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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 3
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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
Quiet Atmosphere, Good Food, Great Service

We had a lovely dinner in a quiet atmosphere which is hard to find with all the chain restaurants in this town. I had scallops which were perfection and husband had salmon which he said was delicious. Service was friendly, helpful and pleasant. Great evening. would definitely recommend. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Lynn S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely dinner in a quiet atmosphere which is hard to find with all the chain restaurants in this town. I had scallops which were perfection and husband had salmon which he said was delicious. Service was friendly, helpful and pleasant. Great evening. would definitely recommend. A little higher price than some but really worth it.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A large group of retired friends met here for lunch and had a great time! Everyone found something on the menu that they loved. I would recommend it to anyone for lunch or dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Had a seafood jumbalaya and it may have been the most delicious thing I've ever eaten. A bit pricier but absolutely worth it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I highly recommend Baxter's. Our family recently had an excellent dinner, both the food and service. My filet was very tender with a wonderful savory flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes were hearty and delicious. The other members of our group were very pleased with their meals, primarily steaks, as well. The atmosphere was pleasant and quiet. Our server was professional... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have been to Baxter's many times and have NEVER been disappointed and NEVER repeated a meal!!! Their fish special for the evening is usually always my go to. We always end our night with the gooey butter cake. Seriously the best spot in Bloomington. The drinks, food, and atmosphere are always wonderful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We recently went here with a group of 15. I love the décor of this place, classy and upscale. We had excellent lamb chops and steak. Cocktails are great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I had dinner with a friend on Friday night, and had been served previously by Adric and knew he was very polite and above all an excellent server. Adric has since stepped up his game, and provided us a great experience, and excellent suggestions. I would highly suggest requesting him when making reservations. I had the filet that was on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I thought Baxter's had a nice, cozy atmosphere. Thought the food was a little pricey for what I got. I had leftover food stuck to my water glass and fork when the waiter seated us. I told the waiter and he brought me clean replacements. The restaurant was very busy at the time I went there so I just excused... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were 4 friends out for a nice dinner and Baxters did not disappoint. We all for had steaks from a NY strip, Filets and prime rib. All four of our dinners were cooked to perfection. Our waiter, Izzy, was terrific and paced the meal according to our wishes. Very attentive without being obtrusive. I would highly recommend Baxters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Was in Bloomington for a work conference. Arrived late on a Thursday night. We arrived to Baxter's 10 minutes before the kitchen closed and were greeted with warmth and no rush. As a Chicago Foodie, this was quite a surprise. They were incredibly accommodating and welcoming. We were able to take out time in placing our order and were even... More 

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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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