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The Spotted Donkey Cantina
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Ranked #66 of 1,274 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
Reviewed August 28, 2014

Although the cocktails didn't seem to be reduced (martinis $13), there were $5 bar food items available. The chips with 3 salsas were very good. One sauce is quite spicy while the other 2 are mild. The chips are light and delicious. They also refill the chips at no additional cost. The 5 taquitos were also very good and I am not a fan of taquitos. The servers are all friendly, efficient and they make you feel welcome. Happy Hour is quite popular and if you want to sit at the bar, plan to be there earlier rather than later.

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

This Restaurant is such Fun, Great Mexican food! Everything we ordered was very good. This place is known not only for great food, but it's HUGE tequila menu! It had an impressive wine list for a mexican restaurant and plenty of beers to choose from. It's in North Scottsdale/ Carefree and it's location is beautiful!

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Thank SDLisa1972
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was skeptical after reading the other reviews, but we are staying at the resort and decided to give it a try last night. Glad we did. It was actually crowded. We were told a 20 minute wait so we went to the bar. By the time we ordered 1 drink our table was already ready. So we actually maybe only waited like 10 minutes. The staff was very friendly. The drinks were delicious. The appetizers were ok... A little disappointed how fried everything was. It takes away a lot of the flavor when it's so fried. (We had the calamari and shooters). However, for dinner though, strongly recommend the beef enchiladas. The meat was so tender, so flavorful, it was delicious.

Thank Tiffani N
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

We've been to the Spotted Donkey a few times, never very memorable. Cute typical Mexican restaurant decor, nice outside patio. Fun to go with friends for drinks. Pricier than your average Mexican restaurant but of course it is in a high-end shopping center at the Boulders in Carefree. Most Mexican restaurants you fill up on chips and salsa prior to your meal but you won't have that problem here unless you want to purchase your chips and salsa. The Sangria and Margaritas are are good and they do have a great selection of Tequilas.The food is typical Mexican fare, good but nothing spectacular.

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Thank Denise M
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Returned to this north Scottsdale restaurant for an early dinner with friends and was treated to good food as usual.....only negative point was the chimichanga which was good , but cooked a little too long...the tortilla was dark brown....service is good.

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Thank furngill
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