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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:
Join the Boulders Resort this week at the Taste of Cave Creek!

Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (28)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
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Fun (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Spicy (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Scenic View (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (London)·Dined 14 hours ago

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

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 (Montreal)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and margarita eat there often and never disappointed

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

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 8, 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 31, 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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·Dined on December 29, 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 27, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 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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·Dined on December 24, 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 17, 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 15, 2017

Mexican restaurant, no chips and salsa???

Tttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 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 7, 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 5, 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 5, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 29, 2017

New menu items. Food was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Just having a nice evening out, waiter gave me a outstanding suggestion. We shall return

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was great and food is always great. I especially recommend the nachos.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

From the moment we came in the front door we were greeted by the friendly staff.
The service was excellent and the food was creative and outstanding quality

I would highly recommend the Spotted Donkey to all!👍

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Love the atmosphere of this restaurant! Nice and cozy! The noise level is nice! We went with another couple and we were all happy with our food! The pork chimichanga was excellent. And the chips and salsa were great also especially the tomatillo salsa! The only complaint would be the drink prices. They were a little high!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Jill is always the most polite, cheerful and helpful. The burgers, which we had, are delicious- a full 3/4 of a pound, served with fries... great!

The ambiance is casual and friendly....such a great place for lunch or dinner - a neighborhood gem! We were greeted by the super-friendly Leah...charming!

This is owned by The Boulders Resort and always echoes their value.

This is a must for Cave Creek and Carefree...also worth the drive from Scottsdale!

Thank you for your consistency!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It's a hidden gem just north of north scottsdale, but a great ambiance and some good food. Service was outstanding. Drink menu okay...great if you like tequila, which we don't.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Decent size portions. No vegetarian options, unless you ask. Balcony dining was very nice, and the ambience is casual and friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Dinner started out with two of the most limey margaritas that we have ever had. We sent them back and the waiter said 50% of margaritas get sent back for having too much lime juice. I said wow, that sounds like a problem you should fix. He stated that management didn't have a handle on the bartender and made it sound like chaos there. He went back and personally made the margaritas and they were great. I didn't care to hear about the employees that were not getting it done there, I just wanted good food and drink. I think there is much better Mexican food in the valley for a better price than here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This restaurant is always a treat. Had a great meal – opted for a low calorie salad and loved it.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This is one of many visits. We have had good and, well, less than desired. This visit was difficult because of understaffing and very slow service. Food was ok but way over salted. Paid $8 for chips and salsa. Chips were crushed into large crumbs. They replaced them but really, why would you ever serve them. I think we are going to find a replacement restaurant.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was enjoyable. Loved the Carne Asada and will be back for more.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Attentive service. Good mexican food, served hot at a fair price. If you like mexican food you won't be disappointed. We discovered when the bill came that you can charge it to your room at the Boulders, which is very convenient.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Terrific restaurant. Great food, fun atmosphere, great service. Would definitely come again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Super food. Love that they don't water down the spices with the snowbirds coming in.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were ignored for the first 10 minutes after we were seated. When the server did show up she took our order and another persons order who had just been seated. The other person had several questions regarding to drink menu and our order did not get placed for several more minutes. The poppers and the jalapeño margarita were top notch. I was looking forward to the green chili stew. It lacked flavor and was blah. The shrimp tacos were were good but nothing to write home about. We drove 25 miles to enjoy this place based on recommendation. Should have eaten close to home

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good Mexican Food. Enjoyed the frozen margarita, mahi mahi tacos and flan for dessert.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

PROS
Lisa was our server and she was absolutely adorable.
Food was really good.

CONS
I asked for nachos without jalapeno and it came with, which was really a problem for me.
My friends enjoyed it so I didn't say anything but I had to pass on this dish :(
20% service had been added to the check, which seemed a bit too much for a party of 5.
We asked Lisa to remove it and she did. We gave her more than 20% :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always used to like this restaurant but this time my fajitas where burnt, and the over priced margaritas where all ice.

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