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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
+1 309-662-1114
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A private, relaxing setting to treat your favorite client. You can conduct discussions confidentiality. Plus a great menu and superb service.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ed N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have enjoyed a number of very good experiences at Baxter's but last evening I was very disappointed when I ordered Fish and Chips - what I ended up with was about 6-7 very large pieces of potatoes sliced in wedges and 3 fairly small...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank eadkins2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this location over a half dozen times and never disappointed with the meal. Although our server initially was slow he made up for it towards the end. Great safe and friendly atmosphere, beautifullly decorated. One of the best restaurants in town.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Tres_Stooges
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service was great, friendly bartenders, great food. Would not expect such a great place attached to a Holiday Inn but try this place.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank dadsthoughts
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We have always gotten a well-prepared gourmet-style meal here. We attended the Easter Brunch Buffet the past 2 years and absolutely loved it - the food is definitely not typical buffet fare. The dining room has a quiet, private ambience making it conducive to conversation....More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank laurapj422
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

Baxter's is an upscale Chicago style restaurant next to the airport. Both the bar and restaurant are great! I love their steak nachos in the bar, and salmon in the restaurant.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank stephendX2749NH
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Went during parents weekend at ISU. Was looking forward to a nice meal. My teeth hurt from chewing the steak. The others in my party seemed to enjoy theirs well enough. My cocktail was also bad- taste was not great and it wasn’t even cold....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank jckbng
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

I wasn't expecting a complete GF menu here; however, they have GF entree options, as well as GF bread and dessert. I ordered the smothered chicken, which was delicious, and the GF flatbread served prior to the meal was a great treat for someone that...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank luciisgodsgirl
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

I was looking for a place to eat next to the airport. The restaurant has met my expectations. The service was very efficient and friendly( thank you, Kyle). Gumbo for a starter was not necessarily Louisiana style but was ok. Scallops and shrimp scampi linguine...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank sonostrov
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Really nice atmosphere if a bit noisy, the restaurant has high ceilings, has a well-populated bar attached, and is clean and generally upscale Bloomington. The menus is upscale pub fare (fish tacos, burgers, some steaks and fish dishes) but nothing that really isn't done better...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank john E
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Rodney R
March 31, 2015|
Response from AndrewM533 | Reviewed this property |
As good as Baxter's is I would recommend making reservations to be sure.
Rodney R
March 31, 2015|
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Response from Jeff K | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you make reservations. We did for Valentines this year and it was perfect!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $45
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
    (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-Normal  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-662-1114
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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