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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
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for more details about private event dining.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ?!?!?
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
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