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Baxters American Grille

4.5
667 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 667 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I was very impressed with the layout of the restaurant it was my first visit. The atmosphere is fantastic the drinks were great. Service was beyond a shadow of a doubt super excellent. Our waiter was very informed and very helpful. The food was good I have only one complaint. There were some stringy root type things in my mashed potatoes almost like bristles from a brush. I had quite a few I pulled out for 5 at the restaurant and decided not to eat the rest. They were very accommodating. It does not discourage me from not going back because I intend to do so very soon. I give it a four out of five.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was awesome - from the service to the food and drinks. Love this place!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very stylish decor with great food! You can go full blast into steaks and killer lamb chops or share small plates for a more casual meal. Nice wine list and great cocktails. Not in my neighborhood but would definitely dine again if in the area.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My wife and I went there to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary. We were welcomed with a smile and introduced to our main server(Delaney) and backup server(Marissa). There was a delay in receiving our appetizer and when the manager brought it to our table, she stated it was on the house due to the delay. Even with the delay the drunken mushrooms were still delectable. There was a balsamic drizzle that took the dish to another level. When ordering our entrees, I asked if I should get the Caesar salad or the Baxter salad. Without hesitation Delaney suggested the Baxter salad. There were candied pecans, apples, and Gouda as well as a sweet vinaigrette. I had the Brazilian kabobs for my entree and my wife had the grilled Mahi Mahi. There was more than enough meat on the kabobs for me to be stuffed. There were a few too many onions for me, but that may just be preference. The Mahi Mahi had a bacon, apple, butternut squash hash that brilliantly brought out the fresh , grilled notes of the seafood. As a gift for our anniversary, we were given their signature gooey butter cake for dessert. I highly recommend this establishment for your next date night or group celebration. There was a great ambiance and it was easy to have a conversation throughout the night.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Whenever we have a Special event and want a nice dinner, we go to Baxter's in Bloomington. Classy Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Dinner was excellent, and the service was great! We were entertaining out-of-town family, and they loved it!

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had a party of 4. Our server took a very long time to bring drinks to the table and didn’t come by often to check on us throughout the meal. Our appetizer was good (fried calamari). My grandfather and I ordered the 10oz prime rib, portion was good. We both thought the meat was tough and both were served Luke warm- I’m sure they were plated and waiting at warming stations for at least 10 mins before waiter brought them to us. My husband had the buffalo Mac n cheese and was not impressed at all. The salads were good and refreshing. The restaurant was not that busy we arrived around 5:20 for a 5:30 reservation and were seated right away. I really liked the ambiance and mood of the restaurant but the food just wasn’t worth the price.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything thing was perfect. From the food to the service. My wife and I will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Several of the 4 entrees were cold. Vegetables served with the fish were cold and raw.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Our server was informative and attentive. The food was delicious. My only negative is no one was at front to greet us.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

FOod was over priced and horrible. We left very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Connor & Kyle were great! They were attentive and just enjoyable. Our meals were outstanding. Definitely recommend the Steak Nachos & the special Old Fashion.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening and the service was impeccable!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Our first visit to Baxter's and our experience was great. After making the reservation on Open Table, I called the restaurant to request a patio table and they gladly added that note. There was a reserved table on the patio waiting for us!
Servers were very friendly, but possibly a bit understaffed because the wait times in between visits was longer than we'd have liked - the whole meal took an hour and a half.
Food was very good - I had the blackened tilapia and they gladly substituted veggies for the rice. It was hot, seasoned just right. My husband had the Smothered Chicken and it had a yummy sauce. It was placed on mashed potatoes that were excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Background music was too loud and not appropriate for dining in my opinion

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic holiday brunch! Good selection of foods that were constantly refreshed!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

$150 for 4 people for Mothers Day. The food variety was poor and quality not great. 1 mimosa and all we drank was water. SO DISAPPOINTING!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went to Baxter's for Mother's Day brunch. We enjoyed the food very much. The food selections were perfect. Everything was prepared well. The food was kept fresh and hot. The fresh fruit was excellent. Everything was fresh and tasty. There was a good selection of salads. I am a dessert guy and Baxter's has the best selection of desserts. I had cherry pie and lemon meringue pie too. We enjoy going for brunch at Baxter's

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mother's Day Brunch and as usual it was great. Some food options were different from last year but not as good as what replaced but still lots of good options.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

great spot for a nice night out, was busy and a bit loud but food was very good as well as service. Very good specials that were well seasoned and nicely presented.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We got our table on time and the drinks in the bar while we waited were great. We ordered steaks and they were over-done and not very tasty - and the wine which was a special was average quality. Disappointed in the food quality.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This is a wonderful place to eat. The food is fresh and delicious and the staff was courteous and hospitable. We had the steak tacos and the steak was nice and tender chips were fresh and not soggy. We also had a couple of those salads which were fresh and delicious with combination of wonderful ingredients. We decided to do dessert and ordered this beautiful Berry& Cream Neapolitan. It was light and refreshing with fresh berries definitely worth digging into.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The food (lamb and steak) were cooked to perfection as to what we ordered. The server was attentive but not intrusive. We were not rushed and allowed to enjoy at our own pace. It was an overall great experience. Wish there were more Baxter’s

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great food, great service! Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Delicious food and great service. Great variety of food and wines.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The music was so loud and had such a heavy base that people were talking loudly to be heard.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Food and service were excellent. The entire restaurant is kept very dark with very low illumination making it difficult to read the menu. I felt like being in a cinema. Not good!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Had dinner on a Friday evening. Reservation was honored on time with no wait for a table. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent and presented shortly after the salad/soup course.

The restaurant was busy but we never felt rushed. Had some take home from one of the meals and the waiter boxed it for us. Very nice touch.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Our meal was amazing and our server McKenzie was superbly attentive! Great night out!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food and service is great! Typically a quite place but on this night there were a couple larger groups with children and they were very loud. Not a place I typically would bring lots of kids or expect that many to be there. Disappointed that parents did not keep them quieter.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Great food options and perfect service. Joe was friendly and the place is lively..

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We love this place! Great food and wonderful drinks. We went for our anniversary and I'm gluten free. They are very accommodating. We were there during a prom night so it was a little busy and therefore noisy but we would definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I would have given them 5 stars across the board but what should have been my gluten free meal, came with noodles that were not gluten free. I had shrimp and scallop scampi and it was not supposed to have noodles. I only ate them after the runner told me they were gluten free. After recovering, I would give them another try. My husband lamb chops were wonderful!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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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