Gandy Dancer

4.6
4852 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4852 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLeslieD
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience, very Covid- friendly. Will miss their outdoor space over the winter.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin was an amazing sever! Thanks for the great experience

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Lovetoeat
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Gandy Dancer, especially for birthdays. It was my husband's birthday, so of course we had to celebrate. They provide a personalized menu for the birthday guest, and complimentary creme broule´. The food was outstanding as usual, and the ambiance was soothing and relaxing.

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BossHawg
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent. Food great. Atmosphere a plus. Great date night

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Very pricey.

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Aaron
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was cold! Super pricey and would have possibly been worth it if the food weren't freezing.

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ChristopherR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was good and the food was above average but I feel it didn't match the price. Basic meals without depth. I felt the server was attentive but the ambience and experience was ruined by the sale of the restaurant group point club, I felt I was flying a second rate airline and was being pushed into a frequent flyer program. I thought I was going to a local restaurant and would've been fooled until the server pushed twice for me to join the national laundry's program.

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RobertM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated Veterans Day. The respect in honoring my husband started at the door and continued until we left.

Wait staff was very attentive and engaged.

Meal was excellent as always.

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pkstill
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been at the Gandy Dancer a number of times over the past few months. I went the first time because they had outdoor seating. I went the rest of the times for the food. Gandy Dancer's reputation has waned, but I think they're one of Ann Arbor's best restaurants now. Great fish, of course.

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vipDocAbraham23
Detroit
94 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good place
Building looks like castle
Server was great
Food was good
Nice outdoor patio
Too much traffic very noisy though

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DERRICKM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Dave our waiter, was awesome. Very attentive,but not overbearing.

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JillA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much. I would have given 5 stars but we waited over 20 minutes for our drinks.

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vipPatM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the service was excellent and the ambiance was nice.

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AndrewN
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you've never been, a very neat place to go. Service is top notch and food is great!

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JohnDoe
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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John
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Justin was great. He slow played the meal because my wife and I did not have any other plans.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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MikeC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow...just some of the most delicate fish I get regularly when I go here for a dinner. Amazing Mahi Mahi coated with a wonderfully tender crab meat. Delicious to the last bit and I cleaned the plate !

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vipLynneM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointing. Two of us ordered prime rib and it was cold, way too salty and the au jus had coagulated fat on top. When asked how it's prepared, the waiter indicated that it sits under a heat lamp then before it's served, they dip it in the au jus to "heat it up." Gross. I indicated I didn't want it and instead of offering me something else, the waiter said he'd send a manager, who eventually arrived when my husband was nearly done with his dinner. I got a salad. My son, who had the other order of prime rib, sent his back to be warmed, and his rare piece came back well-done--must have thrown it on a grill? This was all preceded by being told that our request to sit by the fireplace could not be honored because they just sat someone there are didn't see our request. Really?

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AngelenaZ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an Ann Arbor restaurant they should have a peice of paper with the barcode to get the menu instead of throwing paper away and wasting trees. Additonally, you should have paper straws and not plastic for the environment. Every other restaurant in Ann Arbor has the above mentioned.

I won't recommend anyone coming until these are in place.

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Fred
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best dining experience I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. The dynamite scallops was a top 3 food item. 11/10 recommend this establishment.

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Datenighter
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we've had at the GANDY in years. The service was great. The social distancing appropriate.

EVERY. COURSE. PERFECTION.

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Charlatte5
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance of historical building along with the excellent food and service.

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vipGrammy
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here certainly will return soon.

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cindy
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside near a heater. Can’t comment on ambience, we were glad to be warm!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, perfect service, perfect table by the window, food was excellent, my lady loved it and that's what matters most.

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MATTG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The dinner was a mixed bag with some dishes (i.e. the Calamari as a starter) that were excellent and others not especially distinctive. 2 of our 6 guests ordered steaks (1 strip and 1 petite) that were well cooked and seasoned. 2 of our 6 guests ordered a special - sole stuffed with crab. It was interesting, well seasoned, and distinctive. 1 of our guests - the guest of honor for a birthday celebration - ordered the Sea Bass. It was unbelievably salty but the texture was excellent. It took for ever to catch the waiters attention - there was no table visit - and the entre was served with the guest having no silverware! Finally, the Sea Bass was cleared - but a new dish took an extended period, and so the guest was out of synch with others that finished their dinners. The refire on the Sea Bass was correctly seasoned, but was a little chewy and undercooked. The 6th guest had a "special" salmon dish that was unremarkable. The desserts were excellent - although the pink cream garnish was not needed and added nothing to what was a spectacular key lime pie. Rodney was in the weeds all night long - he tried - but could have used a busman or even a front of the house manager. Bottom line - in spite of best efforts, service was choppy (and we came at 4:30 when it was dead). Even though this was an unremarkable dinner (expectations were high) - I would probably still go back. 2 of the guests had great pre dinner cocktails. The wine list was interesting and fairly priced. Its just that the dinner - service and food - were a mixed bag. There was also an incident in the Men's Room with a staff member - but I do not want to bias others that might read this review as I would consider this incident so unusual. I will communicate with the restaurant in a private note. Maybe this wasn't our night - give it a try but lower your expecations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! Amazing scallops !

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JandJ
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - can be expensive though. Service was excellent.

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terry
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and

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SethP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 1st year wedding anniversary here. Service was excellent and food was amazing. They even had customized our menus with a “happy anniversary” message for us and tied it neatly in a bow to take home as a memento. We had never been to The Gandy Dancer before but we will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Our server was terrible. Poor and slow service. She hit my niece (age 22) in the head not once but twice with serving tray. She reached 3 ties across my husband and plate to refill coffee. She was terrible and I hope we have someone nicer with more experience with skill to be our server.

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vipChicagoAngels
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was excellent. We told them we had someone in our party with nut allergies and they were careful and attentive to the orders and provided nut free alternatives.

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rosiec
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place ! I had celebrated my birthday with my immediate family .
Nice to dress up . Great atmosphere

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KimbaZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood in a old fashioned setting! Would highly recommend.

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Vicki
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food: 4/5 THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH BISQUE. Amazing. The salmon pate that came with the bread was also quite delicious, especially for a complementary spread. The vanilla creme brûlée was also very yummy. Mussels and crab cakes were good. The scallop appetizer was very flavorful but would’ve maybe liked it a bit lighter, it was quite a heavy crab sauce that came with it. Also shoutout to Waleed who was a very friendly and helpful server!

Service: 2/5 We also came an hour before our reservation thinking it was gonna be very free at 4pm on a weekend. It was indeed quite empty and yet they still made us wait at the bar for an hour before seating us in their beautiful outdoor tented area with dozens of table, ALL of which were COMPLETELY empty. It was fine for us as we weren’t hungry and enjoyed having the entire tent to ourselves for a little while but it didn’t make sense to have us wait when there were no tables or people to wait on but there were other people in the restaurant eating so they still have working staff and kitchen. A more sensical explanation would have been appreciated. But again our server was great.

Atmosphere: 4.5 The outdoor tent with large heaters, beautiful string lights and lanterns next to a mini garden area was honestly quite charming. Inside was nice, bar was a little small.

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vipNeko
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building and great food. Restaurant did a great job of social distancing guests.

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Carolyn
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were warmly greeted at the entrance. Our server made us feel very welcome. Service was excellent. Where many places find service and friendliness a lost art, Gandy Dancer values their customers

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined "outside" under an enclosure with heaters. The tables were spaced for social distancing. Our server, Justin, was attentive and friendly. We were fortunate to have him as our server on a previous visit, an he remembered us. We ordered shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, coconut shrimp and key lime pie. Food was excellent.
Perfect evening.

FAQs

Gandy Dancer offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (734) 769-0592.

Gandy Dancer is rated 4.6 stars by 4852 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.