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Baxter's American Grill

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3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704 (Haeffle Drive)
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.
(309) 662-1114
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4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Experience the contemporary decor, freshly made entrees from our...
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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Casual Dining

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Dinner with family

Had a great dinner with the family The waitress was very nice, knowledgable and attentive, the food was all around very tasty and cooked the way we ordered it The management came around to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. In addition the place was pretty full so other people must... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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English first
Bloomington, Illinois
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went for the Easter buffet this afternoon. The experience was pleasant if slow. We enjoyed a table for eight with no wait when we arrived at our reservation time. We were seated and immediately greeted by our server who was very polite. Sadly after taking our drink order we didn't see him again until we asked for the bill.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Had a great dinner with the family The waitress was very nice, knowledgable and attentive, the food was all around very tasty and cooked the way we ordered it The management came around to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. In addition the place was pretty full so other people must like it as well

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Illinois
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Ate here for dinner for the 5th time this past week. The food is just awesome-- I had the special, which was a marinated NY strip with lettuce and arugula on top (a strange combo but was very good) and has asparagus and red potatoes on the side. The steak was cooked perfectly and the contrast of flavors was superb.... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Definitely call for a reservation here. Otherwise, enjoy the bar and try some of the great drinks. I had a blueberry stout and a white sangria that seemed to be very popular. Both were very good. This is a great place to go out on a date. Everyone is nicely dressed and the dinner is candle lit. My server was... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've dined at Baxter's on several occasions and each experience has been extremely favorable! The service and dining experience has never been disappointing. I've enjoyed everything from seafood to steaks without disappointment. The atmosphere at Baxter's is very comfortable and reminds me of excellent dining experiences in major urban markets. Baxter's has the best bar area in town! I wish... More 

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United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Restaurant has well prepared good food and offers a Paleo menu as well as a Gluten Free menu which we appreciated. Waitress was very good and offered to find out if their calamari could be prepared some other way than deep fried ... yes, it can be sautéed with balsamic vinegar. Service was very efficient and friendly, dinner was delightful,... More 

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Rock Falls, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Baxter's eas the highpoint to an otherwise dreary stay at the Holiday Inn it was connected to. Take it from simeone who's visired and worked at many steakhouses, price point vs. quality is spot-on. If you are used to a 9.99 piece of sirloin cooked well done smothered with A-1, stay away, because they are not for you. If, on... More 

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Minocqua, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I had heard that THE latest rave for dinner was Baxters. Comments like that usually scare me as I am often disappointed. Not so with Baxters. Ordered a Filet Mignon RARE and that is what I got. Delish - wrapped in applewood bacon with a side of green beans, a great Baxter salad (greens and gouda) with a fantastic Pinot... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Baxter's is one of our favorite restaurants in Bloomington. The food is excellent. Baxter's service is the best in town. They are attentive without hovering. We always have a great dining experience there.

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Elegant dining and great atmosphere. The food was fantastic. Jazz music wafted in from the bar. Our server mixed up my order, but the manager on duty made in right and then some. Would go back in heartbeat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
    (Haeffle Drive)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: (309) 662-1114

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 45
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
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

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