Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal
Wish we were closer to come often!The Spotted Donkey excells in blending flavors and ingredients to offer patrons an extraordinary dining experience!
We had stuffed peppers; the roasted pork in them was succulent, tender, juicy and extremely flavorful. The skirt steak tacos we shared were also extremely tender and succulent with bursts of flavor from the grilled steak and the ingredients added to the taco. We would definitely go back and have already recommended Spotted Donkey to people in the Phoenix area!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the Spotted DonkeyDelicious food, authentic fresh ingredients, fun and creative margarita menu, and attentive and prompt service. We have eaten there many times and always include it in our rotation when we have guests. It's always a hit and our guests always ask to go back. What's not to love?!!5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways goodThe food at the Spotted Donkey is consistently good and the atmosphere is very nice. The service was fine overall, but our waitress seemed to have a lot of tables to cover and did not make it back to the table when I wanted to order another margarita. We will certainly dine there again.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMaddictivegreat mexican food. I have try most everything here and its all great Also try the silver coin marg.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMexican with a twistThey have their own signature tequila (which unfortunately they were out of when we visited, the margaritas were good. Excellent appetizers. Unique mexican food. Beautiful sunset on the patio.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a delight!I'm a big fan of the Spotted Donkey and am never disappointed. Great service, great music, great ambiance, great food. Love their quesadillas!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood But Not Excellent This TimeWe have been to Spotted Donkey several times and always considered it a favorite. This time, we were not as thrilled. The chips/salsa included "house fried' corn tortillas which did not appear/taste homemade/fresh. The roasted tomato salsa looked/tasted like ketchup. The flour and corn tortillas, with our entrees, looked/tasted store-bought, and they were neither warm nor homemade. They appeared/tasted like tortillas from a local food store.
On the brighter side, the portions sizes are large and satisfying, and the shrimp signature tacos are consistently excellent. The service was terrific, as is the location of the restaurant and the atmosphere.
Just please give us homemade and fresh chips and flour/corn tortillas! We'll try again!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMYummy Mexican FoodI really enjoyed the chile relleno (stuffed pepper), different than the traditional batter fried rellenos. I liked the fact that it was not deep fried, actually. My husband had the enchiladas and they were delicious, too. Our server was really friendly and attentive.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best place in the CarefreeWe live in the area and have been to the Spotted Donkey many times. Never a time when the food wasn't delicicious and abundant. Not sure how some people can eat there and criticize anything....there isn't a thing we could ever say negative about this place. The variety of the menu alone should please everyone. Plan on taking some home but I can tell you that your leftovers are just as good the next day!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFunWe had a delightful lunch here. Food was good and service was fine. There was a concert going on in the courtyard and there was lots of activity and fun.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMA very Pleasant surpriseThis was our first time dining at the Spotted Donkey and I think we chose it because of the name. However, the food is terrific and our waitress was attentive, pleasant, and efficient. We'll be back.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a great place forThis is a great place for lunch... the food always exceeds our expectations. We went on a Sunday when there was music in the courtyard... so we had the best of both worlds... we sat outside under an umbrella and enjoyed the food and the music. Great onion rings. The food is always fresh and full of flavor.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Mexican foodGreat Mexican food. While a bit on the pricy side the Spotted Donkey provides some outstanding food. We went for lunch and I had the chicken enchaladas which were perfect. Try the combination red and green sauce. My friend had a salad which he stated was large and tasty. They offer a few unique dishes that all looked good. I will definitely return.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMa fun enjoyable place gooda fun enjoyable place good food quiet and great atmosphere4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMy favorite local restaurant.My favorite local restaurant. Especially enjoyable on Carefree Sunday!4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMI am not a great fan of MexicanI am not a great fan of Mexican food, subscribing to the Top Gear view (Brits will know what I am talking about) but the food here is of a different class to anywhere else I have been.
We take friends here when they visit us in Arizona and everyone enjoys it.
The cocktails are great - try the Mezcal Mule which comes in a metal cup with Russian lettering on (I wanted to sneak mine home), the staff are friendly and efficient and this place is always buzzing lunch and dinner.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always bring out of townWe always bring out of town guests, never disappointed.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFood as usual outstanding!!Food as usual outstanding!! Love the atmosphere and the surrounding scenery from the outside patio.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. We ate outside..really fun restaurant3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMSuper fish tacos and guacamole,Super fish tacos and guacamole, only thing missing was the free chips 'n salsa when you arrive (you have to pay for chips 'n salsa or chips 'n guacamole if you want some). This was an immediate turn off as so many other good Mexican restaurants offer chips 'n salsa for free. The margaritas were awesome, really smooth.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Mexican food in CarefreeVery busy on Easter Weekend. Great food and drinks. Good wines by the glass and of course, margaritas. Highly recommend the stuffed chilis.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMVery disappointed in the Fajitas...Very disappointed in the Fajitas...advertised as "Best in the Valley"...VERY GREASY and not enough "condiments" with it...only sour cream and guacamole! :(3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always take company there.We always take company there. Staff is always friendly and informative. And we have never had a complaint re: the food or the margaritas!!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our dinner at SpottedWe enjoyed our dinner at Spotted Donkey very much!! The food was very good and the service was outstanding! I would definately recommend the Spotted Donkey!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love this place. Enjoyable!We love this place. Enjoyable! We try different things and sometimes error for our tastes, but the food is very good. We will return again and again. Wish this restaurant could help with the revival of such a nice shopping area. Would love to have that resource on this end of the city. Sigh.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful meal. Rich flavorsWonderful meal. Rich flavors and a refreshing twist on traditional Mexican food. Great interior and very friendly and attentive staff. Worth the drive from Old Town Scottsdale area!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a low-key dinnerPerfect for a low-key dinner after a day by the pool or on the golf course! Great Mexican food!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe wait staff was very helpfulThe wait staff was very helpful in helping us order. Our party included those who like spicy to very mild choices.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSnowbird's Favorite Place!We love this restaurant. We're snowbirds and each year we head there as fast as possible, once we arrive, for our favorite dishes. The food is unique, consistently good and the atmosphere is fun and festive. A bit small for large groups. A bit close if your kids aren't well behaved. Enjoy it a lot and very much recommend it!!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful evening with friends.Wonderful evening with friends. Each of us delighted with our meal choices. Would definitely come back.2/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOur go to place. Good andOur go to place. Good and very well done food. Creative and yummy. Will return again and again1/3/2013 12:00:00 AM