Culinary Dropout - Gilbert

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$30 and under
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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exceptional and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The dessert was great but our entrees were only so-so in our opinion.

SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Keith was our waiter.
He was vet attentive and was very patient. This was our first time and his recommendations were spot on. The fried chicken dinner was the best. Pretzel cheese fondue was outstanding!

A
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Culinary Dropout in Gilbert, AZ is worth a drive and a try

OT
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just moved here & thought we would try & we loved it !!! Will definitely be back. Thx

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the food and the entire ambiance of this location. Our server was amazing! He had a great sense of humor and was fully engaged. He new the ins and outs of the menus and had excellent recommendations.

Because of the live music, it was very loud and not good for “intimate dining” or conversation with a group. I wouldn’t bring my dad or a work client on a weekend. For date night or a fun evening, perfect!

We’ll be back!

GS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I had the fried chicken and biscuits. The gravy was so spicy I couldn’t eat it. Maybe I missed the fine print that said spicy but no one at our table would eat it. The chicken club was good but nothing exceptional. The metal chairs are hard and uncomfortable. The service was not great. Definitely a big disappointment.

TG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as usual. There was a live band playing so it was kind of loud. Really hard to hear one another to have a conversation. Also, it is always hard to tell who works there since they don’t have a uniform on. But the food was delicious.

C
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue! We sat on the patio! My favorite restaurant right now!

DE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome time! The food never disappoints and neither does the service and atmosphere! Good live music, too! One of our favorite spots!
Cheers!

OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat outside and fans were a bit noisy, but otherwise a great visit and would highly recommend!

CB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter Birthday

ED
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We love Culinary dropout, sadly they were out of our favorite fried chicken :(

AC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waitress was great. I was a little disappointed that the fish and chips were out, but it made me try something new. The burgers were great! The Mac and cheese was a little bland. Loved the mashed potatoes and the green beans. I like the Gilbert location a little more as it is quieter so you can hear each other talk. We always get the pretzels when we go because that is one of our favorite things.

M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Food and service was great!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Arrived at 7:25 for a 7:45 reservation and was told to wait for a text that our table was ready. I did note that there were 6 or more empty tables that would accommodate my party, but understood that we were a bit early and the restaurant was busy. However, at 7:50 I inquired with the hostess table as to when our table would be ready, noting that at least half of the original empty tables were still empty. Hostess stated that table had been ready for a few minutes, but couldn't elaborate as to why they couldn't meet our reservation time (nor seat us when we arrived). Once seated, we waited 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge us. Food was marginal. They didn't seem to care that our experience started poorly. Wouldn't go back to this location. Try Tempe if you're going to Culinary Dropout. Subpar for a Fox restaurant, maybe the Cheesecake Factory culture has taken hold?!?

KR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We love the Tempe location and thought we’d try Gilbert . Love the venue and location. Our server never did tell
Us her name or I’d give her a shout out. Ribs were way too saucy . Fried chicken excellent. We were celebrating our friends 60th and thought we’d be offered a free dessert . Couldn’t tell if it was complementary and she wasn’t very forthcoming with the offer so we decided to go down the street for ice cream. Your employees need some more training .

L
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Culinary Dropout. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We will be returning for sure.

DT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious, server was really nice, atmosphere was awesome. The only thing I would reiterate to the servers is stagger putting in appetizer and entree orders. It took a long time to get pita bread and hummus, we were two bites in and our entrees were close behind. It was a little awkward because the server came back to ask how everything was and ended up asking how everything looked because we were still eating our appetizer.

PM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Had 8pm reservations. Pleased we were seated immediately and welcomed by our friendly server. However shortly thereafter things went south. 10 minutes to get drinks and 45 minutes later to take our food order. Sitting in “special VIP” room according to server not so much. Before our food even arrived they began closing curtains and doors to our area. When finally done we couldn’t even get someone to take our money. We had to go up to bar to pay for dinner. Very disappointed especially since we had brought friends from out of state based on others reviews. Food was good, but not looking to go back anytime soon and will not recommend. 🙁

RE
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my wife’s birthday. Food and service was great.

C
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good although the kitchen told our server they were babble to make my selection - the grilled chicken club. Don’t know why ? Had the chicken club salad instead and it was very good. Service people were very friendly and attentive although service was pretty slow. Will try again to see if I can get my “1st choice” item

SS
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our bday celebration was a great success! Table was ready upon our early arrival. We got top notch service, and the food was delishes.

J
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Service was top tier.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Garrett and he was AMAZING! Handled our crazy girl night like a champ with quick service and a friendly smile.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful! The mgr came to our table more than once to see if we were satisfied. Celebrated our anniversary there and signature dessert given as complimentary dish was excellent!

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There were four of us and the food was very good including the appetizers and main courses. We would definitely go back again.

MD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really unique restaurant. It is fun and the food is very good. Our server was one of the best we have had in a mid-range restaurant. We'll be back

KS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was so good! The only thing we didn't like was the sweet corn ravioli. It was recommended previously but we were in the mood for something a bit heartier so we got to Meatloaf and Fried Chicken. SO GOOD! We also got the peanut butter toffee rocky road thing and that was amazing too!

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Band was good but just too loud. Out with my wife for brunch not a concert.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Culinary Dropout, in Gilbert, had a lively atmosphere with live music yet we were able to have a conversation without yelling. Our server was on point, attentive but not annoyingly so. We had great beer and we are still talking about how delicious our food was. We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Table wasn’t ready they said it was ok to wait ok but they never called us had to keep checking if table ready was weird

Table was great liked the music good food

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend

DB
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Based on the type of venue, I had not expected the variety and quality of food. It was a pleasant surprise and I’ll be back. It is quite a noisy and energetic place, so don’t expect quiet and intimate.

WP
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

1st timers so we went for restaurant week. Very big, loud, and busy place, we had reservations at 4:45 since they were booked till after 8 pm on Saturday. We shared a salad and the anti-pasta plate and both were really good. I had the meatloaf and my wife had the vegan curry and both were pretty good. The service was excellent our waiter was very tentative and gave us time and answered all our menu questions; we plan on going back during the week.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good and the service was outstanding! Our waitress was so attentive and personable.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were excited to try this restaurant based on many positive recommendations from friends. Unfortunately, only our appetizer met our expectations. We ordered a hot sandwich that came cold and a cold sandwich that was just so so. The atmosphere is great and the drinks were delicious, but we do not recommend for a true “foodie“ experience. With so many top options available, I cannot see us returning.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and food was great. Outdoor patio very nice. Excellent service.

TC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a business lunch there and everyone was pleased with the service and the food!

S
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service very attentive and I did not have to wait with my reservation on here

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