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Mode's Bum Steer

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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent old school steak house. Being from Ann Arbor, we found the Bum Steer very comparable to the old Knight's Steakhouse an Ann Arbor Institution. We enjoyed the retro 70's atmosphere. The 24 0z Porterhouse was delicious! It was so big I split it with my son. Couldn't have had a better steak experience, Service was excellent. We had a... More 

Thank Colleen D
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had eaten at Mode's years ago and was happy that we would be going through Traverse City at dinnertime. It really was the same, though I had forgotten how small the dining room was. On a Monday night it was packed though we didn't have to wait long to be seated. Our server was great - very helpful with... More 

Thank travlingmama
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mode's seemed the perfect choice for our special family dinner while visiting Traverse City -- not only because of the high TripAdvisor rating, which guides our vacation dining choices, but also because our hotel staff recommended it. I was pleased, upon walking in, to find it just as he had described -- an "old-school" steak house, complete with tantalizing smells.... More 

Thank Rebecca B
Traverse City, Michigan
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Perfect drinks with a perfect steak. This is a small but fabulous steak & rib joint right down town in Traverse City. It is on State Street which runs parallel to Front Steet if you're not from the area. If it's in the evening park at Max's appliance service (another great business) just a few doors east from Modes. There... More 

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Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

When visiting downtown TC you cannot go wrong stopping in here! The steaks are incredible as is pretty much everything on the menu. They have not been in TC forever for no reason. They have a superb wait staff, friendly and always a big smile! Plus its perfectly located, within an easy walk from anywhere downtown. We have enjoyed this... More 

Thank estein56
Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

A traditional Northern Michigan eatery that has seasonal fish specials and really good steak with sides. The decor is vintage, and the waitresses kind and efficient. Highly recommend.

Thank jenredpdx
Traverse City, Michigan
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

We are never disappointed in Modes. Food is always fresh, well prepared and delicious. Besides having a great steak menu, they have smaller portion "Steak and a Wedge" that is the perfect amount of food. A 6 oz steak, large wedge with homemade dressing and a piece of Texas toast. The kielbasa appetizer to share with 2-4 people is very... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We have dined there about 3 times each summer over the past 25 or so years. Never had a bad meal. The steaks are probably one of the best served in the Grand Traverse area. One of our favorites is the Walleye (when available - get there early or they will run out). The place will not be to everyone's... More 

Thank bueromuell
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The French Dip was excellent as was the salmon. Wine was at a very reasonable price. Very varied menu.

Thank imandme
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

My husband ate here & was very disappointed. He had the surf & turf and was not impressed by either the lobster or the steak. Ordered his steak medium & said it was overcooked & dry. No flavor to the lobster.

Thank kobejack

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
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Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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

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