Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix

4.5
1228 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
At Culinary Dropout, raise your glass to friends coming together. A place where food and music are life. Join us at happy hour for ice cold beer and our famous soft pretzels with provolone fondue. At dinner, a signature cocktail and slow braised 36-hour pork ribs are a perfect pair. While you and your crew enjoy damn good food and drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while.
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Join us for our New Year's Eve Special featuring Rock Shrimp & Scallop Bouillabaisse (black mussels, charred zucchini, grilled ciabatta, saffron tomato broth) as well as our NYE Cocktail Trio (Fancy Bubbly Wine, Choice of Dropout Signature Cocktail & Spiced Whiskey for dessert).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for my wife. Friends recommended.

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AngelC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place! But it’s get crowded Friday afternoon.

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Phyllispam
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Heard a lot about the place. It’s cool concept. The sandwich was good. If I had a bigger appetite at the time, would’ve ordered one of the main entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very fun! This was our fist time going there and we definitely would go back! Very fun place and AMAZING ranch haha

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic and gave the best recommendations!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatnfood, I had the grilled chicken club. The wait staff was very attentive and , due to the rain, they had free valet service

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DelilahHope
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a group of friends together for a quick brunch before heading off to CA and we were all so satisfied with our experience here that we wished we could’ve stayed in AZ a little longer. Making reservations was so easy the night before, even for our group of 8. The place is also so easy to find and the complimentary valet is super convenient. The place is well-decorated and spacious with such a cool vibe that’s not pretentious at all. The ambience with the large flatscreen TVs situated everywhere and enormous back patio with ping pong tables, corn hole, and foosball perfect for little kids and big kids alike. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was exceptional, thanks to our server, Summer. If we ever come back to AZ, we’ll definitely make our way back here.

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MichelleF
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time at The Yard, even if you don’t play games there’s so much to take I. Yes, our server was exceptional but the food came out so fast- entrees right after the app and the dessert before we were even halfway thru the entree. Not a huge deal except it was monkey bread w/ice cream. But still an enjoyable evening and because we did the restaurant week menu it was a decent value.

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SerenaS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was off the hook! Got a bit loud, but it was just so fun to be out and about. DJ was great and we enjoyed our evening fully!

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vipSKolo
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good experience. We were celebrating one of my daughter's accomplishments and it was disappointing that the menu item she really wanted was unavailable. Drinks were a bit strong.
Very surprised that the valets were turning people without reservations away saying the wait was 3 hours when nearly half of the tables were unoccupied for most of our visit.

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JMoisesC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience for a birthday party! The service was excellent and food was delicious!!

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vipJGLovestodine
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was amazing and cooked to perfection.

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LisaK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Even tried Culinary Dropout for the first time during AZ Restaurant Week. Great place, fantastic patio. The servers were attentive, the food was good. The only trouble we had was with the three course concept of the AZ Restaurant Week offering. We were told that the courses would just come to us automatically. Well they came too close together. WAY TOO CLOSE together. Our main course was at the table before we had hardly had a bite of our appetizer course, and the dessert was on the table right when we started eating our main courses. The Dessert was warm monkey bread a la mode. The ice cream was completely melted liquid before we finished our dinner and got to the dessert. The “automatic coursing” of a meal like that needs to be revisited, staff has to be monitoring the course progress at the table. I am certain that we did not quite experience quite how great Culinary Dropout is with that ruched, coursed meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Waiter was very informative and kind. Great food and unique options.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, the server was right on point and the food was delicious. This place is legit!

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ErinP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was my first time here to CD. It was Great time. The service was awesome, the food was delicious but it was so Noisy. I felt like I had to shout just to have a conversation with the person next to me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu doesn’t say burger comes with Mayo, would order without next time. Everything else was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

HORRIFIC! My daughter had her 16th birthday dinner here with friends. They sat her next to the bar and had a line of bar customers lined up around the table, leaning over and crowding their table the entire dinner- ruined the entire night. I sat in the bar area to order my dinner. I ordered a burger very well done and it was served to me RARE. Completely understaffed and most of the staff could care less -
Had to wait 20 min just to order a drink and only got served because we had to basically scream at a bartender to get her attention. Condensation dripping from the ceiling onto customers backs. It may be a popular restaurant but it’s NOT WORTH IT - absolutely the worst experience.

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JoeC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server came to check on us perfect amount of times. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was poor. Lack of attention and follow up to missing utensils and food. Food arrival was very slow.

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AmberJ
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

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Greg57
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My wife and I took an out of town guest to dinner at Culinary Dropout at the Yard. We were seated very quickly (reservations via OpenTable), our waitress didn't make a correlation between our age (mid 60's) and her over-bubbly, high-pitched Valley Girl conversations with us. I kept waiting for her to say OMG and I know-Right!!!!
Although I have never been a waiter/waitress/server which seems like a difficult job to do 22-50 per night, but I would think that they should change their verbal approach and tone to a level of the customers.

Ok and now the food; with a limited menu, I would think that you could order a small dinner salad before your main course arrives. But not here!, the Pork Ribs were very good, as was the Fish & Chips, but the chicken (high volume item) was very dry from being over cooked. It was a general census that the Coles Slaw was horrible! It tasked sliced cabbage mixed with water. There was no Mayo, Vinegar, or Sugar! Unfortunately, it was served as an included side item with every meal.
With three drinks and two good meals out of 3, a $110 bill was a bit steep.

Lastly, with a busy wait staff, chef's and food delivery people, you would think that the menu would have more choices on it. Maybe that is why the restaurant is called Culinary Drop Out!

Come on mangers and the GM, take a full look at the food that is being serviced. You can do much better that what is available at this time.

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vipSidneyB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got in and out in a timely manor. Service was great, and food was amazing.

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DaniGirl
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very casual atmosphere, super friendly service. We loved it and wish we had longer to enjoy it before our event.

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vipBoJangles
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious. Best Ribs in town IMHO. I do wish the menu was more diverse, but what is delivered is always tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

We go to culinary dropout frequently. Usually, the food and service is great. This time, food was only alright and the service was pretty terrible. We waited 20+ minutes for water, beers were wrong, we had to wait for a while to get our check.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The whole experience was alright, nothing great about the food, the service nor the vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21st Birthday

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vipNewOrleansTourist
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food as always and our server was great.

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vipJeff713
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We absolutely love Culinary Dropout we go to the SF restaurants 1-2 times a week, As a company you guys do a great job! but last night was just an off night, my food was served cold, and my wife's fries came out 20 minutes after her steak, I must stipulate the #1 reason you guys are tops on our list is you do my wifes fries in a separate fryer as she is celiac, and that alone gives you guys our dollars weekly, but the timing is important, not the end of the world we will be back, but not a manager in sight in our 1 plus hour dining experience, if any manager would have touched our table, I would have gladly given the feedback on the spot

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ValerieW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here. The Korean skirt steak was phenomenal. Great date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Went for some drinks after work for happy hour. We were told happy hour is 20% off drinks before 6pm. Ordered drinks at 5:30 and were charged full price.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food didn’t come out at the same time for everyone. Those that sat patiently waiting for the others then had cold food. Service was just okay.

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Breeze
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Megan excellent care of our party 7. Disappointed they don't have happy hour food specials but did have 20% off of drinks. Very unassuming from the outside but great vibe and lots of seating inside and out.

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vipNMKings
New Mexico
28 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun food, ambiance, and experience! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I wish I had known we needed to book inside vs outside…

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AmyK
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was fresh and tasted great. Good drinks and lots on choices on tap for beer. Enjoyed the live music the guy played a lot of different eras of music.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 680-4040.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix is rated 4.5 stars by 1228 OpenTable diners.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.foxrc.com/gift-cards/.

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.