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“Always an Arizona favorite”

The Spotted Donkey Cantina
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Ranked #71 of 1,268 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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
Chicago
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Always an Arizona favorite”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

This was our 5th trip to Arizona and this was our 5th time at Spotted Donkey. Based upon a concierge recommendation on our first trip, we have made this our first stop every time we visit. It's a beautiful drive from Scottsdale into the Carefree area. Mountains and desert surround you. And we love eating outside on the beautiful upstairs porch. It just has that perfect Arizona feel to us.
The food is southwest and everything we've had has been wonderfully prepared. I've always gotten the shrimp tacos, but this time tried the tilapia. Everything is very fresh and there are imaginative combinations. The salsas and guacamole are also very good. It never disappoints.

Visited December 2012
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Fair Oaks, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Service and food was first rate. An enjoyable evening. We were greeted warmly and the service was prompt and friendly.

Visited January 2013
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Alberta
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great food, huge portions.”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

I went to The Spottted Donkey this evening with my husband and two sons. Service was friendly and prompt. We had the guacomole and taquitos for appetizers and these almost filled us up. We could not finish our main courses even though they were very tasty. We all had different main courses and all were extremely tasty but also very large. This restaurant is highly recommended but unless you are really starving you might want to omit the appetizers or share them among your group.

  • Visited January 2013
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Shawnee, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Simply Outsanding”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We chose this restaurant because they offered Gluten Free options. The food was very unique and excellent quality. The service was prompt and friendly. I highly recommend the Meatloaf. That's right ... Meatloaf at a Mexican restaurant. Everyone liked their choices but the Meatloaf was everyone's favorite.

  • Visited January 2013
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Newport News, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great service, great outdoor dining!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Excellent food quality, presentation and price. Some of the best stuffed peppers I have ever had. We liked this place so much we went two nights in a row for dinner. Outdoor seating was amazing. We had excellent service each night. Joshua and Lisa both provided great service. Really recommend this restaurant if you are in the Scotsdale, Carefree area,!!

  • Visited October 2012
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