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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Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9pm Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
fresh greens, asparagus, beets, red onions sun dried tomatoes, cucumber with sangria vinaigrette
Chimayo Chile Filete de Puerco
oven roasted pork tenderloin, with green chili bacon "mac and cheese" and bourbon-ancho chili sauce
Fajitas de la Cantina*
choice of marinated chicken, sautéed shrimp or filet and sausage, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cilantro guacamole, salsa, créma, corn or flour tortillas
Tierra y Mar Burro*
seared shrimp, filet mignon, avocado, jack cheeses papas fritas, chipotle aioli and pico de gallo
Available Enchilada Style Upon Request
La Grande Chimichanga
machaca chicken, beef barbacoa or pork carnitas green and red chili, cheeses, black beans guacamole and créma
Roasted Chili Pork Stew
new mexico hatch green chili, roasted pork, ancho tomato spaetzle, white cheddar, pico de gallo, crispy tortillas
Honey & Salmbal Salmon Tostada
pan seared salmon, crispy flour tortilla black bean-mango salsa, avocado vinaigrette
Jack's Ol' Angus Burger*
3/4lb double cheddar cheese, grilled sweet onion jalapeño peppers, avocado, mustard, brioche bun house made fries
Chili Verde Meatloaf
green chili, veal, pork, beef, grilled vegetables cheddar smashed potatoes and chorizo gravy
Baja Tacos de Pescados or Camarones
two large tacos with choice of beer battered mahi mahi or sautéed shrimp, cabbage, chipotle drizzle flour tortillas, spanish rice, guacamole and créma
Roja & Verde Street Style Enchiladas
two enchiladas with choice of: beer braised beef, machaca chicken, pork carnitas or mexican four cheese with: nuevo mexico hatch chile, black chimayo red chili,spanish rice, borracho beans, guacamole, créma
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.
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 ?!?!?
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.
We always love going to the Spotted Donkey. Dependably great food and a lively atmosphere. Try the shooters; they're spicy but good. Thanks to our server, John, who is so professional and nice. We also enjoy having Joaquin as a server.
Everyone (11 of us) enjoyed their food except those who ordered the burrito. The pork tenderloin with mac & cheese is excellent and highly recommended, however that selection was not included in the menu.