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Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor, MI

Gandy Dancer

4.6
4.6
6086 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 58 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 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–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 6,086 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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 business meals

  • Ann Arbor

    Great for fine wines

  • Ann Arbor

    Romantic

  • Ann Arbor

    Good for special occasions

  • Ann Arbor

    Most Booked

6,086 Reviews
  1. Kimothys

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. paulinam

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. BRADLEYY

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good however very costly for what you received. Our table was seated next to a heat vent and it was very uncomfortable.

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  4. Bean3

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time at Gandy Dancer. Good food, prompt and friendly service, and the fun of two trains going by during our meal (to the cheers for the staff and patrons).

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  5. JohnN

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten dinner at Gandy Dancer several times. It’s a great place for dinner and we love the pomegranate martinis. The only comment I have regarding our latest visit is that the food was not hot when it got to our table. Hot food should always be a priority, especially at a finer restaurant.

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  6. 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
    Everything was amazing, food, service was excellent. There was a one problem however, the Vale drivers are HORRIBLE. I am still giving them a 5 star review since Vale is a third party company but the drivers are incompetent. One them slammed his hand down on my car 3 times to stop my from “hitting” the car behind me. I was backing up a few inches so the car in front of me could get out and after the Vale drivers slammed his hands on my car I asked him what he was doing he proceeded to cuss and yell at me. Once this happens I went to make a complaint to the manager and the Vale Driver followed me inside and began harassing me saying nothing was going to be done. Ending was very frustrating but the food and service was so well that I would still recommend going, just keep an eye on Vale.

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  7. AlexisB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience from the start! Our sever was amazing with our 2yo daughter and was prompt with drink refills/followups. The valet were also great with our daughter and offered her a new bag of Cheetos she saw and was asking for. Great experience and we will definitely be back!

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  8. NataschaB

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit underwhelmed which is disappointing. We love the Gandy Dancer and go often. Our service was Ok and the food was ok-- pretty cold by the time it got to our table. Ordered wine to go with dinner and had to remind waiter to bring it out after we were nearly done.

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  9. RobertG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive and food should be elevated to reflect price.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely! Haven’t been to the Gandy Dancer in years and I had forgotten how good the food was, how pleasant the atmosphere and attentive the service.

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  11. DonnaP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitstaff was very friendly, attentive and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers (soups) and main seafood meals. Overall this was a very nice dining experience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful, historic building. The atmosphere is excellent, as are the food choices. Waitstaff is knowledgeable and attentive. When in Ann Arbor most definitely make time for the Gandy Dancer.

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  13. RS14

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal at Gandy and the place itself is fantastic.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good but slow. Need more seating for longer wait times. The server in the other area didn’t like us waiting there although it wasn’t a crowd and that’s where we were directed to sit until our table was ready. In addition, when I picked up my car from Valet service I asked the older guy how much did we owe and he informed me that the valet service was free. I said thank you and proceeded to leave a tip. He felt the need to tell me how much others tip. That was unusual to me.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Super loud. Mahi was fantastic. Busy night service was slow.

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  16. CamilleP

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal celebrating my mom's 93rd birthday. Our server (who looked like Ben Platt) was attentive; the food and cocktails were delicious.

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  17. StephM

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good. We were disappointed that the first few things we ordered were out of stock.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I wanted to do a date night. We had a reservation for Gandy Dancer but it took ten minutes to get a table, go figure. The experience started off when the waiter didn’t provide plates for the bread he put out, nor did he provide silverware necessary to spread the salmon dip on the bread or to cut the crispy duck entree. By the time he came around to give us the tools we needed the food was cold. When I tried to get his attention with my soft voice, he ignored me then when I called him a little louder he still didn’t acknowledge me but did hold his hand up to silence me and kept going. I’m sure the fact that we were minorities played into why we were ignored. Not a biggie, seeing this is the norm for these “fancy” Ann Arbor restaurants that happen to be in our neighborhood but still shows how privileged even the waiters are.

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  19. John

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food deliver with excellent service. Outstanding experience.

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  20. AlanC

    New Orleans

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was exceptional. Great place to eat

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve dined here before and it has become a favorite. The food is always top notch and the service impeccable. Highly recommend it!

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  22. adam1

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gandy Dancer NEVER disappoints whenever im im town I make it a point to visit for dinner . My friend and I love the semi-quiet atmosphere the food is superb and the service top notch our server Fred was very knowledgeable and very attentive the drinks he recommended were spot on ,I highly recommend dining here it’s worth every dime!!

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  23. TracyR

    Detroit

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful server. She was very attentive and we never wanted for anything. I only took away a star because the kitchen was slow. The wait between soup and entree was long, but that won’t stop me from going back again.

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  24. Aussie

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately not our best experience. Shrimp scampi was overcooked and dry. Seabass was delicious but side dish did not compliment it at all. Probably canceling my valentines reservation now.

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  25. SCSfromMI

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We have visited many times (starting in 1970's) but were disappointed with this visit. We were a party of 5 and our reservation was at 4:30 PM, not a particularly busy time. We were seated in a busy hallway right by the front door. Our table actually impeded foot traffic through the hallway. It was very noisy and drafty. When asked if we could be reseated, the response was no, we asked why, they responded that they were understaffed. Curious - no other table because they were understaffed? Did departing employees take tables when they left? Like Gin and Tonics? Order a glass of wine instead. Interesting side note, when ground pepper did not arrive with the salad, we discovered that both salt and pepper shakers contained salt. Took shakers from another table - both filled with salt. In fairness our congenial waiter did appear to be overworked. He tried his best. If you like Chuck Muer restaurants, try the Chop House in Rochester.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday lunch. We each had a salmon dish for our main course, and both were delicious. Coconut shrimp as an appetizer and it also did not disappoint. Service was great and our table by the window was a huge plus! Definitely would go back.

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  27. PlymouthMISam

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was excellent! We ran late but called them, and they saved our window-side table for us. The food was excellent - from the salad to the entree to the dessert. Service was also excellent. Valet parking was free and welcome in the rain.

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  28. Laurie

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Gandy Dancer and have been part of the Dining program for a LONG time, and miss it so much since moving from the area. We were recently in town and dined here and it was as always, fabulous. Wonderful soup, fish preparations, and love the salmon/fish pate. The interior is so charming and we love it when trains go by. We sat near the fireplace and it was lovely. Service was immecable. Highly recommend and we cannot wait to return.

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  29. Stef

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful and delicious meal off of an extensive and creative menu. Lovely ambiance and outstanding service. Expensive, but worth it. Haven’t been in a long time and made me realize we need to do this more often.

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  30. CandaceK

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I could not have been more impressed by our lunch at Gandy Dancer. Lovely atmosphere, fantastic service, and the food and drinks were soooooo delicious. I especially enjoyed the Purple & Blue, a gin cocktail, and the Butternut Squash soup. I had to murmur "mmmmmm" every time I tasted both of these amazing creations. This was my first time at Gandy Dancer because we live about 45 minutes away, and we were in the area for other plans, but we will be making the trip out again soon. It's worth the drive.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time as always!!!! Will be back for sure!!

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  32. StephanieS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Love the elegant ambience. It was a little chilly in parts of the restaurant - probably because it was below zero outside! Our server was great and moved us to a warmer spot. He was very attentive to us but not intrusive. Every staff member we encountered was very nice - including the valet parking attendant. A REALLY nice place to have a special meal.

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  33. janncan

    Detroit

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated on a window on a very frigid day when there were many table openings that were in warmer areas. We ordered a filet mignon and coconut shrimp. The filet was very good. The coconut shrimp was barely cooked--you could see the insides were almost transparent vs white and fully cooked. I was not impressed with the cut-up mango as the topping--I would have preferred a mango sauce. When I went to pay, I produced a gift card for $50 that I received as a Christmas (eGift Card Number 6178 3848 5307 4531). I was told it was already used. I was flabbergasted! I should have asked to speak to the manager, but at the time, I was flustered and just paid the bill. I subsequently made a complaint with Landry's and I'm awaiting a response.

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  34. AmyH

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience. Our server, Bill, was professional and well informed with his recommendations.

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  35. DonaldV

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All the food choices were at best only fair. Have dined here many times in the past with much better food quality.

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  36. Mountaingremlin

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner with the girlfriend. Great service, great food, and one of my favorite atmospheres in AA. Highly Recommended!

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  37. DVAN

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. Apple Jack Sea Bass was one of the best I have had! The train passing by is always fun to see.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Gandy Dancer is one of our favorite restaurants and we were pleased to have secured a reservation for NYE. We were joined by another couple. The valet and wait times were very good. We were shocked with how quick the food arrived (almost too quick between appetizers and main dishes). It was a little rushed to be honest. The things that really put a wrench in the evening for us what our waiter and the drink time and lack of ingredients for cocktails. We were told on 3 different occasions that they couldn’t provide a drink that was on their menu because they didn’t have the ingredients. When we finally ordered the drink, it took 20 minutes 2 times to actually receive the drinks. Then when we asked for the check, we had to ask another waiter for the same check because 20 minutes went by again. I don’t think we will be in a rush to go back to this restaurant since we drive 40 minutes to go there and we chose this place because we’ve never had an experience like this before.

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  39. Clam451

    Detroit

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely NYE dinner for six. Noise is very, very high but that is my only nudge and it’s likely not solvable. We all love the venue, service was impeccable. Wonderful setting for a special event.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the ambience and waitstaff were all outstanding. Gandy Dancer continues to be a go to for our family for special nights.

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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 6086 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 58 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 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–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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