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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4.6based on recent ratings
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was our second trip to the culinary dropout out and it was not nearly as good as the first visit. This visit we had reservations and showed up 15 minutes early and they told us we would be seated closer to our reservation time and would text us when our table was ready. We didn’t mind we waited outside but by 30 minutes later we were 15 past our reservation and still no table. Went to the host and we had been staring at our empty table the entire time we waited. The server we had was completely inattentive and forgot half the things we asked for and brought me the wrong drink which was not good but I never had the chance to tell him because I didn’t see him again until the check came. Food was good but came out very slowly. I would like to come back in the hopes this was a fluke but the service really ruined my birthday dinner and went home sticky from a drink being spilled by one of the food runners.

JJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gina was great! Her recommendations wre spot on and Gina was a fun person.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Was very busy but wait staff apologized and checked in when possible. Food was delivered when ready and was warm and prepared correctly.

P
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and the food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

AT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of 11 on a busy Saturday night. It did take a while to get drinks, but it’s understandable with the party size and the busy evening. Food was great, and they were very accommodating. Thank you!

JH
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant is warehouse large. Very loud with music and surrounding game activities. Seems designed for college crowd so would not recommend for diners who want ambiance and conversation. Food average.

MS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Make reservations or you’ll be waiting a while. Gotta have the pretzels and fondue.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to eat and food is good

H
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were seated within 5 minutes or so... it took a little while for a server to come over... food came out rather quickly and was very good...,the only downfall was when a request for an additional item, ranch dressing for the fries, it took too long... fries were cold by the time our server brought it... also when ordering a second beverages... only the beverage from the bar came, not the glass of water also requested.

b
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Inattentive service

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe
Responded 4 days ago

Beefeater, The very last impression we ever want to give our valued guests is that of inattentive service or poor hospitality. Please check your private messages for a note from our management staff. We look forward to making this right and conveying our gratitude for your business. All the best, CDO Tempe Team

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I love the concept, although the food was not great. I ordered the fried chicken. Which is supposedly chefs special. unfortunately it was very very dark almost charcoal colored when it arrived. My so called homemade in house biscuit was cold. I at over feted and cold biscuit. Such a bummer! It was a very long wait to see a waiter, when he arrived it was fleeting and took along time to see him again. I think there are way to many tables to get served in a timely fashion, and food served when it’s ready. I love it for a fun bar, and snacks but was very disappointed in food and service.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe
Responded 3 days ago

Natasha, We read your review and are very disappointed that we failed to offer you the five star service we strive for and that you as a guest deserve. Please check your messages for a note from our management staff. We look forward to hosting you again and making this right. All of our best, CDO Tempe Team

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LK
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Perfect place for large groups and/or families. Extremely large restaurant with a corn hole area with room for kids to get their energy out. Extremely noisy so it fit in with the college vibe. Something on the menu for everyone. The chicken is supposed to be amazing but my husband found it so so. Seared tuna salad was good. Wait people very efficient.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe
Responded 3 days ago

Linda, Thank you for your review! We always strive for five star reviews and want to offer you the experience you should have received last visit. Please check you messages for a note from us. Looking forward to hosting you again! CDO Tempe Team

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LN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my second visit; first to the Tempe location. My first visit was at the Scottsdale location, so the vibe was different. Much more casual feel to the Tempe restaurant. Ordered the pretzel, charcuterie board and fried chicken. I had to split with my husband, because it was a lot of food. Everything was excellent, but I am still dreaming of the pretzel and cheese dip. YUM!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying time with family from out of state!

PA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the food was amazing. Our server suggested the Korean style Brussel sprouts from the antipasti menu and they were divine! My husband also ordered the Korean style short ribs and he thoroughly enjoyed them.

TA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Girls out of town soccer

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The atmosphere is fun for sure. But with all the thought that went into space, they did not follow through on the food. I would describe it as mediocre. Actually we did share that feedback with the manger and to his credit he listened, and he also comped the specific item that we complained about. The service is pretty good, though given the size of the space the waiting/ seating is not as organized as it could be. If you want a fun place to go for drinks and games it’s fun, but I will not come here for dinner again.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriend and I went here for his big 3-0 day for brunch. It was busy but the service was great and so was the food.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The music didn’t match the atmosphere that night at all. I understand wanting to accommodate as many people as possible but it’s a little ridiculous when they start making you feel like you’re stacked on top of each other. Also it’s super inappropriate how the female serves will sit down next to the man and touch them. Probably won’t go anymore.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good!!

SZ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was outstanding and we had the BEST waitress! She was super informative and friendly!

TG
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waitress was excellent. Wish the music wasn’t so loud for lunch. It’s difficult to have a conversation with friends.

TP
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server provided good detail regarding the menu and specialty items.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were excellent. They had live music on the night we were there...a plus. It was a fun and enjoyable evening. The short rib stroganoff was outstanding.

T
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful- personal

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Too noisy and service was very slow.
Food choices for the vegetarian was not much at all.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat. Fun atmosphere and great food!!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing and the music was great!

r
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with 4 ladies...30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Little loud, but great food and service. Very reasonably priced. It was packed.

JR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Fried chicken was raw. Returned it, asked for a medium-well hamburger. Hamburger was solid red in the middle. Ate the fries. Fries were good.
Service was awful, as far as we could tell, we didn't have a server, we were helped by 5 different servers - whomever would respond. Most servers are very well trained at avoiding eye contact and focusing on distant objects to avoid actually serving.

C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Long wait even with reservation and seating outside while it's cold. Waitress was not competent and disappeared

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

CC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere and great lively and loud ambiance. Very crowded so be sure to make reservations unless you don't mind a long wait. Service was fast but not always super friendly. Food was good.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Very cool venue and delicious and beautifully plated food. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. I would definitely recommend this place for a delicious meal and a fun time in the bar area

KM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Bit noisy but on Super Bowl Sunday, that’s to be expected. Our server, Annie, is a doll!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great as always

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waitress was great

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our reservation was at 7 and there was a delay picking up friends at the airport. We arrived at 7:10 but was in line to check in for 7 minutes before getting to the front of the line and our reservation was cancelled because of it. We waited about 15 minutes so it worked it. Other than that the food was great and the service was great.

TM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - the fried chicken and steak salad are to die for