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Baxter's American Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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3212 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5426 (Haeffle Drive)
+1 309-662-1114
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Had dinner here over the weekend with my husband and 2 other couple friends. We arrived a few minutes after the other 2 couples were seated and had menus. Our server never brought us a menu, although I will have to say that we did not request one. Seems like a small thing, but I thought it was an oversight.... More 

Thank Psyprof51
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We dine here often, and have always had great meals. Don't let the fact that it's attached to a hotel fool you, the meals are wonderful! The drunken mushroom appetizer is one of the best! Whether you want steak, salad, chicken, fish, flatbread, or jambalaya, you will not leave hungry. They always have special dinner features that are not on... More 

Thank tangokilo12
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Nice setting, very comfortable and tasteful. Our waiter seemed nervous, not sure if it was his first day. The problem at this place was the food was very mediocre. Too bad they really do have a very nice atmosphere but the food just doesn't meet that bar. Would not go back.

Thank BobK898
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Always incredible service and great food at Baxter's. The sea bass melts in your mouth. Husband is fond of the smothered chicken and steak nachos. They also have a great cocktail menu and nummy desserts. I recommend the gooey butter cake. Great ambiance, always have a great time. It is a bit pricey.

Thank Connie K
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The food and service were fabulous. The staff were especially attentive. The cocktails were tasty. A great night!

Thank Bill T
Bloomington, Illinois
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is a very nice restaurant. Excellent service. My husband and I just celebrated our 5th anniversary there yesterday, our first time eating here. The waiter and other staff were very attentive and friendly. They were very prompt in clearing our dishes, refilling our water, and always with a smile and response of "my pleasure" when we thanked them. The... More 

Thank TravelFun7
Paris, IL
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199 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Our party of 7 was promptly seated at our reservation time on Saturday night. The excellent service, essential criteria 1, continued throughout the entire evening. Essential criteria 2, food presentation and taste..superior. #3 criteria, ambiance and cleanliness 5 stars. Criteria 4, reasonable price. Again, a home room. This lovely restaurant is obviously well managed. We will return! Thanks for a... More 

Thank Barbara and Dav... D
East Peoria
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great atmosphere. We ordered the drunkin mushrooms which were amazing. I had the Brazilian Kabobs which were okay. The meat was a little overdone and needed more flavor. The veggies were good though. My husband had the pan fried rib eye. The sauce on it was yummy! He really liked it. Since it was my birthday they gave me a... More 

Thank Yippiehoo
Bloomington, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Came for a family dinner. Stopped at the bar and had great service and laid back atmosphere. Once inside the restaurant, the food was wonderful and the desserts even better.

Thank Jane4512
Bloomington, Illinois
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Celebrating a friend's birthday at Baxters was a great idea! The service was spot on. The wine selection was very good & the food was wonderful. It is fun to eat in the bar as well, but this was a dining room event!

Thank mre5we43

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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
US$25 - US$45
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, 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 St, Bloomington, 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
  • 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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