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Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe, Tempe, AZ

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

4.6
4.6
2631 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 61 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 2,631 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Valley

    Good for Groups

  • East Valley

    Outdoor Dining

  • East Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food came in just barely warm. Midways through eating food was cold.
  2. R

    Richard

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding vibe with good music. We love this oversized restaurant space with a barn feeling. Chesterfield couches and metal tables make it so cool. Food was nice and casual. Our recomendations: wings, onion rings, beef nachos, meatloaf, lasagna, baby back ribs, glazed banana dessert. Best cocktail: evil princess. On saturdays book early, say 5:45 for a table, and get there at 5pm for drinks at the bar. By the time you’re halfway through your meal the place will be buzzing. Highly recommended.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner…enjoy everything.
  4. DH

    DebraH

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service,friendly service and good vibes!
  5. DM

    DaveM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Music is WAY TOO LOUD! It was difficult to carry on a conversation with the people at our table let alone the person right next to me. Also, it was hard to hear our server over the music.
  6. MR

    MrsRum

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The food was okay and our server was completely pleasant, but a little slow. No real complaint there. But the back room we sat in was so incredibly loud. The rating spot up above says “energetic” but it was just plain loud. The music, people yelling to talk over the music, was so distracting I couldn’t really enjoy my meal.
  7. c

    countryfoodie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deviled eggs were a little bland, but the fried chicken was delicious! So was the cold slaw! Service was good, comfortable seating, sat us within 5 minutes of getting there!
  8. w

    walterl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Noise is forever a problem when I go out with someone to a restaurant. I'm waiting for outside seating without the missters
  9. RG

    RaulG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    They didn’t not respect our reservation for 18 people, we only had a table for and some people had to eat standing up.

    Culinary Dropout at the Yard - TempeResponded 3 days agoHi Raul, Im so sorry for the mishap with your reservation, I do see that originally it was made for 10 guests, if there is ever a change in guest count please do not hesitate to reach and we can accommodate those changes before your party arrives. We definitely are filling up faster and faster each night and we try and accommodate each guests special requests. We hope that you will give us a second shot to make it right. Thank you again for your feedback.

  10. R

    Rambo

    Phoenix

    69 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Parking is brutal - arrive early, fish and chips was soggy - tasted good but must of been sitting, wife's salad was missing chicken - brought later when almost done with meal, cheese for pretzel bread not hot, rest of food good, We like Culinary Dropout restaurants, this was a weak meal be their standards.
  11. CB

    ChadB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Server was friendly enough, but everything else was awful. We waited for ages for everything, and the food was cold and so salty it was barely edible.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The burger and the steak where burnt other then that great service.
  13. PS

    PatS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration—a bit warm outside but family had fun
  14. j

    jkdiner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibrant collage area vibe. Great meatloaf! Outside was warm but tolerable- could use some fans.
  15. C

    Cheryljl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a res for 4 people at 5pm on Friday night. They sat us promptly, but we asked to switch tables, which they accommodated. We ordered drinks and appetizers which came very quickly. At 5:30 it was determined we would possibly have 2 more adults and a baby (if we could fit them!). We asked the waitress if she could accommodate it. She came back quickly and said she 'reserved the table next to us, which she could push over and add a highchair if we needed it. 20 min later the 2 + baby came, she sat them right down, and by then the restaurant was packed with so many people waiting! We quickly ordered more drinks and dinner, and were out of there at 7:30 - - 2.5 hrs after our reservation - - all our doing and requests! They were quick with everything we requested! They really didn't have to accommodate us, but they did, and was very much appreciated! I wish I got her name!!!! (That was our 3rd visit to a Culinary Dropout in a month! We LOVE IT. The one in Tempe seems less crowded and much more accommodating than Waterfront, ... Waterfront always seems to say there is a 20-30 min wait no matter what.... and then seat you in 3 minutes..... why is that ....)
  16. DK

    DoubleK

    Phoenix

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love this restaurant. The food is consistently outstanding and so is the friendly service. The noise level can be a bit high sometimes, but it is always a relaxing and fun place for dinner. We were here for restaurant week and I was so happy the fried chicken was on the menu. My friend, who just moved here, had the meatloaf and loved it. Our server was super friendly and helpful too.
  17. PD

    cristinPDX

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Kitchen got a little backed up, but our waitress bought us an extra appetizer on the house. We’ll done!
  18. TM

    TamiM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything and every minute about the experience. Great food and service!
  19. TT

    TerryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was great! Server was great! Ambiance was great! Food was phenomenal!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were seated outside which was disappointing as there were empty tables inside. It was very loud and in the end it was expensive for what we ordered.
  21. KJ

    KenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu. Will definitely go back to try some other options. Our waitress was very attentive. I really liked the atmosphere.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Grandson’s birthday. The service was great and the food good.
  23. RZ

    RobZ

    Portland

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    way way too loud food ok service ok still a cool place for atmosphere
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We had to scream to hear anything over the music. Bottle of champagne was not chilled during the meal, just left on the table; was also served in wine glasses instead of champagne glasses. Overall for the price of everything we’d expect a better experience.
  25. RM

    RozM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a decent experience since it was Saturday evening. Service was good.
  26. MT

    MeganT

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deja (sorry if it’s spelled incorrectly) was our server and she was so awesome! It was super busy in there and she had a lot of tables but she never made us feel like we weren’t her only table! The food was phenomenal, I got the fried chicken and my fiancé got the salmon, both dishes were delicious! There was a country music festival last night that we didn’t know about so it was definitely a vibe. Did not disappoint.
  27. d

    ditch

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and love the openness of the restaurant. The food is good, pretty average. The bar was actually the slowest part. It was a huge concert and an ASU home game so not sure if they planned for it or just didn't have the help. Great staple restaurant!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good service
  29. TB

    TarryB

    Phoenix

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good and drinks were great. Love the atmosphere. Kind of expensive but fun vibe
  30. KG

    KeithGreg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you - Excellent service! Love the smiles>> Wish I could remember our server name exactly - Jaz He did a great job taking care of us
  31. JB

    JeremyB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with my team to have lunch and it was fantastic. Highly recommend the strawberry and kale salad.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great cocktails, service was friendly and fast. Great place!
  33. CV

    CiraV

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was cold and service was slow. Liked having TVs and fun environment.
  34. CM

    CalvinM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Nice restaurant but the service was horrible. Didn’t even have Salmon which I drove over 30min for. Then the server didn’t give any suggestions. He never checked on us but once his coworkers had to step in. Last I decided I’ll just get the nacho w/o meat since I don’t eat pork, why this man still charged me for the meat. I don’t think I will ever patronize this business again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our waiter was wonderful! I’ve eaten at the Tempe Culinary Dropout twice before and loved it, however this time the food was okay. It was nothing for me to share with my friends or have at the top of my favorites list next time I go out for dining. I go out for my dining experiences once a week, and I do have my favorites, which I’m never disappointed. I will try the Tempe Culinary Dropout again, and order something different, but for yesterday, the food was okay.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the live music, great service & the food was amazing! Culinary is a must when we are in town!
  37. GT

    GmoT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I was surprised to be seated so close to the door because on the reservation I had indicated this was a business meeting. I am sure they would have relocated if asked but it was an early lunch and at that time it was slow and quiet but by the end of the meeting/meal I wish I had said something. I drink water, sometimes a lot, with my meals and judge service on how they pay attention to my water and if they refill without asking. Here I had to ask and still did not get a refill. Overall, I like the Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe and will return but next time I'll be better prepared to speak up.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed their food and our waiter was the best!
  39. CM

    CindyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food, friendly staff, and it’s own unique atmosphere.
  40. MP

    MarionP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Fired chicken was over cooked. Maybe a spoonful of mashed potatoes. My husbands salmon was so small a toddler would still be hungry. The home made ranch was amazing and complimented the chicken well. The price for the amount of food was too expensive. I don’t mind paying for good food and good ambiance but this just wasn’t worth it.

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Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe is rated 4.6 stars by 2631 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 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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