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Mode's Bum Steer

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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Toledo, Ohio
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

went to Mode's Bum Steer on the advice of a friend. it was ok. for the first time in my life I sent my steak back to be re cooked. they killed my medium rare steak, almost gray all the way through. the service was very good, the atmosphere was very casual. might go back.

Thank toledotravlncpl
Milford, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

AWESOME!! Excellent food, great service. Anyone visiting traverse city, I would highly recommend stopping in at Mode's for dinner you will not be disappointed.

Thank Pam R
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love steak. I will travel all over for a good steak. I don't think you can get a better steak in the state. I tried Ruth Chris, Hereford and Hops (the old Bay City location), even Micheal Symon's in Detroit. This place is still better. Oh, my wife also says the duck breast can't be beat. Ask the chef... More 

Thank a l
Waterford, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stop in for an early dinner and was not disappointed with the service or the meal. We could have cut the steaks with a butter knife and the blue cheese dressing was to die for.

Thank Paraise P
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a small bar/restaurant with a quiet atmosphere and excellent prime rib. I make it a point to stop in whenever I'm in Traverse City. I first visited Mode's about 25 years ago while in Traverse City on a business trip. It was recommended to me by where I was staying. This trip, I was on vacation and had just... More 

Thank John S
Rolling Prairie, Indiana
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard from friends so thought we would give it a try. It is old style and the people love it, place was packed. Food and service were very good, The place is old school, long and narrow, steaks, chops and seafood and they know how to prepare it. Six of us and no complaints.

Thank FiveOaks61
Buena Park, California
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking In I said yep this is exactly the kind of place my folks would have come to. Very small place no tables are close together but the food was so worth it. Friendly waitresses and great service. This is the first time I had ever had grilled prime rib. It was the BEST prime rib I have ever had.... More 

Thank kibtravels
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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133 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 10 on a fall Sat. Night. Service was fine and dinner included a trip to the rather bland salad bar. Everyone enjoyed their dinners which ranged from perch to prime rib and lobster tail. Very much a traditional style restaurant with traditionally prepared steaks/seafood. Comfortable 50s vibe.

Thank Bob T
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270 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Classic steakhouse that we've been to many times. They don't have a bad steak on the menu. Nice atmosphere with large menu. They know how to do FOOD!

Thank jerdc
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We visited on a Friday night- lucky for us we arrived early! Limited seating but excellent food. My husband had a steak and I enjoyed the lamb rack! Enjoyed the salad bar, many selections. Service was outstanding considering how busy they were. Looking forward to returning on our next visit to Traverse City.

Thank Pam W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?