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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

4.4
1739 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican / Southwestern
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1739 people are saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KristinW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

We have been to Spotted Donkey many times and have always enjoyed the restaurant. We decided to take our friends for dinner there last night and it was such a disappointment!
Our table was below the AC pipes that dripped continuously on our table and on our guests. The server would periodically mop the pipes above us, only for the dripping to start again and since the restaurant was full we couldn’t move our table.
The service was fairly slow. We were overcharged for chips and salsa. One of our guests got their food 15 min after the other meals, while our dishes got cold.
Sadly, our friends don’t want to dine at the establishment again after the poor performance and we had given such high remarks previously.
It will be awhile before my family will want to return, as well.

JH
JebH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An across-the-board exceptional Mexican cuisine dining experience. From the light chips and amazing salsas to the subtle flavors in the tacos and fajita's, this was Mexican fare taken to another level. In addition, our server was outstanding, making for an overall excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about this restaurant and decided to try it. The ambiance was fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The pork stew was mediocre at best. Never that meal again.

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markm
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love spotted Donkey, food is always great and atmosphere is great.

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vipSueD
Phoenix
122 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dine regularly at Spotted Donkey. It is a local favorite. This time, as usual, the food and service were excellent. I highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and the food was awesome. I had forgotten how much I loved their guacamole.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spotted Donkey is a fun little restaurant with great food, amazing margaritas, and great service. We will keep going back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service friendly staff

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AliB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place to eat with awesome service. We went two nights in a row while staying at the Boulders. Very reasonable prices and high quality food. Everything we tried was excellent!

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JoannaG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the beer battered Mahi Mahi tacos and the burger was delicious! We had churros for dessert that had a yummy caramel dipping sauce. Great ambience too. We ate there as we were staying at the Boulders Resort which is gorgeous and the Spotted Donkey is on the resort property.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always fine.

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viphikers
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was just ok. Service was good, noise level was good, presentation of the food was good but nothing special. the decor looks very tired.

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Susan
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service and food were disappointing!
Scheduled a birthday celebration which staff forgot despite several reminders.
Restaurant only 1/3 full.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything about this place is great… except the noise. It can get loud when they’re busy, but the food makes it more than worth the volume!

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PamT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Have eaten here before…wasn’t up to usual tasty standards. Chopped salad was bland The poppers didn’t come in the usual shot glasses. Our waiter not as attentive and a bit snarky. Everything else was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - we’ll go back.

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vipFoodlover1
San Diego
89 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service.

DH
DHart
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical watered-down for Americans Mexican food. Potent flavors and very delicious. This is a top-shelf Mexican restaurant, for sure. Will repeat!

DB
vipDianeB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chimichanga was great, very crispy outside, would have liked rice and beans with it.

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Jcott
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here 20 years…never disappoints! Thank goodness they have survived when nothing else seems to in El Pedegral

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Andi
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our server was very attentive and gave excellent service; however, the staff who delivered our meals was not friendly, did not bring plates or silverware. Food was good but not excellent. Overall, we were satisfied but some soft music would add to the ambiance on the patio.

JA
vipJoyceA
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service! Food was a little spicy…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service as always!!

EL
vipExpectLongWait
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My meal was Ok, my Wife’s meal was better

No free chips and salsa?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit Phoenix we have a date night at Spotted Donkey, we’ve been doing it for over 10 years

You owe it to yourself to make plans to go there…you won’t regret it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The nachos were EXCELLENT! Service was great. Waiter was very attentive and timely to requests. The drinks were good too! Would definitely recommend.

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ScottH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was good. First time I have had to pay for a Basket of Chips and Salsa and if you get Guac that makes it $19, Had the Fajitas which were fair but did not come with any Beans or Rice.

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vipMIke
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every time we visit Scottsdale. They never disappoint. Everything was great. Eddie our server was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The AC unit was out in the small side room & it was 104 in there. No discount offered, no manager came to apologize. They didn’t try to move us into cooler room.
Food was great but the service meh.

JW
JeffW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was terrific. Service was spot on also. Nice ambiance.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, delicious drinks, impeccable service, accommodating hostess and reasonably priced. Must go

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We dined at the Spotted Donkey 2 weeks ago and had excellent beef tacos and appetizer. Based on this experience we invited another couple and I can only describe the food as marginal. The beef tacos were so salty and without flavor as to be inedible. The simple chip and dip was served with 3/4 of the chips crumbled and unusable. The quesadilla appetizer was tiny and again the chips were shredded. The cheese was tasteless, oily and too liquid. We sent them back and they never returned. My beef fajita turned out be more like a vegetable soup than a beef filler. To my shock there was not a single piece of beef in the entire dish, merely a hand full of thinly sliced pork sausage pieces. Had we not been entertaining guests I would have sent everything back and left. BTW, all this dining pleasure came with a $147.00 tab. I think it's time the Boulders stopped cheapening and down sizing their meals. Flavor is easy, value is easy. We received none of these.. Very poor value. There are much better Mexican restaurants in this town. Choose one of them.

JP
JimP
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have visited many times in the past. Still excellent. Good and efficient service. Food always arrives promptly and HOT. Great place that I recommend.

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vipLisaO
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE the Spotted Donkey!! We ate there 4 nights in a row!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It was happy hour and we were charged regular prices. When we asked about it, we were told we didn’t ask for happy hour menu. We were also charged 20% service fee (gratuity) for having 5 guests. They didn’t work for a tip. No napkins, plates, etc. Very disappointed.

DG
vipDavidG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and fabulous service from Romeo

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and love the ambiance. The prickly pear margaritas are to die for!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This was quite possibly the worst Mexican restaurant dinner I’ve had as of today. The food all tasted like reheated leftovers, and based on their lack of ability to alter the ingredients in a dish - they likely were mostly premade. Even the margaritas were in need of improvement, but when we asked for them to be made a bit sweeter (they tasted like straight lime juice and tequila) we were told by our server that they were premade so she could bring some agave for us to add on our own. That was where we should have just ended our experience, but, unfortunately, we stayed.

I had the carne asada which I had to send back. The meat was mushy and far over cooked for being ordered medium rare. It honestly tasted like spicy dog food. My parents had the fajitas, which one would think would be hard to ruin, and couldn’t alter the “beef and sausage” selection to be only beef since it was already cooked together. Just in case you missed that…our server told us that the fajitas were already cooked and just warmed with the vegetables prior to service. My husband had the enchiladas and was hard pressed to tell the difference between the beef and the carnitas. Carnitas are not supposed to have the taste and texture of pulled pork. I ordered the Chile rellenos as a replacement for the carne asada I sent back and that meal was equally as bad, but I could not bring myself to send back two dinners in one evening.

It is safe to say I cannot understand how people are repeat customers of this restaurant - the food was horrible! Our server was nice, but she was painfully slow. All in all it was an awful experience.

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vipNoDoDu
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Romeo, was superb. Outstanding attention to detail about the food & margaritas! Excellent service- would definitely recommend the Spotted Donkey, ask for Romeo!!

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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 488-3358.

Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort is rated 4.4 stars by 1739 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.