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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Very good steak, "old lounge" decor

We've eaten here many times, some in, some take away. Steaks and prime rib only - can't comment on the rest of the menu. For locals, you are typically going here or Boone's (outside of town) for steak. Re: price - for a large steak, the prices are reasonable. It isn't a Bob Evans steak. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
JKTC
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Traverse City
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Big Rapids, Michigan
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

This is our standby in Traverse City....if you want just good steak and a good wedge of salad with incredible home made blue cheese dressing...this is it! Great martinis...great service...and always good food! No frills...nothing spectacular...just damn good food...and attentive service...and, oh yeh...if you get the steak, get the mushrooms...fantastic!!!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by locals and I'm glad they did. We went on a weekend evening and the place was jammed but the wait was worth it. The food although a little pricey was well worth the wait. We had the steak special and savored every bite.

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Pismo Beach, Calif.
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Mode's Bum Steer has a full bar, thus they don't have booster seats or high chairs, as this is a non-smoking, first-come, first-serve adult steak house that doesn't take reservations. Four of us walked in last fall the first day of the Traverse City Film Festival and were greeted by the owner, a lovely woman who said they have been... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Modes is the best downtown restaurant in Traverse City. Steaks and seafood cannot be beat. My favorite is the Lake Perch which are hard to find at most restaurants. And the weekend salad bar is tops. If you enjoy late night dining, Modes serves to midnight Fri-Sat late into the evening on week nights. Convenient location right in town and... More 

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Traverse City
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120 reviews 120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We've eaten here many times, some in, some take away. Steaks and prime rib only - can't comment on the rest of the menu. For locals, you are typically going here or Boone's (outside of town) for steak. Re: price - for a large steak, the prices are reasonable. It isn't a Bob Evans steak. The traditional "salad" is a... More 

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Norton Shores, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Highly recommend, best food we had. Long wait but worth it. Decorating is very dated but food more than makes up for it. Go early, wait might not be so long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I've been coming in for years and the staff and food is great. It is sad to see Carrie moving on as she was a staple of their bar service. Look forward to seeing her at Nolans cigar lounge!

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Haslett
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Awesome steaks! A quarter head of lettuce WITH home made dressing. The blue cheese is to die for! Found this place about 15 years ago and continue to eat there when we are in the area. Small quaint and friendly staff! Get there early as they fill up!

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Detroit, Michigan
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85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

After reading other reviews, my husband and I decided to eat a late dinner here. I loved the iceberg lettuce with the best bleu cheese dressing I have had in a long long time. I could not finish it, though as it truly was a quarter of a head of lettuce. I had a 12 oz strip steak, medium, with... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel as having the best prime rib in town. The 12 oz prime was tender, juicy and seasoned great.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?