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Bates Hamburgers

33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
(734) 427-3464
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Ranked #1 of 234 restaurants in Livonia
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Hamburgers
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Probably the best hamburger joint you will ever try. You don't get one of those honking bacon-gouda-avocado burgers. Sure, those have their place, but at Bates you get a greasy slider. And it isn't like those other white castle-esque restaurants. This one is the real deal. Delicious. You'll probably eat 2 of them if you are over the age of... More

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Monrovia, Alabama, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I recommend the chili Burger, it was meaty without being messy....Bates is truly a Michigan experience to be grabbed!

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Saline, Michigan
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You go back in time to the old corner hamburger joints. The carry out window is always busy. Be prepared to eat 2 -3 of these delicious hamburgers. Well worth the wait at the carry out. When you get the craving for these "greasy spoon" hamburgers...you just have to go get a bag! Bates has been here since 1959. Long... More

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Warren, Michigan
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82 reviews 82 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

best greasy slider imaginable--laura was the cool counter girl--heard this place is the favorite burger joint for everyone that lives around here--if you are in the area, gotta come get your burger fix......

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Livonia, MI
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Great burgers and fries. Small so eat 2-4 at a time. Kinda like a White Castle burger but better. Cash only. Parking is bad ... not enough room at lunch time. On a busy corner but be patient, it can be accomplished.

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Livonia Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

These burgers are the best! On a Saturday you can smell the burgers and onions cooking on the grill and sit by the window watching all the cars go by. Or if you prefer you can sit at the counter and watch the waitresses prepare the burgers and fries. The place is clean and brings back great memories of when... More

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Los Angeles
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For 55 years, these are the hamburgers to have. Live in California now...but a trip back to Livonia would not be complete without a....BATES hamburger

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

As others have noted, Bates only accepts cash. But it is well worth it. The burgers are among the best sliders I've had. The chili dog was very good as well. My son had the double cheese and loved it as well add his chili burger. Note: the line at the backdoor is for takeout. Don't let the line scare... More

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LIVONIA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is the place to go when you need a burger fix. A sack of Bates burgers will take care of that fix. Get it wth all the fixen's on your burger too!!!!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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