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 bartenders !

Our gaming area is 21+ Fri-Sat after 8pm.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love culinary Dropout and go often. Can’t wait for the new location at Scottsdale quarter

AX
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible Food and friendly staff! Can’t wait to come back!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

So loud we couldn’t have any conversation. Great concept and probably more fun for lunch. Good fried chicken.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the first time definitely an experience and have planned to go back for multiple visits. The food is really good, drink recommendations were on point! The ambiance was relaxing very friendly and my husband loved the live music. Our daughter definitely enjoyed it as well !

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is cool. The service is great, and the food is delicious!

k
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fun and fun for out of town guests

ED
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small menu but a nice variety of options. They didn't have flavored coffees or hot chocolate which might be nice for brunch and for those who dont drink regular coffee or tea. Food and service were great. Will definitely go back again.

CW
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met our daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. We all had a great time. We’ll be back!

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Culinary Dropout is a great dining experience. This was our first time going to the Phoenix location and it was a treat. As usual, the staff was awesome, efficient accommodating and friendly. The food was good and the menu has something tasty for everyone. In this location, the men's and women's restrooms have a common entry and hand washing area (you go through another door to get to the toileting area)--this is kinda strange but fits with the vibe. if you're in The Yard area, the ambient noise is loud but doesn't make you have to yell in order to have a conversation.

v
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Out side of taking 25 minutes to get a server to our table on the patio, everything was great.

AW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great at leading us into their tastiest, most popular dishes. We’ve never been there, so we appreciated the guidance. The fried chicken was incredible and the biscuit was rich enough to serve as dessert. We really enjoyed it. Fun atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and good food.

W
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great holiday meal deal. Food was top notch! Great table, hostess was efficient. Waitress had difficulty with order, probably because the noise level was so loud she couldn't hear us.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

New Year’s Eve.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place..............................................................................

JC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delivers. Amazing how friendly a staff can be especially when the place is busy.

Was there with two small kids and things just flowed perfect.

Love this place. Love the team. Love the food.

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was terrible that night. The drinks we ordered were given to us incorrectly twice, and the third time mine tasted terrible and it was just a simple bourbon with club soda and a lime.

WW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was decent. Atmosphere was loud but I knew that going in based on other reviews. Price was expensive based on what I believe was the quality and quantity. Had a couple drinks as well but for three of us (1 kid -12 yrs old) with tip was $185

G
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too loud cannot hold a conversation

AK
Monaco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

22 year reunion with old friends. The overall experience of the perfect!

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, everything I ate and drank was completely out of the ordinary— in a good way! Their menu items are so unique and so much is made in house! I really loved the atmosphere. You must try their soft pretzels, vegan spicy curry and the spiked dove cocktail! So perfectly delicious. Also random, their bbq sauce is out of this world !!!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in on Christmas Eve for a casual experience and received the most amazing service from our waitress. Very accommodating to our family member who has food allergies. Will definitely be coming back!

SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Food was terrible service was terrible ambulances phone

j
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food was excellent!

LC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked the place but it was very loud and hard to visit. The service and food were fabulous!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. Service and staff were great as well

KW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and value and service were both good. The atmosphere is pretty good but all of the open area and hard surfaces make the noise level an issue. Would certainly go back.

PC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Usually we have a very enjoyable time there. However, on 12/13 we had a 615 reservation. We were seated in 5 minutes, no problems. However 40 minutes went by before I finally went to ask the hostess to send a waiter. Eventually we all ordered. 40 mins later the food came. That is when they told one of my guests they could not make her food because they did not have the ingredients. 3 of us ordered fish and chips. 2 were glorious, but my own was half size, with burnt french fries. It was a frustrating celebration of my daughter's college graduation. I like this restaurant but this visit was very disappointing.

DS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. Professional servers, incredible barkeeps and smiling wonderful Hosts.

NA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to go for a laid-back Sunday brunch. The food selection was great. Our party included vegans, healthy eaters and carnivors and there was something for all. I highly recommend.

CT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a good time and good food. Just a little loud to hold a conversation...

NA
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We normally go to the Tempe location this was are second time at this location. Food was all called returned 3 items back. Was told they would take off bill but was on there had to ask to take off which they did. Very helpful staff just expected to be in a better location to sit at and was for a company xmas party. But will have to pick a different location next year.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our 20 year anniversary and were going to the Trans Siberian Orchestra and decided to try out the Culinary Dropout. We were relatively surprised on the food, service, and atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back.

j
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the volume is UP so be warned. we sat outside and enjoyed the night air. service we great. very attentive and helpful. cool joint. great location. so much that we walked across the street to a different bar for a night cap.

KB
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Our food was really good, especially the pretzel with fondue, but due to the loud band (and typically we love live music, I swear!), I wouldn’t come back for a date night.

AG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Extremely noisy place, the staff can barely hear the orders and even mixed up on some. Next to impossible to have a conversation.
Food was good, but not amazing.

L
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Place was crowded, noisy, and service was slow. Waitress apologized and said, "bar was backed up." It was so loud we could hardly hold a conversation. Food was by and large good, but husband complained his breakfast burrito was lukewarm. Probably wouldn't return to this location.

RA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was a tad bit too loud to hold conversations but overall was a beautiful time.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We came in for a five o'clock reservation before a show. The restaurant wasn't full by any means but we were seated in the dead center of the place. When we requested a booth off to the side we were told that they had other reservations taking those tables. When we left at seven for our show there were still booths on the side open. The food was tasty but the service was non-exsistant. It took twenty minutes to get four waters and two samples of beer. Over the next two hours we saw our server a couple times not counting the alternate person taking our credit cards after waiting ages for the bills to be picked up. It's a bummer cause I'm a fan but this sure soured the experience.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. We ended up having more guests attend and the servers were able to secure the table next to our reserved table. Thank you again!!!