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Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor, MI

Gandy Dancer

4.7
4.7
5424 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Thu, Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (734) 769-0592

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mark Sanchez

  • Catering

    The Gandy Dancer also offers off site catering for corporate receptions, product launches & business lunches.

  • Private party facilities

    Housed in the historic Michigan Central Depot in Ann Arbor, Gandy Dancer offers an ideal space for any special occasion. Consider a menu of fine steaks and the freshest seafood, enhanced with a historically-elegant atmosphere, for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Kristina Spurlock: (888) 986-3911

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,424 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Scenic View

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Special Occasion

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Seafood

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Most Booked

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Overall

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Food

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Service

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Ambiance

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for Groups

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for Lunch

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Special Occasion

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

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  1. AC

    AveryC

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Atmosphere was lovely, as always…food good too

  2. B

    Bdaygirl

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very nice atmosphere, excellent service and food. Seafood and veggies tasted super fresh, wine pretty decent at price level. Overall a winner for me, will def keep coming back for special occasions.

  3. DT

    DeborahT

    Manitoba

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Gazpacho was very good. Seafood trio was tasty but the salmon was overdone.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Salmon was good. Prime rib horrible, chewy like beef jerky. Lukewarm water. Restaurant nice atmosphere. Disappointing. Won’t return.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Father’s Day

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent and prepared as ordered. My salmon was a perfect medium rare. They know how to cook seafood!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The side door onto the patio is too heavy!! Especially for waitstaff with trays etc. it’s cruel.

  9. OT

    OTownFoodie

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Gandy Dancer has always been a favorite of mine. Not this time. I'm not sure if the pandemic caused the quality or training to suffer but I was less than satisfied this go around. Oysters on the half were not shucked right being still attached by the muscle. The Mussels were flavorless and over steamed. Swordfish catch was very good. Service was excellent and all the staff we encountered were pleasant. All in all I won't eat here again.

  10. EN

    EllenN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Beautiful old train station with delicious food and great service. We will return.

  11. RS

    RandyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The scallops and vegetable couscous seared, roasted shiitakes, spring pea purée, dill cream was excellent!

  12. H

    Hilda

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were outside by the street by choice. There was an event in the outside rooftop so that seating was not available.

  13. CN

    CynthiaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely ambience. Memorable place for special occasions. Wait staff are welcoming, attentive, and they do not rush diners through the meal. We definitely plan to return.

  14. A

    Amanda

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Very cool venue. Our server was nice. The food was just ok. I expected better food for the price. The lobster bisque was overly salty and a strange flavor. I sampled many types of seafood and it was underwhelming.

  15. BJ

    BigJeff

    Toledo

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Came to the Gandy Dancer to celebrate our son’s 23rd birthday. Great food and service, as always!

  16. TS

    TammyS

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fabulous. We went to Gandy Dancer for the second year in a row to celebrate our anniversary. Did not disappoint. Good was magnificent, service impeccable. Truly an magical experience.

  17. b

    bobk

    Detroit

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding dinner and great service. One of the best places in Ann Arbor for dinner. Great cocktails too.

  18. J

    Johnathanwb71

    Columbus

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visiting and a great experience. The food was fantastic, even the kids menu was excellent. The halibut was truly excellent. The service was very good and Fred, the server was truly exceptional. An all around great experience.

  19. l

    louisep

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    The Gandy Dancer seemed tired to me. From the worn out carpeting to the scratched up plates. The presentation of the food was not on par with fine dining today. The food was decent and classic but not remarkable or memorable. I have not dined there in about 5 years. I would not put it on the list of places I would return. The waitstaff were very pleasant. It seemed as if they were going through the motions but lost the desire to really present a great meal.

  20. K

    Kash

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience / excellent food. Kind staff/ intimate setting

  21. A

    Ace72

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, comfortable yet refined atmosphere

  22. RO

    RalphO

    Detroit

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Wonderful evening as usual. Prices have become out of sight but overall experience is excellent!

  23. g

    greatlakesgirl56

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent dining choice for lunch with a view of a passing train during the meal

  24. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh fish is always great. Lobster bisque and chowder are the best. Regular menu items are very good. Portions are appetizing (not huge which is not appetizing to me)

  25. J

    Jet16

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our chocolate Manhattan and Chocolate Martini were delicious. The Coconut Shrimp app was crispy but the dipping sauce was not flavorful. (Their Bang Bang Shrimp app is to die for). The Martha’s Vi years Salad can’t be beat especially if you ask for extra dressing on the side. My Hemingway Snapper was the star of the show and amazing! I will definitely order this again! Finally we topped off our anniversary dinner with my husband and daughter with a complimentary Creme Brûlée and fantastic Chocolate Truffle Cake (could have been a little more u set poked so the center was gooey). Overall great dinner and evening! We’ll be back as always!

  26. t

    tkrk

    Detroit

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Service by Nico was excellent. However, the food (in particular, the Mussels and the Dynamite Halibut) was too salty. The Tuna Poke was perfect, however.

  27. NS

    NumberSeven

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at Gandy Dancer. The food was outstanding and the service was exemplary. We will return.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classy, delicious,as always, excellent service, a fave for 50 yrs

  29. t

    terpfan4

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. My wife and I were happy with our total experience.

  30. DH

    DavidH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Joyful and satisfying

  31. RC

    RubinC

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The finest atmosphere and service in Ann Arbor! Always an enjoyable and delicious experience with the Gandy Dancer.

  32. t

    tkrk

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was great but the service was too slow, especially considering that it was a weekday lunch and the restaurant was not at all busy.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been a favorite of ours for many years, but seems to getting even better with every visit.

  34. S

    Susanb

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    This restaurant rarely disappoints as their chef does a wonderful job with all of his appetizers, entrees and desserts. The only "iffy" is the server - and unfortunately, this last visit we got one who was not very attentive or speedy.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Graduation

  36. L

    Looking4gems

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive server abs exceptional food!

  37. MY

    MeitalY

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was great, and kitchen went above and beyond to accommodate dietary restrictions, came up with a meal that was not on the menu and was really good! Thank you.

  38. JC

    JohnC

    Toledo

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Service with David was outstanding!

  39. C

    Czechgirl

    Detroit

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Renee did a great job serving us for my husband’s birthday dinner!

  40. S

    Sleighcvg

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    The hostess was frazzled when we walked in. The restaurant was, at most, half full and she sent us to the bar( we were 15 mins early). Took my husband standing at the bar for 10 mins to be acknowledged. Another 10+ to get a drink. Meanwhile, the 2 bartenders( bearded guy and younger woman with short strawberry blond hair) complained and talked loudly with the 3 servers standing around, about the management. The female bartender was being really snotty and rolling her eyes to her co workers. A family of 4 sat down next to us, but left after no one acknowledged them after 10 mins or so. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but we weren’t shown to a table nor could we get a cocktail to wait. Our waiter, Jordan, was completely uninterested in our dining experience. He kept forgetting things and when we asked some questions about the menu, we got an unenthusiastic answer. The restaurant wasn’t even busy, so I’m not sure why all the workers were so preoccupied with other things than the guests. It would have been nice to have the white table dining experience without the behind-the- scences politics and personalities. I feel like that is a reasonable ask on my part. That being said, the food was really good and served very hot. Compliments to the kitchen

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 5424 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 60 times today
Google Map for Gandy Dancer

401 Depot St Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street

  • Neighborhood

    Ann Arbor

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Thu, Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mark Sanchez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (734) 769-0592

  • Catering

    The Gandy Dancer also offers off site catering for corporate receptions, product launches & business lunches.

  • Private party facilities

    Housed in the historic Michigan Central Depot in Ann Arbor, Gandy Dancer offers an ideal space for any special occasion. Consider a menu of fine steaks and the freshest seafood, enhanced with a historically-elegant atmosphere, for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Kristina Spurlock: (888) 986-3911

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