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Culinary Dropout Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
4.6
3183 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


Booked 90 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Old Town Scottsdale
  • Parking details
    Valet available
  • Entertainment
    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 3,183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Scottsdale

    Hot spot

3,183 Reviews
  1. MegM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    it took 45 minutes to get our food, it was cold when it came out

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  2. Lindseym

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated 30 minutes after our confirmed reservation time, but was made up for with a free app and excellent service!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    We love to hear this! We apologize for the wait with your reservation, but we are so happy we were able to turn the experience around for you! We hope to have you back again soon!

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  3. GaleF

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ellen was our wait person and she was outstanding recommending foods and drinks and was attentive to our table with efficient service
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    We love to see this! Thank you so much Gale!

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  4. MeganH

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always and nice to sit outside a bit removed from the noisy indoor seating. Awesome waitress & service as well. Monkey bread 100%!!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much Megan! We look forward to having you back again soon!

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  5. slu1998

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a late afternoon lunch with gorgeous weather.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much for the feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Too loud music. Food was good. Service was prompt.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you so much! We hope to have you back again soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Georgia was our waitress and she was absolutely the best and made our first time there outstanding! My husband and I enjoyed our selfs so much and the food was amazing as well! We will definitely be back and want to see if we can request Georgia !
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 1 day ago
    Georgia is ABSOLUTELY awesome! Thank you so much for the feedback! We hope to have you back again soon!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a must have when In Scottsdale. The food and the vibes were great
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 3 days ago
    LOVE to see this! We are so excited you had a great time and look forward to seeing you on your next visit!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & drinks!!! Our waitress Gianna was outstanding!!!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 3 days ago
    Gianna is such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for the feedback!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This makes our 4th time to go there. We love the food and the staff are amazing. We go every year for our anniversary and will continue to go for a special night out. I would highly recommend this place to anyone that wants a wonderful meal and great atmosphere!!!!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded today
    You're making us blush! Thank you so much for the AMAZING feedback! And happy anniversary!!!!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the drinks there and charcuterie board by Chef is a recommendation!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 3 days ago
    Ooohhh! The Slicer is so phenomenal! Thank you so much for the feedback and we hope to see you back again soon!

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  12. Tacolove

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely wonderful time sitting out on the patio catching up, service was wonderful, the food was amazing, and it was just a wonderful night. I cannot recommend this place enough!

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  13. AshleyF

    Saskatoon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My family and I visited culinary dropout this afternoon, restaurant definitely has a cool vibe to it. We had the pretzels and fondue to start and they were delicious, big portion as well. My husband got the 36 hour roasted rib and they were alright, didn’t seem to be roasted that long as they weren’t very tender at all. They had good flavour but pretty tough. I had the prime rib beef dip and I enjoyed my meal. Meat was tender and the pretzel bun was fresh. Our server was friendly, she didn’t come around much or ask how our food was so we didn’t see much of her. She mostly just brought our drinks, food and the bill. Didn’t really go above to make sure we were doing good with our food. I would come back and try the food again, hopefully get a little better service second time around.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent, online it showed that the food was gonna be a lot different than what it was in person. Very loud and chaotic music should turn down Soundsystem by at least 20 dB and just because we were young and I felt like they seated us in the worst possible place in the restaurant, even though we had reservations beforehand and we got seated right at the front door thank you.

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  15. Limo22

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Just feels more like a big chain all the time. Lacked attention to detail in both food and service.

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  16. Groshko

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I made a reservation 3 months out and when we arrived they sat us outside on wet patio furniture. Half the menu was sold out by 8pm.

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  17. azmama

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress wore what could only be described as a “bra” that was SO low-cut and revealing, it was hard to focus on anything other than her chest which was spilling out from this bra. It even appeared small for her which gave the further impression that she was spilling out of it. It wasn’t a tank top either. She had on an open cardigan over it…but it didn’t help. It was so in-your face and so incredibly inappropriate for a lunchtime crowd. Honestly, I was shocked she was allowed to serve that way. We had kids with us as well and even they were a little surprised by her attire. There was a hair in one of the salads which the staff corrected and took off the bill…but the service was also lacking…which is understandably affecting many establishments post-covid (where did all of those people go?) but unfortunately obvious. So…that combined with the questionable, in-your-face style of staff attire, we’ll pause before returning. I don’t need my entire dining experience overshadowed by the waitress’ too-small wardrobe at Noon on a Thursday. It was so awkward. Every time she leaned over the table, her boobs were in our faces. What the actual, people. Get a grip. It’s not the Candy Store. This was so over the top. Pun intended.

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  18. LeahM

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely worth a stop! Our server was friendly and efficient. I had the turkey pastrami and it was delicious. Very cool place with great atmosphere.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 13, 2024
    Turkey Pastrami is definitely one of my favorites! Thank you so much for the feedback! We look forward to having you back again soon Leah!

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  19. sharona

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food well prepared with friendly staff but noise level made conversation difficult.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 13, 2024
    Thank you so much for the feedback Sharona! We hope to have you back again soon! (Live music is only Thurs-Sat so hopefully we can see you back when it's a bit quieter!)

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  20. Cece

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish and French fries are excellent. Everyone else enjoyed their salads. Plenty of food and extremely fresh.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 13, 2024
    AWESOME CeCe! Thank you so much!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was solid but didn’t wow me. REALLY loud. The guy playing guitar was made to be the main attraction, instead of ambience in the background. Very difficult to have a conversation. Overall vibe was nice in terms of atmosphere. Would come again. I enjoyed it

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We got to the restaurant about 25 minutes earlier than our reservation. We told the hostesses that we were happy to wait. They said “no problem” and took us to a table right by the front door. We asked if we could please be sat anywhere not by the door and again said that we would be happy to wait. The lead hostess gave us a dirty look and then had another hostess take us to another table. Right next to a different door. She said that the door wouldn’t be open very much. It literally sat open the entire time. We were freezing by the time we left. Service was good; our server was so nice. The lead hostess needs to find a different line of work.

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  23. DanielH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super Nice, ambiance was inviting… service above and beyond…. Food was excellent.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    We LOVE to see this! Thank you so much Daniel!

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  24. BruceT

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great job by CJ and supporting staff! Food was very good. Timing was good.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you so much Bruce! CJ and the rest of team are just awesome! We appreciate the feedback!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, beautiful ambience, wonderful location, lots of parking. Great time!!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    Making us blush! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although the atmosphere was rather loud the food was excellent. Highly recommend the Pesto Chicken Pasta.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    One of our newer dishes! Thank you so much for the feedback!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and ambiance. Steak and ribs were great

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fried chicken was excellent as always. Our waitress was very knowledgeable.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    Definitely known for the chicken! Thank you so much!

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  29. cathyL

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and unusual food! Appetizers to dessert fantastic. Comfy seating! Over the top service from mgt to waitress!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 6, 2024
    AWESOME! Thank you so much for the feedback Cathy! We hope to see you back again soon!

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  30. MNtraveler

    Minneapolis

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from the young man waiting on us. We had the pretzels, deviled eggs, fried chicken and ribs and all were tasty, especially the main entrees and the pretzel fondue. Good drinks too. Nice atmosphere. I definitely recommend giving this place a try. 
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on February 5, 2024
    Such AWESOME feedback! We hope to see you back the next time your in town from Minnesota? :)

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  31. BrendaW

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The bread was cold and hard, the asparagus was refrigerator cold - but that wasn’t indicated on the menu. The Trout was extremely salty and green beans were cold. The salmon said it came with brussels sprouts, but it didn’t and it also said it came with butternut squash but it didn’t - they were just in the risotto so very much misrepresented. The fried chicken was burnt. Overall, a very disappointing experience. Waitress never asked how our food was.

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  32. VeronicaP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Odd menu items for brunch. Great ambiance and good location

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  33. CTWoman

    New York City

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Salmon entree and meatloaf entree very good. If we had more of an appetite, we would have had one of their specials - the ribs or fried chicken, both of which looked delicious when served to other diners. The atmosphere and noise level is lively.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    Thank you so much for the awesome feedback! We hope to have you back again soon!

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  34. geofromaz

    Phoenix

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food had a unique flavor, which is not negative, but good and interesting. Would return - and recommend to others.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    We love to see this! Thank you so much!

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  35. JasonL

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything was good except the kitchen got our order wrong. Other than that it was a bit loud, but it was prime time on a Saturday.

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  36. Happy

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad they brought back the crispy shrimp salad back!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    LOL! I know!! That salad is just awesome! So glad you enjoyed everything and thank you for the feedback!

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  37. ColetteT

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated at the time of our reservation. Our waiter was great and our food was even better. We shared the fried chicken dinner and they split the meal for us. We also ordered a side salad to split and they split that also. It was perfect! We sat outside and enjoyed the view.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    We love to hear this! Thank you so much Colette for the awesome feedback and we look forward to having you back again soon!

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  38. LIinTuc

    Tucson

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Georgia took excellent care of us. She kept a great eye on our table taking care of anything we needed. We loved her personality!
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    Georgia is just awesome and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us! Thank you so much for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  39. forefront

    Phoenix

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a little slow. Very loud. The food was okay.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails are a bit overpriced. Service was excellent as was the food. Food comes out really quickly so plan accordingly.
    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on January 30, 2024
    Thank you so much for the feedback! We are happy to hear about the excellent service and we look forward to having you back again soon!

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Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 3183 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


Booked 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Culinary Dropout Waterfront

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

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet available
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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