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Mode's Bum Steer

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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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Marion, Ia
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200 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

My wife & I had dinner there on a Friday evening. Needless to say half of Traverse City was there to eat also! The hostess said it would be about a 45 min wait. And guess what, she was right on the money, we were called after 44 min. I had the 12oz Prime Rib - excellent! perfect! Med. rare.... More 

Thank John A
Plainwell, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Recently dined at Modes after not having been there in many years. The food was still excellent. The people at my table had whitefish, steak and ribs and scallops. The food all came out hot and delicious. Their salad bar was great with many selections. I will be sure to come back soon!

Thank Karen M
SE Michigan
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

This is THE place for beef in Traverse City. I highly recommend the grilled prime rib with the onions and mushrooms. What is crazy is this place feels like it is frozen in time around the early 70s lettuce wedge salads and vinyl covered chairs. But it just adds charm to the great food and super nice staff! We found... More 

Thank GregInMI
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Modes Bum Steer is a rarity - a restaurant that serves consistently high class food while sticking to a core menu with specials. I first went here in 1986 and have been coming back whenever I visit Traverse City. The most recent trip, we ate there 3 times. I had the fabulous centre cut and my wife had Walleye. Cooked... More 

Thank x167mgh
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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507 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Stopped by on a recent Friday night to see what all the buzz was about. This place has the decor and feel of a roadside supper club. An excellent vibe, lots of chatter, friendly wait staff, and very decent food. This is your standard steakhouse. The menu includes prime rib, New York Strip, ribeye, and the like. The sides are... More 

Thank t-bonetraveller
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

I've probably been to this restaurant 25 times - at least. Always great food and great service! It's my "Go To" place when I want a night out with my husband. The only thing that would make it better is if they had a view of the bay.

1 Thank Jen K
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went for our anniversary. It had been years since we had gone. Shame on us. Great Friday salad bar. Blue cheese the best. Had prime rib and steak and perch. Both excellent. Staff did a great job. Will go back again. This time soon.

Thank Northernelk
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119 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

40 year old Mode's Bum Steer is a delightful throwback to 50s and 60s dining! Cozy dark red and brown furnishings greet you as well as very friendly staff. Menu is mostly beef and seafood...old faves like prime rib, shrimp deJonghe, escargots....I was in heaven! Hubby ordered prime rib queens cut and horseradish sauce, with baked potato (in foil) and... More 

1 Thank LNROSS
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

Who knew some wedge lettuce could be so tasty, their dressings are so good, especially the ranch. Friendly staff, if theres a wait its worth it for sure. Old school, grandmas basement type atmosphere, but lots of locals eat there, its great. The baked potato and filet and porterhouse were all tasty.

1 Thank spartangrad2001
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

We chose to go to modes off of reviews from here. We were expecting phenomenal food that turned out to be just ok. The place is very dated and very small inside. Service was good though.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?