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

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!

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

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 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was VERY salty!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 days ago

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe, great music, great food.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 days ago

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

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VH
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and fun atmosphere

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 days ago

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

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R
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 days ago

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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 4 days ago

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
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

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

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded 4 days ago

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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 4 days ago

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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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Sorry to say one of our favorite restaurants for a casual dinner has fallen victim to its new parent company. Food was not near the standards we have come to expect, even the pretzel fondue had stale pretzels. Sad

BR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was excellent. I will be going there again and again. Had a great time.

ST
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

No complaints! Ended up here because our original choice was too loud and crowded and it was a great switch. Service and food both were great and the atmosphere is awesome.

JP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy night but all went well. Our waiter was excellent.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thanks for coming by, Joe! So excited to hear you had an amazing experience. :) Hope to see you in again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time! Great food!

SP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good food, but Noisy.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 1, 2019

Hi, SP123! Thank you so much for coming in last week. Noise levels can tend to get a little high with our live music Thursdays-Saturday evenings. Other evenings tend to be much quieter and more intimate. :) Hope to see you in again soon! Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 1, 2019

So thrilled to hear you enjoyed! Thank you for coming by!!

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GE
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great spot for a casual meal. We ate outside because: 1–weather was warm, 2-inside is much louder. Started with drinks and the “pretzel-balls” (golf ball size and shaped pretzels) with a great warm cheese sauce for dipping. Plenty big enough for two+. Had the steak salad which is a tossed green salad with blue cheese and a choice of sliced, broiled, steak on top. Really good if you want to avoid more starch. Our waitress was friendly and efficient and stopped by several times to check on the order. We passed on desert, but the menu looked great. They offer valet parking, but the parking garage is about 100 yards away. All in all, a very nice experience and we recommend it!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for stopping in, Geobear! I definitely recommend the peanut butter rocky road bar next time you're in. :) Best, Rachel Smith Restaurant Manager

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s
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meal. The pretzel appetizer and the chocolate bar dessert were amazing. Even though the atmosphere seems sort of blah and not very interesting or inviting, the service and food make up for it. I would go again in a heartbeat.

s
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was only ok.

F
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and even better service. Great atmosphere as well.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
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 on September 19, 2019

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 on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

took 45 minutes to get our dinner

KW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
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 on September 19, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brothers birthday, Dad hard to please and everything went great!! Servers, to food and overall service great.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 25, 2019

Amazing! So excited that we made your brother's birthday special :) Thanks for letting us know, we always appreciate it!

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
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 on September 19, 2019

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

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SS
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant in TOWN!

Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thanks, SassyStef! We like to think so, too ;)

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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 on September 19, 2019

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
22 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 on September 13, 2019

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 on September 13, 2019

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.

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