Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

4.7
1980 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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Starting May 9, 2021

Join us this Mother's Day for our brunch features! Including an Open-Faced Egg Sandwich (house made English muffin, glazed ham, truffle, sunny side up egg, & hollandaise) and a cocktail feature, our Mother Dearest (guava, pineapple, sparkling wine & dried rose petals).

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nikki
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my boyfriend’s birthday. We had a wonderful time! Our waitress was attentive and patient. He was so happy I chose your restaurant...we will definitely be back soon! Thank you for being warm and welcoming to everyone, and not base the quality of service on any external things (race, etc). It means a lot!

See you soon,

Nicole H.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun

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DarrenB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere. You will love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the live music on Saturday night. Waitress was amazing. Great vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I come here a lot. But the service was so full and it wasn’t that busy this night

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Naoko
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Vegetarian curry was way too salty. The pulled pork nacho was good but overall the food was just okay. Service was handled in a timely manner.

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BerniceG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a relaxing atmosphere. Even though it was a bit noisy was to be expected due to the environment. Our server was very friendly and took time to welcome us and explain the menu. The food was very (kale salad with salmon) delicious. Even the valet personnel were accommodating and nice. Great evening!

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LyndaT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

BOOKING THE TABLE WAS THE HARDEST PART. I CALLED FOR A RESERVATION AND WAS TOLD NO TABLE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME I WANTED. WENT ON LINE AND IMMEDIATELY SECURED A TABLE AT THE TIME WANTED...WHAT IS WITH THAT??? SEEMS ONE WOULD SECURE TABLES FULL BY HOOK OR CROOK...NOT MAKE THE CLIENT DO THE WORK....JUST SAYING

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SteveS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to go with a fun vibe and an interesting menu. Great for a mixed group of casual or fancy people together.

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Amazing
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent our server was by far one of the best she took such good care of us I would highly recommend her for big groups like what we had

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AnnieA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Amazing food. Awesome service. Make a reservation so you don’t have to wait for a table!

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JoeH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere in the outdoor seating, good vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Server was so attentive and great. He made a great cocktail. Food was so-so. We both ordered a burger and fries. Nothing over the top but presentation wasn’t great for a $15 burger. Had coffee and that was good, not bitter. Ambiance was cool and typical for Culinary Dropout.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great we will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricilla was outstanding! Soo sweet & patient, thank you for the warm hospitality!

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Babygirl
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I put on the reservation it was a birthday, they didn’t sing or offer a bday desert.. our server always seemed out of breath when she came to the table. I asked for extra dressing and it came as a little glob on the salad, not too impressed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and had a really cool vibe about the place.
It closed at 9pm and my table was booked for 7.45 but we didn’t get rushed, I only wish I had of booked an earlier time!!

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eat2live
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family-friendly restaurant with a cool vibe. Service was excellent. Portions are huge.

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HappyDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great vibe! fun place to hang out with friends and good was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Waitress was super slow

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vipFrosty59
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Get the ribs. Good drinks. Good service.

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vipPhxDad
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anya was an incredible server!

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BreAnnaC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were able to get in quickly but our drinks came out slower then we expected. Food was good but condiments, dressings were missing or came out after the food was almost completely eaten. Server was friendly and it was only his second day and tried to make everything right as best as he could.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was super attentive and apologetic about the wait time on our food. I have been to this location a lot and every time is a little different experience on wait time for food. I have had really long wait times and some I swear were right after the order was put in.
This time was great and the live music is always a great touch.

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Heather
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance - love the big, open spacious restaurant and the concept. The food is so-so, but it's a fun place to eat. The service was excellent, though, and so that was a plus.

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viprayjeee3
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was really great and I loved the whole place. Such a cool patio with great food and service. The ribs and harvest salad were great! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa totally rocked with good service! Spacing and setup was Covid safe.

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SusanH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Delicious food! Great server Anya! Would highly recommend. Will go back

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was sweet and patient with me. I was indecisive about wanting a drink and the monkey bread. I was full so we cashed out. But then we sat and talked for a while and I worked up an appetite. The monkey bread took a while but it was worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re from San Diego and we came for brunch. It was delicious and perfect for our little family! 🤗

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BruceW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was visiting Phoenix and this location came highly recommended. Casual atmosphere with great food and service. Not inexpensive, but has an array of items at differing costs. Highly recommend to other and definitely will visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love this place. All menu items are great

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so good that we joked we were so happy the chef had dropped out of culinary school!

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Squishy
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good - been here a few times when we come to Tempe from Atlanta. The BEST margarita I have had "Margarrita PorFavor" - awesome !!!!

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goodfood
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the setting and the service was great. Steak frites was delicious!

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BarbieB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the chicken chop salad and it was really the best. My client had the prime sandwich and was really good. Look forward to returning.

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KristineS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Seat was so uncomfortable on the porch. Have eaten here many times but the food was cold and did not taste as good as it usually does

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DorisS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is spot on!

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RobinC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, environment was excellent. I will definitely come back.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe is rated 4.7 stars by 1980 OpenTable diners.

Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.foxrc.com/gift-cards/.

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.