Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Culinary Dropout Waterfront

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.culinarydropout.com/
  • Phone: 4809701700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Fred Flores
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music on weekends.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet available
A word from Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Culinary Dropout, our little gastropub "rebel child" breaks all the rules with its uniform-free staff and relaxed, soulful ambiance.

You'll find amped-up pub-type appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, along with a unique Antipasti Menu showcasing delicious and hard-to-find meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Rustic wood flooring and worn, overstuffed leather benches compliment deep purple and green chandeliers and patterned velvet chairs. Melt into the comfortable setting at the Scottsdale Waterfront and enjoy our outdoor patio and live music performed a few nights each week on our mini stage. Culinary Dropout is also a day-drinking and late-night destination with two-thirds of the menu dedicated to beer, wine and some pretty interesting cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Culinary Dropout Waterfront reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (18)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (16)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (11)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (4)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Poor Wine List Average Food
    kjwestx
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You would think a hot spot like this place would have a much better wine selection. I was very dissappointed. They have excellent cheeses and meats from all over the world and only 2 choices of chardonnay by the bottle and not even popular ones. I think they need to focus on what kind of resturant they want. The menu was all over the board. They had a few great items but not sure about the other items. The steak was cook perfectly but one of my other guests ordered a salad and it was swimming in dressing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS PLACE
    SherryBlonde
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Amazing food, amazing atmosphere and staff! Every time we are in Arizona we make reservations here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip but Square Chain
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was recommended for the pretzel and cheese dip. The pretzel was exceptional but the rest of the food was ordinary and follows the name. Located near the very busy and hip Fashion Square area. Fine if you are in the area shopping but not a destination.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We arrived for our reservations about 15 minutes early so we decided to grab drinks at the bar. The bartender was pretty rude and made an unnecessary comment to one guest in our party. Although we had reservations for inside it was taking awhile so we opted to sit outside. This was a slight mistake on our behalf because it was still way too warm outside. Our server was excellent but I can't bring myself to give 5 stars due to the service from the bartender. The food was good but not over the top.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is a joke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is for teens not for adults. Prices are too expensive for what everything is worth it here. Food and drinks are very limited that you pretty much end up eaten a hamburger with French fries for $20 dollars plus the expensive limited beverages. Waitress are ridiculously pretentious & snobby ...anyway..everything us too pretentious, too expensive, too noisy and very limited. Oh they advertise as a waterfront restaurant that's why we chose this place among others; but when we asked to be seated by the water the obnoxious waitress told us that there was no water "it was only for marketing purposes" so, no water, no good food, no nothing they presume in the website"
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Fox Find
    lovingscottsdale
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was one of the best restaurants Ive eaten at in a long time! Excellent food, fabulous service, beautiful environment. Mr Fox if you read this, please expand to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and creative food but loud
    jlbl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very creative menu, glad we went. Was loud just from people talking but at 7:30 the live music started. We left as soon as dinner was done as unable to talk anymore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brown Bag Special
    Grub4GirlsNiteOut
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and a great night with friends. We had the soft pretzel appy which was amazing and the house made potato chips- delish! So full that we ended up with salads that were delightful. Deocr was very cool and very hip. Live band.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but Good
    AZHORN
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time at this Fox restaurant. Prompt seating, live music but incredibly noisy. The place was crowded we were seated right in front of the kitchen, kind of bar area for an 8:15p reservation. Service started out good, but then got spotty. Our appetizer appeared quickly but after our dinner was served attention waned, when my husband got up to go to the restroom he had to ask our server to come and get our dessert order. Overall the food was delicious, I classify this as more of an appetizer & dessert, drink place with a great assortment especially the pretzels and cheese fondue and salted caramel custard!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary Lee's Birthday
    birthdaytimeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Love celebrating special occasions at C D. We had a blast‼️‼️
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT disappointed
    Yum2Tum
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have heard numerous people rave about this place and so I was nervous that it would not meet my expectations. I brought a group of my girlfriends to kick off our getaway and I have to say I was NOT disappointed. Of course we got the pretzel rolls, delicious! We all tried something different and left feeling very full and satisfied. Our waiter was very attentive our food came out quickly but tasted freshly made. Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    was looking thru Scottsdale restaurants to try with another couple and the reviews were really good, so thought we'd give it a chance. we really had a great time. the band was excellent and we would come just for the band. everyone enjoyed their food and the place was just fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Josh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was mediocre at best, enviroment was great, drinks ok as well...disappointed for what I expected
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, great service
    BeetzyB
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My girlfriend and I made reservations for 7 pm, and showed up a little early. We were told it would be take a few minutes for a table to be ready, which we didn't mind for it was a Saturday night and the place was very busy. The two hostesses were very friendly and got us the next table available after other guests had come in. Being just the two of us, we were patient for it was very busy. Our waitress was very nice and the food was amazing! Especially a pretzels! Overall a great experience, and great service. **Note - It's funny when people try to walking in to get a table right away on the weekends, it's the WEEKEND, they're gonna be busy.........just like the hostess said--next time, make a reservation lol....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvagreatplace
    Luvgreatfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great place to meet friends or family and have some good food. I was very impressed!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet friends
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Culinary Dropout is a great alternative place to meet friends. The menu is simple and based on good local ingredients, the anti-pasti is a fun way to start a meal. They do a couple of signature dishes which are worth trying. Not badly priced for what you get.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch spot
    luv2eat
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Food and service were excellent. We were with friends we had not seen in a few months, so we had a lot of catching up. Waitress understood and let us sit and talk - not rushing us was appreciated. We sat outside as the inside was noisy - good choice. Parking was easy and watching the people walk by on the sidewalk reminded me of eating in a French cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experince
    margaretmitchell
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was our first visit to Culinary Dropout and we were quite pleased with the outdoor dining experience. The inside seemed a little dark. Our server was very attentive and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service can ruin a place.
    Milo
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    They have these butternut squash ravioli that are in a brown butter sauce which are the reason I go. The service there has never been exceptional. The servers and bartenders usually give out the entitled server vibe, like they're doing me a favor. I eat out 10 times a week and I waited tables for 13 years. So I know kindness when I see it and usually not there. Butternut Squash Ravioli brings me back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Culinary Dropout Waterfront reviews archive.
  • Cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Culinary Dropout is a cool place. Good food, brews on tap, and really trendy setting. Close to walking distance to many other bars, restaurants, and high end shopping. Great service and not rushed. We made reservations so got a good table. Many folks without will be likely set at the community table section. So make reservations if that's not your thing. Wife had buttermilk fried chicken which was good and I had jalapeño ribs which were also very good. Got bread, sopressata, and really good white cheddar. San tan hop shock is good beer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter Eats
    Thepete
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My family- wife, In-laws and my two girls (5 and 8) went on Easter at 2pm. Our first time here and I was very impressed with the easy location, easy parking access, the ambiance of the place was amazing. Decor was top notch and I loved the inside/outside design of the restaurant. Service was excellent, table was awesome and super comfortable (we had a round table with bigger, very comfy chairs). The ordering experience and the wait staff were fabulous. Menu choices were super. The only thing slightly disappointing were the portion sizes. Rib eye streak came pre-sliced, my ribs were good, my mom in law said she has has better fish and chips. My girls really loved the turkey pastrami sandwich on the pretzel bread bun- so that was a home run.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happening spot for a young crowd
    Steve
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Took my wife there Friday night. The place was packed Fortunately we had a reservation. They have a nice selection of beers on tap. The bartenders make all kinds if drinks too and lots if them. Started with the antipasto section of the food. Everything was yummy. They make this balsamic reduction in asparagus that is quite yummy. They also out the reduction in olive oil and serve it with a great fresh bread. Many cheese and meat selections too. We could have just gone for that and been happy. I had the fried chicken. The chicken was better than average but I have had better. The sides that came with it were not so good. Overall it's an place to be seen more so than eat.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I can't stop thinking about the pretzel fondue. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic