Baxters American Grille

4.6
796 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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HM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
142 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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GR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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 .

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H
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Made our Valentines Day date that more special.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Great service. Friendly staff. One of our favorite places to go for a great dinner. Never had a bad experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome waiter Chris made our experience very enjoyable! Definitely will return!

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

Anniversary dinner. Server Eric was excellent and attentive.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was not good. Server was not attentive! Took over
A half he just to get dessert from time they were ordered. Other tables came and went and we were
Still sitting there.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Evening Out restaurant. Service is awesome and the meals never fail to exceed expectations!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my staff here for lunch and it was wonderful! Good menu selection, great prices, great service!

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LF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was awesome as usual, but waitress was a bit slow or preoccupied with larger group.

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m
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baxter's was very sweet. When I made my reservation, I let them know it was my birthday. At dinner, they gave us a bottle of Champagne on the house and also a free piece butter cake . That was very thoughtful.

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KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a gem! I had been hearing great things about it, and stepped out of my comfort zone. Made a reservation, sat quickly. My server was amazing!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Service was not impressive water glass empty for way to long. The music was too loud in the dinning area

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