Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Phoenix

4.5
1213 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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JMoisesC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JG
vipJGLovestodine
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak was amazing and cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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

AJ
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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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.

J
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
7 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.

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FrancisS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had an amazing time at the
Culinary Dropout. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back 😍.

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jNYCe
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good menu and overall ambiance with outdoor seating. Good & drinks were above average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat by the tables In front of the bar. The waiter was yelling every single order, I am assuming so the other waiters van pick up the orders. It was loud to the point that I couldn’t hear myself think or have a conversation with my date.

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DannyJ
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We had a reservation, and were directed to wait just inside the door, but we were quickly forgotten.
After finally being seated, we were taken care of by a terrific waitress.
Unfortunately, everyone (patrons and staff) were yelling at the top of their lungs to communicate because of the noise level.
Excellent food and service, however.
Next time we will return to the Gilbert location.

KE
KateE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was great and they were amazing at accommodating our night out for my Bachelorette party!

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JoanneH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As usual, the food was outstanding. The service was great until the very end when we waited 30 minutes for the check, but our server was BUSY. The only bummer was that it was so loud in the dining room that you could not hear anyone except the person directly next to you and even then you needed to yell.

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Furrcarr18
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing. The Brussel sprouts and lasagne were so good. The service was okay- because of it being so busy it took a long time to get drinks refilled, and I was always asking for water. Alex our server was nice- just seemed under staffed for a Saturday night. Great time with the games outside. Drinks a bit pricey but that’s the vibe there.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Food was slightly over salted. Drinks were great. Server was super slow, wasn’t sure what was going on, but we were at the restaurant longer than we should have been. Literally, a few tables around us that had different servers, arrived later than us and left sooner than us.

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ScottD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are vegan and LOVE the sweet potato curry dinner option. The Brussels sprouts were to die for! There was an eclectic mix of ages amongst the diners, which was nice. John our server was terrific and we even had Bradford, the GM stop by to see how our meal was. We will be back! (But then, Culinary Dropout is our "go-to" place for dining out.

MM
vipMarlanaM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The last few times I have been here the servers have struggled. This time was no different. Our reservation was for inside, they only had outside. The drink orders were wrong twice and our dinner order had two errors. We waited on the steak and fries for 20 minutes past when everyone else was served.

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AletheaN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We didn’t get greeted for quite awhile which meant we have any drinks for at least 25 minutes. Food and service was extremely slow

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TiffanyH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was good but the customer service is what really shined. We thought the menu was well thought out and funny, overall a real joy to be there.

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foodie
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great time and good food. Should however let you know of their happy hour.

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 1213 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.