Culinary Dropout - Tucson

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Melt into the comfortable chairs at Culinary Dropout where craft beer, games, 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.
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SF
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun place to hang out and enjoy dinner and play some games.

VA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here. It was our first time to visit culinary dropout and the atmosphere and music was great! Food was delicious! We will definitely be back!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Very busy and loud. Good service considering how busy it was.

BL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not a big menu, but we enjoyed it. The waiter talked very fast and was hard to understand, but I guess we made the right choice. I little loud but we're not going anymore. I would recommend it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We were there for U of A family weekend and their kitchen or staffing seemed unprepared. We got seated at our rez time and our server was great, but the food took an hour from order to our table. He and the manager came over several times to apologize and say our order was coming. Some of it was wrong. They gave us a piece of cake to go but it would have been more meaningful to us if they took something off the bill. I would have given them a second chance.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We loved the food, but after we ordered food it took more than 40 minutes for our food to arrive. The manager even came over, said she was prioritizing our order and considering reducing the bill. It took another 10 minutes to get our food but no reduction off our bill.

OT
Tucson
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for family events! Plenty of games to keep kids happy; great food and drink for the adults.

DL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food very good. Desserts delicious! Wait staff attentive too.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Good food.
Waiter was hitting on my daughter. Really!!??
Several times....with me, her dad, sitting right there.
Brad I think his name was. Big guy, very muscular!
Kinda killed it for us.

JR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and delicious! A gem!!

SM
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and fresh! Had a great time!

f
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lively venue. We've been here twice -- great service and better food. Highly recommend it.

h
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the layout and ambiance of this restaurant. It’s open and can be quite loud but it’s a fun modern style and atmosphere. Great place to come for drinks but the food is just not that great, especially for the prices. This is the second time we came for dinner and both times we were underwhelmed by the food. Item menus sound and look good but don’t taste good.

TY
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The Dropout was a fun atmosphere and a good place to go for corporate team building events, however I would warn customers that the food while good was expensive and the portions were small and the drinks were outrageously expensive. Neither the menu nor the website have nutritional information, so those on diets or having dietary restrictions are at a severe disadvantage.

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

Really cool and fun spot to eat - good food, fun for all ages and fast service. We will definitely be back!

V
Tucson
196 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The $14 ahi appetizer came in a small bowl with four giant crostinis. It was OK tasting, but seriously overpriced. Our server started out great, but he disappeared as soon as our food arrived. We had to keep asking for refills and other services from other random servers. We had come in around 1:15, so I'm sure he just wanted to go home.

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

THE FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE WERE FANTASTIC, SO WAS THE NEW GAL I WAS WITH!

HA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect place to watch a football game and celebrate my son's 22nd birthday!

PP
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good experience and the food was awesome.

OT
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was friendly attentive and the food was amazing.

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

This place is amazing, not the food, but also the service.

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

Amazing! The room service drink was fantastic!

1
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfort food done with care and expertise. Wait staff attentive and ambiance just plain fun. You owe it to yourself to hang out and chow down

NA
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! We were visiting from Texas and loved this place. Food was amazing and the drinks were really good! The atmosphere is also a fun one. Ask for Joey.. he’s from Texas also!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Quick service. Fun atmosphere.

DT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was not good. Our waiter took our drink order and took a while to have them delivered. It took about an hour to get our food. Another waiter filled in since our orginal waiter "got slammed" and could not return. Food was not hot either. Drink menu is very good. Lots of options.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Do you like a loud atmosphere, football (among other sports), overpriced bar food, lots of alcohol, and scantily-clad young ladies? Then this is the place for you! This is not my type of environment, so I will not be back. Not a good place for quiet conversation, and the food was just okay and overpriced. Also, when I made the reservation online, I was asked whether we were there for a special occasion, so I checked the option for birthday as we were celebrating my husband's birthday. Without our asking, they brought us a dessert that was sickly sweet and rich. This would have been fine if it was free, but they charged us for it! Not cool. My husband, other family members, and I had never been there so we didn't know what to expect. Needless to say, we were all pretty disappointed in this place and would not recommend.

LH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday Dinner , great food as always. The wait for food was longer than normal and appetizers came at same time as entrees. They did compensate by removing one from the bill. But I highly recommend this place , the food is consistently great !!

RR
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual.

MR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food (but a bit salty) with unique selections — especially with the appetizers, smaller plates. We had house made soft pretzels with cheese deep— fantastic (and way too much for two people!), fried chicken (takes longer to serve, which they let you know in advance) — crispy and tasty (but smashed potatoes had too much salt), ribs which were the star of the show, and monkey bread with delicious vanilla ice team to finish. The open floor plans leads to high noise level (went on weekday evening, maybe with 1/2 full capacity, and was getting loud). Biggest disappointment was that we had reservations, yet we were still seated in the more ubiquitous hard/metal chairs, versus the upholstered (more comfortable?) chairs. Prices are on the higher end, but would still recommend though, especially for out of town guests for a more unique menu (and drink!) choice.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Too loud!!!!

CI
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! It was a Saturday night, it was busy, but our service was great. Food and drinks were good. We tried a few of the appetizers. Pretzels and cheese Fondue excellent, along with the house chips and onion dip. Hot wings were a favorite at our table too. Everyone in our group enjoyed. Would come again.

ST
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Not at all what we had expected for a restaurant - more of a Chucky Cheese, kids arcade experience.
Very loud setting, kids running around, games, people had their dogs at the tables, and then the band started. Chaotic! Not the place to go for a relaxing dinner with your spouse.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 19, 2019

I am sorry to hear that you had a less than stellar experience with us. We do tend to get loud and chaotic on the weekends, especially Friday and Saturday evening. However, we do offer a Saturday and Sunday brunch that tends to be less loud and chaotic. I would love to assist you in making a reservation as well as provide to you the full 5 star dropout experience. Please reach out to me directly for a reservation. aclassen@foxrc.net Respectfully, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager

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OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was underwhelming and portions were small for the price you pay. It was just ok for me.

OT
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! Food was phenomenal! Favorite restaurant in Tucson hands down!

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 19, 2019

We think that you too are amazing, anonymous! Hope to have you back soon!! Cheers, Thank you, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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LL
Tucson
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Casual dining and the food was tasty. Just a little to casual for me

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 19, 2019

Louise, Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback, what can we do to make it 5 stars next time?? Please reach out to me directly so we can discuss. aclassen@foxrc.net Respectfully, Thank you, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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PP
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Love the pork nachos.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 19, 2019

Penny, The pork nachos are one of my favorites as well! Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback! We look forward to you joining us again soon! Cheers, Thank you, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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HC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner here! It’s a fun environment and service was spectacular - definitely above average. We loved the Korean chicken and the meatloaf!

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We think you are great too! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I would it recommend this place for the food. The environment is nice but the food was bad. If you are going for drinks and an appetizer it’d be ok.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 11, 2019

Andy, I would love to chat and learn more about your most recent visit. Please shoot me an email at aclassen@foxrc.net or a call at 520-203-0934. I hope to talk soon. Thank you, Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We loved the food and left with a lot of leftovers. It would be nice if it wasn’t so loud. We couldn’t have a conversation without yelling and ended up texting to talk. It also is very slow so if you go plan to wait a while to get food. But the food was amazing and we loved the flavors.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on September 11, 2019

KJen, Thank you for your feedback! With our live music on the weekends, we do get a bit noisier, however our Lunch and Happy Hour service (Monday-Friday 3-6PM) we are much quieter. I look forward to having you join us again! Adam Classen Assistant General Manager Culinary Dropout direct: 520-203-0934 2543 East Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716

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