Gandy Dancer

4.7
5046 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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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 5046 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gandy Dancer is always great. Great food and service we always enjoy coming back.

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EdwardM
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was good however the shrimp was very over cooked.

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CurtE
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lunch for our 25th anniversary! Calamari, Lobster Bisque, and poppy seed rolls were top notch. Hostess and Waitress were super nice and attentive! The creme brulee was fantastic. Will be back for sure.

The only bad thing is the trash outside just beyond the railroad tracks. Needs to be better maintained.

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ShauntaiD
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to the Gandy Dancer and service was great, food was awesome, but unfortunately the temperature of veggies and rice was low not hot but still good

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vipFrancescoF
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food & Service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday

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vipKittenpurs78
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I had reservations set up 3 weeks in advance but when we arrived the hostess told us that the dining room was all booked so we could sit in the bar area that appeared to be first come first serve because she didn’t take us to the table. We sat at a high top table in the bar area. Our waiter John was excellent and the food was good. My only complaint is that they don’t have a side salad to order with the meal just dinner size salads. When we left we again asked the hostess why with a reservation were we not seated in the dining room and she said when you make a reservation you have to request the main seating area. I didn’t know that because it was my first time there. It was very strange. The manager then said that they book up 3 weeks in advance but we had a reservation?? The bar area did get very loud.

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FatherandDaughter
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only advice would be to add the Valet Parking tip to the bill! I felt bad that I could not tip the Valet attendant, since I had no cash. I'm guessing that they are getting used to not getting paid since almost no one has cash anymore??? That really needs to be fixed and not ignored.

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James
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to eat in Ann Arbor, great menu and the service is top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. Always exceeding my expectations!! Excellent service and not matter what you order everything is delicious 💕

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vipMaryT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Easter dinner was had by all. Food was delicious, atmosphere was fantastic, and from a covid safety culture perspective there were no worries.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

After spending $179 for two for an Easter dinner that was beyond disappointing, I am still feeling bummed out about the experience. I tend to eat out a lot and going out to dinner should be an experience on every level. At these prices the food was less than adequate and the steak was brought out over cooked, with a strange ‘charred after taste,’ when the order was ‘medium.’ I sat and waited for them to recook my steak as my partner ate ‘fishy smelling’ snapper. Potatoes were no better than those at a KFC and the poor anchovies in the Caesar were swimming in dressing. Waited for water and bread. What more can I say? What a bust...I just moved here and could not be more disappointed in a restaurant that is supposed to be ‘an institution.’

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vipMichaelB
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to the Gandy Dancer in years, but going back felt as though time stood still. It was every bit as opulent and historic as I remember - both the exterior and interior. The food and service were as exceptional as I remember it, contributing to a memorable and pleasurable dining experience.

I had the mussels appetizer along with the Prime Rib entree with whipped potatoes and asparagus and everything was cooked to perfection. Same with the Eggs Benedict ordered by my wife and mother-in-law. I definitely plan to come back more frequently, as it was reminder of just how many restaurants miss the mark on delivering a complete dining experience.

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Drgourmet
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I quite like this restaurant. Yummy food, good service very accommodative of my wife’s dairy allergy. They manage to get good oysters up here and the menu is well balanced although I do miss the Easter buffet and hope that in a year or two we shall see it again...prime rib also very well made, even though this is primarily a seafood restaurant

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DanM
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We were disappointed that the waffle options as stated in the on line Easter Brunch menu were not available. We totally get the COVID restrictions prevented the traditional and awesome typical GD brunch buffet, but the plate offerings went from 5 to 3 when the waffle options went away and one in our party planned on the waffle.

Otherwise we enjoyed our hour meal! Out is less than 90 minutes as required!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Prime rib was very fatty, the basket of rolls had a long dark hair in it (we are all blonde) the eggs were a bit over some on the crab cake Benedict, service was slow but our server was very pleasant.

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enjoyeatingout
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Missed the brunch but understood due to COVID. Food was outstanding as usual.

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ToddL
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they have never let us down. Awesome establishment

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daveh
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Excellent experience. Great food and best duck i’ve ever had. Order it!

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Breeah
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gandy Dancer is a fantastic restaurant! I went here with my boyfriend for my birthday and had the best experience! The staff seated us at a private and romantic spot of our choosing and served us in a timely fashion. The calamari and fish were delicious and cooked perfectly! We truly enjoyed ourselves and will most definitely be coming back!

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TomL
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent experience to celebrate our 46th Anniversary.

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JulieO
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always, was so yummy!! And our server was friendly and attentive without hovering!!

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AKMAKM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was great except that I had requested a custom made desert which I did not get.

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SteveB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. A great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary... complete with menus that said Happy Anniversary.

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MrsMcGrew
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waiter made my husband's birthday special with the extra attention. The food was a bit cold & the salmon was small but the chocolate cake was HUGE and it was very enjoyable all around.

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JanV
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was very good as expected. The server was not as professional as you would expect for the Gandy Dancer. She repeatedly reached across us when serving.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to eat and celebrate two birthdays. We had a group
of eight so we were sat at two tables that were next to each other. The food was excellent as was the service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good times

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional!

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vipKBF3
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner! Hostess, Vanessa was very accommodating with our seating preferences. We felt a bit rushed, our waitress could have slowed down and been more friendly. No special dessert treat for the birthday girl was a little disappointing.

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Stephanie
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambience was great, but server kept forgetting to pour wine for us and bring us bread and crackers.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite.

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AshK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so impressed that my menu said happy birthday on it! I loved that personal little touch. Our server was wonderful, and everything we ordered was amazing.

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DarylL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Good service with ambiance and good food!

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SonyaR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was perfect and everyone enjoyed steaks to sea bass! Accommodated our party size and quiet setting.

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niceplace
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome

JL
JosephL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilean sea bass and the prime rib were fantastic.

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PeteW
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is AMAZING! Lobster bisque is so unique but so good! I also had the dynamite Mahi Mahi and it was to die for!!! Will go back everyone we are in Ann arbor! It is pricey but sooooo worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was a little disappointed... the menu was not really impressive... the coconut shrimp preparation was very bland. The crab cake on my seafood trio dish was extremely dry...

MJ
MeghanJ
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We attended the restaurant with my daughter and her friends for her 17th birthday. The 4 of them sat at another table next to us. Our server up sold them entree salads to go with their New York Strip, and then after we declined dessert, she proceeded to ask the table of teenagers if they wanted to see the dessert menu. They were asked if they wanted a salad to go with their meal. They all assumed that this was part of their entree. I would not have minded if things were offered ala carte, but we knew they weren’t. I was also disappointed because the food was not great and the mashed potato’s tasted liked they had instant potato’s as filler. Will not be back, sadly.

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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 4.7 stars by 5046 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.