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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: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
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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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
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  • 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
Sat night dinner was excellent

We ate with a friend last Sat. night and was a great experience. My husband and friend had steaks and they were perfect. I had a spinach salad which was also wonderful. Zach who was our waiter did a great job. Be sure to try the gooey butter cake with extra berries instead of ice cream- very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tammy L
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Bloomington, Illinois
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Bloomington, Illinois
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate with a friend last Sat. night and was a great experience. My husband and friend had steaks and they were perfect. I had a spinach salad which was also wonderful. Zach who was our waiter did a great job. Be sure to try the gooey butter cake with extra berries instead of ice cream- very calorie worthy!

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Thank Tammy L
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been to Baxter's twice in the last month. Once sat at the bar to eat and other sat at a table with friends. Both visits were very good food, service and atmosphere. Great bar area with tables and other dining room area. Had apps prime rib sliders, mini beef Wellington, smoked salmon bruschetta, bbq chicken pizza, all were fantastic.... More 

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Thank GChitown
San Antonio
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently had dinner with friends at this cozy restaurant across from the airport. Our server was wonderful and recommended the special on the menu, which I had. Beef Medallions over Mashed potatoes. Melt in your mouth steak! My friends had a chicken dish that is a regular on the menu and raved about it as well.

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Thank 553barbaral
Bloomington, Illinois
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another wonderful evening at Baxter's! We can rely on great food, service, and ambience each time. Menu has something for everyone. Our table enjoyed ribeye, parmasean crusted top sirloin, mahi mahi, and smothered chicken. All meals were prepared perfectly and garlic mashed potatoes were delicious! Gooey butter cake and apple pie (both served with ice cream) were definitely worth the... More 

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Thank Rabedavis
Bloomington, Illinois
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I have had several meals at Baxters. It is a high end and costly. I was in charge of planning our company Christmas Party and decided to give Baxters one more try. I met with the coordinator of special events. We planned the meal for our group. It was very disappointing. The food was not up to par and several... More 

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Thank sls8558
Normal, Illinois
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We have enjoyed Baxters over the past years and though we haven't been in a while we're excited to take our sons girlfriend to one of our favorite restaurants. One of my observations over the years is the seating always seems awkward. The booths are too far away from the tables and their funny half booth, half table just seems... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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107 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Our daughter and her family treated us to Baxter's before heading to the Christmas Eve Service at their church. I had the ribeye and my wife had the filet. Both we very good, but not exceptional steaks. I had asparagus as my side. Again, it was good, but not exceptional. The French Onion soup was tasty. Wine list was excellent,... More 

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Thank teds759
Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The prime rib was not the best we've had but it was quite good. The au jus was especially good. The highlight of my meal with a baked potato, with real crispy bacon pieces on top. The salad was very good with nice thick ranch dressing. The server was extremely friendly and helpful and very on top of our drink... More 

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Thank stasiaweb
Bloomington, Illinois
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Great food and great service. This was my first time here and will not be my last. Food was AMAZING!!!!! Thank you.

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Thank Cristo O
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Went with friends to celebrate Christmas, first time for all of us. The waiter was attentive and always on target with our food. The food was exceptional, we all had steaks,salads,and potatoes. A variety of desserts. Oh and the drinks were really good. Wonderful atmosphere. Our bills were very reasonable. Good choice for a good dinner.

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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
  • Good for: Bar scene

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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