Culinary Dropout - Gilbert

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$30 and under
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American
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 & drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while. Culinary Dropout has always prided itself on breaking the rules of the restaurant status quo, and we welcome anyone who wants to get in touch with their rebellious side to come party with us. Host your private dining event with us and we’ll amp up the fun. All you need is a little bit of attitude, and a whole lot of rock n’ roll. Perfect for parties larger than 12, treat your favorite people to a not-so basic celebration: live music, games, classic American food with an edgy twist, ice-cold beer and killer house-made cocktails.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We went last night for my daughters birthday. After we were seated it took 15 minutes for our server to come by. Long story short we arrived for our reservation at 645 and didn’t get our entrees until 830. Way too long!!! Waters were empty and while server was nice and energetic he was working too many tables and was spread thin. Super loud music—could hardly hear one another talk. Won’t be r returning to this location.

m
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique dishes, tasty food.
Cheese board were pricey for what you got.

KW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It’s a great place for drinks and appetizers. Our dinners were not good. The short rib stroganoff was mushy and way too salty. The fried chicken reminded me of banquet frozen dinner. The shrimp pesto was good but way too salty. The trout was good. The potato chips appetizer was very good but very greasy.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was terrific, service was a little slow, but overall a great experience for a birthday dinner!

AP
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and atmosphere! I will definitely return

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bloody mary's and brunch.
Ambience was very nice.

AB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Went here on a girls night. The night was okay. Our server came to our table maybe 4 times in the 3 hours we were there. Our Cocktail drinks were taking more then 15min to come out. I've been to this location multiple times and this was the first time this happened.

GD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort food, great drafts, nice friendly atmosphere, good service.

JS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and hang out and people watch.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and atmosphere

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended an early Saturday brunch - everything was excellent: service, creative dishes and cocktails. Will be back for sure!

D
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our waitress was very polite but service was very slow. Drinks from the bar took around 20+ minutes - waitress apologized for the bar being slow. The Italian Grinder was not worth $12 - at this price Subway is better. The beer battered fish and chips for $16,50 was nothing special either - kind of bland. The SHAVED PRIME RIB DIP and SOFT PRETZELS & PROVOLONE FONDUE were excellent. Not worth a return visit for the price.

CT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Noise level is VERY loud due to the bad playing. You can not talk when the band is playing so if you want to have a conversation - don't go there. Otherwise, it is a fun place to go and the food is very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Met my friend at 4:30 pm. for drinks and dinner. Service was attentive and well timed. Appetizers & drinks were great: shrimp ceviche and salmon bruschetta. She had kale salad and enjoyed it. My steak salad had mostly romaine spines and huge chunks including the end of a head which was inedible. The steak was well seasoned but very little of it and the avocado was ripe but again, very little of it. The other add ins were sparse, corn, beans and pickled onion. It was mostly lettuce. I wouldn’t order it again but the service was great. Ambience was nice until the music ramped up and we could barely hear one another’s conversation. Probably won’t consider it for our family celebration in April for 15 people because of the noise.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was well presented. The vegan curry was VERY salty and the pasta dish was very heavy. The asparagus was excellent

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food but the patio area was very noisy.

MF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Loved the vibe of this restaurant. Appreciated that there is a parking garage nearby. Will definitely come back.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! Great food!

r
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Why is it necessary to create an atmosphere where I have to scream and go hoarse just to talk to my dining companions?

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy we love going here!!! Bar tender was a little slow seemed to avoid assisting us which was a little frustrating but our table service was amazing she was quick and checked on us frequently!!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

For what u get it a bit pricey and noisey and i wont return.

BA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place if you love food! Nikki our server was very knowledgeable and help us make some fun selections. She made sure our drink were full which is a big deal to me. As I was people watching I noticed many other staff going above and beyond this is great to see right here in Gilbert.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love this place. Service was a little slow to start but he made up for it by bringing out free pretzels. After slow ordering it was great.

m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i love this restaurant so much and i want to work here so bad and i wouldnt choose a better restaurant to eat at

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came here for our valentines date and were very sad because there was a live band that was so loud. We had to almost yell to talk to each other. Very disappointed. We had eat quickly And didn’t order dessert so we could leave and go y’all somewhere else

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Too loud. Way too loud

TH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great Service would highly recommend

RC
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We LOVE eating at the Gilbert Culinary Dropout! We made special reservations for Valentine's Day this year. A couple of "things that could have gone better..." We asked for a booth - the hostess stated that they were only for parties of 6 - although they had place settings for four. And, when leaving there were 4 people sitting at the booth we inquired about. Not a problem, they sat us next to the band - so noise level was a higher than normal. Another "things that could have gone better..." Our food came out within 5 minutes of receiving our appetizers. Overall this visit was good - just a couple of hick-ups.

AJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great family valentine date. Food was delicious as usual. Only complaint would be i would love more veggies with our meal but otherwise. All perfect.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a friendly staff made for a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Our food was prompt, delicious and our server was very helpful and attentive. The reservation through OpenTable was a breeze and we were seated right away. Will be back again!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

We went for Valentines Day dinner. Asked to sit inside and was sat in the patio. Patio seating was set up so tight (to get extra seats in) that we felt like we were eating with the parties on both sides of us. We asked to be moved and they said they couldn’t accommodate us. Highly recommended NOT to go there for a special occasion. Food and service was great.

RR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere with good beer selection and live music.

SA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty it was my first time in Gilbert location, we ordered the happy our menu. Only wish you had a gluten free menu which I believe would attract many more patrons..

BC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Totally unremarkable. Pub food. No real reason to return.

LM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

While the food was very tasty, it was odd that the Rainbow Trout entrée did not include any starch, vegetable, or salad. Their offering of anti-pasti was strange and a simple cheese selection was miniscule in quantity.

TS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We sat at the bar at lunchtime on February 14th. There was one bartender initially and he was quite busy filling orders for the servers. It took awhile to get his attention for a drink order. Shortly after receiving our drinks, we asked for an appetizer. About 5 minutes after ordering, a man sat next to us and was trying to get someone to take his order. By now there were a few more people behind the bar. It was about 10 minutes before the man, with our help, got a bartender to take his order. After about 30 minutes, our appetizer had not arrived. We asked the new bartender to check on our order and he came out with it right away. Overall, the service was slow and fortunately, we had time to spare. All the people that attended us were very nice, they were just overwhelmed at times. We assumed the mayhem was due to preparations for a busy evening. I am confident our experience is not typical and we will certainly visit again.

KA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The fried chicken plate is amazing. Best cole slaw ever. The chicken was a bit too salty for my taste but I don’t use much salt in my diet so probably just overly sensitive to it. The mashed potatoes and gravy have me thinking about them still!

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

I went with 2 girlfriends who were visiting from out of town. We all loved our brunch cocktails and entrees. We especially loved the deviled eggs and roasted brussels sprouts that we started with. There was acoustic live music And they were phenomenal

PS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is prepared creatively and has terrific flavors. We enjoyed the steak dinner & beef stroganoff, absolutely delicious! Service was outstanding!!! There was live music the evening we enjoyed dinner, not too loud and many folks joined in with singing, a lot of fun!