Baxters American Grille - Champaign
grilled corn tortillas with seared steak, salsa verde, shaved red onions, chopped cilantro & avocado crema served with spanish rice
Prime Rib Wrap
cajun rubbed prime rib, romaine, diced tomatoes, ranch dressing, bleu cheese crumbles & cajun onion straws
raw tuna marinated in cilantro-lime & wasabi, with crispy wontons
Food was fantastic and the wait staff was on top of everything!
Decent patio area to eat outside during the pandemic. Service is good and menu has a number of good choices - including gluten free options. Jambalaya is a favorite as is the wedge salad with a nice balsamic in addition the blue cheese. They have a good assortment of steaks - but we don't come here for steaks. They have a good selections of house drinks - for me the true grit is a favorite as I am a bourbon fan. Decent wine list, but not many of the ones we drink. On this visit they did have a guitarist playing on the patio - OK. A rather loud group arrived as we were finishing, skipped dessert.
This is a quality experience.
I have always have had great food. From the time it opened to the present the food and service has been great. Their steaks are as good as any top end steakhouse.
Enjoyed always good food and service
We sat outside and it was horrible. There were bugs flying around and the ground was dirty with ants and last guest droppings. It is obvious they do not spray and do not sweep up the ground outside where the tables are stationed. The napkins were also dirty too. It felt like we were sitting in a tunnel without air.. The waitress was training a new server and there was tension between the two servers that made us fell very uncomfortable. They did not use servicing utensils and we had to continually ask for serving spoons, and new forks too, of which never came. They are not covid friendly when they serve shared appetizers. The bread basket was filled with a crumbled almost seemed served to another guest and picked at too. The white surround of the bread basket had dirty marks on the napkin .. They serve from the wrong side and pick up backwards. Lastly, the water they bring to the table was weird in it color. They should offer flat bottled water too.
There was very little that was right with this experience. Our reservation was for outside but only available seating was high top -so we were seated in a booth in the bar area.
Our service was average at best and th staff proceeded to make a racket throughout our dining.
Won't be back.
We had a great night on the patio. The service was exceptional and the food was amazing. I had the beet salad and the Thai chili shrimp. My husband had the NY strip. We were both very pleased with our date night.
We had a fabulous time last night! We enjoyed a delicious sausage, fruit, and cheese board with our wine, drinks, and friends. We had excellent service outside as the live music was performed. Perfect night!
Service was great. Sat outside and they were not rushing us to leave. Great live music, too. Food was tasty and well cooked. Tried the Hawaiian burger...very tasty. The burger was cooked exactly as I requested. All parties like their dinners and all commented on the nice presentation of the plate. Drunkin mushrooms were also very good.
We have been here before and enjoyed our first experience. Our Saturday night experience was less then desirable. Our server was not enthusiastic or energized. Two of the 3 sets of silverware were dirty. Food was better than average.
Disappointed with this visit. Had a reservation & even though the restaurant wasn't very busy, we were seated in the bar/lounge area. Not sure what was going on with the wait staff, but we had 3-4 different people waiting on us & the over-all service was thus only fair. My steak was extra chewy & had little flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes also lacked garlic--you just didn't taste any. My wife's steak was better & she enjoyed hers, but also noted the lack of garlic in the spuds. Being in the bar area meant it was noisy, too. I'm not very excited about going back. We'll see.
My boys thought it was the best steak that they have had in Champaign. My wife and I had pasta. It was delicious as well.
Baxter's is an excellent place to go for a celebration with friends, appetizers before a game, or date night. The ambiance is reminiscent of a modern Chicago-style steakhouse, the chef prepares high-quality food, and the wine selection is one of the best in town. Half-price apps on Wednesdays and half-price bottles of wine on Mondays are the icing on the cake. Good selection of seafood, steak, chicken and pork, but what really stands out are their unique apps. The crab stack is a must, as are the tuna tartare, sticky ribs and drunken mushrooms. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
We made reservations almost a week in advance, it was Saturday night 7:15, we sat at the bar and than were seated. my wife ordered the salmon plain and we sent back twice, the Italian beef sandwich was DRY, so two of the thee dinners were not satisfactory, and the waiters effort to help was not very good it was more of Rush
The place is very nice and clean. Definitely glad that I made a reservation otherwise we would not have had a table. I ordered the smothered chicken, which was just alright. The chicken was dry. My boyfriend ordered the ribs which were really good. Overall, I liked the place and would possibly go back.
We had a great time at Baxter’s. Food was great and good size portions. The only issue we had was the temperature at the table near the windows, but they turned up the heat and let us move seats, so all turned out great.
It was Valentine’s Day an they were very busy, but we still felt like the servers were very attentive. I had the shrimp and scallops with linguini and it was delicious! My husband had the pork chop and liked it a lot also. Our daughters had a hamburger and a Caesar salad. The food, the service, and everything was great
Great service and food as always thanks.. It's always a place we like to go to for a special treat and time with great friends.. Never disappointed
Great food, reasonable prices. Loved the atmosphere.
We always make a point to go to Baxter’s whenever we are in town. Great spot and great food!
Craig and Drake are fab!! We had an amazing time.
We went there for our anniversary dinner. I had chicke piccata and my wife had the fried chicken meal. Both were top notch, and well-prepared
Server was friendly and attentive. And our dessert was on the house for our anniversary.
We both commented how much we enjoy going to Baxter’s and would recommend it to anyone.
Excellent food and drink. Curtis was our server and did a great job despite the feeling we got that they were maybe a little short of staff. Overall a fine experience.
We enjoy this establishment every time we eat there.
We always have good service and delicious food. The drinks are great too. Highly recommend!
Won't be returning.
Shrimp cocktail consisted of three rubbery shrimp drowned in a watery tomato/onion/celery mixture.
6 oz. filet was cooked to order, but lacked seasoning, as did the broiled asperagus.
Lychee cocktail taste did not resemble lychee at all.
Took my wife to Baxter's to celebrate 6 months of marriage. Food was delicious. 10/10 on the mushroom appetizer. Service was a little slow. We were sat and then waited about 10 minutes before someone came to ask for drinks. Was also a little disappointed with the way some people were dressed. Most were dressed for a nice night out but a few tables were in sweat pants and sweat shirts. Will go back again for sure.
Great food and nice wine selection. Will be back.
Slow service and rude employees
We chose Baxters for its good selection (we are omnivores, pescatarians, and vegetarians), and because they can provide relatively quiet tables or booths where you can hold a conversation. We appreciate the carpeting and use of acoustic tile to improve the ambiance.
My salmon was delicious, moist on a crispy base, and everyone was pleased with their choice. The service was prompt, courteous, and friendly.
Turn the heat on! Freezing Friday night and now I’m sick.
Definitely a good choice for Champaign - good but not great food. nice restaurant
What a Wonderful Dinner from the pre-cocktails thru the dessert. Our server, Billie Jo made this an most wonderful experience. Highly recommend the ribeye and the shrimp/crab farfalle as well as the cheese burger. For dessert....definitely the creme brulee!!! Very relaxing and the ambiance and food were excellent.
Good selection of food, and we all liked what we ordered.
Great! Been there 3 times. Highly recommend for great food and reasonable prices.
Our server, Curtis, was awesome. The food was delicious and the drinks were wonderfully made (extra dry, extra dirty gin martinis). We sat in a booth and felt secluded; we could hear each other easily.
Brittany is an excellent server!!!
Great food, service was excellent! Tables and chairs not quite as nice as the place deserves but I would definitely come back again! My Uber driver told me that everyone loves the steak nachos at Baxters. We did order those and they were good but I particularly liked the tuna tartare appetizer. The sauce on my halibut and asparagus was yummy. Our group tried 3 desserts! I am not a dessert fan but enjoyed some port after dinner. Great place for a special dinner!
Baxters American Grille - Champaign offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 239-9299.
Baxters American Grille - Champaign is rated 4.4 stars by 375 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.