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.

3212 E Empire St
Bloomington, IL 61704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dining Hours:
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

Cross Street:
Haeffle Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(309) 662-1114

Website:
http://www.baxtersgrille.com/

Entertainment:
Live music in our lounge every Thursday night.

Catering:
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 Details:
Parking is directly in front of the restaurant. Several accessible parking spaces available. Hassle free parking--no construction or parking decks.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Manny Martinez

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 events@baxtersgrille.com : (309) 662-1114

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (25)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Casual (15)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was a little slow. Server was also very soft spoken, to the point it was hard to hear at times. Food and atmosphere were great though.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I lived in southern Nevada for 46 years prior and was exposed to some of the finest cuisine and
chefs, in the world. Baxters would fit right into that environment with ease. The big difference
between the two above mentioned locations is, of course, the pricing. I paid less then $60.00
for a meal that would have cost $125.00 minimum in Las Vegas. Excellent food, great service
and comfortable environment. Definitely coming back, glad I found such a gourmet delight in
the Midwest and am recommending this restaurant to everyone. Thank you Baxter's for being
here. I would change the pudding cake ice cream from chocolate to french vanilla as
chocolate just doesn't fit the awesome taste of the dessert. Tommy R.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Organic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We were looking for a great steak dinner and found it here. We've been to Baxters before and had other good food here but never had tried the steak. We both had the ribeye (12 oz and 16 oz) with salad and potatoes side. The steaks were done to absolute perfection! Very enjoyable and satisfying meal.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I have dined many times at Baxter's over the years. It is always consistently good and has a diverse menu which satisfies every person's tastes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service. Nice ambiance with low lighting and not too loud for conversation. Presentation and plating of the food was fantastic. We've been to Baxter's only a few times mainly due to cost, but we will be back.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food was amazing and the waitress was nice but too aggressive- checking back too often. It felt as if she wanted us gone! I think she was just young and maybe new.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Prime rib was amazing and the mahi mahi was good. Great place for a quiet dinner without the kids

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Baxter’s never disappoints. My friend had a yummy bowl of potato soup while I enjoyed s salad and Italian beef sandwich which was excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Healthy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was a busy night, but my food wasn't super warm when it came it me. The scallops and shrimp were good, but I just would have preferred my pasta warmer.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my first time dining at Baxter’s and I cannot say enough great things about our meal. The appetizer was amazing!!!! The drinks were unique and so tasty!!! The Entre’s were filling and could possibly be one of the best meals I have had. Thank you so much for a great night!

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The experience was okay. I’m a frequent patron of Baxter’s. This particular time we did not receive the best service from the waitress. It was quite disappointing. Considering we were there for a birthday celebration.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our waiter was great! Just the right amount of service, if you know what I mean.
We girls just got to talk the night away.
The food is always wonderful.
LoL

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was excellent. Ambiance is a little dark. I did not have wine. Food was exceptional. Steaks prepared as ordered, lots of veggie sides, calamari was tender, salads were not drowned in dressing. Good selection of side salads. Jambalaya flavorful and not too spicy. Gooey butter cake is heaven on a plate. Expensive.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our food was wonderful and our server Evan was delightful. We had a great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a great evening with great food and drinks. We were able to talk and enjoy each other’s company.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had wonderful service and excellent food! It was wonderful!! We’re going again this Sunday!

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Terrific place to have dinner with friends! Really good food, great ambiance, and you can have a wonderful conversation for as little as you want.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service was excellent, food was prepared perfectly.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food, waiter was awesome. Extremely busy for a Sunday (just before the Jim Gaffigan show) so the food and beverages were slow to get to the table. Definitely would come back though!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Baxter’s never lets us down. They have the best service in town by far and the food is awesome.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another wonderful experience at Baxters. Great cocktails, knowledgeable wait staff, and great food in a very comfortable environment. Baxters is a mainstay of Bloomington.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Busy evening. Service was good. Food was very good. Wait staff was knowledgeable. Enjoyable time Friday night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great, quick and delicious

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had the Carne Asada dinner special. It was delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

A+ experience all around. Great service, great food and drink selections. We will be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Baxter’s is always the best!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We’ve been to Baxter’s several times for special occasions. It’s always delicious. It’s a little pricey for every day but a great choice for birthdays or anniversaries. Excellent service and very good attention to detail.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful meal and a great waitress. Good good good best best best nest best.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best prime rib I’ve had in a long time.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great lunch with friends and we could hear each other without screaming. Love it. Hope they stay open for lunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great customer service, with a very relaxed and friendly environment.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great dining experience!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful place for a quiet night out. Kyle was fantastic as was the atmosphere and dinner. Dessert was fabulous!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really nice evening overall.

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