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Baxter's American Grill

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3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704 (Haeffle Drive)
(309) 662-1114
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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265 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was staying at Holiday Inn, so walked over here for dinner (is part of the hotel) Bar area was basically empty on a Friday night. Bartender was friendly at first, then after I ordered drink, quickly became unfriendly and stayed that way for rest of night. That was disappointing. The TV setup at bar is disappointing too, hard to watch... More 

Thank tedkirby
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very consistent good food, changing menu and service. Have a nice stone cherry old fashioned! Nice environment and the 2 brunches they have had were excellent.

Thank parisalice50
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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159 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the very best restaurants in town. Ownership pride and hard work ensures the place meets ideals of fine dining within a comfortable atmosphere. You can have an excellent meal and take as much or as little time as you like with it. Seating very comfortable, bar stock well-curated, and menu large enough to meet all tastes but without... More 

Thank Jake F
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here with a group of 30. Service was flawless and everyone was satisfied. The best sign on a great venue is when you don't even notice the servers

1 Thank Joshua S
Mosinee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We looked at reviews for the area and picked this for dinner. Wonderful eating area outside the bar. Service was fantastic. Numerous choices for dinner. We loved the food. Would highly recommend this if you are in the area.

Thank Rick Dyann S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My flight was cancelled so I had to get a hotel close to the airport. I was very pleased that Baxter's was right next door to the Holiday Inn. Great dining experience. Excellent service, excellent meal.

Thank heathersD5583YI
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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163 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant surprised us a lot. First, by being connected to a hotel we had set much lower expectations of this restaurant as we have been disappointed by some in our area. However, the surprise was a truly welcomed one. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was properly prepared and really good. The restaurant has the feel... More 

Thank ColoradoJojo
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upscale restaurant but attached to the Holiday Inn Airport which seems a bit odd. Food and service were great; on the expensive side for this area.

Thank schellgirl
St. Louis, MO
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a large group celebrating the night before IWU graduation. Our table was ready for us when we arrived and the hostess promptly seated us. Our server was excellent but the restaurant was very loud and our table was very long so it did make for a challenge trying to communicate with everyone. I probably would try to get... More 

Thank Traveler40St.Louis
Charleston, Illinois
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are going through the Bloomington area this should be one of the stops on your list. The ambiance may be 80’s Business man, but there is nothing stodgy about this place. Great food, attentive, but not intrusive. wait staff, and real drinks make this a most pleasant dining experience. The sauces, glazes and salad dressing are all made... More 

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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, 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 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
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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