Culinary Dropout - Gilbert

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$30 and under
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American

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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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Make a reservation to eat your heart out this Valentine's Day! Put it all on the table and show them how much you care with drinks, dining and games at Culinary Dropout. And for all of you singles out there...come celebrate Single's Awareness Day on 2/15 with a $6 Single's Awareness Day Cocktail!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 521 People Are Saying
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z
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always fun.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

z
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant event.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, delicious foodie-worthy creations. We skipped the entrées and ordered lots of appetizers and small plates instead. Well-crafted cocktails and selection of craft beers, and pool tables etc to play after dinner!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to spend time with friends from out of town and to celebrate a birthday. The vibe at Culinary Dropout was great hey didn’t mind that we hung out long after our meal was over. The food was wonderful.

FS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated by our hostess promptly for our reverastion for Sunday Brunch. We sat in the main dining room that had live music which was awesome. The food was very good and our server was outstanding and we were not rushed at all even though it was very busy.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience1

Disappointed

JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent. This restaurant knows how to do two things well. Make amazing food and provide bar none service. If you are in to the energetic scene look no further. If you are looking for a quiet place to dine, it is not this place.

MJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Love this place and eat there frequently. Good for dates night, business lunches and family brunch... great energy and good Seevice

SP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The band was too loud! We couldn't talk without yelling!

OT
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Not ordinary. Great ambiance for our end of day meal for colleagues traveling together

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the ambiance at this location. The server was fantastic. My husband had the burger, always tasty and I had the steak salad and omg I am addicted to it now!

LD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The reservation worked well, the food was wonderful and the service top notch. We have been there for dinner which was nice but we had an even better time for brunch so we will be returning for brunch.

B
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Place was noisy and service spotty. Food was ok but not amazing. Don’t think I need to go back - just too many other options.

M
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. It was perfect for my son’s eleventh birthday celebration.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were very disappointed with the food. 2 in our party ordered short rib beef stroganoff. The noodles were either soft and mushy or uncooked-in the same bowl. There was very little beef, and the presentation was visually unimpressive. The fried chicken was good, but the other 3 entrees were very average. It appears the Culinary Dropout is living up to its name.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had reservations @4:30, seated promptly. Service was excellent. Food was great. Jalapeño drink was so so... other than that great experience and will come back.

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Brunch service on a Sun was a bit slow with the refills and food, and I had to ask about one item that I never got until we left, but they didn’t charge me for it, which I appreciated. The food was delicious as always!!! I’ll be back!!!

MW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had a great time at Culinary Dropout. Kind of noisy, but still a good time. Food was good, not outstanding. Service was excellent. Steak was average, at best. The ribs were outstanding and highly recommended. The salmon was good. Had the peanut butter carmel brownie for dessert and it was awesome. Would go there again.

F
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I was pretty disappointed with all of the food. We started with the tuna tartare, not good. Had a Strange taste that no one at our table could figure out. We are major foodies. I had the steak salad, not good. Absolutely no taste. Interesting first time I’ve ever had blue cheese dressing with no blue cheese taste at all. My husband and the other party had meat loaf, that was good, but mash potatoes on both plates were ice cold. Not a good experience, not sure I’ll ever go back. I’ll keep my $250 I spent.

SB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Hubby ordered the fried chicken, which the menu said it’s worth the wait. We got it within 5 minutes and it was very dark in color. No doubt they already cooked it once then threw it in the fryer to heat it up - dry and not worth the $$. Fish & chips very greasy and salty. Took the batter off and fish was moist but too salty - fries cold. A friend sent his fries back... Cole slaw was decent. Chardonnay was very cold, which was great!

D
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We came in 20 mins before closing and still were sat and served. Service was prompt and attentive. Our server, I can't recall his name, went above and beyond to make sure we were pleased. We ordered a third entree to take home for our son and he made sure to give us a to-go drink and silverware for him. Fantastic dining experience that we will absolutely recommend to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was pretty good, but service was lacking... I kept running out of my beverage and had to flag down the server several times for a refill.

KA
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! We will be back

DR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had to wait 20 mins past the time of our reservation to get our table which was super annoying. We ordered apps thank goodness because the entree I ordered ended up coming out as a soup (not as advertised) which filled literally only 1/4 of the dish. If it was on the menu as a small side soup that would have been fine but not as an entree!! Unbelievably overpriced! I had to order the salmon entree as well so I didn’t go home hungry.

LM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I was very disappointed in our experience at Culinary Dropout in Gilbert. I like trendy and lively restaurants, but the music was so loud it was actually blaring to the point that we couldn't even recognize songs. The noise level made it very difficult to have any sort of conversation. I was very disappointed with the braised short rib stroganoff! It literally only had one descent size of meat with a few little bits so basically I had noodles. Would have a difficult time justifying spending money on this type of experience again,

T
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The meatloaf was very good. The shaved prime rib dip had a large roll and maybe a tablespoon of prime rib. Way too much bread, could hardly taste the prime rib. The braised short rib stroganoff was very mediocre. I always give a restaurant 2 tries, especially with the excellent service we received.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service by Matt, delicious food and a fun time playing corn hole!

RA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We came in 30 minutes earlier than our original reservation time and they were so accommodating. I like the live music as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at the Gilbert location.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great swevoce

JC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

After being seated we didn't have service for 25 minutes. Food was cold, service was bad. It wasn’t even that busy. Just awful!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rang in the new year right!

RB
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Going out is difficult for us as we are doing Keto. I ordered a pasta & seafood dish and committed to eating around the pasta. When the server asked if I wanted a box for my leftovers I explained this and she indicated that I should have asked as the kitchen would have accommodated me by substituting grilled veggies for the pasta. Good to know - this will bring us back!

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner. The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

eceryone in my party agreed the food was pretty average all around, yet the price was gourmet. Service was excellent; too bad the food didn’t measure up.

DB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Have tried this spot 3 times. Just gets worst each time staff and Hostess are some of the most uncaring and unprofessional people I’ve seen in the valley.
Do NOT waste your time or money here!!!

GM
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and great food as always- a little loud- but for live music- tolerable for conversation. Parking is simple nearby- and downtown gilbert has a lot of post meal venues to enjoy. Great restaurant concept 0 good drinks- zero complaints.

RW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great evening with some friends. The whole evening was a great experience. Our server (Bailey) was awesome. The food was great though some was a bit cold, didn’t say anything or send it back. The place was hopping, music was good...and though the environment was noisy we enjoyed the whole evening. We look froward to going again.

NT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the pub burger on first visit, and it was so good I just keep getting it. My wife loves the prime rib dip. Both are delicious but what really ties it together are THE BEST FRENCH FRIES I HAVE EVER TASTED. Service is always excellent and the only negative I have is noise level. I am hearing impaired and struggle to hear my wife. We will be back soon.