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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 - 20:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

This restaurant should be rated #1 in Bloomington! My wife and I were treated to excellent food and service for a reasonable price. I frequently order salmon and always order a Caesar salad and have done so in restaurants all across the USA. Baxter's seared salmon and Caesar were among the best I have ever been served. My wife's beef... More 

Thank James M
Bloomington, IL
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

So excited that they have opened for lunch. IT is the perfect place to dine for lunch with clients. Love the booths for private conversations, wonderful selections on the menu from salads, to seafood to filet stroganoff. and Wednesdays are half price appetizers...you can fill up on the steak nachos!!! Service is always top notch.

Thank MIrvinGM
Algonquin, Illinois
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Came down to visit my niece at ISU. Made reservations at Baxters for Friday night. Warmly welcomed on arrival & shown to our booth right away. Very nice waiter who went over the specials & took our drink orders. Once we ordered our entrees we waited. Had to ask for bread. Salads & soups were large portions and tasteful. The... More 

Thank babsten22
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

We ate with a friend last Sat. night and was a great experience. My husband and friend had steaks and they were perfect. I had a spinach salad which was also wonderful. Zach who was our waiter did a great job. Be sure to try the gooey butter cake with extra berries instead of ice cream- very calorie worthy!

Thank Tammy L
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Have been to Baxter's twice in the last month. Once sat at the bar to eat and other sat at a table with friends. Both visits were very good food, service and atmosphere. Great bar area with tables and other dining room area. Had apps prime rib sliders, mini beef Wellington, smoked salmon bruschetta, bbq chicken pizza, all were fantastic.... More 

Thank GChitown
San Antonio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

I recently had dinner with friends at this cozy restaurant across from the airport. Our server was wonderful and recommended the special on the menu, which I had. Beef Medallions over Mashed potatoes. Melt in your mouth steak! My friends had a chicken dish that is a regular on the menu and raved about it as well.

Thank B L
Bloomington, Illinois
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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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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 

Thank sls8558
Normal, Illinois
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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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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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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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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