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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
(309) 662-1114
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Ranked #5 of 225 restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Bloomington, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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Detroit
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Bloomington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great decor, nice staff but over priced food that is just okay. The bar much better and appetizers better bang for your buck.

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bloomington il.
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Went to meet a friend and to our surprise they had a band 'Dangerous Gentlemen 'that played some old Rock n Roll and I ordered the Philly Steak sandwich that was very good and I'm born and raised in Philly so I was very judgmental he had a Filet and baked potato we were very happy with our drinks ,food... More

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Bonita, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Went on a Saturday night with a reservation. The restaurant was very busy. We were seated at exactly the time of our reservation. Appetizers, salads and meal were timed perfectly and all were delicious. Best steak in town! Can't leave without having the gooey butter cake.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

You will get a very good meal in a nice adult atmosphere. The servers are great. The bar is nice, a great meeting place.

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Hollis, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for a quick date without our baby, so we only had drinks and an appetizer at the bar. But the next time we are in Bloomington, we will definitely go back to experience dinner as well. The atmosphere was relaxed but felt upscale at the same time. The drinks were great, and they even... More

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The services is always minimally good compared to other local options, if not excellent, and the food is always fantastic. The bar is usually well attended and run by good bar tenders.

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