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 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (9)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (9)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Pablanos
    gourmetfoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Roasted pork stuffed pablanos is AMAZING; order it and split it with a dining companion so you can try another of the flavor-FULL selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit
    Inthehood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We always visit the Spotted Donkey when we visit Carefree/Scottsdale. Excellent food and service. Margaritas are delish and creative.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the fish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Carne asada was excellent. But fish tacos had the smallest single piece of fish I've ever had on a fish taco. You literally could not taste it will all the other stuff on the taco. Waiter just said maybe it was because they were busy that night
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive, every time
    jonminct
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The main reason I keep returning to this place, each time I am in Arizona, is the food. It's a 45 minute drive from my stay in Tempe, but worth the trip. If you like jalapeño poppers, try the cantina shooters! Served in shot glasses, with a buttercream sauce [though this time the sauce was mayonnaise-y, which is not a good thing since I hate mayo!], they are spicy and filled with melted cheese. My meal, enchiladas, were well seasoned [had 1 pork, 1 beef - make sure you ask for a side of the spicy salsa that the chef makes...suggested by our server, it was smoky and spicy and gave my food that extra kick], and my drink was a margarita [Dulce Calor] made with habanero infused tequila - the perfect combination of sweet & spicy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very impressed with their happy hour prices. The food was great also, as was the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Dining
    CeehVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a very good meal here while staying at The Boulders. Loved the Queso Fundido & chopped salad. Didn't care much for out cocktails. Will stick to beer on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed
    Binkey
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was not up to their usual standards. I hope this was just a one time thing as the food is usually quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I have dine here before and have always enjoyed it . But this time will be the last , Poor service, Blinds on windows broken and very dusty, service was slow and our food choice was a bad decision we ordered Fajitas for two and at most restaurants would be plenty but not here. We had beef and chicken combo but you hardly could fine the meat lots of peppers ,onions, and tomatoes ? ? I never heard of tomatoes in fajitas it looked like they used them to fill up space on plate and 30.00 dollars a rip off for sure Last visit for sure
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  • Very good
    Bigtrain1965
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food and service were very good. Had a very nice time and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The chips were chewy (they were replaced when asked by more crisp chips - but we already had our dinner by then) The meat was bland. The beans were smoked beyond smoked and tasted like an ash tray - horrible! Our waiter had a wrinkled shirt
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  • Happy Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    While staying at the Boulders Resort we found it very convenient to dine at the Spotted Donkey. It was my wifes Birthday and she enjoys good Mexican food. The food was not good it was GREAT and the service and ambiance matched.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cantina
    GGDB
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great food good friendly service, fantastic margaritas
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Nachos!
    Bryce
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Donkey Nachos were a meal unto itself. Lots of chicken and black beans. My wife and I split the enchaladas which were delicious and she had a very fresh and tasty salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were off this time
    FJS2
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to the Spotted Donkey several times and the food has been wonderful, however it was off this time. We took our grandson there for his 20th birthday. The Wait staff couldn't have been nicer, but all three entrees were below standard. The shrimp fajitas were mostly onions, with little shrimp. The crab and shrimp enchiladas were all cream sauce with no discernible meat. the Chili rellenos consisted of a pile of pork, a pile of rice with the two little peppers, shredded and draped all over the piles of pork and rice with salsa thrown over half of it. We won't be going there again anytime soon, even though it is just a walk from our house.
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  • Good ambience
    SilviaeVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food is good but it has an American flare. It's not truly authentic Mexican because they use cheddar and jack cheeses instead of mexican cheeses. The guacamole was great and the Mexican Mule cocktail was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was excellent but the nachos were a meal in itself - next time we'd do the nachos and then maybe share a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Great food! Great service! Highly recommend for those looking for excellent enchiladas. Both the carnitas and chicken were tender. The Barbacoa was too salty for my liking. The Donkey nachos are unique and a must try.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little downhill?
    scottp
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Have always enjoyed the Spotted Donkey, but this time the food didn't seem quite up to their usual standards. It was decent, but not great. Still a favorite place for dinner, though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    LaurieW
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Highly recommend the beef and carnitas enchiladas, but everything at the table was good. Guacamole was simple, which I prefer, and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Went here for dinner. Menu had great variety and interesting dishes which were a twist on mexican food Food was good and presented well Service was good but not overly friendly Good beer selection
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Golfers Welcome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We came in with a group of 30 people after golf (we did have reservations) and our service and food were terrific. Brian the manager worked with everyone. Everything came out in a timely manner and hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spotted Donkey
    LarsVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We found this place on Open Table and it was a Great Find. We recommend it highly to any visiters to the Scottsdale Area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great and fun as always
    SueMVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Very good food with an attentive and knowledgeable staff. They always make great recommendations and we always recommend Spotted Donkey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    wonderful delicious food in a great decorative atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food.
    IAgirl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I were staying at the Boulders Resort and decided to try this place after reading the reviews. We both like spicy food. The nachos hands down were the best we have ever tasted (and my husband considers himself to be a nacho lover). The fish tacos were also very tasty - we tried both the mahi mahi and the shrimp and they were great. The top shelf margarita was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gourmet Twist on Mexican Food
    IM14Fun
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We love going to the Spotted Donkey and are never disappointed. The menu features many of the traditional Mexican favorites, yet with quality ingredients and a twist to the typical. Portions are just right (not Supersized Carb Fest portions). The choices for margaritas always makes it fun. Love the donkey art work!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a reason to return
    Traveye
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A texmex favorite. All three of the diner's felt their food was the best. We will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nom Noms
    NomNoms
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    As my daughter would say, Nom Noms :) Wife's new favorite spot. You had me at the jalapeños sitting in a shot glass of Buttermilk Ranch. Could be the best thing i have ever had!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dining experience
    SadSpottedDonkeyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Spotted Donkey has been one of our favorite dining spots until recently. We wonder if there has been a change in management. The hostess was less than gracious, the service was deplorable and the food was sub-par. We won't be returning.
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  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The waiter was friendly, but the service was lacking. I must not understand how HARD it is to wait tables. The spicy margarita was fabulous, can't remember the name. Had to ask for refills; chips, water, cocktails and asked for the bill. It was crowded so maybe they were under staffed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    weeat
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    great lunch; staff was helpful, friendly! Lunch time was quiet....great for talking....and enjoying the area
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth finding
    MexicanFav
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We love Mexican food and have now been to the Spotted Donkey 3 times. Every time has been good. Fish tacos are excellent. Reservations go quick, so book early.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 454 reviews are from the Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal reviews archive.
  • Delish but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was great but expensive, especially for Mexican. I would have given 5 stars but eating/drinking off the happy hr menu should not cost $175 for 3 kids and 4 adults that didn't eat a real meal
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spotted Donkey spring 2014
    Zapatero
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had been told the food was good and a nice environment but service was not up to speed. We found the food very good the environment was very good and our service was great! The previous folks must have gone on one of those nights??? Can happen to any business. We really enjoyed the entire experience and would highly recommend it anyone visiting the Scottsdale area
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic