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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

4.4
1772 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 1772 people are saying
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vipSueD
Phoenix
132 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We eat at Spotted Donkey regularly and love it. This time though even though it wasn't very crowded the service was a bit off. We were seated in a room off to the side and after an extended period when no one came to fill water glasses or ask us for our drink order we had to go get someone. It also took some time for our order to arrive. Fortunately the food was still delicious but they are usually much more efficient.

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Jayne
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Reservations for 7pm, didn't have a table ready when we got there, had to wait for that. Ordered our food at 730, some of our food came out at 820ish. 2 dishes missing 2 dishes incorrect, not hot. When the first dishes came out we were told by the server that he was just told they were out of chicken.. The 2 dishes missing had chicken. Then one dish came out, and then was told they "scrounged" up chicken for the fajita dish we were still missing, so another 15 minutes later the last dish came out. I get there is a lack of employees but I feel like this was inexcusable. We finally left the restaurant close to 10pm.

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DanielBonanni
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food and the nachos best ever tasted. How do you know good Mexican food no return after eating. Perfect thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very slow and not attentive food was ok

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ea0723
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We adore this place - the food is exceptional and we’ve never been disappointed going there for special occasions or with new guests. We highly recommend this place for any occasion!!!

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Dennisc
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just ok. Nothing special.
Probably won't go back.
Service was sketchy.

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KRuth
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday at Spotted Donkey. The food was delicious, drinks excellent and the service was impeccable. You can enjoy a dinner casually or dressed up for an occasion. It's a special neighborhood gem.

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SharonD
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The donkey nachos never disappoint and I’ve never found better nachos I’ve ordered at least ten different entrees and have never been disappointed. Not your average refried beans & rice place. In fact they don’t have refried beans but have really good beans - forget name - tasty!

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vipnana
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nachos were wonderful…. So tasty
Strawberry sorbet and cream cake was very light

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KellyF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The guacamole recipe is in need of help, they only need garlic, jalapeño, salt and pepper, they have too many other non traditional ingredients. The rice was hard and not really Mexican and the black beans were hard, crusted over as well, as I'm sure they'd been sitting in their little container for a time. HOWEVER, they do accommodate changes, vegan, etc., which is great for me as I don't eat meat, gluten free, non-dairy, so my zucchini enchilada was delicious.

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CharlieF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent choice of margaritas, we'll be back!

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Chuck
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little pricey but thanks so much for your Happy Hour! We'll be back because of that, service, & food.

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KyleB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! José was entertaining!

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vipKarlE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a unique location

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BlueEyes
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was okay, but not great. The restaurant was fairly empty but service was slow. Food order came out incorrect and we had to wait for it to be corrected.

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vipCliftonK
Phoenix
93 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place…food is awesome. Drinks are small and expensive

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vipJulieS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

They appear to be short staffed. Service was very slow and all were very new. The waiter drop a dirty plate for food that splattered all over me and my table. No one came to help clean up until we ask for help even though the manager saw it happen. They sent a bus boy to clean up and he cleanup up the food we were eating on the table. We told him we were still eating, after touching it with his dirty hands he put in back on the table for us to eat. After complaining to the manager our table was moved and fresh food brought out again.

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MerrileeR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter Jose sang a beautiful happy birthday song. Delicious birthday cake too. One of our favorite dining spots.

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DanM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Did not care for Spotted Donkey at all. Very dark in there. The happy hour margaritas were so so sour that I could hardly drink it. Probably covers up them not putting much alcohol in it. My husband got an enchilada and thought it was just ok. I got the Donkey Nachos and all I could taste is salt. They were horrible. I should have complained and ordered something else. Normally we do not have negative things to say, but we really did not like it there.

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vipcoffeelady
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We have dined here many times and loved it. Our waiter was struggling this time, not sure why. Not as attentive as usual

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Jode
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The ambiance was nice, service was very slow for taking order, receiving meal and drink and I received the incorrect meal. They did deduct the meal from our bill, to send it back to correct it would have been too long to wait, my husband would have been done with his meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The margaritas are so good!

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vipFoodforThought
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food and excellent service. We have been here many times and everything on the menu was great. My wife loves the salmon and I love the fajitas.
Sit on the patio if you can. Very relaxing atmosphere.

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AshleyH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food tasted great. Service was slow to deliver our food during a non busy time. Overall enjoyed the experience

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SamO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food! Highly recommended. Have been going for years. It keeps getting better.

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vipChowdown
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this song lace. It keeps getting better and better each time we visit!

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StephanieW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

it's our 1st time dining at Spotted Donkey Cantina. I don't think the food was priced right for what you get! Also, the taste, quality and presentation was a 2/5. Really wasn't happy that a basic chip and salsa dips cost $9! and was never told it's an extra cost? Most mexican restaurants provide that as a complimentary! I don't think we will dine at Spotted Donkey Cantina again. Would rather try other restaurants

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WadeH
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner experience. McKenna was wonderful as our server. The food was exceptionally good. Margaritas were deliciously strong. The decor is perfect. Gotta love them donkeys...A++

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Robbbbb
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Misleading on the resort website that this is a high end restaurant similar to La Hacienda

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vipFoodie
Omaha
40 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing!

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vipHeidiB
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

McKenna was amazing! Wonderful evening with friends and the food was excellent.

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Sherry
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We've been to Spotted Donkey quite a few times and the food never disappoints. The reasons I gave this 4 stars are because the chips and salsa are not free as a restaurant courtesy and because the serving size of guacamole is very small, although it is very good. Also the paper straw does not hold up in the frozen margarita, although I understand the environmental concern. One if my favorite dishes is the shrimp tacos which are always very tasty and full of shrimp. Our friends ordered the enchiladas, one beef and one chicken which I've never had before but will definitely be ordering next time. Delicious! Spotted Donkey is one of our go to places in the area!

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vipHeidiB
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Consistently great service, food, House Margaritas. Love this place!

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vipTJV2000
Tucson
81 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Margarita's with the Double Barrel tequila are worth the price! We have eaten here several times and are never disappointed. The Nachos with the pulled pork are our favorites but there are many dishes equally as good. No bad food here!

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Stultress
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was great but service was very slow. We arrived at 8:00 pm and were seated immediately but it was a full hour before our meal arrived. The guacamole, fajitas and traditional margarita were all great.

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CynthiaM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was a good experience. Nothing stood out about the food or drinks. It was a decent value for the money we spent. If you are in the area, it's worth stopping in to give it a try.

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KristinW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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.

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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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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 1772 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.