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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“jambalaya” (7 reviews)
“sticky ribs” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

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...More

Thank Ezcookin
Reviewed 11 September 2016

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...More

Thank Natalie S
Reviewed 4 September 2016

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...More

Thank Barb247
Reviewed 4 September 2016 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
Reviewed 24 August 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...More

Thank Alaska_Schweizerin
Reviewed 23 August 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
Reviewed 23 August 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
Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank Deanna_F5
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We just had our daughter's wedding shower at Baxter's. Everything went smoothly and a lot of the credit goes to Baxter's staff. Natalie and Rachel were very helpful in planning the event. They answered questions promptly and made sure that all of our requests were...More

Thank Forebees
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Love eating here! The food is amazing and the service is great! We love staying at the hotel and Baxters is a huge plus to our stay!

Thank Corey B
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Rodney R
1 April 2015|
Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
As good as Baxter's is I would recommend making reservations to be sure.
Rodney R
1 April 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
USD 25 - USD 45
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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