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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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Very noisy place but the overall experience was mediocre.

JB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
60 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to hang out. Fun vibe, great service, delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on our first night in Tempe. Our waiter was well versed on everything on the menu. He was helpful and attentive. He never seemed to mind our questions and requests. The same thing happened on our visit Monday. Our waitress was amazing. As I looked around the restaurant, I noticed everyone working appeared happy to be at work. Many had a bounce in their step as they checked tables to clear dishes and fill water glasses. It’s refreshing to be in such a positive atmosphere. The food from the homemade chips, toast, and meatloaf were delicious. The fried chicken is a must! The salads were fresh and flavorful. The Monkey Bread is beyond phenomenal. I’d definitely recommend Culinary Dropout!

VM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had wonderful company and was tickled to be going to see a performance later that evening. Culinary Dropout in Tempe turned out to be the ideal place to start off the evening.
Promptly seated, thanks to the reservation made in advance through Open Table.
Our server promptly greeted us and was in good spirits. Another nice perk to our dining choice that night.
Cocktails were not quite as prompt as I would've wished, but mine was on point.
My guest and I had so much catching up to do that making a dinner selection was kind of a challenge.
I did finally make up my mind and we got our entrees delivered in a reasonable period of time.
Mine was fantastic and I was wishing every salad I ordered could be this good. But then again, I probably should not be eating sashimi every day either.
I much prefer this location over the Gilbert restaurant. Even busy it doesn't feel quite as chaotic and the noise volume didn't have me feeling like I wanted to leave.
Good service, good food, and an experience worth repeating.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We arrived early but got right in. The staff was friendly and charming. The only negative is you might have to ask twice for something, straws, refills etc. but great none the less!

DD
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun. Watched ASU win. Nice band too

LP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Terrible service and average high priced bar food!!
Out of French fries?? Really ?
Out of Beef stroganoff and shrimp?? It’s a fried food fest with terrible service.

CP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming experience from start to finish. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. I will tell my friends. Look forward to another trip over to the Yard.

CA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time!
Great food, fast service and quality items

MC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good ambiance. Loud aircraft flying above.

SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was very busy (and yes very loud) and it took over an hour to get our food. One dish was not done correctly and had to go back while another was cold. It also took about 15 minutes to get our drinks - way understaffed. But the ambiance is cool!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The pretzel and fondue appetizer was delicious. Unfortunately, my chicken was raw. Management was responsive and took the chicken off the bill.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Neat atmosphere. Helpful waitress. Ended up nibbling on happy hour options, and items from the Snack menu. I think I was expecting a little more ‘wow’ with food. Highlight was the pretzels. Everything else was ok (deviled eggs, salami, Korean chicken.). Drinks were nice and strong tho! I’d go back and try an entree.

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server, Monroe was amazing! Very prompt and had a great personality.

SJ
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Culinary Dropout in Tempe never disappoints. I arranged a lunch meeting for about 8 people and that included our VIP from out of town. He loved the vibe and menu and even more, we all loved our dishes! Salads were the main fare but the star of the show was the Smoked Salmon Avacado toast. Our VIP ordered two for the table to share and we all agreed it was the bomb!

It was a busy lunch crowd with a lot of large tables of six or more but we never lacked service. Our server was always there when we needed him and our food came out very quickly!

I was thanked many times for arranging the lunch and it had a lot to do with the amazing lunch we had!

t
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We frequent the Old Town Scottsdale location and had a chance to tey.this one and were extremely disappointed
Service and food both were abysmal.
Apps came just before the meal
Both were cold / Luke Warm
Was not overly packed but steady busy for 7pm on a Sunday night
No excuses work on all food coming late and cold this night.
Non attentive waiter, leaving water glasses empty making us beg (with multiple asks) for refills

SS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

This was a unique experience, I will admit, and I do not regret going, but no I would not recommend to a friend. there are just too many restaurants available that won't screw up an order. The food was delicious.

SE
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious ... from the charcuterie board to the salmon entree to the drinks. The service was top notch. Great energy and vibe. This place gets it right.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great Happy Hour spot but around 8pm the restaurant dining vibe turned into a club scene. It was odd tho, you have people and groups there for dinner and club music blaring over conversations. That is when we left.

The appetizers are the best, I had the steak salad. the steak was too chewy and definitely not worth the $17 I paid. I will stick to several apps in the future.

Great location/place, the drinks are simply perfect.

FW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fun spot, good for big groups, biz dinners, holiday party’s. Not good for date night, way to noisy!

C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and atmosphere!

DK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Won’t extend my review

GF
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and libations coupled with live music made for perfect after work meal.

CT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a great place to meet friends for dinner and to catch up. Food is good, lively atmosphere.

E
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Uneven results. Some dishes were too salty, one way too bland.

L
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only place in town where I'll eat the meatloaf.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow until it came time to get food out then we had entrees on top of appetizers. At end server became more attentive but it seemed to get us out the door.

DK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Usually love the Culinary Dropout but this time for brunch 2of the 4 of us had food that was not hot. It was like it had sat before being delivered.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great atmosphere!

F
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, excellent service! Extremely loud music made it difficult to converse.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food & service great! Music TOO loud! We went to dinner so we could enjoy food & conversation. Conversation almost impossible. We decided to find another place for desert.

OT
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents weekend at ASU

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Despite being a busy weekend, this places seated us quickly and provided excellent service.

DD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Culinary Dropout was amazing. The staff, the food and ambiance was everything we were looking for. Such a cool vibe!! We were visiting Arizona and friends recommended the restaurant. It exceeded all our expectations and we will for sure be returning on our next trip out here in April for my birthday!!! Can’t wait!!!