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Bates Hamburgers

33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
(734) 427-3464
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Ranked #1 of 231 restaurants in Livonia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Hamburgers
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Mouth watering hamburgers that slide down your throat and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling of having comfort food. Life doesn't get any better than that. A sack full of hamburgers, fries and a pop and change left over. Now that is living! I can not say enough good things about Bates. The building Bates is in, is like going... More

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Livonia, Michigan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Best on the planet!! A great throw back burger, very friendly service, one note only cash is accepted.

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Jackson, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Passed the restaurant awhile back with my son in tow on business. I had been working nearby on service for a few years but had forgotten about it totally. When we finished our business I suggested we have lunch there, & so we did. I'd forgotten how much I had loved the burgers & fries that I had not had... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

After years of driving past this place and hearing how good it is, I decided to stop by this small unassuming burger joint. Not being a huge meat eater, I decided to get the cheeseburger and large fries. Very delicious. I would definitely return when I'm in one of my meat eating moods. There is nothing fancy about the food... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you want a little burger, sometimes called a slider, then this is the place. What is bigger than a white castle but smaller than a regular burger? A BATESBURGER. Get it with everything which ketchup, mustard pickles and lots of grilled onions... the chili fries are the best around.

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Chicago, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Ok, I had very high hopes after reading the trip advisor reviews that this might be the greatest burger joint on earth. And while I can't say it was that, I can say that I will absolutely go back here if I get the chance. The double was so thin I thought they only have me a single--but it was... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Nothing like having a Bates hamburger to start your day off. I can not think of anything better to eat, than a Bates. The place is an icon and has stood the test of time. A classic place to remember when you were in high school driving a Mustang Mach1 and pulling into the parking lot at 2am after seeing... More

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Birmingham, Michigan
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88 reviews 88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Bates has the best fast food sliders hands down and I have had them all over the country. I lived in Livonia for many years and was in town the other day and had to have some cheese burgers. Have eaten in, but usually order through the small carry out are where everyone is always talkative and friendly. Great fries... More

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Kalamazoo, MI
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

This place is awesome! The burgers are served one way, their way, in this throw-back to the 1950's. With carry-out in the rear and a sit down counter in the front of the restaurant, service is fast and efficient. All burgers are made-to-order, and very flavorful. Though they are not my favorites, Bates still rank in my Top 10.

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Traverse City, Michigan, Usa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Best burgers anywhere! This place hasnt changed in all the years I've gone to it - Shakes are great, burgers are good across the board - With onions, without - chesseburgers - You may have to wait a few minutes, so I recommend calling ahead, but otherwise, well worth the wait!

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