Culinary Dropout at the Yard - Tempe

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1405 reviews
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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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DL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now I understand the hype around this place. Great menu with some spot on cocktails. Will certainly be a regular customer from now on.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing sandwich. Best sandwich of this type I have ever had.

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k
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food server should have explained the menu better. We ordered the wrong items. She acted like she didn't really care about our experience. Just to get her job done.

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MJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place to have dinner and drinks. Server was not that friendly. Didnt seem to look like he was happy to be serving us. Other than that, the food was great and the ambiance was awesome.

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DK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the server. Very friendly and helpful!

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GH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. One of our go to's in town whenever we go out to eat! :)

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great group gathering. The menu was fun and food was very good. Best service too!

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KM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue & food. A wonderful evening g with friends, band was AMAZING! Totally considering it now for a family dinner when our sons graduate next year. We will be back sooner for sure !

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KP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall good vibe. Service was slow but it was a Saturday night. Server was friendly.

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DV
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pretzel bread with fondue is delicious. The staff were very friendly and upbeat. It’s a fun place to eat if you want music, good food and don’t mind spending a little bit for it. Lots of parking too.

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Excellent food and drinks, attentive servers, and fun atmosphere.

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o
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. They never disappoint and the food and live music is always great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very good meal with a very vibrant environment. Everyone was friendly and there was an abundance of hang out spots away from the dining for pre or post dinner. The food was very good and not outdated either.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to have dinner with 2 friends/coworkers and we had a great time celebrating my graduation.

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LF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of my favorite places to go! They have a great happy hour, awesome food and drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktail menu was absolutely amazing. We ordered one of everything. Our favorite by far were the pretzels with cheese fondue.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food! Service is always great. A great way to spend Mother's Day!

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd year celebrating Mother’s Day here. Great food, great drinks and even better prices. The best family place EVER!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed in our Mother’s Day Dinner. The food quality has dropped and the service was terrible. There were plenty of servers and staff, but they seemed more interested in looking good than providing service. I had to ask three times for utensils. Finally I stood up and obtained them myself. I had to asked twice for plates with our appetizers. I had to ask twice for water after our appetizers came. The carbonation with the drinks did not exist and we had to send them back. Dinner was disappointing. The mashed potatoes tasted like freeze dried, the Cole slaw was “aging”. The meat loaf was dry and disappointing. I think Fox Concepts may be groaning too fast and can’t keep good management. After having to send drinks and food back to the kitchen and the lack of service, this might be our last time.

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

i was 1 of a group 4 for mother’s day. my daughter & son in law were very happy with their meals. my grandson had pancakes that were OVERWHELMING drowning in way too much syrup. i had 3 tiny little pieces of fish & a small handful of fries (both were delicious by the way). i think for $16.50 i was expecting either more fish or larger pieces. it was a little disappointing for me.

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MO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy our time there. The good is always good.

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BB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To celebrate Mother's Day, I brought family, and the food and service were fantastic. Highly recommend this establishment for the great all around experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. Love the fun games to enjoy after our meal. We come here often because it’s always great and always fun!

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good vibes. Love when it’s nice weather and they can open the doors and windows. I’ve been here for happy hour as well as brunch. Both were good!

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KJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Just not our vibe. Industrial trendy, too loud even at 6pm on a Saturday night. Odd variety of food selections.

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The overall experience was really good. The service, however, was less than optimal. Our waitress explained things well, but we waited a while to order. Our drinks took a while to come out and we ordered those right away. She also forgot part of our order. The order itself come out fairly quickly considering how busy it was. The food itself was very good. We had the antipasti, and all our choices were excellent. I would recommend the deviled eggs and the bacon & Parmesan grissini. We also had the famous soft pretzels and provolone fondue, which is another dish I would recommend. Their drinks were excellent as well. We had the Room Service and Between You & Me. The ambiance was laid back and having The Yard there made it fun. We would go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unless you are wanting to pay a lot for cheap gross food and decent beer. I would not recommend. The only thing that makes this place cool is. The fact they have games like corn hole and table tennis. The food was gross and way expensive. They gave me my first beer in a glass and the second in a can. The service was pretty slow and it was not even busy.

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KW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the food at Culinary Dropout - one of my favorites is the Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast! Wish there was a location in San Diego!

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DM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, the pretzel fondue is fantastic, enough for 2. The bartenders were very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend, i’ll Be eating there often.

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R
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Culinary Dropout. We had a large graduation party and wanted to share a great place in Tempe with the family. Food was delicious and we have some picky eaters in the group. Great appetizers to start while you wait for the food.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Enjoyed the design of the restaurant and the menu.

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WJ
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Logan was our waitress and was fantastic!!! We were celebrating my daughter's graduation from ASU and we had a wonderful time at dinner thanks to your staff.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and our server

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Tempe location several times. Always good food and service with some indoor activities like ping-pong, corn-hole, table hockey, etc.. large place with areas for private parties.

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BB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son & the rest of my family for ASU graduation celebration- food was good drinks were good & the atmosphere was really fun. I was visiting the area but I will for sure go back when I’m in town. They have great outdoor seating & games that you can play.

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Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy vibe from Arizona State graduation families was just awesome. Our server, Dane, was a true professional yet very personable at the same time. Great food, great atmosphere, and we only wish our younger child was coming to Arizona State so we could dine here again!!

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Culinary Dropout. We were a party of nine for dinner with an ASU graduation. We were out of there with plenty of time for the graduation. The appetizers were delicious and would make a meal out of those next time.

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JE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Fun, urban atmosphere, great food and a nice outdoor space. I ordered the steak salad and it was so good! Definitely recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my family here after my graduation and I couldn’t have picked a better place. The restaurant is so fun, food was great, and the staff was very accommodating. I would highly recommend this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter got two of our orders wrong and didn’t try to fix either of them. The quality of the food was excellent though. I loved the brunch menu!

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