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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/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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Most recent review
Lived up to its rep

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Lynden S
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Minocqua, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Minocqua, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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 reviews 5 reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We ate at Baxter's on my birthday as we wanted to eat somewhere "special" for dinner. Wow! We had not been here in a long time and we were really impressed from start to finish. Elegant setting, wonderful service, attentive staff, fabulous food. Our experience had it all. My wife had the rainbow trout stuffed with crab meat and it... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a great place to get your meal on! Best ribye I've eaten in a long time. Speciality drinks are great and the service is unbelievable !

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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
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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Streator
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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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?