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About Gandy Dancer

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.

401 Depot Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Early Bird: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Light Fare: Sunday: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(734) 769-0592

Website:
http://www.muer.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Band on Sunday's from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Live Band on Wednesday's from 6:00pm until 10:0pn through end of August.

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

Parking Details:
We offer complimentary valet parking all day, 364 days of the year.

Executive Chef:
Mark Sanchez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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.

Gandy Dancer Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (141)
Good for a Date (103)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
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Romantic (82)
Worth the Drive (72)
Good for Birthdays (72)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Scenic View (52)
Good for Groups (47)
Great for Brunch (46)
Cozy (46)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Notable Wine List (40)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Pre/post Theatre (40)
Business Meals (39)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Great for Lunch (33)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Authentic (27)
Casual (24)
Healthy (23)
Fun (20)
Tasting Menu (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Hot Spot (13)
People Watching (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Live Music (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Waterfront (4)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food. Service was outstanding. Great waiter. Will go back soon

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Only complaint was I was given half a glass of water and no refill.
Waiter realized it was a get together of people who had not seen each other for some time, and did not rush us and let us catch up. Nice.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

It seems there are too many tables near the aisles so it seems crowded ---but I guess you need to maximize the number of people .The people next to the aisles must tire of so many walking past them . I really like the atmosphere but will probably not go again . The food and service were excellent .

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

An excellent dining experience! Great food and ambiance and outstanding service. Special kudos to our server Lisa. Thank you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was a awsome evening. Everyone's dinner was very good The only one thing was at the beginning the waitress did not tell us she was preparing my husbands cherry smoked martini so we completely missed it. We realized it when our friend said I smell smoked smell I go darn I didn't realize she was making it so alittle disappointed. My husband said it was very good But all and all we defiantly will be back to enjoy your wonderful reasturant

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 8, 2017

My family arrived from out of town and we had such a wonderful experience at Gandy Dancer. The waiter was wonderful and they even asked for our valet tickets while we were paying so that the car can be pulled around before we got to the door to leave. A delightful experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 7, 2017

A little expensive but food is good and place is nice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I was unimpressed by our recent meal. Though the restaurant was nearly empty our service was slow and spotty. The food was not well cooked but presented nicely. Medium-rare steaks were served raw, e.g., we ran out of butter and our water glasses were not promptly refilled. And of course the bill was $300 for 4 people. Tough to swallow for a mediocre meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love the atmosphere, will return

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went here with my parents during parent's weekend and the food was amazing. I had the prime rib and it was super tender and juicy. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and we will definitely be back. We liked it so much that we made a reservation with them for graduation weekend. My only complaint would be that the service was a little bit slow. Not so much so that it would deter me from returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful service and the food doesn't disappoint. Yes, it's expensive but great place for a special celebration!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Gandy Dancer is frequently rated the best brunch in town, however it fails to meet that title. While the selection was impressive, the quality for most of the dishes was down right unappetizing. The worst: sausages were rubbery, the eggs were dry, the eggs benedict was not good at all. It wasn't a complete disaster as the cocktails were lovely, and my two favorites were the mac & cheese, and tater tots from the kids station. The server was very attentive, and the complimentary valet was nice because it was raining (even if the valet was parking in the public free spaces across the street so we had no choice to use them even if we didn't want to). Overall, for the price there are plenty of other options with an equally expansive selection, and certainly choices for better quality of food in the Ann Arbor brunch scene are abundant.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Just ok food. Nothing special.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always greay

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A fantastic restaurant . Excellent food and service and the nicest looking restaurant in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We frequent the Gandy Dancer as it is near our home. Everyone was to perfection, especially the wait staff/service. The only downer was the valet. For this classy joint, the valets looked like they were working a basketball game and not really all that gun-ho to give good service. No one opened my door for me as has always happened in the past (I like a bit of old-fashioned) & when we left, our car was sitting these (a good thing) running with no one watching it. The valets were inside --warming up (I don't know what they'll do when it gets cold...). That was my only disappointment........

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It's a beautiful venue that we found warm and inviting. It was lively, but you could still comfortably carry on a conversation. The waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious, especially the sea bass. Two of our three entrees came out luke warm. We sent them back to be reheated, but only one of the two came back remedied. The special smoked bourbon cocktail was interesting, but not enough alcohol to make it worth $20. Overall a nice place for a college town. We'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The old train station in Ann Arbor is a great backdrop for a dinner and service beyond compare. The waitstaff was professional and very knowledgeable with recommendations on food and wine, service was prompt, the atmosphere was light and lively. A wonderful evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had a great time, good service and good food choices from a creative menu. Will visit again when in Michigan.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful. The food was excellent--we were a party of 5 and had several of the seafood dishes, each one different, each one delicious. The rice with ginger was different and very good.

We were in the "farthest back" room and hoped it would be quiet, but there was a very large table with a family group there, and they were SO loud. It sort-of ruined the first part of our meal experience because we couldn't even talk across our round table and hear each other. Luckily they were on their dessert course, so the second half of our meal was quieter.

Our waiter seemed a bit arrogant, and put-out that we didn't order cocktails and that we were fine with tap water vs. bottled. None of us said anything but each of us mentioned it independent of the others afterward, so it must've been "a thing".

Still, despite those two issues, this was a lovely meal in a lovely setting. I recommend the Gandy Dancer for special occasion dining.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent service and delicious meals sitting close to the fire place on a cool fall evening. Excellent scallops, salmon and fabulous appetizers. The basket of home made breads were a treat and dark chocolate after dinner mints were amazing! Our waiter Michael was terrific and the valet was prompt and courteous

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great ambience but a little difficult to talk as it was noisy. A lot of food choices and the food was nicely presented and delicious. Our server was excellent. The entire staff was very friendly, including the valet that helped us cross the busy street after my husband dropped us off across the street. We will return.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We both ordered fish and both loved what we ordered. Our waitress was adorable and very competent. And, the piece de resistance was that the hostess noticed our request for a quiet table and placed us in a very quiet alcove. It was a delightful experience!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good overall, but perhaps resting a bit on its laurels? Wine list meh, at best. Food good but not great, especially the vegetable accompaniments which felt "stock," and not very creative. Fish portions just too small for the $$$. Portions should be 25-33% larger at this price point. That would bring them into a solid, yet still not oversized, zone. Whitefish is not crazy expensive wholesale, yet the portion seemed to reflect that is is. Coming from NY, I'm willing to pay for great food, but at NY prices this just does not make the cut. It could, though, with attention to above-noted issues, imho. I'd still go back, but mainly for overall experience of setting/passing trains/great service than for a rock-my-world pricey meal.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Incredible menu and great atmosphere. Great for groups.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The filet was not as tender as in the past but the trout was terrific.
Butternut squash soup wimpy.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great time with our friends on there first Sunday Brunch at Gandy Dancer. The buffet is so good it was almost overwhelming for our friends. We were so lucky that 2 trains passed while dinning.

Great day,

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Birthday celebration. Excellent brunch!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyable atmosphere. Excellent food. Superior service (except for lemon for our water - had to remind twice).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Casual, People Watching
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

IMPECCABLE SERVICE. FRIENDLY, NOT INTRUSIVE, POLITE.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had dinner at the Gandy Dancer with friends, who had not see in while. Everyone enjoyed the food and the table at the window was very comfortable. Excellent, knowledgeable service. Thank you!

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very fun restaurant relaxing not fast paced. Food is a little pricey but great on taste. The train going by was one of the highlights Cant wait to get bask next time in Ann Arbor

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I’ve been to the Gandy Dancer for both lunch and dinner, and was pleased both times. Great ambiance, food is delicious, and service was excellent. Would highly recommend this beautiful restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food and wait staff were wonderful. The hostesses were rude and unpleasant. I plan to go back but will realize that I will be treated badly until I am seated. Would have been an amazing experience without the condescension and rudeness at the entrance.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Went here for our anniversary. The place was beautiful, drinks were good, and the food was amazing! More reasonably priced than we expected too. Will be going back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was a Monday which may have contributed to the quiet-- which we appreciated. The service was efficient and friendly with the server making some good suggestions on both food and wine. Swordfish, in particular, was excellent. This is a high quality restaurant with a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food, indescribable. The service, incredible. The atmosphere, impeccable.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Over rated and disappointing. My swordfish was dry and everything else was just ok. For that kind of money, it should have been amazing.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food came cold, then they nuked it...my partner was already done eating...manager wouldn't comp anything...REALLY? love the atmosphere, but done here.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic seafood and superb service. We had the seafood trio and pecan whitefish. It was excellent as were the sides. You have to have the Martha Vineyard Salad, it is the best.

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