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Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor, MI

Gandy Dancer

4.6
4.6
5684 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 140 times today

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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 5,684 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Romantic

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Great for scenic views

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Seafood

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Overall

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Food

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Ambiance

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Innovative

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for groups

  • Ann Arbor

    Neighborhood gem

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for special occasions

  • Ann Arbor

    Lively

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night at the Dancer!!
  2. VN

    VinceN

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The evening was fantastic,the food, ambiance, and great service was exceptional.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I was a party of three. Two of us got food poising. Probably from the mahi mahi. The restaurant has yet to get back to me. I suggest avoiding the restaurant at all costs.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and superb customer care.
  5. SA

    ScottA

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. Food was well prepared and delicious. Ambiance excellent.
  6. MD

    MarkD

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was Great. The service was excellent and our dinner was amazing.
  7. P

    Peachy

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 5. We had a couple of apps, the scallops and crab cake - all wonderful flavors. I had the apple jack sea bass - again a wonderful blend of flavors (was slightly sweet). I had the martha's vineyard salad which was super yummy (I really like pine nuts)! We shared desserts - my favorites were the carrot cake and the key lime pie!! Nice atmosphere and a great server (Jeremy)!! It was a Sunday evening - not too busy.
  8. M

    Michaelf

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, good service amazing experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took our daughter to the Gandy Dancer for her birthday. It’s a beautiful and very unique building (former railroad depot with stone walls, heavy wood beams, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the tracks.) Somehow it makes a fine dining experience seem casual and comfortable. The food was excellent - from the warm rolls to the lump crab cakes to the plank cooked salmon - as was the service. Would definitely recommend.
  10. JH

    JohnH

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and Tiffany were terrific!
  11. P

    Partycook

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good food, service. & value. Our favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting the Gandy Dancer. First, what we loved: the food was delicious… our waiter was impeccable, professional, enjoyable and personable. It was a weekly date and the location made it special. Great ambiance. Reasonable prices for exceptionally made food. Fantastic carrot cake!!!! Are we going back? Yes! Only caveat: unless you valet, parking is a little complex. My husband doesn’t like using valet and we parked across the street (public parking). Crossing the street it’s a little scary. But, I enjoyed the Gandy Dancer so much, I can’t wait to return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was nice, ambience was great and my fiancé had a blast
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoy the lovely family dinner with our Michigan sophomore. First time for all of us, and we will be back!
  15. S

    Steve

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding and food quality and taste was as good as always
  16. j

    jamj

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant as always Consistent food , service Highly recommended always
  17. A

    Andre

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Gandy Dancer. Passed it dozens of times but hadn't dined. We arrived early and had drinks at the bar before our table was ready. The bartender was quick with suggestions and drinks were ready swiftly. When we got to our table, our server greeted us, ask if we wanted more drinks (yes). He gave us time to look over the menu. He was attentive, friendly and funny. Between the four of us, we had oysters, almond crusted brie, firecracker shrimp, lobster bisque, mediterranean clam chowder, prime rib, crab cakes, filet and shrimp. Everything, and I mean everything, was absolutely delicious! We left room for dessert and had creme brule and chocolate truffle cake. Both were outstanding. While it took a gift card to try it for the first time, Gandy Dancer will now be one of our go to places for a night out!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service! This was our first visit, and we will definitely be back!
  19. C

    Colleen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The noise level is getting so bad that after today we reevaluating use of the restaurant for anything more than happy hour. We like the food and service but if we can’t talk over lunch then why get together. Gratefully we were moved to a more quiet table at our request. Thanks to our understanding server!
  20. V

    Vinny

    Salt Lake City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great food
  21. DE

    DanielE

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Food is ok but not extraordinary. Very traditional dishes done with little creativity. Our waiter was ok but nothing special. He lacked attention to details that should be expected from a restaurant of this price level. The kitchen and the service need an overhaul badly
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food was wonderful and loved the atmosphere.
  23. LL

    LisaL

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The party of 3 was there, orders taken for soup and salad for everyone. Soup came but salads never did until it was too late to eat them. This was over an hour. The salads had to be boxed up and taken as carry out. This was a candidate interview lunch that went very poorly in terms of showcasing Ann Arbor and the Gandy Dancer. Service and getting your meal is usually slow but ok and part of the process but this was way beyond that and made 3 people go back to interviews without their full lunch.
  24. S

    Stephen

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and the backdrop is always stunning. Our server, Josh, did a fantastic job and really made a difference in creating a special evening.
  25. M

    Mindy

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal. The roasted vegetable ravioli was amazing. A must try!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing, fast, kind. The food was excellent. The restaurant was very pretty and made for a special New Year Eve dinner.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing staff!!
  28. WR

    WR2016

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The Gandy Dancer plank white fish was the worse white fish we have ever experienced. Thinner than the board it was presented on. The alcohol drink was a manhatan and we had to convince the waitress as it was not a scotch and water as ordered. Overall rating was poor as we use other Landry restaurants. We just came from Newport Beach Rusty Pelican where the salmon was the best ever for the same $$.
  29. IW

    IreneW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff was excellent and friendly. Food was perfectly prepared and delicious. Drinks were perfect as well. Highly recommend it
  30. S

    Stan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Please provide more vegetables with your entrees and more gluten free pasta possibilities. The price range was on par with other local restaurants on the level with the Gandy Dancer. In your advertisement please explain how the valet parking option works.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated anniversary
  32. LJ

    LizJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would say everything was spot on from the food to the service this is one of the very few places that actually get it right most of the time I end up sending my food back because it’s not cooked the way you ordered it. Thanks for the delicious dinner!
  33. JH

    JoHill

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I am not one to say much when I don’t have a good experience but this should be brought up. It was New Years Eve and we were so excited to come back to Gandy Dancer. We will not be returning. Our waiter was sub standard to say the least. I ordered the sea scallops and they arrived raw rubbery and chewy, I sent them back and they had simply warmed them up and returned them still too raw to eat, I decided to take them home and finish cooking them. We spent $150.00 for 2 dinners and left kind of sad and disappointed. Never again!!
  34. S

    Susan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gandy has been a family favorite for years. Cozy unique ambience and beautifully prepared classic dishes - outstanding seafood and beef. And did I mention they have the very best oysters in town? The servers are friendly and efficient and we always meet other friendly diners
  35. S

    sharonS

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Gandy Dancer is in a lovely historic building with several small intimate dining areas and some other larger areas as well. The restaurant is in a slightly "off the beaten path" street not far from the Amtrak station. It offers both valet parking and self-parking at convenient meters across from the restaurant as well as free street parking nearby. Service seems to always be top notch but not hoity toity. Food choices, preparations and presentations are good. Prices on high end but not unreasonable for what you are getting (the total package: ambience, food quality, selection and service). This last visit I knocked off a few points due to the music selections played during lunch on New Year's Day (prefer more relaxing music for dining) and the vegetable accompanying the meal was not very hot though the fish was perfect. Our request for a specific seating was honored--much appreciated! Gandy Dance remains one of our favorite places to dine!
  36. JW

    JohnW

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, good table. Worth the drive.
  37. D

    Datenighter

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    New Years eve fam gathering
  38. H

    Hamptoy

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went back but this time we double dated. Great conversation, great service, and GREAT food. Thank you Chelsea. Your service was amazing.
  39. AO

    A2inOrlando

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a after Christmas celebration with 14 family members. The service and food was fantastic. Everyone had a wonderful time.
  40. d

    dsbmmb

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, excellent duck entree! Very good service staff. Thank you!

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 4.6 stars by 5684 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 140 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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