Restaurants in Bloomington IL

Why People Choose Bloomington's Hottest Restaurant

Baxter's American Grille is a favorite for those living and working in Bloomington-Normal, beloved by many for our steak, seafood, and fine wine. Located on Empire St, our restaurant is surrounded by business and activity, which makes it a pretty good place to catch a break and grab a meal with friends. Our diverse lunch and dinner menus make our restaurant the best for an enjoyable night on the town, dinner with coworkers, or a nightcap with the significant other.

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Lunch Menu Dinner Menu Drink Menu

 


Baxters Grille offers a delectable line of sumptuous food and drinks that will engage your taste buds with every bite. We have everything, from steaks and chicken to salads and seafood. All our food are made from the freshest ingredients and served in culinary delight.

 


Outstanding food, and service! My husband and I were engaged here, and they made it really memorable! We've been any times before, and have always had wonderful food as well as service. Look forward to spending many anniversaries with you guys!! Thank you guys again!

- Ashley V.


 

More Than Just a Typical Restaurant in Bloomington, IL

Our staff makes it a point to deliver quality meals and facilitate conversations you'll remember fondly, but we also strive to offer more than just a dine-in experience. As part of our ongoing commitment to offering the best dining experience in town, we proudly offer the following:

At Baxter's we're committed to providing more than just a great meal. We know that when people go out to eat, they're not only looking for great food, but also comfortable seating, a welcoming ambiance, great conversations, and a positive mood. We offer a big city restaurant atmosphere coupled with a cozy and comfortable feel. The lights are dimmed just right — low enough so you can relax, not so low that you can't see your friends. We aim to provide all of that and more, and it shows in our customer reviews.

 

Read Jennifer B.'s review of Baxter's American Grille on Yelp

 

Did you know we also have a location in Champaign?

 

Bloomington's Top Spot For Fresh Seafood

Steak and seafood are two of our calling cards. We've earned a reputation as one of the top steakhouses in Central Illinois, but we're pretty proud of our carefully prepared seafood

Our seafood dishes include the Cedar Plank Salmon with dill Dijon sauce. You can also try our Miso Glazed Salmon with white rice and soy sautéed vegetables. Scallops Three Ways is also a popular dish served with blue cheese and white wine sauté, béarnaise and grilled asparagus. Our Seared Corvina is served over jalapeno-bacon braised black beans and topped with a fresh pineapple and jicama slaw.

For those new to seafood, the following is best served with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy:

  • scallops
  • salmon
  • sea bass
  • kingfish

If you want a surprise, the Catch of the Day is our chef's fresh seafood feature. You may also want to try our Seafood Jambalaya consisting of shrimp, scallops, andouille sausage with a spicy blend of peppers and tomatoes served with white rice. If you want some pasta to go with your seafood, the Shrimp & Scallop Pasta is served with angel hair pasta, tomato, and basil in a spicy white wine sauce.

If you've never been much of a seafood fanatic, we encourage you to give it another try. In fact, seafood has the following advantages:

  • high in protein
  • high in vitamins and minerals
  • low in fat
  • low in sodium (when carefully prepared)

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Fine Dining in Bloomington IL

If you're looking for a place to impress a date or make a strong first impression, our menu is full of fine dining options. We have lunch and dinner menus to suit exactly what you're looking for. 

The term "fine dining" has largely become synonymous with "expensive dining," and in other cities that might be true. Fine dining in Bloomington simply means that enjoying the best food in a very comfortable setting.

That setting is the most important factor in a customer's dining experience. Casual dining usually offers a more relaxed dining atmosphere. For comparison, fast food restaurants serve food mainly because people are hungry. But fine dining restaurants require more from its waiters and chefs to make the customer feel the very definition of “fine” dining.

From the lighting configuration and background music to the art on the walls, creating a fine dining experience is all about the details. At Baxter's, we like to think they got those details right.

Best Restaurants in Bloomington IL

Baxter's Grille won recognition as one of the best restaurants in Bloomington IL in 2017. We were selected as part of The Pantagraph's "Reader's Choice" awards for the top restaurants in Bloomington-Normal.

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About This Restaurant in Bloomington IL

About the company: Baxter's Grille is an All-American restaurant offering dishes that are made with local and sustainable farming produce. We believe that creating great food begins with choosing quality ingredients. Our chefs are acclaimed in the culinary industry so that your discriminating tastes can be satisfied.

Contact us today to learn more about this popular restaurant.

Baxter's Grille is One of the Top Restaurants in Bloomington IL

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Bloomington

3212 E. Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Located across from
Central Illinois Regional Airport

TEL 309.662.1114
FAX 309.662.1116

HOURS

Mon - Thur 11am-9pm (10:30pm Bar)
Friday 11am-10pm (11pm Bar)
Saturday 3pm-10pm (11pm Bar)
Sunday 3pm-8pm
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Champaign

100 Trade Center Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

Corner of Neil and Kirby
Below Wolfram Research

TEL 217.239.9299
FAX 217.239.9298

HOURS

Monday 11am-9pm
Tue - Thur 11am-9pm (10:30pm Bar)
Friday 11am-10pm (11pm Bar)
Saturday 3pm-10pm (11pm Bar)
Sunday 3pm-8pm
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Bloomington

3212 E. Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Located across from
Central Illinois Regional Airport

TEL 309.662.1114
FAX 309.662.1116

HOURS

Mon - Thur 11am-9pm (10:30pm Bar)
Friday 11am-10pm (11pm Bar)
Saturday 3pm-10pm (11pm Bar)
Sunday 3pm-8pm
Get Directions

Champaign

100 Trade Center Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

Corner of Neil and Kirby
Below Wolfram Research

TEL 217.239.9299
FAX 217.239.9298

HOURS

Monday 11am-9pm
Tue - Thur 11am-9pm (10:30pm Bar)
Friday 11am-10pm (11pm Bar)
Saturday 3pm-10pm (11pm Bar)
Sunday 3pm-8pm
Get Directions