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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

) #67 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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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Had perhaps one of the best lunches ever here. Mexican food loaded with fresh veggies, well seasoned meats, and the BEST home-made hot sauce, ever. You have to request it special from the chef :-) Ordered the shrimp and filet mignon burrito and it was...More

Thank donnaks
Reviewed December 31, 2014

The Spotted Donkey has a fairly concise menu. Some items, such as the shredded beef Rojo enchiladas are very good. Our group had mixed reviews, but all agreed that my rojos were delicious. Others were less thrilled with their choices. All in all, we like...More

Thank pingfall
Reviewed December 18, 2014

This restaurant deserves a better setting than a 75% vacant "classy" shopping plaza next to the Boulders. The food and service were top-notch. The menu is pretty brief but we all found something that we liked. Portion sizes were reasonable and the drinks were great.

Thank StartSlowAndEaseOff
Reviewed December 18, 2014

The food at this restaurant is good. The service is impeccable. I find the prices on the high side but the location is high end. The ambiance is nice, southwestern style.

Thank drifter1960
Reviewed December 16, 2014

Nice place..good food and drinks. Might have been live music, but not sure. Good place to check out if you are in the Troon area.

Thank carolinatravel728
Reviewed December 9, 2014

Think PF Changs or Wolgang Pucks. The Spotted Donkey at The Boulders resort is a fusion of flavors that are hard to describe. I had the Baja ShrimpTacos with a delightful sauce I can't describe. My wife had the Poblano Chile Rellenos and loved them....More

1  Thank BuckA113
Reviewed December 9, 2014

Great ambiance, friendly staff, flavors not overbearing and fresh. The way the economy hit the carefree area they are luck to have this restaurant. My wife had enchilada and I had the fajitas which were done perfectly not overcooked. They have a really good Picante...More

Thank Itravelots
Reviewed December 6, 2014

The Spotted Donkey is always fun and a great place to take guests for upscale Mexican food. We love to dine out on the patio when it's cooler or in the evenings. Their calamari is amazing as is all of the food we've had. We've...More

2  Thank Joan R
Reviewed November 30, 2014

We stayed at The Boulders during Thanksgiving weekend and wanted some casual fare. This is the place! We ate there for lunch outside and enjoyed it so much we returned that same night for dinner outside as well. The food was delicious and good size...More

1  Thank EIKOOC
Reviewed November 19, 2014

I love this place and I love the food. I love the drinks. I love it. That is really all I can tell you. The enchiladas are rad, the meatloaf is fantastic, and everything they touch is gold to me. I love this dang restaurant...More

2  Thank jsaintly
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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.
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
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
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
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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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