Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort
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.
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Best Mexican Food 2013 | Arizona Foothills Magazine
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Lovely place to eat. Indoors or out.
WE shared a lovely dinner with friends. The food, the setting and the service were all excellent.
Perfect food and service!
Very pleasant experience. Not the best Mexican restaurant, but one of the better ones.
We have eaten here several times and this last time the service was terrible. Waited a while for drinks and water. We had a party of 4. Two party members were served their dinner 25 minutes before the rest of the food came out. The restaurant was not full. Disappointing.
The restaurant had only a few people in it but we had to wait quite awhile for service . The personnel were cleaning up around us and once we finally got our food we did not have much time before the very rude manager came over and told us that the employees wanted to leave and she could not lock the doors until we leave . Our resv was for 8:30 they close at 9 we probably got our food around 8:45 maybe later and then the manager told us to leave . It’s not the first time that we have seen her be very rude to people but it is the first time that we have had her rudeness directed at us .
The waiter was unfriendly and did not bring us anything that we asked for. We ended up asking the person who dropped our food off. The food was mediocre at best.
Unique, comfortable dining... Excellent margaritas, friendly staff
This is once again my "go to" restaurant this season. Every year I return from the East, eager for Mexican food, and this place never disappoints.
Beautiful restaurant, food was delicious, service very good.
It is delicious Mexican food! It is one of my favorite places!
We were excited to try this restaurant, a few different friends had raved about it! We started at the bar while waiting for our table...ordered a Mexican Mule (interesting!) and Margarita. Once we were seated, it took about 10 minutes for a server to come visit us....too long. All was soon forgiven because the food was delicious...we had the posole, pork nachos and a chimichanga - SO good!!! I especially loved the nachos! We had about half of our nachos leftover and our server packed them up for us to go. However, I was super disappointed when I opened up the box the next morning to find someone else’s half eaten dessert...she gave us someone else’s leftovers! Overall, great food but service needs some work.
Our second visit in about 10 days as first visit was so good. And so was the second. It is pricey for Mexican food, but really good menu/food and nice ambience.
Was really disappointed that they completely changed the pork stew. It was a full portion meal previously, it came as a small bowl of broth soup.
Rest of the food was good.
Ventilation is very poor, don’t wear anything you can’t wash right away.
The food was OK, but nothing I would recommend to anyone. Very noisy. More like a bar noise level. You have to talk very loud to be heard. Service was terrible. After sitting at our table for over 15 minutes, we had to track down someone just get our water let alone order our meals. Rarely saw our server. Never check if our drinks needed to be replace or refilled (they did need to be).
I have been to the restaurant on several prior occasions. I have never had such fantastic food and service as I did on Monday night. Cari is an awesome bartender/server and a true asset to your organization. Although I live in Nebraska, I am out there at least annually and you can expect to see me again.
We love The Spotted Donkey. Their gluten-free options are awesome. Our server Derek was excellent. We eat here almost every week. We recommend it for anyone wanting delicious Mexican food.
This is our go to restaurant -always has good food, great service and the prices are reasonable. Give it a try if you haven’t already.
Excellent Mexican cuisine, as well Dominique is an excellent server, a must stop in Scottsdale. Will be back
Food was great. Service was a little slow at first, but it got much better as the evening went on.
We were there for a birthday Az. Service was slow. Ate on the patio had to go in and see the bartender for drinks because the wait staff was too busy chatting to wait on tables
The food is always excellent, but the service was unusually slow that night.
Too loud for normal conversation due to music which we requested be turned down. The staff was happy to do so for us.
Once full of people, very loud. Acoustics poor.
The food has greatly improved from our previous visits. I rate it the best Mexican in the area now. Service also improved. Now our go to Mexican food place.
Always enjoy the visit and will continue to be repeat customers.
My best friend and I had a spa day and stayed the night at the boulders resort. We were recommended by a friend to try the spotted donkey. We had the chips and guacamole to start and it was really good. The chips were seasoned well with a paprika blend. I had the salmon with tostada Which was over-cooked and the sauce was very sweet. I wouldn’t order it again. My friend enjoyed her meal of carne asada. Overall it was nice but we sat outside and waited a long time for service. We had to go inside to find our waiter with the bill so we could leave.
Fun lunch with my daughter
Delicious food and cocktails !
The food was good, the bartender fast and friendly-- our server was just hard to find.... we had to ask another one to find her on three occasions.... we did let the mgr on duty know.
Always good food and service. Love it.
This place really went downhill. Food was cold and service was poor. No accountability from the manager. This place needs help.
Birthday celebration. Food was great, service was a bit sparce and out of several beers ??
As always, Spotted Donkey is a great spot for quality SW food at reasonable prices. Service was a little off this time....perhaps a new server.....but not enough to be a problem.
Way overpriced for food that was not that good. Poor service.
Seating on the patio was great
Pleasant ambiance, quiet enough so you don’t have to talk loud to hear each other speak. Good food. Indoor and outside seating options.
Great dinner but really wonderful service from our host and waitress. One of our favorite places to go
We are visiting from out if town but have been here several times before and had a great experience. This time- bartenders were awesome and food excellent but service was very slow and one dinner was forgotten in our group of 6. No discount or apology by the server. We might re- think our choice for dinner next time.
The hostess and staff were really friendly, making the evening really enjoyable!!
All was good with the notable exception that it took three requests (first two made to busboys) to get a glass of wine for my dinner companion.