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Culinary Dropout - Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Culinary Dropout - Birmingham

4.5
4.5
216 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Culinary Dropout serves classic meals done right. With crowd favorites like our pretzel bites and provolone fondue, 36-hour pork ribs, and our famous fried chicken drizzled with honey you’ll want to taste everything. Thirsty? Wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer or a killer house-made cocktail. And don't forget to stick around for games and free live music with a laid-back vibe. Culinary Dropout is for anyone who loves damn good food and drinks.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 126 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Vestavia Hills
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Innovative

  • Alabama

    Hot spot

  • Alabama

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Alabama

    Lively

  • Alabama

    American

  • Alabama

    Most Booked

  • Birmingham

    Great for brunch

  • Birmingham

    Innovative

  • Birmingham

    Hot spot

  • Birmingham

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Birmingham

    Lively

  • Birmingham

    Most Booked

216 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, good, drinks and service. Highly recommend and looking forward to going back.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are repeat customers and love the vibe here. Never feel rushed.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time at Culinary Dropout and the experience was absolutely amazing!!! The food was very scrumptious and the presentation was perfect!

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  4. HPR1

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service and classy decor food was good but thought servers were dressed less casual than this beautiful restaurant demands - server was very knowledgeable helpful and friendly, but I do not want to stare at someone’s belly button while being served my food lol. Not that it was risqué, but a crop top and jeans is not up to par with the vibe of the restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. TammyK

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding and the salad I ordered was good as well. However, I went there with the intentions of ordering their pizza (which I love) but they were out of pizza. Which leaves me to believe they don't make their own pizzas from scratch?!
    Culinary Dropout - BirminghamResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for leaving us a review! I am so sorry that you did not get a chance to order pizza. We do in fact make our pizzas from scratch including the dough! Let me know the next time you are coming in and we will make sure everything is perfect for you! Matt Huebert General Manager

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  6. Anne

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was excellent. Iced tea tastes weird like it’s flavored but it’s not. Next time I’ll save $4.50 and get water!

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  7. jennifer

    Alabama

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was excellent. The vibe great. We went for brunch on Mother’s Day and food was delicious. We will come again.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! The service was excellent! The atmosphere was perfect! I can't wait to come back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty decent - will go back! Esp if menu changes often - very nice servers

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  10. LesW

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service. Good food. Tons of options! We will be back

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything has garlic in it so if you have y with garlic do not eat here.. we were sick all night!! And..Our table was really wobbly.. told manager and he said he would fix it for next time! The service was great! Hostess was cranky though!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. It is a specialty American cuisine.

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  13. TTKK1

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the fish and chips, food was good but portion size was tiny for the nearly $20 price. Not sure about the other dishes but they are inconsistent in their fish and chips. A couple of other people in my party got the same as I and one got half the serving size as the rest of us, but all were different. Atmosphere is cool but realize that this is a bar that serves food and not a restaurant that has a bar, this the reason the drink menu is larger than the food menu. If you keep this in mind then you shouldn’t be disappointed as I was. Also the price is going to be 20-30% more than other similar style restaurants. This is a popular place right now but time will tell if they will survive in the highly competitive Birmingham restaurant market.

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  14. TarrikaE

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Fourth time here. Food was good, service was a little off for the first time ever visiting. The week before we had Kelsi and she was marvelous but this time left a lot to be desired as far as service and general disposition.

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  15. MIssy

    Alabama

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Appetizers (pretzels and onion rings) were delicious. Salmon and meatloaf were very good. Fries were mediocre. The outside patio was really pleasant. Inside was way too loud.

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  16. Kool1966

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Korean ribeye cap steak and steak/ frites entree.

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  17. Anniversary

    Alabama

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Korean Ribeye Cap which was super flavorful and fork tender. My hubs had the fish and chips and said the batter was like traditional English fish and chip batter. So safe to say we enjoyed the food but it paled to the service honestly. We had a young lady as our server, I apologize I'm old and have forgotten her name, but she went above and beyond. I was not super impressed with my cocktail when she asked but I told her it was fine, I was going to drink it. But she made a point to let the manager know who immediately came and spoke with us. He too went above and beyond to ensure we were pleased. Mediocre food can be overlooked with this level of service but we had both, good food and exceptional service. We will go back for sure.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good. Would be a great place to grab a drink and appetizers. They have a customizable charcuterie board, and. All the items we tried were great.

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  19. Jaki1031

    Alabama

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Will not return anytime soon!! First experience a month ago was great! Food very good. Excellent service. We were looking forward to going back. Last night, the food was not good. Service slower. Not sure what happened. Did corporate have the A team in to open the restaurant? And, once it got going, send them to the next opening and replace with the B team? Will return to my norm of supporting locally owned restaurants.

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  20. HeidiB

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch that was beautifully presented with great flavor. Our service was perfect.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the food and atmosphere here. Everyone is very nice and our server Jessica M. was awesome! I’ll definitely be back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food was delicious! RD was a fantastic waiter. The pretzel and fondue cheese is a MUST . Definitely will be back but to the one in Charlotte as it is closer :)

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  23. Brian

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenal. Food was excellent and service was great.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation and had an excellent server. Everything we ordered was fabulous! The best salad I’ve ever eaten in my life!!!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks.... Atmosphere was magnificent with music.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So refreshing to find a restaurant that has a fun, yet elevated atmosphere, employees that are pleasant and helpful on top of having a varied menu of delicious food! Live music is so nice - familiar songs and not too loud - you can still talk to those at your table without raising your voice. The staff is amazing and I absolutely love that they are not in uniform but colorful clothing that reflects their own style. The bar is finally being raised for restaurants now. All other establishments are going to have to up their game to compete with Culinary Dropout.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service, and drinks were all fantastic! We had the pretzel balls and fondue for appetizer. We shared the yesterday’s soup and then split the butternut squash salad with salmon and pub burger with Brussels sprouts. Yummy!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the serve Mackenzie and she was amazing gave great recommendations for the Cripsy Chicken Katsu and it was delicious she also recommended the pub burger and that was also very yummy. She gave amazing service. We will definitely be coming back!
    Culinary Dropout - BirminghamResponded on May 5, 2024
    This is great to hear. Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback. I am glad you enjoyed everything, we look forward to seeing you again soon, Matt Huebert General Manager

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing. The staff were delightful and very friendly

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience. Food was great but service was outstanding! One of the items we were looking forward to trying was unavailable and our waitress and manager went above and beyond to make sure we had a great dinner experience! They were so attentive! We will defnitely be returning!

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  31. BhamFoodie

    Alabama

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is solid for a chain type restaurant. Service very good. Love the live music.

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  32. Geovonna

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed everything about this place! Our waiter, James, was phenomenal. He was knowledgeable, courteous and efficient. The food & drinks were delicious, but the dessert! OMG, best I’ve had in a long time. The Mississippi mud pie and s’mores soft serve were outstanding! We try a new restaurant every Friday but something tells me we’ll be back.. soon!

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  33. KristinJ

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Donni was absolutely amazing! He gave great recommendations and is service was top notch! Charles the manager was also great! He came to check on everything and make sure everything was to our satisfaction! Definitely coming back!
    Culinary Dropout - BirminghamResponded on May 5, 2024
    Thank you for this great review! We appreciate your kind words and I am thrilled to hear you had a good time. We look forward to having you back soon, Matt Huebert General Manager

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter (Daniel I think) was fabulous with excellent recommendations! We had the pretzels, ribs, a pizza and a chicken sandwich. All of which were fabulous! We sat outside and the atmosphere was just as nice as the dinner. Highly recommend

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is a little pricey for lunch but the quality is outstanding. Service was great too. I will definitely be back.
    Culinary Dropout - BirminghamResponded on May 5, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! We pride ourselves on our from scratch menu and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the food. We look forward to seeing you back soon, Matt Huebert General Manager

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  36. jfmob

    Coastal Georgia

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sitting on the patio was so nice! Waitress recommended the Brussels sprouts and they were very good

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the evil jungle princess to drink (10/10), whipped feta as an appetizer (8/10) Katsu chicken sandwich (10/10), and Mississippi mud pie (7/10) for dessert. It’s a beautiful restaurant. Josè was our server and was great! Will definitely be back!

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  38. UncleBob

    Alabama

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Was able to get a last-minute reservation (somewhat surprised given the comments from friends that unable to get in). Very nice staff, good service (other than a slightly slow kitchen). Great draught beer selection!! The Korean ribs were wonderful. We will be back again.

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  39. Bamababe

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. The service was great! We will definitely be going again.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The drinks are better than the food. The prices are much higher than the quantity and value of the food and beverages. Very noisy busy atmosphere. Staff is very nice and accommodating.

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FAQs

Culinary Dropout - Birmingham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 545-4730.

Culinary Dropout - Birmingham is rated 4.5 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 126 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Culinary Dropout - Birmingham

241 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Vestavia Hills
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Sports Bar, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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