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“Great Place to Eat by the Bolders Resort”

The Spotted Donkey Cantina
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Ranked #117 of 1,325 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Carefree Hwy
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
Reviewed November 3, 2011

Tasteful tex-mex with personality thanks to the chef who does not hesitate to innovate on what could sound like middle of the road food. The waitress was very amicable. The outdoor terrace overlooks the courtyard and we enjoyed live entertainment while sipping our margharitas and eating our spicy favorites.

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Reviewed October 19, 2011

We went here because the concierge at the Boulders recommended it. I was so pleased. The staff was so attentive, but not overly attentive. The food was fantastic. We arrived just before sunset and sat out on the balcony. It was a gorgeous evening. Then after dark set in, the sky was so clear and full of twinkling stars. The margaritas were yummy. I loved the one with infused habaneras. Good times and Great Food!

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Reviewed September 24, 2011

We visited the location on Hayden road and it was amazing! We had a party of 9, changed our reservation once, and were a little late, but didn't hear a single complaint. The queso had 5 cheeses and they had real sopapillas! Drinks were also fabulous and everything had a little heat kick to it.

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Reviewed September 19, 2011

The Spotted Donkey is best visited at a time of year when it is comfortable to sit outside on the patio, which is pretty much any time except July and August. The view of the Boulders is not to be missed, as it is one of the more interesting natural formations in the Valley. Fortunately, the food lives up to the expectations set by the tasteful decore and beautiful setting. One member of my party remarked that the pork tenderloin, served atop a bed of green chili macaroni and cheese, was the best thing he had ever tasted. My carne asada was not deserving of that level of praise, but it was very well prepared and I walked away from the table extremely sated. My advice: the house-made guacamole is not to be missed. Based on my sampling of seven entrees, the two standouts are the pork tenderloin and the macaroni and cheese, the latter of which can be ordered as a stand-alone meal or as a side dish. The Spotted Donkey is a very solid Scottsdale culinary offering.

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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We eat here every time we stay at the Boulders. Excellent staff, great margaritas and exciting menu. We have yet to select anything from the menu that isn't good. Bartender was very pleasant. You have great surroundings, an opportunity to eat outside when it is cooler and it's the right price. I noticed they are now owned/operated by the Boulders so you can actually sign the meal to your room if you so wish.

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