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“Great fun and really good food but careful.....”

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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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great fun and really good food but careful.....”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wonderful service and delicious food but be careful. They put a bowl of tacos on the table (which most restaurants do for free) but when we got our bill we were hit with a $12 fee. So ask if there's a charge. We didn't make a fuss but it's worth noting.

The meals are large enough to order one plate and share. We couldn't even finish ours. It was so tasty.

Fun decor and a place for all ages.

Visited June 2014
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carefree
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delicious , hot food ....good service”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

Five of us gathered at this restaurant that mainly specializes in high end Mexican food....the fajitas come sizzling to your table and no refried beans on the side! Excellent service and fun atmosphere make this establishment very enjoyable. Started with calamari that was served with 2 dipping sauces...could have had more sauce it was so good. I had the poblano chili rellenos which was good but too much adornment for usually a simple dish. Overall , my companions agreed it was an outstanding meal...will return !

  • Visited June 2014
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Clifton, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The margaritas are tasty”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

My sister and I are casual diners. We had made reservations for a table but decided to sit at the bar. We made the tail end of Happy Hour and the bartender made us his own recipe margaritas that were very good! I had the fish tacos which are apparently a locals favorite and they were very good. I would recommend this place if you are visiting Carefree area!

Visited June 2014
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Prairie Village, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Gourmet mexican food”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

Not your typical cantina, although the house margarita may be the best one you've ever had. Several excellent "gourmet" choices. The pork tenderloin (wonderfully marinated) with their special macaroni and cheese (I know, but wait until you taste it) is excellent, as are many items. We have been here a number of times. Well worth a visit. Locals love the Happy Hour drink specials.

  • Visited June 2014
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Laurel, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“We enjoyed the Nachos so much, we went back for lunch the next day!”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

The pork nachos were absolutely wonderful! We had them as an appetizer for dinner and enjoyed them so much we went back the next day to have them for our lunch. The pork was so tender and covered with a wonderful sauce. These were no your ordinary nachos which are hit or miss a lot of places. They were authentic gourmet nachos covered with pork, cheese, jalapenos and beans. We will go back again for them when we're back in town!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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