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About 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.
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 Cumin Crusted Lamb Chops & Bistro Fried Chicken.
Bloomington, IL 61704
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am-9:00 pm Bar Open Until 10:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am- 10:00 pm Bar Open Until 11:00 pm
Saturday Dinner Only: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm Bar Open Until 11:00 pm
Sunday Dinner Only: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music in our lounge every Thursday night.
Baxters Grille is an expert when it comes to great catering in Bloomington, IL and surrounding areas. We cater from small office parties to large scale formal weddings and everything in between. We have the privilege of working with the top venues in town and offer chef driven custom menus to meet your specific needs. We also offer full catering & staffing to the attached Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel.
Parking is directly in front of the restaurant. Several accessible parking spaces available. Hassle free parking--no construction or parking decks.
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.
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 Natalie for more details. We are flexible in meeting your needs and budget.
Private Party Contact:
Natalie Nerone email@example.com : (309) 662-1114
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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.
Baxters American Grille Ratings and Reviews
Lunch with a friend. Service was great, except... She enjoyed her shrimp tacos. I ordered my fav, Baxter's salad with chicken - I usually get it with salmon. Chicken was burnt crispy and was a big difficult to chew. Great waiter except he took 15 minutes to return and check on us. Hungry and not wanting for my friend to wait to eat her lunch, I muddled through. Extremely disappointed in the salad!
We had dined here previously for lunch and enjoyed the service, food, and ambiance. We decided to try if for dinner. The result was disappointing.
We were welcomed and seated (but only after hostess went to see if "A" table was ready, not whether "our" table was ready, since we had a reservation).
Waiter was friendly and pleasant, but arrived after a bit of a delay. He took our drinks, but neglected to ask if we wanted to order appetizers (I meant to do so with our drinks, but I forgot).
Waiter brought my bottled beer without a glass, so I had to ask for one. I placed our appetizer order.
Salads inexplicably showed up before the appetizer. The server assured us our appetizer was coming shortly. That's not what we meant.
We had to ask for bread (most all other tables seemed to have it), whereupon our waiter asked us how many "butters" we wanted?! I said, "gosh, I don't know."
Smothered chicken was good, but not plated very attractively.
My rare ribeye was cooked properly, but was full of gristle and fat - poorly trimmed. The $3 side of sauted mushrooms was served on a salad plate (odd), and were not seasoned, buttery, or cooked thoroughly).
Waters went unfilled.
Waiter grabbed my finished plate without asking how it was (surely, he knew), so I told him that he should know it was gristley and poorly trimmed. Also told him I had hoped to order the risotto special, but it was sold out at 5:45 pm. How does that happen?
He told me he would let the chef and management know (thank you), and then promptly reported that the steak had been comp'd.
Thank goodness, otherwise the meal would have been a complete disaster.
Ambiance is great, I've been told it's a good place to come for drinks (hard to know how they'd screw that up).
Hope it was just an off night. Definitely a bad kitchen experience.
Waiter wasn’t interested in our table of two he was all about his large tables. Did not serve us our food checked on us once during meal. Walked by us many times without checking on us. We dine at Baxter’s several times a month and never had this little service.
Our overall experience at Baxters was excellent after we got over a few humps. I called ahead to let them know I was vegan and asked if they could accommodate me. Of course, they said sure. Once we arrived, our waitress was clueless and I asked her to inquire with the chef to see what he/she could do. However, in the meantime, she said I could order the chicken pesto pasta without the chicken or pesto. Lol. I guess that left me with plain pasta? Eventually, I had the chance to speak with Bria, the manager and she was amazing. She understood completely what it meant to be vegan and said she would take care of me. Well.... she wasn't kidding. The chef created an amazing stuffed mushroom dish with a variety of fresh vegetables and a savory sauce. The chef himself came out to our table to make sure I was happy with the dish. He was lovely and pleased that he was able to make this picky eater happy. The other members of our party had a chicken dish, another had the steak kabobs and two had filet. Everyone was happy with their meal in the end and we will be sure to return the next time we visit our kids at ISU.
This was not our first visit to Baxter's. We have always loved the food, the presentation and the staff is very accommodating and prompt. We will go back again. The prime rib on Friday's is excellent. At this particular visit we were served by Stacey and she was prompt and attentive.
We use this place to take friends and family for special occasions and a get away for the Wife and I. We've never been unhappy with the food or the service. If I had to just look for something to complain about, it would be at times they only give you about a third of a glass of wine, but never a third of the price and The noise from the bar bleeds over into the dinning area. Overall it's the best in Bloomington in my opinion and we will continue to be faithful customers.
Recommended by Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. Sunday dinner, not very crowded. Brein was our server; very accomodating...went above and beyond to make us comfortable and satisfied. The ambience was a pleasant, and welcome, surprise. Both the seating arrangement and soundproofing materials employed made for a conversation friendly and less frenetic dining experience. In Chicago, this kind of arrangement is now being looked upon as a plus for one's dining options. We applaud you. If we are ever in Bloomington-Normal again, we will certainly seek you out.
Late lunch at 4 pm. We were greeted pleasantly and seated immediately. Our server was very pleasant and very knowledgeable about the entrees. Everything was served perfectly and not too many check backs from her. Perfect. And the filet minion was great and the smothered chicken was also wonderful.
The food was outstanding. Soup and salad were excellent, steak and scallops were perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. Service by Kyle was the best we've ever had - attentive but not pushy. Overall an extremely pleasant experience. We will definitely be back. There are lots of other items we would like to try.
Another enjoyable dinner at Baxter's. My husband and I love the food, service and atmosphere, especially when we're looking forward to a date night together. Love the appetizer selections, Baxter Salad, steaks and seafood options. Always nicely cooked and delicious!
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