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“Outstanding!”

The Spotted Donkey Cantina
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Ranked #68 of 1,261 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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
Cleveland, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

I stopped for lunch with my family and had not had much luck in finding something where we could all sit down and eat. The server was friendly and quickly made us comfortable. The food was superb, but helpings are large, so be prepared and go hungry! I had the pulled pork chalupas which are excellent. The other members of my party each ordered something different and everyone was pleased. We vowed to come back again during our stay and we did! We were not disappointed and our initial impressions were confirmed. I would definitely go back again if I am in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
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Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

The food at the spotted donkey was fantastic the braised pork and tacos were awesome. The server was good and the atmosphere is nice.

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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“There are better places for Mexican food”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I love el Pedregal and wanted to try The Spotted Monkey. The food was plentiful and the service great, but it was a bit expensive for Mexican. It seems like they charged you extra for everything. I wouldn't go back because it is too expensive and there are more than enough great places for Mexican food to visit without repeating an OK experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
454 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere and food”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

A diverse and interesting menu. For lunch, try the veggie Taquitos or a fresh and flavorful salad. Great meeting place in a convenient north Scottsdale location.

Visited September 2013
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Scottsdale, AZ
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really good ”
Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

This is Mew Mexican style sort of food. which means it work be the standard Mexican AZ food, not that that is bad!, but it is a bit different and I think wonderful .
So here you get interesting and very good regional food plus a terrific atmosphere and great bar staff.
Ca be a but expensive for AZ but worth it for sure.

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