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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

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)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Comfort Food (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)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

On point, with beautiful views from patio.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Spotted Donkey is one of our 'go to' spots. The food is delicious. I love the fajitas and the salmon tostada is also excellent. Good selection of beers. They have some very fine tequilas although they can get pricey. Price is about average for this area which is a bit upscale. In the fall and spring, the patio is a great. During the fall/winter/spring make a reservation as it can get crowded.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We just loved the Spotted Donkey. Service was outstanding and the food exceptional. We plan to go back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The restaurant is very hard to find after dark if you are not familiar with the area. It is located in a shopping mall on the second floor. The restaurant décor is nice and our male server was efficient. The guacamole appetizer was good but expensive and the wine list had a few good red wines to choose from. We found it a little strange that chips and salsa were not served and the dishes we ordered included rice but no refried beans. The chile Rellenos and fish tacos were both good.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Consistently delicious food and delightful to eat on the patio with El Pedregal views and mountains. Donkey Nachos are always a favorite!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was lacking, quality of food was poor and prices were not commensurate with the experience. Very disappointed.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Had a GREAT dinner and drinks for our Anniversary! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 17, 2017

John was our waiter excellent service

Susan the Manager is always great with any food allergies

and Doug the Chef so friendly and also makes sure your food is to your liking

Go here you will not be disappointed

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Local favorite with good happy hour and nice ambience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nice surprise....upbeat, busy place with great Mexican food....

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We always have the greatest experience at this hidden gem in El Pedregal. Even during the summer months it is best to make a reservation which speaks to the loyalty this restaurant commands. Great Mexican food with a contemporary twist.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have been coming here for years. It's our go to when in Scottsdale, our second home.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I wanted to like this place. It's a lonely restaurant in what was once a thriving shopping area and now is still a lovely property but empty of tenants. But when 2/4 of us think the enchiladas are bad, that's not a good sign. Lack of flavor and luke warm temps doesn't get it. Just very mediocre food. To their credit the guacamole was tasty, but we could have used more chips. Service was fine, but food is main event so it's not worth returning.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was great but unusually slow service. Made a reservation and sat down right away but had to locate a server to take our order. Normally they are pretty attentive.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We've eaten at the Spotted Donkey several times and last night's meal was the least satisfactory in all our visits to the restaurant. It seems there was a new chef in place and we found the food less well prepared than before. The calamari had to be sent back because it was way over cooked. My wife's enchiladas seemed to be baked in a over heated oven as the tops were charred but the insides were not hot. We won't go back until the chef is either changed or learns his business.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Lukewarm Food. So incredibly disappointed I faked an emergency and then threw out my "to go" food when I got back to the hotel. Maybe it was an off night... but I'll never know, because I'll never return. There are too many other places to eat.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful service great food

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Not impressed. I only ate half of my dinner. My husband liked his. I ordered a simple chimi and it was soggy. Waitress not friendly.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 7, 2017

My wife and I shared the chicken fajitas. Lots of greasy onions, a few peppers and very little chicken. Didn't care for their fajita seasoning. We have had much better.
Don't know about the noise level because there were not many people dining

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Pork stew was slightly off on this occasion. Seasoning?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Our group of seven recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Spotted Donkey. The margaritas are top notch and the food is consistently excellent. Our server was great. The Roasted Chili Pork Stew made with Hatch, New Mexico chili is especially tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Awesome family dinner. Great food and service. Definitely will return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Jalepeno Shooters were wonderful - lightly breaded, and filled with flavor. The mean with the pork tenderloin medallions over a bed of macaroni and cheese and with an ancho sauce was bursting with yumminess! The center the restaurant is in looks like a ghost town but the restaurant is a great surprise! Love the cute donkey paintings and the full decor!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Food quality excellent ,portions large ,drinks very expensive

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Our server was very good and the food was delicious. It was a little loud with a large party sitting near us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We are staying at the Boulders Resort and had dinner here our first night. The Cantina Shooters are incredible. Served with a cilantro buttermilk sauce in a shot glass, not too heavy and the jalapeño poppers are so flavorful. We also had the filet fajitas and they were melt in your math good. Would recommend to anyone!!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent! Food was wonderful. Fun bar scene and great cocktails.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 8, 2017

As AZ natives, my wife and I agree that this place serves the best Mexican food that we have every had in the metro-Phoenix area. We are definitely newly-discovered customers for life! The carnitas green chili chimichanga was enough for two meals and the flavor was out of this world. The staff is uber-friendly and the service is comparable to a fine dining establishment. We will be taking my mother-in-law for her birthday next month and will look forward to her opinion (Mexican food is her favorite). Kudos to the Spotted Donkey Cantina!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The service was horrible. The food was not good. The only good items were some of their appetizers. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We visit Scottsdale several times a year and always make a stop at The Spotted Donkey! Selection is always new and fabulous!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The staff is always welcoming and friendly. The food and drinks are delicious! The service is great!

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Their food is a waste of calories. There are many other restaurants I would prefer to go to than this one especially for Mexican/Southwestern food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Apparently the air conditioning was out. They had some fans and a portable unit but it was very warm. Server never brought more ice water or asked if we wanted additional drinks or dessert.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our experience was great, but the air conditioning was not working, and it was very hot. Apparently this has been an issue, which should have been regardless

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Fajitas are super yummy !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The decor was colorful. The pedregal margarita fantastic! The guacamole amazing! The dinners were very very good. We had a variety and all were super.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We enjoyed the restaurant but the food is fairly heavy as southwestern can be. They had some interesting dishes to choose from. My husband had the mac and cheese with pork and loved it. I had the chile relleno and enjoyed but would have preferred it more if it wasn't stuffed with rice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food and service were fantastic. Our waitress was Lisa who was incredible friendly and attentive. We were leaving the next day for more Arizona travel and she gave us great tips and additional restaurant suggestions. We highly suggest having dinner here.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was average Mexican style. Service wasn't very good. 4 tables seated after us got their food before us. I think one of the servers grabbed our order for another table. The orders were exactly the same but ours was placed 10 minutes before theirs. The gentleman with refilling water glasses was on point.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on May 22, 2017

We love this place and go often. Food is always delicious. Service is attentive but not annoying. I recommend reservations. You may show up and the place is only half full but there have been times we couldn't get a table on a Sunday night.

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