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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
I was honestly disappointed in the fish and chips. Not only was there 0 creativity or originality in the dish it was basically flavorless. My date did enjoy her tacos although I thought that the chipotle was overpowering rendering the slaw useless. I do enjoy the location though.
We had heard good things about Culinary Dropout, but our experience was very mediocre. We were seated almost 30 minutes after our reservation (reservation was at 8:45). We had the pretzel balls with fondue, which were quite good. Our meals didn't come until almost 10:30, so we didn't leave the restaurant until after 11. We waited a long time for food that was good, but not outstanding.
I was really excited to visit. We had a group of 10 people and were celebrating two birthdays. We went on a Saturday night and the restaurant had live music. Unfortunately, the music was so loud, we couldn't carry on a conversation with anyone who wasnt sitting immediately beside us. We asked the manager to turn the volume down and he did, but it was still far to loud for an enjoyable dining experience. All in my group said they would not return.
We have never been disappointed with the food or the service. However, the music was so loud again that it was nearly impossible to carry on a conversation. As much we enjoy the food and service, this Is a very distracting factor which prevents us from going there more frequently
thought the food, price point and service were excellent. the big issue, is we had a 7:30 reservation and it must have been 80 degrees in the restaurant--uncomfortably hot for all. we would have stayed longer, but as soon as we finished our meal we went elsewhere for drinks. we asked the server the minute we stepped foot into the restaurant about the air (or lack thereof) and she said it's always hot and they have issues with their AC. I will never visit again during the hot months as it is the most stifling, hot restaurant I have ever encountered in the valley
Our reservation was available with no waiting This was our third visit there did not hold up to their reputation . Our food was cold on all three orders and the waiter service had anon chalet attitude . The manager did come and removed one of meals and provided us with a free complimentary appetizer coupon with our next visit. Will not returning and disappointment
Happy Hour was great, the shareable and appetizers were out super fast and delicious. We had the house made chips with onion dip and deviled eggs both were totally yummy. The ribs were tender and fall off the bone saucy. Drinks were on the weak side but still good. Service and staff were friendly and prompt.
We were at Culinary Dropout Waterfront Scottsdale to celebrate a 70th Birthday and one in our party was 91 years old. The food was very good; we especially enjoyed the soft pretzels and provolone fondue but found the cheddar pork crackling a little salty. Other favorites were the crispy shrimp Caesar salad and the Korean rib-eye caps. Our waiter, Trey, was very friendly and accommodating. He made our celebration memorable and fun.
I chose this place for my birthday dinner, and while I"m normally happy with my experience there, I was greatly disappointed with the dinner. The live music was so loud, I could not converse with a single person at the dinner table. The music completely overwhelmed the entire restaurant, making it impossible to enjoy dinner or carry on a conversation. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the dinner or time with friends as it was so hard to talk, I spent the majority of the evening shifting around the table trying to get close enough to people to have a conversation. Perhaps in the future turning down the music to reasonable volume might make for a more enjoyable experience.
I had made a reservation and was very disappointed in the table they sat us at. We were put right next to the door, the temperature outside was 107 and every time the door opened we got a blast of hot air. Very uncomfortable! If I didn't have a reservation I can see being seated there but not when I had one.
We travel in the U.S. four times a year. We love restaurants. Steak French dip was best ever and memorable. Honey chicken could have been fryer burned. Too much honey. Overwhelmed the chicken flavor. The place was very loud and difficult to carry on conversation. Band was not playing at the time. Dark with no highlight lighting for contrast. Hard to tell what your date looks like in there. We would eat there again just because we know what to expect. Super service! Great name but we could not see the connection between the name and the food on the menu. What is the gimmick we missed?
We had eaten here several times before but this was the first time we had to wait 20min after our reservation time to he seated, the table AND the chairs were all dirty! We ordered a burger medium done and it showed up raw and the cheese fondue was cold. The service was still good however.
Went to Culinary Dropout for dinner with friends. Food was outstanding. Pretzel fondue hooked all four of us - definitely recommend. Entrees we sampled were Salmon, Fried Chicken, Fish & Chips, and Ravioli. All were very tasty. IMO prices are reasonable for food this good. Host and wait services were prompt, attentive, and friendly. Would recommend outdoor seating if you can; noise level inside is pretty loud, and casual conversation was difficult. Overall, I like this place. Been here before; will be here again.
It was very loud. Server was overwhelmed. It was a struggle to get anything. Everyone's food came out at different times, some food was cold and some was over cooked. Nothing tasted good. It was difficult to get refills or jot coffee. Even the little things were overlooked like someone brought us a desert we ordered for the table with no utensils and all ours were already taken, plus the people running the food had no idea who ordered what. Overall a bad experience. So loud in there you can't even talk. Seems like a great bar for younger kids but bad for groups and families.
5/4 STARS!!! If I could give that rating to this place, I would, because they earned it! After having lunch here for business, my hubby made reservations for a well-needed "date night". He mentioned how good the food had been, but seemed to downplay it by saying it had live music- and the band looked good. Vinyl Station was very good, go see them. The food was fantastic! I would call it "Off the hook comfort food" or "Gourmet comfort food". Since this was my first visit, I listened to suggestions from our server, Trevor. He was attentive, knowledgable, and above all, professional. (I will definitely ask for him on our next visit) Since we were so hungry, we started with appetizers: Yesterday's Soup and the Cheap House salad. Holy canoli !! The broth was full of flavor that was only enhanced by the pork meatballs. The salad was fresh with the buttermilk dressing that didn't fill us up too much before the entree. I had the meatloaf- YES, I said meatloaf! A generous portion was accompanied by mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a reasonable price. I like to think I have excellent cooking skills despite lacking a culinary degree, but my heart was saying, "Girl, this is better than yours." My hubby enjoyed the 36-hour pork ribs with fries and coleslaw. Now, typically hubby and I share entrees when we go out, but this time neither wanted to share, and that is a rarity. We cleaned our plates and had nothing to bring home for our children. AW, too bad! After enjoying cocktails, appetizers and dinner, we couldn't possibly find room for dessert. Most definitely worth second, third and fourth visits- for published review purposes, of course. Next time we will bring our children to enjoy the fabulous offerings of the Culinary Dropout. Sorry, no pictures this time; I was very hungry. Definitely worth a visit, or two!!
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