Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
1953 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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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Andrew
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super good food, drinks were great as well (quite sweet). Hard to find parking though, but we didn't realize you can pull in just before the restaurant and there is convenient parking behind it (as it is on a busy street).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service! The food was incredible!

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vipLuv2eat
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was unbelievable!
The food was excellent!
The live music was awesome!!

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LauraD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at this location, I've been to the one downtown and loved the meal there so thought this would be a great place to meet some friends I hadn't seen in a long time. The food and drinks were good, we had very good service. As it got a little later into the night, it was really loud and hard to carry on a conversation. I should have chosen another place that I didn't have to yell at the person next to me but would definitely go back and also try other locations I have not been to yet.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cuisine with excellent atmosphere… only negative, which I can overlook, was our table being right next to the door. Highly recommend the fried chicken and my wife loved her spicy vegan curry.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!

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vipRoxanneF
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried chicken I have ever had.. Overall amazing

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Scout
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Okay - disclaimer- my husband and I are 50 and we were with our sons who are 20 and 21. We hated it, they thought it would be a cool place to come if they were a little older. WAY too loud for us. And way too hot to eat outside. We ended up all getting salads, which were pretty good. Server was a pro.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maybe not the best place for a personal conversation but definitely the best to have fun.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good all around.

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DrDi
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sarah was Amazing!!!

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jeffv
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will be back very soon!!@@

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KFitz
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and a fun environment at the various Dropout locations. Homemade chips and onion dip are a great indulgence and the charcuterie never disappoints. If you like a little heat the jalapeno margarita is terrific. Augie was our ever enthusiastic server who had great guidance and energy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this location while on vacation everything was fantastic from the food to the ambience! Will definitely be back

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IScanU
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken is fantastic. The drinks are definitely on point!

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ericar
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, pretzel bites and ribs where amazing! Really liked the avocado Caesar salad but 3 of our kids didn’t because it was not the traditional flavor they were seeking. Loud but ok with our party of 9.

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TracyC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 1st time dining here and the food was absolutely delicious. We were expecting the live band which was the reason we chose this place; however the band plays only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings. So we will return on one of those evenings to really experience the full effect of Culinary Dropout.🤩😋🎼

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WayneK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service and ambience. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. It's all delicious!

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BjRent
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was on point. Thanks!

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Meganancy
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food is certainly ok. However this place was so so noisy we won’t be back. And the place was only HALF full

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Augie was amazing! He made our brunch experience perfect!

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JuneM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and our waiter was amazing!! The food could be better but good for basic bar food.

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Charles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good dinner and fun restaurant. Will be back.

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vipLily11
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and great food! My husband loved the fried chicken, said it was the some of the best he’s ever had. Only downside was the noise level but that won’t keep us from going back.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is very nice. From the welcoming first interaction to paying the tab, every single detail is closely observed and obviously in pursuit of excellence. The food was better than I expected and the staff were friendly, helpful and humbly proud. I will definitely recommend and will return. Thanks to everyone who made our business dinner a success! It was a little loud with an echo due to the high ceilings, so made hearing others across the table a bit difficult but not unmanageable.

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JillW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved our experience at CD! Our first time in and the waiter was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about the menu . The food was great . We had the deviled eggs as an appetizer. Highly recommend them . My salmon was cooked to perfection .

The specialty drink menu is terrific . Next time I’ll Uber and try a few more

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was very overrated. The food was good but not exceptional. The service was pretty bad. And the ambience was not what it was cooked up to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff.

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vipMiaT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We brought our Out of town guests for brunch. Food was amazingly good with a fun ambiance. The breakfast sandwich was raved about and my salad with choice of protein: salmon is my go to!

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LindaS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter’s 22nd birthday

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Tariq
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was extremely lively, however that did not ruin the overall experience it more or less enhanced it. The waiters are super friendly and efficient. The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was even more spectacular. 100% worth it and can’t wait to visit again!

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Jode
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I booked at 6:15 reservation. Over a week before said date , 6/25/21. When we got there they said our table’s guests were just paying their bill we would be seated shortly. 6:30 the hostess informed us they were still at the table and they give guest a 15 min. Grace period to leave the table. At 6:45 the general manager informed us that they can’t make the guests leave the table even tho we had a reservation 40 minutes ago. Said he was sorry but there was nothing he could do. About 10 minutes later they brought in a table from the patio to accommodate our party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. This was for my daughters 40 th birthday and we were very disappointed we had a reservation but waited about 50 minutes to get seated. Totally unacceptable and will NEVER patronize this restaurant or suggest it to anyone. A horrible experience.

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LaurenC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was wonderful. Our server was absolutely fantastic. I asked to turn the misters on outside because it was hot and they did within seconds, out drinks were always full, they even brought extra ice because they were melting so fast with it being so hot. It was just the best. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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vipDateNight
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Met friends w/ their kids for lunch. Great service. Server was attentive to all of us . She made great recommendations and was spot on! Place is a little noisy, but otherwise atmosphere/decor are fine

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CindyH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Date night with my husband. We enjoyed the evening very much. Food and service were very good. The noise level was almost too high. They could probably do some simple things to improve it a bit, if desired. Regardless, I would probably go back again :)

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vipfoodtraveler
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Lovely decor! However, I am on a sugar free diet and seems like all their salads and salad dressings (including oil and vinegar) contain sugar. Also, the noise level was very loud - could barely hear our server. They need more wait staff!!

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Emil
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was awkwardly slow. An hour for food to arrive. Will avoid this place next time.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food!

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MelissaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and super friendly staff. Loved the ambiance too.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 1953 OpenTable diners.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront 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.