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The Spotted Donkey Cantina, Clearwater Beach, FL

The Spotted Donkey Cantina

4.1
4.1
307 Reviews
$31 to $50
Unspecified
Chef Inspired Mexican Cuisine made fresh with simple ingredients. Try our unique Herradura Double Barrel Reposado Tequila made exclusively for the Spotted Donkey Cantina!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Clearwater

  • Cross street

    Street level at the Hilton Clearwater Beach

  • Parking details

    Parking is not included with your meal, public parking is available.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 307 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Healthy

  • Clearwater

    Fit for Foodies

  • Clearwater

    Healthy

  • Clearwater

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. FF

    FineFoodies

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Understaffed, so the wait was really long to receive our table (with reservation). Food took a very long time to receive. Waitress had no opinions on food/drink. Said she “doesn’t eat or drink there”. Food was EXTREMELY salty. Our whole party of 6 had a hard time eating the food is was so salty. Nothing was tasty and we all didn’t feel well after. Horrible all around.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice experience- really good food
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and service! Drew was great!
  4. PC

    PaulC

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Food was tasty. Appetizer came before water and cocktails. Had to ask for silverware and plates after food was delivered. Salad came after main course. Was not busy. Not sure what the problem was.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Mexican faire, inside or outside dining. Guacamole and Fajitas were exceptional. Fast,friendly service.
  6. AC

    AngieC

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate there 2 days in a row . We will return next time we r in town
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food a little expensive for what we got but overall well
  8. e

    estherm

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The food was terrible we had the meat fajitas we asked with no peppers but put all other vegetables the waitress said no problem The fajita came out with little pieces of meat that were burnt and with no vegetables we called the waitress and then she said that all the vegetables are mixed with green peppers she did not tell us this in the very beginning then we sent it back all they did was put in a few pieces of pepper and onions and brought it back it tasted awful we have had better fajitas at Chili’s! We had to continuously ask for water they nickel and dime you for everything we ask for the guacamole with chips asked if that also came with sauce she said no that would be an extra charge usually all Mexican places bring it with sauce and you would have to pay for the guacamole I would not recommend this place if you truly are a Mexican food eater
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, big portions, good service
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, friendly staff
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do not go expecting American Mexican food. Very tasty.
  12. LG

    LizG

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Ate here on my birthday and was disappointed. Food was ok, but service was terrible. Waiter didn't bring me 2 items I asked for. Chocolate cake dessert was very chocolaty!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal at the Spotted Donkey. Guacamole in particular was very tasty
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service and more than gives Rick Bayless a run for his money.
  15. MG

    MediaGuy

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Service is always slow. It took 15 minutes to get two bar drinks. Good quality food.
  16. RD

    RayD

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Interesting menu items. All were great! Would definately return.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time and they were excellent at accomidating our large party. The food was excellent! Definitely reccomend the Roja y Verde Enchiladas!
  18. r

    rebecca

    Orlando

    65 reviews

    2.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food took forever and was cold when finally delivered.
  19. KS

    KristineS

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Ok, so here is how the Spotted Donkey went down. We came here on 4/7 and everything was incredible... food, drink, service were amazing! So we decided to come back on 4/9 at 745pm.... EHHHHHHH Wrong move... we had ordered two apps and one wine and that was all fine since they were dip like apps... we decided to share a burrito and it came to us so cold, how is a burrito cold? It's clearly not made to order. So we returned it to our not really attentive waitress, who didn't even care that our burrito was cold.... she brought another one over that was literally frozen and we said, we are done, we want the bill and want to leave. She didn't even try to rectify the situation or call over a manager... she just wanted us out..... so we paid, my mom paid and tipped her which I was angry about, and then I saw the manager, a sweaty dude in a Hawaiian shirt. I told him what happened and he didn't care at all, what a bizarre group of individuals! so I said, Ok bye, I plan to yelp you. Stay away from this place, stay far away, the food is frozen!!! As a Hilton Honors member, I'm disgusted how we were treated and plan to inform the hilton as well.
  20. F

    Fran

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The prices went up, the portions are much smaller and the overall quality is way down from many prior visits. Will not be back. Do not recommend. Only redeeming quality was the service. I tipped accordingly.
  21. JA

    JohnA

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Recommend you visit this restaurant, we enjoyed it
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff went above and beyond! Food was delicious!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    A blob of cheese on a flour tortilla filled with bone dry chicken is not an enchilada. Horrible food.
  24. LM

    LaurenM

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was the best
  25. MG

    MorningGlory613

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was so so. Glad we didn’t go when it was busy. Food didn’t sit well either.
  26. M

    Mattn

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    It wasn’t the server it was the time it took to get the food our server was very a tenant but it took almost an hour to get three tacos and it wasn’t even that busy But the food was fantastic would try it again
  27. CW

    CindyW

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice place with a festive atmosphere. We went during spring break so of course it’s really busy and fairly loud… But it is a fun place to sit outside and people watch. We had chicken fajitas and the chorizo queso fundido- both were good— like 7/10.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    There was overall confusion from the moment we arrived. We were seated right away and then greeted by someone several minutes later who took our drink and food orders. Then another server introduced himself as our server and we told him someone else had already taken our order. THEN, the hostess told us we should have checked in before seating…and we clarified for her that we did (she was the one who seated us). She then must have checked the name because she came back and said someone with my name was checked in and seated inside. I assured her I was me. LOL The food wasn’t bad…but we had to ask for utensils, never got water or appetizer plates and it was just very unorganized. I’d be more forgiving but it was just ok and too pricey for just an ok meal. We won’t be going back.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our experience was just OK. Our server was great, but they weren’t too busy and dirty tables remained everywhere. Food and mixed cocktails were average….flavor profiles weren’t what we expected from a restaurant of this nature.
  30. PJ

    PJ5225

    Philadelphia

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Second time there!!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were delish and food was excellent.
  32. DM

    DebbieM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    I had the spotted Donkey Salad and the only thing in it was lettuce. Horrible
  33. LS

    LisaS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Server seemed like it was a burden for her to wait on us. Had to wait 6 minutes before she came to the table for drink orders. Place only had 2 other small (2-4) tables and more than enough help. Would not recommend this place in Clearwater, FL
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    poor service
  36. GF

    GreatFoodisLife

    Atlanta

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We were on vacation and this was one of the few lunch restaurants you can make reservations at in Clearwater beach. Restaurant was clean and service was nice but food was tex-mex style and just so-so…I think this place is still bouncing back post COVID.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best meal I have had in a long time. Great service. In and out in less than an hour on Valentine’s Day. Great value. Dinner for two was $100 including drinks and tip.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    While the atmosphere was very nice and the food tasted great, service was extremely slow and the value for the money was not there for me. Example, a pitcher of sangria was filled to the top with ice and no bigger than a yeti insulated cup. I ordered Carne Asada and expected more than just five tiny slices of steak that were the size of tubes of Chapstick. Unfortunately, I won’t be going back or recommending it to anyone else.
  39. n

    nobbyc

    Orlando

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Done here if you like proper Mexican food served with a smile by helpful employees
  40. MC

    MartinC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Appetizers and drinks were outstanding, unfortunately food and service was not.

FAQs

The Spotted Donkey Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 461-3222.

The Spotted Donkey Cantina is rated 4.1 stars by 307 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Spotted Donkey Cantina

400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Street level at the Hilton Clearwater Beach

  • Neighborhood

    Clearwater

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is not included with your meal, public parking is available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Drew Gilbert

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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