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Don's Drive-In

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2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-938-1860
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fred

When you want the throwback juicy burger,shake and fries. This is the place to try with the ambiance of the 50's and all the great sounds, smells ands tastes to go with it. Good and fun.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Fred S
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Kalkaska
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Kalkaska
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

When you want the throwback juicy burger,shake and fries. This is the place to try with the ambiance of the 50's and all the great sounds, smells ands tastes to go with it. Good and fun.

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Thank Fred S
Virginia
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236 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Culver's is better. Food was average. Prices were on the expensive side. Looks like a throw back diner. Really isn't.

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Thank scarletman1972
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We always come to Don's when visiting Traverse City. Burgers are the big, juicy and the best, made with quality meat. Good prices and great shakes! Can't go wrong at Don's!

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Thank Jake_Del_Rio
Trenton, Michigan
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Good nostalgic drive in…burgers are big and the fries are good…a bit expensive for lunch but you get to reminisce about how it used to be when drive ins were everywhere. Try the chili too if you the like basic burger and beans stick to the ribs variety

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Thank TraverseCityDiner
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Had eaten here previously (a few years ago) and remembered the great burgers and hand-made onion rings. History did not repeat itself unfortunately. Onion rings were totally disappointing - the coating was the same as what you find in the frozen variety. Definitely not dipped in batter and deep fried. Burgers were okay but nothing special. Chicken tenders were good... More 

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Thank Jim E
Crossville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Got a reference from the visitor center and well worth it. Ate inside but they still have car hops. Great burger. Very jucey. But the milkshake was to die for. Needed a spoon the get through it. Look forward to our next trip to T.C.

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Thank juansalon
Bay City, Michigan
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1,204 reviews
552 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

We have dined here or gotten take out from here a few times during our visits to TC. Always a great place to grab a cheeseburger, fries and of course, a milk shake. We did so this time around, but took our meal to the state park beach area and had a picnic. The place is very cool inside, with... More 

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1 Thank tymetraveler222
Michigan
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Best burgers and shakes in northern Michigan.I was born and raised in TC and this is an iconic landmark of the north.

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1 Thank BRIAN T
Clarkston, Michigan
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390 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Walked in on 9-16-2015 in the evening and a guy yelled "sit anywhere there is a clean table". I looked around the restaurant and most all the tables had dirty dishes on them. There was nobody trying to clean them up. Table after table with dirty dishes sitting on them It was really bad. Then I got a look at... More 

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Thank JeffreyTravel
Dearborn, Michigan
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Excellent BLT and hamburgers, shakes are the best in the world. Went there twice for lunch in our five day stay. Been going here for years.

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Thank Kathy582014

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2030 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: 231-938-1860

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?