Culinary Dropout Waterfront

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Classic place and food for a fun time.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Such a great place. Difficult to carry on a conversation with the noise level. Amazing staff, prompt and attentive.

OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food! But terrible service, most of the party found the waitress to be quite rude and when we discussed this with other people later in the evening it was a known fact that the attitudes of the service staff here isn’t great - honestly though the food was worth putting up with the staff

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your experience. If you don't mind, I would love more details about your visit so that myself and the rest of our management team can better coach our staff. We aim to provide over-the-top hospitality, and it is clear we missed the mark with your time here. Please reach out to me at rachelsmith@foxrc.net so that I may speak with you further. Looking forward to hearing from you! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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BW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Service was bad and food wasn’t as well made as it usually is

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to the Culinary Dropout and we will be back. We ordered drinks and food from the Happy Hour menu.
The food was well prepared and the beer was cold!
Great atmosphere!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 2 days ago

Thrilled you had a wonderful time! Hope to see you in again soon :)

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KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Sorry for bad review. Have been there many times. But now they have live music and it is way too loud. Can’t even talk. They could have turned it down and not feed it through the speakers and it would have been ok. Way way too loud

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Memphis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, fabulous! Definitely would go again - we ordered the short ribs and meatloaf. Everything was hot fresh. The ribs had the most amazing flavor! The coleslaw was fine but could have used a little something.

Only complaint-the couch seating was terrible! Don’t mind sitting on a couch with support but you sank into this one and made it uncomfortable to dine.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great work dinner, great food, drinks, and service!

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittainy killed, she was so efficient and helpful. I come to Scottsdale every few months all year long and this is my favorite restaurant in the area.

GA
Denver
159 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were OK. We sat outside on a beautiful night, but it was really loud, and the chairs are very uncomfortable.

RT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the service is fast and efficient Great place to meet for lunch.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much, Rick! Make sure to try the new fall version of our kale salad :) Can't wait to see you in again soon!

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CF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Surprised by the volume of the music. It was almost painful, however we were able to hear the expediter yelling at the line cooks because they were backed up. It was needed but still awkward. I am sorry to give a poor review. I do however feel it can be fixed. Our server was wonderful though, John, I believe.

IV
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service!

NR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We were seated and waited over 15 minutes and nobody ever greeted us or came to our table until I went to let them know no one had seen us yet. Once someone did come, they said, "well, I guess I'm gonna take care of you now." Food was decent. Server just brought our check at the end. Never asked if we wanted anything else. Coffee, dessert, etc.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 6 days ago

Hi NaRo, thank you so much for your review. First, I'd like to apologize for your experience with us this weekend. If you don't mind, please reach out to me at rachelsmith@foxrc.net at your earliest convenience so that we can discuss your experience and so that I can have an opportunity to better coach our team and make it up to you. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Horrible service - very very loud

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there! If you don't mind, I'd love to gather more details about your visit with us. Please reach out to me at rachelsmith@foxrc.net at your earliest convenience so that I may better coach my team and can have an opportunity to make it up to you as well. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun happy hour with lots of delicious items and craft beers. Very attentive servers and quick service

M
Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The waitress was great
The food took forever to come and the friend chicken was over cooked and dry
The ambiance is fabulous but the food leaves something to be desired.
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Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on November 9, 2019

Hi Mizzadie! I'm so happy that you enjoyed your service, but I want to apologize for the delay in receiving your food. We just rolled out a new menu this week, however, that is no excuse for your experience to be anything less than perfect. I'd also like to apologize for your fried chicken - it's a house favorite and our goal is for it to come out delicious every single time. Please reach out to rachelsmith@foxrc.net so that I may have the opportunity to make it up to you. Rachel Smith, RM

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FS
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We came twice in the span of four days because we had to get those hot chicken wings again. They really are that good. They should be illegal they are so addictive! We also had a small little plate of Korean brussels sprouts which seemed to almost have the same sauce, maybe not, but they are quite tasty and spicy as well.
First night we also ordered a crispy shrimp Caesar salad and because we liked the wings and the sauce so much the server suggested we toss the shrimp in that sauce. It was good but I'll have to say it was way too much flavor, the Caesar salad itself is very strongly flavored and I don't think needed to have that sauce on the shrimp, it would've been better with the milder plain crispy shrimp to balance out the tanginess of the Caesar dressing. The other thing we ordered was the Italian grinder sandwich. It was OK but it had way too much lettuce and tomato and not enough meat for the bread.
The lady in the lake drink I ordered straight up (since I like Manhattan's that way), but the lady in the lake without ice was cloyingly sweet and just not right, don't do it!
If you love to wait in line because you haven't made a reservation then definitely show up after six on a Friday or Saturday and you will be have your wait. However if you prefer to come in and be seated come during the week (or Sunday through Thursday) and make a reservation in advance. Sit at the bar after you check in and you will have a good time with many of the playful bartenders.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 6 days ago

Hey FoodSage! We're so glad you found your new spot! We just added a few new drinks to our menu this week - hopefully you'll swing by again soon to check them out! :)

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M
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Of the Fox concepts this is not my favorite. The food is really expensive for pretty small portions. The ambiance is dark and loud, not really a great place to talk to others. The service is not bad, but is not great either. Quite slow. It's good, but not great. Blancos/ZinBurger are far better choices in the same restaurant group and much higher quality.

BP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice casual joint. We were seated right away, service and food were both enjoyable. The background music and noise made conversation difficult.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really awesome dinner! Live music was great and was at a nice level so we could still talk to each other at our table!

KE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great, our server was awesome! The food was mediocre, would definitely try a different entree if I were to return.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great server (Johnny) and the food was awesome!!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in! Johnny's one of our absolute favorites :) Hope to see you in again soon!

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LM
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here since we moved to Scottsdale. Johnny was our server and made the entire night so enjoyable. His personality and demeanor is infectious and will bring us back. Food was truly amazing and the atmosphere and ambiance were inviting. Can’t wait to go back.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 31, 2019

So excited you enjoyed your time here, Lisa! Welcome to the area, hope to see you in again soon. :)

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W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having tried the Tucson location, I knew that the Scottsdale location would be a similar experience. This location is much smaller by footprint, but the dining area does not feel cramped or crowded. The service was great, and the food was excellent and cooked exactly to order. You can always count on Culinary Dropout for a great dining experience.

JJ
Milwaukee
76 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Waitress made this a pretty poor dining experience. After we were seated it was about 25 min before we were even acknowledged.
Food was a little above average, bbq chicken salad was pretty good. We were also served cold French fries and due to the terrible service there wasn’t even a chance to ask for them to be re made.
Won’t return simply for how badly the restaurant is run from the dining room to the kitchen. Shame what happens when a decent restaurant gets too big and is more worried about expanding than maintaining standards

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 31, 2019

Hi JJJJJjJj, first and foremost I want to apologize for your experience with us this weekend. If you don't mind, I'd love to gather some more details regarding your visit so that I can better coach my team and make it up to you as well. Please reach out at your earliest convenience to rachelsmith@foxrc.net. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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SS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is excellent, and the service was very attentive. Dining in the patio on a cool October evening was a treat!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thank you for stopping in, SundarS! Hope to see you back again soon while the weather's nice :)

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was slow, it took 45 minutes to get our appetizer. The fried chicken was good, the ribs and meat loaf were not.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, we had a great time, staff was very nice

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed dining here for a birthday lunch. The service and food were great as always and the free dessert was a delicious surprise. Our server was Taylor and she was delightful!

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Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (best pretzels in the entire world), the best drinks, and even though it was a busy night the service was great

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed due to electricity being out... I had guests from out of town and we made reservations, I talked about this place all weekend and walked there to see it closed

DG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was VERY salty!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi Diane, I'd like to apologize for your meal with us the other day. We thrive on receiving feedback like yours so that we can always be improving. If you don't mind, please reach out personally to me so that I may gather more information about your visit. Looking forward to hearing from you! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager rachelsmith@foxrc.net

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F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was awesome! Staff are all knowledgeable, friendly and professional.
Great selection of cocktails, wine and beer.
The food was well-prepared and they put their own twist to dishes. For example my delicious chicken salad, came with a deviled egg on top along with the chicken, avocado and bacon. Also their snack selection of different cheeses, vegetables (for example the roasted and sherried yellow beets on top of goat cheese) delectable crispy and airy house made cheddar and lime pork rinds come presented on a wooden board.
It is evident that this restaurant takes pride in its overall experience to its customers - training of staff, originality of dishes, preparation and presentation of food and drink. One of my favorite restaurants that I’ve experienced in Scottsdale!

f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe, great music, great food.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thanks, so much for stopping in! Can't wait to see you again soon! :)

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VH
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and fun atmosphere

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thanks, VickieH! We'll see you again soon! :)

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R
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress (Sarah) was awesome and food is great! The music was a nice touch too.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thanks for stopping by, Ready2eat! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed :) Can't wait to see you again soon!

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MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

First time there ! All the food was amazing!
The pork belly nachos are fabulous but I wish there was enough meat to enjoy with most of the chips!

Smoked salmon bruschetta was amazing! My son said it tasted like an apple orchard smells !

The sweet corn ravioli was perfectly cooked! And the steak add on was exactly what it needed to make the meal!

We didn’t have dessert we went to chremistry .... but I bet it would have been good!


Ohh and the sangria was lovely!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for stopping in and giving us a try. We really appreciate your feedback and are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. :) Definitely come back and try our rocky road bar! :)

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was pretty bad. Wine options subpar at best. Great location. Prob wont go again.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for your feedback. First and foremost, I'd like to apologize for your experience with us. If you wouldn't mind, I would love to gather more information about your visit so that I may better coach my staff. Please reach out to me personally at rachelsmith@foxrc.net so that we can further discuss your experience and I can learn how to coach my team better. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall it’s a amazing place but the live music is little loud and it’s hard to talk when seated inside.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hi AyushM. Thank you so much for stopping in! Things can tend to get a little noisier when we have live music. Stop by Sunday-Wednesday evenings for a more subdued experience. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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