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Culinary Dropout Waterfront, Scottsdale, AZ

Culinary Dropout Waterfront

4.6
4.6
2507 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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Booked 76 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00–22:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat 10:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00–15:00

  • Phone number

    (480) 970-1700

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Justin Heuberger

  • Area

    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 2,507 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. t

    twofoodies

    Phoenix

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The food was good and the service was better. Did not realize beforehand that it is just a bar that serves food. It was a little too dark inside and the music was a little to loud for my taste.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great steak frites and a cocktail. Service was attentive and friendly. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The pretzels and cheese were yummy.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Will be back. Fast and friendly service

  4. M

    Mattman

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Afternoon Delights (Happy Hour) we’re varied and tasty

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place!

  6. F

    Food4life

    Portland

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Overall a good experience! It what I expect from this restaurant.

  7. RS

    RonaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Jason was a wonderful server. He was efficient, patient, knowledgeable, and so nice. Food was delivered timely, and very good.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Culinary Dropout here has always got it right, from when I used to live here to now just coming out for a day trip to see old friends, it’s always a must for a casual great meal! Service is incredible, food is outstanding (do not leave without getting the pretzels and fondue!!) and the drinks are great! Will continue to stop by every time I’m in town!

  9. JS

    JenniferS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience

  10. EC

    EricaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    Our server Erica was awesome! Super friendly, the atmosphere was fun but the food was not great. The guest “favorite” fried chicken was dry and lacking flavor. The biscuits were also hard and seemed stale, my kids tried to dip in extra gravy but the gravy had an odd taste to it. Of the 3 people who ordered the fried chicken, none of them could eat it.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere there was great. Calm and positive I got from eating there. The waitress was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and was really nice and helpful. I would come back and would recommend family and friends to come here.

  12. MW

    MichelleW

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3

    Been here twice. Food was subpar at best. No imagination to speak of and/or poor execution. They had a live singer for brunch, she was good, but volume was very loud. Service was excellent, very charismatic and efficient! I would only go back if I wanted drinks and appetizers. No dinners or lunches wasted here again in the future.

  13. KW

    KarronW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was absolutely delicious!! I would love to go back!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very fun upbeat environment!! Service was great! Food was delicious!

  15. C

    Crandogg

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An old town staple and a testiment to the timelessness of the FRC brand.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there to celebrate my daughter’s 26th birthday. Had the BEST waitress! Food was amazing, M.A.C Burger was awesome! Great atmosphere and would highly recommend this place to anyone!!

  17. CO

    COBC

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, steak frites were awesome.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on 7 June 2022

    Thank you! Hope to see you again soon!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service and atmosphere was top notch! Our waiter “Coleman” was very polite, friendly and professional.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on 1 June 2022

    We appreciate your feedback, Coleman is one of our veterans here and we are so happy that you had a great experience with him!

  19. EC

    ECG3

    Mississippi

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Waiter with spot on recommendations. The bruschetta with the grilled avocado and Mexican street corn was a delicious surprise. The butternut squash cannoli was the hit of all the lunch entrées. We will definitely be back next time we are in Scottsdale

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on 1 June 2022

    Thank you so much! Look forward to seeing you!

  20. NH

    NancyH

    Detroit

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and good service.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on 1 June 2022

    Thanks! Can't wait to see you again!

  21. SD

    SonjaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. Service was great. Would definitely come here again.

    Culinary Dropout WaterfrontResponded on 1 June 2022

    Thanks! Can't wait to see you again!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Steak was charred too much

  23. AH

    AshleyH

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Amazing pretzels bites and fondue! We took some time to decide what we wanted but because of that, it was like our waiter forgot us. Kale and strawberry salad was a 1/10; maybe 3/4 of an entire strawberry and all kale, none of the other ingredients came in it that were listed. Fried chicken was similar to that of KFC- good but not worth the price point.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was nice and the food was great!

  25. CN

    ChristieN

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    We love coming coming here. The drinks are good the location and the vibes are good. Staff is super friendly. The charcuterie board you can build yourself is so good. The nachos are good and so are the wings…I’m not a fan of the entrees though. There isn’t really anything on there that I go for. I usually just eat appetizers.

  26. VS

    VSandBL

    Denver

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Met another couple here for dinner early on a Saturday evening, and it was a loud noisy experience. The room has a high ceiling and hard floors and sound reverberates all over the place not to mention the loud music. We asked for a quiet table and the host staff did their best with this, but it was virtually impossible to have a reasonable conversation during our meal. Our server was very nice and attentive, and the food came out quickly. She came back to check on us from time to time and was not intrusive. The food was tasty, but nothing amazing or memorable. I think overall this is more of a drinking place and a happy hour type place and a 'young and hip crowd' place - example we saw at least four bachelorette parties at various tables - seemed more like a place for the 'young and hip' folks to 'see and be seen.'

  27. CC

    CottonCandy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Salmon was good but the French dip was not good at all, waste of money.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Best friends birthday

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent overall. Really good food. Definitely try the fried chicken!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3

    Sat at the bar first, the bartender while not chatty with me(I’m old) was very good attentive& knew his drinks..dinner was slow, food was mediocre mash potato’s were cold..I had the meatloaf…great venue..just overloaded the waitress with tables so it took too long to get our dinner as she was too busy with other tables..it’s a good place for large groups, the bench seating is good But it gets very loud the later you get into the evening

  31. MK

    MarkK

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Service was good, food not so much. Might have been better had it not come out at room temperature. Ambiance and decor was fun.

  32. NP

    NancyP

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience all around! The staff is friendly, the food and drinks tasty, and the ambiance is fun as well!

  33. DG

    DasaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience, great service, great food! I would most certainly return.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    We have been to many culinary dropouts and this was the worst experience we have had with friends in town. We normally go to the quarters or Gilbert location and decided to try this one. We had reservations and got an awful table. The most disappointing part was our food I received the wrong burger with 10 fries on my plate. My husband‘s nachos came out ice cold I ordered an extra side of fries because I didn’t have barely any on my plate and a single side of fries took 30 min AFTER my meal came. Overall it just wasn’t a wonderful experience and the food was the worst that we have ever received while at a culinary dropout. Extremely disappointing and embarrassing when we have guest in town

  35. a

    anonymous

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1

    Menu is really just bar food. Perhaps just go for the cocktails? Acoustic musician played waaaaay too loud. Music volume consistent with. Live concert. We had to eat outside because of the music level and even then it I was too loud. Will not be returning.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server, Kylie, was great! During the busy dinner hours she made us feel as though we were her only customers.

  37. M

    Meghanlys

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I was really looking forward to this reservation. Definitely make a reservation, this place is POPULAR! They honored my request for a patio table, which was good because inside was LOUD. Service was good and quick, the food and drinks came quickly, the flank steak was TO DIE for. Overall, it was an amazing experience.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Didn’t get to eat for our reservation, but still giving 5 stars. That’s bc in the middle of them having a major kitchen fire- the manager still called to cancel from her personal cell phone, in the midst of chaos. Will make sure to try when I’m back in town. And hope everything with the restaurant and staff are safe!

  39. CO

    CarieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time and our server was awesome! Drinks were great and the food was amazing!

  40. CS

    CaroleS

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for lunch with friends

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Culinary Dropout Waterfront is rated 4.6 stars by 2507 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 76 times today
Google Map for Culinary Dropout Waterfront

7135 E Camelback Rd, Ste 125 Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Additional information

  • Area

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00–22:00 Fri 11:00–00:00 Sat 10:00–00:00 Sun 10:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00–15:00

  • 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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