Gandy Dancer

4.6
4227 reviews
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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.
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FT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Can't beat the view. The food in my opinion is not memorable, but certainly passable.
I believe that other restaurants in town beat them with food quality and price.

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B
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and it was a good one. Valet at the door was perfect due to the massive rainstorm. Food and service was outstanding. Loved the history of the place.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For all its fame, the Gandy Dancer tends to be uneven. This time it was mediiocre. The ambience is nice and the service was good, but for the price the food was disappointing. Not bad, but for $30, the two crab cakes and 2 spears of asparagus were nothing special. (Had gone to Pacific Rim the night before, both being birthday celebrations, and that was like the major leagues and Gandy Dancer was like AAA Minor Leagues.) I would go back, probably for a light lunch, to enjoy the ambience, but I would look elsewhere for reallly special food.

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Gandy Dancer had great food and nice view. The shrimp artichoke fettuccine was awesome, great key lime pie.

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AA
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! I always like the ambiance of the restaurant. It was very pleasant to dining there. The only compliant was the coffee temperature only lukewarm. I wonder how long the coffee had sat around.

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TG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I hadn't eaten here for years. Previously I think we had come for a Mother's Day buffet or something which we remember as so-so. But last night, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent food and we had a great time. Older couples next to us were especially friendly. The waiter was perhaps a little awkward but he did a great job with explanations and service.

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A
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best dinner I have had in a long time. I enjoyed everything. Would for sure go back again. Just loved it.

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LP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I had the cedar plank salmon and my wife had the snapper. Best cosmo my wife has ever had. All the staff was very friendly and attentive. I have already recommended Gandy Dancer to a friend.

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BL
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I visited the restaurant out of a sense of nostalgia. It is a pretty place, with good service. The food, alas, was fair to middling. The fish was unremarkable in flavor and preparation (it is the Midwest, but there are good fish restaurants in the Midwest), as were the side dishes. Once every 38 years is plenty.

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9
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Birthday dinner with my closest friend. The ambiance of the restaurant is beautiful. The menu is still creative and the food is delicious.

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RM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go there for a special occasion and you won't be disappointed.

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G
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This used to be our go to restaurant for fine dining. We celebrated my mother's 70th and 80th birthdays with over 15 people from all over the US here. But the quality of the food had slipped by 1999 and we went elsewhere in Ann Arbor for her 90th and 95th birthdays. We returned recently because we were sending our daughter back to Chicago to catch a plane to London, England and decided to try the place out again. The food was OK, the service was OK, the ambiance was great as was the noise level. I was still unimpressed. I won't suggest another place to go instead. That would be unkind. However, there are a couple of places that have been in business for a long, long time that serve better food at around the same price point. I will leave it at that.

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RF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was brought in for a birthday dinner and it was absolutely wonderful. I will say I was a little disappointed that some fellow patrons couldn't snaze up their attire a little bit but I get that you can't turn away paying customers. This was my first time here. I would love to go back. The food and staff were fabulous! Highly recommend.

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VK
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Brandon was excellent. We had arrived during Sunday Brunch expecting lunch and thankfully, he knew AND SHARED all of the deliciousness being offered at the buffet. We stayed and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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D
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We really enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere. We tried a variety of dishes and found them all to be superb. We hope to return soon.

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F
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fun place to dine. Everyone applauds when the trains go by. The service was excellent - timely,
and accurate. The waiter even split a salad for us, even though he said it usually wasn't done. We all liked the menu; the whitefish (two different ways - grilled and pecan crusted), the grilled mahi mahi and the lobster tail were all cooked to perfection and very tasty. The only disappointment was that they no longer serve whole lobsters. I would recommend The Gandy Dancer - great for celebrations and any day although a just little bit pricey but not overly expensive.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my son’s birthday.
Our tradition is to have lobster on his birthday.
The chef special ordered 4 Maine lobsters for our special occasion. Bill, our waiter, was fantastic. He served with a special touch and even cracked our lobsters for us.
We never felt rushed or hurried. I highly recommend Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor, MI.

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C
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite in an ambient setting.

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J
Nashville
46 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre concert (at The Michigan Theater) dinner. We were early enough I took advantage of the Prix Fixe menu, appetizer, entree and dessert. Husband had the Filet Mignon. Renee our waitress was attentive and recommended a wonderful cocktail (cucumber peppered martini). So refreshing.
I had the lemon chicken with artichoke and smashed potatoes. My appetizer was a delicious and generous cub of Gazpacho. I also had a Sanders hot fudge sundae.
A slight up charge for sundae or cheese cake on the fixed price menu.
My husband enjoyed a piece of New York style cheesecake for his dessert. All was so nice, service from Renee was wonderful. We will be back. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely incredible, and all of the seafood we got was extremely fresh. The servers were attentive and made good suggestions for us. Definitely will go back in the future!

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SP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable experience from the time we entered the door. Wait staff was knowledgeable, professional and trained to make you comfortable. Their arrival at our table each time was perfectly timed. Food was excellent - best whitefish I have had in many years prepared just the way I had requested. They have a way of elevating your special event like birthdays or anniversaries to a level you will always remember.

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BE
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, creative, well prepared dishes.

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K
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Special evening with dear family friends-

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n
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch was a fantastic experience! We were sat immediately, greeted at our table by our waitress, and were very well taken care of the entire time. The food was fresh, reliable and satisfying. Nothing terribly innovative or outstanding. Kids were happy and no one left feeling disappointed, everyone had their favorite dish. Would definitely consider again.

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c
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was fantastic. A superb selection of great food!! We will definitely be back! Chad, our server, was incredible!!

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TB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Our waiter tried so hard to take care of us. He was very kind and made our dinner enjoyable. But my soup was served "warm" - it was ok, but I expected more from the Gandy Dancer. Then our dinner were served barely warm I had to send mine back. We saw a different waiter walk by our table with what appeared to be our dinners. He was confused and took the dinners back to the kitchen. A few minutes later our waiter arrived with the same dinners, not knowing they had been carried around the dining room once already. He was very upset that this happened. So...I still really enjoy this restaurant and will come back. I just would have expected better coordination among the staff.

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JC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Started out fantastic but lost our waiter toward the end of the meal. Took a very long time to get the bill and actually checkout completely. One member of party had to go retrieve the car due to extra 20 minute wait to checkout.

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F
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always the charm & ambience is superb. I was somewhat disappointed with the food quality & service. I felt we were rushed a bit (was not crowded) through dinner & had to ask for butter, extra plate when 2 of us split a salad/dessert. My husband had the seafood platter (salmon, crab cakes, shrimp) & said it was just okay. I expected the filet to be top-notch....and it was good but not memorable. We have eaten here many times & were very happy with everything....but not rushing to go back. Too many other choices in that price range.

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LG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a quaint setting. Good for celebrations or just a fun dinner with friends.

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MG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have frequented this restaurant many times over many years. You cannot beat the ambiance of building. My latest visit proved to be just as delicious as I had anticipated. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive, and diplomatic.

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JG
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gandy Dancer is the #1 restaurant in Ann Arbor for food plus local color. The setting in the former train station is incredibly nostalgic for those who attended U-M in days gone by. The food never fails! The service is top notch.

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WW
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service, ambiance and food were all great. The decor and rustic historical artifacts add to the dining experience. I will return despite it being more than 45 minutes away.

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TP
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant for special occasion. Great service. Friendly staff.

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for a history lesson. Fantastic cocktails and good food. Service was fantastic!

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B
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a wonderful family day together ending here! Wonderful dinner! Food was superb! Waiter was so kind and fun with my brother in law goofing around and kindly playing along...It was a wonderful day which ended with a great dinner, wonderful environment not to be forgotten!!! A great family memory!

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I do not recall his name, our waiter was amazingly knowledgeable and attentive. We took some of his suggestions and were delighted with the presentation and 'deliciousness'. This was a celebration for us and Gandy Dancer absolutely made it special!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My steak was cooked way too much: so much that I couldn’t cut through it. The dessert was terrible, and I had to eat a different meal upon arriving home to get the flavor out of my mouth. Moreover, the manager came to see how everything was and practically ran up to and away from our table, so I don’t think she cared at all! It was clear that o lay a bite was taken of my steak, and the waiter said nothing. I was so excited to try this restaurant, but I will never waste my hard-earned money for this lack of value in the future!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Totally disappointed. We have been coming here for years on special occasions and it has always been good. Sorry to say it has taken a big slide.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant created a menu with are names and occasion on it to take home. Food was great and waiter was very helpful.

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends there for a special occasion. We were seated where we could see the train when it came by. It was a very good experience.

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