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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 227 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Joliet, Illinois
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Was just here in January for our annual party. The food was 'ok' but the servers really were not so bright. It took forever to get service at the bar and they had a hard time moving our bar bill into the room with our group. When we sat down, it took forever to get service. No water in any... More 

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Gridley, Illinois
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68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Our evening meal at Baster's was preceded by perusing several online reviews mainly through Tripadvisor. We expected an above average dining experience and were not disappointed. Very high quality food, attentive but not intrusive service with atmosphere and ambiance conducive to lively conversation made our recognition of my elder son's 26th birthday memorable. We ordered a wide variety of entrees... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Service is always great. Prices are a bit high, but you pay for quality. Great bar area for after work cocktails.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have dined at Baxters on 3 previous occasions including 2 New Year's Eves. Last New Year's Eve we had an excellent meal and the service was excellent, we felt it was well worth the trip. This year was another story, all of our entrees were lukewarm and one of the diners in our party ordered lobster and it was... More 

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Minonk, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Holy cow, if the people and ambiance were not first class, the steak I could cut with a fork and it melted in my mouth. I can not wait to go back, it will be soon, and I hope it is just as good as New Years ever!!!! Thanks Baxters!!!!!

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82 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

We truly enjoyed this place. We made reservations but decided to eat at the bar because it was so festive. The food was high quality and they honored our dietary restrictions easily. Staff was super friendly. Will definitely go back when in the area! Priced appropriately.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I lived in Chicagoland for 26 years before moving back to this area. I have to say that Baxter's is one of the very few places in Central Illinois that can hold a candle to a higher-end Chicago restaurant. The food and service is excellent. I only have one minor complaint, which I'll save for the end. My wife and... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I typically have at least one business dinner at Baxter's when traveling to Bloomington. The food and service are good. I typically order one of the evening's specials rather than from the menu so it is difficult to recommend a particular dish. Adequate wine list.

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Cary, IL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Baxter's was a great choice for our group of 10. When I was unable to book a reservation online due to having a group of 10 so I called Baxter's directly to make a reservation. I received a recorded message and left a detailed message as to my request. I received a call back confirming my request for a reservation... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Have heard and read about nicer places for evening out and for special occasion decided to try Baxter's. Located at the end of newer holiday inn express across from regional airport this really surprised us. The atmosphere, service and food provided exceptional evening out. Definitely plan to return as there is much more variety to enjoy.

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Additional Information about Baxter's American Grill

Address: 3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone Number: (309) 662-1114
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
Cuisine: American

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