Gandy Dancer

4.5
5344 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
All across Ann Arbor, the Gandy Dancer restaurant is known for its creative preparations of seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Situated in the beautifully restored 1886 Michigan Central Depot, it is both an architectural landmark as well as an elegant restaurant. A popular wedding venue in Ann Arbor, the Gandy Dancer's fine cuisine and sophisticated, historic atmosphere make a grand setting for rehearsal dinners and receptions. One taste of the Gandy Dancer menu, and you'll see why diners all over Michigan choose it time and time again.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipRAUDIKAL
Detroit
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends for dinner and had a great experience. Service was great from start to finish. A good variety on menu for each course. The food was fresh and we enjoyed it.

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AmyM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The location is historic and very interesting. The food is good. The service was stuck in the same time as the building. My daughter is a vegan and when she asked if there were any options that she could choose from, our server very curtly said no and that they could only accommodate vegetarians. He informed her that she could have a salad and/or the vegetable pasta or the asparagus (the latter two she could not because the pasta had egg in it and the asparagus that was served had butter in it.) When my daughter asked if there were potatoes, the server did say that they had fries and so she settled on a salad with fries. The server's response felt very demeaning leaving my daughter feeling badly and coloring the rest of the meal for us.

Suggesting the pasta and not knowing that the asparagus was made with butter was further proof that the server was uninformed and untrained in what being a vegan means. I hope that the servers are more informed for people with a gluten intolerance and that they don't suggest something that causes major issues for another customer with a medical problem.

In 2021, all restaurants that are noteworthy and highly rated/regarded have options for everyone. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc. The server did not even go to the kitchen to see what could be prepared. Every restaurant that I have been to with my daughter in the last year and a half since she made this choice has always been accommodating. Either there were several options available, or the kitchen modified a dish. It's time to bring the kitchen into the 21st century or risk going the way of locomotive travel.

JB
JessB
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the old train station. Trains went pass twice. Service was very attentive. Food was really tasty. We would definitely go back.

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JeffT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and ambiance were first rate . Food was very good too. They paid nice attention to detail
an made our Anniversary experience very enjoyable !

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Gory
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and tasty. We enjoyed the historical settings and great service. More expensive than other restaurants with similar menu but the quality made it worthy. Good for celebrations with friends and family.

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vipLetaD
Naples
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to when visiting our students in AA. Had stuffed Salmon this time around so delicious and steaks also cooked perfectly. The train station has been lovingly preserved. We love sitting in the fire place room when It gets a bit chillier out, so cozy!!

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TesoroDiner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Not like it used to be. Food mediocre. Caesar salad tasteless. Mashed potatoes cold and pasty. Fish blah. Service from waitress attentive but bar and kitchen let her down. Drink order, long wait, water, long wait, food order, long wait, drinks came, long wait, bread came, long wait, food came. Couldn't wait to go home. Been there 100 times before pandemic. Sad for one of my former favorites.

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BrittanyK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Had a great dinner and service was excellent despite our server having a lot of tables.

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DW22
Detroit
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gandy Dancer never disappoints. We celebrated a birthday and the food and service were excellent.

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vipRobertM
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had an amazing dinner ... they honored our request for a quiet table and everything thereafter was superb. Very enjoyable dinner and we would love to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday dinner with our family at the Gandy Dancer was delicious! It was a great meal with a cool ambiance. Will definitely return!

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tkrk
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. Service could be a bit quicker. Elegant settings.

LD
vipLuv2Dine
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food. The staff at Gandy Dancer ensures that their customers receive a great dining experience.

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Ilovethisplavepleasegono
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff!! We really enjoyed ourselves. Even the guest were nice.

LM
LoisM
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have great food here. Along with attentive waitstaff it’s a favorite place for dinner.

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vipgarman
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. A truly great dining experience.

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HansH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Have been there several times, but this was the poorest level of service I have ever had. Ten minutes waiting to be seated, even though we had reservations for 2, and others just coming in the door with no reservations being seated ahead of us!
Main meal served shortly after salads arrived, and plates removed to make room for the main courses. Lobster served without drawn butter. No check back with us during the meal, so no drink re-order and no additional rolls.

I know it is tough finding help, but this was way below Gandy Dancer standards (unless those are now changed)

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RonE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Excessively expensive. Ordered Coconut Shrimp that was over cooked and lacked sufficient sauce to accompany the shrimp. After many many years of enjoying Gandy Dancer, will not be returning for a long while.

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vipWildbill
Tampa
262 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We came to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Our main courses were very good. However, I had the ceasar salad that was very dry since it had very little dressing. I asked for additional dressing, but it never came.

As a gift, Gandy gave us a complimentary dessert which I thought was classy.

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Homer
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It’s a fine place for dinner and drinks. Limited menu, featuring several seafood dishes. Only issue is ambience. Carpet, tables, even track alongside restaurant are well worn. Time for a refresher.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The valet and the hostess were wonderful, and Jeremy our server did it a great job. The food was very good.

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DebbieM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

service was very slow. Although the food was decent, it was not up to par for the prices.

The mussels were VERY fishy and my prime rib was rare although ordered medium rare. Unable to fix since waiter was too busy and didn't come back to table.

Not the same Gandy Dancer that I remembered.

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RSPKH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

the blackened cod was excellent!
the Cape Cod salad (?) was not very good - grilled chicken on top was tough & the dressing was not very good.
Key lime pie was good!

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robmclachlan
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was great as our server. Prime rib was outstanding. Creme Brulee was best I've had. A couple other tables were quite noisy... perhaps next time I go I'll make sure it's not game day at Michigan.

LM
vipLaurieMc
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before football game

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Ted3
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Continued quality we have always experienced at the Gandy Dancer. Menu more limited than usual, but likely COVID-19 related.

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stevef
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in a unique setting. Have maintained a high quality product over many years.

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rwrw
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

noise level was abnormally high. table next to us +-14 people was quite boisterous. we could not have a conversation at our table.

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AmyW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gandy Dancer is a must stop whenever I visit Ann Arbor. It offers a fine dining experience at an extremely reasonable price. We were ravenous when we arrived and were delighted to find that the complimentary bread service came with a smoked salmon pate. We ordered a full spread--cocktails, two appetizers, two entrees and a dessert-- with every single item as fresh and delicious as the last. The servers were attentive and personable and everything seemed to arrive in perfect cadence. This was one of those dining experiences that was still being talked about days later. Absolutely awesome!

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ggbinco
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening here on a busy football weekend in Ann Arbor. The tables were nicely spaced out due to COVID policies. Wait staff was masked appropriately. Food and beverages are perfectly prepared although moderately expensive. It was a perfect evening prior to a great festive football weekend. Shrimp and Parmesan snapper as a special entree was fabulous. Salads were all delicious and generous portions, enough to share.

JR
JaniceR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. We have even used them for a special function. To this day people tell us it was the best.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for 45 years. The Gandy Dancer was excellent the first time I came, and it is still excellent today.

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vipTodd
Cleveland
30 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

good decor but found the food a bit underwhelming. Steak was a bit over and under seasoned.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Really good service and delicious food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

It was a great atmosphere and the service was incredible. Only thing better was the food.

They even printed “Happy Anniversary” on the menus. It was great

JN
JohnN
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food was great. Would like to see some restrictions on the dress code. Ripped jeans and and gym shorts should not be allowed. Unfortunately we saw a couple of each during our visit.

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RandolphF
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The menu has changed and the proportions were a bit disappointing. I had the snapper and it was a bit overcooked and the dynamite scallop appetizer and it was not as expected. The scallops were about the size of a nickel. The presentation was very good.

JH
vipJosephH
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue is wonderful, in an old train station. The food is consistently good and the service is impeccable. Strongly recommend

JM
JitendraM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Service is good as well. Train is near if you are there at the right time.

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Vatch
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best restaurant around Umich central campus. The old train station is very classy. You get what you paid for. Great foods, drinks, desserts, and services. Reservation in advance is strongly recommended.

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You can order delivery directly from Gandy Dancer using the Order Online button. Gandy Dancer also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 769-0592.

Gandy Dancer is rated 4.5 stars by 5344 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.