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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

976 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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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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Please call for more details about private event dining.
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Cross street
Carefree Hwy
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What 976 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Narkose (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere. Certainly seemed popular with constant turnover but no pressure to rush you order or finish meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Not good! I have nothing good to say about the food or the service.

OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined 4 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.

RioVerdeGuy (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Strider (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

jky241 (Phoenix)
5.0  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.

vipSueD (Phoenix)
5.0  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.

vipFeld (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

vipnightout4 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Enjoyed the evening together.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  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

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  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.

Sheila (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

COWBOY (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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