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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (29)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Special Occasion (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Spicy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Scenic View (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 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 4, 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 3, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 2, 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 30, 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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vip
 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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 23, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 21, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Nice décor. Bar service was awesome as we waited for our table on the patio to be ready. We then went to sit on the patio & had no waiter and were forgotten about entirely as we watched everyone around us get service. It took 20 min to get our menus. Finally they found a waiter for us & he was visibly annoyed he had to tend to our table. He never returned to take our order. Another 20 min went by and we flagged down a waitress (Kelly) and she took care of us from there on out. She comp'd our appetizer and per management, gave us a discount on the overall dinner due to poor and lack of service. Chips and Guacamole were delicious. Fajitas were decent. The poblano relleno was very good. Tequila shots ranged from $11 and up and were poured exactly as 1oz shots and not a drop more.

2 tables next to us had issues with their service and/or orders. One lady returned her fajitas and just wanted to the tab after that. At this point we were questioning why we even came here and contemplated on going to another restaurant at the resort. But we stuck it out. The restaurant is a nice set up and has a great feel; however the service was probably some of the worst I have ever had in my dining experiences.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great food
Susan the manager
Great
Matt. Our waiter
Excellent
Made my food to order as request

Anyway you want
Go here

You will not be disappointed
Best restaurant around for Mexican food

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This restaurant has a new Chef! He came out and greeted us personally and generously assisted us with gluten-free and dairy free choices. He made a special batch of Gluten Free corn chips for us and will do the same for others who require GF dining. He also advised which items to avoid and how he could best provide an excellent dinner for patrons who have challenges with allergies. He went out of his way to greet other patrons around the restaurant. Our waitress, Crystal was a delight . This is a great neighborhood restaurant for us.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Cozy, Great Beer, People Watching, Tapas, Casual, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day meal. Food was great!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was very poor, and the restaurant was not busy at all. They do not provide chips and salsa, and overcharge for the appetizer version of it. No refills, food quality mediocre, definitely not a good way to have spent mother's day.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Good southwest/Mexican. We enjoyed the salmon tostada.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 12, 2017

My wife and I had Friday night date. Love Mexican food. We were seated in a remote corner of dining room next to three boisterous, incessantly giggly ladies whose noise annoyed me when trying to order. They later quieted down, fortunately. We passed 10 empty tables to get to our table. The food was excellent, but chips and salsa were extra (?). Our server was ok but seemed hurried and easily annoyed. Oh, well. We'll give the Spotted Donkey a second chance sometime. They claim to be a part of the Boulders Resort (number one in AZ), but don't act like it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We were at local art gallery. Saw restaurant made reservation and was very happy we did. We will return again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 7, 2017

In the beautiful Pedregal, we love the adobe style shopping mall. A neighborhood get away that did not disappoint.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The food is good and predictable, fairly priced. I don't like that if you want some chips and salsa you are required to buy them. Most Mexican restaurants in the valley provide the chips and salsa at no charge.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Chips and salsa and the queso was very good. Ordered chimichanga, which came with black beans in it. I'm allergic to beans. Please specify on the menu that bean are in the dish, as opposed to on the side. Service was slow and poor. This was especially irritating since I have family of six and was automatically charged with a 20% gratuity, the service did not warrant that.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great creative menu with lots of choices. Not going home hungry! Especially enjoyed the chips and salsa app. This was a vacation/anniversary date and we had a really fun time!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We went with friends and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was fabulous and the service was top notch. We recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Mexican cuisine par excel lance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Food was good, server was awful. Once our food was served he never came back to the table except to give us our check. There were six of us and we were planning on a late enjoyable evening. Instead we left after getting our checks. We eat out once a month locally, but won't be going back here because of the poor service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Lovely patio overlooking El Pedrigal viewing a sunset. Tasty food and consistently deliciouse!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 24, 2017

The Donkey is our favorite Mexican food north of Shea Blvd. Lots of great entrees including a phenomenal stew. Even the burger is excellent. 9.00 house margarita's good price for North Scottsdale. Will return again and again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Always wonderful. Food staff and atmosphere. Calamari is like nothing I've had before. Terrific

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Worlds best nachos. Plenty for two to share. Our waitress was great.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Spotted Donkey is consistently good and our most recent dinner there was no exception. We took another couple with us and they enjoyed their meal as well. The service was great. I highly recommend the Silver Coin margaritas and the El Burro Pinto tacos. No bad choices though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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