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About Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

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

34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite G2
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Carefree Hwy

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 488-3358

Website:
http://www.spotteddonkeycantinaelpedregal.com/

Catering:
Please call for more details about private event dining.

Executive Chef:
Francisco Sanchez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (29)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Spicy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Scenic View (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Our reservation was given away due to an error with someone else’s reservation not showing up. We were on time and present when they gave them our table. To accommodate us quickly we were shoved into a corner with a pole that we have to squeeze around. Drinks were left empty for half the meal. The food was bland and unseasoned. Very disappointed in the entire evening. Friends were in town and we boasted about the prior meals. It was anything but exceptional. Winter visitor season isn’t the time to come. We last went in the slow season, August, and the food was so much better! Perhaps they cannot maintain that standard when they have a full house. Disappointed and won’t return, regardless of the time of year.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been going here for several years and it is always great. We have taken many guests and they all were impressed with the atmosphere and the food. I love the Chimayo Chile Filete de Puerco (pork tenderloin) and order it most every time I go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Great drinks. Great service. Great place. Everything was a cut above and unique.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to the Spotted Donkey many times over the past years and have never been disappointed. The menu is smaller these days, which is probably a good thing, and the quality seems to continue. We went with another couple and all of our meals were very good/excellent. We asked for some changes to a couple of dishes and they were very accommodating. Our server was excellent. I still miss the spicy meatloaf.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Casual, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food at Spotted Donkey is always excellent. The service was a little slow on this occasion due to our server becoming overwhelmed by a large party. The other wait staff jumped in to help. Recommended for great food, nice atmosphere. Good for kids, fun place to eat with friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Spotted Donkey is a local favorite of ours because they consistently deliver great Mexican food. The decor is charming, the service is generally good, and the prices are reasonable. We have eaten here many times and continue to recommend it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very good southwestern food....way better but Jan was he usual hotel meal

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A little pricey for Mexican, particularly the Margaritas. $12 for a smallish drink. Otherwise good

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Enjoyed the evening together.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We really enjoyed our evening at Spotted Donkey. Our reservation was, mysteriously, cancelled but that was taken care of before we arrived at the restaurant. We each liked our entrees

thank you

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We dine here fairly often. The food is wonderful, the service is attentive but not annoying, prices are good, and did I mention the food is wonderful. We had a little trouble with our reservation and getting a table this time. Restaurants, like you and I, are not perfect. What separates the best from the rest is how they handle it when they do have a problem. Spotted Donkey handled our problem so well that I felt it necessary to thank them for how they treated us. This is a great place to eat and we will be back often.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food and fairly priced. Very large portions. Service was excellent even though it was very busy. I would highly recommend it to friends. Drinks were good, too.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service ! Can hardy wait for another date night . We will be back !!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place A must for Mexican Food in Scottsdale... Dominic was our server
and always does an excellent job... Susan the Manager always greets you with a smile.

Everyone very friendly.... They are very aware of any food allergies and will alert
the menu as needed...

Excellent customer service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, People Watching, Healthy, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had high hopes for the restaurant. We were there celebrating a birthday. Overall, it was an unremarkable experience. We received our appetizers before our drinks. They charge for chips and salsa. Food was ok. Nothing special. No one notified our server that it was a birthday celebration although I noted it in the reservation and I had to discreetly let our server know after the bill was presented. If you are starving and in the area, this place would be fine otherwise I wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food quite mediocre for Mexican restaurant in Arizona

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2018

2nd time bartender did not make the specific type of margarita we ordered - no mixer we asked! But it was pure mixer so had to order 2 more shots of grand marnier for $26. To take away the tang. On top of 30 ritas. Next round we specifically asked waiter to make what we ordered. Better ! The mid age bartender w glasses is lazy n did it again

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 (London)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Not as good as last time we eent. Server girl order wrong

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Boulders is awesome. Spotted Donkey is a solid dining/drinking option. We sat next to obnoxious/crude men attending a sales summit. If not for that - everything was fine.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 16, 2018

My always go to meal had changed, but if you ask, they will still make it the old way, which they did. However, the pork loin was way over cooked; by the time I got the attention of our server/bartender, everyone else was almost finished with their meal. They remade my dish to go, but the pork was still too done; I let it go as I hate to complain, just threw it out when we got home. We'll go back, but I will just have to find a new favorite.

Tags: Casual
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Was recommended to this restaurant by several people but it didn't come close to living up to the hype.
Chicken in all our dishes was dry and bland, nothing particularly tasty.
Kid's meal was equally unimpressive.
Quite disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The Spotted Donkey has interesting and unique southwest food. You can select some appetizers or indulge in a main course -- everything is great.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very nice restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and margarita eat there often and never disappointed

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Spotted Donkey is a great place for good food and cocktails. The service was excellent and our waiter was very helpful with the menu. We will go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Somewhat frequent visitor here, new menu in place with some of the old favorites and a few new items. Food always very good, chimi, enchiladas, pork stew, are favorites of our group. Pricing has gone up, which causes the downturn in my value score although candidly it is north Scottsdale. Drinks are expensive, happy hour (before 6pm) saves a couple of dollars. Our server this time was not very good, she never came around to see if we wanted a 2nd round of drinks or desert. Just delivered the checked after the busboy cleared the plates.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love it there. Go all the time! Great ambiance and food is always wonderful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Healthy, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The restaurant is really fun and lively and the decor is fantastic. The service was fast. We were a bit disappointed with some of the food . It was bland. Also the top margarita was very average. Overall we enjoyed the whole experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everyone was very nice but the food was not very good and my mom ended up getting sick after.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Always have a great meal at the Spotted Donkey--something for everyone's palette.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Drove 40 miles to have average food. Won’t go back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Love the Spotted Donkey A must in Scottsdale....

John was a waiter and is exceptional
Friendly Awesome customer service
and his attention to detail on your order is incredible.
Have food allergies and they always make sure the order Is perfect

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Kind of noisy
Really good food and service and great location

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our dinner was great, we were seated back in a quieter corner so we could visit with friends. Our meals were all good, and the drinks were perfect.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Mexican restaurant, no chips and salsa???

Tttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

This is a really cute place. The staff are super friendly. The food is amazing. Can’t believe it took us so long to come here.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Only one out of four liked the house margaritas. We only tried two entrees between the four of us. Both the carne asada & the chicken fajitas had too much “chili” flavoring. However, the meat was tender. We passed on dessert.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Had a great get together with friends at the reserved time of 7:15!
Accommodated our party of eight very effectively and efficiently seated at a comfortable round table that made for great
Conversation! The food was great with all enjoying their individual menu selections served by friendly accommodating staff!
Received a call from the restaurant at 6:55 complaining that we were late for a 6:45 Reservation ?!?!?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was very good. We felt food came too fast but they had large groups coming in and were probably staying ahead of the rush. Service could’ve been a little bit better as far as waiting for drink order or to check if we needed anything.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant This is a great place that serves delicious Mexican food at a reasonable price.

Susan the Manager is wonderful

Her wait staff awesome... ( John and Dominic) They are attentive and always make sure to
my wife's food allergies are taken care of)

This is a neighborhood gem and a must if visiting Scottsdale and if you are a local
you need to check them out

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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