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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Gandy Dancer reviews from OpenTable diners
302 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (228)romantic (155)good for groups (106)fit for foodies (103)scenic view (95)neighborhood gem (93)great for brunch (76)notable wine list (60)great for lunch (42)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (8)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Golfer56
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went to the Gandy Dancer to celebrate our anniversary. This restaurant had been recommended by a friend and the hotel we stayed at. We were very happy with everything. Both of our meals were excellent and the dessert was outstanding (white chocolate cheesecake). Our service (Vanessa) was great and made sure we had a good time and that everything was to our liking. We would definitely return and recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Classic, wonderful old train station. Very nice decor, great ambience, people, and food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    For the price you paid for brunch the quality of food was poor being a Muer restaurant. Very disappointing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • will be back
    pzgirl
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    what a nice way to spend a Sunday! The food and music were perfect. We had a great server. He took care of table maintenance, an art form that has gone by the wayside. It was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place and a change of pace
    Dubb
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a really great restaurant. Food was excellent and service was top notch! I really enjoyed coming here. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants an adult dinner whether it be romantic, family, friends, or business. Atmosphere and decore was truly a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Stealth
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food and great ambiance for special occasions. Special menu printed for our special occasion. Waiter was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a destination restaurant
    fortheexperience
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Valet parking made for an easy entry. We had a short time to dine before a concert but our server was fantastic. Wine and beer list was nicely varied. Warm bread with salmon pate was a tasty was to being the meal-also recommend the butternut bisque. My companion had the duck which he raved about for days. My pecan crusted mahi mahi was a bit bland after the plethora of explosive flavors to that point of the meal, but it was acceptable. Would definitely return when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returned again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Each time that we have dined here, it has special memories, thanks. Everything about the food, service, etc. remains great. Our server did a very wonderful job, also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • <3
    JGrant
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Out of all the places to go in AA...this is my fave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    WillBBack
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience......first time attending, will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    petes
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Eggs Benedict was tasty although they scrimped on the hollandaise sauce and it could have been a lot warmer. The made to order omelet was excellent. Everything else that I tried was excellent. The number of choices was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The customer service here is amazing. I had mentioned that it was my husband's birthday when making the reservation and he was greeted with a "happy birthday" when we walked in. It made his day:). They also brought out a creme brule with a candle in it for his birthday treat. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Pippi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went before the U of M game. We had excellent food, great recommendations and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was a great find for our weekend in Ann Arbor. Food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nocooking4me
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First ate here 25 years ago and the food did not disappoint. Our server was very pleasant but forgot our bread for about 15 minutes after we asked for it. The calamari appetizer was light and crisp. Portions were generous. Everyone in our party had a seafood dish and not much was left on our plates.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a (rail) stop!
    A2fanVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The Gandy Dancer is a unique restaurant set within the old Ann Arbor Railroad Station. The ambiance of a yesteryear is mesmerizing, but the service is modern-age great. The menu boasts a broad array of American fare and we were surprised by the quality and freshness of the seafood in particular. While the menu varies seasonally, the cranberry infused, pecan encrusted mahi-mahi was awesome and the apple embossed seabass delightful. The wine menu could use a tinkering between low-end drinkables and over-priced high ends, but the cocktail menu is great. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but not blown away
    youngkoter
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was a very good choice but it was definitely nothing special. Had the prime rib and it was okay. Wine list was fairly good. Had this tuna/avocado tar tar of sorts. Was a little flavorless honestly.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sentimental journey
    Seldomopinioniated1
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The beautiful stone construction of this classic era building carries one back to the age of the industrial revolution when many grand new enterprises were prospering in the Great State of Michigan. This old railroad station, built in the gilded age of rail transportation features the architectural detail that was common to that era. We watched over the tracks as a whitetail doe and her fawn evading a large house cat bold enough to believe he could fell an animal many times his size. The service was as fine as I have had in European restaurants and the autumn features on the menu were not only imaginative but truly delicious. The butter nut squash bisque was particularly tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food, drinks, view and service were all delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something for everyone
    MGM7
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We had a diverse group and everyone loved Gandy Dancer. The food was great - we could carry on conversation without shouting - the service was superb - they thought of everything! Wonderful experience and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    bloom
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was great many years ago and but when recently visited food was not as expected. Most food are too salty and was disappointing. Manager offered free desert but we just left after main meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I would dine here all the time if I lived closer....always a great dining experience from start to finish. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back!
    A2Redux
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have eaten at The Gandy Dancer for about 30 years. It is always exceptional, great food, excellent service, interesting venue. It is located in a former train station, so every so often a train goes by, right next to your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Johnkip
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had an awesome time on our anniversary dinner! service and food were top notch. Our waitress was very friendly helpful and made many suggestions for different menu items! Added bonus was the menu was personalized for our special day!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff
    Fran
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Overall, the waitstaff is very warm, genuine, friendly, and happy to see the customers. You feel as though they really appreciate your business.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our first anniversary
    lovebirds1
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I had an absolutely memorable time. Everything was perfect, from the time drove up to the valet parking, to the reception we received at the front, our table placement and menu noting our 1st Anniversary, the waitress Patty who was exceptional to the menu which was very selective and offered great choices, to the food which was superb (the best prime rib I have had in a very long time), through our dessert, the attention by the manager, the return to the valet with our car waiting for us. It was a perfect evening. Thank you
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, like always!
    spartanalum12
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at the Gandy Dancer this weekend. It was a special occasion so the menu prices were justifiable (it's a little pricey). As always, the food was incredible. The Dynamite Scallops are a staple appetizer for our family; we could make a meal of them! Even my sister who does not like seafood tried one and loved it. The recommended fish was fresh and the lobster was cooked to perfection. The drinks were great too. We hesitated ordering the autumn sangria in fear of it being too sweet, but it ended up being refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Claustrophobia
    KeithS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were seated in a small anteroom which I found, as the evening wore on, to be confining and uncomfortable. Restaurant was not that busy, but I understand that you sit your two-tops where you have them. Wasn't really able to enjoy the dinner. Now, the waiter was skilled, attentive, and service was excellent. Food likely was good, or better, but I was outside my comfort zone and didn't finish the entre. Room had not windows, room for one other two-top and a four-top.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not disappointed!
    Jm48108
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for our 45th Wedding Anniversary. We both just wanted an extra special meal to commemorate the occasion. We had a lovely mea. The food offered many choices, was well prepared and on the special side that we were looking for. The staff greeted us with anniversary wishes from the moment we arrived. Even our menu wished us Happy Anniversay!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent experience
    ProfessorVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I dine here often with business guest. Key is the ambience. Service is usually good but can be mixed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely birthday celebration
    Janet
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    In among my colleague Elaine's other birthday celebrations, I wanted to take this good friend out for a quiet birthday dinner where we could unwind after completing an especially busy time we'd had with a project. It was just a Wednesday night after work, but the staff made it special with Elaine's name on the top of her menu, a birthday dessert, and wonderful service that allowed us to have a leisurely time relaxing and talking. The Gandy Dancer is really a go-to place whenever you need a lovely setting, good food, attentive wait staff, and just an overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MuerFan
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Love coming to this restaurant great food and service every time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not impressed.
    Iwantedtoenjoyit
    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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always perfect
    Fancyfree
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    Zestruction
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion
    Yodel
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is a special occasion restaurant. The food is delicious and the service a great. We always go on University of Michigan's Parent's weekend with our son. It doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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  • Great Building!!
    specialoccasion
    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