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Mode's Bum Steer

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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
231-947-9832
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great recommendation from hotel staff.

Jason at the Pointes North recommended this place with the following caveat: From the outside, it looks like a dive bar, and on the inside it looks like a dive bar, but food is really good. Having gone to several Dinner's, Drive in's, and Dive's establishments, we thought that this was just the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Karl Z
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Beverly Shores, Indiana
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Beverly Shores, Indiana
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Jason at the Pointes North recommended this place with the following caveat: From the outside, it looks like a dive bar, and on the inside it looks like a dive bar, but food is really good. Having gone to several Dinner's, Drive in's, and Dive's establishments, we thought that this was just the ticket. To be honest, it didn't look... More 

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commerce township
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We love the old-time steakhouse atmosphere at the Bum Steer! After many years of vacationing in northern Michigan, we finally decided to test the validity of the reviews. Great menu (remember, this isn't a trendy food place) Steaks fantastic - drinks great- fantastic service from our lovely waitress Amanda! Proved very reasonable for today's prices and the quality. We couldn't... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We didn't know anything about this place. Just walked in and hat a find! The food was excellent. A wedge salad comes with dinner--our favorite. The house made blue cheese dressing was so good-- big chunks of blue cheese. The perch was lightly breaded and perfectly fried. The pasta special tonight was penne with olive oil and garlic and I... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Best Prime Rib in TC! If you like prime rib then Mode's is for you. Excellent steaks (they have more than prime rib) and seafood too - their perch is terrific. Be sure to go on a Friday or Saturday night when they have their salad bar. Their salad dressings are homemade and they have the BEST Bleu Cheese Dressing... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

You cannot go wrong with this place! This "supper club atmosphere" restaurant has been a TC staple for years--best known for their steaks (black angus) and seafood--but we love their $10 fish (halibut) dinner with fries and slaw. On the weekends they offer an amazing salad bar....simple but everything fresh! And some of the best homemade dressings I have ever... More 

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Delicious!!! 4 different meals, all of us loved our meals! Exceptional service as well. 2 of our drinks seemed incorrect, and they replaced them immediately after we asked about them! Best meal I've ever had in TC (and I've been there many times to many different places)!

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This place opened in the mid 70's and has never been updated. I think most of the staff has worked there since then too! That was part of the charm. The menu resembled the 70's too with wedge salad and steaks. They even had a salad bar! They only had one craft beer on tap but, it was a good... More 

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Memphis, Indiana
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I loved my salmon, it was good. Hubby liked his steak & lobster. Kinda expensive though. Still, we had a good time but it was so busy that the hostess just took my plate w/o asking if I'm already done eating. I felt so rushed, bad service. We will never go back there.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Take step back in time. Red swivel chairs, salad bar, steaks. Booze. Late night menu. Even a waitress names Trixie. For us Mode's is always a stop on our annual trip to TC.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent steak, potato and salad wedge. Attentive service. Reasonable prices. The restaurant decor was a 1980 cocktail lounge where real drinks and real food were served. Very enjoyable experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-947-9832

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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