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Culinary Dropout - Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Culinary Dropout - Tucson

4.6
4.6
2083 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 85 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 2,083 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

  • Tucson

    Great for Brunch

  • Tucson

    Hot Spot

  • Tucson

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

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  1. RK

    RoyK

    Phoenix

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Celebrating our son’s birthday, and it wasn’t your best game day. You guys stuck us in the back corner without any airflow. Service was slow, and food was only so so. We know you can do better, so we will be back, but a little disappointed tonight.
  2. MB

    MicheleB

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish. The appetizers are a must. We had 4 different entrees at our table and each was perfectly cooked and delish. We were greeted, checked on and served almost to perfection. Great dining experience.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded 4 days agoThis is wonderful to hear! So happy when you can have such a great experience from start to finish. We hope to have you back soon and continue to give you that :)

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Always great vibes & good service, but food can be hit or miss. Sometimes its a little too cold, something they forget parts for whatever you ordered. The dj on Saturdays is great. The drinks are mostly always good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Your atmosphere, ping pong tables, and service are all great. I find the menu limited and the taste not exceptional. Wedge salad was underwhelming.
  5. EO

    EricO

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place and will continue to enjoy it. Our three different experiences have been exceptional service with excellent food and great place to enjoy with friends

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded 6 days agoThanks so much for the review! So happy things have been exceptional every time. Hope to always exceed your expectations, see you again soon!

  6. BE

    BettyanneE

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was yummy. Enjoying an evening with friends…priceless!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you for the kind words, that's what it's all about. Hope to see you again soon!

  7. A

    Amber

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food Lways great.service impeccable. Server was Feeber

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on August 2, 2022Amber, thank you for taking the time to share:) We appreciate you!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Server was excellent.. Very friendly.. superb customer service:-)

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on August 2, 2022So glad you felt so welcome and attended to. We love that! Thank you so much :)

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took us in late at night service was fast and food tasted great!!!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on August 1, 2022You're awesome, thanks for the kind words!

  10. KL

    KeoneL

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good ambience, great food. Had friends visiting from Japan and culinary dropout was the 1st place that came to mind due to unique vibe and quality dishes.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 28, 2022Amazing! Love that we can share our craft with guests from all over. Thank you for sharing and happy this is a place that comes to mind for you!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family outing

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded 6 days agoThank you for the 5 star review :)

  12. JR

    JamesR

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the meatloaf mashed potatoes with green beans. Jackson is our favorite waiter. It was my wife’s birthday so they give us complimentary dessert. Monkey bread was yummy

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 28, 2022Thank you for celebrating your special event with us. Jackson indeed has indeed been a wonderful addition to our FRC family. We appreciate you!

  13. P

    Princess

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for parties big and small. Amazing food and easy ambience makes this place a regular.
  14. TW

    TracyW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it everything was excellent.. each time we have gone we have ordered something different and have not been disappointed..

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 26, 2022Hope that's always the case, thank you for the review! See you soon :)

  15. NP

    NotPicky

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Wasn’t aware that selecting “standard” seating meant outside. Definitely would have selected something else or another venue.
  16. TB

    TrojanBOB

    Phoenix

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Expansive atmosphere with great food and service. A neighborhood gem. I loved the ribs!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 20, 2022We appreciate you and the kind words! Thank you so much!

  17. SW

    ShawnaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, atmosphere, live music, and service were amazing!! We will definitely go back.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 20, 2022We can't wait, looking forward to having you!

  18. F

    Franciemac

    Tucson

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We four ladies needed lunch after a business meeting. We were seated exa toy where requested and treated royally. Delicious food and fabulous service! The pretzel bites with the cheese fondue are superb and more than enough to share with four people. The chicken and barbecue salad is delicious and enjoyed by two of us. Another lady raved about the wedge salad. All in all, a wonderful luncheon experience!
  19. SW

    StephanieW

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Culinary Dropout and we loved it. Great food, great service, and plenty to keep you busy before or after your dining experience. Love the concept, space, and view into the kitchen. Well done.
  20. FP

    FoodiePrime

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was hopping even for the middle of summer in Tucson. Our waitress was fantastic and so patient with us. Because of the atmosphere I want to return again and again.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 12, 2022We are happy you feel that way and appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much!

  21. S

    Suburbanite

    Chicago

    139 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    139 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The fondue with pretzels was great. We didn’t like the burger but enjoyed the chopped salad. It was noisy even mid afternoon so at night it would be very loud but a fun place.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 26, 2022Pretzels are definitely our most popular item on our menu! Sorry to hear you didn't like your burger, please feel free to let us know in the future as we can customize it however you'd prefer. And we would love to do so :) We appreciate the review and hope to see you soon!

  22. CG

    ConnieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family ate at Culinary Dropout for the first time, and it had exceptional food and service. We also enjoyed the bean bag toss game after dinner. Prices were high enough that we will only be back to celebrate another birthday or special occasion.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 12, 2022Connie, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you were able to have such an exceptional experience with us. We do offer promotions through our Ebites program and also offer a Happy Hour from Monday-Friday 2p-4p. Whatever the reason, we are happy to have you back!

  23. EO

    EricO

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent dinner and the care taken even after the meal when we forgot to grab our left overs and unfortunatley they were thrown away, we were bummed but you made us a fresh plate that you did not have to do and that sealed the deal with us we will be coming back. Excellent customer service

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 8, 2022Eric, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Happy to have done that for you and look forward to having you back here with us!

  24. JL

    JenniferL

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great spot that feels like a special night out - even if it's just a Tuesday! Creative drinks and excellent food. A can't miss spot for dinner - date night, girls night out, or family in-town.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 7, 2022Definitely a place for any occasion. Thank you for taking the time to share! Hope to see you all the other days of the week also :)

  25. SM

    SteveM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food and wonderful service! We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us a free dessert!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 7, 2022We love that you were able to celebrate with us! And we could play a part in making it special for you :)

  26. MB

    MBlythe

    Denver

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The establishment needs refurbishing. A chair had to be replaced because it was so rickety. The tables had crumbs on it, and it looked shabby, not shabby sheak. Food was nothing exceptional. We won’t be back to pay those prices.
  27. HM

    HilM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    Arrived 6:30, seated 6:32, ordered drinks and an app 6:37. App showed up: 6:45. PLATES FOR THE APP never showed up (had to flag down a bus boy). My drink arrived 6:59, while the drink my guest arrived 7:40. Waiter totally ignored us but fawned over the four person table beside us. I mean literally ignored. My guest waved her arms and called his name and he looked over and then WALKED AWAY. Who does that? When he did show up again it was to really pressure us to order our entrees before our drinks even came. That's not what I would call service by any stretch of the imagination. Food arrived: around 7:50-8pm. Waiter never came to check on us or refill water (left that up to the bus boys and people working other sections). Check requested: 8:25 (we ate fast to gtfo). Check arrived: 8:35. We finally left around 9, our meal having taken so long that our other evening plans had to be postponed. Bad or slow service is one thing, and I understand given that it was a weekend, but our waiter was dismissive, rude, didn't check on us at all, and didn't bring over our orders. A manager did apologize and I think she comped part of my friend's order but our waiter never did and in fact acted like we were a bother to him. We still tipped 21% btw but it will be a long time before I go back there. If ever.
  28. AM

    AprilM

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent! If you want a fun, energetic atmosphere this is the place.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on July 19, 2022We appreciate the feedback! Thank you for joining us!

  29. JE

    JESS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was very good especially for the kiddos they had fun playing all the games and the drinks are totally worth $

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 21, 2022Love that you felt so welcome! it's a GREAT place to have your kids enjoy, but even better when you can sit back and enjoy as well. Happy we could be that place for you. Thank you for the 5 stars :)

  30. AT

    AlligatorTres

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We absolutely loved the food selection. We made a reservation and were seated immediately. It did take some time to submit our order, but we were looking at the menus trying to decide. The DJ was great, and the overall vibe was awesome. We will definitely dine there again!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you for enjoying the weekend with us! Please feel free to sign up for our Ebites program through your email for the next time you are dining with us. They will send you $10 off a $20 purchase just for joining. Just another perk for spending your time with us. We appreciate you!

  31. AS

    AndrewS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Seems like the waitresses are looking more and more skimpy nowadays at this place. Less family oriented and less appealing. It’s like a Hooters but from top to bottom, moving on to a more modest eatery.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 21, 2022Andrew, thank you for taking the time to share. That's definitely not the impression we want to give to our guests. We do encourage our staff to express themselves, but never at the expense of our guests. We are in fact a family restaurant and take a lot of pride and joy in having such a wide range of people join us on a daily basis. We will be sure to follow up with any staff that may send the wrong message. We appreciate you and genuinely hope to see you again soon!

  32. N

    Nothappeningnow

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    The music is much too loud to converse with others. I don’t think this level of noise appeals to most people The menu os quite limited but the food is tasty

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 21, 2022Hi there! It does tend to get a bit noisy. We are more than willing to accommodate whenever possible. I'm sorry we couldn't do that for you during your visit with us. I encourage you to allow us to do that for you the next time. If we can sit you somewhere more quiet, we would love to do so. As far as the food goes, we are happy to make any modifications or even construct something for you as we are a scratch kitchen and can certainly offer more than what you may just see on the menu. We can be pretty creative and flexible! You'll just have to let us know. Thank you for taking the time to share. Hope to see you soon!

  33. JR

    JamesR

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We don’t go often but when we do its and enjoyable experience! Food is always and the service is excellent. Ask for Jackson, he is an excellent server!

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 21, 2022Jackson has been a wonderful addition to our team. Happy to hear you can always enjoy yourself. Happier to know Jackson takes such good care of you. That's what its about for us :) Enjoy your day!

  34. JB

    JaneaB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! I love the games! Great staff and the quality of the food was excellent!
  35. S

    Sergio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is awesome, full of energy, delicious food, and the drinks are tasty
  36. A

    Abhb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, it was too warm inside and a little uncomfortable. Flies swarming food was unpleasant because doors were wide open. Otherwise, nice server and good food.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you for the 4 star review! Although we do have an open concept we are working hard to ensure we can get ahead of some of the issues the hot summer brings. We are continuing to keep doors from inside to outside closed as much as possible, which has made a huge difference already and regulate temperatures inside to be more comfortable. We have installed misters outside and have kept the shades down for guests who still would love to enjoy the covered patio. We hope to see you again soon and that you notice the difference with the changes. Happy to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and the food as well! Stay cool :)

  37. VH

    VincentH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quality food, with a wide variety of menu selections. Responsive and courteous staff.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you so much for coming in and leaving this wonderful review. At Culinary Dropout we believe in great hospitality, every time! We are so glad we could exceed your expectations and we look forward to hearing from, and seeing you again soon!

  38. SK

    StanK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Noise level terrible !! Food was good, but a bit expensive for the amount we got. Service was very good.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Had to wait almost 30 minutes even though we had a reservation. Tried to seat us outside
  40. KH

    KaitlynH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is always great and our server was amazing. The only downfall was fighting flies away from our food the entirety of the visit.

    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on June 11, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time for your kind review! We look forward to exceeding your expectations again soon! -Trevor

FAQs

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

Culinary Dropout - Tucson is rated 4.6 stars by 2083 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 85 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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