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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
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Shepherd, Michigan
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 beg to differ (I love North Peak but it was my husbands BDay & he... More 

Thank tll4474
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Canton, Michigan
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 up on you. High-end prices in a run down building in serious need of updating.... More 

Thank RottieGuy951
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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. They have an excellent item it's called steak and wedge. I think it goes for... More 

Thank Dan B
Shelby, Michigan
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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. The bisque was great and the sandwich was bad. The prime rib and bun were... More 

Thank Russ B
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 larger shrimp well prepared and flavorful. Great cocktail sauce. The salad bar was adequate but... More 

Thank Krsalesrep
Elk Rapids, Michigan
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 as it was the specialty of the house. We ordered one small and one large... More 

Thank Kathleen D
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2 reviews
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 1 hour 30 min which was not what we were led to believe. This place... More 

Thank Tim S
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a place where you don't have to get all dresses up and want a good meal? This is a great place to go. The steak and seafood is great and staff are friendly. Parking can be a but tricky but worth it.

Thank PhamBerg16
Belmont, Michigan, United States
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86 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We have always made Mode's our 'must-stop' when in Traverse. Our recent visit was disappointing - it was GOOD but not as great as in the past. Service, great. Wedge salad, great. Drink, great. Steak - cooked properly but I believe it was marinated and that's a deal breaker. I like meat to taste like meat. We ordered the big... More 

Thank Michelle C

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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?