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Culinary Dropout Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.7
4.7
2594 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,594 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Scottsdale

    Good for Groups

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  1. L

    Linda

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Out of country guests.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved this place! Only qualm was that we asked to be seated outside in our reservation and they couldn’t accommodate us when arrived for our reservation
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girls weekend!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 4 days agoThank you so much for the feedback!! We can't wait to have you back!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner for a bachelorette party! Our server Christopher was extremely sweet and helped us choose the best meals and cocktails for our evening. If we are ever in Scottsdale again we will be returning.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded 3 days agoI LOVE this!! Thank you so much for the review! I will pass this on to Christopher and we cannot wait to have you back on your next visit to Scottsdale!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Was disappointed compared to other locations.
  6. VC

    VickiC

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great. And offered great suggestions

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 23, 2022Thank you so much Vicki! Woohoo!! Can't wait to have you back again!

  7. AF

    AndyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very attentive and great. Food was really good. Hard to carry on a conversation with the loud noise level from the tv’s and dJ. Over the other people trying to also carry on conversation Other than had a very pleasant dinner

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 23, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Andy!! We are so happy that you had such a great time!

  8. MC

    MichelleC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, service and food. Great place for a girls night or other special occasion. Loved the DJ!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 23, 2022Thank you so much Michelle!! We love all the bachelorette parties we get in here! Always brings great energy!

  9. CH

    CoryH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The wait staff is excellent. Love little Ms Firecracker, Georgia. Awesome.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 23, 2022Hahaha! Georgia is just amazing! I am so glad you had such a great time! Thank you so much for the feedback!

  10. P

    Prospector

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Just okay - crowded and noisy - it was a birthday dinner which I had indicated on my reservation but waiter didn’t even ask if we wanted to order dessert - just brought the bill right after clearing plates. They seem to want to move peoples through as fast as they can. Good food but ambience and service are equally important and it was lacking at this restaurant.
  11. AA

    AshleyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good area and good drinks everybody was really friendly

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 18, 2022Woohoo! 5 Stars! Thank you Ashley!

  12. FL

    FoodLover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant and it was great! Super friendly staff and quick service. Will be going again!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 18, 2022AMAZING!! Thank you so much for the review! We can't wait to have you back!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and a fun atmosphere. Ribs were delicious.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 17, 2022The ribs are one of my favorite things on the menu! I am so glad you enjoyed them!!! Can't wait to have you back!

  14. M

    Marilyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drink and service. Decor is very nice, too! Was able to reserve a table and appreciated it!! Highly recommend.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 14, 2022Woohoo!! Thank you so much Marilyn! We hope to see you again soon!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food love this place.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 14, 2022AMAZING!! Thank you so much!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Honestly not a bad place maybe just a bad experience, I’ll keep it short and to the point. Server was horrible, only checked on us once. The manager was helpful and same with the bussers, food was good but the wait was an hour for it. My guess would be the server completely either forgot or was just a bad server, the manager ran the food to our table and gave us our only refill. I’d recommend if you wanna go for the bar and loud music but as a dining restaurant not so much.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    They did not cook the Berger like we said
  18. RW

    RobertW

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend loves the skirt steak and it didn’t disappoint, I had the MAC burger and it was great. We live in New Mexico and can’t wait to eat there again when we come back to Scottsdale.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 14, 2022Thank you so much Robert!! We can't wait to have you back soon!! If traveling look out for our other locations in Denver and Austin (and so many more coming soon!!)

  19. BO

    BrianO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Service was slow. Not all items shown online were available when we got there. Onion rings and chips with dip were good starters. Like the location in North Scottsdale much better.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Seating was quick, the hostess congenial and personable…The Waitress was knowledgeable but too busy to give the attentiveness desired…Good quality was Good, but the value was disappointing…I like the place…I’ve patronize it often…
  21. DB

    DonnaB

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great guitar / singer. Everyone was very nice.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 11, 2022Awesome Donna! Thank you so much for the 5 stars!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service food was fantastic! 3rd time there and still a big fan

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 10, 2022AMAZING!! Thank you so much!! We look forward to visit number 4!

  23. B

    Benjamin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Low pressure atmosphere. Pretty fun and inviting overall. The lounge seats are comfy, the space was well thought out. A variety of food options to match some pretty flavorful drinks. Whether you're after something smooth and light or something hearty and filling, this is the spot!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 10, 2022You're making me blush Benjamin! Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back again!

  24. F

    Frankie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible seating outside it was extremely hot over 100 degrees and they would not accommodate. Do not recommend. Horrible service the girls were rude . The other one on the other side of town was better. Waterfront culinary drop out is a strong no.
  25. PK

    PhilK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food and service here are both outstanding. There's no question about that. My only issue was that it was very noisy in the dining room between loud music and so many people. If you love great food and excellent service and don't mind not being able to have a quiet conversation over dinner, this is your place.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 5, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Phil! We are so happy to hear that your overall experience got us 5 stars! The live music on the weekends does tend to create a "livelier" ambiance. We have live music Thurs-Sat so hopefully we can get you back during the week when it is a bit quieter for you!

  26. JV

    JenniferV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything! Our server Christopher was exceptional!!!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 10, 2022Thank you so much Jennifer! Christopher is an absolute gem! We can't wait to have you back again really soon!

  27. CD

    CathyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints Great DJ too Lots of parties

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 31, 2022I love the live music on the weekends!! Gets great energy!!

  28. b

    babydoc

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    just soup and salad , the roasted cauliflower soup was delicious

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 31, 2022Oooh! That soup was so good!! We always have different soups that our chefs create, some back and try a different one next time or more off the dinner menu!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks were great, food was great, service was fast. Would definitely recommend.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 31, 2022Thank you so much!! 5 stars!! AMAZING!!

  30. K

    Kwit

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A bit noisy but a great vibe and wonderful service. How refreshing these days!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 31, 2022I am so glad you had such a great time with us!! Thank you so much for the feedback!!

  31. R

    Robbie7277

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Way too loud. Many missteps with service but all corrected with a good attitude. Conversation just wasn’t possible. People were shouting all around us, but they couldn’t hear either. Music was the issue and volume levels climbed, seemingly designed to discourage lingering or visiting. Men with tablets walked among tables and hovered a little menacingly, clearly indicating that all these people needed to eat faster and move on. People come anyhow, obviously. But we won’t. Overall, unpleasant.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 26, 2022Hi Robbie! Thank you so much for the feedback... Please check your DM for a private message.

  32. M

    Macker

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an 80th birthday party dinner. Food was great and service by Jalyn was awesome!!! It is a lively/noisy so don't expect dinner conversations across a big table.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 26, 2022Hi Macker! Thank you for the feedback!! I am glad Jaylen was so great and you enjoyed our food!! We do tend to get more lively on the weekends, but we do not have live music on the weekdays, so I would love to see you come back!! Cheers!

  33. NH

    NanaHandT

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there to celebrate my husband’s birthday and spent two hours enjoying all aspects of the menu. Our server, Connor. was great and our table was nice. The food was good and as we expected. Served as appropriate and all was tasty. My husband especially like the fried chicken which he had never tried before. He said it had an excellent crunch. We love this restaurant.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 26, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words! I am so excited Connor was able to provide you with such a great experience! We can't wait to have you back!

  34. JE

    JennE

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The food was great. Our waitress was awesome. The volume of the music was off the charts and I couldn’t hear my date when he spoke to me. It felt overwhelming.
  35. AK

    AudriK

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was so loud when DJ began playing, we could not hold a conversation. Good and service were great, but overall ambiance not as good as we remember- just too loud
  36. D

    Detroiter

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    When I made the reservation I had instructions that we were celebrating an early birthday. Typically when I’ve done this with other establishments they’ve acknowledged it. Unfortunately, Culinary Dropout didn’t. This was disappointing. But the food! Amazing! You won’t be disappointed.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 26, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback! I am glad you enjoyed your celebration! I will check in with my team to make sure we are hitting this point and I do hope we see you again soon!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten at this location about 4 times now. Every time the service is on point, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is solid. Parking is sometimes an issue but luckily there is valet available if you can’t find a spot nearby!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on September 10, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much! We can't wait to have you back for the 5th, 6th, 7th...... :)

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great stuff

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 20, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 stars!! We can't wait to see you again soon!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I need to give a shout-out to Christopher!! He was literally the best waiter I have ever had in my life. He was so sweet and really took the time to talk to us a bit. Christopher is a gem and anyone would be lucky to have him working at their restaurant.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 20, 2022I am so happy you had such a great time!! We have such an AMAZING team here and we are so lucky to have Christopher! We can't wait to see you back again soon (and you can always request a server if you want him again wink, wink)!!

  40. JL

    JimL

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The one thing I really enjoyed about going into this restaurant is that I was not rushed into ordering food or drinks and turning tables fast. We got to sit down and enjoy ourselves and our meal and our drinks and have a fabulous evening. And the wait staff took great care of us

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on August 20, 2022Jim!! I love this! We really aim to create an "experience" while dining with us! I am so happy you had a great time and we can't wait to have you back!

FAQs

Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.7 stars by 2594 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 20 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout Waterfront

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

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

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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