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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 firstname.lastname@example.org : (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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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