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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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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (55 reviews)
“pork stew” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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21 - 30 of 613 reviews

Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

Yuuummny. We had mahi mahi fish tacos, Chimichanga, guacamole and Mexico City Carne Asada (skirt steak). And the El Pedregal margaritas. Yum yum yum, especially the skirt steak (which all 4 of us tasted and agreed). Fun place and service is very good. Very happily...More

Thank eseaberg
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

That is great you enjoyed the food at our restaurant. We make our guacamole fresh daily and are glad you liked it. Thank you for the great review.

Reviewed April 6, 2017

Food good, but overpriced for Mexican. Menu limited. Beverages are EGREGIOUSLY overpriced. Service is fine. Outside patio needs to be COVERED because you will ROAST in the AZ sun

Thank Odysseusaz
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

Thank you for the feedback you have provided. We have shared the feedback with the restaurant staff. We appreciate the review.

Reviewed April 5, 2017

Very nice, elegant but fun restaurant with very tasty food. We went for a late lunch. We had appetizers and drinks. Loved them all.

Thank Andrea W
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

We are happy you loved all of the appetizers and drinks you had at our restaurant. We are also glad you enjoyed the fun atmosphere. We appreciate the feedback.

Reviewed April 5, 2017

Ok let's just say it I love Mexican food I live in Arizona there is a lot to pick from must of it amazing. I must say for the record the Spotted Donkey's Chimichanga is best I have ever eaten. So if you are staying...More

Thank David W J
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

Thank you for the great review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the chimichanga so much; it is one of our most popular menu items. We hope you will visit us again and try some of our other delicious dishes.

Reviewed April 3, 2017

We ate dinner here. The margaritas here were too sweet and from a mix. The tacos were disappointing. Left pretty bummed and didn't finish the meal.

Thank nicole h
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2017

We are sorry to hear of your experience at our restaurant. Your feedback is being shared with the chef as we strive to provide excellent cuisine to our guests everyday. Thank you for the review.

Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

Arrived at The Boulders Resort and our room wasn't ready. After a travel day we were hungry so headed to The Spotted Donkey. Scott at the bar was awesome. We pretty much left it up to him. He fixed us up with some amazing margaritas...More

Thank Jason C
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear you received great service from one of our bartenders. It sounds like he created an experience for you which is what we aim to do at the Boulders. We hope you will visit with us...More

Reviewed March 30, 2017

Regular visitor to this New Mexican style restaurant since it opened. Was there for Valentines Day with my wife. Great service and food. Had the Fajitas this time as my absolute favorite, their meat loaf was not on the menu that night. Taking some friends...More

Thank P9355HLthomass
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

We are glad you got to celebrate your Valentine's Day with us. We are happy you enjoyed your visit. We want to thank you for being a loyal guest to us as well. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed March 29, 2017

We recently went to The Spotted Donkey Cantina with a group of business associates. Although we had reservations for 11, a few other people wanted to join our group, and the manager was more than happy to accommodate our larger group. They rearranged the tables...More

Thank jwells3665
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

We are glad you had a good experience at our restaurant and received such good service. Our margaritas are made with our very own barrel-aged Herradura Tequila giving them a distinct and unique flavor. We appreciate the great feedback and hope you will visit with...More

Reviewed March 28, 2017

Pretty good food for the value of it all. A decent atmosphere and bar from what I could tell. Pretty good wait staff and service all around. Nothing really stands out about this place though.

Thank Guissepee
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed our menu as well as our service. We hold very high service standards and are glad you had a good experience. We appreciate the feedback you provided.

Reviewed March 27, 2017

Well, after changing hands, the one time 5-star Resort has been in a steady death spiral in terms of service, amenities, etc - dropped their 5 star rating. However, their Spotted Donkey Cantina is still a stronghold of glory-past. Great food, good service, and just...More

Thank Robert B
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed our restaurant. We hope you will visit with us again soon.

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Mary E
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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.
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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.
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Maria Z
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
Meals
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
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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