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“Great patio, good food but a bit pricey”

The Spotted Donkey Cantina
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Ranked #64 of 1,268 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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
Cave Creek, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great patio, good food but a bit pricey”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

The Blood Orange Margaritas and Guacamole are great. One of the nicest patio settings this side of Carefree Station.

Food is tourist Mex not our favorite hole in the wall Mex, but we enjoyed our visit.

  • Visited April 2012
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TheBouldersResort, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this review, April 17, 2012
We greatly appreciate the comments from this guest and extend our thanks for the kind words about the beautiful outdoor surroundings on the patio. We are happy that you thoroughly enjoyed the margaritas and guacamole, however, are disappointed to hear that the prices and entrees did not meet your expectations.

We hope to host this guest again in the near future.
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Snoqualmie, Washington
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Service and Food”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

First, if you are going when the snowbirds are in town, book a reservation if you don't like waiting. I've been here several times and the food has always been excellent. Their service has been fabulous the past two years. I've had the same waiter the past two years as well. I'd highly recommend this place.

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Outstanding service”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Our evening was very enjoyable, first time there. Great suggestion re margarita, I can't remember what the drink was called but it was fantastic! Waiter was very attentive, staff was very professional and attentive. Would highly recommend!!

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Suzana B
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Still great!”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

We have dinner here on occasion and the food/service is always very very good. The atmosphere is quite lively - a great meeting place for friends. We were glad to see it was busy - hope it stays that way! Great Southwest food.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Saguaroflower
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Olympia, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
386 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Terrific meal, great service”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Four of us visited this restaurant. We first ordered the nachos which were not only unusual, but unusually good! The tortilla soup was some of the best I have had and the shrimp tacos were excellent. None of us were disappointed with our meals. In fact, all of us were quite pleased with our meals and the service. Definitely add the Spotted Donkey to your list!

  • Visited March 2012
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