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Mode's Bum Steer

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$$ - $$$
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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
+1 231-947-9832
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

In town with family on a weekend getaway. Chose this because of reviews. Food was OK to good. Hostess and waitstaff were not very friendly. It is a small dining room and we were a party of 8 before peak dining time but the we were put off by the vibe that somehow this was an inconvenience. Maybe tonight was... More 

Thank 2pretty
Traverse City, MI
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273 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

We were in a bit of a hurry and were happy, We made it in and out in 40 minuets for lunch. We had the Steer Burger along with a French Dip. Large portions on both sandwiches.. Our server Amanda was very attentive and friendly. Good creamy cole slaw!

Thank MInone4
Mio, Michigan
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144 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

If you want a modern place this isn't it. But, if you want a great place with excellent food and drinks this is for you. The French Dip sandwich was sooo good! We love an old school vintage restaurant. Thanks for being just that!

Thank Patricia H
Fort Gratiot
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

We went to Bum Steer for lunch and ordered a French Dip prime rib sandwhich and Steak sandwich. Both were so good and tender no knife needed.

Thank vordowski
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Can't write much more than this but people looked like they were having fun. Problem was menu said they served food until 12 and at 10:53 p.m. they said the kitchen was closed. I can understand if it's off season, just let people know thanks.

Thank John R
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Went and was not overwhelmed. The food was ok. Sent my steak back because it was way over cooked. The service was very good , which sort f made up for the bad steak. The replacement steak was good, but overall we were a little disappointed. Might go back to give them another try.

Thank ToledotrvlnCpl
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Modes on a quick visit to Traverse city. This place is always awesome! Food cooked to perfection, staff very friendly and engaging, and the atmosphere is warm cozy and welcoming! Never been disappointed at Mode's!

Thank Wendy L
Trenton, Michigan
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76 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Small, retro steakhouse setting that takes you back to 1960's casual cool. Lively atmosphere and friendly staff along with a great piece of beef makes this one of my favorite TC restaurants. Nothing fancy here, just char-grilled steaks, local fish accompanied by great baked potatoes and fresh horseradish. Would fit right in down in Fort Worth and you could tell... More 

Thank TraverseCityDiner
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I can see that this restaurant is the new top, popular place to eat in Traverse City. The food is excellent & the steaks are top notch.

Thank Dave021941
Toledo, Ohio
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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: +1 231-947-9832

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?