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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

) #66 of 946 Restaurants in Scottsdale $$ - $$$ Mexican, ,
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
+1 480-488-3358
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (55 reviews)
“pork stew” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Honestly, I've had better Mexican food in northern Illinois. But it was good. We had chimichangas and chicken fajitas, as well as chips and salsa to start. The fajitas were pretty good. The chimi, so-so. Got three different salsas as an appetizer; tomatillo, roasted tomato,...More

Thank mcq316
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of good choices on the menu including vegetarian options, gluten free or bar food. Lots of choices and if you sit by the bar you can watch sports.

Thank unclemark2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first thing you notice in The Spotted Donkey is the cool, fun southwest decor.They offer they're own "Herradura" tequila, which is very good and you can take a bottle home if you like. The food is very good, authentic Mexican cuisine.Great for a date...More

Thank xtalr52
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the spotted donkey is you are in Phoenix/Scottsdale. The service, the staff, the food, and the specialty drinks are the best

Thank jamesorke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This review is for the Spotted Donkey in Clearwater Beach Stopped in and sat at the bar, bartender friendly, made great food recommendations, atmosphere nice, friendly. Lots of servers and managers around, but the bartender was on his own and quite busy serving people at...More

Thank born67
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Thank you for reaching out, however this is the Spotted Donkey in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are glad you enjoyed the Clearwater location and perhaps you can come and visit us and enjoy our location as well.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super staff and great fajitas at this place. Cool and relaxed vibe, and great food. Get the desserts too, as you won't be sad you did.

Thank Jim M
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed our cuisine as well as our staff. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed June 7, 2017

We went a party of 12 and were pleasantly surprised with great service and excellent Mexican food in a great setting. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Norman S
Management response:Responded June 9, 2017

We are glad to hear you had such great service. We appreciate the review and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 23, 2017

Super easy location, though, businesses around this setting were not "in business" when we were there. The area seemed vacant, sans an art gallery next door to the restaurant. We dined there twice. The table service was not as good as the bar service. But,...More

Thank Anita E
Management response:Responded May 25, 2017

Thank you for the review and feedback on your recent visit with us. We appreciate what you had to say and hope you will dine with us again.

Reviewed May 18, 2017

We sat outside and the evening was lovely, they have a nice outside eating area. The food was just average, yet pricey. My husband did not care for his dinner. As for their gluten free options, I was not impressed.

Thank beejust53
Management response:Responded May 25, 2017

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us. We are sorry for your response regarding your experience. We are able to make dishes gluten free for any of our guests upon request.

Reviewed May 17, 2017

The title of my review about sums it up; everything from the service to the food was acceptable but nothing out of the ordinary. The appearance & size of the dishes were nice but overall seemed to lack a lot of flavor; again basically run...More

Thank Chris W
Management response:Responded May 25, 2017

Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear your response regarding our restaurant. We hope you will come back and try us out again.

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Mary E
April 23, 2017|
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Response from Mike m | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know the answer to that, but they are accommodating so I would call them.
December 17, 2016|
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Response from lindamac45 | Reviewed this property |
I am a vegetarian, and they were more than happy to adapt it to fit my needs.
Maria Z
June 10, 2015|
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Response from Cherie P | Reviewed this property |
Sure...let the server know when you order and they can recommend things and help you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204 (Formerly Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal)
    (Carefree Hwy)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: +1 480-488-3358
  • E-mail
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
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