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Mode's Bum Steer

125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
+1 231-947-9832
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“prime rib” (54 reviews)
“steak” (114 reviews)
“lettuce wedge” (12 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse
$$ - $$$
125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I go here (locals go here) for the best prime rib in TC. It's a cozy, familiar, elbow to elbow neighborhood bar with an amazingly good menu of plain and simple meals... no massaged kale here! Lamb chops cooked rare in bourbon...More

Thank kathryngray
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

The steaks were cooked to order, but absolutely devoid of any seasoning. The sides were limited in selection & very bland as well. The waitress was friendly but not attentive. We got drink refills seconds before she brought the bill. She offered a scallop special...More

Thank Jan C
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Walking into this place on a Friday night at 6 was a silly idea! We didn't have to wait too long for service but it was really packed! We were told Mode's Bum Steer is the best place in TC to get a steak...I personally...More

Thank tll4474
Reviewed 9 April 2017

The food is very expensive for what is offered. They did not offer special (s). The service was solid and very friendly. The food was a disappointment and as mentioned very expensive for what you receive.

Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Since moving to the area I have heard some argue over Mode's being the best and others who aren't fans. We are in the latter. We found the dining room way too cramped and it felt as though everytime someone walked by they were rubbing...More

Thank RottieGuy951
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

This is my favorite steakhouse in Traverse City and a favorite of the locals. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. The staff are fun, attentive and professional and will tease the daylights out of you if you give them a reason and I always do....More

1  Thank Dan B
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We went there because we were thinking steak sounded good. The atmosphere was pretty nice and the service was good. The steaks and prime rib looked excellent, but they were pretty pricey ( $40 range). We ordered the seafood bisque and prime rib French dip....More

Thank Russ B
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here with another couple and I wish I could say it was more than average food. The service was good although the dining room is not large and tables are crowded together. We started with a shrimp cocktail made up of 5...More

Thank Krsalesrep
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Had a taste for prime rib yesterday and decided to give Mode's another try as it had been years since we visited. As the salad bar was set up, we were not offered the wedge salad. Our waitress encouraged us to get the prime rib...More

Thank Kathleen D
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Upon Arrival the displayed sign outside said no wait. (not true) After a 45 minutes at the bar we finally got seated in a very small compact hole in the wall restaurant. I have had Better in traverse city no sweat Got our food after...More

Thank Tim S
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Do they take reservations?
29 July 2015|
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Response from Barbara P | Reviewed this property |
No Young children not permitted after 5:00
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, 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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