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Mode's Bum Steer

125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
231-947-9832
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Ranked #41 of 257 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We picked Bum Steer because it sounded like a steak place. Weeknight at 8:30 no waiting. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu. Locals finishing their meals at the next table raved about the food, especially the rack of lamb. We had the rack of lamb (excellent), chat-broiled prime rib (I'm still dreaming of it), prime rib... More

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Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I just revisited Mode's and find that it didn't live up to my expectations. We went on a Sat. evening and it was crowded. Table was way to small for 4 people to really be comfortable. Had to keep shoving things around. The weekend salad bar is adequate but in such a crowded area. You are trapped when you get... More

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Fairborn
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Recommended by the desk at the hotel. We had an excellent 12oz. Prime Rib ($19.99) with baked potato and a wedge salad. The good Garlic Peppered Steak ($22.99) came with very good rice pilaf. The salad bar was included since it was the weekend.

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Durham, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Traverse City has many nice restaurants, now and this is their best steak place, I believe. Close to the' main street, not too stuffy, lots of locals, and if you want the basic stuff like the above, check it out. A bonus is that if you are in a hurry as I was, you get your drink and salad pronto!... More

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Traverse City, MI
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Walked over to Mode’s tonight and the place was packed for good reason – the food! We dined at the one remaining open table with a wonderful server Kathy. While enjoying two glasses of wine, my lady ordered the 16 oz. Prime Rib which comes with choice of Potato, Texas Toast and the most wonderful Lettuce Wedge with homemade Blue... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Really enjoyed this. Friendly, helpful waitress and great food, even if the portions were huge! I had a half rack if ribs with a 6oz NY strip and it melted in my mouth. A bottle of local wine completed a fab meal. The decor is also pleasingly retro and I wanted to take my swivel chair on wheels home.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Awesome Prime Rib and Lobster Tails for the money!!! Unreal service and food! I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an amazing dinner at what looks like a hole in the wall place. I will be back here in the future.

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Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel we stayed at for their steak dinner and we weren't disappointed. The service was top notch and from conversations overheard, there were many local customers who the servers knew by name. Our steak and rib dinners arrived quickly and were cooked to perfection. The salad was a wedge of lettuce with excellent dressing... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is an excellent choice if you want a great burger or steak or seafood--this place has been around for years and they do some of the best beef around. Boone's Long Lake Inn pales in comparison. On the weekends they offer their salad bar--some of the best homemade dressings around--there is not a ton on their salad bar as... More

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Traditional steakhouse, I purchased a drink, turns out they forgot the alcohol, they did fix it at no extra charge-thankfully. My wife got a $30 filet, which was full of gristle, I got their special perch dinner, which was cold when it arrived. Service was non-existent. I use a cane and was unable to exit because the tables were so... More

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