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Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe, Tempe, AZ

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

4.6
4.6
2563 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 240-1601

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Al-Hakim ShaBazz

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Culinary Dropout can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Special Event Manager: (888) 312-5339

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Cross street

    1st and Farmer Ave.

  • Parking details

    Private lot and valet

  • Public transit

    Light rail adjacent

  • Entertainment

    Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,563 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Valley

    Good for Groups

  • East Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing and so was our server
  2. m

    marianneb

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Our food server was great, that's it. The food was presented beautifully but tasteless, the fries were cooked in either rancid oil or some kind of unnatural oil which gave them a spoiled taste, the salad had way too much dressing on it and the lettuce was not crisp. The ambiance was horrible due to the loud music. Your parking situation is less than adequate which is difficult to understand as the restaurant wasn't very full.
  3. SH

    SueH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and great service. Would definitely return when back in Phoenix.
  4. R

    Rabbit

    Phoenix

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Last Sunday, four of us went for lunch at this Culinary Dropout. The food was amazing, and the atmosphere of this restaurant is great - spacious and attractive. The staff was good, but they were very short handed. The bartender was our waiter, and he had a fairly busy bar.
  5. ND

    NicoleD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my husband here for his birthday. We had a great time. We were seated promptly, they mix fantastic cocktails, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was light and festive. They had a live performer, sounded a bit like a cruise singer, but it was fun stuff, so forgivable. Would highly recommend this place. Hubs said he would go back. Also, try the bbq pork belly nachos! A-maz-ing!
  6. JH

    JamesH

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Host stand employees were too busy visiting with each other than seating guests. I have a reservation and still waited over 15 minutes for a table.
  7. YS

    YvonndaS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried chicken was sooo good! Great service! Great atmosphere
  8. TS

    TimothyS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    It took way too long (over an hour) for them to provide a simple bowl of curry and sandwich we ordered. The metal chair was also uncomfortable which would not have been noticed if we did not have to wait so long for the food. The waiter and someone else both apologized for the long wait, but they didn't offer to comp us anything to make up for the delay.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun place with live music, games, good food and cocktails. Have only eaten here with the family, but it’s a perfect college hang out space or girls night out. Both times we’ve eaten here the service was friendly (ASU students) and attentive.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    From start to finish, the service was excellent. I liked the semi-casual vibe with upscale decor. The smoked salmon appetizer was delicious and filling...enough for two people. The meatloaf was juicy and the green beans were the perfect tenderness. I liked my drink, Wast of Manhatten (a version of Long Island Iced Tea). The Old Fashioned drink was strong and smokey, the way my husband likes his drinks. Had a great time. Definitely will return.
  11. T

    Tammy

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Pretty sad. I was looking forward to taking my sister out to for a good dinner. Waitress was super nice but after we got our food she disappeared until the check came. I ordered the ribs which were dry and salty, my sister ordered the fried chicken which had no flavor at all. So now you can see why it was pretty sad. The only upside to this dinner was that the martini was perfect. Sorry…..I don’t like to leave bad reviews.
  12. A

    Amazing

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, drinks were great and service top notch
  13. IR

    IRelax

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great evening. Food, drink, conversation, spending time with family. Robert, took great care of us.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Felt like we were having dinner with people next to us as we were rubbing backs having to sit so close together. Food was ok, not much taste.
  15. E

    Eliz

    Tucson

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good but I definitely noticed the portions were smaller. Honestly most places give you too much food. The pricing is kind of high though, but isn’t everything these days!
  16. A

    Angie

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It’s been a while and it was still very good! During Covid the menu was limited but they have the antipasti back and that makes me pretty happy. Also the ranch dressing is my all time favorite here. I literally go her for it.
  17. EB

    EmilyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cool spot!! Waitress was very sweet. Great service and GREAT food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Best restaurant I’ve been to in Phoenix! Food is phenomenal!! Service was good. Decor was super cute! However, they had a live band and we literally had to scream at each other - that’s the only complaint.
  19. L

    Laurlyne

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place for the food, service and the amazing cocktails. Highly recommend. There was a band tonight but it was nice, not super loud. And it’s always a fun atmosphere.
  20. JS

    JulieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The options on the menu are very limited and the food was good but not great! Good night out option for socializing but not necessarily a good date night place as it is loud.
  21. MC

    MarkC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Somewhat noisy but good food, reasonable price and good service .
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The place is a bit loud. Food is good, but added extras not listed on the menu. Cole slaw with the fried chicken, ketchup. On the meatloaf. Would recommend that these be listed on the menu.
  23. TD

    TimD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Culinary Dropout excels in our quadrants; great food, reasonable prices, excellent servers, and great ambiance.
  24. DT

    DanielT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding. Chicken Katsu sandwich was delicious!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I made a reservation for a business lunch and was seated immediately upon arrival by a friendly hostess. The server was appropriately attentive, but didn’t constantly interrupt the conversation. We both had the chopped salad, which was good. I would definitely return.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server experience
  27. G

    Greenlimo

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Note - when you make a reservation through Open Table for large parties (ours was 7), apparently your reservation can get “bought out” by someone calling the “Special Events” line directly to the restaurant. This was a complete shock to us when the host told us this as no where is this stated or was it communicated to us before we arrived. Luckily, the restaurant made it right by still finding us a table but it did leave a bad taste in our mouths. So beware a reservation might not be guaranteed.
  28. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The live music was SO LOUD that we had to leave. My friend and I were shouting to each other and that was extremely uncomfortable. We were sitting outside, on the patio. We won't come again until the sound level of the music is changed. It ruined the entire dinner.
  29. KO

    KimO

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for Saturday evening at 6:00 and had a brief wait time due to wanting to be seated inside instead of outside. Our waiter, Aaron was great and very attentive to the 8 of us and the food was delicious!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service can’t remember gentleman’s name but he did great. Great music playing shoutout the DJ too. It was a good Mixture of contemporary artists. Dude was setting the vibe. That was his job and he earned his paycheck 100%. Music is important for me when I’m out.
  31. CC

    ChristinaC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service! Glad that I made a reservation because even though it was early, they were busy. Our order wasn’t quite right, but was very good and not worth returning.
  32. JG

    JaniceGG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so pleased by the look of the place when we drove up. What a hidden gem. The food was great with a good variety of choices. We had wine, it was a very generous pour and very enjoyable. We loved the whole thing, the people were wonderful. Our service was quick and very friendly. The decor was fabulously eclectic in a spacious room. We can't wait to go back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the food & staff were top notch!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it and loved the people and food
  35. DC

    DawnC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Fun place to get a drink and meet up with friends.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It took a very long time for a can beer I never got my lemonade drink I requested and only saw my server 5 times
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Server was great made for a great birthday outing
  39. JS

    JulieS

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. To atmosphere and food. Highly recommend
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time here, very busy and service suffered as a result. We had a reservation but had to remind them we were here. Server was attentive but again the bar was running behind. Nice drinks and a good menu make a visit worthwhile.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe is rated 4.6 stars by 2563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

149 S Farmer Ave, Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85281

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st and Farmer Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private lot and valet

  • Public transit

    Light rail adjacent

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Al-Hakim ShaBazz

  • Entertainment

    Live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 240-1601

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Culinary Dropout can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Special Event Manager: (888) 312-5339

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