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Baxter's American Grill

3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
+1 309-662-1114
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service was great even being outside on the patio. Live music and great food made for a great night. The drunkin mushrooms were awesome

Thank hugomayor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The French fries are outstanding. The other foods have been disappointing. Most recently we were incorrectly charged and there was no apology of any sort; it seemed burdensome that we asked for the price printed on the menu. We will not be returning.

Thank illinoistraveler2016
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The food and the ambience are reasons to go to Baxters and now that they are open for lunch there are more times to enjoy this wonderful dining opportunity. Their soup of the day was a creamy tomato basil made to perfection. I had a...More

Thank Kate K
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

While my Grilled Veggies pizza was a tad bland, although the presentation was nice, the charm of this place is mainly due to its atmosphere and very congenial staff. Prices are in the mid-range and parking is abundant, making it a restaurant that is worth...More

Thank Michel P
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful meal & experience!!!!!! We had large party of 14, six were children. The children were served first while adults had salads. Adult meals had healthy portions for our men. Wait staff very good & timely!!!!

Thank Melody W
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Was very good for dinner. I had lamb chops excellent and my husband had prime rib. Nice background music. The only thing that was bad was they were catering for a big group and a door kept banging very loud. Other than that it was...More

Thank Carole C
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Ordered the Brazilian steak tips - could have been done more (ordered well done and a couple were red inside) but they were delicious as were the roasted veggies. Sat outside on a beautiful late afternoon and the service was stellar. Would definitely go back.

Thank MassLass60
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We finally made it to Baxter's for dinner on Friday, June 2nd with my husband and a friend. Dinner was very good. I had the brazilian steak kabobs wirth chicken florentine soup. The soup was good and flavorful. My meal was delicious. The steak was...More

Thank Ricapoet78
Reviewed 23 May 2017

. . for my daughter's Wedding Dinner! Atmosphere was excellent, (we were seated in a quieter part of the restaurant). Service from our waiter was superb, the meal was excellent, (we ordered steaks and chicken) and the food presentation was very appealing. Quality restaurant, prices...More

Thank alecsgrandma
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Drinks and bar service were great! Would come back to sit at the bar for drinks but will pass on ordering any food. 3 entrees 3 fails... Veggie pizza looked delish but flavor was so smokey I took one bite and that's all I could...More

Thank kberlyL
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Rodney R
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
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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
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-Normal, 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-Normal  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 309-662-1114
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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