Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

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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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Make a reservation to eat your heart out this Valentine's Day! Put it all on the table and show them how much you care with drinks, dining and games at Culinary Dropout. And for all of you singles out there...come celebrate Single's Awareness Day on 2/15 with a $6 Single's Awareness Day Cocktail!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1657 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was quick. A little to quick. Needed more time between apps and dinner. Drinks were good

KV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is soooo good! Everyone who works there is so friendly.

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. A little looks for conversation

GM
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food bu tbusy and the service was slow and at times non existent. Fried Chicken a guest remarked best they ever had. Food is awesome find a time when staff are plentiful or crowd light.

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, friendly, diverse staff, fun atmosphere.

HI
Austin
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Create your own appetizer plates by selecting various cheeses, meats, olives, and other goodies, enjoy craft beverages or beers, and feast on delicious mains. It’s a bit loud inside, especially if there is a band. Overall quite excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, fun atmosphere. Excellent service.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at Culinary Dropout is our favorite!

SM
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic food and great service.

AZ
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ordered the fried chicken dinner. The ‘smashed’ potatoes were cold. One of the other people dining in our party commented that the “the double cheeseburger (?Mac) was not spectacular”.

Finally, I’ve never had a hostess tell me that we’d had to be out of here (finished at our table) by 8:00PM because they would need the table. Fortunately, we did not exceed her time limit but, still, I thought the comment was a bit rude.

KP
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really good food. Highly recommend! Ribs and salmon were amazing!

JS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Culinary Dropout exceeded our expectations!

KK
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was tasty and well priced. Really cool place, great for large parties. Service was ok.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Dishes were cold

DC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a happening place. Fun atmosphere with friendly staff. Younger vibe but too young. Would be fun for celebrations or just a date night with your love. Fried chicken was a hit! And, Monkey Bread for the desert was worth every calorie. We will be sure and go again...

Y
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, friendly staff, good music and amazing food!

C
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic Joey was a great waiter. Only problem was other party yelling and swearing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have eaten here twice and enjoyed it greatly both times. Service was attentive, food fresh and delicious. And the signature cocktails were interesting and tasty. If I'm in the area again I will definitely come back!

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, creative cocktails,super fun

TG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This Tempe version of the popular down town hang out has the same great atmosphere as it's downtown sibling. The difference being it's only Culinary Drop Out for food choices. We've been here several times and this last time was as consistent as the rest. Our server was amazing and as stated previously the food was stellar. The fried chicken, ribs and pretzel bites are incredible. We will return but sure found that comment off putting as we sat down.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went on New Years Eve and was expecting an excellent night but was disappointed with poor service and attentiveness from our waitress.
They had a cool DJ, but the music wasn’t very loud. Nothing special for the midnight celebration either. The rest of the staff was nice and the food was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

New Years Eve

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Slow service. Loud DJ

BP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! My wife and I enjoyed the dinner and are definitely planning to eat there again.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We’ve eaten here on more than one occasion and the results were always splendid. Which is why we always return. This particular experience was sort of a hiccup. I’m not one to go out of my way to complain and generally prefer to avoid conflict anytime I’m not working. My wife’s steak came out coldish. We couldn’t seem to get refills on water or non alcoholic beverages and the bar took quite a while for their end as well. To top it all off I got violently ill that night (which may be totally unrelated). We will probably go back again because overall we love the place.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best service ever with Joey and the food was absolutely delicious!

H
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance, food and drinks were reasonably priced, definitely would recommend to everyone.

PD
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent except the coffee was served at room temperature. I asked for hot coffee and it was warm only the second time.
The music was too loud, enough to make conversation difficult.
I do not understand why so many good restaurants find it necessary to play ear drum rupturing music. Conversation is an important that reason people dine out.

JH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience! One of our orders came out incorrectly and it was fixed immediately with a sincere apology from the manager and the cost taken off the bill! Great live music, made it a bit challenging to converse with our large party, but the band was so good. Above my expectations, highly recommend!!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend out for our anniversary. The food was amazing and the band playing “vinyl station” was great to listen too. Our server Garett made our experience wonderful as well.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks, apps, and dessert were great. Main courses so so

BD
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with a Business Team! Our server was awesome and the food was excellent.

ML
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was slow but understandable for the busy holiday season. As usual, the noise level was high and it was impossible to hear what was being said at the other end of our 6 person table. The food lived up to the high standards expected and everyone in our group was pleased with their selections.

CT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My team and I had a great time stepping away from the office and celebrating the holiday season together. It really helped making reservations as we were seated immediately. Our waitress knew we were on a bit of a tight timeline and had to head back to the office so she extra attentive which was very much appreciated. Food was great as usual, especially the pretzel bites and provolone dipping sauce. Always a hit!

L
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! I was in the mood for good food with elevated flavor. I chose this place based on the great reviews. We were not disappointed. We went on a Monday and the place was packed with customers and buzzing with staff rushing around with arms full of food. The open window kitchen had at least 10 chefs kneading fresh bread, chopping, sauteing and preparing many fresh dishes. It's a scratch kitchen. We stated with the pork belly nachos (and considered licking the empty plate). We shared the customer favorites, fried chicken and ribs, which actually arrived before we finished our appetizer. We both liked the chicken best because it was so moist and not greasy. The ribs were great but not uncommon. We ate half and took the rest home. We will be back and will share an entre in efforts to avoid rolaids from being over full.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the most unique and positive experience we could of had. The ambience was very cool. The food was amazing. And the service was great. We went for my husbands birthday and there was not a complaint about it at all.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. The mood of the restaurant was uplifting and exciting. The food was delicious. Will be coming again

B
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Alissa
Great job and great service

M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful unique experience! Wine, brew, tapas, entertainment all in one.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our teams quarterly event. The waitress and team were very helpful and attentive. It was my first time here and I’ll come back.