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Bates Hamburgers

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33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
(734) 427-3464
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Burgers in Town

Enthusiastic Waitresses, constantly laughing. The atmosphere dates back to when the doors first opened. Clean simple menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve a variety of freshly made burgers, fries chocolate shakes etc.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
Elizabeth R
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  • Dining on a budget
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Enthusiastic Waitresses, constantly laughing. The atmosphere dates back to when the doors first opened. Clean simple menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve a variety of freshly made burgers, fries chocolate shakes etc.

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Best fast food!! There sliders with the grilled onion are the best!! They give lots of fries with the orders too!!

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Want a real slider this is it. This is a place that has been a family stop for my parents and not to mention their parents. Love the place.

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Livonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

They have very fast service and excellent burgers! I wish I would have discovered Bates sooner! If you like White Castle, then you will love Bates and never go back to WC again!

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I hadn't had one of these hamburgers in about 20+ years. Definitely a tradition for many family's that grew up in Livonia. It is obviously not the best hamburger I have ever had, but it certainly is unique and was delicious just like I remembered.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Most of the folks reviewing Bates seem to be from the Livonia area, and I imagine this place is mostly about tradition and nostalgia. Who doesn't like to see a restaurant last this long and be successful from our youth up? Service is friendly, hamburgers are good. Parking is super limited. Is it the best restaurant in Livonia? No. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a Livonia landmark. A true family tradition ! My daughter used to go there with her Uncle Mike . A must is to sit in the window looking out .

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

I have been going here for more than 30 years. It has delicious sliders, the best, thick chocolate shakes and the best fries of any of the little white burger joints! Great for carry out or eat in (if you can get a spot, it's always busy)

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I usually visit on Wednesdays because that's their Coney Day. Coneys are good but I love their hamburgers. They are not that large but oh so tasty. Reminds you of good old fashion hamburgers and not these fast food hamburgers. You can even order chili on the the hamburger...Delish

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Whenever visiting Michigan family and friends, BATES HAMBURGERS on Five Mile and Farmington rd in Livonia is another "must eat at" place! A few burgers, some fries and an unsweet ice tea are a must when i visit there! :-)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Livonia
  • Phone Number: (734) 427-3464

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?