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Culinary Dropout Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
4.6
2658 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 96 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • 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 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 970-1700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,658 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Hot spot

  • Scottsdale

    Good for groups

  • Scottsdale

    Hot spot

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  1. PA

    PlumwoodAA

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good location; friendly service; would recommend for brunch
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Requested table where we could talk Yes that was honored Waiter Brenden was great but he forgot to put our onion ring order in. With the ribs need wet ones & napkins for sticky fingers. I had to put my fingers in my water glass
  3. S

    Suzanne

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was a busy Friday night, great scene, as per usual. Our server was great! Made our table feel welcome. We enjoyed our time there. A good time with friends.
  4. LP

    LoriP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing from start to finish! The ambience, the waiter and our meal.
  5. AW

    AngieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, great service!!!!!!
  6. DC

    DavidC

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good drinks, good food, nice servers! A very lovely evening out.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 29, 2022AWESOME!! Thank you so much David! We can't wait to have you back again soon!

  7. CP

    ChuckP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    music to loud there, could not talk to new date. nice place
  8. PM

    PeggyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We usually have lunch here. It was our 1st time for dinner. The quality of the food was excellent and all 4 of us had different things from seafood to meat.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 29, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much Peggy! We look forward to having you back soon!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The hostess forgot to read our note attached to the reservation and consequently wasn’t able to sit us where we wanted, however, after accepting the seats offered, the hostess approached our table and informed us she worked around somethings and was able to fulfill our request…Nice touch! Like the vibe (patronize the place offer), servers can get ‘lost’ and the orders they can get wrong (common to happen); value for the portion is a bit tough, drink prices are fair…

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 29, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback and the 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon!

  10. SD

    StaceyD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!! Food & service was excellent!!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 24, 2022AMAZING!! Thank you so much Stacey! We can't wait to have you back again!

  11. CH

    CrystalH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I had the fish and chip it was bland...the bread and cheese plate was amazing and the drink was delicious

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 24, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Crystal! We hope to see you again soon!

  12. LB

    LadyB

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Coulter, our server, was a doll. The food was wonderful. I had the kale salad and the kale was not the least bit bitter. They got rid of their comfy chairs, which is a shame. But our booth was nice and homey. Noise level was fine at lunch.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 26, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  13. GC

    GeorgeC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The only thing that could have made it a 5 star rating overall was that in my opinion the fries weren't cooked enough and were warm at the best and not enough of a portion size...but overall very good.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 24, 2022Thank you so much for the feed George. I will pass that information along to the team. We hope we get to see you again!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Salty, overcooked salmon, cold (not fresh) buttermilk biscuit, and a server that kept coming up behind us to talk to us and serve food from the kitchen pass through walk area. Screaming toddlers topped off the evening.
  15. E

    Eric

    New York Area

    539 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    539 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We decided on lunch for this location and it was outstanding. The feta/tahini dip and nacho starters were absolutely amazing and were quite enough food for a quick lunch bite. The service was top notch and our waiter provided some additional excellent options for breakfast, lunch and dinner which all turned out to be superb, so thank you, but unfortunately I cannot remember his name. He was the best!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 21, 2022Thank you so much Eric! We are thrilled you had such a great experience with us! The Feta Tahini is new to our menu and definitely has become one of my favorites! We look forward to seeing you back soon!

  16. AM

    AM2013

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 19, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  17. CD

    CarolD

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to the servers recommendation, I opted for the butternut squash ravioli. THEY WERE TO DIE FOR!!!! This is a vibrant bar scene place and I enjoyed the live entertainment, but I definitely wouldn't plan for a romantic dinner date here.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 24, 2022Woohoo! Thank you so much Carol! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  18. DW

    DarricW

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited on a Wed night. Very busy. Had to wait a little long on all 3 courses but expected with fullness of restaurant. Server was excellent. Food was amazing. Definitely recommend for adults out on the town. Book reservations!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 21, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much Darric! We can't wait to have you back to see us!

  19. HE

    HunterE

    Salt Lake City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a fun spot to meet up with friends for a fun dining experience in the heart of Scottsdale.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 21, 2022We are so happy you had such a great time with us! Thank you so much!

  20. TM

    TaylorM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our evening at The Culinary Dropout very much. We made reservations at 5 pm to avoid being in a very loud and busy atmosphere and it was the right choice for us. We ordered steak frites, housemade ginger ale for me, Guinness on tap for him, Mississippi Mud for dessert to share and it was wonderful. The food tasted fantastic! Our waitress was very nice and attentive. We noticed the music wasn't as loud as previous visits, and that pleased us very much. My partner only wished their was a larger portion of meat for the steak frites, like at other restaurants we have gone to, but it was moderate portion and absolutely delicious. All in all, we had a great time with great food. Thank you!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 20, 2022Thank you so much Taylor! Earlier dining tends to have more mild music with us having live music on the weekends. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    They had a live musician there playing pop punk music at max volume. The music didn’t match the vibe and you needed to yell at the table to talk because the music was so loud.
  22. C

    Carrie

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Super fun place to get good comfort food

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 22, 2022AMAZING!! Thank you so much Carrie! We look forward to seeing you soon!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    This place is loud, the staff is vacant, the food is meh. Didn’t enjoy our time despite saying we were celebrating a birthday. The server kept wandering off. I got the fried chicken, but the biscuits was cold and there was no butter. When I asked for it, I got cold cubes of butter. If you’re ok with loud music and being unable to talk with others at your table, then go here.
  24. K

    Karen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ellen was amazing! Very attentive with fabulous service. Only problem was our appetizer came out with the meal. At that point we felt rushed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service from Christopher

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 20, 2022Awe...Christopher is definitely one of the best! Thank you so much for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  26. DK

    DianaK

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family loved this place! It was a celebration of our son's engagement and it couldn't have been more fun. We even had a 2 year old with us and it was so easy. The food was excellent. The ambiance was so much fun. And our server, Christopher, was fabulous! He really listened and we all agreed he will go down as one of our best servers anywhere. Next family reunion, no doubt we will go back!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 21, 2022We love this! Christopher is just awesome and always has a way with people! He will love to hear the feedback! We are so happy you had such a great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  27. KF

    KarenF

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Reid was our server and she was very attentive and helpful with meal suggestions. This is the second location we’ve tried and really do like going for dinner. The only drawback is the noise level. It’s hard to have a conversation due to the wood floors but we were given a booth in the far corner which made it better. Great food especially the fried chicken!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much Karen! Reid is awesome and I know they will love to hear the feedback! We look forward to having you back soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Service was poor. It took our waiter 18 minutes to take our drink order. The salad was delivered with out the dressing. No butter with the biscuits. I asked for the salmon to be medium rare. It was well done, very dry and extremely salty. The excessive salt dominated the taste. This is the second bad meal I’ve had here. Last time the fried chicken was over cooked, very dry and tough.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Hostess was extremely rude. We had a reservation for brunch and I couldn’t hear her (the DJ was extremely loud)? I thought she said hold on a minute and was looking for our reservation. So I continued to stand there, a few seconds later she snapped at me “I said it’ll be a few minutes!” If was 25 minutes before we were seated (nearly empty restaurant) and another hour before we got our meal. Tgd music was extr loud for brunch hour on a Sunday abd we saw a few people leave because of it. The food was good and perhaps they were short staffed in the kitchen but it was big z great svoeeifnce,
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience2
    The music was way too loud to have a conversation. Has I known that there was going to be a loud musician performing, I would have taken my date to another restaurant.
  31. S

    Steph

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall we liked it better than Nobu and Mastros and a helluva lot cheaper!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022AWESOME! Thank you so much Steph! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Back of the house appeared to be struggling but the service was friendly and apologetic. We come here often and it seems to be an “off” experience compared to positive ones in the past. We’ll give it one more shot before determining to avoid it in the future.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on a schedule when we came in on a very busy Saturday, but the team was incredibly accommodating and efficient! The server was great, the food was delicious, and we made it to our scheduled spa appointments on time. Wonderful experience, even if we had to rush ourselves a bit.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much for the feedback! We can't wait to have you back again!

  34. d

    douglasw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    food was great, service was excellent, like the menu very much but the noise level in the restaurant was high, couldn't hear across from one another on a four place table.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Doug! We hope to see you again soon!

  35. TD

    TracyD

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and service very good. Would have liked an actual full breakfast/brunch menu. Choices were limited.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Tracy! We hope to see you again soon!

  36. CR

    CrystalR

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The atmosphere was fun and energetic. The food and drinks were delicious.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022AMAZING! Thank you so much Crystal! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  37. O

    Ohmygaa

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So accommodating on food allergies and knowledgeable about the menu. Good portions. Awesome vibe!!

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022AWESOME!! Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We hope to have you back with us soon!

  38. MK

    MichelleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were great. Helped us celebrate a special Occasion.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much Michelle! Can't wait to see you again soon!

  39. SP

    ScottyP

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant, great service, presentation and quality of food. Live music was fantastic. Plan on returning soon

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on November 6, 2022Thank you so much Scotty! We can't wait to have you back again soon!

  40. TH

    TeresaH

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Dinner took nearly 3 hours.....long wait to place drink orders, food orders. etc.

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Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 2658 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 96 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout Waterfront

7135 E Camelback Rd, Ste 125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • 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 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Entertainment

    Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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