We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Bates Hamburgers

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
+1 734-427-3464
07:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

197 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 196: English reviews
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

So glad we "happened upon" this lace for breakfast .... The best combination ever ... Home cooking in a vintage diner, no frills awesome food, cheap and fast! Chili is phenomenal and the hash browns are the best. Can't wait to try the burgers!

Thank Veronica B
Dearborn, Michigan
Level Contributor
129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is straight out of the 50's. Small burgers, crinkle fries and homemade shakes. Fast and excellent service. Attentive staff. Can be very busy at times. Excellent carry-out.

Thank aphillips005
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level Contributor
35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent tiny diner in the center of Livonia. It's the kind of place where you can still order a bar of sliders with heavy everything- what's not to love. It's a family owned and operated icon of the city, which means local culture and great service.

Thank Akhalil11
Edgewood, Kentucky
Level Contributor
86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We found Bates on the internet. Positives reviews, so we thought we'd try them. Excellent burgers and fries! Small building. Parking is somewhat tight. Easy to find. Burgers reminded me of White Castle, but on steroids! Meat had much better flavor then White Castle. Prices very reasonable too. I'd eat there again. Highly recommend.

Thank twdenman
Southgate, Michigan
Level Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I've been coming here since the 1980's and I can always count on a great burger (or 5 or 6) and fries. I usually get take-out as there are not many seats and it's usually very busy at lunch time, for good reason. Cheeseburger is my preference and they are always perfect with just enough onion. Fries are krinkle-cut and... More 

Thank Tom B
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is by no means a fancy restaurant, but the hamburgers taste great and the staff is friendly and appreciative. You may have to wait a few minutes for your food, but it is worth the wait. Due to limited parking you may have difficulty finding a parking spot during busy times.

Thank 466ronaldd
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Everyone in the family loves Bates burgers. They are a little bigger than sliders, but have a great flavor. Order the French fries extra crispy and the milkshakes are yummy too

Thank Cindy W
Livonia, Michigan
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Great local sliders and crinkle fries....awesome taste. Small diner feal with great burgers...cannot beat in metro Detroit.

Thank jnardizzi
Livonia, Michigan
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

The best burgers on the planet!!! My husband passes Bates everyday on his way to work. He cannot resist their awesome smells. He has to get dinner.

Thank djkrick
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This is a Livonia Landmark ! Everyone knows and loves Bates ! You won't be disappointed. Eat inside and get a window seat it's a family tradition !

Thank Lainey1506

Been to Bates Hamburgers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33406 5 Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48154-2860
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Livonia
  • Phone Number: +1 734-427-3464

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Bates Hamburgers and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Edgewood, Kentucky

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Bates Hamburgers staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?