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Bates Hamburgers

33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
(734) 427-3464
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Ranked #1 of 233 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
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English first
Livonia, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A throwback to yesteryear but oh....what great food! You can't go wrong here. Nothing fancy, but the burgers are to die for! You get the urge...you gotta go to Ba-tays on the Boulevard!

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Livonia, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beside the that the hamburgers are the Greatest . The staff is the friendliest. It like a family when you arrive.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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