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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)
Open Now
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.All hours
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

My coworkers and I spent a few hours at Baxter's for a work event/happy hour. Appetizers were set up buffet style and all of them were delicious! My top favorites were the bacon wrapped dates, butter cake, and crab cakes. All of the appetizers were...More

1  Thank erica_gen1
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Limited selection a little overpriced and was not all that good one there for a birthday party. It was not all that impressed probably would not go back.

1  Thank Steve K
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

I always give a place a second chance and unfortunately Baxter's didn't take advantage of it! We love the food at this place, but twice in a row - poor service! We had Chris this evening and he took almost 10 min to greet us...More

1  Thank PlanetProwler4ever
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Baxter's is one of our favorite restaurants. We always enjoy ourselves. The service is always excellent. This is important to us. The food is worth the wait. The desserts always tasty. This is just a really fine restaurant. Oh, and there is a great bar!

1  Thank Glen B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Food is always very good. I have eaten several different things on the menu and have not been disappointed.

1  Thank Richard M
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Great meal. Calamari appetizer was delicious. Wife could have made a meal of the beef vegetable soup ~ it was that good. Pan fried chicken was tasty with generous portions of potatoes and green beans. Spinach salad had a nice mix of ingredients to stimulate...More

1  Thank Scott W
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Service was great even being outside on the patio. Live music and great food made for a great night. The drunkin mushrooms were awesome

1  Thank hugomayor
Reviewed 19 July 2017

The French fries are outstanding. The other foods have been disappointing. Most recently we were incorrectly charged and there was no apology of any sort; it seemed burdensome that we asked for the price printed on the menu. We will not be returning.

1  Thank illinoistraveler2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The food and the ambience are reasons to go to Baxters and now that they are open for lunch there are more times to enjoy this wonderful dining opportunity. Their soup of the day was a creamy tomato basil made to perfection. I had a...More

1  Thank Kate K
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

While my Grilled Veggies pizza was a tad bland, although the presentation was nice, the charm of this place is mainly due to its atmosphere and very congenial staff. Prices are in the mid-range and parking is abundant, making it a restaurant that is worth...More

1  Thank Michel P
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Rodney R
31 March 2015|
Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
As good as Baxter's is I would recommend making reservations to be sure.
Rodney R
31 March 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
US$25 - US$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
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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