Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
1906 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.

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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The cheese dip was not the best that I have had here but everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Hostess was doing a horrible job. Reservations were being missed and tables were being held empty for 30 mins while people were standing around waiting. Waiter was too and so was the food. Overall not bad, just started off bad which set the mood for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

This was a very forgettable dining experience. When I arrived and checked in I provided the hostess with my name and the time of my reservation. She looked around and told me that they would have to get a table ready for me. In the meantime several other parties came in apparently without reservations and were seated while I waited. I waited for another 8-10 minutes without any further contact by the hostess. When I finally asked her how much longer I would need to wait, she asked if I wanted to sit at the bar or if I wanted a table? When I told her that I wanted a table she asked if I wanted to dine on the patio (it was 115 degrees at that time). A few more minutes went by and I was ready to leave when she finally seated me at one of several tables that had been empty the entire time I waited to be seated.

After being seated I waited a good 5-10 minutes before anyone acknowledged my presence and provided me with a menu. When a waitress and her assistant came by to take my order I ordered my meal and asked for water to drink. I received a glass of ice with a small amount of water. When my meal was delivered (by the hostess who attempted to drop off my food at another table), I asked for more water. The waitress poured more ice in my glass with very little water.

After finishing my meal the waitress dropped off my check which contained my meal and items that I did not order. I questioned her about this and she said that was what had been ordered earlier at my table?

In conclusion, the food was fairly good but overall everything else about my experience was a disaster. This place is a mess and I have no plans to ever return. I have dined at other Culinary Dropout restaurants and have had excellent meals and very good experiences.

This place is so bad they should have a sign on the door that reads, “Sorry we are open,”

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Ruth
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service. Very loud in the restaurant. Hard to talk to each other

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spanishfoodie
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I came here while visiting Scottsdale to celebrate our one year anniversary. He asked the waitress to do something special, and she brought a dessert board with both of their desserts and two glasses of champagne! It was so cute and everything was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious and we loved the whole setup of the place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait wasn’t too long, outside eating was a great vibe. Service was awesome. Very good cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great! the waiter was excellent (my apologies as i don’t remember his name) - the food was very quick for the restarting being packed. the only downside i guess was the music was super loud outside - but we asked our waiter if it could be turned down a little & he went and did it right away! (again, he was excellent). overall - EXCELLENT experience.

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AngieS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for a business lunch! Looking forward to coming back.

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AmyM
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Scottsdale, excellent food and cocktails and live music some nights too. Indoor and outdoor searing, close to shopping, and no parking issues!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Way to loud,to hot,waited forever for everything drinks food to be seated.
For the price the wine was a very poor quality. Uncomfortable seating. NOT DISABILITY FRIENDLY!!
The waitress was excellent and did the best she could under the circumstances. Dining by a busy street in the desert is ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting, good menu. Food is very tasty. I’d like to see more seafood or special diet options (keto, paleo, pescatarian,etc). The noise is pretty loud. I booked an outdoor seat and they wanted to sit me inside. Then, we got a crummy patio seat with uncomfortable chairs.

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nope. Flies all over the food. They forgot one of orders - never refilled drinks. I overhead several other tables having similar issues.

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FrankC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. A bit noisy and cramped. Good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Unfortunately the restaurant is a typical open style with no acoustics contributing to a loud place.

FJ
vipFJC1
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

B-day excellent service!

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vipHunterE
Salt Lake City
30 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place with amazing comfort food ! Great location and really friendly staff.

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CathieB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice Vibe…..service slow. Food ok….my fried chicken not crisp and slaw on warm side. Perhaps chef shouldn’t have “dropped out”. Lol. Enjoyed beers. Felt sorry for singer. No lighting on him…just a dark shadow.

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vipkrisw
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is super fresh. The service was excellent. I cannot eat spicy food and the server let me try the sauces of dishes before ordering. It was so helpful! Took a friend for her first experience and she absolutely loved the fish and chips. With the shades and misters, it was a great outdoor eating experience in 107 degree heat! Thank you CD!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% perfect. Best meal we’ve had in ages. Our server was amazing. And my mom had a great birthday dinner. We will absolutely be back

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vipNicBig
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great patio seating! The pretzel fondue is the best!

MA
vipMAM1
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our first time at Culinary Dropout -- food was delicious (and reasonably priced) and loved the ambiance too.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More casual and laid back which we loved! Food was great!

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LoriC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

our server was very rude and short with us from the minute we sat down.
Not accommodating, didn't get the order correct and said it was the way I told her..
We were very disappointed

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Emma
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Food is very consistent and delicious every time!

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Mary
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could remember my server's name! He was amazing. Get the pretzels AND the fried chicken, so delicious!! Awesome décor and location.

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wada
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is outstanding, especially Kennedy. Highly recommend.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server and live music! Food was delicious and ambiance was on point!!

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KeatinF
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a pretty great time with my friends and family for my bday! Food was awesome! It was a little too loud there tho.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Way to hot inside dinning

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable time!

DC
DonnaC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was shaded outside area. It was warm but very doable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun place to gather with friends. Yummy drinks and decent food

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great! Just forgot an appetizer but other than that - great! Maybe waitresses need more support? Wasn’t a big deal but just can’t give 5 stars when our order wasn’t completely fulfilled

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vipalanh
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Extremely noisy. Very difficult to have conversation. The fried chicken was not cooked properly. Very disappointed

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Christine
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got recommended by a bravo blog girl on Instagram. It was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place for lunch. Dessert was the bomb!!

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manda
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Overall I wouldn't say I was "satisfied" with my experience. My sister and I have dined at Culinary for lunch many times. She wanted to buy me lunch on my birthday. We have never experienced dining this location. Although the food came out promptly, it was nothing rave about. We always order the turkey pastrami sandwich (our favorite!). I guess this location serves it on different bread. The Bun was just way too much. It seemed like we got cheated out of a full serving of food. It actually looked like someone split a normal portion in two and gave us each our own buns. There was hardly any french fries... like, I counted little 10 fries! I am not sure if this was because we were dining is "Snottsdale" and didn't order a more expensive dish, or because that's just how it's served here, but i wouldnt come back here for it. Our server was nice enough, but we will stick to the Phoenix location from now on.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere. The server could’ve came by more often, but it was a slow day (Monday) and she seemed to be taking it easy.

For the location, atmosphere, and food, you probably can’t find a better deal in Scottsdale.

RC
vipRachelC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Birthday family dinner

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Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 1906 OpenTable diners.

Culinary Dropout Waterfront does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.foxrc.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.