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Mode's Bum Steer

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$$ - $$$
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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
+1 231-947-9832
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Elk Rapids, Michigan
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a taste for prime rib yesterday and decided to give Mode's another try as it had been years since we visited. As the salad bar was set up, we were not offered the wedge salad. Our waitress encouraged us to get the prime rib as it was the specialty of the house. We ordered one small and one large... More 

Thank Kathleen D
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2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon Arrival the displayed sign outside said no wait. (not true) After a 45 minutes at the bar we finally got seated in a very small compact hole in the wall restaurant. I have had Better in traverse city no sweat Got our food after 1 hour 30 min which was not what we were led to believe. This place... More 

Thank Tim S
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for a place where you don't have to get all dresses up and want a good meal? This is a great place to go. The steak and seafood is great and staff are friendly. Parking can be a but tricky but worth it.

Thank PhamBerg16
Belmont, Michigan, United States
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have always made Mode's our 'must-stop' when in Traverse. Our recent visit was disappointing - it was GOOD but not as great as in the past. Service, great. Wedge salad, great. Drink, great. Steak - cooked properly but I believe it was marinated and that's a deal breaker. I like meat to taste like meat. We ordered the big... More 

Thank Michelle C
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

In town with family on a weekend getaway. Chose this because of reviews. Food was OK to good. Hostess and waitstaff were not very friendly. It is a small dining room and we were a party of 8 before peak dining time but the we were put off by the vibe that somehow this was an inconvenience. Maybe tonight was... More 

Thank 2pretty
Traverse City, MI
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248 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We were in a bit of a hurry and were happy, We made it in and out in 40 minuets for lunch. We had the Steer Burger along with a French Dip. Large portions on both sandwiches.. Our server Amanda was very attentive and friendly. Good creamy cole slaw!

Thank MInone4
Mio, Michigan
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142 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

If you want a modern place this isn't it. But, if you want a great place with excellent food and drinks this is for you. The French Dip sandwich was sooo good! We love an old school vintage restaurant. Thanks for being just that!

Thank Patricia H
Fort Gratiot
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We went to Bum Steer for lunch and ordered a French Dip prime rib sandwhich and Steak sandwich. Both were so good and tender no knife needed.

Thank vordowski
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Can't write much more than this but people looked like they were having fun. Problem was menu said they served food until 12 and at 10:53 p.m. they said the kitchen was closed. I can understand if it's off season, just let people know thanks.

Thank John R
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Went and was not overwhelmed. The food was ok. Sent my steak back because it was way over cooked. The service was very good , which sort f made up for the bad steak. The replacement steak was good, but overall we were a little disappointed. Might go back to give them another try.

Thank ToledotrvlnCpl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-947-9832

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?