We continue to enjoy our visits
We continue to enjoy our visits to Baxters and have become "regulars" there.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our table was right when you
Our table was right when you walk in, very close to the front door. This was disappointing given the fact that we made the reservation more than a week in advance. I ordered the Cioppino. There were only two shrimp and 2 small scallops in the entire dish. It had salmon in it also, but mine only had a few shreds. Very disappointed for the money, especially since the seafood is the dish. No veggies or potatoes as a side. Everyone else was happy with their food.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
we love this in our neighborhood.
we love this in our neighborhood. the food is outstanding and it is so quiet you are able to sit and talk a your table. much different than the other restaurants in the area. I just hope Baxter's stays above the young drinking and noisy crowd to preserve what it offers
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Late Dinner in Bloomington
When I visit Bloomington on business, I almost always have at least one meal at Baxter's, especially if I am having a late dinner. Baxter's is the only good restaurant I have found in Bloomington-Normal that is still serving dinner at 9:00 p.m. on a weeknight without having to rush you because the kitchen is closing. The service is sometimes a little slow, but the staff are all very friendly, which makes any delays more tolerable. I have found all of the food to be good, especially the ribeye steak and the veal ribeye. The salads are very good, too. The music in the bar this past Saturday evening was very nice and not too loud. I am accustomed to good restaurants in large cities, and Baxter's comes closest to the mark in Bloomington.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went to dinner
My husband and I went to dinner here on a Saturday night for my birthday and it was the perfect splurge. They have sizable wine and cocktail lists. Good variation in menu items, and wide variation in menu prices. Steak or seafood dishes run about $25. I'd recommend the scallops 3 ways to any seafood lovers - unique and flavorful! Service was excellent. Our server was attentive, friendly, and knew the menu well. Food courses came out at a great pace. Saturday nights are packed and loud. I recommend reservations. There was a band in the bar area that made it too loud for my taste. But other than that the night was perfect!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the veal chops
This was our second visit to Baxters. I love to cook so I ususally order something I don't often make myself. This time my husband and I had the veal chop medium rare with mushroom gravy and garlic mashed potatoes...very delicious, thick and juicy. I love chardonnay and there were four to select from. Our booth had both bench and chairs and felt very private. Our friends had the prime rib and said it also was very good. I especially liked the tasty spinach salad which was not soggy and had a lot of crunchy bacon. We will go back again.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A step above...
A great place for a steak or seafood. The Baxter's salad is delicious and so is the gooey butter cake for dessert. Definitely a step above most chain restaurants.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had to drive over from Peoria to pick up someone from Bloomington airport coming in on a late flight. Thought we'd strike out when it came to finding a good place open late. Baxter's was an unexpected delight. Our waiter was professional but unobtrusive. Chorizo stuffed mushrooms and quesadillas were tasty appetizers. The planked salmon was a great entree choice. Bar is noisy, but dining room is quiet enough for a pleasant conversation. Good selection of not-so-ordinary beer on tap. Will plan to return should the occasion arise.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday nosh - table for two...
This was a little celebration for the two of us for a Birthday. Baxter's honored our request for an intimate table in the back, which was wonderful, but the only complaint was the noise spill over from the bar. I love their bar when I'm in it, but from a dining perspective, not so much. The service was great and the food was delicious, as always. If it weren't for the noise, it would have been a perfect evening...
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best steak nachos!
Went with 2 friends. Service is inconsistent normally, however, it was attentive and smart this time...great! Food was good, always the best steak nachos in town. However, I can't believe a restaurant of this price range with such a nice patio allows smoking on the patio. I have a hard time paying that much for a meal and trying to eat it while smelling smoke. Get the smokers outside the patio where people are trying to enjoy the food the chefs have worked hard on!!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Good Surprise
We had not been to Baxters since it had changed from J Bucks. We also hadn't heard much about it, but the food was very good. they have a nice wine list, good to very good service and 1/2 price wine bottles on Monday night. looking forward to a monday night @ Baxters.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. I ordered the Brazilian Steak Kabobs and the steak and vegetables were delicious but I was a little disappointed in the rice. My boyfriend got the pork chop and wished it wasn't cooked as well as it had been. We ate outdoors because it was a nice night but there was a good amount of bugs outside. Other than that it was a very good experience and we will definitely be back.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service quality food
Our waiter, Chris, was extremely knowledgeable of the menu including the drinks. While the food was excellent as well, Chris made the entire dining experience five stars. We had the Brazilian steak kabobs and ribs, plus stuffed mushrooms for an appetizer, 2 rounds of drinks all under $100.. We had a complimentary butter gooey cake for desert in celebration of our anniversary, a nice touch! It was the best dessert I have had in a long long time! I highly recommend this restaurant. On first glance, it may seem like a cheap chain restaurant especially because it is attached to the Holiday Inn near the Bloomington airport, but don't let that change your mind about trying it out. The place was busy, we were sat right on time.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friend and I ordered the
My friend and I ordered the same Dover sole specialist. The two dishes looked very different. The quantity and appearance were not the same.
Our waiter was helpful initially but unavailable later..
We thought there were inconsistencies throughout.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
While they were able to seat
While they were able to seat us promptly at a requested table, we were told when we checked in with the hostess that we didn't have a reservation despite receiving an e-mail with confirmation number for that time. Not sure if that was due to a distracted hostess who had one ear in the phone and one ear trying to listen to us or not, but didn't inspire confidence. We have used Open Table for reservations at other restaurants with no problem so I suspect it was a restaurant issue.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Baxter's hit the mark!
Met a group of people for dinner on 8/26/13. We were seated promptly. Our server was very patient as it took us a while to order as there was much conversation at the table. We never felt rushed and waiter constantly came back to check on us. The food came promptly after we ordered and everything was delicious. One member of our group has a severe food allergy and the waiter was careful to indicate that to the chef and there were no issues with her food. Very relaxing evening and excellent ambiance! Will definitely go back!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a regular at this restaurant because the food, wait staff and ambience are of top quality. The manager, Chelsea Maple, runs an outstanding operation built on a consistently high set of standards. Dining at Baxter's is a treat.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Kept Secret
I travel quite a lot and try several different restaurants monthly. Many of them will be not on my list to return to. This is a place I will go back to time & time again. Great food and phenomenal service. On Saturday evening, there was a "Blues Group" playing outside that added to the evening's experience. It was a very enjoyable evening and I plan to go back soon.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good tap selection, great service
Casey, our server, was prompt, helpful, and attentive. She was knowledgeable of the wine list and menu.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good meal here...all four of us had a nice dining experience!!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best I've found in Blo-No so far
I've found some decent places in Bloomington, but I hadn't found a place with a combination of really great service & food. So glad I tried Baxter's and disappointed that I hadn't tried it sooner! Food was delicious and it was great to see some well thought, healthier options. My new go-to.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will go back
Everything was outstanding, except for my wifes Red Snapper was a bit over done. Our guests that were in town had a lovely time. Would recommend highly and ask for Chris to be your server. He will take great care of you.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Come in from out of town and opened open table and found Baxters. Luckiest day. What a find!!! We are from Chicago and we know good food. I would put it right up there with all the great one. Our service was great (Chris). He was available but not annoying. Friendly not phony. Helpful and informative.
The food was fresh hot and very very tasty. The chef should be so proud of himself. He certainly could open a 5 star restaurant in downtown Chicago and charge 3 times the amount that I paid. Im sure of it !!! He is a diamond.
I hope I have to pass thru Bloomington again some day just so I can eat at Baxters.
Thanks for one of the best meals...
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We especially appreciated the attention of the wait staff. They seemed to know just when we needed a drink or a water refill.
What a nice surprise to be given a free dessert to celebrate out anniversary. Of course the food is always excellent and there is always enough to take home for a "second" meal. This is our favorite restaurant by far.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The veal is ok
Most of our food was delicious, but the veal was just ok. I recommend the portabella sirloin over the $31 eeeh veal.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Spot in Blo-No!
Last minute reservations. Great service. Food was excellent!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, the food was delicious and the service was professional and attentive.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Baxters. Late Friday nite
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM