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Culinary Dropout - Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Culinary Dropout - Tucson

4.5
4.5
2653 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
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 43 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 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
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Jessica Valencia: (520) 203-0938
  • 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

What 2,653 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Innovative

  • Tucson

    Good for groups

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

  • Tucson

    Great for brunch

  • Tucson

    Innovative

  • Tucson

    Good for groups

  • Tucson

    Hot spot

  • Tucson

    Lively

  • Tucson

    Most Booked

2,653 Reviews
  1. MikeY

    New York City

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu food and service was such a surprise and absolutely amazing

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fried chicken! Very fresh and juicy and good drinks.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there on a Saturday night and there was one large party in the back. It wasn’t overly crowded but food service was extremely slow. Quality and taste was great but seemed pricey for what we got.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Well educated on both good and bar selections.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thanks!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening. The food was great, atmosphere was fun. Most of all we had an amazing server, William, he was so friendly and definitely made us feel welcome.

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  6. lovetoeat

    Northern MI

    168 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cool place! Lots of seating with space between tables. Fun "play" area with ping pong, bean bag toss, etc. for kids, separated from the main dining area. Cool bar. Great service by our waitress (sorry, can't recall her name) with lots of young waitstaff. We had the deviled eggs (very good!) and split the open-face French dip, which was delicious and came with either a salad or fries. Would definitely recommend for a fun, casual place to eat!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 10, 2024
    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review :) Hope to see you again soon!

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  7. NewtoCO

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Will definitely return to this restaurant on our next trip to Tucson.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 7, 2024
    Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  8. ElisabetT

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love culinary dropout, not just because the food is good but the service is amazing. They are so kind and helpful and made our dining experience so fun.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 7, 2024
    Thank you so much for kind review! We can't wait to see you again soon!:)

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  9. Ronda

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess was a little officious when we arrived early. She did not seat us early although there were many open tables. Everyone else was delightful and the food was great.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Be prepared for screeching children if you are in the covered patio area. Much more quiet in the dining room area. Service was slow, food just ok. But such a fun vibe.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matt took great care of us! My husband and I decided to grab some drinks and munch on a couple of appetizers. We were having such a great time we didn’t even realize we had been sitting for over three hours. Matt continuously checked in on us and never made us feel like we were a burden for staying so long. This is one of the many reasons we continue to pick CD for our date nights even 7 years later. Thank you making us and our puppy feel so welcomed every time!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for such a kind review. We will be sure to celebrate Matt's excellent service. We hope to continue being your go to date spot!

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  12. AnnB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and environment. Will definitely go again
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great affordable EASTER BRUNCH option. Food was great and the entire staff was happy and energetic!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review! We hope to see you back soon

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  14. PatriciaA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was outstanding! We love coming here!

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  15. MaryannH

    Denver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been here several times, but never when it was this busy. It was so loud we could hardly visit with our friends. Food was great, service was great. We'll definitely come back, but we'll wait until it's warm enough to sit outside or come at a less busy time.

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  16. Brodie

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food and service were outstanding. The music was ear splitting garbage that did not allow us to have any kind of conversation. This is a restaurant, not a disco, so I don’t understand the choice of music. The staff were sympathetic, but there wasn’t much they could do. Never again will our group eat there.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time customers did not know what to expect. Loved every second of our experience. Food is phenomenal. Staff was great. Drinks were awesome.

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  18. SLSBMD

    Baltimore

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was friendly but slow. Food was ok, with the crispy chicken katsu being delicious and the fried chicken dish just ok.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 30, 2024
    Thank for the feedback. We pride ourselves on Great hospitality, every time. It seems we missed the mark here, and for that I want to deeply apologize. I hope you can give us another shot to earn your loyalty back.

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  19. Lisa

    Tucson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun place to watch the Gabe, very loud though.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 30, 2024
    Hello Lisa, Thank you for the feedback. We hope to earn that 5th star on your next visit

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing. Thoughtful, creative, delicious food. Authentically invested staff. Incredibly fun atmosphere. Great time 😀

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, delicious cocktails, great food and a fun vibe.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind review! We look forward to seeing you again!

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  22. ChetanP

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If there’s a Culinary Dropout around….we’ll go! Always an interesting environment and good choices on the menu. Had a great meal.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fun, ethan rocks as a server. Get the pretzel fondue.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review! We will praise Ethan's service among his peers. We hope to see you again soon.

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  24. AmiB

    Denver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing first time at the restaurant. Service was exemplary and food quality was on point. Going back soon!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review! Hope to have you back soon.

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  25. nvelop

    Phoenix

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Huge place but servers and food was terrific. Furniture could use some maintenance.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again!

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  26. MarkV

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere. I would recommend it.

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  27. NoraV

    Tucson

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very tasty and strawberry mojito was very good. Our server was very attentive.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food. Enjoy it for a meal after ball games
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you so much! See you again soon!

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  29. Bats057

    Tucson

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Tucson, the place is always jumping and the food is always good. Try the Chicken Dinner, it is worth the wait ( they warn you about that on the menu, before you order it ). The chicken tastes so good. We will be back again and again. Thank you.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 24, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review!! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    After a not so great experience last visit, decided to bring some friends and try again. MUCH better this time. The service was very attentive and the food was good. It’s so loud on the outside patio area, there are some tables you can barely hear the person next to you. Inside seemed quieter. Suggestions woukd be to make a reservation, and try to make it before 6PM, as it really started getting busy then, and the staff seemed to be getting a bit overwhelmed. It’s a very popular place, because all in all it’s fun! Will definitely go back again!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for your detailed review, we will use this information to better improve for your next visit! Thank you again and look forward to seeing you soon!

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  31. LaurenB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of food and drinks! Great service. Love coming here!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service way okay. There was live music but it was up very loud. The food however was amazing.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 18, 2024
    We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! We are so glad you enjoyed the food! If you'd like to come back for more of intimate dining experience Monday-Thursday we have no live music! Thank you again!:)

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  33. CJ9020

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good but we were very cold. We were seated in the covered outdoor area and I immediately said it was cold. Rather than re-seat us, they assured me the portable heaters would help. It was still cool & windy during our entire meal.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 14, 2024
    Thank you so much for the feedback, we apologize for anything less than perfect! We hope to have you in again to regain your loyalty!

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  34. bryanf

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    CD - terrific vibe, food and especially the service.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 19, 2024
    Hi Bryan, thanks for taking the time to leave us your feedback--looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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  35. ArmandoM

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My rib meat was so tender, meat came off the bone. My wife enjoyed the Shrimp dish. Service was tremendous. Reservations are highly recommended, as it’s a popular spot to dine.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 13, 2024
    Thanks for the kind review, hope to see you again soon!

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  36. CarolM

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The main dining room seemed quieter than the patio. The fried chicken was worth a few minutes wait. Definitely get the brussel sprouts!
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 13, 2024
    Thanks Carol, looking forward to your next visit :)

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  37. LisaH

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly, we have a poor experience. We arrived on time for our reservation and were sat. No one came to our table for over 20 min to speak with us. Our server was not attentive. I really wanted to like this meal. The food was fine, delivered by other servers promptly.

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  38. mjmej

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food. I had the fish and chips. The fish was crispy, tender, flaky and delicious. The pretzels are a must-have with the provolone fondue. And the Mississippi mud pie is luscious, with a robust coffee flavor that was simply mind blowing. The service was friendly and timely without being intrusive. Will be back for sure.
    Culinary Dropout - TucsonResponded on March 4, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!!

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  39. DJEN

    Columbus

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool environment, laid back. The food was ok. Would prefer a lighter batter on my fish (fish & chips). It was crunchy but ratio of coating to fish filet was too much. Definitely will return to try other menu items.

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  40. LynneF

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit and enjoyed it. Very nice staff and food was delicious. Homemade tomato soup was especially tasty. Will return for lunch when it’s not too noisy or crowded.

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You can order delivery directly from Culinary Dropout - Tucson using the Order Online button. Culinary Dropout - Tucson also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (520) 203-0934.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson is rated 4.5 stars by 2653 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 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet offered on weekend nights<br />
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • 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
    Jessica Valencia: (520) 203-0938
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