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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AH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They treaded us great!

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DR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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
14 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
4 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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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
4 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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GS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this experience and will definitely be back!

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BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really great experience! They took care of the large party we had with ease and lot of the party came from out of state and raved about the food.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Fantastic place to catch up with friends

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

We had a fantastic time from the moment we arrived. The valets were friendly and efficient. We were greeted by a smiling face and quickly seated. They were slightly short staffed but the manager on duty came to get our drink orders and got us started letting us know our server would be with us shortly. Ben was amazing, our server was amazing as well, I can’t remember her name. (So sorry)

The food was fresh and very good, it arrived quickly. We were able to sit and catch up with our friends and we never felt rushed to leave the table.

Thank you for another great experience!

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

Loud DJ music and not that we don’t enjoy loud music but in the dining area was really annoying. You couldn’t have a conversation. On top of that, the sound system sounds blown out and muffled. Very annoying. Food was ok- won’t return.

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, service with our waitress was a bit slow and not as attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff is super friendly..

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Showed up about 15 minutes early with a reservation and was immediately seated. Ambiance and atmosphere was great! Food was amazing for the price. Only downsides were it was loud, it was prom night so a lot of people there not sure if it’s normally like that. Also our waitress just seemed to be going through the motions. Other than that great place

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T
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

The Service was poor
The Food taste and value was average
Way too loud. Couldn't hold a conversation.

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Hostesses were not very friendly or welcoming even though there was no one else waiting and we had a reservation. Waitstaff was excellent- responsive, patient, and all around eager to make our visit a good one. Food was also amazing- cooked perfectly, great portions and great taste. Drinks a little pricey for 4pm on a Saturday afternoon.
Ambiance-love the restaurant set up and vibe, we've been here for brunch as well and it doesn't disappoint. Love the yard area with the games and the places to hang out with friends.
Here's the downside- we were there on a Saturday for an early dinner and the yard was overrun with children with zero supervision. Kids running through the corn hole area (while people were playing), kids banging their ping pong paddles on the tables (including your own), kids running underfoot and between you and your friends while they were playing tag and hide and seek. So we definitely will go back just not before 8pm on a weekend.

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C
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Burger was tremendous, salad not so much. You could tell it was made quite a bit ahead of time. greens were very tired. dressing helped bring it to life.
They also treated our open table reservation as a no show. I reversed that thru open table. First time ive had a wine from a tap. It was quite good.

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Thank you

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