Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy

4.4
1072 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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TerryH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
74 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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vipsunny
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food ! Service was friendly and accommodating.

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TinaB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Portions good
Service good
Had hamburger, delicious
Nachos were soggy
Fries were great

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Anna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Thank y’all!!!

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ndyw
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Burnt the gluten free pizza, messed up the vegetarian order. Waited 40-60 minutes for the food to arrive.

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Emmy
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very kind and funny. The food was delicious.
I've eaten here two times already, and I will be back for more.

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vipKevinM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Just wasn't good. Went for brunch, won't be going back. Egg yokes on the coffee cup when it came out, something on the fork when unwrapped. Grits and eggs Benedict had no flavor, pancakes were bland. Best flavor came from the tatter tots. From cleaniness, flavor and service it was all a miss.

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vipKimE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Service had great energy!

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2sisters
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tatertots & sauces are yummy!!

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DougC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was ok - maybe happy hour would be better

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Carozo
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good basic American fare in a very nice terrace with great and friendly service and generous portions.

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SerLon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonic is a wonderful diner to eat and bring guest to. It is an accommodating and warm environment with a great menu and friendly staff.

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EricP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff. Very friendly and attentive. The place has multiple options for seating that offer different experiences. Indoor, outdoor, multi floor and various layouts.

The food was great! Looked good and tasted great! Nice mix of items on the menu and all at very reasonable prices. We went for dinner, and I saw things on the menu I wanted, soi came back for lunch and dinner the next day.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I moved away from DC several years ago. This was the first time we have all been together since the beginning of the pandemic. Great place for our large group to get together. Service was outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the server was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. Good menu selections, and all for a reasonable price. The service however could’ve been better. We only saw our waitress twice, when ordering and when the food arrived. She never came back to the table to check on us. Had to go ask for the check

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food portions were big. Devil’s backbone beer was smooth.

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vipElizabethL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, solid service, and good prices, especially at Happy Hour. Fun, casual ambience. This is definitely a solid local watering hole where you might run into government employees, college students, hospital workers, or private sector folks, all just hanging out and having a good time. The staff is working extra hard these days, so definitely important to recognize the extra effort they’re putting in.

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vipHeidiW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! I had the Memphis burger. Wow!
The server-in-training and her trainer were both great.

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vipbccc
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Slow inattentive service. Good drinks decent food fair prices

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TatianaV
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food it was amazing! And The service it was fast! Will go back for sure!

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TimM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good menu variety. Indoor and outdoor options are nice.

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ChristianY
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

I reserved a table for 10 but we were provided only a table for 8. And were informed that the TVs could not be changed, leaving us with Grey's Anatomy as our ambience. And no actual service at our table - had to go back and forth to bar.

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vipEarlthePearl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife, my daughter and I dropped in mid-afternoon on July 6 for lunch. Food was very good (salmon for my wife, veggie burger for my daughter, regular burger for me) and the service was attentive but not overbearing. Ambiance was very good as well, Wimbledon on one TV, Tour de France on another, Euros on a third.

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viplhaustin
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience4

Restaurant was unprepared for the number of tables they tried to serve. We arrived and were seated on theme, ordered fairly quickly and just waited for over an hour. “Kitchen is backed up” actually says “ we took more orders than we could handle”. Our need to leave forced us to immediately box up our meals when they did finally arrive after 70 minutes. The food was not particularly enjoyable cold.

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DonB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great place for lunch. Their signature Tater-tots in multiple incarnations is comfort food waiting to be eaten. Everything on the menu is excellent but the Memphis Burger is popular. Both of my colleagues ordered one. Highly recommend, but make sure you make reservations. It can get busy.

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Molly
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch on the back patio was fabulous! Great service and frosé with lots of shade and comfy lounge seating good for our group of 6. Very accommodating to for my pup as well. Would definitely go back!

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Peter
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Tonic Happy Hour is one of the best deals in DC. Love that it's so close to GW.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not somewhere I would go back. Food was fine but service was bad. Water and drink glasses were always empty.

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GreatTime
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! That is all I have to say, the hubs and I were looking for a cute place to grab a drink and enjoy dinner. To say we found a new favorite is an understatement. The food was spectacular, I now dream of the chicken tots. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the surrounding quiet Neighboor’s vibes. Truly can’t wait to go back.

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LeahS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Ordered a breakfast burrito with no bacon, they offered tofu instead. Then they charged me $5 extra for it. Also had my beer blown off the table (outside) when a big gust of wind came through. They said “no worries accidents happen, we will bring another one” and then charged us for both beers. Crap experience, crap service, mediocre food.

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JavierG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Brunch and the outdoor seating was spread out and plentiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Great food. Love their specialty cocktail, the Painkiller😊 there was table near that were so loud we struggled to hear to order and conduct business. That part was extremely annoying! The charm and ambiance was amazing. The vibe of the neighborhood was beautiful. Definitely recommend!

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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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 296-0211.

Tonic Restaurant @ Quigley's Pharmacy is rated 4.4 stars by 1072 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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