Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
1134 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Melt into the comfortable chairs at Culinary Dropout where craft beer and live music await. 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.
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

THE MUSIC IS TOO LOUD. THE LIGHTING ON THE OUTSIDE IS AWKWARDLY BRIGHT! PLEASE TURN THEM BOTH DOWN!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JD runs the place and is super cool. Just ask for him and he will take care of you!

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u
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Happy Hour with friends from Canada. We ate on the patio. It was busy but our server did a good job. I like the small plates and the outdoor ambience

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NL
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Unspectacular. Bar food split between undercooked and cold. Really good, attentive wait staff and team. Good value.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Menu change was not communicated prior to meal, this limited to brunch only on a Saturday. No kid options.

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Go at an off time because they clearly don’t have the type of staff that can provide high level service when things get busy. Food was good but overpriced.

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M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Overrated- food was below average. Very loud .
Food was overcooked-
Pretty location service ok but not worth it

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d
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

what a great place! drinks and food are great and the wait staff is outstanding.

loved the open air bar and seating, the best of Scottsdale all in one place

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was very accommodating for our requests.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food good value. Very noisy

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TA
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AWESOME! I was in Scottsdale for a 3+ day conference. Four of us traveled together and had 2 dinners on our own. I found Culinary Dropout via Yelp and had to wait 2 nights to get a reservation. It was worth the wait. NOTE: More than one location so know which location (1) you made the reservation for (2) which address you picked on Waze. Suffice to say that I made the reservation for Scottsdale location and used Waze to get to Phoenix location! Oops. We were 20 minutes late and when I called, Deborah picked up and listened to my story and was very considerate. I could hear the restaurant roar in the background and new they were packed. She looked at reservations & asked how long until we would arrive. 20 minutes. 😢 Deborah explained that she was supposed to release the reservation after 15 mins yet told us to come on and she would do her best. We made it in 20. The restaurant was packed. Deborah looked all over and said she found a table eating dessert and when they left, the table was ours. We might have waited 20 minutes, probably less. We were so grateful she fit us in to the rotation without any sign of irritation. Andrew was our sever and was funny, engaging and excellent at remembering dietary restrictions. We really enjoyed Andrew. The ambiance is rustic and lively. The food was terrific. The service, 2nd to none. We will be back!

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AM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in, the food was very good and restaurant had a good vibe. Will definitely be back!

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday...Noise level was way too loud...couldn’t hear the people across the table. Food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu was very limited to what I remember the Culinary Dropout had at their Tempe location.

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L
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Culinary Drop Out in Tucson and think this one is better.
Both are good but love Scottsdale!

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EO
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was freezing cold outside and the only table they had left was right by the door. They originally told us that it would be about 20 minutes for a different location. But, then they found us a table by the kitchen after a few minutes wait. On a Monday night at 5:30 with a reservation, seems like they would have done a better job of reserving a decent location, but even though we ended up by the kitchen, we were better off than right by the door. The server was very casual (leaning against the booth while taking our order) and she brought the wrong drink initially, but that was quickly and politely taken care of. Our dinner came out within minutes of ordering it, so don't order until you are actually ready to eat. Food was good, and I would definitely go there again, but maybe during the off season when it's not so crowded. When I make a reservation I really expect to have preferential seating. By the way, it is VERY noisy in there so don't expect to have an intimate dinner for two.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just ok .. the food was Disappointing

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f
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place and we sat and chatted at our table for awhile. We wanted ribs and they were out by 8 pm.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Drinks are a little pricey and some of the apps portions are very small

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment, great service, and fantastic food and drinks!

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KS
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorites!

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AS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. It had a cool vibe and the decorations were well done. Our service was slow (server was nice) and it took a long time to get our fried chicken. The fried chicken was mediocre, at best. Overall, for the expense and the claim of ‘known for their fried chicken’, I was not very impressed.

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TL
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice ambiance and food was above average ...subpar service as waitress appeared to have too many tables

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N
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Made resv through open table. Hostess said I had cancelled it. I had not and had proof where I made it and number. She got us in after a wait. Also website says live music. Then we find out when there only weekends. Just not a good experience and food was Okish.

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DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 2 couples and everyone's food eas was outstanding!! The boys had meatloaf and fried chicken. We girls had rainbow trout and butternut squash ravioli. Cocktails were great too. Our server was fabulous!

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KW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful! Highly recommend this place to anyone. Fried chicken is the best

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F
New York Area
210 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always consistent at a reasonable price.
It was obvious to me they were short staffed as our seating was delayed 1/2 hour from our reservation on a Sunday evening. Service still was good.
I recommend that they include what is on their sandwiches on the menu that isn’t listed or at least make sure the server knows when asked.

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MV
Phoenix
93 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always unique and great food. Service great

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JG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Fun time with friends!

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JM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great, but all three dishes we ordered (two appetizers and one entree to share) were served cold. Won’t be going back.

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great and food came out quick! Our whole experience was awesome.

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SR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server wAs great!!

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OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration with my husband and son. Everything was perfect!! Great Food, Great Service (Sydney was a great waitress. She timed Everything out perfectly) and ambiance was outstanding! Music was a bit loud. Was glad we had a seat the furthest away from the DJ. Although the playlist was superb!

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T
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great ambience. Food was good, but not outstanding. Attentive, but busy servers.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality and quantity of food for a reasonable price!

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hip and fun place to have dinner. Very good food, accommodated gluten free, and very good cocktails. A good experience.

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome drinks and cheese plate, but a little bit pricey! Such a fun atmosphere with live music and eclectic decorations. Would definitely come here again for Saturday night snacks and drinks!

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BR
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good. It's quite loud

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OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the kale salad. Delicious cocktails.

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JJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was good but not great. I loved the ambiance. Our waitress was ok but not great.

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