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Bates Hamburgers

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33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
+1 734-427-3464
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a quick late night snack, their burgers are great.But they are also anytime of day.

Thank Evelyn H
Livonia, Michigan
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These hamburgers are a bit larger than white castle burgers and the meat is a much better quality. Very small restaurant inside, so try and take your order to go. The lines are sometimes long as well.

Thank mrsgoode
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Double Cheeseburgers are terrific! Soft buns, great pickles. Fries & chili are great too. Hard to find a seat during lunch & dinner.

Thank Cliff C
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Place has greasy burgers high on everything.not worth it.worse paet is a small parking lot no where to park.the staff is friendly.recommend masons in livonia way better tasting burger.

Thank Anthony R
Kani, Japan
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121 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

I'm not a hamburger fan but still would highly recommend it (me = hot dog and fries plus husband = hamburger and large fries all for about $7). Breakfast is an absolute steal there. Good food for super cheap (2 eggs, hash browns, sausage or bacon, toast, coffee or pop for about $5). It's a must when in Michigan!

Thank turkjj25
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

So glad we "happened upon" this lace for breakfast .... The best combination ever ... Home cooking in a vintage diner, no frills awesome food, cheap and fast! Chili is phenomenal and the hash browns are the best. Can't wait to try the burgers!

Thank Veronica B
Dearborn, Michigan
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160 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

This place is straight out of the 50's. Small burgers, crinkle fries and homemade shakes. Fast and excellent service. Attentive staff. Can be very busy at times. Excellent carry-out.

Thank aphillips005
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent tiny diner in the center of Livonia. It's the kind of place where you can still order a bar of sliders with heavy everything- what's not to love. It's a family owned and operated icon of the city, which means local culture and great service.

Thank Akhalil11
Edgewood, Kentucky
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We found Bates on the internet. Positives reviews, so we thought we'd try them. Excellent burgers and fries! Small building. Parking is somewhat tight. Easy to find. Burgers reminded me of White Castle, but on steroids! Meat had much better flavor then White Castle. Prices very reasonable too. I'd eat there again. Highly recommend.

Thank twdenman
Southgate, Michigan
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I've been coming here since the 1980's and I can always count on a great burger (or 5 or 6) and fries. I usually get take-out as there are not many seats and it's usually very busy at lunch time, for good reason. Cheeseburger is my preference and they are always perfect with just enough onion. Fries are krinkle-cut and... More 

Thank Tom B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Livonia
  • Phone Number: +1 734-427-3464

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?