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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5426
+1 309-662-1114
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

The food and service are excellent; first class. It's not overly noisy as some of the other top restaurants in the area.

Thank Carol E
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a nice local, upscale steak house, with enough variety for vegetarians to avoid boredom. Wine list is fairly extensive. Good place to take clients to dinner, or for a nice couples dinner.

Thank doryj45
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Walked in on Saturday night...4/8... and was told it was a 30-35 minute wait. At about 60 minutes, the manager came up and apologized for the wait for some tables that had been staying longer than expected. We were seated soon after that... and then...More

Thank IllinoisMan70
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Brought out of town family here because they said they wanted a nice meal. The salad options were limited, but when the generous dinner portions arrived at the table, all were impressed.

Thank Rockslopper
Reviewed 11 April 2017

After work it is a cool place to relax with your delicious food, not too heavy on price, good environment and service.

Thank Kamal K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We live here and love Baxter's for steaks, prime rib, salmon, smothered chicken, etc, never had a bad meal there. They have fresh & different salads. Their service is great. Desserts & spirits are good also.

Thank B H
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Went here with a large group of people from my business. We had drinks at the bar before dinner and the bartender was very attentive and friendly. For dinner they put us in the back room we had two waiters. It was requested that we...More

Thank Danielle R
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Our favorite place to catch a drink and appetizer after work. I always have great service in the lounge from the servers.

Thank MIrvinGM
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Enjoyed eating here while visiting on business. Conveniently located adjacent to the hotel. Good food and service.

Thank susan1330
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We stopped for an early dinner before we had to catch a flight home to FL. It was pretty empty since we were there before the normal dinner rush. The restaurant was beautiful and clean and we were seated right away. Our waiter was very...More

Thank Chellee T
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Rodney R
Do you need reservations for Easter Brunch
1 April 2015|
Response from Andrew M | Reviewed this property |
As good as Baxter's is I would recommend making reservations to be sure.
Rodney R
Do you need reservations for Easter Brunch
1 April 2015|
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Response from Jeff K | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend you make reservations. We did for Valentines this year and it was perfect!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3212 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704-5426
    (Haeffle Drive)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-662-1114
  • E-mail
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. Menu includes: Cedar Plank Salmon, Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Red Snapper, BBQ Ribs, Homemade Soups, Fresh Salads, and many other choices. Come in and experience Baxter's...casual atmosphere, quality food at reasonable prices. Our concept includes a variety of seafood, chops and steaks and is also a family friendly environment.
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