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Culinary Dropout - Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Culinary Dropout - Tucson

4.4
4.4
2204 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
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 and drinks, a local band plays live for great vibes. Come hang out and stay a while.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:45 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (520) 203-0934

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Helen Mora

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alain Garcia : (888) 611-9493

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Parking details

    Valet offered on weekend nights<br />

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,204 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Good for Groups

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Good for Groups

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Zach was very good at meeting our needs and on point with his suggestions!
  2. JT

    JTay

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish! Come to Utah!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All of our entrees were delicious, my brother-in-law had the fish and chips and gave it 5 stars for fantastic fish, my sister had the pub burger and said it was perfect, my parents had the southwest bowl which they loved, and my chopped chicken salad exceeded expectations. Our server was great too, he was really patient and courteous. The noise was the only problem for my folks, but is is a fun place. We will return. 😁
  4. AF

    AdamF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    The music was way to load to even talk to the person next to you, I think that you could have started the load music after 9pm I am would probably not come back for a family gathering in that atmosphere
  5. GR

    GailR

    Tucson

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We’ve been to Culinary Dropout many times and have always enjoyed it for the food, ambiance, and serving staff. We made the mistake of making a reservation on a Saturday night and found all those elements still in place. But the loud recorded music blaring throughout the facility made the experience very disappointing. We confirmed with management this is something they do on the weekends. But not sure why? We will go back, but never again on the weekend.
  6. C

    Comanchepilot

    Tucson

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We always enjoy the food and drinks here - the people watching is always very good as well. I enjoy coming to see the latest fashion trends! We try to eat in the bar area. And always ask for comfy chairs as part of the process. Good choices are good and the food is always cooked and seasoned well and reasonably priced. The beer selection is always eclectic together with the cans and bottles and the ever popular PBR.
  7. BB

    BarbaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food, the ambience, the possibility to go sit around a fire pit afterwards or play ping pong... totally enjoyed it all!
  8. HW

    HeatherW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very slow service. Limited menu for those with dietary issues. Food ordered was good and right temp. I am not a fan of half dressed wait staff, some of the laddies could dress a bit better, maybe a more structured uniform?
  9. BH

    BrianH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 experience! - I would highly recommend Culinary Dropout and I’m already looking forward to next time!
  10. d

    dinks

    Chicago

    124 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Have been visiting Culinary Dropout's in various towns. Each seems to have something unique about their vibe. We ordered and enjoyed the onion rings, french dip and fried chicken. For the wait on the fried chicken it should have been delivered piping hot/too hot to eat, but instead came warm (not hot), 3 pieces were smaller than average sized but with side was still plenty to eat. Husband enjoyed the Prime Rib Dip. I would go back to try something else.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I know, I have higher expectations when I eat at a Fox restaurant. But the service was really sub. We were constantly being forgotten about, the server was way too casual, really did not feel like she cared much or if she had been trained very much! The food was OK… But not for the price. It definitely was not a $17 burger that we had! and, we expect it to be noisy of course, which is why we sat in the front dining room, rather in the back hall, where it is always super noisy… But the room was freezing! Sigh.
  12. LG

    LizG

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Everything was good but the food was soooo slow coming out
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Service was awful. Love the atmosphere but the music was so loud you could not hear yourself talk.
  14. L

    Liana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience2
    Made reservation for high table on OpenTable. Called same day to change to standard table to accommodate a wheelchair, which required changing to a later/different time, so we changed our plans for the day to make it work. Received confirmation from OpenTable that the reservation was changed. When we got there, we got a high table anyway. Hostess went to check on the standard table and never came back. Our wheelchair guest wasn't able to come after all, so we just accepted the high table. The reservation was for a birthday, but no acknowledgement from the server for the birthday or cake appeared, which was disappointing, but kind of ok, because we were ready to leave as it was so loud. I have been there for lunch when we were able to have a conversation, so I think that is a better choice. I still gave a good tip because our server was trying, but was clearly overworked and not able to attend to us well. Mediocre experience but the food was exceptionally good, especially the butternut squash ravioli.
  15. CV

    CathyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Culinary Drop Out. The atmosphere & ambience are fun, service was great & the food was delightful! Will be going back. Oh, making reservations on line was a breeze.
  16. DP

    DuaneP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We held a Birthday party at the location. The staff was very helpful.
  17. A

    Angel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. The staff is friendly and the food is so good!
  18. DJ

    DJCQ

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great surprise find as we’re visiting from out of town. Food was outstanding, and the staff were particularly helpful with the menu - Natalie and the presentation of the meals were both outstanding!
  19. LB

    LeeB

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, a great meal and a great place for a lunch meeting. See you soon!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mixed drinks way over priced.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent kale & butternut squash salad. Waitress was lovely and attentive. Met friends for my husbands 40th Architecture reunión there. Great place!
  22. JP

    JorgeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ryne Dever and staff out did themselves. This was a U of A 40th CAPLA reunion event. When I tied to set this up, I was told it have to be a group event. My group did not want to be stuck ordering what a was on the group event menu. I had to make 6 open table reservations because that was how this location operated. A few days from the event Ryne called me to confirm the reservations. He said he would try to group us all in the same location. I told him we would be fine in separate areas if not possible. The night of the event we were trapped in a college presentation. I called the host to tell them we were running late. When I arrived, I was incredibly pleased Ryne came through and we were all seated in the same location. We were all fed in a timely manner. Not like I was told early on that this was not possible. Thank you again, Ryne, all the staff and Javier who served my area.
  23. LB

    LeeB

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT SERVICE! THE BURGER WAS AMAZING! LOVE THIS PLACE!
  24. MB

    MariaB

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was the first time I visited this restaurant when it was not overrun by people and noise. Very enjoyable, relaxing lunch. Good food, good service.
  25. NH

    NickH

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    good place to meet up with friends, but not great food.
  26. BW

    BeckyW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    I ordered Fish and Chips the fish had way too much batter. I only ate 1 of the 3 fish that was provided.
  27. SH

    SaraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious menu. Lots of interesting options. Fun games too!
  28. JR

    JarradR

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    There for my brothers birthday party. Food was good but the service was really bad. It took forever to get drinks and find the server to force and order. All the checks were wrong and it took forever to pay and get it correct.
  29. M

    Mark

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We were seated for nearly 25 minutes before being acknowledged. After ordering glasses of wine, our server still managed to stop and chat at 3 tables before submitting our drink order. We then ordered dinner and after some time we were told that neither of our dinner choices were available. Our food finally arrived but not before being delivered to the wrong table first. (We observed that twice during our long dinner.) The food was fine-not great but average+. How can a restaurant that is not brand new suffer such execution issues? Guess on the whole, I'd rather have them than not, but the rat bait stations every 10 feet around the perimeter is a little offputting.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Asked for a medium rare Spicy Korean steak and what came out was just mainly rare… didn’t have time to ask the kitchen to cook it more but when I cannot even cut it as it’s that raw then that’s a problem.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The restaurant itself is really nice inside. Our waiter who mumbled and was difficult to hear was slow to do everything. As for the food- butternut and kale salad was good although I wish I had known when i added shrimp that it could have been grilled instead of fried. I mentioned this to the waiter and he came back later and said it could have been grilled but that this is a new menu and he didn’t know that. He should have known and offered the choice. My lunch partner ordered the burger medium and it was essentially raw inside. He declined to send it back and instead took it in a to go box so he could recook it and eat it at home. We had heard lots of recommendations for this restaurant but it was an overall disappointment.
  32. B

    Bats057

    Tucson

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to get a quick meal, the service was outstanding. The food and drinks were served quickly. The atmosphere is fantastic. We will be back again and again.
  33. H

    Hollywood

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little bigger, louder, and younger than expected… but service was top notch. Drinks top notch. Good outstanding as well. We recommend!
  34. JS

    JenS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! A bit pricey with some items. I didn't like how the lady's working at Culinary Dropout dressed. I didn't think I was going to Hooters! However, the waiter was very friendly and helpful.
  35. CB

    CaitlinB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect atmosphere for a group get together. Timely and friendly service and great food and drinks.
  36. FH

    FrankH

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had great time
  37. OV

    OritV

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always (this is my 6th time here), the experience is great. The food was delicious, the service adorable, and I had the most amazing tangerine-juniper beer. Always check out their rotating brews! The only downside was meager dessert offerings (only 3). But I will always return here.
  38. s

    seank

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food is ok but overpriced for what you get in my opinion. Maybe try something different next time.
  39. P

    Peaches

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    OK. Always a fun place to eat. Food was pretty good but they were out of a few items.
  40. k

    kristynb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostesses were so helpful. As was the waitress.

FAQs

Culinary Dropout - Tucson offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 203-0934.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson is rated 4.4 stars by 2204 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout - Tucson

2543 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ 85716

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:45 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet offered on weekend nights<br />

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Helen Mora

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (520) 203-0934

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alain Garcia : (888) 611-9493

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