Baxters American Grille
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.
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!😔
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!!!
If you're looking for a nice meal and ambiance while in Bloomington, this restaurant is highly recommended.
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.
Always good. Never disappointed. Highly recommended for all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best steak in town in my opinion. Food and service are consistently excellent. The Baxter salad is a favorite.
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.
Nice place for lunch or dinner. Food was good and service also good. A little dark though for my taste.
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.
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.
Delicious as usual!!!
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.
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!
One of the best places for a relaxing meal and drink with family and friends.
Baxters is a posh environment with very attentive staff and the food is memorable. Prices aren't too bad for specials.
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!
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.
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.
Dinner for two; server excellent and dinner was at the level we expect from Baxter’s. Very nice evening.
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.
As usual the overall quality of our experience was excellent-good food and good service!
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.
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.
Outstanding experience, will be back!
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!!!
Great food and service. The restaurant was full and lively with great energy!
I had an amazing dinning experience!!
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.
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.
Very positive experience.
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.
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.
Wonderful food and great service. This was the best NY Strip Steak I have had in years!
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!
BITE LITTLE AS WAITING TO ORDER FOOD AS COOKING AS ONE HOUR AND HALF HR AS LAST TIME EAT DINNER AT 4 30 PM TILL 700PM .
Food and service were great. Made our Valentines Day date that more special.