Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

4.3
1093 reviews
$30 and under
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.

Experiences

  • Jazz on the Rocks

    Multiple dates available

    Join our Jazz Band in our third floor lounge for live music and $5 drink specials! Guests are welcome to bring their own instruments and play with the band! Every Tuesday night from 7-10pm.
  • Sunday Jazz Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Join our live Jazz Trio for brunch from 12:00-3:00pm! Listen to some good music and enjoy our delicious brunch menu!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
What 1093 People Are Saying
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French
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server, Ryan, was excellent. The food was great as well. I’ve been here many times over the years and it never fails.

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vipmaryQ
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Stopped in for late brunch. They could have had more salads, but I decided on a burger. Good variety in the burger menu, though most come with cheese.
My burger was excellent! I had a side salad.
I also had their Tonic G&T with house-made tonic syrup. This was excellent, not a typical G&T.
It was a bit on the noisier side, with a very young crowd.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

The service was horrible and I know that everyone is short staffed due to Covid. We had to get our own utensils and after asking for more drinks not once but twice I finally gave up and just choked down the food and left!

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vipChristyB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great brunch experience. Delicious food and good service.

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vipschmelke
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We've had problems with our orders being done right here before, but this time (primarily due to our waiter), everything was fine. Appreciate the heaters in the screened in porch. Had an excellent impossible burger and others had a very good pizza. Never felt rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

Good food, slightly slow service.

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MzParker
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The often local go-to-spot especially for short-notice connects with business partners. Hostess couldn't find my reservation initially, she was somewhat "numb" and non-reactive to the fact until I showed her my phone and the OpenTable reservation. Waiter responded to every ask in a timely and friendly manner. I was looking forward to having pizza (have had it before) for lunch however was disappointed. What I received was something that tasted like a frozen pizza, specifically the crust, a huge disappointment. Will I go here again, for sure...again, it's close and convenient for short-notice business partners. Will I get the pizza again, NO....more than likely will order a beverage and maybe their famous toots.

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KlarkKhent
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Good venue for bar food with a college vibe. Prices are good and service good. Good accommodation for COVID.

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Gillian
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The good news: the tots are money. That’s it. Everything else was just okay. Not bad (mac and cheese is pretty bad). Not great. And that might have been totally forgivable, but the service was pretty awkward too. We had a water spill, and no other staff wanted to help. We used our own napkins…and eventually our server came back to help. She grabbed an apron to clean the floor? I asked for more napkins—3 times. Eventually I was brought a stack of bev naps. Here’s my best guess: the restaurant is on 2 floors, and nobody wanted to run down those steps if they could avoid it. And the place closed at like 9 pm? So definitely dialing it in at the end.

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ColeW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their Happy Hour was reasonably priced and the food was perfect. The tots were really next level.

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MaddieK
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and lots of outdoor space. Wish the regular lunch menu was available on weekends too - not all of us want only brunch!

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NohaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The atmosphere was great. The food was excellent but the service was very slow--our server was very courteous but food took too long to come out.

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MartinJirusek
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot. Very attentive service and good food.

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CaryB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food. Prices were a little much. $120 for 3 (1 kid) for tater toes, and a couple sandwiches. Charged $6 full price for a strawberry lemonade when it was put in a kids cup and basically got half of what I would have gotten. Waited close to 20 mins for our check after 3 requests because our waitress was given a 20 tip and nobody helped her. Took us almost 2 hrs to eat when arriving at 4:40pm

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vipMaureenF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you're looking for a fun spot for a casual meal, a snack or a drink Tonic is for you. The food is simple, fresh and beautifully executed. Trying the tots is is a must but the rest of the menu is fabulous too. The pork belly Mac & Cheese is to die for! The service was off the charts good - thank you, Elizabeth! Prices are great, the space is spotless. What more could you want! We'll be back again and again.

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JoshuaM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and sitting outside was so lovely.

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Mick
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Good location and atmosphere. Tater tots outstrip anything else on the menu.

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vipSydneyW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Love the food, our waiter seemed overwhelmed and they only had one person waiting on the entire inside seating and bar. So service wasn't great but that wasn't fully his fault. Took a while to get waited on and took a while for checks, but food service was fast and it was delicious! The bernie wings are my favorite.

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NaptownDiner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Seemed over-hyped. Everyone seemed to rave about the tots but our party found them to be just average. Also, we were told reservations were required but it was 2:00 in the afternoon and there were multiple empty tables. This could have been due to a staff shortage but there appeared to be many hostesses and servers.

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vipKellyC
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our happy hour experience at Tonic was great! $5 drinks, including a good savignon blanc. I loved the Veggie Out pizza. My friend with celiac could eat a gluten free pizza. My other friends liked their salmon caesar salad and burger.

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CharlieS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good happy hour specials and lots of outdoor seating. Friendly staff and great overall atmosphere.

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Bobear
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance, food was very good. The taco salad was excellent. Nice neighborhood bar feeling.

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lb25
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good wxperience

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SuzyQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The tater tots were great. The Pulled Pork sandwhich was ok not stellar. The Fried Chicken Sandwhich was solid!

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JustinJ
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good gluten free wings and service was great!

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vipDadto4
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Casual dining, good food and service. Portions are larger and some items could be shared.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good. It is a busy place. Tasty burger. My kids love their Mac and Cheese

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Chris
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Wish they had both lunch and brunch options for the early afternoon. Our reservation was at 12 and the tots we wanted weren’t available because it was still considered brunch time when we went. Other than that, the outdoor seating was amazing and our server was friendly and accommodating.

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ElizabethH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Parent weekend

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wendyd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great place, walkable to the kennedy center. Yummy food, good prices, excellent service. great outdoor seating.

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PradeepR
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Tonic is a fine restaurant on GWU's campus. Keep up the good work!

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MarieT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was good, however, multiple servers passed our table after we were seated and not one of them greeted us. After 10 minutes, I had to ask who our waiter was and if we could order drinks and food. This was lunch time and they were not busy when we were first seated.
Covid or no Covid, there were plenty of waitstaff. Please train your waitstaff to bring water and greet a table within 5 minutes after they are seated. I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation.
The server who did eventually take our table was pleasant and friendly.

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TerryH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Excessive delay getting seated Minimal service with no physical menus. Limited ability to ask questions regarding food choices. Avoid if first time visitors.

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vipElizabethL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great local spot that caters to local government employees and the nearby university. Good food at a solid value, especially for DC. I love the casual vibe and the service is solid, even with the difficulties in getting staff these days. Highly recommend reserving a table in advance, since they can get super busy, especially on peak days/times.

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Prince
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice Restaurant with lovely terrace outdoor protected seating, superbly located in the heart of Foggy Bottom, and GW (The George Washington University), diagonally across from Monroe Hall. Parking challenging but solvable. Good student / University vibe.

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ChrisA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We made a reservation weeks ahead of time to celebrate our college-age daughter’s birthday with her friends. We also called ahead of time about the policies for bringing your own cake.

When we arrived, we were told that the only available table for us was very close to the jazz band playing and that it might be loud. We took it and it was loud. To Tonic’s credit, a short time after we were seated, they offered us another table in a different quieter area, which was much better.

The food was decent, but our sense was that the servers were brand new and weren’t sure what they were doing.

I communicated with the staff about the cake during the meal since they hadn’t reached out to me even though I had spoken with them when I brought the cake in before the guest of honor arrived. At the appointed time, 2 servers delivered the cake in the box, with no candles and no singing. It was literally the worst restaurant birthday celebration I have ever seen. They also charged a $25 cake fee, which we were told about and were happy to pay, but we thought we’d get a little more festivity for our money.

The bottom line is that I would not recommend Tonic for a special occasion. It is much more suited to a drink and an appetizer.

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jdub
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I get that the service industry is short-staffed and our waitress truly did her very best; however, that is no explanation for the poor quality of the food.

Drink orders: Ten minutes after order, waitress returned to inform husband they did not carry Stoly's Vodka. Even longer to receive Titos and Club.

Club soda for me: no straw, little ice.

I ordered a burger. What could go wrong? STALE bun and tasteless/unseasoned, dry meat. Awful. Salt shaker contained a cube of salt, as it was left in humidity all summer from the looks of it.

Hubby had pulled pork platter: scoop of BBQ pork, small square of cornbread (that did somewhat absorb the pat of butter), small dish of lukewarm mac & cheese, and the crowning glory...ONE onion ring.

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vipKEArion
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

I had never been to this restaurant before. Their outdoor seating, which is first come-first served, is really fun and perfect for a nice day outside. It was very popular, so quite crowded, but we didn't feel unsafe. They are VERY understaffed, so it took forever to order/pay at the bar, and we had to wait for our food for some time, too. The food is okay, mostly bar food and lots of tater-tot options. I'd recommend it for the outdoor space, but don't go if you're in a hurry.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Cool place to eat. Ambiance and esthetics were awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was looking for a non-stuffy place to eat before the Jim Gaffigan Stand-Up Comedy Event at DAR Constitution Hall on Friday night. This was the perfect place! My husband enjoyed the beer flight, very cleverly served in an actual plane. I enjoyed the Mangorita…tasted like liquid sorbet-SO GOOD! This restaurant is enveloped in the George Washington Campus. It caters to a younger crowd, however, it’s an amazing place where you can explore their “lending library” and outdoor patio. But the BEST part is you can have the lightest, crunchiest, flavorful TATER TOTS dinner you’ve ever had! (Best thing ever you might miss from youth) Tim’s Chicken Tots are amazing in the Sweet Thai Chili sauce, too! Afterwards, it was a very short walk to Constitution Hall. Absolutely will do this again!

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You can order delivery directly from Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy using the Order Online button. Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 296-0211.

Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy is rated 4.3 stars by 1093 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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