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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MM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool vibe, enticing menu and solid beer selection. Very chill evening here. Didn’t end up ordering much food, but what we had was spot-on. Definitely on the list for the next trip back to PHX.

B
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Nice atmosphere. Good service. Sat outside on the patio. Very nice. Highly recommended.

IM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Did not like one of our dishes. Too noisy for me. The prices were a little high.

LM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Environment was nice! Great place for family and friends to hang out, anytime of day.

JB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Great service. Wide open seating of many types.

G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and excellent service!!! Staff is honest and provided valuable menu information. Asked many questions about food preferences and got to know our tastes well which lead to a very positive dining experience. Will definitely return next time we are in town!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED it! We took our volleyball team here and they all enjoyed it. The food and service was outstanding. The atmosphere was perfect!

RC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Portions are fairly small. Seated directly in front of the live band. Too loud for any conversation. Also, because of the open warehouse it would be loud even without live music. So it depends on what atmosphere you are looking for.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Waitress was slow, especially when she had more tables to wait on. I wanted dessert but it took a long time for her to return to table after clearing brunch plates and then she brought the check.

NT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our time there. Sadly the menu was some what limited and it was very limited for one of our parties special dietary needs. We would go back but probably for dinner instead of brunch.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Too noisy for people of our age! But a great waiter, Rio, found us better seating where the noise was not as bad...He is an amazing employee!!!

LH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cauliflower...omg! Best ever. Fried chicken was amazing.

RG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food is over priced. The food is nothing to be excited about. Just ok food, for a high price. I spent $75 for 3 people and we would of been just as Happy eating fast food for 1/3 of the price

LH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Fun place but music was a bit too loud to visit with friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week. The starter of Korean fried chicken and soft pretzel fondue was very good, but the entree of fried chicken was dry and ribs were only so-so. Dessert showed up in the middle of eating the entree and had to eat that immediately because the ice cream was melting. Maybe it was a Restaurant Week fluke but for the money it was so-so.

ER
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We've always loved the ambiance of The Yard. This last visit, though, we had reservations at 5:45 and did not get seated until 6:20. We ended up in a rush to get to an event, but our server was very efficient and helpful. Not sure if I'd recommend if you're in a time crunch.

R
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent! The service was great but we had to ask for water refills.

We had a 5:45 pm reservation but their parking lot didn’t open until 6:00pm. Nobody at the restaurant knew this. Since we didn’t want to Valet Park we had to find street parking. Next time, if we remember, we’ll make a 6:15 pm reservation and park at 6:00pm.

K
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. First time there. Would recommend it.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

CD seems to have started to go downhill. Are there new owners? Ingredients and prep not as good as previous visits. Too bad.

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken sandwich was good, nothing to write home about. Turkey pastrami sandwich was excellent and will definitely make you want to come back. French Fries were very good as well. The fudge brownie peanut butter marshmallow desert was way to rich. The flavor was good, but the fudge brownie made it way to rich. staff was friendly and service was quick. Nice place to hang out with a group of friends.

g
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

For lunch maybe? Food was cold when it came place was real busy on a Wednesday night.
Not sure I would go for dinner again. Noise level was extreme.

EF
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fast and friendly service and a fun atmosphere! Just a little too loud.

SB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience and great service. Food was very delicious and they had variety of healthy options.

SH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. I used up a gift card and the server worked with me on my request for just a scoop of ice cream instead of the monkey bread.

TK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came from out of town and the concierge at our hotel recommended Culinary Droupout. We loved the urban setting, the music, the energy, the service and the food was wonderful. Many young people, all enjoying the ambiance of the place. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a fun night with delicious food. You must try the pretzel rolls with provolone fondue!

OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There was some confusion when we got to the restaurant. I added one person to our party via Open Table but this was not communicated to the restaurant. The hostess had to “check” with the other members of our part who had already arrived if it was OKAY for the extra person to join us. Service was kind of weird after that.

DH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretzel bites & fondue were delish as was the Pink Cadillac. Fish & chips could have been more bountiful (short on fish) but the meatloaf, smashed garlic potatoes & green beans were spot on! The Deviant Behavior Shandie was a disappointment ( 1 glass people - not a beer on the side). Overall a good experience. Expect to comp valet park. Very short on self parking spaces.

TW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Corey was a delight. Great menu suggestions and excellent service. Highly recommend.

B
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the shaved prime rib dip. It was delicious!

GL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was out for work. Visiting from Dallas. Good food. Good drinks. Good vibe. Helpful staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We arrived about 20 minutes before our reservation and the staff at the host table told us that they have another reservation coming in an hour so to not take long... which was very off-putting. We took our time, the food was good, and the atmosphere was nice. We wish we could have played some games on the patio but it was closed due to the wind. Other than the host table trying to rush us.. it was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

incredible pretzel bites! great band/music. amazing service

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience, the only thing I would be that the band was too loud. We could not talk to one another. The service was excellent and so was the food. We will be back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We had finished our entire appetizer before our server took our drink or food order. We then got our food and ate half of it before our drinks came. Very weird.

WL
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu and fun environment

M
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's very loud so prepare to yell across the table. I had some service issues, but the manager was very speedy in rectifying - so a definite plus. I would recommend - especially if you're in a large group celebrating something.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure!

CV
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it here. One of our favorites but also a lot of other people so reservations are highly recommended. The food is awesome, the atmosphere is what we prefer, and free entertainment on a Wednesday!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Really great place, fantastic service, great atmosphere, but the food was boring. Nothing we ordered was remarkable, kitchen needs inspiration.

RP
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great but took a while to get it.

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