Tonic Seafood and Steak

4.5
1003 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!

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 1003 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.7
service
4.5
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4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jtck
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but way over priced. You can food just as good for lower prices elsewhere. I may return but only for the fries cooked in duck fat which were superb. The steak was average and not worth the price at all.

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Sushibirthday
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very chill atmosphere. We loved the place!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Great drinks, great food, and great service.

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FrankH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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jaxdad78
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, combined with great service at Tonic. It never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim was great!

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vipJWes
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy that I was able to make reservations for an outside table. Many places don’t. Food was delicious & service was great.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I meant to give five stars for everything and hope I did. Great food, helpful and pleasant staff, and a wistful view of the sidewalk setup when the weather and seasonal temperatures allow. My wife loved the seafood salad and I was in the mood for a rare steak, which was perfectly prepared. And we both loved the unusual homemade bread appetizer. Check out Tonic's online menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding service was great a little pricey but not for the food you got. Overall it’s a definite do again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our waitress Amanda was the best part of the experience. She was very friendly and helpful throughout the night. Upon arrival, the hostess failed to greet us as she was on the telephone and did not take the time to acknowledge us. Amanda stepped right in, greeted us and took us to our table. She was very kind and attentive throughout our experience. The food was okay; we had the short rib egg rolls for our appetizer. They were very greasy and did not have much flavor. We then ordered the 8 oz. filet mignon and 12 oz. T-bone steak. Both were prepared well and enjoyable. The overall experience was average, nothing to note other than the service provided by our server, Amanda.

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DEVAUGHNJ
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Drinks were very tasty and plenty of options.

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AnnieH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was comfortable and safe. The food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. Our server was attentive to our needs. I look forward to going back.

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vipCharli
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food, service and our waitress. Even small chat with the manager. The diner party gave rave reviews about the steak

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Ajha
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it! the food and the service was good. the live band was amazing!! I would definitely come back here and next time i would make reservations closer to the live band!

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KatieG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for our anniversary dinner. It was awesome!! Food was outstanding!! Service was great. Everything was so awesome!!

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StaceyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Electrical issue caused lights to go up and down every few minutes. 2 parties that night were very loud and distracting but otherwise the food was amazing.

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ashleyr
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, setting and definitely would recommend others to go! I will be going back for sure!

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lovestoeat
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at Tonic. The Caesar salad and rolls were very good. My husband and I both felt our steaks, mashed potatoes, and risotto were severely lacking salt. We both ordered our steaks cooked medium, and my filet was medium rare and his NY strip was medium well. Our server was pleasant and very attentive. Overall, not a bad meal, just a little underwhelming.

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Jen206
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great, service was fine. Would dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food was great, it was a nice ambiance and the service was beyond excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

This restaurant is in a great location downtown. The ambience was wonderful, lighting was just dim enough with tables spread out and romantic music playing. Our waitress was all business, efficient but not particularly pleasant. We did not wait long for our meals and when the food came out it was hot. The best thing we ate was the baked potatoes which where crispy and buttery. My wife’s steak was tough like leather and my crab cakes were runny and tasted like mayonnaise. Not the quality we expected for a high dollar downtown restaurant where entrees run 35-40+ and everything al a carte. We may or not return based on our service and meals. If the restaurant could bring the food quality up to match the price and excellent ambiance it would be a winner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a great experience at Tonic for Valentine’s Day dinner. Kim N was our server and helped answer all of our questions. The food was absolutely phenomenal and the atmosphere was great. We will definitely be back again soon!

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PatD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner reservation at 7:00 with no wait whatsoever. My wife and I both had the fillet and it was cooked to perfection. Great place to dine - we will be back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and excellent service. One of the best steaks I have had in a while- perfectly prepared.

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Kimberly
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress Kim made the experience amazing. She provided great service. The food was good and the restaurant is beautiful inside. Nice place for a date or girls night or just happy hour. Multi purpose ambience!

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Waiting
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Went to dinner with my date for Valentine's Day fully expecting to cover a high tab, so that's not a problem. My issue with the food cost comes in that for $56, I expected my dry-aged 16oz. ribeye to be absolutely mouth-watering. What I got was a bland (yet tender) steak and some tasteless mashed potatoes. When I say tasteless mashed potatoes, I mean there was absolutely no flavor beyond the demi-glace, which was admittedly delicious in its own right. And no vegetables. Most every higher-end meal I've ever had has been protein, starch, vegetable. Seems like a cheap omission.
As for the service, I was very unimpressed. We waited nearly 10 minutes for every round of drinks we ordered, had to ask for bread (an amenity automatically provided to other tables nearby by other servers), and had to wait with empty plates for at least 10-15 minutes before we were able to order our next course. It seemed like our server couldn't wait to run off again every time they showed up, even though there couldn't have been more than 4-5 tables in their section.
Lastly, the ambiance was very lackluster. We were sat in what appeared to be a small ballroom (wide open, hard floors, no décor) under a harsh spotlight, in a corner. The only part of the restaurant that seemed to have any ambiance whatsoever was the bar area.
I probably won't ever go back to Tonic for anything other than cocktails. It was 4-star money for 2-star food.

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GregS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Had been to this restaurant several times when it was Deep Blue and always had an enjoyable meal, not so with Tonic. From the minute we walked in the door, the hostess, who by the way was dressed in jeans and devoid of personality, to the minute we left, I regretted my choice of Tonic. The server was nice, but my martinis were terrible as was what was identified on the menu as filet mignon. It was tough and dry on the outside and virtually raw on the inside as if it had been frozen, it didn’t look or taste like any filet I have had before. The duck we ordered was OK, zero ambiance. Will not be going back and do not recommend.

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AngelinaM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience atmosphere perfect band nice food excellent!!!!

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Tomspom
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good but not great.
The goat cheese appetizer was the best part of the meal.

JB
vipJohnB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Server/Bartender was very nice. Food was terrible. Had a $48 steak that was simply awful. Won’t be returning and I don’t recommend this restaurant.

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jillehrlich
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience5

I will start off by saying that I understand it’s Covid. There is some serious stuff happening in the world . We are people who spend for a great meal. Our experience walking into Tonic was one of the most offputting and inhospitable initial impressions we have ever encountered.
Once we were seated our hostess told us we had 90 minutes to use the table because it was going to be a busy Saturday night. We felt like our entire meal was on the clock , in fact they should have just a plunked own a timer because after that we didn’t really feel like we were there to imbibe and enjoy ourselves . We were a party of two celebrating my birthday we had layers of appetizers a seafood tower two fillets we were there to spend on food and drinks and when it came to our 90 minutes our lovely server asked if we would like dessert and we said we couldn’t because we had to go we were told we can only have the table for 90 minutes. We could tell that she wasn’t happy and she even went as far as to find us some seats at the bar but we were not comfortable as they were spaced closely together . We finished the rest of our evening across the street at LaCavalier where we spent handsomely but we would have gladly spent that money at Tonic if we were not made to feel like we were not supposed to be there

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, the service, the food, the location. Everything about this restaurant has made it a space that I frequent regularly and recommend it to anyone.

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vipTheRedWiner
Philadelphia
143 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We tried Tonic on the advice of a friend. Parking was near-by and inexpensive. We were promptly escorted to our table and seated alongside the windows of the dining 4room, which provided a great view of the passing street scene. The interior ambiance was also very welcoming. It was "modern bar" warmed by some creative light fixtures. Live music was being sung and played in the opposite room, but we were able to see the performer and hear her quite well. She was very good. There were also television sets on the wall for those who wanted to follow sports. Neither were obtrusive. They were nice to have. Our waitress, Heli, was pleasant and well informed regarding the specials and preparations. Her timing was very good. We were neither rushed nor neglected. The menu in general is rather meager. The wines by the glass offerings were scanty, but we both found acceptable choices in a Chardonnay and a Super Tuscan. My wife started with the Grilled Octopus, while I had the French Onion Soup. Freshly baked rolls were served and Heli provided olive oil in place of the standard butter, at our request. For entrees, my wife had the Halibut special and I chose the NY Strip Steak. All food ordered was delicious, cooked precisely to order, and served appropriately hot. We finished the evening with cordials (Limoncello and Port) and Cappuccino. It was a very pleasant dining experience and the cost was reasonable. In my opinion, after 2-3 visits I would run out of menu options. That is the only thing keeping Tonic from a 5-star rating.

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vipWeezie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the crabcakes. They were small but excellent tasting. Sauteed spinach was yummy ! Salad was very fresh and delicious.

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vippvilleres
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was great. We sat at the bar so the bartender would tipped. She did a great job.

PR
vipPaulR
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tonic was recommended by a friend. What a great recommendation it was!!! Our server was very efficient and friendly. We were about an hour early for our reservation, we were immediately seated. Very good menu selections. Excellent Beer, Wine, and Spirits list. The flow of our meal was perfect. apps were great, my 16oz bone in ribeye was fantastic, cooked as ordered. We will make sure to go back!

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vipAaliyahC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Oysters and Seafood Salad was Amazing! I came back the next day for the Seafood Salad, that’s how much I LOVED it!

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Russ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service and delicious food. We ordered the seafood tower and each of us got a different cut steak, each one was done to our liking...tender and delicious...maybe a little more coarse salt to caramelize during sear but...excellent meal regardless!

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Donald
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'd absolutely recommend anyone to dine at Tonic. The food is excellent and the service and ambience are top notch.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, comfortable atmosphere, tasty food!

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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 1003 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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