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Baxter's American Grill

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3212 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5426 (Haeffle Drive)
(309) 662-1114
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Westchester County NY
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was great and the staff were very accommodating as we had a large party but needed separate checks. The service was excellent. It was a bit noisy, but our group was a bit loud too! I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank Maryellen Y
LaSalle, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In a Holiday Inn? In any hotel? Who'd expect award winning cuisines, staff, and prices? And I've been going to the airport across the street and didn't know that this gem existed. Try to keep me away on future Bloomington trips. Sunday - half price bottles of wine. The bbq pork chop to die for. A very inventive house salad-... More 

Thank FrankStrell
Bloomington, Illinois
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was able to enjoy an anniversary dinner here with my husband. This place came on the recommendation of quite a few people...and I now know why! The restaurant has a great atmosphere, attentive staff and great food! Located adjacent to a hotel near the airport, it's an easy find!

Thank Ezcookin
Oakwood, Illinois
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I wanted to take a short relaxing getaway not too far away from home. Found Baxter's on Trip Advisor and decided to take a chance based on the good reviews. I'm so glad we did, because I think we have found a new favorite restaurant! The service was fantastic, and the food was even better. Definitely recommend... More 

Thank Natalie S
Republic, Missouri
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First off we were not there for a sit down dinner, we were there for a reception (finger foods and beer and wine). I must say everything that I tasted was great! We went to the bar a few times to get mixed drinks and the bartenders were so nice. I will go back and eat a meal there everything... More 

Thank Barb247
Greenville, South Carolina
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was friendly and responsive. Ordered a flat bread appetizer and it came out burnt, but I was not charged for it. Overall food experience was pretty good and atmosphere was very nice. Very convenient to the airport and the Holiday Inn Express.

Thank mike C
Anchorage, Alaska
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

While visiting family in Bloomington, my husband and I decided to sneak away for a date night. We are not very familiar with Bloomington, so we chose Baxter's because we had passed it on the way to my parent's house. I am SO glad we chose to go there! The service was fantastic and the food was exceptional! I ordered... More 

Thank Alaska_Schweizerin
Bloomington, Illinois
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

had an evening out and made reservations @ Baxter's. We were seated immediately and the waitress was attentive and informative. Dinner was excellent as was the service...not too intrusive...that's 10 point right there.

Thank John K
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Great restaurant! Met friends for a nice meal. Staff was friendly, attentive and knew the menu well! I had the sticky ribs and strawberry mojito! Both were really good! Will be coming back!

Thank deirdre s
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Baxter's delivers fine cuisine for our medium sized berg. And if you get a chance to attend one of their group dinners paired with wines, take it. I have never had better even in large cities.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $45
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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, 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
  • Phone Number: (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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