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.

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DC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 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
11 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
179 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.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The service just missed over and over and over. We asked if everything was okay, but everyone from hostess, servers and bartenders just seemed disconnected from all the customers on a busy Monday night. It would hard to bring my customers here any more. It’s a shame, difficult to keep getting apologies from staff but never the management.

JD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our dining experience overall was good. Service and staff were excellent. The food was pretty good, I wouldn’t give it a 5 star but the selections were very interesting.

KC
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Culinary Dropout several times. This time it was with our couples group of 8 people. The food came out quick and hot. The staff was excellent and friendly.

KG
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The hostess was cold. We made a reservation but were asked to wait while walk-in groups got preferential seating and attention. We were placed outside at table that was sticky with beer and in the reach of the rain. I explained to the gal taking us to our table that I was with 4 seniors and that the metal chairs would not be comfortable for them to sit. So we'd prefer more couch style seating or chairs inside that were non-metal. She told me that tables were not able to be pushed together so we'd have to sit at the table. Meanwhile, the restaurant was HALF-EMPTY. And we were placed outside in the rain and cold. And everywhere I looked INSIDE the HALF-EMPTY restaurant were people seated in large groups sitting at tables that were PUSHED together to make extra long tables. Then there was the food - everything came out cold and stale. Our waitress was lovely and kind however. Overall, I'm glad I live in LA - but I was embarrassed I brought my Phoenix family to Culinary Dropout.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Way too noisy

CB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Culinary Dropout. Would definitely go back! Good food and drinks.

JD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Went for the music; Bill Dutcher is GREAT. Food was OK. Worst service I can remember having. I appreciate good service and typically over tip (30-40%) I could not bring myself to even leave 10%. If we wanted anything we had to flag the girl down IF we could find her. Very Disappointed.

JT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is amazing, nice atmosphere, but if you need a bit more quiet make sure you are not seated right next to the performing band. The place can be crazy busy, so some patience is required, but trust me it is worth the wait. The lay-out is super cool and there are separate meeting rooms that are totally awesome. The staff is friendly and fun.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Very noisy place but the overall experience was mediocre.

JB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

This is just a busy, noisy place. I had the stroganoff noodle dish, my wife had the vegetarian curry, both were excellent. Noise level became better during breaks. Service was friendly and prompt.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is good and the entertainment is exceptional!!!

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Went with a party of 4. Were seated in the back, adult only, room. This was great as the two rooms in the front of the restaurant had kiddos running around like maniacs.
Server was friendly and attentive. Could not compensate for the really lousy food. The beef stroganoff was all mushrooms, very little beef and even fewer noodles. I love mushrooms but it was over the top. Meatloaf looked the best, not a hit with my hubby. The French dip, gristly. We did not do dessert.
Just disappointing all the way around

LL
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Even though it was early in the evening, the restaurant still had the music at a loud level and I could not hear the people two seats away from me. The service and food were excellent as was the general ambience of the restaurant! The noise was the only issue and it was not changed after we asked.

EA
Phoenix
62 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt, attentive service. Great selection of food and drink for our party of 7. Delicious!