Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

4.5
2313 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian, our server was very attentive, prompt and welcoming to our group. All of the appetizers and entrées were excellent and topped off with an excellent dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic

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StefanieD
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food tastes amazing but the portion size is ridiculously small so I can’t give it 5 stars due to that. This place would be perfect if they either lowered the price or increased the potion size.

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Mashu
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not what i expected. If you could state it as a revamped millenial Champs with a western vibe, it would be more appropriate. Tables were not comfortable, service was slow, food was edible but not off the charts.

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vipAnnaJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

This is the place we had our first date and we returned here last night for our anniversary. We were so disappointed at how slow the service was. The server was apologetic when he eventually came… but even then it was slow and but nothing was done to rectify the situation. It took us over 20 minutes to get the one cocktail we ordered, and that involved my leaving the table and going up to the bar to order it. I would’ve expected that they comped that cocktail or offered something but it was not even acknowledged. Culinary dropout is a fun restaurant; I suppose they might be understaffed right now

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not much to add, I've been told it's a great spot and I totally agree. Fun and social atmosphere, stylish modern-country decor, high quality food. It's a themed social house with the food that's actually good.

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TimD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Great atmosphere. Appropriate for a family or single person. Noise level was moderate to high, but overall a fun restaurant.

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KyleS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Server was very attentive to our requests.

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DonSteffano
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Twenty four hours later I'm still laughing: we were a party of six with ages between 60 and 85. Totally the wrong demographics, but if the request was a restaurant on Mill on a Saturday afternoon, what else could I have done? Anyway, the staff did their best to accommodate us, lowering the music volume, but how low can you go? What I really appreciated was how well they took care of my wife's dietary requirements, cooking from scratch, to order, and how careful and attentive the lady server was with our most senior lady in the party.

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JanetP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the chopped chicken salad and it did not disappoint. Generous portions of chicken, avocado, tomatoes and cheese. Loved that it was not mostly lettuce. Topped off with a deviled egg. My friend had the caramel apple French toast, which I thought would be too sweet but was perfect.
We were seated right away and the service was great through our entire meal.
We’ve been here before and will continue to go back.

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KellyD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Hostess staff was incredibly rude and unaccommodating. We arrived with another group and asked to be seated near each other - although there were many tables available, they refused to accommodate and treated us very poorly.

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Lindsay
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and unique food choices. Speedy and attentive service! The French onion soup was mediocre, served with a too-small piece of bread and not enough cheese. Found several pieces of onion skin in the broth. Live DJ with an upbeat music selection. Overall a great, fun atmosphere for a girls brunch get-together!

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DemandDin
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Service was attentive, atmosphere excellent. Cocktails much above average. Entrees were well prepared and presented. Side dishes were bland and/or overcooked. Overall, a good experience. With some improvements in the preparation of vegetables, it could aspire to be excellent.

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Anonymous
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time trying this place! We came here to celebrate my brother’s birthday, and all the food was AMAZING!!! The drinks were SPECTACULAR!! The only reason I rated this place 4 stars is because while our server was very nice, he wasn’t as attentive as he could’ve been because of how BUSY this restaurant was. It’s huge, and I didn’t feel that they were appropriately staffed for the amount of people dining. With all that being said, I would still definitely like to come back here for another special event in the future!

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mikemmoon
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very slow service. Food was just so-so. What can you expect from culinary students who didn’t complete their training? ;-)

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Fun location.

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MartiL
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was excellent. She was patient with us (we stayed a long time) and very attentive yet didn't keep interrupting us. Food was excellent (I'm a first timer). Choices were good for dieters too. We did have the homemade potato chips with their onion and homemade ranch dips. Awesome. At first was a little cool due to not many people and one door open but they closed it when requested and it warmed up later on. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Love the vibes.

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ErinK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were awesome, restaurant was a little loud since they had a live DJ, but music was too good not to like

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CcCc
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, activity, food was delicious…little pricey.

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DAubs
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant has most of the parking blocked off for Valet, so it’s very difficult to park here.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Quick service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here multiple times, good food and ambience. Must try if you are in Tempe downtown !

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Carolina
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fantastic steak frites! I do wish the fries had been crispier as they tasted like they had been fried an hour before, but I don’t blame them on a busy night. Service was good and prompt except my cocktail came faster than my fiancé’s coke. Server blamed it on the bar being busy but…they don’t have to mix anything for a coke. Overall a great choice.

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daniella
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is incredible! From Brussels Sprouts, steak, candy bar brownie - everything was incredibly Flavorful and sooo good. Only complaint is that we could barely hold a conversation as it is very loud.

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Lindsey1041
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere and large space. I had the curry and it was excellent!

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kammyn
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awsome food & drinks different atomosphere but over all great place and busy place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience and food! Pretzel fondue, fried chicken and the veggie curry was something unique and delicious

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Yumyum
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was good. Nothing exceptional or monumental just slightly above par. Service was good. Food was good. Ambiance ok. An overall good experience.

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norm13
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice place to go before the theater. Some food and staff "shortages" impacted the evening. Would definitely go back.

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CherJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun place to go eat with friends. Outdoor patio not as outdoor as expected, but it was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to a couple others around the valley and by far this was the best. Had a great time. Drinks were very good and we all enjoyed our food. The staff here was very attentive and fun

Keep it up we will be back

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jtjt
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere the food pretty good as well, would recommend

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Lvlocal
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a slow start but the live music and food made up for it. Overall a great Christmas Eve dinner.
Will be back for sure…

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Skip
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Extremely crowded at 6pm. Took30 minutes to park. Also, service at first was very slow, due to overwhelming numbers. Food was excellent (when we got it). Crowd had begun to thin out after a couple of hours and all’s well that ends well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was horrible, didn’t get appetizers for 40 minutes and and entree for 90. Barely saw our server, didn’t refresh drinks or apologize for the delay. Then when the food did arrive it was cold, some over cooked and dry and some under cooked and raw. When asked how everything was I told him, he just looked at me and walked off. I’m guessing he didn’t want to be there. Will never go back.

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Zenaldo
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Never again. A terrible experience all the way around. Hopefully it was all due to being the week of Christmas and understaffing. Myself, we won’t return to investigate further though.

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vipDesertdiner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Nice spacious restaurant but the food left us flat. I had the chicken falafel and was unimpressed.

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vipAnnetteC
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner with family from another State. Very friendly and attentive waitstaff. We enjoyed our dinner. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We arrived on time for our reservation but the servers were having a meeting so we weren’t seated until 15 mins after our arrival. We were then seated and the service was slow and the food came out at different times. Two people had their food 10 mins before everyone else. My brother got his burger which he ordered as well done and it was almost raw in the middle. It was cooked rare but the server didn’t come back for 15 mins to bring more food so he didn’t send it back for fear of how long it would take to get corrected. Last of the food came out and the fish and chips were barely warm and the pretzel bites had clearly been sitting for a while and were also cold. Not a great experience with service and food.

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Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe is rated 4.5 stars by 2313 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.