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Baxter's American Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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3212 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704 (Haeffle Drive)
+1 309-662-1114
16:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Bloomington, Illinois
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Another wonderful evening at Baxter's! We can rely on great food, service, and ambience each time. Menu has something for everyone. Our table enjoyed ribeye, parmasean crusted top sirloin, mahi mahi, and smothered chicken. All meals were prepared perfectly and garlic mashed potatoes were delicious! Gooey butter cake and apple pie (both served with ice cream) were definitely worth the... More 

Thank Rabedavis
Bloomington, Illinois
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

I have had several meals at Baxters. It is a high end and costly. I was in charge of planning our company Christmas Party and decided to give Baxters one more try. I met with the coordinator of special events. We planned the meal for our group. It was very disappointing. The food was not up to par and several... More 

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Normal, Illinois
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

We have enjoyed Baxters over the past years and though we haven't been in a while we're excited to take our sons girlfriend to one of our favorite restaurants. One of my observations over the years is the seating always seems awkward. The booths are too far away from the tables and their funny half booth, half table just seems... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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288 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

Our daughter and her family treated us to Baxter's before heading to the Christmas Eve Service at their church. I had the ribeye and my wife had the filet. Both we very good, but not exceptional steaks. I had asparagus as my side. Again, it was good, but not exceptional. The French Onion soup was tasty. Wine list was excellent,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

The prime rib was not the best we've had but it was quite good. The au jus was especially good. The highlight of my meal with a baked potato, with real crispy bacon pieces on top. The salad was very good with nice thick ranch dressing. The server was extremely friendly and helpful and very on top of our drink... More 

Thank stasiaweb
Bloomington, Illinois
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

Great food and great service. This was my first time here and will not be my last. Food was AMAZING!!!!! Thank you.

Thank Cristo O
Bloomington, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Went with friends to celebrate Christmas, first time for all of us. The waiter was attentive and always on target with our food. The food was exceptional, we all had steaks,salads,and potatoes. A variety of desserts. Oh and the drinks were really good. Wonderful atmosphere. Our bills were very reasonable. Good choice for a good dinner.

Thank Cubbie2111
Bloomington, Illinois
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

We were seven people and each of us ordered different things. We had two appetizers and seven different main dishes. Mine was smothered grilled chicken, which came with a soup and salade. I chose a salad. One member of our party ordered jambalaya, which turned out to be too spicy for her. The service was great, and the waiter was... More 

Thank Rabah_97
Bloomington, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

This place is located across the street from the airport and attached to the Holiday Innn. My friends and I love going for drinks and appetizers. Drinks are delicious as well as the food.

Thank Tikia J T
Bloomington, Illinois
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

Love the atmosphere at Baxter's ........especially the high backed booths. The food is always good. Their ribs are the best I have ever had............they are always done perfectly.

Thank Deb G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 45
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
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: +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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