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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

) #75 of 947 Restaurants in Scottsdale $$ - $$$ Mexican, ,
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
+1 480-488-3358
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Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (54 reviews)
“pork stew” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:30All hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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1 - 10 of 611 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went a party of 12 and were pleasantly surprised with great service and excellent Mexican food in a great setting. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Norman S
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

We are glad to hear you had such great service. We appreciate the review and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super easy location, though, businesses around this setting were not "in business" when we were there. The area seemed vacant, sans an art gallery next door to the restaurant. We dined there twice. The table service was not as good as the bar service. But,...More

Thank Anita E
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review and feedback on your recent visit with us. We appreciate what you had to say and hope you will dine with us again.

Reviewed 18 May 2017

We sat outside and the evening was lovely, they have a nice outside eating area. The food was just average, yet pricey. My husband did not care for his dinner. As for their gluten free options, I was not impressed.

Thank beejust53
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit with us. We are sorry for your response regarding your experience. We are able to make dishes gluten free for any of our guests upon request.

Reviewed 17 May 2017

The title of my review about sums it up; everything from the service to the food was acceptable but nothing out of the ordinary. The appearance & size of the dishes were nice but overall seemed to lack a lot of flavor; again basically run...More

Thank Chris W
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear your response regarding our restaurant. We hope you will come back and try us out again.

Reviewed 14 May 2017

Like the atmosphere although not much in the way of value. Prices for Mexican type of food is kind of on the high side for amount of serving. What really threw me off was they are one of very few Mexican restaurants that doesn't provide...More

Thank gerry15102016
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

We appreciate the feedback you have provided as well as some of your concerns. We will look into the comments you made. Thank you for the review.

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

My mom and I went here on Cinco de Mayo and there was a party going on. They had a live donkey, tequila tasting, and a packed house with only patio seating (106 degrees) at 5pm. Wait staff was friendly and food/drink was pretty good...More

Thank Alee514
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

We are glad you were able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to having you back.

Reviewed 28 April 2017

We strolled around The Boulders property one evening, eventually stopping at this somewhat out of the way restaurant at this large resort. It had a nice outdoor patio area on which we enjoyed dinner, drinks, and sunset. Our apps, entrees, and desserts were tasty. The...More

Thank NewMexBound
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

We are glad you had an enjoyable time at our restaurant. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 26 April 2017

Asked for Happy hour but told we needed to be at the bar or on the west side of the bar not the three feet from the bar on thee east side. Meals were good but pricey. No salsa provided with chips. They were ala...More

Thank Gdrap
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for the review. We apologize for some of the inconsistencies with your food as well as the billing issue. We are glad you were able to get that resolved, however. We appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 12 April 2017

I hosted 53 people on an evening - they sat us outside under the Arizona stars for great food and great drinks. The staff was truly outstanding as was the food!

Thank Richard H
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

We are glad you had an outstanding dinner at our restaurant and were able to dine under the stars. We appreciate the great feedback and hope you will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Restaurant was not full, but service was terribly slow. No drinks until 20 mins after arrival and waited just over an hour for the only course we ordered. Food was good when it arrived, but Kitchen couldn't cope and staff reaction seemed to indicate this...More

Thank JustaTravelJunkie
BouldersManager, Manager at The Spotted Donkey Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

We are sorry for the issues you experienced while dining with us. Hearing you received slow service is very disappointing and we are looking into this now with the restaurant managers. We appreciate the feedback.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Mary E
Have many food sensitivities, Gluten, grains, corn and dairy. Can the kitchen handle that?
23 April 2017|
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Response from Mike m | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know the answer to that, but they are accommodating so I would call them.
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155019Rosie
How adaptable are your menu items for vegetarians?
17 December 2016|
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Response from lindamac45 | Reviewed this property |
I am a vegetarian, and they were more than happy to adapt it to fit my needs.
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Maria Z
Is there any food that is not spicy? My husband can't eat spicy
10 June 2015|
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Response from Cherie P | Reviewed this property |
Sure...let the server know when you order and they can recommend things and help you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
Meals
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
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
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