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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
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 41
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Landmark of TC

Yep, just a drive in, but the food and service has kept it in business all these years. It has the look and feel of a 50's drive in. If nothing else, it is worth the stop just for the malts!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
michigander311
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Midland, Michigan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Midland, Michigan
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160 reviews 160 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Yep, just a drive in, but the food and service has kept it in business all these years. It has the look and feel of a 50's drive in. If nothing else, it is worth the stop just for the malts!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Been coming here for years and not much has changed. Always good food and I think the same wait staff! The short order cooks are a rough looking crew but they whip up a great hamburger! The chili cheese fries are awesome. Make sure you leave with a malt, you just have too!

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Before I lived here we stopped at Dons every trip to town. Now we go for a milkshake now and then, and sometimes take guests for the fun atmosphere. The milkshakes are still giant and yummy, but the burgers and fries and fried mushrooms are just "meh". This town has become a crazy diverse foodie town and think they could... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I love the food and environment here! It is a 50's style diner with amazing food! The burgers are amazing and so are the shakes! It is fun to eat inside because of the environment but it is also nice that they have the old-fashioned drive up eating outside as well!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don's has been around forever! If you LOVED the 50's, you'll LOVE Don's Drive-In... Old style burgers, malts, shakes, and fries! Even has a "car-hop" so you can order and eat in your car, like the "old" days. Good food at a good price!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Great place for a great old-time burger. Friendly service. I only wish I would have tried one of their milkshakes!!

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Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Fun place to stop!! Our waiter was so nice and very helpful!! Fun place to visit and remember the old diners!

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Mission Viejo, California
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152 reviews 152 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our first night in town so we picked up a to-go order for three. I had homemade chicken noodle soup with a grilled cheese. Both were good and hit the spot. Two burger baskets for the other two but for all three what made it a very good experience was the homemade milk shakes. I had a medium chocolate malt... More 

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Belleville, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

While burger was good as well as the fries that accompanied it, it was very "overpriced" in my opinion. My wife really enjoyed the from scratch chocolate milk shake (medium sized). Atmosphere is cute 50's style and the waitresses were adequate. Burger basket, medium root beer, bowl of chicken noodle soup and aforementioned medium milkshake $25. Again tasty but not... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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343 reviews 343 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A business associate and I ate at Don's and for the price, I was unimpressed. Nothing special about the burger, or the Gordon Food Service french fries. I didn't have a shake, but could that have been the missing ingredient? Likely not. The food wasn't defective, it just wasn't better than average.

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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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