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Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor, MI

Gandy Dancer

4.6
4.6
6115 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

11:30 PM


Booked 76 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 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: (734) 769-0592
  • 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

What 6,115 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

    Seafood

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Most Booked

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Food

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Ambiance

  • Ann Arbor

    Best Value

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for business meals

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for fine wines

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for special occasions

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

6,115 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Gandy Dancer for my daughter’s 21st Birthday. We’ve been to Ann Arbor about 9-10 times in the last three years and it was the best meal we’ve ever had by UoM! Please give our compliments to Chef Mark Sanchez! The oysters were very high quality and ever appetizer, entree and desert was 10/10

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and the waiter was wonderful!!!

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  3. FlatRockRay

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. Always great food and ambiance. Although we were in no hurry, the time to dine was about 2 hours.

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  4. ScottW

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy coming here. A bit pricy but good variety of different menu items.

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  5. elizab

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Gandy Dancer is a favorite, the food is always good and usually so is the service. This time, however, the service was lacking. Our waiter was very nice but not good. We didn't have time to finish our appetizer before our salads came. He asked if we wanted him to bring it back. "There's no room on the table and we're still eating," we told him. Then we had to wait a very long time to receive our salad. We had to ask for bread, ask to have our water glasses filled. One of the main entrees was not hot and what should've taken a few minutes took so long that I was almost done with my meal before the other entree was brought back. I tried to hold off but my meal was getting cold. Waiter checked on us one time only. We had to rely on another waiter to help us. Disappointed but perhaps he is new. I'll be back I just won't sit at his table. Food is great, however.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive but worth it! Parking can be a pain but not terrible. Really good food

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  7. shazam

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, and our server was great. Love the ambiance. Will definitely revisit.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrible food. Undercooked and bad flavor combos.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated at table for 4 along wall across from West windows and there was a table of 8 at window. The tables and chairs were so close waiters and diners could not get through. We had to ask to be moved - this should have been thought of before anyone was seated. Once we were moved, it was a pleasant experience with very good food.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I just enjoyed an outstanding Easter dinner!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent! Food was really good. Drinks okay

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  12. SacMan

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice location and beautiful dining area. Service was excellent, if not exceptional. The shrimp Scampi was ok, but the shrimp overcooked.

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  13. FKMAA

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience - great food, great atmosphere, really classy place.

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  14. RWandFriends

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Sarah Kate. She could not have been more friendly and knowledgable! She was one of the best servers we have had in a long time, and we dine out at least twice a week. Our table was never in need for anything; she anticipated our every need. The kitchen sent my food out incorrectly, and she had it re-preprepared and out to our table in minutes. The speed of the correction was stellar! And kudos to the manager for bringing the correct plate out to me with an apology and to verify my meal’s correctness. And cannot forget the rest of the staff. The dining room staff were superior to other establishments! If we had a finished plate at the end of the table, within moments it was removed. Everyone was very friendly, and truly seemed to like working at the Gandy Dancer. Thank you again for a wonderful meal.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our experience was wonderful. We really appreciated that it wasn’t too noisy - even with a table of 9 we could all hear eachother. Great service, atmosphere & menu

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  16. RobertW

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is a great place for seafood. Order the dynamite scallops, awesome

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  17. KiaH

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience with great people. Always a good time

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  18. DoreenM

    Miami

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy going to the Gandy Dancer! e celebrated Easter early and it was special with a wonderful choice in dinners. Always a treat !

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  19. JeremyJ

    Philadelphia

    389 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    389 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The two ladies at the front desk were exceptionally helpful and explained the history of this unique location. Dane the manager was very attentive as was the waitress Stacy who made excellent recommendations that were perfect. Definitely a local gem.

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  20. melindas

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience. We were celebrating an honors ceremony.

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  21. DexisMom

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was actually a surprise birthday dinner. The hostesses were amazing allowing us time before our reservation to set up table decor. There were 12 of us, our server, Zoey, was AMAZING. She was just the right amount of attentive. The food was delicious, everyone commented how good their food tasted. Overall a great experience!!

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  22. BearPath

    Nashville

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Gandy Dancer has always been a favorite of mine. Great ambiance, service and food. This trip was no different. My itch however, was that they have stopped selling Lobster which was my go-to dish. In addition, they didn’t have my Pinot Noir choice but, we survived. The waiter was very good and the alternative choices we made were prepared perfectly and well presented.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was decent. Service was decent. Atmosphere was decent.

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  24. MichaelM

    Detroit

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the history and ambience of the building.The service and food were outstanding and we are looking forward to coming back soon.

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  25. gg00

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with our son. Great service. Beautiful atmosphere

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good Food was okay -what you would expect from a high volume kitchen . Ambiance was nice

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  27. AndreaL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our dinner was very good and the service was great We always enjoy Gandy Dancer

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, salmon was wonderful. Dessert was a perfect ending with great coffee

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, just not happy about paying to park

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  30. GeorgeB

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scores high in all categories Dood service ambiance! Recommended highly

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  31. Carrie

    Detroit

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time..Thus was our 1st visit, the bread was delicious

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the best dinner with my friends over the weekend! We went for my birthday celebration and I am so glad we went here. Our waiter, Rodney, was the best!!! He made us laugh and was so nice and helpful. Gandy dancer is always a such a great experience, but I will always remember that dinner forever.

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  33. TimothyB

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience with the ambiance and train passing us. Excellent food and service. Rodney, our waiter, was very knowledgeable and timely.

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  34. KrisS

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at the gandy dancer. It was good. The only thing I didn't care for was the rice. It was just ok. It has some really hard grains mixed in, either undercooked or over cooked. The salmon and crab cakes were wonderful. My husband Has the prime rib, it was delicious, but the au jus was served cold. The brie appetizer was amazing, and would definitely recommend!

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  35. FoodThoughts

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had an excellent meal at Gandy Dancer and loved the location by the old rail line and the river. The historic building was really cool, and the history card in the foyer gave a nice overview of the restaurant and what a "Gandy Dancer" really is. My meal was excellent - from the bread with salmon pate to the fish chowder, through my dessert of key lime pie, everything was great. My entree of scallop and shrimp risotto was excellent and my server Paul took great care of me. I would definitely recommend Gandy Dancer and would go back for sure!

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  36. JasonW

    Louisville

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m very nice late lunch. Wonderful, setting amazing food. Just a wonderful time.

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  37. PaulS

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    While the setting remains delightful, the Landry’s mega-chain menu is disappointing and pricey for the quality of the food. Examples: the Caesar salad is very heavy on shaved Parmesan, but it is Kraft- grade parm; the ubiquitous coconut ginger rice seems like a minute rice box mix.

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  38. PamWong

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our lunch! Kelly, our server, never smiled. We all commented that she seemed less than hospitable but concluded that everyone has a bad day. It was such a contrast to the great service we’ve come to expect from the Gandy Dancer team.

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  39. Kimothys

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was nice and the service top notch. Zoe was great! Sadly, the food was disappointing. We had shrimp scampi which was without flavor and crab cake sandwich which was uninspired.

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  40. paulinam

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat at Gandy Dancer often and the experience is always amazing. Delicious food and great service.

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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 4.6 stars by 6115 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 76 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (734) 769-0592
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