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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

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (150)
Good for a Date (104)
Good for Anniversaries (99)
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Romantic (91)
Good for Birthdays (82)
Worth the Drive (81)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Scenic View (55)
Good for Groups (53)
Cozy (49)
Great for Brunch (47)
Pre/post Theatre (46)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Notable Wine List (44)
Business Meals (44)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Authentic (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Fun (28)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Casual (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Healthy (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Bar Seating (16)
People Watching (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Seasonal (14)
Kid-friendly (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Disabled Access (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (5)
Live Music (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (3)
Waterfront (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Spicy (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was good.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was bland and overcooked. I will not return to this restaurant.

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·Dined 4 days ago

My order of blackened whitefish was tasteless as was friend’s blackened sea bass. Both were lukewarm. Nice desserts. Excellent service. Lovely setting

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Gandy dancer had excellent food and an awesome awesome view!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love the Gandy Dancer and had a wonderful experience taking my wife there for her birthday. Lovely relaxing formal dinner with great food and great service. My seafood plate was out of this world and the prime rib was the best we have had in a very long time. Thank you!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The waitress greeted my wife with a happy birthday based on the comment that left in my OpenTable message.

Great for history and train bus Train came through around 12 and 1 o’clock

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing brunch buffet with live jazz music to boot! Spotty service and expensive. Ask for a table by the train tracks. Everyone claps when a train goes by!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Visited for a special date night out. The atmosphere was classy but not too much. Nice romantic touch. Service was outstanding! Food was delicious. Well prepared with a nice presentation. This is a "must try" if you have not been there before.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The main reasons for choosing the GD is consistency of quality fish offerings, atmosphers and special occasions. It does not disappoint.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was fantastic. Reminds me of the old Charlie’s Crab. Service was spotty, but very cordial and nice.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service and ambiance were excellent. The butternut squash soup and key lime pie were to die for. The only criticism would be the slow roasted prime rib - both my husband's and mine were not tender. In fact they were rubbery. We've had much better prime rib elsewhere. Everything else was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This stone building has such character. It used to be the Michigan Central Railroad Station and you can still see the trains go by as you're in the restaurant.

Very cozy atmosphere. We were met by our waiter and began our dining experience. Nice selection of cocktails and beers. Nice bread basket. Our friends had calamari and said it was very different and very good. Most of our friends split their salad order which was fresh and plenty for two. I had the Applejack Sea Bass, very good. It had a nice hint of sweetness. My husband had the blackened rainbow trout. Both were served with a vegetable and rice. Delicious! Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Definitely worth the trip and a repeat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Gandy Dancer has always been my favorite Ann Arbor restaurant. Have been there on many occasions - birthdays, anniversaries, luncheons, reunions with friends. Even tho I have moved away from Ann Arbor, still get there when I can. Excellent food, service, ambiance!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Having enjoyed excellent visits to Gandy Dancer in the past, we specifically chose it for our Anniversary dinner. Service and ambience were excellent, however, for the price the food was very disappointing. Rice was flavorless; asparagus was thick and tasteless, Since both of these items were common on the menu we would have expected them to be better prepared and flavorful. I had a good filet and the snapper my wife ordered was very tasty. However, the meal did not meet our previous expectations and was not worth the cost. Probably not revisiting the Gandy in the future.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All I can say is that we come here every year for dinner and it never let's us down.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been to the Gandy Dancer several times and always look forward to going there at least one time during football season in Ann Arbor. As with most Landry restaurants, the food is very good to excellent (I highly recommend the Dynamite Scallops and Crab Timbale as appetizers, and the special, Applejack Seabass as a main course) and the atmosphere is unique (In an old train station) and inviting. Generally the staff are well-trained (No pun intended!), but unfortunately our waiter this last visit, wasn't polished. Despite my attempts to slow down our pace of the meal (we were there to have a relaxing evening), he was intent upon rushing us. My wife's drink had not even arrived and he was asking for us to order our main courses. Despite the minor glitch in service, we still enjoyed the meal and the evening.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always enjoy dining at the Gandy Dancer. It has become a tradition for our group to dine there following the last home football game each year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great building, young waiter who was very honest as to not knowing everything, sought answers. Moderate prices, timely service. Would repeat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful evening. Excellent food,service, and ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love the Gandy Dancers in Ann Arbor and Pittsburgh. We have been to this one several times and you cannot beat the building and the ambiance. Top notch service, ask for Jay!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fun, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our waiter Jay was excellent and offered the specials with explanation. Our meal was delivered with very little wait and we were all pleased with our choices of entrees. Jay Also offered the Landry’s Club offer, which we declined. Near the end of our meal I noticed he placed a brochure on the table. We decided to check it over and due to his further explanation we decided to enroll. The Gandy Dancer is a family tradition that goes way back and still our favorite choice for dining when in Ann Arbor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving so they were super busy and we got the Thanksgiving dinner special meal. It was good and the portion was large.

We went on our anniversary and they printed special menus with our names on them. They brought our wine in special glasses that my husband had dropped off to Surprise me. They handled our special occasion very well.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Terrific Thanksgiving feast! We also had some oysters and Charley's Chowder for starters. All the food was great. Drinks excellent as well. The place was jammed and considering how swamped they were, the service was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner special one of the worst meals ever.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed our first visit to Gandy Dancer, for Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant is lovely, and although I'm sure it was full that evening, it didn't have a hectic, crowded atmosphere. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive or making us feel hurried. My husband had the "traditional turkey dinner;" I had jumbo shrimp scampi; and our daughter had escargots and lobster tail with coconut ginger rice. While everyone enjoyed his dinner, I think my scampi was the winner -- it was the best I've ever had. The only disappointment was the Martha's Vineyard Salad, which looked and tasted like a plate of torn up lettuce. We ended with that rare dessert menu where every single dessert is tempting! We shared the cheesecake and were not disappointed. Look forward to returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was very good as was the service and setting of the restaurant.
Waiter was extremely attentive and very informative when questions arose about dishes.
It made for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We arrived on time for our reservation for five. We were nothing but patient and gracious when the service was appallingly slow (waited a full hour before being able to order entrees). Then when we were about to order dessert and after-dinner drinks we were told “all desserts will have to be to go because there is another party waiting on your table”. It was our family’s Thanksgiving meal, and the conversation was going strong-and then abruptly terminated with us being unceremoniously rushed out the door. Without knowing whether it was the server’s fault or the kitchen’s fault, we still left a good tip. But certainly will never eat there again. Bad enough they took out the piano bar-but this was a new low.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

New to Ann Arbor; took girlfriend and my son to Gandy Dancer for its Thanksgiving Style Dinner; we were seriously disappointed with service; food was below average; ambiance was average. I will not go again, and will not recommend to others.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were here on Thanksgiving Day, admittedly a busy time for the staff and kitchen. The entrees were brought out before we received our appetizers and then simply brought back to us without re-warming 20 minutes later after we had finished our appetizers. We then had to send the entrees back for re-heating. The apple pie served for dessert was simply abysmal. We have had better meals at the Gandy Dancer, but they didn’t have their act together on this particular day.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving was an Amazing 1st Visit to the Gander Dancer! ...We are definitely planning on returning again soon!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving. I got surf and turf. The lobster was fishy. I should have gotten Turkey like everyone else. Place was super packed

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We met our family for Thanksgiving dinner. Our waiter DAN was exceptional. The atmosphere was very festive. We were there for an Amtrak passing which was exciting (story on the back of the menu). When I called to confirm our reservation I became quite concerned....even developed a back-up plan in case we were greeted with as much disdain as I felt via the phone but all was GREAT when the actual time arrived. No Worries

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving lunch. I had seafood (because seafood) and my SO, being vegetarian, had the only vegetarian main on the menu. Which hasn’t changed since we met almost 4 years ago. If they could switch that up once in awhile or maybe offer seasonal options, that’d be great! But, the fish is always transcendent, and the squash bisque is out of this world. Great cocktails, too!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Stunning surroundings coupled with perfectly proportioned delicious meals and wide-ranging selection. Gandy Dancer has been well-known for decades for good reason. Our experience was wonderful: Friendly, personalized professional service in a sense-captivating ambience. We loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

John was great. Food was perfect, with exceptional service to match.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Friends in from Florida.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A relaxing, place conducive to conversation, privacy, attentive staff and a fine menu.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Scenic View, Cozy, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent food, service and atmosphere as usual! Prime rib was very good

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Have eaten here several times. Service seemed a bit slow this time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fabulous place. Fabulous service. The butternut squash bisque is to die for!!

Tags: Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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