Culinary Dropout Waterfront

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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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JR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and close to our hotel. Nice area of town

KN
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thrilled by our salads! I ordered Kale with Smoked Salmon and it was delicious - real salmon that had been smoked. Also homemade potato chips with onion dip were a treat. We did wait a bit for our food but it was ok in the end as our food was delicious.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

8 of us...Liked the round table. Food was very good. Noise level was a little too high for the best conversation.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good experience, although bar was somewhat limited for premium liquor and they were out of the entree I ordered at 5 pm.

JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It's an ok place to go. Not enough choices on the menu for me. For the price of a beer, the beer could of came in a bigger glass.

JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've visited AZ twice in the last month and both times we have been to this Culinary Dropout for a dinner date. Awesome food, even better atmosphere and impeccable service! I would highly recommend it to anyone!

JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food and service were great, but the restaurant was very loud. Nonetheless, it was a fun place. I would come back again, but most likely at lunch time instead of dinner.

TR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

All was pretty good but food was just subpar. We ordered 2 of the stared items. Pretzels w/ cheese fondu was ok however fondu was not hot as could’ve been. Next nachos w/bbq pork was just fatty pieces of meat with same cheese fondu sauce on top. Finally the fried chicken we split came out dry and way overcooked. Very little seasoning. Service and Ambiance was great although a bit loud

BJ
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Had the fish and chips, which were excellent and my wife had the Shaved Prime Rib dip , also excellent. We were seated outside which was very nice and not loud at all. Also had the soft preTzel and provolone fondue, which was great. The service was also excellent. I would definitely recommend it.

KK
Thailand
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way too loud! Loved everything else about it. Food was incredible

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Trendy place with great ambiance. Live band was great but it did make it difficult to talk over dinner.

The food is higher end pub food. It was good. Nothing outstanding though. Chicharrones were excellent. Probably my favorite of the meal. Meatloaf was pretty good. I would skip the seared tuna salad. Tuna was mixed in and non existent. Cocktails were great.

I would say it’s a good spot for a casual evening with friends. A bit too loud for a date.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time

L
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent but the music was turned up soooooo loud that it was deafening. understanding that this is a music venue as well, but during dining hours, it is not necessary to destroy everyone's ear drums.

OT
Calgary
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service but I felt so old because it was sooooo loud. Even my teenage kids agreed that it was crazy loud.

d
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, amazing location yet so loud you can hardly hear yourself think.

BW
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great (strong) drinks, friendly staff, with fun and unique food options. It’s probably quieter to sit outside! Inside can be noisy, but fun. Fried chicken was tasty, awesome homemade biscuit.

BK
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! We waited a little too long, given how many open tables they had. But our experience was good enough to warrant a second trip. I’m sure we will be back.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the ribs were amazing. Live music on Saturday night....amazing place to spend a night with your friends.

DH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our visit. Our server was perfect and we will be back! It was interesting to see the different types of families, groups, parties in the whole restaurant grouping. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

BC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The music in this place is too loud! I've been to other Culinary Dropout restaurants and it is nowhere near this loud. It was very difficult to carry on a conversation.
I won't go here again. If I wanted to hear such loud music I"ll go to a night club instead.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience!

l
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for lunch. Friendly and attentative waitress and our salads were both very good. Definitely a great place to eat. Modern and clean restaurant too.

CF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place with such great food! Always a pleasure.

L
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great happy hour with comfort food specials. Highly recommend the bite sized pretzels with provolone fondue.

L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation for 7:30pm. They were not honored. The hostess told us that people were not paying out and were sitting at their tables for 2 to 3 hours. After many complaints were finally were seated 45min later. We asked to speak to a manager, and all she could say was we are working on it. The food was good, but not worth the aggravation.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a fun place. The food was outstanding!

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not the best spot for brunch in Scottsdale.
The food options are very generic and the plates lack uniqueness and flavor.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our server was awesome - Jamie Lee- and the food was delicious.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Terrible, slow service. Food was just okay. Will not be going back anytime soon.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We sat indoors for lunch with friends. It was quite noisy and hard to visit. Food and service was good.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thanks for stopping in! Inside can tend to be a bit energetic, but it is a bit quieter on our heated patio - and we have blankets and hand warmers to keep you extra toasty! Hope to see you back soon :)

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CJ
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been to the Tempe location many times before a this was the first time for Scottsdale. Previous Pink Taco spot is a great place for CD. Service was great . The meat and cheese board was confusing on how much was included in each order. We ordered way too much. The ribs which are a staple, we’re not as good as Tempe. They fell off the bone . These did not

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

No live band was playing and it’s still extremely loud. Hard to carry a conversation. Food was just ok, not impressed and at that same time it was reasonably priced. The service was outstanding, but it does not outweigh the other factors. One time visiting was good enough for me.

OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

the fried chicken was the favorite of the night. They have a very creative set up of creating your own meat and cheese board. The bacon cheddar pretzel chips are to die for! Our server, Ashley, was awesome. The peanut butter rocky road bar was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. Overall a great place, just was a little loud with the music and all the people.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our service attendant,Scotty was amazing:warm welcome,discussed menu with us,very professional :Nick was so good last:the guitar player good choice of songs.very pleasurable evening with friends

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see Nick Jensen play. Had a great time.

OT
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great brussel sprouts & the best steak salad ever. I always visit when I am in town.

JA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was extremely loud in there. We did not know there was live music. It is so loud, you can't talk across the table. They need to turn the volume down until about 8pm or so and then crank it up for the evening venue.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great, just a little loud and hard to hear conversation

W
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would recommend this place, but mention that it is incredibly loud inside. I would have not been able to stay, had we not gotten a table outside which was ok, but not great. The food and service were great.