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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Romantic (34)
Special Occasion (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Cozy (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Business Meals (16)
Casual (16)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Authentic (5)
Fun (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great menu with awesome cocktails. Service was excellent!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was very attentive and the food was phenomenal! Love the overall ambience and feel of the restaurant. Will definitely be back for date nights in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

Went here on a double date and really enjoyed the atmosphere, the food was fantastic and the waitress was top notch!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The steaks were cooked perfectly....as always. Always a great experience at baxters!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

A label was found in my food but our server and the manager was great at reacting to the incident.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

I'm sorry to say this was a bad experience. We go to Baxters at least once a month and Valentine's Day was not their best effort. The appetizer was skimpy, the seafood special was over priced and the pork chop was dry. The cheesecake was tasteless. We asked for bread and our waitress never brought it and my seafood bouillabaisse was presented with a fork to eat it. It's hard to eat a broth based meal with a fork. It will be hard to go back again. I hope this was an aberration.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I celebrated Valentines Day by going to Baxter’s. We have been there several times and have always had a good experience. Our meal last night was no exception. First of all, our waiter Francisco provided excellent service. He was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. He made recommendations that were spot on and answered any questions we had about the menu. The food itself was outstanding. I had the Parmesan Top Sirloin, which was excellent and my wife had the NY Strip, which she said was also very good. We also had the bread pudding and the truffle cake which were awesome! The whole experience at Baxter’s was well worth the money spent. I highly recommend giving them a try if you’ve never been there.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful all around!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was fantastic. Everything was organic with delicious ingredients. Would strongly recommend the smothered chicken. Was a great restaurant for a Valentine's day dinner.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice atmosphere; good food; highly recommend the ribeye

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Although I don’t live in BN I have visited often for both business and pleasure. One of the restaurants I’ve liked for some time now is Baxter’s. The restaurant is open, friendly, has a very nice menu and the food is excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The beef Wellington was cooked perfectly, and the service staff worked really well as a team. We are grateful Baxter’s is in Bloomington as there aren’t many restaurants that provide this level of service with a high caliber of delicious options to eat in Bloomington. We’ll be back for sure.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyable, relaxing and delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to return. Our server, Brandon, was attentive and did a great job. He handled the issue of having one shaker to make martinis well and made sure to check on us throughout the evening. The food, once again, was spot on! The lamb chops, the swordfish, the salmon, and the jambalaya were excellent. The prime rib sliders and the calamari were delicious also. Loved every bite.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The evening we went to Baxter's they had a broken water main. instead of closing they were making do with the situation. Our server was very annoyed about the entire situation. She told us we might be limited in drank refills. We requested coffee with desert but was tole they couldn't make coffee. The food was still good but not a really great experience.this time.

Tags: Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always a very nice evening at Baxters. I recommend it highly.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Had appetizer, entree, and dessert all were excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Off night for Baxter’s. Went out for Friday night Prime Rib; both my wife and I made that selection. Good service; good start with drinks and Baxter’s salad.
Prime Rib showed; zero flavor, very fatty cuts (one large, one small) and slightly undercooked. Just not the typical meat quality we expect.

To top it- my wife ordered a second martini special; only to be told a few minutes later that the bar had run out of Grey Goose. At 6:30pm on a Friday night. Really??

We’ll be back, hope to just call this an off night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 12, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Los Angeles)·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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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·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 28, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 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 18, 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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Chicago)·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 6, 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 5, 2017

Service was excellent, food was prepared perfectly.

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 (Chicago)·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!

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