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Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
10:30 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort.
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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

4.4
1021 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Worth the Drive
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 9pm
Fri & Sat 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 488-3358
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Francisco Sanchez
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Catering
Please call for more details about private event dining.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carefree Hwy
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1021 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We love the “Donkey” 10 min. away so that’s great. Food is consistent. Everything was delious . Salmon cooked perfect. I’m allergic to corn chips so they make me a couple of fried flour tortillas so I can enjoy their yummy guacamole. Service excellent. Thanks John. Looking forward to our next visit. Sit outside. 👍🏻

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was very poor.
Food mediocre.

Place has gone straight downhill since
the Boulders purchased it.

Used to love it. Will not go back.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good...had to go get my waiter to get a drink..didn't really feel I was important as a customer.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was way to salty but very good. It impacted the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great Mexican food with generous portions

Dominic and John are the 2 best servers and wait staff
Kitchen is awesome at accommodating any
food allergies or concerns
Susan the Manager always checking that everyone is happy

Even the people who help clear the plates and fill your water glass
have a smile and a "Hello" How are you?? Definitely a neighborhood atmosphere

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was very good but entrees were a bit more expensive than other higher quality Mexican restaurants. Menu is also somewhat limited. Drinks were excellent and tasty. Fully expect to visit restaurant again but not one of my Phoenix favorites.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This restaurant was ok. Glad they are on Open Table to be able to get reservations. It is pretty difficult to find. We had to drive around for a while.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We love this place and always take the opportunity to take friends for their first time. We always recommend the Pork Tenderloin dish over mac and cheese. It is outstanding.
The décor is very nice. It all adds up to a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Food, Great Service, Great patio!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always love this place. One of my favorite date night places.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great atmosphere
Wonderful service
Dominic incredible
Attention to detail
And adhere to food allergies
Go here
You will not be disappointed

A must in Scottsdale/ carefree
for
Mexican cuisine

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We sat out on the patio in the later evening, which was wonderful. However, when we asked to have the heater lit for a little extra warmth, they were unable to get it going (low propane?) and there wasn't another very good option. So that was disappointing. The food was very good--great basket of chips and three different salsas, and the guac was terrific too. It was a very relaxing, lovely atmosphere. Drinks were excellent!

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Here is my review:
Upon arrival at 5:15 PM for our 5:15 reservations made through OpenTable we were denied a table due to the fact that no reservation was received from Open Table!!! If I did not have my confirmation that I printed out we would have been denied a table. I displayed the print out of the reservation and they apoligised stating "Oh you went through Open Table and they SCTREW up on getting reservations to us all the time".
So good bye and good ridence, I am done with Open Table!

Gerald R. Rossler

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything about the restaurant is above average it’s not memorable but you would definitely go back

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fun restaurant to eat at while staying at the Boulders

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The Spotted Donkey is our fav Mexican restaurant!
We love the ambience, the service and their delicious Enchiladas.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The salmon tostada is outstanding. Had it a second time and still very good. Others had tacos & fajitas which they enjoyed. Only drawback is it is a bit noisy.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very interesting restaurant. Good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Huge portions and more American Mexican than genuine spicy Senoran border feast. Still very good though

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

There were 5 of us for dinner. The restaurant is upstairs at El Pedregal, an office - shopping complex at the Boulders in north Scottsdale. The complex lookis like a ghost town with many vacant stores but the restaurant is lively. We would have liked to sit on the patio but it was full. So we were seated towards the back of one of the smaller dining areas. Unfortunately it was uncomfortably warm in the room. As the weather in Scottsdale is just starting to warm up, maybe the restaurant did not want to run their air conditioning yet. Service was fine. Our party tried enchiladas, fajitas, chilies rellenos, tacos. The food was served piping hot and everyone enjoyed their meal. In fact, my enchiladas were very good. My objection about the meal is that they charge for chips and salsa ($8) for an ok portion (not really enough for 5 people). They were good and the 3 different salsas were also excellent. But I don't like paying extra for chips at a Mexican restaurant. I'm glad we tried it and if you happen to live in north Scottsdale or Carefree, it's worth the trip. Make sure you get an outside table when the weather is nice. But if you are not in the area, there are plenty of other Mexican restaurants that we like better like Jalepeno Inferno, The Mission and Barrio Queen (downtown).

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always excellent. Especially the margueritas. Nachos are great to share. Love the chopped salad and fried calamari. A local gem

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

My friend and I enjoyed the lunch we had together with Joaquin as our server.
Scott came over and we had a GREAT conversation with him and we were met
at the door by Frank who was most gracious. The fajitas were delicious, as always
and my friend had the enchiladas, which were enough for two. The people there
are so friendly, a guest always feels he/she is part of the family of The Spotted
Donkey! What a friendly neighborhood restaurant, which is part of The Boulders-
WHAT A TREAT!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a frozen strawberry margarita and a traditional margarita to start with the Donkey Nachos (we live these and order them every time). Then we split the Mahi mahi tacos. Everything delicious, attentive service. Lovely outdoor dining patio. Good value for the price.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

All was good

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Have been to this restaurant a number of times now and every time I feel rushed. Hurry up order, and in 5-7 minutes, the food arrived. The food is good, but a greater selection of seafood/chicken dishes would be appreciated, as an expanded wine list. I like this little restaurant and recommend it often, but a little more laid back vibe would be great. Hostess was absolutely flat - no personality at all.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Bad service. Food mediocre. Needed to constantly find someone for water, or check, or needs with dinner. Not rushing back. We used to like it here but it went downhill.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Loved everything about the restaurant, food, service and price! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We had a very nice meal here. Margaritas and Queso Fundido to start. Hatch Chile Pork Stew and Carne Asada as entrees. The service started out slow but once we got their attention it was fine. Glorious sunset as we were leaving. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food! Very large portions. Will return!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Service was not very good and the food was terrible .I'm a local Cave Creek We brought our friends there for brunch and we were not impressed and would not go back again food was terrible presentation was terrible.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Terrific place, just be sure to order the donkey nachos!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always love it. It is our "go to" when out-of-town company comes and wants great Mexican food. We make sure to go every few weeks.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was good except had to wait for awhile after our meal just to pay. Normally would not be a big deal but we’re eating w/ 3 young children so they don’t have a lot of patience to hang around after the food is finished.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were seated in the room that was not in the main dining room.. Great if you want a more intimate environment and less noisy

John was our server and did an excellent job as usual..
and
Susan the manager Always comes by the greet you and
check on your food

A must for Mexican food in Scottsdale.

More margarita then anywhere with other drink options as well

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

HAVE BEEN HERE 100 times, always wonderful great food wonderful employees

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Prompt, thoughtful and attentive service. Not rushed between appetizers and dinner, even though they had people waiting for the patio. Food came out hot and delicious. On a weekend I could only eat on the patio - inside too lively and noisy for me.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Dinner was excellent. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and the dessert they provided was a great touch.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Nice dinner selection. We got put in the back room so it wasn't as welcoming and it was cold. The service was good. The food was nicely presented.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have been there before and enjoyed it. This time, however, was a huge disappointment. I reserved through Open Table and requested outdoor seating weather permitting. While it wasn't raining it was very chilly (in the low 50's). We were told they only had a table for us outside (if we wanted to wait for an indoor table it would be at least an hour wait). There were not enough heaters so we spent our meal very chilly. Not enjoyable in the least! Got the feeling that reservations didn't mean much to them.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Awesome restaurant Food made to order if you have allergies

Dominic is our server, Susan awesome manager and John also friendly
Attention to detail in this restaurant...
They have made no salt guacamole and chips on request

Go You will not be disappointed... bring your appetite because they do not
skimp on serving sizes

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