About Culinary Dropout Waterfront
Culinary Dropout, our little gastropub "rebel child" breaks all the rules with its uniform-free staff and relaxed, soulful ambiance.
You'll find amped-up pub-type appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, along with a unique Antipasti Menu showcasing delicious and hard-to-find meats, cheeses and vegetables.
Rustic wood flooring and worn, overstuffed leather benches compliment deep purple and green chandeliers and patterned velvet chairs. Melt into the comfortable setting at the Scottsdale Waterfront and enjoy our outdoor patio and live music performed a few nights each week on our mini stage. Culinary Dropout is also a day-drinking and late-night destination with two-thirds of the menu dedicated to beer, wine and some pretty interesting cocktails.
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, Takeout, Wine
Culinary Dropout Waterfront Ratings and Reviews
Overall, I enjoy Culinary Dropout (all l ...
Overall, I enjoy Culinary Dropout (all locations) and generally have a good experience there. However, this night we had terrible service and the food was sub-par. We went because it was restaurant week, & the pre-fix seemed like a good deal for two couples to share a dinner together. Our server seemed distracted and not at all attentive. My friend had to ask 3 times for a coke while waiting for our appetizers. Our salads came within a reasonable about of time, but the pretzels seemed to be forgotten. When we inquired with the server he said "oh let me go grab those for you" with no explanation as to why there was such delay & no apology for it either. 5-10 minutes later another person came over and offered a crudites plate because of the wait & stated "the kitchen is backed up due to restaurant week & they ran out of pretzels". In spite of the wait for the appetizers, dinner came shortly after before we were actually finished, which if you are into the dinning experience, you can understand is very frustrating. The meat was over salted, the chicken was overcooked- we mentioned some of this to the server but didn't feel like waiting for things to be re-made so just tried to enjoy what we could. The server offered no apologies, no manager ever came back over to talk with us, and overall I would just say my experience was not as good as I know it can be. I will still go back there, as I do think the good and atmosphere are good, this just wasn't one of those times.
We made a last minute decision to try Cu ...
We made a last minute decision to try Culinary Dropout for AZ Restaurant week despite mixed reviews on Open Table. We were greeted with a smile & given a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. Our server was helpful, attentive and had a great sense of humor. It was hard to stop eating the pretzel cheese fondue appetizer. The fried chicken was crispy and the meat was moist and flavorful. The ribs were tender with a mild, slightly sweet BBQ sauce. Portions are large, so take half home for another meal, and enjoy the chocolate bourbon pie for dessert! Music was a bit loud so it was hard to have a conversation. There are TVs over the bar, and you can look at the open kitchen on the other side of the restaurant. We were surprised to see so many children, but we dined early. We'll go back for a casual dinner.
We tried the restaurant week menu but al ...
We tried the restaurant week menu but also ordered off the regular menu. We started with the house salad and pretzel bites. House salad was good and pretzel bites were amazing. Fondue cheese served warm with the pretzel balls. Salmon dish had tons of flavor but disappointed in the many bones in my filet. My friend's fried chicken platter was huge and very yummy. Both desserts we had, Caramel custard and chocolate torte were excellent. Ambiance is very interesting and relaxed. We will return.
Not first time there, but first time ins ...
Not first time there, but first time inside. Was disappointing. Music WAY TOO LOUD. Ear Piercing. Food was so-so from a disinterested waiter. I will give them one more shot before recommending people go elsewhere. Too bad. This was a regular bi-weekly stop for our homeowners group.
we went there for the 3 course menu duri ...
we went there for the 3 course menu during restaurant week. We hadn't finished our antipasto which we had as an appetiser when they brought out the entree and had only just finished that when they plonked the desert on the table. We felt like we were being rushed.
It's pretty good. We went on a Saturday ...
It's pretty good. We went on a Saturday night, they were busy, service was hectic, but they were nice and communicated with us. It was borderline loud, but again, Saturday night. I'd go back, the food is good, good drinks, it's a nice place.
I love Culinary Dropout food and atmosph ...
I love Culinary Dropout food and atmosphere. We finally got seated 35 minutes past our reservation time which I was unhappy with since we had to leave by a certain time for a show.
Live music was great, but so loud I couldn't hear the person across from me. Just turn it down a couple notches.
Had dinner here for a girls night out/bi ...
Had dinner here for a girls night out/birthday celebration. Our party of 6 was promptly seated even though we were very early for our reservation. The round table was perfect for our group however the band and music was too loud at times to enjoy conversation. Overall a great dining experience.
Saw Dylan Gardner there Saturday night. ...
Saw Dylan Gardner there Saturday night. Great entertainment! Ribs came out to salty and to our surprise, the kitchen actually tasted them and agreed! That's customer service! Prepared new meal for us with no attitude.
We would go back just to see Dylan Gardner!
Our table hadn't been cleaned well and I ...
Our table hadn't been cleaned well and I had to wipe off a bunch of crumbs after we were seated. The pretzel app came without the tea light and the cheese cooled quickly. Food was okay, but I was expecting it to be better based on reviews.
Went here for my girlfriend's birthday d ...
Went here for my girlfriend's birthday dinner with some friends and it was a great time! The drinks were good and our server was always quick to ask if we needed anything. The pretzels and fondue were beyond amazing. Definitely going to come back to this location!
The restaurant is visually appealing. T ...
The restaurant is visually appealing. There was much thought given to the finishes and seating. The food is delicious. They offer a creative mix of comfort foods for every palette. Service is provided by the team so you are not waiting for your server to show back up. Very good training and delivery of service.
My only feedback would be to better control the noise level in the restaurant. The noise level is so high you need to elevate your voice to an uncomfortable level just to communicate with your dining partner .
If you have dined at other Fox Concept restaurants this will not come as a surprise. Great good and service. Just know you will just be eating and not talking.
Service was very, very good...unfortunat ...
Service was very, very good...unfortunately the food was just okay (except for the pretzel rolls) and ignore trying to get a reservation because it won't help you. We made a reservation a day in advance through Open Table and there were plenty of availability, but when we arrived the "hostess" who couldn't have been more than 16 told us it would be awhile. After 15 minutes we asked what was going on and they asked if we had "checked in" then they told us they would get to us. After another 10 minutes and ready to leave, I gave the MySpace hostess a death glare and then finally we were seated in the bar not a table (40 minutes after our reserved time!) Like Jerry says "You know how to take a reservation you just don't know how to hold the reservation!"
No point in making reservations, as our ...
No point in making reservations, as our reservation wasn't honored. We waited as long as if we just walked in without a reservation. Finally seated, and it was outside, didn't want to sit outside, but tired of waiting, so we did. Sorry we just didn't leave as it was very hot and all the mist system did was wet our clothes and the table and seating. Music VERY loud, like a club, however, this was a restaurant, not a night club. Food was average at best. All in all a terrible experience. This restaurant is all HYPE without any substance. Will never return, and will make sure to dissuade anyone who may consider going there.
Really enjoyed the food and the service. ...
Really enjoyed the food and the service. Staff was great and food was hot and fresh. My only complaint was they had all the doors opened and it was extremely hot inside because of it. When I dine in AZ and it is 110 outside please close the doors and let the AC flow.
Our server was extra special. I wish I h ...
Our server was extra special. I wish I had remembered her name. She was very patient with us. She kept our ice teas coming, and when our party unexpectedly got larger by 3 people, she happily brought over the next table to seat us together. I have been to this location now 4 times, and the food is awesome!
This is a fun spot for diners visiting t ...
This is a fun spot for diners visiting the Scottsdale shopping and dining scene. The menu offers some interesting options for those willing to venture out a bit.
My friend and I split the soft pretzels and dip, and they are served warm and are delicious. We had to stop ourselves from over indulging on the pretzels so that we could enjoy our entrees. Still, there were several pretzels and lots of dip to take home.
I ordered the sweet corn cannelloni, and it was outstanding. I believe the pasta must be made fresh because it was exceptional. The sweet corn filling was in a cream sauce and was also very good. All topped with fresh sautéed tomatoes and more sweet corn. I would order this again in a heartbeat.
My friend ordered the soup of the day, and I honestly can't remember what it was. I think it had green chilies and pork. Whatever it was, she ate every bite and declared it excellent.
The service is very friendly and servers genuinely seem to be interested in your enjoyment of the food and drinks. Having said that, service was pretty laid back, and we had to ask for our drinks a couple of times.
Good value in my opinion. Will definitely visit again.
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