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About Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Melt into the comfortable chairs at Culinary Dropout where craft beer, games, and live music await. Treat yourself to amped-up appetizers like our Soft Pretzels sprinkled in sea salt and served with a provolone fondue and crowd favorites like our 36-hour pork ribs, or just enjoy the mood with an ice-cold local beer or signature craft cocktail.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Fri + Sat: 11am-Midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Culinary Dropout Waterfront Ratings and Reviews
We arrived about an hour before our reservations and the hostess was able to seat us within 5-10 minutes. They were very accommodating. Once seated our server was awesome and gave us great drink and food recommendations. We really enjoyed the Brussel sprouts appetizer and our drinks. I had the Room Service cocktail which was my favorite item of the night. Our food was just okay. Definitely nothing to write home about even though we order the customer's favorite items including the chicken and the ribs. Others had salmon and salads and weren't impressed either. Overall, a great place to hang out if you are looking for a loud, vibrant atmosphere.
We had a reservation at 7:45 and our party did not get seated until 8:15. This was challenging as my elder mother had no place to really sit while we waited. Our server started out good, but quickly lost our endorsement. After appetizer and drink orders, we barely saw her. She did take our entree orders, but never came back to check on us, ask if we wanted more drinks, water glasses were empty. Our food took a very long time, which was surprising given we didn't get seated until late. Not a mention was made about our late seating or late food. Probably won't go back.
Absolutely would not recommend. We had reservations for 7:45 and were seated at 8:40. The food that came out was terribly prepared and presented, not to mention under-portioned. We received one slice of cheese for a cheese/meat appetizer! Their famous fried chicken was burnt and dry, with no sauce, a beet and goat cheese salad had no goat cheese. The only good thing about this place was the bartender Mac. Having said that we're never going back.
It's really loud. They do have kids options off the menu. Service was very slow. The waitress took our order and then disappeared and since runners bring the food, she was oblivious that we never got things we ordered nor did she seem motivated to figure out what was going on. The manager gave us some items free, plus % off plus a gift card so that was nice.
I booked this 3 hours before we were going and asked for outdoor seating and also mentioned it was for my mother in laws 84th birthday.
When we got there to check in?
"Oh......you want to sit OUTSIDE????? Well...that's going to take much longer since there's many before you."
I asked again how long since my father in law is 87 and wasn't doing so hot and told the front desk people that he wasn't do so well and they told me that it still would be 10-15 minutes and got very annoyed and curt.
My father in law?
Got light headed and weak and my husband headed in annoyed and tried to reason with the hostess gals...but would they reason with a weak 87 year old man and a pleading son? Nope.
Personally? I wanted to leave. The heavily tatted hostess gals turned me off in SO many ways I cannot explain to you. Trashy.
No empathy for elderly, trashy hostess girls, none of the girls working hostess stand seem to know what a bra is, (or the wait staff) and my mother in law? Had her heart set on going here from some darn commercial she heard🙄
I never write reviews. This was a first. I just cannot tell you what a crap place this was (but with such incredible food.)
A tip to the owners?
Get less tarty tatty gals.
I frequent CD often and just love the ambiance, food and the service and host staff are very friendly. The weekend music is top notch and offers a wide variety. The Waterfront location is great for taking a after dinner stroll and sample some of the other club and music scenes!! The only con is the noise level inside the restaurant is very loud, which is why I prefer the outdoor seating.
We were seated outside which was lovely, but directly beneath an overhead speaker witch made it a bit difficult to hear each other. The pretzel/fondu appetizer was outstanding! My sister and I shared the fried chicken dinner (house specialty) it was not only delicious, but was PLENTY for the two of us, with bit left over.
Entrees and appetizers were all good and cooked to perfection. The rainbow trout was dynamite. We also shared a S'Mores dessert. Very good. The prices are moderate and the seating is comfy. All of this along with really excellent A+ service via JD. Seriously though, on the service! The guy was on point.
It was WAY too loud to have dinner conversation. Our server was teetering between intrusively-attentive and rushing us (I was not able to determine his intention and it made me feel rushed and uneasy.)
The food was only fair.
The decor and seating were excellent. I would try it again and hope for an easy-going server, lower music volume and better food. Maybe we just had bad luck.
I was on a vacation with a very special friend and this was our special night out. The minute I walked in I felt comfortable and welcome. Staff was welcoming and knowledgeable. I had the specialty drink "czech the gate" not to sweet and a little spicy. Loved it. Had two. Then the korean style brussel sprouts with an order of the bacon-parmesan grisinni. Also excellent. My main course was the rainbow trout and my friend had the meatloaf. My trout was lovely in presentation with sautéed green beans on top. The green beans were crispy and finished well, the trout was tasty and done to a perfect flakiness. The only bad part, was I was too full and ended up taking half of the trout home. This was a fun place and located in a great place for walking around and exploring shops.
Had a reservation at 8:00, got there at 7:30. 8:15 still waiting, went to front desk, told,
"we haven't even sat the 7:30's yet, we will let you know, keep waiting."
Go sat at our table at 8:30, 1st choice was right next to the loud band, second choice was just "sit outside". It was 40 degrees out with no heaters on. Asked to be put in the dining room.
After waiting, then got a seat in the dining room, seating staff made you feel like you
were an inconvenience for asking what was going on.
Good thing the food was good, we were ready to walk.
I was most annoyed that we waited over 20 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. But when my dollop of $6 pimento cheese was served without crackers or bread, I decided that this third trip is my last. The food is nicely planned, but portions and seasoning are wildly disparate. My beer cheese broccoli soup had very little flavor.
We had high hopes but were let down by the food. The reason we came here was because it was recommended by a few friends.
The items we tried were not as flavorful as they seemed they would be. We tried the French Dip and the 36-hour ribs as our entrees. The French dip was meh but the side salad was delicious. The 36-hour ribs were fall of the bone tender which is good but the sauce wasn't as expected when it came to a jalapeno/molasses glaze. I thought it would of been more of a sweet and spicy flavor. The fries were room temperature and the slaw was not very tasty either. We also tried the pimento cheese which was like cheese-wiz, the cheddar pork cracklings weren't bad (they just tasted like fried pork skins), and the crusty bread was good (it seemed like they used a quality EVOO and Balsamic on it).
When it comes to cocktails, they rock! We had the "room service" which tasted like a strawberry shortcake (YUM!) and the "Smashed Irishman" which was like a mojito with jameson instead of rum (also YUM!).
We would probably come back for happy hour because of the great specials and the cocktails are great.
Great food, although my steak was under cooked. Sent it back and it came back still undercooked. The manager approached me to say he would take it off the bill. I didn't have to ask. Originally seated in gigantic library chairs which were not conducive to eating so they gladly moved us. Made everything right. Highly recommend. Great atmosphere.
the waitress was great!! i wish i could remember her name...tall, blonde. tattoos - a cat of hers that had died? anyway she was very knowledgeable and so friendly and professional and accommodating. she made the experience super great!! food was good---i LOVED the antipasti dishes and ate LOTS of them!! had only tastes of other dishes, tho.
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