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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.
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for Saturday lunch and had a fabulous dining experience. The atmosphere is very interesting and several types of atmosphere, outside, romantic, and great vista views of Ann Arbor. Extensive menu. Fabulous service and high quality food. I will definitely dine here again

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 11, 2021 via mobile

It has been a long time since I have eaten here. Could eat the bread all day long. Food was good but a tad pricy for lunch. Definitely a special occasion venue. Nice atmosphere but the view out the windows is awful. Our sever was...nice but service was a bit on the slow side. Wish they offered half salads at lunch. Complimentary birthday dessert was appreciated.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 2, 2021

We ordered one of the specials for carry-out during Ann Arbor Restaurant Week. Both my partner and I ordered filet with crab cakes. The meat, crab, potatoes and asparagus were all prepared perfectly. My partner liked her salad. I enjoyed the Charley's Chowder, although I...would have preferred it with less salt. The included desserts, Key Lime Pie and Cheesecake were delicious. The servings were a good size. I finished my main course, but my partner could not finish hers. We saved the desserts because we were both too full to eat them right away.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021

I know this is supposed to be a great place, but it feels like they have been making the same old food, the same old way, for way too long. Nothing about our food was great. OK, but not great. Nothing I would go back...for. Atmosphere was fine, even our service wasn't great. Ok, not great.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed November 14, 2020 via mobile

I had been here once before and had a great dinner. Was excited to bring my husband for our Anniversary dinner. We had great service but the food was just ok. We started with some Calamari which was the best part of our meal. Since...they don’t have any “surf and turf” options, we both ordered a Filet and I added a crab cake and my husband added a lobster tail. Our filets were just ok. Nothing great about it. I ordered mine medium plus, the outside of it was dry and the inside was slightly underdone. The mashed potatoes were super dry. They seemed like they had been sitting a while, almost had a dry crust on the outside. I ordered broccolini instead of asparagus and it was cold. The crab cake was good. The lobster was over cooked and dry. The icing on the cake was that I had ordered some butternut squash soup to go so I could eat it the next day for lunch, for $7, I got four spoonfuls of soup. The meal was definitely not worthy of $165 bill. Not sure if they’ve gone down hill in general but I won’t be able to talk my husband into giving it another shot after this visit.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 27, 2020

Gandy Dancer is a lovely venue and a long time establishment in Ann Arbor. But the lack of attention to details, leaves management with work to do. These are all minor complaints but in the end leaves an overall impression that it's not the high...caliber restaurant it use to be. Our table wasn't ready, so we had a drink in the bar. Its a service bar, so it tends to be noisy but there was no need for the bartender to toss empty bottles in the trash, making guests and her own staff complain about the loud noise. Staff chatter was uncomfortable to listen to and unprofessional. At our table, service was slow, waitress was pleasant but never introduced herself and didn't acknowledge our special dinning event. Soup was lukewarm. The restaurant manager was fawning over another couple, visited their table multiple times but ignored all the other tables. All guest should be treated as VIPs; it would have been nice, if the restaurant manger stopped by surrounding tables to inquire on his guest's dinning experience. We were seated in a larger room with a very noisy group of people; nothing the restaurant could do about this, but if you are having a romantic night out, ask about a more secluded table. With Covid-19 social distancing, I didn't think this would be a problem, but the tables were still numerous and the tables didn't seem that far apart. While it still remains warm outside, they do offer a nice outdoor dinning area. Overall our dinner was OK but I don't feel the need or excitement to return anytime soon.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 19, 2020 via mobile

We selected the Gandy Dancer as our location for our wedding ceremony and reception. Because of covid, indoor options were severely limited. The GD has an awesome "outdoor" courtyard area (fits up to 130 people). It has a solid, permanent looking roof/canopy and is physically...attached to the main building. where we could have both the ceremony and reception, and bc it is technically outdoors, we could invite who we wanted and still maintain some level of social distancing. We worked with Kristina to coordinate everything and she was great. Menu, drink selection, sound system, getting in early to decorate, etc. The bartenders and wait staff were great - very friendly and accommodating. The food was fantastic and everything went so smoothly. I would have given 5 stars had we been able to purchase a drink package, but the GD only did "per beverage" pricing because our group was less than fifty people, so it was a pretty hefty bill. Other than that, this place was great, and an especially good location for a covid wedding lol.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 16, 2020

It's Sunday 1pm, the service was ok and that's where it ends. I was able to sample two(2) which was a nice touch. The bread was not warm. I ordered the Crab Cakes Benedict. Well what I received was eggs Benedict on two(2) muffins. Please...see picture. My food came to the table not even warm. 😡😡😡 Now this was a meal for my wife and I 14th wedding anniversary. I sucked it up for my wife because normally I would have sent the food back and not eaten. I have a serious phobia about sending food back and typically I would have had a BIG TUDE until I left!!! The Pomagranite Martini and the Germany Resiling wine was very good. Even with Covid-19, there's no excuse for food like this. I did leave a tip. My rating is 2.50...Just not good!!! I have heard people RAVE about The Gandy Dancer. It did not live up to the billing!!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 15, 2020

The wine list was very good but then I'm not a wine expert but commendable. My ceasar salad excellent --anchovies made it authentic. The salmon was a bit boring the glaze was ok but I think needs more imagination. I think the chef could improve...it. Waitress was professional and atmosphere the best,More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 9, 2020 via mobile

Even during the pandemic they are excellent! Restaurants reopened to 1/2 capacity yesterday and they didn’t miss a detail. Excellent service with a nice limited menu. Service and food was everything I hoped it be.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Response from khmead3 | Reviewed this property |
No way! I would try to do an attire somewhere between casual and business casual. I wore a button up "Hawaiian" style shirt, with a a nice polyester undershirt and some nicer khaki shorts, or you could wear jeans being... More
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Response from Paul V | Reviewed this property |
You can order off the menu, I don't believe they have changed their format.
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