Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
1198 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday. Brought in cupcakes. They were very accommodating. Great waiter. Fun environment. Food was yummy. Will definitely go back.

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TB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and we had reservations and they seated us immediately. Service was fast and swift.

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MW
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Varied menus. Staff very friendly and knowledgeable

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Their pretzel appetizer is amazing and for the lunch time, that’s where it ends. Neither my Wife, Kid, or I thought our meal was good. I had previously only gone for dinner, which everything I had then was good, but lunch won’t happen again there unfortunately.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Britney was our server she was amazing! We took our mothers out for Mother’s Day and she was very patient with them. The food was delicious!!😋 We will be returning!!

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v
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The location was good with convenient parking in a busy part of town. The food was good. Definitely a pub atmosphere. The service was very good but I must say the servers both men and women could have been more modestly attired. The form fitting or revealing clothing was too distracting. I'm thinking some will drop in just for that--so good to know both ways.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time

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BA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Do not recommend for business meal.

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CL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Love the location and the staff was wonderful.

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KL
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing time for my grad dinner! Our waitress was so kind and helpful with the menu. It was loud, but expected since music plays there. It had a fun and chill vibe that I think anyone could enjoy. I would go again in a heartbeat!

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LH
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing service, interesting ambiance, lots of tv sports coverage

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & drinks. Perfect place to start our weekend in Scottsdale.

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SA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always try to stop in whenever i am in town. Great atmosphere and food. The fried chicken is delicious, tacos too.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff attentive and friendly. I'm usually not a fan of these kinds of upscale hipster chains but my daughter was craving their pretzel rolls with cheese dipping sauce, so I submitted. I was delighted by the kind staff and quality meal preparation. Noise level was a little high though, but the space is cavernous and that lends to amplification.

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S
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, kale salad with salmon , deviled eggs app, chips with onion dip app, fried chicken. Everything was delicious, service was great and great music!

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool ambience! The food was very tasty, creative and original. All in all, the pricing was good, especially the happy hour selections.

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CP
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We come here pretty often. Tonight was one of those nights where it was very loud inside and hard to keep a conversation with my date. Otherwise food and service were great as always.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will go back!!

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q
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server went out of her way to meet our needs. Nice to see past no reoccurrence of past timing issues.

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AW
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the fish & chips. My wife had the fried chicken. Our daughter had the salmon & avocado toast. We shared the pretzel appetizer. Our friend had the tuna salad. Each of us enjoyed our meal.

The one negative was that a bus boy spilled a dipping sauce on a large area of our friends shirt. He apologized but the server who was aware of the issue did not offer to comp any portion of our bill for the inconvenience.

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R
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Every thing was great, a little loud for us older folks!!! LOL Next time will try for lunch and sit outdoors!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

early booking went fine, had to place us close to door, awkward server, no exlanations about the tapas (what the different meats are etc...)Plates OK but not exceptional. Very very noisy, loud music not allowing a normal discussion. Pushy to make us pay & leave...

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CS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot! Sit outside for a cool mist!

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good live music and excellent menu choices

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

First appetizer arrived within 10 mins of ordering, the second appetizer came w the food, 35 mins later.

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ZM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour sangria was so tasty I wanted to throw cupcakes at people.

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c
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but the service was poor. Inattentive at best. Very eclectic dress on the part of the servers which was interesting but didn’t seem all that appropriate for lunchtime.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. The people are beautiful, the food was delicious and the overall atmosphere is fun. We loved everything we ordered and will visit again when we visit again.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This location is by far my favorite Culinary Dropout location! Their service was friendly and efficient. The food was amazing, full of flavor and filling. Overall, a great experience for a date!

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GD
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy taking friends, family and my staff to this restaurant. I will say, it's always hard to hear / talk at this location, noise volume is just high, but that is the only drawback.

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NB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Smaller space than other Culinary Dropouts and seemed very noisy. We were brought the wrong appetizer and waiter didn’t really want to make it right but eventually did. Overall a blah experience.

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JG
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool place. Food was great. Atmosphere was outstanding

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a late night last minute decision...the ambience, service and food were outstanding.Great people watching ..we will be back!

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R
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Noise level Very loud couldn’t talk to each other.
Kitchen very slow took 50 mins to have our food served.
The food was good not great.
Our waiter was very good he tried to do everything he could.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak I ordered wasn’t served in a typical fashion. It was sliced up and had vegetables with it and it was fabulous!

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Extremely loud. not a place to have a conversation. was led to believe this was a great place to eat. It wasn't. over priced, sports bar, essentially.

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TA
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This place is great for anything other than brunch. Service good. Nice outdoor dining.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Meet family there, and the servers really move you in and out. One server came over and dropped the bill on the end of the table, and we were still waiting on dessert and coffee. He was very annoyed when we left it there and waited on our last course. The hummus and salads were very good, but there’s really nothing special going on here. I really can’t recommend this place. It really wasn’t that great

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun place to go

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music and Food and Service was Amazing! I would definitely recommend this to others!

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