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

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
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Special Occasion (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Spicy (6)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (4)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 24, 2014

We were very pleased with our food and our service at the Spotted Donkey. The special enchiladas were a hit and so were the special margaritas. We would recommend and come back here.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 24, 2014

I love this restaurant! The ambiance is tremendous and the house margarita is the best in town. I've had almost everything on the menu. I highly recommend the meatloaf, Mac n cheese, and chimichanga. The fajitas are good but this last time not the best. Service is always top notch. Again, I love this place!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 23, 2014

Large servings, great food with a spicy flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 18, 2014

disappointed in the quality of the food,very ordinary with high end price. the service hurried. told not to expect any free chips or nachos .thought it was condescending to say that even before we looked at the menu. Visiting from Asia,I was attracted to the sambal salmon which waiter said was one of their signature dishes. sambal is a chili paste that is popular in asia. what arrived was plain grilled salmon with bottled sweet chili sauce over diced vegetables. my friends' dishes were also of similar caliber,very disappointing. only thing going for it is the fact that it is one of two restaurants near the Boulders resort in Carefree.
I would recommend making the effort to drive a little further for good food, price and service.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 17, 2014

The place was extremely loud but the good and service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 11, 2014

Can't stop there with out having their homemade nachos and shrimp skewers for appetizers, so end up splitting a fish taco entree, which was amazing also. Best margaritas in town!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 10, 2014

I return here a couple of times a year. Upscale Mexican with a slight lean toward New Mexican style. This trip I tried the January Special (Lamb & Goat Cheese enchilada) in Mole sauce. It was different and good. They will accommodate your request for grilled fish in the fish tacos. You have to pay for chips and salsa (3 kinds included). Good selection of Margaritas. Suggest reservations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on January 8, 2014

Great food and margaritas! Always fresh. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2014

One of the things I like most about this restaurant is the atmosphere. Nice outdoor dining area and lovely southwest decor inside. We requested a quiet table and were seated in the smaller room to the left of the bar. Although this room was not quite as atmospheric as the main dining room, it was certainly very nice. Food was good and service was excellent. Although the restaurant was crowded we did not feel rushed. The menu choices were excellent............something to appeal to everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2014

I use spotted donkey for business lunches in north Scottsdale , easy to find, quiet ambiance especially inside, menu from salads to small entrees good for business discussion. The service is always good, my guests always enjoy it, and it's location is easy to find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2013

Overpriced Mexican. Gave it a try again after many months. Will not be returning. Rude manager not a plus!!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2013

Biggest complaint is - what Mexican restaurant makes you pay for chips and salsa?!! This one does! Pulled pork sandwich was great - fajitas were just ok

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 20, 2013

You can never go wrong here for great Mexican food...service, decor, food...all excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 19, 2013

We went early but decided to sit in the bar. They have a good but limited $5 Happy Hour menu with one of my favorite items....their stuffed jalapenos. Served in a shot type glass with a Ranch type dip. An outstanding presentation. We actually shared with the party next to us who admired the serving. They are very good but can tend to be verrrrry spicy so beware. Their guacamole is first class, enchiladas delicious, and the "mac and cheese" is delicious and splittable.
We love going to this darling but far North Scottsdale gem. Try it but make reservations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Brought some visitors from out of town for a southwestern dining experience. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the overall experience on a Friday night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2013

I loved the ambiance of the Spotted Donkey Cantina - the location was excellent as well. We started with the nacho and calamari appetizers which were amazing! The chicken fajita, Southwest salad and Spotted Donkey burger were phenomenal. Our server was friendly & knowledgeable and everything was well-timed. We will definitely return to the Spotted Donkey Cantina next time we are in Scottsdale.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 27, 2013

Since we moved here, almost two years ago, the Spotted Donkey has become a favorite. It had been our go to lunch spot, but we decided to try dinner there with our daughter the night before Thanksgiving. It did not disappoint! Service was spot on - friendly, informative, but not over bearing. Food was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2013

The Mexican meatloaf was very salty. The waiter said it was because of the chiriso, but that sausage is not salty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 14, 2013

Lovely food, beautifully presented, great margaritas. Very nice view from the patio and excellent heaters for chilly evenings. Generous portions - our waiter wisely suggested sharing the salad. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 13, 2013

AWESOME! Early lunch on the balcony mid-week is such a treat at the Spotted Donkey Cantina. My favorite local hangout.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2013

AS A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO HAVE REALLY NICE FOOD THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD GEM.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2013

Spotted Donkey was a great find for us for lunch. Its a little out of the way, but well worth it. Price was good, food was very good, service was even better! Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. I will definitely be back for more.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2013

Ate dinner with another couple this past Monday. Food was very good & all four of us enjoyed the ambience. Service was as expected -- they came at the appropriate times without bothering us. Would recommend ---- we have eaten here several times and always have been happy with the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2013

Not your usual Mexican fare with just Tacos, Enchiladas and refried beans. The menu is very different with some very interesting dishes. All the food was delicious and still hot when we received it. Very good meal. This was not our first time here. We have been going here for several years and never gad a bad meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2013

Took friends and really enjoyed the food and location...Will go back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2013

Restaurant is located in el Pedrigal which is a very cool, southwestern boutique shopping area. We love is location, the food, the margaritas, the service, and the ambience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2013

Been here several times and the food is always wonderful. Had the short stack of Nachos, the stuffed peppers and Enchaladas all were superb. It may have been my imagination but the portions seemed much bigger than they were before!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 12, 2013

This was our second visit to the Spotted Donkey and I must say the first visit was much better. The food was so-so and a little disappointing. The atmosphere is nice but not sure we'll be going back; so sad.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 5, 2013

The waitstaff was excellent, observant but not hovering. Drinks (we all had margaritas) were great. This place has the best calamari appetizer we've had in a long time -- not tough and chewy like it can be. Sauces provided with it were tasty. Each of our dinners was very good - shrimp tacos, chicken enchiladas, beef fajitas and tilapia. We even splurged on dessert -- the Jalisco tower chocolate cake, which was the only "just okay" part of our meal. The "Patrón XO Coffee Tequila scented chocolate mousse, chocolate covered coffee beans, red chili spiced caramel sauce" seemed to be missing. It simply came off as a rich chocolate cake, nothing more. Will return, but won't bother with that dessert again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 29, 2013

We took out of town family as they wanted South Western food but not necessarily a Mexican meal. The food we ordered was delicious as were their Tequila drinks. A fun place with a fabulous view and a great menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2013

We really enjoyed Spotted Donkey Cantina and will be back, when we return to the Phoenix area. Our waiter made excellent suggestions and took us out of our comfort zone. Everything he recommended was great. Thanks for the wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2013

I dine frequently at this restaurant, service is excellent along with the food. A great place when you want a good meal and exceptional service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 25, 2013

This is now one of our favorites!!!! Everything was outstanding!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 13, 2013

We have consistently enjoyed our dinners at this location, and this time was no exception. Our server, John, was/is fantastic, and the food was terrific. The signature shrimp tacos are outstanding, with tons of flavor and a plentiful portion. If we had to find "fault" with the meal we would suggest that the caesar salad could have been larger and more flavorful, and we never like the salsas which come with the chips (when ordered); this time, we switched to the queso fundido which we greatly preferred.
Our thanks to John and the Spotted Donkey team. We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2013

We stay at the Boulders Resort every year. The Spotted Donkey has become a traditional stop. The food is always fresh and tasty and there is a great selection of Margaritas. We shall return again next year.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 31, 2013

Looked great inside, lacks attention to food
& service.
Server asked to start w/ chips & salsa.
She brought 2 appetizers, guacamole, salsa
& chips for $12. This was better than the
Bland fish tacos. Lunch was close to
$50 w/o drinks...pass on this place.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 27, 2013

great twists on the southwest cuisiene. Creative cocktails. The decor is beautiful, and the ambience is upbeat. a fun place to go for good fun and excellent food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 20, 2013

great food, friendly sraff, a great restaurant

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2013

We enjoyed our recent dinner at Spotted Donkey. We have been here several times over the past few years, and we find the food and service consistently good. The "signature tacos" are always terrific, and the food portions, overall, are very satisfying.
Our server, Josh, was top-notch in all respects.
We recommend Spotted Donkey to others, and we look forward to our next visit. Thanks to the Spotted Donkey team for another great evening!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 22, 2013

Great service,Great food. We love the staff,surely impressed my sisters.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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