Baxters American Grille - Champaign

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Steakhouse
Baxters American Grille - Champaign offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. Our concept provides a variety of steaks, seafood and chops accompanied with a management & chef team that are excited to offer a unique culinary experience. We offer a big-city dining experience within dinner, private dining and catering to the Champaign area. Whether you stop in for one of our new signature martinis or to dine in our upscale dining room Baxters is the destination for your evening out!
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the wait staff was on top of everything!

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Sunshine3
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipdreinker
Toledo
157 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quality experience.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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EdMc
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed always good food and service

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BrendaM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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.

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vipgoodfood
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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BethW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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BillG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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MichaelP
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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ChristianC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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eclecticdiner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!

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JayS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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
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NicoleS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

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Sami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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CurtA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KathyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CathyH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices. Loved the atmosphere.

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MicheleS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make a point to go to Baxter’s whenever we are in town. Great spot and great food!

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vipDebD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craig and Drake are fab!! We had an amazing time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Harris
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy this establishment every time we eat there.

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ScottY
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have good service and delicious food. The drinks are great too. Highly recommend!

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ConnieA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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.

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ChrisB
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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MicheleS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and nice wine selection. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Slow service and rude employees

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JudithR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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LouieS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Turn the heat on! Freezing Friday night and now I’m sick.

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vipsschwartz3455
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Definitely a good choice for Champaign - good but not great food. nice restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CarlaI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of food, and we all liked what we ordered.

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ChristineC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Been there 3 times. Highly recommend for great food and reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLizzy
Palm Springs
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittany is an excellent server!!!

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JanetH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

FAQs

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.