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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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (163)
Good for a Date (115)
Good for Anniversaries (107)
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Romantic (106)
Good for Birthdays (86)
Worth the Drive (83)
Scenic View (71)
Neighborhood Gem (68)
Good for Groups (57)
Business Meals (52)
Great for Brunch (51)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Cozy (48)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Notable Wine List (43)
Great for Lunch (42)
Authentic (39)
Fun (34)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Seasonal (21)
Casual (20)
Healthy (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Hot Spot (16)
People Watching (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Kid-friendly (11)
Disabled Access (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Live Music (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (4)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 14 hours ago

Great staff and waiter. Good food. Love the view from the window.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Delightful

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyable as usual.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

The Gandy Dancer has been one of my favorite restaurants since it opened in the 1970’s.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

The Gandy Dancer was awesome! Great food, great service great overall experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

My favorite restaurant and one I have been enjoying since College in the 70s

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Outstanding brunch buffett, the best in Ann Arbor!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful server (David). We had a few issues which were not our servers fault. We were seated near the back which is normally not a problem. However, there was a VERY LOUD party in the very back room which made our conversations with our friends sometimes impossible. (Note: sometimes these things just happen but I would encourage the leadership team consider limiting seating near such a big party in the future.

They do have a wonderful wine selection. The environment is fun and usually quite. Was a little disappointed with the new menu options. They do have some wonderful meat options. However, it seemed the seafood options were a little disappointing and there was only one pasta option.

It is January and cold so we assumed there are fewer folks eating out. Hopefully, our next visit will be more like "old times.'

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was perfect, besides the cut of steak received. The steak ordered was medium rare but came as barely rare. We asked for another and that was cooked well. However both had little marbling, but large pieces of fat on the sides which were inedible.

Besides that, everything was perfect and my gf was EXTREMELY SATISFIED. We’ll definitely be back for many more times as we decided to make it our nice restaurant for special occasions. The wait staff was fantastic, thank you very much bill.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were there to celebrate our mothers 90th birthday. Could not have selected a better place. Food, service, and ambiance were perfect. The birthday wish on her menu was a special surprise. Thank you.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The lunch was a wonderful experience.
The ambiance was great, So was the service and so was the food.
A train went by and we all clapped.
It was my birthday and I can think of no other restaurant for the occasion.
It was also enjoyed by me daughter and my grandson.
Thank you!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 4, 2018

My husband and I went to Gandy Dancer for our wedding anniversary dinner. It was a perfect evening in every way. We sat right next to the fireplace which was so romantic and cozy. Food was wonderful and service was great. Perfect evening in every way! We’ll be back for sure!! Thank you!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always really like this restaurant. Would be 5 stars but we waited an hour after our salad for our main course . Two members of our party are diabetic and had taken their insulin anticipating a shorter time for main dish. They had extra bread but not what they wanted to happen .
Hope this is an unusual kitchen blip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beautiful unique building. Perfect for any special occasion. A bit expensive but one of a kind experience. Great food and service. Quiet enough for private conversations. A lovely experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We came here for dinner and the experience was very disappointing. The area we sat in was cold and you could hear the staff in the kitchen talking and joking loudly the whole time. Everything on my plate was cold when it arrived. I had to walk up to 2 different waiters in order to get my waiter. My son ordered potato encrusted whitefish and it basically looked like they just mixed together leftover hash-browns and bacon and threw it on top 2 pieces of fish. They re-made my order but at that point we were ready to leave. The manager did comp my entree and offered to wrap it up to go. I took it but did not end up eating it. Overall the waiter and manager did not seem very apologetic. In my opinion the food just looked reheated, not freshly made to order. We won't be back again.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always has and always will
Be my favorite restaurant . Thank you for a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner .

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The ambiance, food, and service are always outstanding here. One of my favorite restaurants in the Ann Arbor area and that's saying a lot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall it was a great evening but I do not appreciate the fact that I tipped 20% on my check, and yet you guys chose to take additional $5.00. Not acceptable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our wedding anniversary on New Years Eve! The restaurant found us a quiet table in a corner away from the crowds. Excellent service and food despite how very busy it was. Highly recommended!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our table for two was situated in a cold, drafty corridor with wait staff constantly passing by for the entire 2+hour fiasco. My filet was too dry. The lobster tail was rubbery. The Caesar salad was served without an offering of fresh cheese or ground pepper. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner on New Year's eve. It was a great dining experience. I feel they need to install a door to contain the vestibule. The front dining room was freezing to even walk through. People were eating with their coats on. I think closing off the entrance is an easy fix to this problem.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Was a great NYE dinner, good atmosphere and food was very good. Service was good considering how busy they were. We enjoyed ourselves and would return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I first heard about Gandy Dancer as a student at University of Michigan, but unfortuntely never had enough extra spending money to justify it, as it is quite expensive, but is hailed as one of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor. I was glad to finally have an occasion, someone special, and the ability to go. I had one of the best meals I've had! As much as I could probably have enjoyed filling up on the Almond Encrusted Brie appetizer alone, I'm glad I saved room for some of their seared scallops and pecan encrusted whitefish.

The architecture of the building is amazing, and it was perfect to take a date after we had talked about wanting to find somewhere we could get dressed up to go to.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was New Years Eve and it was very busy. However, I made reservations 3 months ahead of the holiday so that we would get a decent table. Instead we were sat right next to the door and froze through the entire meal. There were no other tables available to move us to, which made the entire experience extremely uncomfortable. The food was great though.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food and service were excellent. I absolutely love the menu. Amazing steak. The only complaint is the horrendous parking situation. Basically there is none. They have "complementary" valet, but of course you are pressured to tip rather than be able to park your own car.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We go to this restaurant almost every new years eve and have never been disappointed. The food and service is always great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I ordered halibut and my husband ordered shrimp pasta and in both cases the seafood was overdone and dry. We were sat by the door and it was freezing. I had to wear my jacket the entire time despite having made reservations weeks in advance and asking to sit in the area by the train. It was overpriced and definitely nothing special. I highly doubt we would ever go back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I eat dinner at the Gandy Dancer every New Year's Eve and it never disappoints! I love everything about this place! Such a special treat every time we go!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Awesome food and service! Friendly servers! Excellent fish and decadent desserts.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated our one-year New Year’s Eve wedding anniversary with brunch at the Gandy Dancer. It was absolutely perfect and we plan to make it a tradition! The brunch was bountiful - options for everyone! The band playing in the main dining room added the perfect touch. Our server was phenomenal, as was the food. I have to make special mention of the Bloody Mary - holy smokes that was good... The best I’ve had in years, in fact. I wish that I’d saved room for dessert - there were lots of choices that all looked incredible... Next time, for sure! We’ll be back, and often!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful as always. Welcoming, great service, great drinks, great food!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was my husbands birthday celebration and it was a delicious meal, and friendly atmosphere. Our waiter was exceptional and made our dinner memorable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was amazing and very creative. Service was outstanding. I felt sorry for the valet, it was freezing cold!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was the usual great meal from Gandy and we even had two trains come through - add the snowfall and it was a very good evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Its a beautiful place with good service. Great for that special night out. Dinner out for two with the early bird special was about $100

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We celebrated our 53rd Wedding Anniversary ... a very special occasion that warranted a very special place, this is why we chose the Gandy Dancer. We arrived early and was seated immediately in the location that I had requested. We had a most courteous, professional, and efficient server: Steve. The food, ambiance, and service was magnificent! We will definitely be returning to enjoy this wonderful experience again. Thanks to ALL involved!

Jim and Janice Talbott
Canton, MI

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 27, 2017

we enjoy coming for dinner and Brunch frequently. Great food & service

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our child ordered chicken tenders and was given fish. My wife ordered steak well done and came back twice with a pink center. Needless to say, won’t be going back. Disappointing to say the least. Many better options.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best thing in the world, according to my seven-year-old grandson. I loved it, too.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Decided to treat myself to dinner on Christmas Evening. Not many options, so I was surprised to see that The Gandy Dancer was open and accepting reservations for a single diner. Very storied venue, and it was quite full. Definitely glad I was there. Big snow storm so even the valet got in on the excellent service, clearing the snow from my car. I can see making this a ritual!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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