Culinary Dropout - Tucson

4.5
1855 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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kat1
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great I’m headed back tomorrow!!! What San amazing place to gather drink and eat! Try it- you’ll love it too!

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Jaydine
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Was very excited to try somewhere new. Unfortunately will not be back. Cold food, our waitress was slow, dis not have a great table side manner, her service was poor. She could not get away from our table quick enough, like she did not want to be there. We had to ask for multiple refills and then we’re forgotten about when it came to those refills.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the hype. I went in expected to be disappointed (I often am by the popular, hip restaurants), but CD delivered with high quality food. Everything we ordered was delicious. I'm looking forward to planning another visit soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun to watch a game, great food and fun games!

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vipagbcpa
Baltimore
93 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over all good but the food could have been hotter when it came out. They were so busy and the waiter was running around we just ate it as it was

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded 3 days ago

Dear valued guest, Thank you for your feedback. We deeply apologize about your recent visit to Culinary Dropout. Food is an essential pillar for our guest's experience. We failed to meet our high standards and most importantly yours. We hope you can give us another chance to prove our dedication to making things right. sincerely, Zack Baum General Manager | CDO Tucson

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vipsimonc
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow but the food was good a bit expensive for what you get.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Simon, Thank you for your valued feedback. We sincerely apologize about your recent service experience. This is unlike Culinary Dropout as we are ambassadors of great hospitality, every time. We failed to achieve our high standards, and most importantly yours. Please join us again so that we may prove our dedication to guest satisfaction. kindest regards, Zack Baum General Manager | CDO Tucson

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vipRobertC
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food is terrific. The service iffy. I would blame it on the pandemic but it's always seemed that way. Very congenial staff but seem overworked and things are pretty slow. Also, I'm an old coot and I don't find the atmosphere comfortable. I repeat, the food is terrific and that's what brings me back.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Robert, Thank you for your valued feedback. We sincerely apologize about your recent lapse in service. This is unlike Culinary Dropout as we are ambassadors of great hospitality, every time. We failed to achieve our high standards, and most importantly yours. Please join us again so that we may prove our dedication to a better service experience. Kindly, Zack Baum General Manager | CDO Tucson

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RicknNeen
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation and we were started immediately. Food were good and the staffs were kind and nice. Make sure you get the dessert monkey breads. They are so delicious!

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jeeves
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and great service
we enjoyed the ribs and korean skirt steak was excellent

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NatashaKnowsFood
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great, modern location for both fine dining as well as casual. The food is consistently good. A definite must try if you've never been. I've had the onion rings, butternut squash lasagna, Korean steak, and fish and chips- all delicious

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WillC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was amazing, the food was great and staff was very accommodating. There was a party next to where we were eating and they were what brought the experience down but take that away and everything was 10/10.

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LillyB
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday was great!! We all had a great time

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JESSENIAV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our kids had a blast playing and overall everything was great! Thank you

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vipBiztravelfoodie
Seattle
127 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to watch sports or (based on observing crowd)… get a group of friends together for food and drinks. Casual, can be a bit noisy. Patio area heated with lots of Screens, foosball, ping pong, corn hole, even gas fire tables. Food is good for price paid. Ribs really really good! Good concept for a bit more than your typical fast casual restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Great place, just wish the service was better. Had to eat my food with my own hands

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on January 18, 2022

Dear valued guest, Thank you for your feedback. We sincerely apologize about your recent experience at Culinary Dropout. We pride ourselves on great hospitality and we failed to meet our high standards and most importantly yours. This occurrence is NOT typical and we would love the opportunity to make things right. I will be sending a private message with my contact details so we may welcome you back soon. Kindest regards, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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PaulJ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual! Great food and awesome atmosphere. If you haven't checked it out yet, get over there.

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vipJimmyZ
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to restaurant for good tasting solid food and great atmosphere. Would recommend reservations on weekends. Only recurring disappointing dish is the soup. I've ordered it twice and both times it has been luke warm. Everything else has been good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was quick and tasty. Forgot what a fun place this is

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WayneP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food5service4ambience3

It was cold until the heater was turned on. Not the atmosphere I was expecting. Good was very good.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on January 11, 2022

Hello Wayne, Thank you for your valued feedback. I want to apologize about your recent visit at Culinary Dropout. We take hospitality very serious and it seems we failed to meet our, and most importantly your expectations. Please allow us another opportunity to WOW you, and have you leave with a much better experience. Kindest regards, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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vipGeorgeK
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t dine there. The music blew out the speakers in my hearing aids (almost) and the “outdoor” area was really indoors. Sorry to say that this is not a place for a mature person who’s trying to avoid catching Covid-19 would want to patronize.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hello George, We deeply apologize about your recent visit to Culinary Dropout. We support local artists and promote live music as part of our dining experience Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. We have a large covered patio (with heaters, firepits and yard games) and our smaller front patio (completely outdoors) available for outdoor seating. We are happy to accommodate new seating arrangements away from the live music and outdoors if requested. kindly, Zack Assistant General Manager | CDO

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GinnyR
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Sat on the patio in the couch/fire pit section. The waitstaff was attentive and very good. Played ping pong, which is always fun.

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KelleyB
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not particularly busy in a Wednesday evening. Short wait for a reserved table but not bad. Service was good, food was good, cocktails are a bit overwrought.

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JulieP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Ribs were tasty but not hot, fish and chips- excellent! The wine list needs work. Definitely not a wine place. If you want a drink, order a beer or cocktail.

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vipSTACIB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience4

It was too loud. Couldn’t hear people at my table, this was due to the music

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hello Staci, We deeply apologize about your recent visit to Culinary Dropout. We support local artists and promote live music as part of our dining experience Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Here at Culinary Dropout we believe in great hospitality every time, we are happy to accommodate new seating arrangements away from the live music. We would love to welcome you back for a better experience! Kindly, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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JeriD
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very happy with the overall visit, we always love bringing family or friends to Culinary Dropout for the first time. Last night's server was Korney, what a friendly kid, always checking on us. Knew it was my husband's birthday and brought enough spoons for

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good I’m a regular

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

We spent new years’s eve there, and had our desert during the countdown. Music was a bit too loud more like a club. It was a fun place.

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JulieF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service on New Year’s Eve! DJ was a nice touch. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun, glad we went.

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JanetO
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The service was terrible. The food took a long time. We hardly saw the server, the chairs are uncomfortable and awkward especially if you want to hang your purse. We asked several people to send over the server and she came only to bring the bill way after we finished eating. My daughter got the fish and chips and there was no lemon with it. She had to eat it like that as the server never came back yo ask if we needed anything. Our water was never refilled. I was disappointed

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on December 29, 2021

Hello Janet, We deeply apologize about your recent experience at Culinary Dropout. The service you received was unacceptable and NOT our standards we coach and teach at all fox restaurants. Please know this is not a normal occurrence, and steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again. We teach great hospitality every time, and we would love to welcome you back to prove it. Sincerely, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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SuzanneJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

They were out of anything with steak. Their garlic bread was different bread and not seasoned well and hardly any balsamic on it. The Pub burger was not done enough and the bun was soggy. We have eaten there 4 other times and it was very good. Possibly it was because it was shortly after Christmas.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on December 29, 2021

Hello Suzanne, Thank you for your feedback. First and foremost we want to apologize about the recent experience you had at Culinary Dropout. Please know that we care and value the guest experience more than anything. We are constantly working with, and actively changing distributors to ensure supply chains are reliable during these evolving times. We would love to welcome you back to ensure you leave with a much better impression. Warmly, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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WilliamN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Out of onion rings, lasagna, wine I ordered. Beef dip sandwich had too thick and soft bun and not enough meat. Need french bread type bun. Small amount of fries on plate with it. Chicken was overcooked. White meat dry, but was tasty.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on December 29, 2021

Hello William, Thank you for your valued feedback. We apologize about the recent experience you had at Culinary Dropout. Please know that we care and value the guest experience more than anything. We are constantly working with, and actively changing distributors to ensure supply chains are reliable during these evolving times. We would love to welcome you back to prove our dedication to great hospitality.

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vipJimT
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

small but diverse menu - food was excellent - loud enough that it was problematic at times to hear the conversation across the table

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HilaryL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A great place for fun games and good food. Lively atmosphere

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vipJenniferL
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun venue with great food and drinks. Culinary Dropout is a must visit spot in Tucson. A full evening out - with games, TVs, large group tables, and dog friendly all in a hip outdoor warehouse setting. Check it out - you'll be glad you did!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious! Prices were very reasonable and the kids loved playing corn hole and ping pong. Such a fun, casual and cool atmosphere. Will definitely return!

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hollywood
Tucson
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

good food but first two items we tried to order they were out of. They should tell you beforehand.
Coleslaw yucky. Steak very good. Chicken very good. Arugala lettuce yuck...not good as side dish.

Culinary Dropout - Tucson
Responded on December 29, 2021

Hello Hollywood, Thank you for your valued feedback! Please know that we care and value the guest experience more than anything. We are constantly working with, and actively changing distributors to ensure supply chains are reliable during these evolving times. Please know steps have been taken to ensure items that are not in store are clearly communicated with the guests as soon as possible. We would love to have you back! Warmly, Zack Baum Assistant General Manager | CDO Tucson

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AbbyS
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server (s) were wonderful! made great conversation and made sure we had everything we could possibly need.

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ClimbAZ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday. The seating accommodations were excellent. Wonderful service by Christian.

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Julie
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I brought a friend for dinner who had never eaten there and she absolutely loved it and now plans to bring her husband. Our food was delicious (she raved about the deviled eggs) and our service was outstanding. Christian was our server and I can’t say enough about him. Extremely personable, professional and he made sure we had a FUN evening! Will be back!

FAQs

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

Culinary Dropout - Tucson is rated 4.5 stars by 1855 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.