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Mode's Bum Steer

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125 E State St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2512
+1 231-947-9832
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Traverse City, Michigan
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

This was my first visit to Mode's in probably 20 years. We went because everyone says it is one of the best steak houses around. The three of us were all underwhelmed. The restaurant is small, so the owners try to make up for that by crowding small tables close together. We could hear the adjoining conversation better than our... More 

1 Thank Old_Chief1
South Bend, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2015

This restaurant is on the smaller side so not many tables. This made it a little more difficult to get a table for 6 on a Sautrday night, but it was well worth the wait.

1 Thank Sara N
Marion, Ia
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217 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

My wife & I had dinner there on a Friday evening. Needless to say half of Traverse City was there to eat also! The hostess said it would be about a 45 min wait. And guess what, she was right on the money, we were called after 44 min. I had the 12oz Prime Rib - excellent! perfect! Med. rare.... More 

Thank John A
Plainwell, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Recently dined at Modes after not having been there in many years. The food was still excellent. The people at my table had whitefish, steak and ribs and scallops. The food all came out hot and delicious. Their salad bar was great with many selections. I will be sure to come back soon!

Thank Karen M
SE Michigan
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 September 2015

This is THE place for beef in Traverse City. I highly recommend the grilled prime rib with the onions and mushrooms. What is crazy is this place feels like it is frozen in time around the early 70s lettuce wedge salads and vinyl covered chairs. But it just adds charm to the great food and super nice staff! We found... More 

Thank GregInMI
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 September 2015

Modes Bum Steer is a rarity - a restaurant that serves consistently high class food while sticking to a core menu with specials. I first went here in 1986 and have been coming back whenever I visit Traverse City. The most recent trip, we ate there 3 times. I had the fabulous centre cut and my wife had Walleye. Cooked... More 

Thank x167mgh
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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507 reviews
316 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Stopped by on a recent Friday night to see what all the buzz was about. This place has the decor and feel of a roadside supper club. An excellent vibe, lots of chatter, friendly wait staff, and very decent food. This is your standard steakhouse. The menu includes prime rib, New York Strip, ribeye, and the like. The sides are... More 

Thank t-bonetraveller
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

I've probably been to this restaurant 25 times - at least. Always great food and great service! It's my "Go To" place when I want a night out with my husband. The only thing that would make it better is if they had a view of the bay.

1 Thank Jen K
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went for our anniversary. It had been years since we had gone. Shame on us. Great Friday salad bar. Blue cheese the best. Had prime rib and steak and perch. Both excellent. Staff did a great job. Will go back again. This time soon.

Thank Northernelk
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119 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

40 year old Mode's Bum Steer is a delightful throwback to 50s and 60s dining! Cozy dark red and brown furnishings greet you as well as very friendly staff. Menu is mostly beef and seafood...old faves like prime rib, shrimp deJonghe, escargots....I was in heaven! Hubby ordered prime rib queens cut and horseradish sauce, with baked potato (in foil) and... More 

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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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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?