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Culinary Dropout Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.5
4.5
2549 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 970-1700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,549 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Scottsdale

    Good for Groups

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  1. H

    Hicktown21

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. Heard a lot about this place. Service was very good but it is very similar to other place. When using the open table app, put in there that is was a special occasion. Wasn’t mentioned at check in. When I used the app at other place they made an effort to the special occasion. No big deal…
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Love the Tempe location but not so much for the Scottsdale location. Really loud music - like unnecessarily loud. Food was so-so. Sandwich was small. And I think I counted about 12 tiny french fries that came with my meal. Sadly, not a great experience for the price at this location.
  3. G

    Gate

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Go only if you are looking for awesome onion rings. The rest of the meal was just ok. The DJ music on Thursday nights is ridiculous. So freaking loud that you can’t hear yourself think and pretty awful music selection. We won’t be back.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for the feedback! Please see your DM...

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service staff

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 2 days agoThank you so much!! 5 stars!! Woohoo!

  5. CH

    CHbox

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Chandeliers meet Bob Marley! Bit of a mixed vibe, noisy and very open. The quickest date night ever.. 45 minutes in and out. My plate was taken away and I was asked if I wanted dessert while my husband finished his main. I said give us a minute and the bill was slapped down on the table. If I wanted fast food I would have gone somewhere else. Slow it down and offer either more drinks or more time! A missed opportunity.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 1, 2022So happy you had such a great time! Thank you so much for the 5 stars and we can't wait to see you back!

  7. C

    Chyk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was on a short visit from out of town and I’d have to say I enjoyed it all. I ended up getting the spinach lasagne which I would recommend. We had Reed as our server and she was beyond exceptional.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 7 days agoChyk! Thank you so much for the review! I agree the lasagna is awesome! It is also a seasonal item which means come winter we start making it with butternut squash instead of the sweet corn (which is just as amazing!) Hope you come back and try it!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Fly was in my drink & they still charged us for my friends drink!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great long table with plenty of room to accommodate a party of 8. Noise level was fine. We could hear each other speak.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 31, 2022I love our grand tables! Especially with the giant chandeliers! We are so glad you had a great experience! Thank you so much for the review!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation stop in due to google search.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails!! Great service!! Sat outside so the noise on the main step was a bit loud at times, but not crazy!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 31, 2022Thank you so much Lorissa! Our craft cocktails are incredible! We look forward to seeing you again!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Saturday night so obviously it was busy however, Culinary Dropout never disappoints. Food was amazing and the server was super cool.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 31, 2022Awe! Thank you so much! We are so happy that you had a great experience! Look forward to seeing you again real soon!

  13. MK

    MoeKatLo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first time experience at the Culinary dropout. The antipasto board was amazing and I could’ve just eaten that. We shared 3 brunch items and we had more than enough to split. We will definitely come back again!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you so much for the review and 5 stars!! Charcuterie is one of my favorite things because I get to mix and match each bite! I am so glad you had such a great time and we look forward to seeing you really soon!

  14. HR

    HappyRose923

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried chicken was some of the best I had. Service was great too!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 24, 2022Our fried chicken is one of signature dishes!! I am so glad you loved it! Can't wait to have you back to try some of our other awesome dishes!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great informal place to drink and hangout without having to dress up, great location if you are wanting to hang near the Scott resort and spa (:

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 stars!! I love our location as well, its close to everything! I tend to take breaks from shopping to grab a yummy drink and some apps before hitting the stores again! We hope to see you really soon!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed vegetarian, I ordered sweet potato medallions instead of steak but was charged for the steak entree.
  17. WP

    WendyP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Text some family from New Zealand to the restaurant and then enjoyed it very much

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 21, 2022Whoa..New Zealand! That's quite a trip! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us!

  18. m

    micheleb

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were OUTSTANDING, however, we found the restaurant very noisy. Also, the metal chairs are really uncomfortable.
  19. DR

    DanetteR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun place to eat and drink. Live music playing during dinner. Our server was so energetic and fun. Would definitely recommend for date night or any night.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 21, 2022Danette! Thank you so much for the feedback! I am so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! We can't wait to see you soon!

  20. F

    Frustrated

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Super loud so not a great place to han
  21. r

    rosej

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    just a quick lunch! food was great as always and t

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 16, 2022Rose! I am so glad that you had a good lunch experience! We look forward to seeing you again!

  22. HK

    HeatherK

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Overall a fair dining experience. Food and service were below average.
  23. e

    emedubz

    Boise

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    If you plan on talking to whoever you are going to dinner with, do not go here. It is so insanely loud and dark. I had only ever been during the afternoon and it was lovely, but this time I went at 8pm and it wasn't even enjoyable. So loud, so dark, staff was polite but not very efficient and the food is very hit or miss. It's either incredible, or not good. Sad to say I probably will not be back.
  24. j

    janc

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was slow and order was missing items
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience1
    The DJ on a Saturday night was CRAZY LOUD! For reference I’m a 28 year old woman and love a good “live music” vibe. This was not that. This was like a night club in Miami Beach, but at 7pm on a Saturday at a restaurant. I had to yell at the people sitting right next to me. We hurried to eat and leave. Couldn’t even have a conversation the music was that loud.
  26. j

    jimc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We love other CD locations and anticipated a similar experience here. Server was inattentive, food was average at best. Very loud in the restaurant, and when the DJ started up it was time to leave. There are so many great restaurants in the area, we won't be back to this place. Happy to share additional details if requested.
  27. l

    luvagoodmeal

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The singer was TOO TOO loud! The waitress got our order wrong because she couldn’t even hear.
  28. CW

    CourtneyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was good. Nothing spectacular but a solid choice food was good, not great. Service was really good as was the live music.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks, food and service all excellent! We loved the idea of designing our own charcuterie board. We appreciated the recommendations from our waiter. We sat outside but the misters kept us nice and comfortable in this 100+ degree day!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on July 16, 2022Ooh! It can get warm out there, but the misters can make a world of difference! (Especially with one of our cocktails!) The antipasti board is one of my favorite things on our menu! I am so glad you had a great time and can't wait for you to visit again!--Jaime

  30. SC

    StephanieC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good very good
  32. DB

    DeeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed with the food or service. Our server went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. Great evening out with family.
  33. a

    aarin

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pretty nice spot....good food, great atmosphere, amazing drinks! Georgia was our waiter and she is amazing. Thank you for the awesome birthday dinner!
  34. d

    daclankid

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We loved the nachos! In fact, we enjoyed every dish we ordered: Bread Pudding French Toast, Shaved Prime Rib Dip, Fried Chicken Dinner, Chopped Chicken Salad. The only thing that we were not happy about was that our food took a little longer than we expected.
  35. MG

    MichaelG

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Back to Culinary dropout after having most of the menu unavailable last week. Our server Chris was wonderful and extremely available. Still out of the lasagna (a fan fav) but got the meatlof which was wonderful. Eclectic choices around the table and everone had a great meal.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Our server was amazing, went over the menu with us. Introduced herself and was very attentive. The live music was amazing! That girl could sing! All in all a good experience. The only negative thing I’d like to point out is about The food runner. He tossed the food at us, he did not take a second to stop and ask who got what. He was in a walking motion as he tossed/slid the plates on our table. I found it very disrespectful and did not appreciate that. I work in the restaurant business, I think taking the time to place the plate on the table & even just ask if they need anything else is very courteous.
  37. MG

    MichaelG

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Disappointed that at 7 PM so many items were "sold out" and unavailable. Rare to have to go to your 3rd or 4th choice for dinner menu as well as appetizers.
  38. J

    Jess

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Food is horrible! Drinks and service are 10/10
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was fantastic! This is definitely an up beat place. We had a later reservation on a Saturday night and it definitely had a club/restaurant feel.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on June 29, 2022Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has cool vibes and is great for a group. The food was really flavorful and tasty!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on June 29, 2022Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

FAQs

Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.5 stars by 2549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Culinary Dropout Waterfront

7135 E Camelback Rd, Ste 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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