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Gandy Dancer

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

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734-769-0592

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When was your venue built?
1896
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
150
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
50000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
35
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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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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Chelsea
Wedding:
8/10/2014
4.7/5.0
We had a wonderful brunch reception at The Gandy Dancer!! Kristina is just awesome to work with and I would highly recommend this venue if you are looking for something that doesn't feel like a big banquet hall.
We had a wonderful brunch reception at The Gandy Dancer!! Kristina is just awesome to work with and I would highly Read more...
We had a wonderful brunch reception at The Gandy Dancer!! Kristina is just awesome to work with and I would highly recommend this venue if you are looking for something that doesn't feel like a big banquet hall. Read less
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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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Christina
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Gandy Dancer. Talk about a great decision! Not only does the building itself have character and charm, but Kristina is an incredible coordinator. I am still floored by her superb attention to detail and crazy organizational skills. We got so many compliments about the intimacy of the venue and the incredible brunch spread. Our guests didn't even have to worry about searching for parking, since the Gandy Dancer includes complimentary valet service. Five stars!
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Gandy Dancer. Talk about a great decision! Not only does the building itself Read more...
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Gandy Dancer. Talk about a great decision! Not only does the building itself have character and charm, but Kristina is an incredible coordinator. I am still floored by her superb attention to detail and crazy organizational skills. We got so many compliments about the intimacy of the venue and the incredible brunch spread. Our guests didn't even have to worry about searching for parking, since the Gandy Dancer includes complimentary valet service. Five stars! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.8/5.0
We had our reception at Gandy Dancer and it was great! We had a custom menu (all vegetarian) and the food was delicious. The weather was perfect that day, so we had all of the sides up on the outdoor patio and the fountain looked so pretty at night. We had about 95 guests, which was a good number for outside to leave enough room for people to move around. Throughout planning, Kristina was flexible and pleasant to work with, and always willing to meet to go over additional details. I recommend the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor as a fun, unique wedding venue.
We had our reception at Gandy Dancer and it was great! We had a custom menu (all vegetarian) and the food was delicious. Read more...
We had our reception at Gandy Dancer and it was great! We had a custom menu (all vegetarian) and the food was delicious. The weather was perfect that day, so we had all of the sides up on the outdoor patio and the fountain looked so pretty at night. We had about 95 guests, which was a good number for outside to leave enough room for people to move around. Throughout planning, Kristina was flexible and pleasant to work with, and always willing to meet to go over additional details. I recommend the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor as a fun, unique wedding venue. Read less
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spd
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Our son and daughter-in-law were married in Malaysia earlier this year and we had a reception for them at the Gandy Dancer Courtyard. I was very impressed with their coordinator Kristina. Our reception went very well. People raved about the service and food. We did a mingling cocktail party with some live music and a photo booth (Shutterbooth) for some fun! It was a great night.
Our son and daughter-in-law were married in Malaysia earlier this year and we had a reception for them at the Gandy Dancer Read more...
Our son and daughter-in-law were married in Malaysia earlier this year and we had a reception for them at the Gandy Dancer Courtyard. I was very impressed with their coordinator Kristina. Our reception went very well. People raved about the service and food. We did a mingling cocktail party with some live music and a photo booth (Shutterbooth) for some fun! It was a great night. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony was supposed to take place a mile away in the Arboretum. Unfortunately, the weather turned and there was no way we could have had our ceremony in the pouring rain. The staff created a sweet little area were we could say our vows, literally minutes before the ceremony was to start, and everything went beautifully. The food was amazing, our guests raved about every dish they ate, and the desserts upstaged the wedding cakes they were that good! I'd recommend the Gandy Dancer for every event, the staff, food, and decor is worth every penny. Oh, and try the dynamite mahi...it's fabulous!
Our ceremony was supposed to take place a mile away in the Arboretum. Unfortunately, the weather turned and there was no Read more...
Our ceremony was supposed to take place a mile away in the Arboretum. Unfortunately, the weather turned and there was no way we could have had our ceremony in the pouring rain. The staff created a sweet little area were we could say our vows, literally minutes before the ceremony was to start, and everything went beautifully. The food was amazing, our guests raved about every dish they ate, and the desserts upstaged the wedding cakes they were that good! I'd recommend the Gandy Dancer for every event, the staff, food, and decor is worth every penny. Oh, and try the dynamite mahi...it's fabulous! Read less
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stacida
Wedding:
5/22/2011
4.2/5.0
The Gandy Dancer made planning the reception the easiest part of the wedding. Since it's a restaurant, the conduct their catering in a manner that provides an intimate feel, no need for menu cards! Their seafood and steak selections are top notch! Their outdoor patio is perfect for the outdoor reception feel, without worrying about the elements. Kristina, the catering coordinator is super friendly and knowledgeable.
The Gandy Dancer made planning the reception the easiest part of the wedding. Since it's a restaurant, the conduct their Read more...
The Gandy Dancer made planning the reception the easiest part of the wedding. Since it's a restaurant, the conduct their catering in a manner that provides an intimate feel, no need for menu cards! Their seafood and steak selections are top notch! Their outdoor patio is perfect for the outdoor reception feel, without worrying about the elements. Kristina, the catering coordinator is super friendly and knowledgeable. Read less
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jrussell
Wedding:
11/13/2010
3.6/5.0
Gandy Dancer is an old Ann Arbor staple. The food quality and service is always outstanding. Hence the reason why I decided to have my reception at this restaurant.

The food service, bar service were perfect. We could not get enough compliments about how everything tasted.

With that said...the event coordinator is, to be nice, very difficult to work with---and I suggest despite her assurance that you have a wedding planner to look after the event coordinator at Gandy to make sure she is staying on top of exactly how you want things.

Overall though, the food and dancing in the courtyard was perfect.
Gandy Dancer is an old Ann Arbor staple. The food quality and service is always outstanding. Hence the reason why I Read more...
Gandy Dancer is an old Ann Arbor staple. The food quality and service is always outstanding. Hence the reason why I decided to have my reception at this restaurant.

The food service, bar service were perfect. We could not get enough compliments about how everything tasted.

With that said...the event coordinator is, to be nice, very difficult to work with---and I suggest despite her assurance that you have a wedding planner to look after the event coordinator at Gandy to make sure she is staying on top of exactly how you want things.

Overall though, the food and dancing in the courtyard was perfect. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Loved it. We had our reception in the Gandy Dancer's Courtyard on a crisp and rainy night. The heaters worked well and everyone was comfortable (well, the ladies were cool and the menfolk were a little warm with jackets). The restaurant's valet service provided car to table umbrella service which was greatly appreciated by our guests. The food was phenomenal and, from my perspective, Kristina was a genius. She handled problems and made sure everything went smoothly. Table service was great (Thanks Will!) and all of the staff was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. And... somehow we came in under budget on food and beverages, when does that happen?
Loved it. We had our reception in the Gandy Dancer's Courtyard on a crisp and rainy night. The heaters worked well and Read more...
Loved it. We had our reception in the Gandy Dancer's Courtyard on a crisp and rainy night. The heaters worked well and everyone was comfortable (well, the ladies were cool and the menfolk were a little warm with jackets). The restaurant's valet service provided car to table umbrella service which was greatly appreciated by our guests. The food was phenomenal and, from my perspective, Kristina was a genius. She handled problems and made sure everything went smoothly. Table service was great (Thanks Will!) and all of the staff was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. And... somehow we came in under budget on food and beverages, when does that happen? Read less
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nbrannen
Wedding:
4/3/2010
5.0/5.0
We had our Reception on the patio at the Gandy Dancer. We loved the look of the building and knew the food is amazing so we decided to do our reception there. The food definitely didn't disappoint. We chose a strolling style dinner with appetizers. We expected small bit sized apps. but they were much bigger and even better than what we had expected. We had more than enough food for our guests and everyone kept saying that this was the best wedding food they had ever had and was amazing. We set the patio up in more of a lounge feel and only offered seating for half our guests and had bar height tables because we really wanted people to mingle and move around, which worked out great. People danced, partied, had a great time and had plenty of room to grab a seat at one of the 6 tables if they needed to relax. We loved our experience with The Gandy Dancer and would recommend them to anyone for their reception.
We had our Reception on the patio at the Gandy Dancer. We loved the look of the building and knew the food is amazing so Read more...
We had our Reception on the patio at the Gandy Dancer. We loved the look of the building and knew the food is amazing so we decided to do our reception there. The food definitely didn't disappoint. We chose a strolling style dinner with appetizers. We expected small bit sized apps. but they were much bigger and even better than what we had expected. We had more than enough food for our guests and everyone kept saying that this was the best wedding food they had ever had and was amazing. We set the patio up in more of a lounge feel and only offered seating for half our guests and had bar height tables because we really wanted people to mingle and move around, which worked out great. People danced, partied, had a great time and had plenty of room to grab a seat at one of the 6 tables if they needed to relax. We loved our experience with The Gandy Dancer and would recommend them to anyone for their reception. Read less
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A2Liz
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.9/5.0
We had our reception in the outdoor (covered) courtyard at the Gandy Dancer. It was beautiful. They arranged for chair covers for us at $2.50 per chair. Their banquet manager, Kristina, was an angel -- so organized and helpful and willing to go out of her way to help our reception be perfect. All of our guests LOVED their entrees and were very impressed when all of the entrees for the table were delivered at the same time. We had an open bar, seated dinner and 133 guests.
We had our reception in the outdoor (covered) courtyard at the Gandy Dancer. It was beautiful. They arranged for chair Read more...
We had our reception in the outdoor (covered) courtyard at the Gandy Dancer. It was beautiful. They arranged for chair covers for us at $2.50 per chair. Their banquet manager, Kristina, was an angel -- so organized and helpful and willing to go out of her way to help our reception be perfect. All of our guests LOVED their entrees and were very impressed when all of the entrees for the table were delivered at the same time. We had an open bar, seated dinner and 133 guests. Read less
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