Gandy Dancer

4.6
4052 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and so special

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SC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Gandy Dancer is our go to spot for any special celebration in our family. The service is top notch and the variety of food is perfect for any palate. We love teh charm of clapping as the trains go by and the ambiance is unique and special.

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RF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. One of my favorites. Just don’t order the calamari. It’s dressed up with greens and peppers but the portion of calamari is minuscule. The rest of my party were very pleased with their fish dinners. Dessert was also very good.

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L
Northern MI
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the old train station. Beautiful!

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CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Salmon was great, the cooked carrots were raw carrots, the rolls were cold, we requested hot sauce with the rolls and had to ask twice.

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Z
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Ambience is great. The old railroad building is fantastic. Our server was outstanding. Knowledgeable, polite and timely, simply great. The food was very mediocre. Plating was haphazard, food was lukewarm at best and for $37 for my entree way way overpriced. We expressed our feeling with the server who offered to take it back but we declined as I feel that putting it in a microwave would further deplete whatever flavor the halibut had. Just disappointing as the initial rush one gets when entering a beautiful place and looking at the menu which is pricey, but who cares when overwhelmed with the ambience, is deflated by such mediocre food. A $230 bust!

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c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

This was the worst buffet ever, cold, tasteless, dried out food, save your money, no buffet.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All good except there should be appropriate plates at each station during brunch.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious with so many options! Would absolutely go again and highly recommend for picky and experienced eaters.

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HH
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Award received

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, Great food. What a fantastic experience!

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G
Detroit
42 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This historic little gem has aged charm that made for great ambiance, and when paired with the exquisite food and attentive service, made for a fabulous dinner. We started with the East Meets West appetizer - with two different preparations of tuna - then moved on to Caesar salads, grilled Octopus, and Sesame Crusted Tuna. All were fabulous and appropriately portioned. Timing of the servings was well-managed, allowing us a relaxing meal, and the wine selections provided a good range of varietals and prices that allowed for a great choice (Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir) without draining the bank. Nicely done !

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SV
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. 15 minutes late setting us for our reservation. Food was very average for the price.

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The hostess was great and seated us early when she didn't have to. Unfortunately, the rest of the experience wasn't great. The whole restaurant staff seemed "off" while we were there. Waters weren't refilled, the waiter spilled a drink on my wife and didn't offer any type of compensation, food was not worth the price including the side of asparagus which were at least the size of a quarter around. Was expecting a visit from the manager to check in but never saw one. Spent over $200 on the meal and can definitely say it wasn't worth it.

We had heard nothing but good things about the Gandy Dancer from friends and co-workers. Just hoping the staff had a bad night but can't say we will be in any rush to go back.

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FD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place for special occasions. Always enjoy our visit.

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N
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service and Food were absolutely excellent. We truly enjoyed the entire experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, the atmosphere was very classy, and the service was great. We loved our server Brandy, she made the night perfect! A great way to celebrate my birthday!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, the food, the service, the price. Can’t wait to go back the next time I’m in Ann Arbor. A train even went by why we were eating!

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Although we arrived early, the Gandy Dancer staff was very accommodating. Our server, Laura was great! She has just the right mixture of great service skills and humor. As it was my wife's birthday and she really enjoyed her self.

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Wondetful meal. Great setvice.

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SO
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of nine had a wonderful dinner, and our server was outstanding!

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E
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife here for her birthday. The interior is charming and provides great ambiance. The food was simply amazing - delicious with reasonable portions and nice presentation. Our server (Emerald) was informative, polite, and anticipated every need. The Gandy Dancer is top notch and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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R
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my hubby and bf out for a surprise bday treat and they are still talking about how fitting it was for a seniors bday brunch not a lot of kids running around and the Prime Ribs was off the chain .

You could talk and did not have go shout. Thanks for making a 74 year old and a 69 year old smile.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good!
Just wish it would be more lights at buffet area.

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RA
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, service, and overall experience. I was very impressed with everything. The waiter was wonderful and attentive. The food was beautiful and tasted just as delicious as it looked! Thank you for a wonderful evening. My family enjoyed themselves.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Whether it is a casual night out or special occasion, from the moment you pull up to the complimentary valet parking to the scrumptious dessert you will not be disappointed.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food. Our server was fantastic!! Price wasn’t

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, ambience! Will be back!!

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RN
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, classic dinner chioice. Always first-rate.

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TB
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with fabulous food and great service! Had the snapper Hemmingway and it was delicious! The fish was prepared perfectly and we saw two trains go by while we were there. We will be back soon!

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PR
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Grandsons birthday lunch.... thank you to all who went out of their way to make it such a fabulous lunch....

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FK
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday experience as well as value with two $25 awards to cash in on

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CG
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our server was very good, food was wonderful and the ambiance was ideal. We will be back!

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RH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very balanced food menu with option for all tastes and preferences

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

There for brunch on Sunday, reservations were for 1:30, buffet ended at 2:30, so time was limited to eat. Food was good, had scrambled eggs, hash browns, green beans, shrimp, toast, salad and fresh fruit. Everything served was good, but no outstanding dishes that you couldn't get at any breakfast restaurant. Other family members had prime rib and salmon, which she stated was very good! Good coffee and just ok bloody Mary.

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CW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time experience there. We had the Sunday brunch, good assortment. Service was very good. Will definitely be back.

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SS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a date out for my hubby & I. We decided to splurge just a wee bit, and we definitely got our money's worth with the Sunday brunch!

The variety of foods to choose from was outstanding.... all of it well prepared, beautifully presented, and very tasty. Fresh fruits and salad, several different types of meats and seafood, fresh made waffles and omelets, and lots more!

The service was top notch, and we spent a leisurely 90 minutes eating our fill of the offerings and listening to the live jazz quartet... all the while being treated like visiting royalty. We will definitely be doing this again some time!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, very kind timely and courteous helpers, great food as usual, it was a bit cold

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dined here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Wife had clam chowder and lobster I had lobster bisque and crab legs. All we good, I enjoyed the crab legs very much, lobster was good, not great. Complimentary creame brûlée was nice touch. All in with couple of drinks and bottle of Champagne about $300. Not too bad but have had better value, ambiance is unique, sat by window and saw train pass. They were very busy but took good care of us, not easy to do when so busy, appreciated the effort of the staff. Overall an enjoyable experience and will return.

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