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Party Size
For 2
Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
7:00 PM
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Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.5
814 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thur: 11am-11pm
Fri + Sat: 11am-Midnight
Sun: 11am-10pm
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Phone number
(480) 970-1700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ray Suto
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Parking details
Valet available
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Entertainment
Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 814 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Ana is the best of the best

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Sandwich and side salad was quite small for price especially given that quality and taste was nothing exceptional.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Average restaurant. Hip spot for the 20-30 set. Average food and the service was just fair

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Great menu and great food. The issue is the sound. It is so incredibly loud throughout the restaurant that you cannot hear the person beside you. After a short time, you just feel like your ears are bleeding due to the constant high volume from either the music over their sound system or the live band (in the small space). Sadly, this takes it off our list for a do again, especially with a group.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Efficient service and great food! everything was perfect!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Loved this place! Best salad I’ve ever had! It was the kale with salmon. Mmmm!

The place was pretty crowded and noisy. Not the place to go for quiet conversation but the music duo playing that night were great so it was fine.

Would go back!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Fried chicken for dinner was good but mashed potatoes were thin & gravy tasteless.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and service. I was very impressed as this was my first time here. I can’t wait until the new one opens closer to us in Gilbert!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was a fun loud place. Decor was cute and fun. The food was just ok. We had the pretzel fondue which was great. The fried Chechen had been raved about and it was good just not great. Kale salad and tuna salads were good but not out of this world. Lot of groups of young people. So if you are looking for a hip happening place, this works. Not a foodie dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Another outstanding experience - food, and especially service, is always awesome.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was good as always. The restaurant is dark where we were sitting so it was hard to see our food!!! It is noisy. Our server was terrific!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food was great from meets and cheese to salads and ribs!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Was a crazy Saturday evening, having a reservation ensured quick seating. Special requests were well managed and spot on. Great service...good apps and entrees...nice bar options. Good time!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Thanks for ruining my evening!! I made reservations 2 weeks ahead of time my my parents who were in town and celebrating a birthday. I had 6:15 reservations and arrived at 6:05. After waiting we were seated in the blazing sun outside!! My parents are in their 80s. I asked to sit inside and after sitting in the sun a young girl came out and said there is no seating inside..(we counted 9 tables empty) and then said its first come first serve? I asked why did I make a reservation? How do I make a reservation online and choose INSIDE!! She told me I had to call? REALLY?? Your food is NOT that good! I would suggest you get a host/hostess that is a adult and knows proper etiquette and customer care. The young girls could care less about the customer... after all they watched us get up and leave! I have already relayed this serve to everybody at my condo complex and for last 2 days been telling everybody I know as well as leaving TERRIBLE reviews. I love your food but will never set foot in that place again!! THANK YOU for ruining a evening... get a adult at the hottest booth and have the young girls waitressing or busing tables... they have no experience and no business at that position. That all goes back to bad bad management!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We will be back the next time we are in town.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I love the Culinary Dropout, the Fried Chicken is FABULOUS! My only complaint is we had a 6pm dinner reservation and then start playing live music at 6:30 or 7, and it's just too loud to have a conversation with your guests. If the would just start the music a little later, maybe 8, that would be a lot better in my opinion.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Ordered the soup for an appetizer and it was served cold. Main course was good, and service was fine

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food was really good; the person who took our order was delightful...cute personality. Our first course was onion soup which was very tasty; when our main course was served the bowls from our soup were never removed from the table but were left there through our entire meal. We ate outside around five o'clock and and as the sun went down we asked if someone would be able to move an umbrella to block the sun....no one was able to figure out how to do this so we ate most of our meal with the sun baking down on us. When the bill came we notice that we were charged for an extra sangria so the bill had to go back to be reissued. I'll give The Culinary Dropout a good review for the presentation and flavor of the food but now such a good review on customer service

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Meh. The food was really average at best. Not impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went here for Easter Brunch. Loved the outdoor seating, but the inside, open to the outside, has a great vibe. Everything here is excellent! Way too many carbs...our fault, not theirs....but it all looked and sounded so good!! Only downside was that they were training a new bartender and my drink did not arrive until after everyone else at the table had already finished a round of drinks. The manager brought me my drink and comped it. I really wish we had one of these near us!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I have to admit I was not sure what to expect, I am usually not a fan of loud eatery’s but was super impressed.

Host: We did an open table reservation for 7:15 checked in at 7:18 and they had us seated by 7:22. I felt bad a couple came in Friday night and the hostess said the earliest was a 9:15 reservation, make sure you make a reservation.

Antipasta: We got the Brussel Spouts - A+ absolutely Delicious
We also got the Prosciutto Deviled eggs, they were good just not great. We also got the Beets which were very flavorful and were a big hit.

Dinner: we split the fried chicken, It was very good, juicy on the inside and a great crunchy exterior we had plenty of food for our split.

Desert: Banana Cream Pie we ate it all the caramel and cinnamon were a hit, It was very good but I will still probably try something different next time.

People: They were some of the nicest servers and hostess really made an awesome night.

Entertainment: the live band was very good a little loud for my taste but impressive playing.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The menu offers a little bit of everything - and everything we tried was great. Nice cocktail, beer and wine offerings. We were seated inside this time - in a very comfy booth. Our only complaint is that it was very noisy - my daughter and I had to practically shout at each other across the table to hear each other. Our server was great.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This is the second time I’ve had a less than impressive experience. Although it was 4 pm ish and the restaurant was practically empty, they didn’t create our antipasti order. At all. The waitress was nice enough but MIA much of the time and the food we did get, though good, was not stellar.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Way too loud and unimpressive menu. We were suppose to get excited for pretzels and cheese whiz.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service was excellent. Great table. Good food. Band was WAY too loud for a Thursday night. Couldn’t hear any conversation.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had reservations for a table but opted to stay and have dinner at the bar. The food was delicious. However we were basically ignored by the multiple bartenders more focused on their personal relationships than understanding their clients. We had to ask multiple times for a glass of wine. When the wine arrived one of the glasses had debris and we needed to inform the bartender of receiving a new glass of wine. Additionally, there was no “thank you” or discussion of their appreciation of us being there, Please keep in mind that I am a big fan of this restaurant. But the bartenders at least tonight were at best a C minus. Seriously disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Unique setting and atmosphere. Good service. Good food. Liked the location of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Terrific food, great service. Excellent birthday dinner!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We really enjoyed this place on our vacation. It did not disappoint. Wonderful

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Was visiting first time from Overland Park, KS. Our concierge referred us. Loved the ambiance & lively bar area. Pretzel bites a must!! Cocktails /wine great!! Our waitress great service!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very enjoyable!

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Entrees were good but the cheese fondue that came with the pretzel appetizer was not hot - it was cool and had a "skin" on top as if it had been sitting out too long. I mentioned my husband's birthday at time of reservation, however it wasn't acknowledged and I didn't push it. Ice tea wasn't refilled.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great spot. Had a DJ playing hip hop while we ate & the food was exceptional. The pretzels & fondu provolone is a must. Friendly staff & a great experience. Looking forward to next time.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Dave’s Birthday so three of us celebrated, and had a great time. Service was superb, food excellent and ambiance great. Will return for sure. Thanks!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Overall the food was good and drinks were well made. Service was good. Waitress was attentive to our needs. We were seated within minutes of our arrival. Good thing we had reservations. Only drawback was that it was too noisy. We had to sit next to each other and talk into one another’s ear to hear each other.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Server was not attentive, took way to long to get drinks and food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing all the way around!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent over-all experience! Service was good, food was Great and it was a BEAUTIFUL day to sit outside and enjoy Arizona weather!

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