Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix

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With live music, games, and a soulful atmosphere, Culinary Dropout at the Yard is the ultimate adult playground. Treat yourself to amped-up appetizers like our Soft Pretzels sprinkled in sea salt and served with a provolone fondue and crowd favorites like our 36-hour pork ribs, or just enjoy the mood with an ice-cold local beer or signature craft cocktail served by our talented and tatted bartenders. !

Our gaming area is 21+ Fri-Sat after 6 pm.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have amazing food and wonderful service. It one of a kind type of place and I will recommend coming to this place.

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KO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

FYI - made a reservation through Open Table for Culinary Dropout. The hostess went to sit us outside in the yard. It was 105 degrees - made the reservation so I didn't have to sit outside. The hostess was a little rude when I said I didn't want to sit outside, but she did change us to an inside table. The waitress and food was great.

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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Way too loud. I couldn't hold a conversation without yelling. Food was really good, but I probably won't return based on how loud it was and how I had to basically scream to talk to my husband and the waiter.

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SS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always good, service was a little off/slow but they were attentive. Noise level was high, it was difficult to carry on a casual conversation - not a deal killer, but you wouldn’t want to deal with it on that special occasion or date night.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix
Responded on July 5, 2019

Hi Scott! Thank you for your kind review! I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. Just a heads up, it tends to be a bit quieter during lunches and Monday-Tuesday evenings!

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MM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was great. It was very noisy, but I would not let this stop me from returning.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The cocktails were inconsistent. My bride and I ordered the same be staged we had at the bar while waiting for our table. It was night and day difference and the 2nd round was disappointing. The food was ok but nothing I would order again minus pretzel bites , that was delicious and perfectly baked.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I set up for my sisters birthday. We had great service, and such a good atmosphere. We had so much fun

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M
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for all ages! The service is fantastic and the food is delicious. Happy Hour prices are awesome - lots of options for both food and beverages.

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AO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Took an hour for our food to come out! We waited for our food longer than we stayed eating it, haha. Despite the wait, can't complain about the quality - my burger was juicy and delicious. Very loud, not necessarily a date spot but good for groups!

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place with great food and music. It is super loud without a live band and that’s probably it’s only down side.

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool place to just let loose, great service, great food, good music. Awesome atmosphere.

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service at the bar was great. Once seated at a dining table, service was not the same. Drinks came to the table very slowly. Orders came to the table randomly. Food and drink quality was good. I’d go back to this location but may consider bar side service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a reservation for Father's Day. Received an email about their Father's Day special and knew my husband would enjoy it. We arrived a bit early and were seated right away which was lovely except the hostess tried to seat us outside without even asking our preference of seating. I should preface that the restaurant was not crowded yet as it was 4:45pm. She asked if I had specified indoor seating on my reservation and I stated that I had (thinking that if the reservation had asked, I would have specified). She came back to the table and said there was an open table (there were several open tables) inside and that I did NOT specify on my reservation. I went back through the reservation process and there wasn't a place to specify except in the "special requests" section. I felt her attitude and demeanor was uncalled for and rude. In the Phoenix Summer, I would expect to be asked my seating preference and not just shoved outside. Also, the hostess' attire left nothing to the imagination and came across a bit trashy considering the dress was white and see through and she chose to wear black underwear, not to mention it was a form fitting dress and overall a poor choice for her shape. Luckily that didn't ruin the experience for us. The food was excellent and our waitress was amazing! I can't recall her name but she was absolutely magnificent and she was super sweet with our daughter. She was on top of drinks and checking in on us.

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AE
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Phoenix is so hot in the summer and it’s impossible to sit outside in their patio when it’s 105 degrees. We were a party of 9 with reservations. They sat us outside and their ceiling misters and fans were a joke. Our party was unbearably hot. It was Father’s Day so they were packed. It took over 50 minutes for our meal to arrive. I’ve been here in the winter and it’s great. However in the summer, NEVER again will I sit on the patio. They should not seat anyone on their patio during the summer, in my opinion. The server was super nice and she was quick to refill our glasses though. Our party didn’t have a good experience.

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S
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Too loud to hear your own table or even your waiter. Everyone in there is yelling as a result. The musician is louder than everyone and no one can hear anyone they came with. The food took ages. The table wasn’t ready when we arrived despite having made a booking. We sat and many tables were open so that makes no sense. One meal was comped due to an error with it. Overall crap experience and there are too many great places to go to put up with this. Won’t go back.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I have been here in the past and everything was high quality. This visit was just “okay.” Not somewhere I would want to visit for a special occasion or date night. Not sure we will be returning anytime soon. Service was fine. They were just busy and the kitchen was slow. Not excited about how we spent our Father’s Day.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treaded us great!

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DR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Awesome vibe. Love all Phoenix area locations but this is the best one. Trout is killer. Meatloaf too.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best time to go is a Friday around 4-5 pm for Happy Hour! Had the salmon toast the pretzel w cheese and a meatloaf sandwich. Couple of Stella Artois and we were set! Great food but a little noisy. The noise level increased a lot by 600 pm when most people were there. Make reservations it's totally worth it!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Class reunited

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places. Tonight the service was a little slow, overall this is a great place. Food is unique and the flavors are off the charts.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a really good time. The food was good, the drinks were good and the atmosphere was good. At times the service was inexplainably slow as it was not crowded yet. We left just after 7pm and it was definitely transitioning into more of a club atmosphere than a restaurant, which was expected. This place is a lot of fun and we will be back.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our server quit after he took our order. It took 40 minutes for us to get drinks.

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AL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service could have been a little better other then that it was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Definitely a great place to hang out, play games, and eat!

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TA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

They must do a better job of managing reservations , I was told they were cleaning tables for my party and then they gave the table to other guests ! My reservations were finally honored 40 minutes late !

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RV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took 45 mins to be seated even with a reservation. The waiter was extremely friendly and was a pleasure.

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ST
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, great food. We always enjoy brunch at Culinary Dropout!

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

cool place for food & games! good food, but $3.50 for a pepsi? :( and mandatory valet??

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OT
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. Great beer selection. I had the hash and it was perfectly cooked and tasted great. Service was wonderful and manager was friendly and caring as well.

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KH
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Too noisy with people trying to talk over the Televisions and Music

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AH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a fun place for you to hang out with friends. The service is seriously lacking. Took more than ten minutes to get an alcoholic beverage and then another ten minutes until an appetizer order was even taken and then fifteen minutes AFTER the appetizers to arrive to take an entree order. Just waiting on waiting on waiting

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. We didn't take advantage of the games area this time. Server Harrison was great and attentive to our liking.

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

First,
I've been to the Tempe location a multitude of times. I've only experienced the highest quality of staff, food, and ambiance. However, this Arcadia location was simply nothing I would recommend. The fish that I've gotten 5x at the Tempe location was beyond mediocre here. The music was so loud that we couldn't even carry a conversation for dinner, and then wait for it.......

THE VALLET LOST MY FRIENDS KEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once we were told her keys were absolutely nowhere to be found, we started searching through all of the valet keys for 5 minutes ourselves (obviously, we needed to take matters into our own capable hands) before a staff member even noticed we were doing so- not that they said anything when it was discovered. LIABILITY. We then proceeded to her car to look inside the windows, which we so happily discovered was UNLOCKED. We turned around to a different car, and that car was unlocked too. We then noticed that nearly all of the vehicles in the lot were unlocked. LIABILITY. The valet staff couldn't even attend to our extreme issue appropriately or the new customers because they were so overwhelmed with their horrendous system set in place, that they ran around like helpless headless chickens. I could go on but I have better things to do with my time.

I believe this experience has me questioning the integrity of the company, and I' debating even if I should return to the Tempe location in the future. Evidently, I highly recommend NOT EVER going to the arcadia location, and if you do, DO ANYTHING BUT USE THE VALET.

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RL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The service was excellent. My kids can be demanding but the service never stopped smiling. Atmosphere was casual and a little loud but that’s because everyone was having a great time. I highly recommend stopping by

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding

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KV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

First order took 40 minutes to come out and super cold. Another server noticed that our food had not shown up and rattled the manager. It took them another 25 minutes to remake tacos two burgers and two sandwiches. Not the best experience even with the 35% discount😒

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SY
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, I would recommend. The staff is friendly and the food is great!

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PV
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelled service. Bread Pudding French Toast is amazing!

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TF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great- food was awesome. Great Mother’s Day lunch!

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