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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

4.4
1475 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1475 people are saying
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PatrickJ
Dubai
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitstaff and the food was great. Both my wife and I agreed that our entrees were some of the best we have had. The whiskey selection was a bit thin, but that is certainly understandable. We would both go again if we were back in the area.

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BeverlyP
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I like the fish tacos. If you like margaritas, don’t bother. You get a tiny glass loaded with ice and about 3 sips.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ok. Great food

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vipluveatingout
Chicago
235 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoy eating at Spotted Donkey. The entrees are very authentic Mexican.

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DrLisaB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent except one of us found a hair in her meal and we had to find our waiter to get the check - he disappeared once our food was served.

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viplill
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening to enjoy outside dining at the Mexican restaurant.

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vipCorimabike56
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome great job everyone

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Carefree. Love the deck. Both the food and service are great


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vipDanielS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Gross. Food was edible.

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PaulaA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner (for 4 )on the outdoor patio. Margaritas, guacamole and nachos to start with a variety of fajitas, salads and shrimp quesadilla for dinner. Everything was wonderful and the service was friendly and efficient. This is a fun spot w/ great food!

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Artie
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere! Our waiter went the extra distance to make our experience special!

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KathyG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant❗️I am, however, my favorite tenderloin dish didn’t make the cut onto their limited COVID menu❗️Are you seeing this Spotted Donkey❓❗️🤗

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AnnaL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious (try the nachos) and the service was great! Servers were attentive and very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so amazing. Everyone was really nice and helpful. The drinks and food came quickly. They checked on us often. The server customized my drink so it was perfect. The food was delicious and filling. I enjoyed this restaurant best during my stay at the Boulders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, waiter peasant. However we ordered drinks and waited about 20 minutes for our food. Eventually the server came over and said our order had been lost and we needed to reorder. Very irritating however, the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Menu was shortened... fajitas were overcooked and dry chicken

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vipCarieI
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were excited to go there because it was my husband's birthday and we'd never been there before but we'll probably never go back. It was kind of hard to find (seemed like the only thing open in a deserted mall). We asked if we could sit outside and they got us a table outside which was great but the food wasn't that great and seemed really over priced. My friend ordered a drink and when she asked for another one, she asked for a double because there was barely anything in it. The waiter told her they would charge her double; I get it but at the same time, a $10+ drink shouldn't only be a couple of sips.
I ordered beef tacos and it was like beef barbacoa; I couldn't even eat them because when I would bite into it, there was so much meat stuck together that I couldn't get through it.
I was bummed because I want to try new places but none of us were impressed with this place.

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franklyspeaking
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful early evening dinner outside patio..

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

meal was great, service was great. All you can ask!

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vipMike
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good happy hour menu. Limited COVID menu. Service could have been more attentive.

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vipsugarrae
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was disappointed with the abbreviated menu. No fried calamari. But the service was just exceptional. It’s a terrific restaurant. Too bad all their wonderful food is not available

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HeidiB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fish and shrimp tacos were absolutely delicious. Frozen house margarita is the best deal of the century.

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CindyC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fajitas!!

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JamesA
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican food matched with excellent service are sure winners for me. I'll definitely return to dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was nice! The food was really good!

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vipKimber
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual. The food and the staff are super. We are never disappointed at The Spotted Donkey!

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SusanM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed Spotted Donkey. Food is great! We were there for happy hour so the prices were good as well. Social distancing was good.

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vipluv2eatGr8food
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fresh ingredients, colorful and delicious. I Always enjoy returning back to this restaurant

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SuzanneL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always delicious food, love the atmosphere, friendly staff.

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vipTomasC
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Mexican food in North Scottsdale and one of our favorites. The Spotted Donkey could benefit from an expanded menu including daily specials.

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MarkB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Ordered chicken enchiladas but received beef enchiladas. Still good. Service was friendly but slow.

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AdamE
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing! Would highly recommend

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MerrileeR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a birthday.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place is covid aware and taking all necessary precautions and more. Food was good and fresh. Very good homemade chips and variety of salsas. Service was friendly and quick. Will definitely return.

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markm
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Normally we love this place but this time chips were stale, and the fajitas were not as good as normal. We were disappointed. Overall still good, but we were used to great in the past.

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vipTomH
Phoenix
63 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And withBest seafood tacos in town

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing and we saw a great sunset from the patio!service was a little slow and restaurant seemed very busy for COVID times.

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vipRoadWarrior
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Party of 4 sat in the bar area, waited on by bartender whose personality was great but she was somewhat overwhelmed with many tables, patrons at bar.
Drinks great (margaritas), Entrees were very good (as usual) all of them, the queso appetizer might has been the worst ever tasted. Lite a velveeta cheese melted with TINY bits of sausage on the bottom. The ladies refused to eat it.
We are regulars, will be back, but will never order that again.

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JackB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife's 50th birthday and was not disappointed. Food was excellent and served promptly.

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Promisekey
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was a little generic and nothing exciting to return for. The sangria arrived in a smaller wine glass instead of a beer glass, so it was smaller than expected.

FAQs

Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort is rated 4.4 stars by 1475 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.