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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
(309) 662-1114
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Ranked #3 of 225 restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $45
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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84% Recommend
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English first
Normal, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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171 reviews 171 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Moweaqua, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We had a business dinner there and it was the best ever. The waitstaff was the most professional that I have ever seen. We had 2 servers whom were both very knowledgeable on the menu items but also the wine listing. The food was fabulous. Their a prime rib, on a Wednesday night mind you, was out of this world.... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We enjoyed sitting in the bar area for drinks and 1/2 price appetizer on Wednesday nights. The service was a little slow, but relaxing atmosphere and cool outdoor patio.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Stayed at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington, restaurant is adjacent to the hotel. Tried the Jambalaya. It was excellent and the dinner rolls were superb. Server was breaking in a new server so they weren't as attentive as they could have been but good food and nice place.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We happened to be here on 1/2 price appetizer night. What a treat--we ordered a wide array of wonderful and unique appetizers, and truly enjoyed the evening. Beautiful atmosphere, we will be back here again soon.

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Bloomington, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Have visited twice, once for dinner and once for drinks and appetizers. Nice selection all the way around and friendly service.

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We travel through Bloomington several times per year. Baxter's is in the Holiday Inn Express. It is WAY out of the way off the interstate, but we always stop and stay there. The food and wine is the reason. Great food and wine, fantastic decor and nice atmosphere, and you can walk to your room when you are done. This... More

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I wen to this restaurant because it was attached to the Holiday Inn where I was staying. I didn't expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. They have great prime rib, nicely flavored and very tender. The potatoes were some of the best I've had. Service was good as well.

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