Gandy Dancer Restaurant - Ann Arbor, MI | OpenTable

Gandy Dancer

4.7
5103 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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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

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Starting May 9, 2021

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful Anniversary dinner.

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vipTracieF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience4

We are typically very impressed with our food here (we come every year for the Mother's Day buffet) but something was definitely off last weekend. It was graduation weekend so I guess the kitchen must have been overwhelmed. The food was average at best - my fish was overcooked and my son's lobster tail was cold. No one in our party was thrilled with their dinner and with a bill of over $300, we expecting so much more. I try to give restaurants a lot of grace right now having to deal with all of the Covid restrictions but I think it will be a very long time before we come back here.

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AddisonW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We went for my birthday. I first sort felt like they may have not wanted my reservation since it was graduation weekend I have no issue with paying high end for great food, but the food wasn’t worth the price here. We probably wouldn’t go back.

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GordonB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an anniversary, very kind and friendly staff, loved every minute of it!

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SusanZ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated college graduation and an engagement. The Gandy Dancer made it a special occasion with excellence on every level!

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vipGeorgetownLocal
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, even on a very busy weekend.

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RMmm
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my daughter’s college graduation-excellent service and food was divine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

College graduation

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LaurieS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Gandy Dancer. My husband said the Sea Bass was the best he has had and the sauce was delicious. My surf and turf dinner was perfect. The waitstaff and service was excellent. We even watched a young man surprise his girlfriend with a marriage proposal at the table next to us. She said yes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my son’s graduation from the University of Michigan. We sat outside comfortably and socially distanced. We felt extremely safe. The food and service were great.

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vipallieo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

College graduation lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

As soon as we paid we were told to leave as our reservation was up. Extremely rude hostess. Will never return

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MukundW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good ambiance food average given the prices. Service was outstanding.

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vipDaveL51
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance

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CaseyH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Neat place with good food and service. A little expensive but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, a great place for a special occasion! Everything we ate was outstanding, especially their Chilean sea bass. They also serve the best Creme brûlée I’ve ever had. If you are looking for an upscale seafood restaurant in Ann Arbor look no further. The ambiance and history of the restaurant also makes it an great place to dine!

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KennethK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. Gandy Dancer is our most favorite restaurant ( always was, always will be). We will be back for Mothers Day. Thank you.

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RosalieL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious as usual. The only thing that we missed was the creme brulee for dessert as they had just served the last one and were in the process of making more which would not be ready during visit.

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AngelaB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I would recommend Gandy Dancer for lunch or dinner, just not for breakfast or brunch. I made breakfast reservations only to find out they've condensed their only have like 4 items on their menu to choose from for breakfast and those items can't be substituted for example if the breakfast comes with a poached egg they will not change the style of the egg to scrambled or fried if that's your preference.

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RichardS
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Not recommend the crab cakes or the vegetable ravioli. The black male server could have done a better job-he was too interested with the table full of females. Men restroom needs to be check as I had to hunt someone down for paper towels.

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SUSANNERM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Slightly disappointed this visit. My petite filet was a bit stringy & the mashed potatoes were a bit dry & crusted (from sitting out, waiting to be served). Carrot cake was HUGE, but the latte had to be redone as it was tepid in temperature. Pomegranate martini were superb! We visit here several times a year. Will give it another chance before eliminating completed from our choice restaurants to dine at.

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vipcsmith
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, this was an outstanding dining experience. We had the calamari & mussels for appetizers, shared the prime rib & a baked potato and the seafood trio. We also had the carrot cake & cheesecake for dessert. There were 3 of us but yes, we ate a lot of food! Everything was prepared beautifully & I don't have a single negative comment to make. Our server was attentive & knowledgeable about the menu and was spot on with her recommendations. Every time I visit my family in MI, I make it a point to go to the Gandy Dancer for dinner. They never disappoint.

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Zeno
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Amazing food, kind and knowledgeable staff, inviting ambience. A jewel in Ann Arbor!

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CurtisA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience of this place was fantastic! The portions are perfect and the art of the food was beautiful. We enjoyed every part even the comfortable seating and the fantastic wait staff. We will be back again and again and AGAIN. -satisfied customers-

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DelaneyB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The seafood was very good. Bread and crackers with the salmon spread and whipped butter were also delicious I could've just had baskets of that for my meal. Very cool atmosphere. Pricier but worth the experience!

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vipSueK
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Our experience was not a good one this time. Our server "Paul" was not very attentive and service was slow, he failed to inform of us of items they were out of until we ordered them./ My Filet had little flavor and a friends Prime Rib was ordered medium well and came our medium rare. Mashed potatoes were not warm either. By the time Paul came to check on us it was too late to send it back.m $350.+ for dinner for 4 and it was well below my expectations. Never saw or heard from a manager either.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Staff was great!

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TooSweet
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorites spots and it continues to be. Love it. Everything is good. Go check it out

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AndrewG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with great atmosphere, tasty food and friendly staff.

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EdwardM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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

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CurtE
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food & Service!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday

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vipKittenpurs78
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
Detroit
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
3 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
4 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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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 5103 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.