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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 good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“jambalaya” (7 reviews)
“sticky ribs” (7 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
3212 E Empire St, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61704-5426
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Menu has large variety of offerings.incredible desserts. Pasta dishes are creamy and delicious. Excellent service staff. Good atmosphere for dining, for lunch or dinner. Chicken, burgers, seafood, pasta, choices for everyone. Very sweet excellent desserts. Also has a bar with tables, in addition to main...More

Thank sleev2085
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It has actually been several years ago when my parents were still alive. They had a wide assortment of breakfast/brunch foods and an omelet station. Lots of foods and desserts, all very good. There were 8 of us in the party and we all enjoyed...More

Thank Julie N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Baxter's has great food and a pretty good selection of adult beverages. But honestly, the reason we go is the great live music on Thursday evenings. Especially during warm weather, when the music is on the patio. Usually intimate and laid back. Folksy, Jazzy, singer-songwriter...More

Thank RPearce
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is my go-to place for all celebrations and evenings out with friends. Food is great--especially love the filet. They have live music in the lounge/bar on the weekends and sometimes music on the patio during the summer.

Thank Terri R
Reviewed 7 November 2017

One of our "go-to" places for date night. Definitely the best steak in town. They also make awesome martinis>

Thank ashleybrads
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Holiday Inn attached to Baxter's. We strolled next door to try dinner on a Friday night, it was 6:15 and we had about a 35 min wait for dining room seating. We waited at the bar and had a drink and...More

Thank Sonnie B
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

My coworkers and I spent a few hours at Baxter's for a work event/happy hour. Appetizers were set up buffet style and all of them were delicious! My top favorites were the bacon wrapped dates, butter cake, and crab cakes. All of the appetizers were...More

1  Thank erica_gen1
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Limited selection a little overpriced and was not all that good one there for a birthday party. It was not all that impressed probably would not go back.

1  Thank Steve K
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

I always give a place a second chance and unfortunately Baxter's didn't take advantage of it! We love the food at this place, but twice in a row - poor service! We had Chris this evening and he took almost 10 min to greet us...More

1  Thank PlanetProwler4ever
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Baxter's is one of our favorite restaurants. We always enjoy ourselves. The service is always excellent. This is important to us. The food is worth the wait. The desserts always tasty. This is just a really fine restaurant. Oh, and there is a great bar!

1  Thank Glen B
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Questions & Answers
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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