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“Better than you'd expect adjacent to a Holiday Inn Express”

Baxter's American Grill
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Ranked #3 of 257 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Better than you'd expect adjacent to a Holiday Inn Express”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Baxter's offers a large bar area and probably 30 or so dining tables in a separate dining room. The dinner lighting is muted, and the menu offers a wider selection than many. There are several selections that are interesting, including the Brazilian Kebab over rice, blackened snapper, dinner salads and the usual beef filet, rib eye, strip and a prime rib.

I have eaten there several times for business dinners and it is adequate. Not too noisy to engage in conversation.

The wait staff is quick and efficient, but trying just a little too hard to project an air of sophistication that isn't quite supported by the balance of Baxters.

In my opinion, it isn't a bad place for dinner, again better than one would expect with it's hotel association - were I staying at the hotel, I'd be happy to eat there, but not a favorite spot.

  • Visited October 2013
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Lebanon, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good but a little pricey”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Food was excellent -- we had sticky ribs and artichoke dip as appetizers, then I had salmon on a cedar plank. Others dinners were great, too. All were probably 15% more than should have been, particularly sitting at the bar, and the drinks were steep ($5 for domestic beer on tap). Everything was great, including atmosphere and bartender. I would have felt better about it if the total $ was about 20% less. Regardless, I intend to go back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Bloomington, Illinois, United States
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Hidden trasure”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Baxter's is off the beaten path -- It's not on Veterans Parkway where many of the restaurants the people of BLO-NO go to are. However, its worth finding. The booth have tall side, the background music is low so it is possible to carry on a civil conversation with the people in your party without shouting at them and without hearing every other conversation at near by tables. The decor is lovely and subtle. Our wait . people were attentive but not intrusive making sure our water glasses were always full yet never seeming to be bothering us. The food was amazing! We had pizza, pasta, and fish among the members of our party and each dish was very good. The salads were all a bit different with a nice flavor too. Just a very lovely evening out .

  • Visited October 2013
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Bloomington, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Go on Wed nights- half price appetizers!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

We only go on Wed nights, we couldn't afford it otherwise. Sticky ribs r the best, steak nachos a close second. The two of us can leave here after two appetizers and one beer each for $30.

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Boulder, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Best meal of our biz trip”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Had seafood pasta, others had ribs and beef (NY Cut) and salad with chicken. All raved. Best meal of our four-day business trip.

Visited October 2013
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