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Baxters American Grille

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634 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(309) 662-1114
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manny Martinez
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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.
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Private party contact
Natalie Nerone events@baxtersgrille.com : (309) 662-1114
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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.
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Cross street
Haeffle Drive
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Parking details
Parking is directly in front of the restaurant. Several accessible parking spaces available. Hassle free parking--no construction or parking decks.
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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.
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Entertainment
Live music in our lounge every Thursday night.
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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.
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
What 634 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I had a night out with my daughter ,had a great time.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My girlfriend I were very Happy with the service and the food was prepared perfect. I'm from Michigan, she lives in Bloomington and will definitely dine there.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Baxters delivers a dependable American menu. Service is well-trained. Can be noisy.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Salmon dish was wonderful. Service was very good. Beef/Veggie kabob was very plain - no seasoning? Conversely, seafood jambalaya was extraordinarily hot/spicy and overpowered the dish. Topped off dinner with the chocolate cake that was a treat for the eyes and delicious. Would advise avoiding kabob and jambalaya. Made reservation on Open Table and when arriving at restaurant, hostess indicated she couldn't find it, which prompted OT to contact me to ask what happened. Didn't need this hassle.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The Baxter’s Salad was delicious! The fish tacos were a little spicy for my liking but were still pretty good. Shelf Margarita was only so-so but the flourless chocolate cake was VERY good!! Staff was very accommodating and pleasant. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant if you happen to be in Bloomington.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This was my first visit to Baxter's. I have heard great things and I wasn't disappointed. My steak was cooked perfectly. My wife really enjoyed her dinner as well.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Visited for Easter brunch. Fantastic selection of food and desert for Easter. Service was outstanding with plenty of attendants available. Prime rib, Ham and all the trimmings. Great desert choices and Bloody Mary options.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Son goes to ISU. This is a restaurant worth going to if you are visiting your student and want a nicer meal. Lots of choices on the menu. Reasonable pricing.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We have enjoyed Baxters the last few times we have eaten there. This time however, it did not live up to our past experiences. Two of us had the Grouper which is usually never on menus around here. It is a fish I really enjoy. However, it came out with a heavy, harsh sauce that not only covered the pasta but also the fish. The sauce was inedible to both of us. I ate the fish after scrapping the sauce off of it but the harsh taste still affected the fish's taste. So what was our Easter dinner, was very disappointing. We did not complain but mentioned at the end, when the server picked up the dishes, that the sauce was not good when we refused a take home box. The sauce involved had a taste we could not recognize other than lemon was an ingredient. Not sure who in the kitchen tested it but they must have a very different opinion of a good tasting sauce.
We are hoping for a better experience in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our server was outstanding. The food was excellent. A great way to celebrate an anniversary

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was great until the bill came. My friend and I wanted to visit a little longer. No one stopped by again to see if we needed refills on beverages or changed our mind about dessert. It was as if we no longer existed. I’ve never had this experience before here.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food was outstanding, service was even better. Wine selection was excellent.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Visiting from out of town. As good, if not better, than we were told. Will definitely return. Also want to give a special thanks to our servers Tru & Ro. They were spot on with their service & recommendations.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great food and much variety on the menu. Very chic atmosphere. Recommend reservation for peak dining times.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food was good, but the service wasn't as good as we would have liked. All of the problems we had could have been solved with the server actually writing down the food order, instead of trying to remember it. Flexible on my food allergies.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was our first time dining at Baxter's and it definitely lived up to our expectations! Good food at great prices. It had a nice wine and drink menu as well. I also received a free dessert for my birthday. We will recommend to our friends and we WILL be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. The place was packed but the food service didn't suffer at all. We got our food much quicker than expected. Would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was good but over priced. Acoustics were horrible. Could not even carry on a conversation at a table for 6. Also music was too loud especially with all the loud conversations.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This place was very good. The food was amazing, we will for sure go back. It was our anniversary so we decided to try it out for the very 1st time. The wait staff was super friendly also. If you want a Bush Light they don't carry it. Which surprised me. LOL Overall we were very pleased with Baxters and would recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was awesome as always. We always ask for Kyle to be our server - he is very attentive and personable. We love Baxter’s!!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We have enjoyed Baxters in previous visits . This time we were seated by the kitchen . It was loud . The chefs were yelling back and forth which is typical but, you are not a diner . your kitchen should be seperate from the dining room. We would've asked for another table but you were packed. Our food was good but overcooked. My pork chop should've been served with brussel sprouts and it wasn't. The waitress came back after wep laced our order because she didn't know it came with a potato. This is our first bad experience but, for $235.00 it shoud've been much better.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great place. Very active. Bar was full the entire night. Prices were no different than an upscale prices. Server kept approaching the table giving us the feeling of being rushed. Restaurant was not full and our reservation was at 6:30 so I am not sure the push to move us along so quickly. But the vibe and quality/choice of food is definitely making this a favorite.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We had great service

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Meh... food and service just okay. Pricey for what we got.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great menu with awesome cocktails. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful all around!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice atmosphere; good food; highly recommend the ribeye

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Enjoyable, relaxing and delicious

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5.0Dined 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.

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