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Baxters American Grille
Baxters American Grille

Baxters American Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.baxtersgrille.com
  • Phone: (309) 662-1114
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Owner Rod Burchett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our restaurant has the ability to cater in the private dining rooms or to any business or event. This includes access to a full menu, select menu or buffet depending on the size of the group. The attached hotel also offers facilities up to 250 people of which Baxter's provides the food and beverage. Please contact the restaurant directly at 309-662-1114.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining rooms at Baxter's can accommodate up to 80 people. Our adjoining hotel can also seat up to 250 in a large ballroom setting. We also offer full catering service to the Bloomington/Normal area. Please contact Bailey for more details. We are flexible in meeting your needs and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Bailey McDowell (309) 662-1114
  • Entertainment: The Lounge area has over 6 large screen televisions to view your favorite sporting event. Live Music Every Thursday and Saturday night No Cover! Contact the restaurant directly to receive details on additional live entertainment and events in our lounge.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please inquire within for more details. We are most flexible in meeting your needs to make your special event an effortless planning process. Our friendly staff will ensure your event is a true success.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haeffle Drive
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is directly in front of the restaurant. Several accessible parking spaces available. Hassle free parking--no construction or parking decks.
A word from Baxters American Grille
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Even though Baxters has been in Bloomington for a while, we never gave it much consideration since it is located out by the airport and next to a hotel. But that has all changed! It was a very pleasant experience. The Wait Staff was fantastic. Making excellent recommendations and every employee made sure you had a great experience. We will definitely be back more often."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Chose Baxter's to celebrate a special occasion. This is a nice restaurant where you can talk and enjoy each other's company. So, I like the atmosphere here. I had a New York strip steak which had good flavor but had way too much fat in it. My wife had salmon, which she loved. The sides were mediocre in the way they were prepared. (Good quality ingredients, but green beans were undercooked and my salad was drowning in dressing.) Our desert was butter cake that had more cream cheese frosting than cake, so I would not choose it again. In summary, I want this restaurant to be better than it is. I think it could be great, but they really need to step up the quality of how they prepare the food to earn our loyalty and deserve the price."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great food, great ambience, love the low lighting, food was delicious and drinks tasty too"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was very good. We dined on a Wednesday night. The problem was this: there was a VIP wine dinner going on elsewhere in the restaurant. We had drinks and an appetizer, which came out promptly. The server gave us great advice on the wine. However, our entree was pushed to the end so the VIPs could get their orders together. The server was not truthful about why our entrees took so long to come out. We had a rib eye and a plank salmon; neither should have taken very long to cook. We finally got the whole story from her. All managers were busy with the VIPs, so our server had to make amends for the poor kitchen organization. She comped our appetizer. When something goes wrong, the truth is always better."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Baxter's. Our waiter, Kyle, was a delight and attentive. The food was outstanding. I would recommend Baxter's to anyone who will be in the Bloomington area."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Appetizers are really good. Draft beer selection is not outstanding, yet better than several places in town. Dining Room is conversation friendly, especially when compared to another local brew pub with similar bar food, yet shout-friendly Dining"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was very good but portions were smallish for the prices charged. Meal for four with no alcohol or dessert was $106 + tip. Service was outstanding on all fronts. Restaurant was very dark. Several other parties were using cell phones for flashlights so they could read the menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Baxter's seems to get a little better every year. When they first opened I had a few dishes that were mediocre. This time everything was very good. My wife and I had an enjoyable evening. It is too noisy overall though."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We love going to new places and we finally were able to try Baxter's. We loved our dining experience, our food was delicious, and the service is outstanding. We had steak nachos for an appetizer, I had the Cedar Plank Salmon, and my husband had the Bacon Wrapped Chicken - all wonderful choices! We will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always we had a great experience ........great food and excellent service. We've always enjoyed Baxter's for all of our special, and not so special occasions. We always end up with extra food that we can take home with us and enjoy for another meal."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Friday and Saturday evenings, the wait staff seem to have a hard time keeping up. Overall, the food was excellent. The atmosphere was great. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had to stay in Normal because no hotels were available for my daughter's U of I graduation. Glad we did. Not only did we get a chance to reminisce about our ISU days, but were fortunate to be told about Baxter's American Grille in Bloomington, IL. Located across the street from the Bloomington airport, this restaurant offers exceptional food and service at reasonable prices. Well worth the 20 minute drive from Normal, all of our courses (appetizer / entrée) were well prepared and enjoyed by everyone in our party. Our server (Kyle) was knowledgeable and attentive. Would highly recommend this restaurant if you are staying in Bloomington-Normal area. Make sure to make reservations as the word is out on this place."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed every bite! Wonderful selection, good presentation, delicious food. Delightful! Truly the best tiramisu we have tasted!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Made reservation for my son's graduation from isu wanted to eat somewhere other than where you usually eat when we head down to Bloomington. I have to say I wished I would have tried sooner liked the food service was good and noise level not too loud "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It may have been because I had higher expectations of this restaurant based on what I had heard from other people, but I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. The service was outstanding, but the main dish that I had left room for improvement. The rest of my party really enjoyed their food very much. I would not write this place off yet. I would definitely try it again as it may just have been an off night for the entree that I ordered."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had our first date here and the food was excellent, our waiter was phenomenal, and we left feeling very full. I'm not from the area and I based my decision off of the already good reviews, did not disappoint in the slightest!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "After shopping all day we were looking for a nice spot to relax and enjoy a meal. We found Baxter's. We started with their special fruit sangria which was very refreshing. Meals come with choice of soup or salad. We chose French onion served in a crock and the spinach salad. Both were excellent. The food was delicious and the service was attentive. We enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first time to Baxter's. Enjoyed it very much. Casual atmosphere, romantic lighting, great food, great service. Children and families welcome, and did not interfere with our experience. I'm putting Baxter's on our repeat customer list."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great dinning experience. The ambience was perfect. My wife took the bacon chicken wrap, absolutely delicious. I have the Kebob, they were very good too. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Had a reservation on Saturday night. They were very busy but we were seated at the exact time of our reservation. The food and service were excellent! The steaks are the best in town."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fish special was ok (we are in IL) and ribs were a bit dry (usually great). As always, "scallops three way" was outstanding - best dish in BloNo. No grit in the scallops and perfectly prepared."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We originally had a reservation for Valentines day (2/14) but called about two hours before our scheduled reservation to cancel due to the weather, We rescheduled for Sunday, 2/16. The person handling this was most pleasant in doing so. As for the actual dinner on 2/16, it was our first visit to Baxter's. The food was very good as was the service. We will definitely visit again, especially if going out for dinner with visiting family or friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Baxter's is always has great service and food. It is our favorite restaurant in Bloomington. Their filet is the tops! We have the pleasure of dining in upscale restaurants in Chicago and Baxter's has beat them all!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great service, a little pricy, but food was good. Portions per price is my only complaint."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food,,back room atmosphere not as pleasureable as other areas but understandable considering Valentines Day"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Came to Baxter's for a Valentine's Day dinner. Service was exceptional and the food was delicious as always. Got the shrimp and crab Alfredo :) would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The dining area was set very appropriately for valentines day, the servers were very attentive and nice, and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Last minute reservation for valentines day. Perfect find and the food was delicious. Thank you opentable! I definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great Food. Nice Staff. Good, attentive service. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I've been to Baxter's a few times always going with the filet (you'll never go wrong with that), but I decided to try the ribs because of a friend's suggestion. The meat fell off the bone and the barbecue sauce was wonderful. My wife got the smothered chicken and loved it. I have been impressed with everything from the Baxter's salad to the gooey butter cake. This is my favorite B-N restaurant."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We have a great server, she was very attentive. The food portions and quality have gone down since I last dined there in the summer. Three of us got steak, and all three were overcooked and much smaller than I remember. I used to order the Steak Oscar and have leftovers because it was so big. Not this time. The menu could use an overhaul as it is getting a little stale. Overall, its a nice place for a dinner with friends, but I don't know if it will be my first choice in the future."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for a nice night out and we loved it! From the service to the atmosphere and food, it was all amazing! We had a great date night!:)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went to Baxter's on a Saturday night with a small group. Server was very attentive but getting items to the table was a little slow. We were not in a hurry so this had no impact on us but if you are wanting to dine quickly, probably not the place for you at least on a Saturday night. Everyone had something different and everyone enjoyed their meals. The scallops three ways and Red Snapper were especially delicious. Very nice meal with great ambience for small groups."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "It was a Saturday night and the live music in the bar was way to loud to converse across the table. The service was the best I have experienced in a long time."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Baxter's continues to be an outstanding restaurant in the Bloomington-Normal area...very good food with many choices and excellent service. It is perhaps the best fine-dining restaurant in the area. Steak, seafood, broasted chicken and much more. Small wine list by the glass, but good choices. Cannot wait to go there again."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Baxter's offers the best Calimari in all of Bloomington... The overall feeling of this restaurant is excellent."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Though the manager made things right with us by taking the charge off for our meal, my wife was quite excited to go here again for the steakhouse salad. She enjoyed it so much the first time she had it that she took pictures of it. She ordered it the same this time (medium rare), and it came out dark and dry and charred on the end. Not liking to waste food, she DID keep it (our mistake) and the waiter did offer to take it back, but it shouldn't have come to the table that way. I had the seafood jambalaya, which does have an enjoyable kick to it. The Moscato was quite nice too. We were just really surprised by the oversight on the steak. Won't keep us from considering them again, though will anticipate a better meal next time."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Our Porsche Club has their Christmas dinner here the last 2 years and it has been excellent. Now we go for dinner every once in a while. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Restaurant is directly across from the airport entrance. Handy place to get good food, late in the evening. Service was wonderful, our server was knowledgable and honest. Made some very good recommendations. Cajun calamari and tuna tartare appetizers were very good. Dinner special of grilled Marlin on heart of palm puree was excellent. As was the Brazilian kabobs. The spinach salad ordered with the meal was fabulous. Can't say when I've had a better, fresher one. Would definitely come again."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "My husband and I ate here for the first time and were very impressed! From the time we walked in the door until we left, everything was perfect. It is a little more expensive but very worth it. I'm looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013