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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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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived without a reservation on a Thursday evening, got seated promptly, water glasses were filled and drink orders and request for bread taken. Waited, waited, waited for drinks and bread. Finally arrived, then ordered entrees. Waited, waited, salads arrived, very good! then waited, waited for...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Baxter’s is one of my favorite places to visit. The prices are not to bad, the food and service is great! I’ve been there many times and haven’t been disappointed. My husband had the steak and I had a pasta dish for date night. The...More

Thank Cakesboys
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

It is a very nice restaurant attached to the holiday inn. Drink prices are moderate for the area. Ambiance is delightful. Wine bottles adorn the bar area with an "open" attitude. When 9:00 comes on the week day the workers are eager to clean and...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Baxter’s is great place to be! Whether you’re meeting friends for a drink or having dinner it has a beautiful atmosphere! The dimly lit tables provide a quiet ambience. The service staff are friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and give good suggestions about meals and...More

Thank JohAnna C
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped early on a Saturday evening, around 5. We were promptly seated, ordered wine and split a Sicilian pizza. Amazing. We will return.

Thank Barbara and Dav... D
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

We used to visit Baxters at least once a month over the years but lately that has become less and less lately. The service has really gone down hill in the last year. The servers are usually nice but they're never around! I constantly need...More

Thank Nick J
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Was expecting an average burger and was welcomed to an excellent burger cooked the way it should be with excellent taste. Wait staff was very nice and accommodating. Will definitely return.

Thank T B
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Service is always fantastic here. Luckily we get the same water a lot and he is always very attentive. And the food is stellar. Love the specials they have!

Thank M9147WNashleyw
Reviewed 1 February 2018

We were disappointed the service less than stellar and the bar happy hour slipped over into the dining area making conversation difficult. The food was no better than our favorite diner and much pricier. I would suggest not going here until happy hour is over.

Thank Jennifer r
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Very nice ambience and good food. Baxters is a mid-range restaurant with an interesting menu and a decent wine list.

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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, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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