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
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.
The service this time was not what we usually experience. We had two servers and they were not attentive to refills, so much so that the hostess was the only one available. We waited a half hour til we saw her again, by that time we had been needing boxes for the food, the check, and drinks. She was nice, just not very attentive at all. Other than that the ambiance is great, decor is stylish. Food is good.
The place is charming with its rustic elegance and everything we had on the menu was fabulous. Pretzels, fried chicken and meatloaf was fantastic. Server was great..upscale ambiance. It was quite loud and the band wasnt even playing but would definitely return
The concept seems a little confused, nothing terribly ground breaking. The menu looks like the reatest hits from other restaurants and culinary pop culture. The service was good, just a little too canned with the talking points. Food came out pretty fast but it was warm and not hot.
Came here for lunch while on vacation after researching through opentable and TripAdvisor. Couldn't resist ordering the fried chicken. YUM!!!!!! Mashed potatoes, gravy, slaw, biscuit! Classic comfort food and they knocked it out of the park. I also ordered one of the craft cocktails on the menu which was deeeeelish! Sat at the bar and the bartender was attentive and informative. Very cool ambience. Definitely will come back next time we're in town.
We love all Fox Restaurant Concepts, but we didn't love this one. The restaurant is super fun/festive, but WAY too loud. We were literally yelling at each other over dinner just to hear each other. They were 25 min late seating us for our reservation. The food was OK, not as good as the other Fox restaurants. Service was great. We liked the live music. Would likely just return for drinks/music, but not dinner and not expecting to have a conversation.
Culinary Dropout was fun place to have lunch with a great friend. Service was outstanding and gave a great feeling of team work as they all worked together to makes sure everyone had what they needed, quickly and were well taken care of. A must for lunch especially if you are at the Waterfront shopping!!
Pretzel balls are the best anywhere! A must try if you like pretzels. Food is very good. Fried chicken is super crispy and yummy! Maragarita type drink was another favorite. We sat outside and it was quite nice. There was live entertainment inside which was very loud, could not converse comfortably over it.
Our group of 6 came directly from the Phoenix Open and the host was extremely accommodating when we had to push our reservation, due to an Uber fiasco. Although it was crazy busy when we arrived, they seated us almost immediately. The food was amazing (as always, the Pretzel Fondue is a must!), and service was good, given how busy they were. This place doesn't disappoint!
We've eaten at other locations before, so I'm providing fair grades in all categories since a rating is required to submit a review. We made this reservation well over a week in advance. I then received a call on the afternoon of the reservation informing me that it was 1st available - inside or outside. When we arrived there seemed to be a number of empty tables inside, but we were told it was a 1.5 hour wait for an inside table. Outside was too cool and windy in spite of their efforts with portable heaters.
Staff very friendly and quick. Food is great. It was not a good place for a group of 9 that wanted to talk because the music is very very loud. They did turn it down for about a half hour for us, but then it went back up to blast level. You have to yell to be heard by a person right across the table from you... forget about talking to anyone 2 seats away. I thought it would be better on a Sunday evening, but it wasn't. Will not return for dinner, maybe lunch.
We were in Scottsdale on vacation and stopped in at Culinary Dropout for dinner one evening. It was an "OK" experience, nothing special. The cheese and bread appetizer was overpriced for the portion. The gorgonzola was very good, the goat cheese not so good. The rainbow trout on my entree was soggy rather than flaky but the accompanying vegetables were cooked well. We skipped dessert and headed elsewhere.
It was noisy and our waitress didn't seem very friendly. It seems she wanted to hurry us to turnover the table quickly. She kept removing plates as others were eating. I reported that when we asked for straws, she put her fingers on everyone into the water glass. Not sanitary.
Our server was spectacular. He was very well-versed on the menu; had recommendations and was able to make suggestions based on a short set of questions...not only for bar items, but for everything on the menu. The chef there remains mostly on the outside looking into his kitchen, which was so much fun to watch. He had that kitchen running really smooth. Fantastic blend of menu selections, but the desserts were lacking. Get a flourless chocolate something on there!! :) I was there with co-workers for a dinner event; too loud to carry on a conversation with anyone that wasn't directly next to you (unless you know how to read lips). Youthful décor made it fun; bar has TVs, so keeps the environment casual. I will be back with my husband to enjoy dinner at the comfy high-back chair tables!
We were seated for dinner (for six) outside on a row of bar high tops (with a reservation). To spend $300+ for dinner and sit outside on bar high tops was disappointing. The service was awful. Our waiter came by no more than 4-5 times over the 2 hour dinner. We waited more than 45 min after ordering our entrees to be served. Will definitely not go back.
Everything was really great except the particular table we were seated at. The food was really good - the deviled eggs - to die for (I ordered a 2nd appetizer of them). Our waitress was super sweet and helpful. The manager came by without us asking to apologize for having to wait for our reservation and gave us a free desert...so really it is a steller place! Just make sure you aren't seated at the entry table if you can help it! :-) It was right at the door and the people who were waiting were right on top of us.
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