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Culinary Dropout
Culinary Dropout

Culinary Dropout Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.culinarydropout.com
  • Phone: (702) 522-8100
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Thu 11am - 11pm
    Fri 11am - 12am
    Sat 10am - 12 am
    Sun 10am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Syhre
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music on weekends.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Culinary Dropout
Leave your report cards and school books at home.

From the chefs on the line with silver-studded ears and tomahawk hair, to the inked-up, decked-out bar staff shaking and stirring some of the most creative cocktails in the valley, we’re all dropouts here.

Culinary Dropout serves the very best in unique gastro-pub fare that quietly seeks out future musical superstars who wouldn't mind being paid whiskey and pretzel bites. We’re not easily definable and even harder to forget. And we did that on purpose so you could come and hang out.

So seriously, come and hang out.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "This is the 2nd location I've been to for Culinary Dropout (the have 2 in the Phoenix area, and this one in Vegas). The food is almost all made from scratch on location and it tastes it. My friends had the prime rib "french dip" and raved about it. Service has been wonderfully friendly in both locations, as well as attentive. This is a great casual place to get some pretty decent 'bar food.""
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Culinary Dropout is a great spot for dinner before a concert at the Hard Rock!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Shared plates with friends! Best idea as all the choices were fab! A bit noisy and hectic. Very attentive and friendly staff!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Although a smaller menu, the food was varied to fit most peoples wants and needs. Very tasty fare,good bar, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Relaxed atmosphere. Great choice for a meal before a show at The Hard Roc or a nibble after. They also have a set menu for show evenings. Would recommend highly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We attended the Queen Concert on July 5 at Hard Rock. We went to Culinary Dropout for dinner first. Knowing that the Queen Concert was a sellout you would have expected the restaurant to be fully staffed for dinner. IT WAS NOT. Our waitress couldn't even take our order. Another waiter took our drink and food order at the same time. It took forever for the drinks to come. He apologized and said he is easily distracted. The food came and it was worse than the service. The fried chicken was cold and overcooked and uneatable. No one came back to ask if our food was ok. The wait staff are all dressed in regular clothing so you don't even know who works there. All I can say is to avoid this place at all costs."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We got right in! Everyone was super friendly! Food was DELiSH! Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a pre-concert dinner with a group of seven people, and three of us went back later for cocktails and late-night snacks. I ordered their soft pretzels before dinner, and almost ordered the again later in the evening, they were that good. The order is large, and the provolone fondue that comes as a dip is excellent. Had an entree salad that I really enjoyed, and others in our group ordered burgers, sandwiches, and other entrees. I didn't hear a single complaint. The beer selection and creativity of the cocktail menu are outstanding. Also enjoyed the house-made potato chips and carmel corn."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fun live music. Great wait staff. Good food. We had a large group of people that only knew each other on the internet but we all came for the Queen + Adam Lambert concert. Several of us booked tables. I think there were more than 30 of us. We had a wonderful time thanks to everyone. Our waiter was amazingly accommodating. Drinks were fabulous too. Chicken meatballs and GIANT shrimp were my favorite appetizers."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Warned of long wait for fried chicken. It must of been being precooked as it came before the appetizer. Slaw not dressed, potatoes instant. Seared tuna salad was all chopped up together with shreds of "fishy-off-putting tuna" mixed in. Questionable quality. Left in the bowl. Canned Fat Tire---yucky metal taste Uncomfortable seating and loud canned music"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I really wanted to love this place but somewhat disappointed. Great ambiance and our server Ben was very attentive. We started with the pretzel bites (which is their claim to fame) - it was delicious and a pure money maker for them. The portion is a hit too large for 2 people (I wish they has 2 sizes to choose from). We also had deviled eggs which was the highlight of it all. We choose ribs for the entree and being from the south, we expected a lot given the description. It was unfortunately over salted and we could only eat one rib. I expected him to take it off the bill or for the manager to acknowledge it but neither did. Anyway, hoping this place gets better as it has a lot of potential."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Our appetizers were okay—burrata salad was great. Came with work crew and someone we were hosting. The music was unbearably loud, and went on way too long. I'd go back to sit somewhere else, or maybe outside, but it wouldn't be my first choice."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our second time at Culinary Dropout. With all of the selection in Vegas, we decided to go back, it's that good! Get the pretzels, they are amazing. Everything on the menu has been great so far. The live music on Friday night was a great addition. We were there with an 18 and 15 year old and they loved the eclectic mix played. Everything from a Miley Cyrus cover to Hotel California. Get the popcorn for dessert. Would have liked just a big bowl of the popcorn alone, but the caramel custard was good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Happy Hour food seemed better than the regular I tried the Ribs did not like them very much but the pretzels with fondue were great!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time at Culinary Dropout and we had the best time. The food and drinks were excellent. The staff was very helpful with my drink selection and offered food suggestions. We didn't feel rushed, we were very comfortable and the timing was excellent. There was a variety of age groups, so it didn't feel too trendy. I have recommended this restaurant to family and friends."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is great! The Italian Grinder was average, but the favorite thing at our table was the Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and the Pretzels and Fondue. You can't go wrong with either of those. The ONLY thing that was a take-away was the people providing the entertainment (singing, etc). They were absolutely horrible. Therefore, I would go for the food and the atmosphere..but definitely not the live music."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Unfortunately the food did not make up for the incredibly slow service. The service was very friendly and polite. Not sure what took so long to prepare our food, especially since the restaurant was not full. Maybe they were short staffed. Was disappointed that the food didn't live up to the awesome reviews that I read before I made the reservation. The fried chicken looked lovely, but was overcooked and dry. The gravy on the mashed potatoes left much to be desired. The cole slaw reminded me of KFC, not necessarily a bad thing."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had one of those most popular dishes: fried chicken which was really moist and juicy and not dry at all. Nice server."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 and it was our first time in Vegas and at Culinary Dropout and we loved everything about the restaurant - the food, the service, the atmosphere, and the music. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We are locals and took a group of friends visiting from out of town. CD is great as the table are not piled on top of each other and give you plenty of privacy around your table. Ben was a great server as he suggested many of our food and beverage choices which were all winners! Thanks Ben!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This is a great place to go if you happen to find yourself at the Hard Rock wanting a good meal and decent price. It's my favorite of all the places in the HRV. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "From the decor to the staff to the food, everything was great and had a bit of a eclectic flair! Great atmosphere and food. Will definately return!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I just love this place. Food is phenomenal. You must get the pretzel nuggets and provolone fondue. I think everything on the menu is great. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We made a reservation via opentable. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived, yet it took forever to get a drink menu, then forever to get a drink. The food was okay, but nothing to rave about. The service was lackluster. The only positive thing was the live music - singer was really good."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food was good. I had the fried chicken, it was okay. I think I could have made it better myself. The mashed potatoes tasted like the kind from the box and the gravy had no flavor. However, the biscuit was to die for and the coleslaw was great. The potato chips with dip and the preztels with fondu were amazing! I guess if I come back I'll just order a salad and spend my time eating the appetizers. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was very unique and tasty. The appetizers were delicious. I recommend the pretzel balls with cheese dip. All 6 of us ordered something different and we all enjoyed our food. The prices are very reasonable. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This location is not even a close 2nd to its Scottsdale 1st 1. Manager was dealing w a belligerent diner in front of entire line of us waiting while hostess sat & stared at line of ppl waiting for more than 15 min. She then asked to seat people behind us-when we had a res, I announced we had a res, the poor couple in front of us got the shaft & left-Mngr should have not let them leave-offered them an app or something, it was terrible svc. Hostess finally sat us, 1st app arrived cold & stail (pretzel balls) waitress did not want to get new batch, my husband asked nicely twice & she finally did, all prices are raised, overall food was not as it should be. I couldn't write a full review here but you can see my trip advisor to see the entire."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The staff was so willing to accommodate the noise level from the P-Diddy pool party by shutting the garage doors. I was disappointed to find the mayhem going on pool side with the loud and at times inappropriate music. I understand it was not expected and with the wonderful waitress (wish I knew her name she assisted the Rhode party) and the fantastic Manager it made the birthday celebration much better and enjoyable from as I had remembered the atmosphere to be from previous visits. The cab line was another story...but, Culinary Drop food was fantastic!!!! I welcome my next visit and I highly recommend the restaurant to all my friends!!! Thanks for making the dinner enjoyable dispite the outdoor craziness!!! Kind Regards.....MN"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The food ROCKS!! Comfortable seating in a down home atmosphere !"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "CDO has become my go-to restaurant. The food is always creative and delicious and the service is excellent!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Hello, favorite new hot spot. I'll never come to Vegas again without making a point to have at least one meal here. The pretzel fondue appetizer is a MUST-ORDER! You're welcome!!!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The food was pretty good.my sis had grill chicken and mash potatoes but for the money should've put vegatables on the side. The wait was a lil to long but our watriess was doing the best he could to accomandate us. The music was really good. Overall its a decent place to eat at and listen to good music"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Really good food, great drinks, our service was the best! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We arrived a bit late for our reservation...we decided to walk from the MGM! Not advised. A bit out of the way but such a great dinner with fabulous food, drinks and service. The manager was our server- he was attentive, full of passion for his work and obviously very proud of the level of quality they provide. Will be back next time we are in Vegas! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My first time at any Culinary Dropout, and I loved the atmosphere, the appetizers and the specialty drinks. Wow, the warm pretzel balls are amazing, especially with the cheese fondue."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We stopped by Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas before heading to the airport to go home - it was awesome from start the finish! The layout of the restaurant offered both indoor and outdoor seating as well as couches, large tables, etc. Although there were only two of us, it looked like a great place to handle a big group as well. All of the hosts, servers, were friendly and relaxed - not pushy and very helpful in choosing menu items. The food was great - we shared the pretzel appetizer, wedge salad and dark chocolate peanut butter tart. I wish we hadn't shared the tart - it was a great portion, but I wanted my own it was so good! I'm bummed that I don't live closer and can't make this a regular spot for drinks / food."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great and big enough to hold lots of people without feeling crowded. The food is just really good bistro/grill type fare with excellent appetizers. With half the restaurant indoors and half outdoors (by the pool) it's really nice at night."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I thought the menu looked interesting however after arriving and getting a less than warm welcome and waiting for over 10 mins for anyone to come back to our table we were already starting to get concerned. This level of service kept coming with it taking well over 5 mins to even get our drinks. After that it was another 10 mis before anyone came back to check on us. We were told there was some confusion on who was to be serving us. If this had been a very busy night then I might have understood however there could not have been over 20 people in the entire restaurant that seats well into the hundreds. There were employees hanging by the entrance just talking while all this was going on."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Culinary and was great once again. Although they don't have many options for vegans, I found a few things to eat. The food is wonderful as is the staff and ambience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "this trip, was all about off the strip restaurants. And Culinary Dropout was a great find. The pretzels were amazing, so was everything we ordered"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My wife and I chose to eat here anticipating she would have a chicken club or the turkey sandwich. Found out they were out of both so she ordered the fried chicken. I got the bistro steak. Simply AMAZING. Steak was a great cut, very tender. Best french fries I've ever had. Wife's fried chicken - also the best I've ever had. Unbelievable food, and great prices on food & drinks for LV."
    Dined on 3/24/2014