Baxters American Grille
Baxters American Grille

Baxters American Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.baxtersgrille.com/
  • Phone: 3096621114
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Saturday Dinner: 4:00pm-10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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 3096621114
  • 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: 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Baxters American Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)romantic (15)good for groups (10)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Night out for ISU Family Weekend
    Kdmak5
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening out with our kids this past Saturday evening. Had a wonderful table by the window! Great service and food. Many of us had steak... NY Strip is to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch-Classy Place
    Tonick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our son is a Freshman at ISU and I discovered this restaurant on Open Table. We wanted to take our son to a nice steak house. We are from the Chicago area, so we have certain expectations of a Steakhouse. This was a very nice surprise! The first nice thing was that the salad & potato were included in the price. We had Prime Rib, NY Strip and Filet Mignon. Each was cooked to perfection. We also had 3 different potatoes and they were all excellent. Our waiter Kyle was top-notch, extremely attentive. The restaurant was very busy, and we were out in under an hour, but did not feel rushed. We have found our special place to bring our son when we come visit him over the next four years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    DamlakegirlVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very much enjoyed our meal. Service was good and food was excellent. They easily accommodated a guest in our party with food allergies. Knowledgable staff! We will return when in the area again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork Chop
    Annie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I ordered the pork chop. It was dry and tough. The sides that came with it were good, but I'd not order this again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bloomington's Secret
    EatingAdventures
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit on atmosphere - miss on food
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food, great ambience, love the low lighting, food was delicious and drinks tasty too
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening!
    CASS
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good place
    NickVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HuskerDaddy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    wray
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    MFaughnan
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 237 reviews are from the Baxters American Grille reviews archive.
  • Busy nights
    DineAroundTowns
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Friday and Saturday evenings, the wait staff seem to have a hard time keeping up. Overall, the food was excellent. The atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bloomington Gem
    Redbird
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Buffet
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Enjoyed every bite! Wonderful selection, good presentation, delicious food. Delightful! Truly the best tiramisu we have tasted!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    Fahrns1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Bad Place
    Nick
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Date :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night find
    familydinner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timers
    jmn120176
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner on a Monday night
    Seminole38VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased, as usual
    Starving
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    FarndogVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We originally had a reservation
    BandBC
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic setting
    Denver
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great service, a little pricy, but food was good. Portions per price is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food,,back room atmosphere
    bruns
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food,,back room atmosphere not as pleasureable as other areas but understandable considering Valentines Day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Tommy
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnificent
    Edgar
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All Good
    Combag
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Great Food. Nice Staff. Good, attentive service. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    Mwant
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, food quality so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    Kyle
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed Saturday evening dinner
    smalltownfoodie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in service/ Loud bar
    BenAround
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bloomington-Normal Gem
    Steveo46
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baxter's offers the best Calimari
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Baxter's offers the best Calimari in all of Bloomington... The overall feeling of this restaurant is excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.