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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

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34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204 (Formerly Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal) (Carefree Hwy)
+1 480-488-3358
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015 via mobile

We had some friends in town before the holidays and our usual pizza place next door was packed so we tried out this Mexican spot. Very impressed. We are new to the area and just started our retirement and see dining as a hobby of sorts. Great food, decent service, excellent patio with heaters

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

This place has great selection of Tequila and drinks, ask them to be creative for you! The dishes are great and not your run of the mill, typical touristy dishes. We eat there often, and on a good day the outdoor patio gives a beautiful view of the desert and nearby mountains. Try the queso frito, chili pork stew, or... More 

Thank Jlsellers
Dallas, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2015

Nice place to meet for cocktail and food. Mexican with a southwestern flare. Very good salsas. I would def come back. Beautiful location.

Thank Kerritex
Maricopa, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

With four going to dinner we each had something different and all the dishes were great and we would come back here without a problem in addition to great prices. The service was even very good and I would encourage you to ask for Lisa--she gave us great service

Thank bpackard
Aurora, Colorado
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

I really enjoyed the Spotted Donkey Cantina. It is upscale, but not stuffy. For this kind of place (a resort), I thought the prices were reasonable. Portions were good, drinks were excellent! Service was also attentive, as well. I look forward to my next meal at the Spotted Donkey!

Thank tlowens75
Spearfish, South Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015 via mobile

Dined with family while visiting the area. Staff was friendly and server was attentive. Chimichanga was prepared as ordered and very tasty. Definitely recommend and reasonably priced. Thanks

Thank Bearsuit01
AnyCity, USA
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

Our first "attempt" here we left hungry, but happy about their customer service and were determined to go back on our trip to the area. We did not have reservations when we came the first time, but the hostess tried and tried to get us in to different spots. (unsuccessfully, but the effort was there) The place is just that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

Great food! Great Service! Fun atmosphere! We went to this restaurant simply because we were staying at the resort and it was easy to make a phone call and have the golf cart valet drop us at the front door. We were expecting an average mexican food meal. We were blown away. The food was fresh, inventive and fantastic. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

Ate dinner at The Spotted Donkey twice while staying at the Boulders. Both meals were delicious (upscale Southwestern food - yummo!) and excellent service. Would definitely dine there again.

Thank Christi S
Greensboro, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2015

I expected a "joint" atmosphere due to the name, but it was a well-decorated, casual but upscale restaurant. Have the Margarita Classico---just one!

Thank Patricia G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204 (Formerly Spotted Donkey Cantina, el Pedregal)
    (Carefree Hwy)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: +1 480-488-3358
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?