Gandy Dancer
Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.muer.com/
  • Phone: 7347690592
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Gandy Dancer reviews from OpenTable diners
310 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (232)romantic (158)fit for foodies (104)scenic view (100)good for groups (97)neighborhood gem (96)great for brunch (90)notable wine list (58)great for lunch (40)great for outdoor dining (26)kid-friendly (21)hot spot (12)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Good, but not impressed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I will say that my wife and I were impressed with Gandy Dancer until we sat down. The hostess mentioned that the third and fourth set of dishes would be removed after our server came, which never happened. As I looked down the row of tables, I saw this didn't happen at any table that I could see. Our food came quickly, but there was a serious gnat problem in that outdoor area. Many tables observed this. I will always say that I try to be as polite as possible as I know what wait staff go through on a daily basis, so I know I wasn't rude during our visit. However, I had the lemon sauce from my Whitefish poured into my lap as our Waitress was sitting the plate done, even as I tried to warn her. Luckily I was able to get out of the way.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have always loved the Gandy Dancer and it has been years since I was there. We went for a birthday dinner this weekend and it was excellent, every part of it. It was relaxing and enjoyable, the salmon rockefeller was wonderful, clam chowder awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great after 40 years
    MikeH15
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have eaten here for 40 years and it is still a great place to go. The menu updates but not too fast or too often, its just right. Quality and quantity is on the mark. Its still fub to watch the trains come and go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Met for a reunion with college buddies and families, around 20 people. Everything was great, from our server Jenny through the food. Only small issue was the temperature at our table - too cold for most of meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!
    GoBlue
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a group of 10 and they put us at a great table. The food and the service were excellent and the pace of the meal was very nice. We will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretentious
    FlyingSuzVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We ordered and tasted a variety of fish dishes. Each was served with sauces that tasted like store bought salad mayo or dressing. The salmon was over cooked. Nothing good to say here. Our view was dirt and railroad tracks--pretty ugly. The service was rushed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Building!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our last visit to The Gandy Dancer was really average. We went to Celebrate a 25th Wedding Anniversary. The menu was clever, with the names and Happy 25th across the top. The Brie was excellent. The Shrimp Cocktail was chewy and watery, with a very strong taste of fish. The Fillet was excellent, and came with 2 stalks of Asparagus. The Whitefish had no flavor at all, even though it was encrusted. Our server was nice enough, the service was slow. One person in our party had to keep moving because he was seated in a heavily used aisle area. The building is beautiful!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Many excellent restaurants in Ann Arbor. This one tops the list so far.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went to the Gandy Dancer for my bithday and loved my dinning experience. The service was great, food was good although it was a little cool. The wine was great. I will definitely return soon. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    Carol
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The best Gazpacho I've ever had! Service was excellent. There were six of us dining and we all ordered a different fish entrée. We all commented how delicious it was. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend dining there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    nope
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Definetely recommend anyone who would like to enjoy the outstanding food in AA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were at a long table, trying to share information, and the music really had a negative impact on our hearing each other. The waitresses were grand, however.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ann Arbor Classic
    BrightonFoodLover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I enjoyed going to the Gandy Dancer as a UM student 35+ years ago (when my parents would come up and pay for dinner!), and it's still a great place to go. I love the train station ambience, and the food and service are top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful anniversary experience
    mdiroy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We celebrated our 32nd anniversary at the Gandy Dancer. The service was was excellent thanks to the incredible staff. The food was incredibly delicious. Need I say more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    LuLu
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The old depot made for a wonderful atmosphere! Our waiter, John, was most excellent! We enjoyed our evening, but I must say that I think the menu is overpriced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cookinbob
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My Wife's birthday dinner was surf and turf, The lobster was extremely salty and my wife like salted foods. My prime rib was very tough. Everyone else's dinner were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annual treat
    yogaleigh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We visit my hometown, Flint, every year and Ann Arbor is always on the itinerary. That day always includes lunch at Gandy Dancer. We enjoy the trains, the pretty view, the great food, the lovely interior and the excellent wait staff. When I was a teen my parents sometimes met friends for New Year's Eve there and always loved it but for me it was just a name until these visits. Now it's high on the list of things I look forward to on this trip. If you get a chance (right season) to try the watermelon salad, have it! And save room for dessert! This year we happened to go on my mother's 89th birthday. They had a special menu for her that said happy birthday & a free dessert. Our waiter was especially personable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First experience
    novice
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent food and service. Prime rib superb. Scallop and crab appetizer outstanding. Valet parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gandy Dancer
    2fordinner
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Quaint Ann Arbor location with old train station ambience and a great window view of parkland/nature. A raccoon, Canada geese, and one fast train went by outside. Seafood preparation and presentation were great, with many other good choices available for non-fish eaters and vegetarians. Desserts and specialty drinks were unique, while wine/liquor selections were many. Our server was also personable, knowledgeable, and attentive to all needs. Extra bonuses are the next-door working Amtrak and the walking proximity to Kerrytown and downtown Ann Arbor. For those with time available, it's a perfect ending for a relaxing train-trip visit to the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was very disappointed with my appetizer and entree. My crab CAKE was brought to me on a warm plate but, the food itself was cold. After sending it back it returned to me on a hot plate but once reaching the middle of the crab mixture it remained cold! Moving on to my entrée. The grilled salmon was very dry and over cooked!! I didn't send this back. I didn't want to make a seen at my own birthday dinner in front of my 11 guests. I usually dine at the chop house or real seafood for my birthday dinner/discount. I wish I would've this year!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Architecture
    Patrick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Part of the lure for me is the architecture of the restaurant. The old trim and wood, open air of the high ceilings. I enjoy feeling like I am back in time to an era when things were built with strength and pride. It is a beautiful building and when you combine that with the food it is an experience second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites!
    Nick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants for almost 45 years. We first began eating here in the early 1970s and have continued to eat here...especially for special occasions. The food and service is always excellent. The wine list is one of the area's best. We have eaten at many of the world's top restaurants both in the U.S. and in Europe. The Gandy is our "home" restaurant. It must be. Of all the restaurants we've eaten in, The Gandy is the one we've eaten in the most times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional, As usual
    DickF
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dinner with friends, superb dining, and the train was on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    cbs3153
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything was wonderful. From appetizers, to salads, to entrees, to desserts every one of our party of seven was delighted with our experience. Our server was top notch, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor
    jens
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious food, attentive & courteous service, & interesting atmosphere brings us back to this very nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Ambiance
    Fashionista365VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great find - very sophisticated and charming setting. Extensive menu options to satisfy everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner ever!
    Dineaholic
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've eaten in some of the most luxurious restaurants in the country and I must say this one tops them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure to return
    Homercanttalk
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is always fun to return to the Gandy Dancer. The train came through during dinner and they rang the bell just like in the old days. Escargot is still good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have been bringing guests to The Gandy Dancer for many years, for lunch, dinner and to enjoy the piano bar. It is always superior with regard to the menu, bar, service, ambiance. Ann Arbor is my home town, so it's extra special for this transplanted Californian to return here year after year and always find the same level of excellence. Being set in an actual train depot is part of the charm. People never fail to be delighted with my choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gandy Dancer special dinner
    ambience100
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a wonderful experience dining at the Gandy Dancer; our waiter was superb, our food was great, and to help make the experience even better, we were seated by the window so we saw the train pull into the station. This is one of the best places for a true 'dining' experience in Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    marilyn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our evening at Gandy Dancer was perfect- the food, atmosphere, and our waitstaff couldn't have been nicer. we even had a terrific table by the window.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occation
    Chickie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food here is excellent and the service is very attentive. It is somewhat expensive, so this would not be a restaurant that you would go to on a regular basis but which is great for a special day.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I hadn't realized that the Gandy Dancer specialized in seafood. I had the scallops, and they were the best I've ever had! Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd time, last time
    chasVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is the third time we have dined here and most likely will not be back. I said the food was fair only because my wife enjoyed hers or I would have put poor. We were there for our 39 anniversary. They had nice menus printed up just for us. My wife ordered lobster and I ordered wild caught cedar p. salmon. I chose it over the prime rib. When it was served the fish was spoiled!! (sour) When I told the waiter he just said "would you like the prime rib" No real concern! So I had no food while my wife ate hers. The prime rib was fair. Later the manager came by to check on our dining experience and she did not even know about the bad fish. this is a high priced place and this should have not happened. Cannot believe not more done
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gandy Dancer
    cook4me
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Very Good Service and Very Good Food. We had a nice little private room for the special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    mYST
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    From the moment we walked in the door we were impressed. The atmosphere was perfect, the food was delicious, and our server (Patty) was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hungryman
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Crab cakes and crab stuffed shrimp had too much breading. Food was not well seasoned. Rice was bland. Wine overpriced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anonymous17Jan2014
    Anonymous17Jan2014VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Ate at the Gandy Dancer for their early dinner option (perhaps called sunset dining), during time period 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Very few customers due to early time and weather conditions. The Amtrak train adds to the pleasant ambiance. The Gandy Dancer bread, pate, and butter were good as usual. The Martha’s Vineyard Salad was superb taste as usual. The Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta was pleasingly flavorful. The Raspberry Sorbet dessert was surprisingly smooth (not icy) with rich delicious taste. The server was good and attentive, with useful informed suggestions (raspberry sorbet). An excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegance on the Surface
    HighSociety
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food
    Dineoutoften
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The brunch was good except for the bacon which was very under cooked and the eggs were not warm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.