Culinary Dropout Waterfront

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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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CH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We sat outside patio, and we asked the misters to be turned on. It took us asking 4 people and 30 minutes for them to be turned in. Our appetizer came with our meal. One order was completely wrong, and the steak salad had 4 thinly sliced of steak.
When we got the check we just of fell off our chairs. It would be ok to charge that much if everything was perfect ! Our experience was not good. We were bummed as we had guest from out of state. We will give you guys one more chance in your Gilbert location.......

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 hours ago

Hi CarmelitaH! I am so disappointed to hear about your experience with us. We strive to make every experience here memorable and seamless, and we clearly missed the mark with yours. It definitely should not take 4 tries to have the misters turned on, and we should have corrected our mistakes with your meal immediately. I would love to hear more about your experience so I may have the opportunity to make it right. Please reach out to me at rachelsmith@foxrc.net. Best, Rachel Smith

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

took 45 minutes to get our dinner

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

This was my first time at the Scottsdale location, and it exceeded all expectations. The same for the downtown Phoenix location. This is a very cool and quirky restaurant. The food is delicious and the Pink Cadillac Margarita is the best Margarita I’ve ever had. I wish I could eat at the restaurant everyday.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 hours ago

Thanks, KayW! I'm so excited you enjoyed. Can't wait to see you back soon! :)

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BB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything — from the greeting at the door to the service, food and atmosphere, it was a terrific evening.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 hours ago

Thanks, Brenda! We're so glad you had a wonderful experience.

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k
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a large group (20 people), the service was fast and good. Some of he food items were better than others. For example, the home made potato chips and pretzel fondue were great. The strawberries with the pistachios were salty. The drinks were great. Place was very noisy so you had to shout to conversate with your neighbor.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 hours ago

Thanks for your review, Karcher! I've passed along your feedback on the strawberries and brie to our chefs so that they can look into it. When it gets a little cooler, sitting on the patio is a great, quieter option. We'll see you next time!

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F
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our experience at Culinarily Dropout. The food was excellent. Our servers name was Trout and he gave us the most top notch service. We really enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is busy which means it’s extremely loud but if noise does bother you, you will enjoy. Great restaurant!!! Would recommend for a casual fun atmosphere

M
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a table of 11, service was great and food was wonderful. With this large of group we were served within 30 minutes of sitting down . They did a great job and highly recommend them!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for coming in, Mark! Can't wait to see you all next time. :)

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AW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated quickly, the server was courteous and knowledgeable. Prices were reasonable, portions generous, noise level very high. Food was high quality. The table had 3 excellent and one "OK".

J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service took too long and the live music was too loud, I couldn’t hear people talking to me across the table.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Honestly it was so loud you couldnt hear anything while inside, they def need some noise deadening ceiling tech to improve. The food was decent, not great, and not bad. Price was totally reasonable, definitely less than expected, but thankful given the overall experience.

NA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great vibe. Food is always great and they have live music some nights.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, Nathan! Live music is every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment!!

CF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and service very good. Noise level was too much for our party; we could carry on a four-way conversation because we could barely hear the person next to us. Value was exception. Would definitely visit again, but with ear plugs or ask to outside when the weather cools down.

K
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful environment with delicious food and great service. The noise level is up there so not an ideal place to have a peaceful conversation. Some of the tables are connected on a couch so you can be in close proximity to others when trying to enjoy a date night dinner and talk. Overall would definitely recommend and a fun experience. We also loved that we could reserve a table ahead of time online!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 7, 2019

Thanks, Kate! Can't wait to see you in again soon! :)

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit slow but waiter was pleasant. Food was served in timely manner and hot.

TP
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 2

Labor Day weekend was apparently a bad time to try a new restaurant. Kitchen appeared to be overwhelmed since our brunch order took almost 40 minutes for two people. Portions were nice and flavors were outstanding.
It didn’t help our frustrations when we were told that it appeared “the big ticket orders” were taking precedence. We were somewhat mollified when our brunch was discounted.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Real loud. Had teen birthday party next to us with very young child. Very young children should not be brought to establishments like this. This is more of a adult dining experience. Overall dining experience was not good.

MZ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This was one of our favorite spots typically but we have had two mediocre experiences lately (at best). The food and service were so so, dishes that we normally enjoy. The worst part was the terrible live music that started way too early on a Saturday (8:00) with an awful singer and sound so loud it was impossible to enjoy the evening any longer. We will rethink going back any time soon.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi MandZ! I'd like to start by apologizing for the experiences you've had the last few times you've been in. So so is certainly not good enough, and is never what we strive for. If you don't mind reaching out, I would love to hear more about your experience so that I may better coach my team and can hopefully have the opportunity to change your mind. Please email me personally at rachelsmith@foxrc.net. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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MP
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Bachelorette party

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JK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Saturday afternoon, arrived on time, table and chairs jad to be cleared and cleaned before we were seated. Both were extremely wet. Waitress had to dry them off before we could sit down. Ordered the Sweet Corn Ravioli and the Fried Chicken dinner. Paid extra for all white meat, which was extremely disappointing. The pasta dish was very good. The Chicken breasts were way overcooked (KFC style), Mashed potatoes and gravy were uneventful. Best thing we had was an Apple Monkey bread. Unable to recommend this restaurant.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hi Johnny! I'm really disappointed with the experience you received dining with us. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear more about your experience so that I can make it up to you and better coach my team. Please reach out to me at your convenience at rachelsmith@foxrc.net. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun place for dinner. Good food and great cocktails. Noise level was very high which isn’t optimal for a romantic date night.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 3, 2019

Hi there! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us some feedback! Especially on the weekends we have live music and lots of energy through the whole restaurant. Mornings and week nights tend to be a lot more lowkey and intimate! :)

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H
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Birthday celebration at lunch. Everything was ok. Nothing special but efficient

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 7, 2019

Hi Hiexpectations! Thank you for your feedback. We really strive to make every experience personal and exceptional, especially special occasions. I'm disappointed to hear that we clearly missed the mark with yours. If you don't mind reaching out to me personally at rachelsmith@foxrc.net, I'd love to gather some further details about your visit. Looking forward to hearing from you! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Just okay. Atmosphere was nice though

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. If you don't mind, I'd love to gather more details about your visit so that I can coach my team better. Please email me personally at rachelsmith@foxrc.net. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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MM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The cocktails were inventive and delicious, but the food was fair at best. Execution of the dishes left a lot to be desired.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi MissMar! I'm so glad you enjoyed your drinks, but I'm disappointed that the food was not what you were expecting. If you wouldn't mind reaching out to me personally at rachelsmith@foxrc.net, I'd love to gather more feedback about your experience so that myself and our chefs can better coach our team! Looking forward to hearing from you. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food ROCKED my world! (And hey, I’m a Manhattan-ner! 50K restaurants that is! Very Hard to impress!) & service was to the point! Thanks so much Kait!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thanks for your sweet review! See you next time you're in town. :)

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VH
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love Culinary Dropout and that was my first experience at the Scottsdale location and it didn’t disappoint!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 25, 2019

Glad to hear it Vickie! Thanks for stopping in!

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G
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service, OK food.

C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice energetic place.

BD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scottsdale Culinary Dropout location was very tasty. The vibe is nice, music is in the background. Food was exactly as described. We made a reservation. It was pretty busy for a Sunday evening. Service was ok, not great, but not bad either. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ran out of trout

CR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was lacking on drink refills. Especially for a hot summer day.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi Craig. First off, I want to apologize for your experience with us. I certainly agree that especially with the temperature well into the 100s we need to put a heavy focus on keeping our guests hydrated. Moving forward, I'll put a heavy emphasis on coaching my staff to ensure refills are never overlooked. Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Our appetizer took over an hour to come out and by the time it did, we didn’t even want to order food. One person at our table ordered the fried chicken and it came out raw. I’ve heard so many great things about this place, so hopefully it was just a bad night.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 24, 2019

Hi there, I'd like to start by sincerely apologizing for your experience with us the other night. We certainly hold our food and service to a much higher standard than what you received. Please send me an email with further details about your experience at rachelsmith@foxrc.net so that I may have the opportunity to make it right. Thank you! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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C
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as always! Sydney was a fantastic server!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thanks, Chris! I'll definitely let Sydney know about your kind words. :)

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DC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and great service. Nice atmosphere, the live band was really good, but the noise level was just a little louder than ideal. Overall it was a very positive dining experience overall.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on August 24, 2019

Hey David, so glad you enjoyed! We do tend to keep the energy high on the weekends, but lunches and weekends are much quieter. :) Thanks for the review, hope to see you in again soon!

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RT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.... Service and food was great....

r
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great experience... the pretzel rolls and fondue was fantastic! Our service was outstanding!

m
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the shared antipasti, but the scene is too loud for me.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service excellent staff they were all very willing to help make our night wonderful

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect. Seating, service, food, timing. There is more than one Culinary Dropout In the valley, but the Waterfront location is our favorite. My son and I had fried chicken, my husband had trout and our sons girlfriend had the curry bowl. Every thing was cooked perfectly and the peanut butter ice cream brownie shared 4 ways was great.

K
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We love the CDO in Tucson, so we decided to try the location while in Scottsdale. We had to leave because of the loud noise level. You could not have a conversation without yelling. So disappointing.

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