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Gandy Dancer
Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Muer.com
  • Phone: (734) 769-0592
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Early Bird: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Light Fare: Sunday: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Gandy Dancer also offers off site catering for corporate receptions, product launches & business lunches.
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Band on Sunday's from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Live Band on Wednesday's from 6:00pm until 10:0pn through end of August.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer complimentary valet parking all day, 364 days of the year.
A word from Gandy Dancer
Known in railroading days as "the finest station between Buffalo and Chicago", the majestic Michigan Central Railroad Depot deserves that commendation more than ever as the Gandy Dancer now.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The Gandy Dancer has an elegant atmosphere both inside and out. However, the service was less than par, especially for such a classy place. First it took forever for the waitress to even come to our table, let alone order drinks or an appetizer. However, the manager did end up apologizing and giving us a free appetizer. After that minor situation the rest of the evening went smoothly. The food was good, although not up to my expectations for such a talked up place. However, the drink list looked amazing, though the party I was with did not try any. In particular I would love to return and try some of the after dinner coffees. Overall a fun experience and great atmosphere, though I would recommend drinks over dinner."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The brunch was good except for the bacon which was very under cooked and the eggs were not warm."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Dinner was absolutely fantastic. Jeffery, our server, was the perfect host. Telling us about everything on the menu. When we told him we were there celebrating our 20th anniversary, he went out of his way to make our dining experience extra special. Aaron and Jill, at the bar, were very attentive also. We were treated outstandingly by all at the Gandy Dancer. We will be returning soon."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The appetizers, entrees, and desserts we ordered were excellent, as always. We were just a little disappointed in the level of service on this visit. We'll be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had the best time-love GD. The only problem is when I made my reservations- on the open table form there was a spot they asked for my phone number and dining preferences/requests. I had asked for outside/gardin seating. When I got there I told the Hosteseses my name an that I had made a on line reservation with open table for outside/garden seating. I was told that seating was first come first serve. Why was I asked to leave my phone number? I would have appreciated a call to let me know about the situation."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had been here for some years for special occasions but will not be returning! They gave a terrible seat for us then our server was extremely rude. Steaks were good quality, cedar plank salmon okay and Bouillabaisse just barely. Kids menu (looked like something from a fast-food joint). I felt terrible about making my family stay and eat there with several flies buzzing above our heads (deeply indoors). We had loved the old train station ambience previously and knew the menu was very standard fare. Let me say I tipped the lowest in my life! Basically paid him for dumping plates on us. 15 min. to give me a spoon to eat my Bouillabaisse! We were one bread plate short. Inattentive and his rudeness ruined our evening out."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "It is not elaborate buffet but adequate. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed at first because I was expecting a larger one but they had everything you could want and I was glad that henceforth I did not overeat!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Staff went out of their way to make this a very special dinner for my wife's birthday."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary with friends (who were married the same year). It was their first time to the Gandy Dancer. The service was excellent. Sarah, our waitress, was outstanding. The food was not as good as it has been in the past. Three off us ordered the filet and the cut we were served looked more like skirt steak. My wife ordered the lobster and it was over cooked. Desserts were great. Having come to the Gandy Dancer a number of times in the past, the food was not what we expected. Our friends were less than impressed with the food. However, as I said, our server was fun and overall we enjoyed ourselves. My hope is that whatever was going on in the kitchen that night was an anomaly."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Grandy Dancer was an excellent experience for me and my three daughters. We made it an adventure by travelling there by Amtrak. The weather was beautiful, so we ate our meals outdoors. The waitstaff was was great and I truly enjoyed my meal. Thanks Grandy Dancer. I hope to see you again soon!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The coconut shrimp needed more coconut. I was told the vegetable was broccolini. I received undercooked cauliflower instead. I chose not to use valet parking. When I returned to the parking lot to leave, cars had been parked very close to mine on both sides, making it very difficult to get in. Extremely petty maneuver. Valet parking should be optional."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "A super place for a special occasion. We will definitely return, Lord willing."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Great food and service from our waiter, John! We noticed that the offerings were much reduced since our last visit, and missing were the oysters, which my son was looking forward to (they are still on your website brunch menu)."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Gandy Dancer has always been a favorite for us for special occasions. This visit my daughters 21st birthday. The portions were very small and the prices quite high comparatively. The food was good, but certainly not exceptional. The wait staff was attentive, but not very friendly. Everything ordered was ala carte so the bill for 8 people averaged $65.00 per person."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great attentive service. Many thanks to the kitchen for being flexible in accommodating special dietary restrictions. Thank you for a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The ambience of the restaurant still remains. The old train station is beautiful and setting remains one of the nicest in town. However, the food, while okay, is really nothing special. The service was slow and the waiter appeared disinterested in enhancing our experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Hadn't been there in a while, we met the parents of my daughter's friend there. It was a Sunday night so it wasn't like the place was under stress or crowded. Service was very attentive and the right blend of cheerful and efficient. Food was dependably Chuck Muer like. We mostly ate the fish dishes, my daughter had pasta and was very satisfied. They set up a table of about 16 right next to us of Men who looked like they may have been involved in a football coaching clinic right next to us. I was concerned it might be tough to carry on a conversation, they were pretty quiet. Great room, terrific service, solid, if not spectacular, food. Well done, Gandy Dancer!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was delicious! The only addition I would make is to add oyster on the half shell =)"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The service was excellent! As well as the food. Our only (slight) complaint is we were not in a hurry and the food arrived so quickly we wanted more time to enjoy the evening."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Whitefish and seafood trip were great..prime rib was average. As were the scallops..service was excellent.."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was good overall, my wife and I had white chocolate cake (I'm not sure of the name) and peach cheese cake, they were really good but they would have been better if they would've been cold."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and great service. Our waitress was great. Oysters were fresh and the swordfish was cooked perfect."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Gandy Dancer is a great location for a special occasion. The service was great and the old train station it's located in is unlike anything else in Ann Arbor. Overall, the food was good but needed more seasoning in my opinion. Definitely recommend if you want to impress someone."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had a large group (14 people) which included a child under the age of 2. We were celebrating our parent's 60th wedding anniversary. The food was fantastic, the service was great. They were sold out of several wines that we selected but provided us with their recommendation (more expensive) at the originally selected wine price. The staff even helped us with taking a formal picture of the family. We were a bit concerned about taking a small child, but they have a children's menu and were very kid friendly."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The Gandy Dancer allows you to imagine being on the railroad line enjoying fine dining. Great adventure for a group on a special occasion. Join the club for savings - I plan on using the $25 birthday voucher to take my special love for his birthday .... he loves mussels and that is one of the items on the brunch menu. That will be my next adventure on the railroad line.... Birthday breakfast brunch in September..."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "First: arrive early and spend 30 minutes enjoying a nice drink in the bar. Second: nice table outside near the tracks while a Chicago to Detroit train goes by.Everyone claps for some reason.... Third: great dinner; fresh fish for her and special pasta offering for me. Fourth: the only issue... a less than exciting cherry crisp with tasteless cherries and almost no crisp. 3 out of 4...."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and place... Our server was on her 1st night on her own and did a great job! Would come back..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We felt rushed. The entrees came before salads were finished. My fish was only lukewarm. The wait staff was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A 10. a perennial favorite. Go there every time I go to Ann Arbor. Exceptional everything. Love the ambiance too"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Both the Cedar Plank and Copper River Salmon dishes were tasteless. How do you ruin salmon? There are much better dining options in Ann Arbor. It is a shame because the historic venue of the Gandy Dancer is amazing."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Loved this rest. I will be back. Crab cakes were average as well as the baked brie for an appetizer that was average. Also the Marthas Vineyard salad, the salad seemed old wasn't fresh. Scallop main dish wasn't bad but I wouldn't order it again. The standouts were the crème brulee and the prime rib. Those I would come back for, the ambience and the great service!!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We were recommended to the Gandy Dancer to celebrate my parents 50th. Located in the old train depot, it could not have been a more perfect spot. Food was incredible, maybe the best Prime Rib I have ever had. Try the dynamite scallop app as well, fantastic."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Always like this place although last few times, seems food quality going down somewhat. Fish was not that fresh and food overall came not very hot. Service was not up to par although waiter seemed very busy and seemed to try his best."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I took a friend here for a birthday lunch. The food was wonderful, I was very disappointed in the service. Water glasses were on our table but I had to request water. Had to request refills on our ice tea. We couldn't seem to get drinks and she kept trying to take away our appetizer, and then meal before we were finished. I eat here frequently and was surprised with the poor service it is normally very good."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was our fifth visit to Gandy Dancer and we are still quite impressed. My steak cut calamari was excellent as was my halibut with an Asian flair. It seems that some restaurants today have stopped providing a bread basket. I appreciated this nice touch at Gandy Dancer--there were three or four warm breads to choose from. Our server, Bob, was very nice and solicitous. My one complaint is that when I asked for a SLIGHT variation on one of the cocktails listed, Bob said unequivocally that nothing could be substituted. Really?? When we are paying $200 for two for dinner?"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had not been here for many years as it is a long distance for us. When an opportunity came up couldn't wait to see if it remained as good. Well we found it every bit as good both food and service. A thoroughly wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My mom, sister and I went there for a Birthday celebration. The food and wine where excellent, as well as our wait staff. Our only complaint was that they set us next to a wedding party's "kids table". The restaurant was not very busy when they sat us there, so we are not sure why the put us there of all places. Overall it was a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Somewhat disappointing. Prime rib was underdone and tough to cut. Vegetable never arrived. Fish stew was heavily salted and included crab legs which are inappropriate for that dish. Salads were great. Service was very slow and it appeared that there was some sort of problem in the kitchen. At one point, some of the wait staff were huddled together on the floor of the restaurant in a heated discussion. Overall experience not as good as a visit in 2013."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Friday night dinner on the patio was tasty and had a great view"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was divine. Our meal began with a lovely bruschetta served over a balsamic vinegar reduction. I then dug into a fantastic boulliabaise and my wife enjoyed an assortment of appetizer plates. My dish tasted better the longer that I took to open the crab legs and other assorted seafood goodies in my bowl. The tastes absorbed into the broth. My wfe loved her Brie appetizer along with her scallops. After washing our hands in lemon juice, our waiter brought out the dessert menu. The chocolate desserts were among the best that either of us have enjoyed when dining out. The specialty coffees were wonderful as well. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgable about the dishes, and ever present without being obtrusive. Superb meal!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014