Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal
Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal
  • Address:
    34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite G2
    Scottsdale, AZ 85262
    Neighborhood:
    Scottsdale
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spotteddonkeycantinaelpedregal.com/
  • Phone: 4804883358
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9pm
    Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Estebon Colon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for more details about private event dining.
  • Special Events: Coming Soon!

    Cinco de Mayo Festival @ el Pedregal
    2nd Annual Arizona Micro Brewery Series Dinner Summer 2013

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carefree Hwy
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal
Fresh, lively and energetic, the Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal is a Scottsdale original. Offering the best drinks, unique food and a festive atmosphere are quickly earning Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal a reputation as the place to dine in North Scottsdale.

The restaurant's North Scottsdale location provides a fabulous backdrop of 12-million-year-old rock formations and you can catch the Arizona sky creating a stunning atmosphere on our large outdoor patio.

Best Happy Hour 2012 | AZ Centrals Readers Choice Awards
Best Mexican Food 2013 | Arizona Foothills Magazine
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Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (25)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (15)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)special occasion (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)romantic (3)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Great food and service
    needgoodfood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a great night at the Spotted Donkey and would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local spot
    MBvF
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Although this restaurant gets good reviews locally we were not impressed. Our drinks were served without the use of a tray, the man's hands practically on the lips of the glasses. One enchalada was served with the meat inside cold. Perhaps they forgot to microwave it enough. In the end the party next to us was so loud we couldn't have a conversation and left.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outdoor patio great
    daveVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    good menu mix of Mexican and American food, great little patio with nice views, and the best wait staff in the area. thoroughly enjoyed our early dinner in the mountains.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    ZekePicks2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Funky, fun restaurant with satisfactory food and great drinks. The wait staff is young and with it. Great find
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Donkey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I love everything about this place: the food, service, decor, indoor and outdoor seating, music, ambiance. . . . When I want to relax and enjoy a great dining experience, I go to the Spotted Donkey. It's also a great place to take visiting friends and relatives.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    LJF42
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The Spotted Donkey was taken over by the Boulders Resort. There is a great bar which is a fun place to sit if you are prepared to wait. The bar staff here are great, and will make you the best margarita you have ever had. The Patio has wonderful views of the desert and city lights. The wait staff are very good and they try to accommodate various food allergies. My order of Shrimp Tacos on corn tortillas came out on flour tortillas, so I had to send it back. It reappeared with only half of the shrimp. The Carne Asada was very tough and over marinated. So two out of four meals were very disappointing. We will try again, as it is close to home and a fun place to eat.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Despite having booked a reservation ahead of time we had to wait 25 min. for our table and then the service was the worst I have ever had there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DBJBVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Very good "real" Mexican food and chili (we are from New Mexico)!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic southwestern/mexician
    Tutah
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Fantastic southwestern/mexician food. Great ambiance and plenty of great tequila to choose from. Very reasonable priced . Service was great. We stop here at least once every year we come to AZ. Highly Recommend !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service!
    Brian
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I would say the location, quality of food and ambience were all very good. The annoying part of our experience is that the service was quite bad (and I'm low maintenance) and the policy is to add an automatic 20% tip on parties greater than 4!! Not happy about that, especially since the food is quite expensive. (most expensive Mexican food I've ever had)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10's a Magic Number
    judiecVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Had to give this experience an "outstanding" -- ten guests at one table! Orders taken promptly, orders served promptly, no request denied. An exceptional experience of what a restaurant should be, especially with such a large party.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great. Some of the
    Brokentop
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    It was great. Some of the best Mexican food we've ever had. It was so good we went 2nights in a row to try other menu items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great.
    Brokentop
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    It was so good we went 2nights in a row! I wrote a long review after the 2nd night. Please see that
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Move along
    FamofFour
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We dined at the Spotted Donkey Cantina and walked away disappointed. The wait staff we had seemed disinterested and was almost rude to customers. The service was also a little slow. The restaurant was busy and people had to be turned away without a reservation, so if you do want to go, plan ahead. When the food arrived it was well presented and looked appealing. Although after eating (El Grande Chimichanga) it was bland and disappointing. The guacamole was very good though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for adults and children
    Mike
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Broad choice of Southwest cuisine; including super appetizers such as the calamari.Tasty margaritas. Creative presentation of food and ample servings. Service was prompt and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up-scale Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Four of us had lunch on their lovely little patio on the second level of El Pedregal. One person had Taco soup and said it was delicious. I had the Fish Taco's and enjoyed them immensely. I forget what the other two had, but I do know we all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    berrygal
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We love this restaurant; the food is fabulous, the drinks are tasty, and the guacamole is the Bomb! We've taken friends, kids, and grandkids to this restaurant and everyone always finds something yummy to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    AnnF
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The food was great with wonderful flavors. A hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended by our hotel,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Recommended by our hotel, The Boulders. Service was slow and the restaurant wasn't very busy. No water refills after asking and food came out too fast...didn't taste fresh. Told hotel concierge to reconsider recommending guests.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • usually give a 4 star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    5 minutes late gave away our table... seated us but didn't assign a server so we sat unattended for a bit... manager comped us drinks and chips. Been here many times... first time I thought service was not quite right.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food - Great View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Spotted Donkey is a hidden diamond in the rough. If you can find it it will be worth the search! Excellent Mexican food done nicely and just a little different. Not a chance you will regret this choice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot the Donkey
    Luvthedonkey2
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    What a fun place. Great decor, attentive staff, and most of all great food. A short walk from our Casita in The Boulders Resort led us to the Spotted Donkey Cantina. Our table was ready at our reservation time and we were seated immediately. The staff was very attentive to our needs and very welcoming. The margaritas and quesadillas were outstanding. I had the house special with pork steak over their own mac & cheese blend which was wonderful. The kids loved the experience too. A bit on the pricey side but still a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican foodie delight
    CowpokeVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This is our favorite Mexican food restaurant, and judging by the attendance, many others feel the same way. It is not the classic american/tex/mex menu, but with creative menu choices. The outside patio is the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a second visit to
    TheDLFIVE
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This is a second visit to the Spotted Donkey. Service was great and the dinner was wonderful
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remembered.
    15clarest
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Not as good as I remembered. Menu could use some work. We brought guests there from out of town and they were not impressed with the food. My husband loved his (stuffed pepper) so it may depend on what your order. Server was great and always like the ambiance. I usually go for brunch or lunch and sit outside. I think I will stick to that plan. It seems to work out better for us than the dinner did.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service!
    suzz
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We have been to Spotted Donkey many times. Food is excellent. But, due to their popularity, things have changed. For example, they used to prepare their signature salad at table-side; now they don't. Their Margarita used to be $10; now it's $12. And......the service at the Donkey was a complete disaster on our last visit. Why? 1. Salad/entree were served at the same time? Server was nowhere to be found? 2 No ground pepper offered for salad? 3. Friends dinner served 10 minutes later than ours. Server stated it was coming and acted as if was no big deal? , 4. Asked if the Chocolate Cake dessert was enough for two? Was told cake was a very thin slice; yet cake much larger then described. All and all, NOT a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Cheryl
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The Food was fantastic........ the noise level: LOUD LOUD LOUD.... OFF THE CHARTS!!!!! We had an individual in our group that is undergoing cancer treatments and cannot have very spicy food..... when she asked the waiter if one of the dishes was very spicy... his response was: "We're a mexican restaurant...... everythings spicy. I think he was a bit calous .... bordering rude with his response. He appeared to be annoyed with questions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We have dined at Spotted Donkey many times, and we find it consistently enjoyable. This visit was a bit confusing as they have changed their menu, and so it was difficult to find our "old favorites." However, the service was still terrific as was the food. We just hope that they put the Signature Shrimp Tacos back on the menu!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice southwestern food
    DiningProVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Service very good with prompt attention soon after we were seated. Food choices very good. Meals were very good with large portions. Sat inside but there is outside seating. Ambience was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Six shooter jalepeno poppers
    JalapenoVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Best jalepeno poppers ever arrived in shot glasses with buttermilk ranch bacon dressing. Had to stop myself from eating all 6 so I could dive into the amazing pork and short rib enchiladas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Aucki
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Got the fish tacos (grilled). It was hard to find the fish - very small portions. The sauce tasted like mayonnaise. Not impressed. my companion was disappointed in his small portion, but the flavor was fine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great twist on the mexican food men
    JacobNM
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My wife and I came here (from out of town) 6 years ago and made it a point to revisit this restaurant. The second experience was even better than the first. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were very pleased with
    KimMT
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We were very pleased with our food and our service at the Spotted Donkey. The special enchiladas were a hit and so were the special margaritas. We would recommend and come back here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phe-no-men-al!!!
    CoryT1981
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I love this restaurant! The ambiance is tremendous and the house margarita is the best in town. I've had almost everything on the menu. I highly recommend the meatloaf, Mac n cheese, and chimichanga. The fajitas are good but this last time not the best. Service is always top notch. Again, I love this place!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and low quality
    Disspointed
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    disappointed in the quality of the food,very ordinary with high end price. the service hurried. told not to expect any free chips or nachos .thought it was condescending to say that even before we looked at the menu. Visiting from Asia,I was attracted to the sambal salmon which waiter said was one of their signature dishes. sambal is a chili paste that is popular in asia. what arrived was plain grilled salmon with bottled sweet chili sauce over diced vegetables. my friends' dishes were also of similar caliber,very disappointing. only thing going for it is the fact that it is one of two restaurants near the Boulders resort in Carefree. I would recommend making the effort to drive a little further for good food, price and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place was extremely loud
    yummy
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The place was extremely loud but the good and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    BeebesVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Can't stop there with out having their homemade nachos and shrimp skewers for appetizers, so end up splitting a fish taco entree, which was amazing also. Best margaritas in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasant evening out
    Aucki
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I return here a couple of times a year. Upscale Mexican with a slight lean toward New Mexican style. This trip I tried the January Special (Lamb & Goat Cheese enchilada) in Mole sauce. It was different and good. They will accommodate your request for grilled fish in the fish tacos. You have to pay for chips and salsa (3 kinds included). Good selection of Margaritas. Suggest reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    HojoVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Great food and margaritas! Always fresh. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Edward
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    One of the things I like most about this restaurant is the atmosphere. Nice outdoor dining area and lovely southwest decor inside. We requested a quiet table and were seated in the smaller room to the left of the bar. Although this room was not quite as atmospheric as the main dining room, it was certainly very nice. Food was good and service was excellent. Although the restaurant was crowded we did not feel rushed. The menu choices were excellent............something to appeal to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.