouth juicy and cooked to perfection.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so happy you enjoyed your steak! Hope to see you soon!

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DanielL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very quick and our waitress answered any of our questions.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on November 13, 2020

Thank you for your 5 star review! Hope to see you soon!

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Wonderful
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

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vipJoeD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner at their outside area. Good food and service

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Charismatic
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The lights kept going up and down; they need to stick to one level.... Annoyed me the entire time. Also, they need a bigger menu.

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KarenT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. Perfect birthday dinner.

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vipGeoff
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandy was fantastic. The food was excellent.

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vipMichaet
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The two servers were amazingly attentive and pleasant. The food was tasty and prices were as expected.
Quite a pleasant surprise as that area of downtown is very quiet at night, especially the Hotel DuPont.

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SteveS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to Tonic for dinner and had an absolutely amazing time! The food, drinks, and service was absolutely outstanding! The food was so well balanced and well thought out for how flavors play off each other. My wife is vegetarian, so we were thrilled with how many vegetarian and vegan options there were. The chickpea curry cakes, brussel sprouts, and the butternut squash curry soup were all so flavor packed. And their crab cakes had absolutely ZERO filler in them! And the signature cocktails were delicious. And to top it all off, the service was outstanding. Attentive but not overbearing, and as friendly as you could ever ask for. We will surely be back and will be bringing company as well!

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vipJohn
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with the renovations. Eating inside felt like we were outside. Food was good as usual.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on October 1, 2020

Hi John! Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We hope to see you again soon!

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GretchenS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love Tonic on the weekends, live music is nice, love the new decor, highly recommend

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on October 1, 2020

Hi Gretchen! Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We're so happy you enjoyed dining with us! Hope to see you soon!

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vipNeeNee0322
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Hit or miss ... my husband’s steak was not cooked as requested. We had been there previously, and he ordered the exact same meal and that meal was excellent. This time was disappointing.
Restaurant is very accommodating with special requests, and service is great. Whoever is in the kitchen isn’t as consistent as we had hoped. Probably will not be back.

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vipbarbarah
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We chose Tonic for the outdoor seating. The tables were spread amply apart. Our server was outstanding. We will return. One not, I think the music choice needs to be revisited. The 90’s pop rock is not creating a dining atmosphere befitting the prices of the food or the dinner atmosphere.

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vipBoShuff
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

If you want a patio with no view, slow service and mediocre food, well, this is your place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and loved the outside seating. Drinks were delicious. But the food, not so great. Not much flavor to anything. Brussel sprouts were my favorite dish of the night. Dry aged steak didn’t have much flavor, came out tough and over cooked. Raviolis extremely dry. Service was great though, just not the best place to eat.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on September 2, 2020

Thank you for your kinds words on service, decor and drinks! So sorry to hear about your experience with with the food. We do stride ourselves in buying the highest quality products, so we never like to hear that we've missed the mark. I hope you are willing to give us a second chance!

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Juwan
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Drinks / cocktail could’ve been better /bigger for 15 dollars.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

We are sorry you had an average experience with us! Hopefully you'll give us another chance to change it to 5!

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J567
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious steak with great outdoor dining and attentive service.

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Awesome
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Tonic was very enjoyable. Great ambiance and food! The outdoor dining area under the lights was awesome.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review and leaving such a great compliment! We hope to have you in again soon!

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vipLarry
Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. New look since we visited last. This is fast becoming our favorite restaurant in the area..

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review and the kind words! We hope to have you in again soon!

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JFCF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. The short rib appetizer was tasty and the Halibut was excellent.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review and the short rib is a favorite! We hope to have you in again soon!

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vipFred
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lively for COVID but pricey for mediocre food and disappointing drink menu. It has the persona of a high in bar but delivers like a college hangout.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

We're sorry that you had an average experience! We hope you'll give Tonic a second chance to give you a 5 star experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great! Service was incredible & the food & drinks were delicious!!! Highly recommend the grilled peaches appetizer. Loved the outdoor seating & will 10000% be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would go back

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Shauntyle
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

We ordered the Thai wings, chicken tacos, French onion soup, the short ribs mac and cheese and the beef sliders. All but the wings were BLAND. No flavor whatsoever. The chicken tasted as if it were boiled then put on the plate. The beef sliders, no flavor at all and had corners of American cheese ..... really poor idea of a slider. Now the short rib mac and cheese....... not one bit of seasoning. The cheese in the mac and cheese was definitely a pre-made cheese sauce, had to add generous amounts of salt and pepper to even attempt to eat it. ..... what I can say is that the fries were good and the pineapple tequila was pretty good. But if you are looking for a good meal ..... keep looking....

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MarkW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have had a better experience. Great food, great ambiance, and great service from Amanda

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Hey thank you so much for the 5 star review! We hope you come back again soon!

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BruceM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Its hard to give a review for our recent visit to Tonic due to the fact we're in the midst of the pandemic. We had a wonderful time and meal at Tonic this past week, but we were almost alone in the restaurant due to the shut down. Our server & the other workers were very attentive, even wished us a Happy Anniversary. I'd think the service and attention would be the same had there been a crowd, but since it was our first visit its a guess on our parts. Either way we fully expect to return to Tonic sometime soon, and might even welcome a wait or a bit more noise!!

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vipNeeNee0322
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The renovation is lovely and service was great. Would definitely go back again.

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PamC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the choices unique. Very nicely redecorated.

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stephens
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was average. Got tacos for lunch. They were bland. Wanted to ask waiter to bring hot sauce but he didn’t return until end of meal. There were only 3 parties eating lunch that day.

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Greatplace
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you for the 5 star review! We hope to see you in again soon!

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vipJenT
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only issue I had with the meal is that the two dishes did not come out a the same temperature. My dining partner had a nice hot meal, while mine was warm, but not nearly as hot. Makes it a little difficult when part of the meal was a baked potato - warm isn't as appealing. With the limited number of customers, you'd think they would focus more on ensuring proper temperature before sending to the table.

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EarsAreRinging
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonic has a great menu. It has many choices for vegetarians and vegans and actually anyone who would like to have a healthy and delicious dinner. The staff was very helpful in making sure that our party was able to practice social distancing at our outside table. The tables inside were well spaced and the restaurant windows opens up so there is lots of ventilation. I think Tonic is a great choice during these times.

Tonic Seafood and Steak
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you for the stellar 5 star review! We hope to see you in again soon!

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You can order delivery directly from Tonic Seafood and Steak using the Order Online button. Tonic Seafood and Steak also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tonic Seafood and Steak also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 777-2040.

Tonic Seafood and Steak is rated 4.5 stars by 966 OpenTable diners.

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