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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Quiet Conversation (17)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Casual (13)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Business Meals (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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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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 (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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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Server was great, food was great, it is my new favorite place in town! Went in to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary and they helped my husband have a card waiting on the table for me etc.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food, terrific service and reasonable prices. Total package place and perfect for our anniversary dinner. Will make the 45 min drive again for sure!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great apps, steak, and sides!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our meal was very good. Service was amazing and they gave us free dessert for our anniversary!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service. It was our anniversary and the server brought us a complimentary dessert that was delicious.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

very enjoyable evening, 46th wedding anniversary and every thing was very nice.
Waiters name was Chris, and he was outstanding!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've been dining there for years. It's one of our favorite restaurants for the simple fact that we have always had a great experience whenever we go there. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Steak was good but I have definitely had better for the price.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Quiet romantic..bread was great but had to ask for bread servings..service was bit inconsistent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Waitress was friendly and attentive.
Food (pork) was very dry and did not taste good

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Our first visit to Normal we had dinner at Baxters. 7 months later, we had lunch. This will be our regular spot when visiting ISU! Great service, food and very clean!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Miscommunication with server, food took to long to arrive.

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