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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
(309) 662-1114
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Ranked #4 of 226 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $45
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Haeffle Drive
Transit: Conveniently located on the Teal "J" line. Cab service is approximately $5 from downtown Bloomington. Arriving guests from the Central Illinois Regional Airport can simply contact the our adjoining hotel (Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites)for a complimentary ride to the restaurant.
Description: Experience the contemporary decor, freshly made entrees from our professional chef and exceptional service. The restaurant offers seating for groups from 1- 80. Our outdoor patio is perfect for the summer evenings and our lounge is an exciting setting to view your favorite sports game with friends. Menu includes: Cedar Plank Salmon, Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Red Snapper, BBQ Ribs, Homemade Soups, Fresh Salads, and many other choices. Come in and experience Baxter's...casual atmosphere, quality food at reasonable prices. Our concept includes a variety of seafood, chops and steaks and is also a family friendly environment.
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English first
Montreal, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

After my second trip in Bloomington, I can say that this is my favorite place in Bloomington to have dinner. The service is excellent and the food delicious. Try the Baxter salad, available as a main plate or as an apetizer! Their chicken mango is also remarkable (just spicy enough). Their wine list is a very good one. Located almost... More

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Destin, FL
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. Their sticky ribs are the absolute best ribs and sauce I have ever had. Their pretzels burger and blackened red snapper are also another of my favorite choices. We usually go on Wednesdays since the appetizers are 1/2 price.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went for a special occasion and had wonderful meal! The entrees everyone ordered were delicious. Service was average. Our server was civil, but not overly friendly. The meal itself was outstanding!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was our very first time coming to Baxters, was super excited to try it, but at the end VERY disappointed. First off, our server had a person in training that really took away from the whole "upscale dining". I understand you need to train your new staff, but wasn't something I enjoyed being my first time at the restaurant.... More

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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit to Baxter's. We came back because on our last visit we enjoyed our entree and we were over-the-moon for the Strawberry Shortcake dessert. On this visit, we were not disappointed. Our server, Joe Fish, was terrific. He thoroughly explained the evening's specials and did such a great job that I ordered the Swordfish, something I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Bloomington-Normal area is surprising for both the quantity and quality of its restaurant options. Baxters American Grill is one of the best choices, living up to its goal of offering big city dining at Bloomington-Normal prices. Located a bit outside of downtown Bloomington, near the airport, Baxters is attached to the Holiday Inn-Airport. The advantage of that is there... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This will become one of my favorite Bloomington restaurants. The service, food and decor are excellent. Even the service in the bar was superior. Just a little more lighting in the dining area would be a plus. I would highly recommend.

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Normal, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Baxter's never disappoints and they made our date night a wonderful experience, as usual. Their onion soup and Baxter's salad are two of my favorite starters, but I have enjoyed absolutely everything on the menu...you should try the sticky ribs! My entree was a daily special seafood cioppino and my boyfriend had the red snapper. Both were wonderful. My family... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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175 reviews 175 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

For a nicer dining experience in the Bloomington - Normal area Baxter's is definitely one of the best places to go. Warm and inviting atmosphere, great service, great food, great drinks. Perfectly cooked steaks and very reasonably priced for aged beef. Throwing in burgers and pizza probably is needed to round out the menu and keep the seats full considering... More

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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Baxter's is a great restaurant. Nice ambiance, and very good food. There is live music each Thursday nights. The sticky ribs on the appetizer menu are not to be missed. The five onion soup (french onion) is one of the best I have ever had. It is worth the trip just for the soup!

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