Baxters American Grille

4.6
808 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.

Lunch Menu includes: Fresh Entrée Salads, Bistro Sandwiches, Soup, Pasta, Fish n' Chips, Grilled Salmon & Many More!
Dinner Menu includes: Fresh seasonal entrees & appetizers including: Tuna Tartare, Drunken Stuffed Mushrooms, Hand Cut Steaks, Fresh Seafood & Signature Dishes such as our Herb Crusted Lamb Chops & Bistro Fried Chicken.
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MG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice place to enjoy dinner when celebrating something special.

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r
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-theater dinner. Lamb chops were fantastic. Stone sour old fashioned was superb.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Order was wrong- had to wait for one of the entrees to be prepared again. Was offered free dessert- choice was unavailable. Wasn’t given an option to pick another dessert...waiter brought gooey butter cake which had previously been their signature dessert. It was underbaked....sugar had not dissolved in the batter. Although the presentation looked delicious, dessert was awful!! Waiter did not question why dessert was not eaten. It will be a long time before I return!😔

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

My husband and I picked Bloomington Baxter’s based on loving Champaign Baxter’s. We will not return. This restaurant did not meet my expectations related to service or food quality.

I ordered mushrooms with my meal. When dinner arrived, the veggies were missing. When they finally arrived, I had completed my meal. Almost forgot... you could literally eat my salad in three bites.

Won’t be back!!!

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JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you're looking for a nice meal and ambiance while in Bloomington, this restaurant is highly recommended.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food. Friendly staff. Music was a little too loud. We felt like we had to talk over it at times. A little higher priced for what you get but not too bad if you're going for a special occasion.

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Never disappointed. Highly recommended for all.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food and service was excellent as always. A little noisier than usual but still OK. Still our favorite place. As far as food recommendations...everything on the menu is very good. Nice selection of wine and beer.

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SW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service provided by our wait person was excellent, the food was very good and the general atmosphere was good. Pricing was acceptable but slightly high. Overlap Baxter's provided a nice dining experience.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, but not exceptional. Good value though, wasn’t disappointed by any means but wasn’t blown away either. Grilled shrimp cocktail was excellent, my wife said prime rib was very good, and the New York strip was good. They had extensive wine list but should consider adding some of the local breweries to their tap list. Service was great.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to get a reservation. Good location. Nice menu, delicious food. Excellent service by the barman and the waiter, and the reception was polite and competent. Very impressed, good value.

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BB
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in town in my opinion. Food and service are consistently excellent. The Baxter salad is a favorite.

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

food was very good. one drink order was lost. server was new. appetizer arrived before drinks. bread was offered after salad course was finished. server will need to do a lot better.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for lunch or dinner. Food was good and service also good. A little dark though for my taste.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fabulous at Baxters! I love short ribs and the chef is a master at preparing them. Servers are attentive and very good! Eating at Baxters is always a positive experience.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Went to have corned beef and cabbage at 6pm on St. Patrick’s Day and they were already out. Disappointed, ordered the bourbon pork chop. Tasted good but the texture was very chewy. I would have sent it back but I was not confident they could deliver a good pork chop. Dessert was excellent.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual!!!

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has little something fro everyone. If you are looking for soup and salad for lunch or fine dining for date night. I will be back sooner than later.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Bloomington Normal several times over the last 3or4 years. Yes, it's a college town and I get that. The dining scene is overwhelmingly casual and fast food chain heavy. We go to a Special Olympics event every year and that always seems to fall on my wife's birthday. So we try to look for something a little more upscale. Baxter's is just the ticket. We were greeted promptly by a friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. He took our drink order and came back shortly with one of the best Manhattans I've ever had. The ambiance is "Elegant Steakhouse" with it's spacious booths and rich wood paneling. Our food came just as fast as the drinks and just as tasty. They boast "Steaks,Chops and Seafood" and they definitely come across. They have a broad menu, but focused on American fare. There's an extensive, but reasonably priced wine list that should find parings for anything on the menu.
It's a place folks go the celebrate special occasions and you can tell they know it. One of the first things the waiter asks is if you're here for a celebration. Along with my wife's, there were two other birthdays and a bridal shower dinner all within 5 tables. At the end of the meal, we were quietly treated to a wonderful "Gooey Buttercake" No big show of waitstaff forced into a show of song and happiness, just tasteful presentation and a sincere"Happy birthday"from our waiter. What more do you need? All in all, Baxter's is a winner and we'll be back!

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places for a relaxing meal and drink with family and friends.

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TM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baxters is a posh environment with very attentive staff and the food is memorable. Prices aren't too bad for specials.

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F
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Kind of an upscale TGI Friday’s. Good menu but tastes were a bit disappointing, like underripe fruit or salty sandwiches. Had a the distinct feel of a chain restaurant using formulas rather than doing real cooking. Waiter was gracious and accommodating. The dessert, a take on strawberry shortcake using puff pastry, was surprisingly light and very yummy...best part of the meal. Good wine list!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Baxter’s for my son’s birthday. We drove in from Paris, IL and another couple drove in from Peoria. It was totally worth the drive. The service....at least three different individuals took care of our every need.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The only reason for the lower food review was my husband's steak was not so great. Just was not tender and did not have the best flavor, especially for the cost. My smothered chicken, however, was fantastic. Everything else was fantastic.

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SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for two; server excellent and dinner was at the level we expect from Baxter’s. Very nice evening.

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f
Minneapolis
147 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A perfectly fine experience, with food that is good (not great) and service to match. The steaks are average; the sides are what you’d expect; and the servers don’t know much about the fairly impressive wine list. I don’t know what to compare this against in Bloomington (I get there a lot for work but don’t live there), but would describe this as a good place for everyday food but not a particularly noteworthy restaurant.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the overall quality of our experience was excellent-good food and good service!

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W
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Second bad meal in a row. The tuna appetizer was very good - prime rib was not tender or juicy. The baked potato was hard and not cooked - didn't think you could mess up a potato. We did have a good server and we enjoyed the bar. We will not be back for awhile, better places to eat in Bloomington.

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TR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have never had a bad meal. This time my ribs were just a tad to done but center meat was great. Other then that we always have the best food here.

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D
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, will be back!

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GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional wait staff, amazing food, and excellent beverage choices. We ate in the bar area and the views of the wood and windows are beautiful!!!

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The restaurant was full and lively with great energy!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing dinning experience!!

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall, it was just ok. Nothing special like what we had hoped...we had a newer server that didn't seem to know the menu the best.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was great, very accomodating (we added additional guest at last minute), 5 guests total.
Server was excellent (Bryan).
All food was very good except the chicken lemon, overcooked, dried out, tough. Too bad, as all other aspects of dinner was great. We didn't send food back, as my wife assured me she didn't want to make a fuss.
I would go back again, however would not order chicken, and would not be bashful about bringing sub par entrees to their attention.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very positive experience.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, nice experience. Great service. Only criticism would be advising against their cocktails. I’ve ordered gin martinis a number of times, always hoping they’ll have improved, yet always disappointed. Either A) the alcohol/ice sits in the shaker too long, B) they scrimp on the alcohol, or C) they’re watering down the alcohol. This particular evening I ordered Tanquaray and dinner partner ordered Beefeaters. Both were equally weak and disappointing. Another dinner partner ordered Tito’s on the rocks. Also disappointing. Long story short: Order wine.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food. The recipes are consistently good, which I appreciate and is the reason we keep going back. Service was great, too. It was Valentine’s Day and our reservation was at 9p. Our server was still so nice & attentive, despite the fact that she must’ve been exhausted.

I have only one minor complaint. Their steak knives. Stupid as it sounds, I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have a legit steak knife sharp enough to cut razor-thin slices. I basically had a $2 Wal-Mart quality serrated steak knife, which pulverized my gorgeous NY Strip.

Despite my petty knife thing, the meal and service were both great. We’re coming back. But, please. Fix the knives.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. This was the best NY Strip Steak I have had in years!

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been here a few times and it has been a great experience every time.
The food and service is always great!

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