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Gandy Dancer

Ann Arbor , MI
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401 Depot Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 US (map)

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734-769-0592

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Describe your venue:
Historic, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
130
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s)
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

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Patricia
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
The Gandy Dancer was a perfect place to have our reception. We had so many guests describe our wedding reception as "magical" and "beautiful" and we think the ambiance at the Gandy Dancer definitely aided in making our wedding day unforgettable. The food was INCREDIBLE! The majority of our guests traveled a long way to be with us during this special time, and we wanted to make sure that they received an excellent meal. The Gandy Dancer definitely delivered. The staff was unbelievably accommodating. From Joy the bartender to countless waiters and waitresses, we were so impressed with their hospitality and good humor. Last, but certainly not least, Kristina Spurlock was invaluable in making our day memorable. Before the big day, she was always quick to respond with my millions of questions, and she was more than accommodating with my requests and wishes. On the big day, Many times during the night she assured me not to worry, and I definitely didn't need to because she did an excellent job. She went above and beyond to ensure that all of the guests, and especially my husband and I, had everything we needed and that this day was everything we hoped it would be. We are already planning to go back for our one year anniversary!
The Gandy Dancer was a perfect place to have our reception. We had so many guests describe our wedding reception as Read more...
The Gandy Dancer was a perfect place to have our reception. We had so many guests describe our wedding reception as "magical" and "beautiful" and we think the ambiance at the Gandy Dancer definitely aided in making our wedding day unforgettable. The food was INCREDIBLE! The majority of our guests traveled a long way to be with us during this special time, and we wanted to make sure that they received an excellent meal. The Gandy Dancer definitely delivered. The staff was unbelievably accommodating. From Joy the bartender to countless waiters and waitresses, we were so impressed with their hospitality and good humor. Last, but certainly not least, Kristina Spurlock was invaluable in making our day memorable. Before the big day, she was always quick to respond with my millions of questions, and she was more than accommodating with my requests and wishes. On the big day, Many times during the night she assured me not to worry, and I definitely didn't need to because she did an excellent job. She went above and beyond to ensure that all of the guests, and especially my husband and I, had everything we needed and that this day was everything we hoped it would be. We are already planning to go back for our one year anniversary! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved this venue! Such a great place to have our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier!
We loved this venue! Such a great place to have our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier!
We loved this venue! Such a great place to have our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were so happy with our experience at the Gandy Dancer! After searching for weeks trying to find a venue that would accommodate our wishes (having an intimate dinner only without all the typical wedding hoopla (DJ, dancing, cake cutting, bouquet throw, etc.)) we finally decided on having our dinner in the Wolverine Room at this amazing historical landmark that went with our literary/book theme perfectly!

Kristina, the events coordinator, was so helpful from the moment we toured the facility to the end of our wedding dinner. She answered all of our questions promptly, thoroughly, and guided us through both the process and journey.

The food was amazing, and we were so glad our guests could enjoy their meal. We received so many compliments on this portion of the evening; everyone seemed to appreciate the fact that it wasn't your typical "wedding food." In lieu of a cake, we were able to select desserts off of the restaurant menu. Additionally, my husband and I were able to stay within our price range due to the many selections and packages that are available.

Final jury: I would recommend Gandy Dancer to any engaged couple who is looking to have a twist on the traditional wedding ballroom reception!
My husband and I were so happy with our experience at the Gandy Dancer! After searching for weeks trying to find a venue Read more...
My husband and I were so happy with our experience at the Gandy Dancer! After searching for weeks trying to find a venue that would accommodate our wishes (having an intimate dinner only without all the typical wedding hoopla (DJ, dancing, cake cutting, bouquet throw, etc.)) we finally decided on having our dinner in the Wolverine Room at this amazing historical landmark that went with our literary/book theme perfectly!

Kristina, the events coordinator, was so helpful from the moment we toured the facility to the end of our wedding dinner. She answered all of our questions promptly, thoroughly, and guided us through both the process and journey.

The food was amazing, and we were so glad our guests could enjoy their meal. We received so many compliments on this portion of the evening; everyone seemed to appreciate the fact that it wasn't your typical "wedding food." In lieu of a cake, we were able to select desserts off of the restaurant menu. Additionally, my husband and I were able to stay within our price range due to the many selections and packages that are available.

Final jury: I would recommend Gandy Dancer to any engaged couple who is looking to have a twist on the traditional wedding ballroom reception! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding reception in the courtyard of the Gandy Dancer a couple weeks ago and I am still smiling ear to ear! :)
Despite the cold and rainy weather and the courtyard technically being outside, our reception was warm and cozy! The bistro lights added a free special touch to the decor. SOOO many of my guests commented on how much they loved the ambiance that the courtyard provided!
Kristina, the wedding/events coordinator at the Gandy Dancer, is absolutely fabulous! She is very flexible, so nice, and so helpful. I planned a submerged flower centerpiece, which required pebbles at the bottoms of the vases to hold the flowers down in the water. The pebbles I brought ended up not being heavy enough to hold down the flowers, so while helping a few of my family members set up the reception a few hours before the wedding, Kristina went out to the railroad tracks behind the restaurant to gather more rocks for the centerpieces! - WOW! She really went above and beyond there! Kristina was also very quick to respond to any random question I had for her all throughout my year of wedding-planning.

The food- oh my gosh! Delicious! Our guests raved! Not only about the filet mignon or mahi mahi, but the cake, too! Our cake (made by Lisa, Gandy's pastry chef) was honestly the best cake I've ever had.


We had a total of about 90 guests and it felt like the perfect amount of people for the space, just FYI.

I would definitely recommend you book your wedding reception here!
We had our wedding reception in the courtyard of the Gandy Dancer a couple weeks ago and I am still smiling ear to ear! Read more...
We had our wedding reception in the courtyard of the Gandy Dancer a couple weeks ago and I am still smiling ear to ear! :)
Despite the cold and rainy weather and the courtyard technically being outside, our reception was warm and cozy! The bistro lights added a free special touch to the decor. SOOO many of my guests commented on how much they loved the ambiance that the courtyard provided!
Kristina, the wedding/events coordinator at the Gandy Dancer, is absolutely fabulous! She is very flexible, so nice, and so helpful. I planned a submerged flower centerpiece, which required pebbles at the bottoms of the vases to hold the flowers down in the water. The pebbles I brought ended up not being heavy enough to hold down the flowers, so while helping a few of my family members set up the reception a few hours before the wedding, Kristina went out to the railroad tracks behind the restaurant to gather more rocks for the centerpieces! - WOW! She really went above and beyond there! Kristina was also very quick to respond to any random question I had for her all throughout my year of wedding-planning.

The food- oh my gosh! Delicious! Our guests raved! Not only about the filet mignon or mahi mahi, but the cake, too! Our cake (made by Lisa, Gandy's pastry chef) was honestly the best cake I've ever had.


We had a total of about 90 guests and it felt like the perfect amount of people for the space, just FYI.

I would definitely recommend you book your wedding reception here! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
Gandy Dancer responded with the following comments:

Hello Victoria,
Thank you so much for choosing us for your special day. You were such a delight and I had great time planning with you. I really appreciate this review and it was a pleasure. I will pass this along to all of my staff and please come back any time to visit or to have dinner. Make sure you let me know when you come, so I can stop by and visit. Tell your father thank you for being a help and he is awesome! Tell Michael's family and your mom as well. Thank you Victoria & Michael for sharing your special day with us.
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the Gandy Dancer and their coordinator, Kristina. Everything was AMAZING!! We had both our ceremony and reception at the Gandy Dancer and everything turned out perfectly. Our top priorities: great food, great service, room for up to 150, fun ambiance, close to the airport and activities for guests, and all at a reasonable price. The Gandy Dancer not only fit the bill, but they went above and beyond my expectations! People could not stop raving about the food and the service. We ended up having 110 guests, which left plenty of room for an aisle, the sweetheart table, the place card table, and room for guests to mingle. The fact that this building is practically the only building on the street provided such a magical, old world ambiance, and every couple hours when a train went by, guests got super excited. It was totally, totally awesome!

We also knew that we wanted a venue with a great coordinator, since we planned our wedding on our own, and I have so many good things to stay about Kristina, I could go on and on. From our first meeting, she was professional, communicative, and flexible - in two words: she rocks! I knew that everything would go so well, but everything turned out better than I could have imagined. Kristina and her staff helped with the setup of decor (which looked amazing) and when we made a couple changes to the timeline during the reception, she rolled with the punches and was super accommodating; she even helped keep me calm before I walked down the aisle. I would recommend the Gandy Dancer in a heartbeat!
I cannot say enough good things about the Gandy Dancer and their coordinator, Kristina. Everything was AMAZING!! We had Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the Gandy Dancer and their coordinator, Kristina. Everything was AMAZING!! We had both our ceremony and reception at the Gandy Dancer and everything turned out perfectly. Our top priorities: great food, great service, room for up to 150, fun ambiance, close to the airport and activities for guests, and all at a reasonable price. The Gandy Dancer not only fit the bill, but they went above and beyond my expectations! People could not stop raving about the food and the service. We ended up having 110 guests, which left plenty of room for an aisle, the sweetheart table, the place card table, and room for guests to mingle. The fact that this building is practically the only building on the street provided such a magical, old world ambiance, and every couple hours when a train went by, guests got super excited. It was totally, totally awesome!

We also knew that we wanted a venue with a great coordinator, since we planned our wedding on our own, and I have so many good things to stay about Kristina, I could go on and on. From our first meeting, she was professional, communicative, and flexible - in two words: she rocks! I knew that everything would go so well, but everything turned out better than I could have imagined. Kristina and her staff helped with the setup of decor (which looked amazing) and when we made a couple changes to the timeline during the reception, she rolled with the punches and was super accommodating; she even helped keep me calm before I walked down the aisle. I would recommend the Gandy Dancer in a heartbeat! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely AMAZING!

My husband and I were so impressed with the Gandy Dancer team, ESPECIALLY Kristina! She was quick to respond to all of my questions and was willing to meet with me on multiple occasions to discuss the details of our day.

Our wedding reception at the Gandy Dancer was absolutely incredible. The staff was on point and the plates of all guests were served hot and at the same time. I can not tell you how many rave reviews I received on the food! And the CAKE! Our cake was designed to perfection by their pastry chef Bryant, he turned my inspiration image into a real life replica and it tasted phenomenal!

I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to future brides!
Absolutely AMAZING!

My husband and I were so impressed with the Gandy Dancer team, ESPECIALLY Kristina! She was Read more...
Absolutely AMAZING!

My husband and I were so impressed with the Gandy Dancer team, ESPECIALLY Kristina! She was quick to respond to all of my questions and was willing to meet with me on multiple occasions to discuss the details of our day.

Our wedding reception at the Gandy Dancer was absolutely incredible. The staff was on point and the plates of all guests were served hot and at the same time. I can not tell you how many rave reviews I received on the food! And the CAKE! Our cake was designed to perfection by their pastry chef Bryant, he turned my inspiration image into a real life replica and it tasted phenomenal!

I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to future brides! Read less
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Gerta
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding at the Gandy Dancer! Our only concern was that the space would be too small for our 130 guests, but it was perfect. There was ample room to eat, dance, and socialize, and the cozy space just made it feel like more of a party. The food, as always, was EXCELLENT. Aside from being in our favorite city and being a fun, unique location, the food was the main reason we chose the Gandy Dancer - and it did not disappoint. The bar service was also great, and the pricing was more than reasonable for food and drink, with no fixed rental fee. Last but certainly not least, Kristina was AMAZING at helping coordinate everything. She is incredibly friendly and made the planning process much more enjoyable. She was also very accessible in helping address our questions, and consistently provided great recommendations regarding food options, seating arrangements, timing, etc. We would highly recommend her and the Gandy Dancer to anyone looking to do a fun wedding in Ann Arbor! Thanks Kristina!
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding at the Gandy Dancer! Our only concern was that the space would be too small for our Read more...
We absolutely LOVED having our wedding at the Gandy Dancer! Our only concern was that the space would be too small for our 130 guests, but it was perfect. There was ample room to eat, dance, and socialize, and the cozy space just made it feel like more of a party. The food, as always, was EXCELLENT. Aside from being in our favorite city and being a fun, unique location, the food was the main reason we chose the Gandy Dancer - and it did not disappoint. The bar service was also great, and the pricing was more than reasonable for food and drink, with no fixed rental fee. Last but certainly not least, Kristina was AMAZING at helping coordinate everything. She is incredibly friendly and made the planning process much more enjoyable. She was also very accessible in helping address our questions, and consistently provided great recommendations regarding food options, seating arrangements, timing, etc. We would highly recommend her and the Gandy Dancer to anyone looking to do a fun wedding in Ann Arbor! Thanks Kristina! Read less
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Gandy Dancer responded with the following comments:

Hello Gerta & Jim,

Thank you so much for this wondeful review. You were both a pleasure to work with and I am glad to hear you had a great time. Many thanks for choosing the Gandy Dancer and please come back anytime to visit. Have a great rest of the year and many more to come!
Best,
Kristina Spurlock & TEAM
Gandy Dancer
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We had 100 people at our reception outside next to the wawater fountain this past August. The wait staff, servers, and wedding planner at The Gandy Dancer were 5 star the entire evening. It was worth the delicious choices for dinner, which included salad and bread, tea and coffee, and they even cut our cake for free. Did I mention the wedding planner was included as well? We also decided to pay extra to have an open premium bar all night, which was perfect IPA beer selections and wine. If we renew our vows and have another gathering, we wouldn't hesitate to use their services again. Excellent!
We had 100 people at our reception outside next to the wawater fountain this past August. The wait staff, servers, and Read more...
We had 100 people at our reception outside next to the wawater fountain this past August. The wait staff, servers, and wedding planner at The Gandy Dancer were 5 star the entire evening. It was worth the delicious choices for dinner, which included salad and bread, tea and coffee, and they even cut our cake for free. Did I mention the wedding planner was included as well? We also decided to pay extra to have an open premium bar all night, which was perfect IPA beer selections and wine. If we renew our vows and have another gathering, we wouldn't hesitate to use their services again. Excellent! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Alicia
Wedding:
2/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We hosted our wedding reception in the Mezzanine Room at the Gandy Dancer. We originally had our event planned at another venue that cancelled a couple of weeks before our event. The Gandy Dancer took care of us quickly and was very responsive during the planning phase.

We could not have asked for anything better the day of the event. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the venue was beautiful!
We hosted our wedding reception in the Mezzanine Room at the Gandy Dancer. We originally had our event planned at another Read more...
We hosted our wedding reception in the Mezzanine Room at the Gandy Dancer. We originally had our event planned at another venue that cancelled a couple of weeks before our event. The Gandy Dancer took care of us quickly and was very responsive during the planning phase.

We could not have asked for anything better the day of the event. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, and the venue was beautiful! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Having our wedding reception here was an amazing experience. I felt as though Kristina - the event coordinator for the Gandy - was at my "beck and call" for any question or issue big or small, despite having many, many other events to attend to throughout our contracted time. She took care of nearly all of the decorating, which was a huge weight off of my shoulders the day of. Our guests were very impressed with the waitstaff and the food; having a plated meal as opposed to a buffet was a nice touch! Aside from our personal decor items, they took care of clean-up as well.
We are so happy that we chose the Gandy Dancer!! Thank you Kristina and staff!
Having our wedding reception here was an amazing experience. I felt as though Kristina - the event coordinator for the Read more...
Having our wedding reception here was an amazing experience. I felt as though Kristina - the event coordinator for the Gandy - was at my "beck and call" for any question or issue big or small, despite having many, many other events to attend to throughout our contracted time. She took care of nearly all of the decorating, which was a huge weight off of my shoulders the day of. Our guests were very impressed with the waitstaff and the food; having a plated meal as opposed to a buffet was a nice touch! Aside from our personal decor items, they took care of clean-up as well.
We are so happy that we chose the Gandy Dancer!! Thank you Kristina and staff! Read less
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