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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
+1 480-488-3358
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“chips and salsa” (32 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

The Spotted Donkey is a smaller restaurant with a bright and welcoming decor. My wife and I had made reservations through the hotel concierge and found that they had a spot all set up for us, including a high chair for our baby. On busy...More

Thank Ardee C
Reviewed 9 July 2015

This is a really nice restaurant for a casual night out. All I can say is have the Jalapenos and the mound of onion rings. Really friendly, really great. I can't wait to back this August. The only downfall is that the service charge is...More

Thank Rossco188
Reviewed 5 July 2015

The ceiling aside, this is a nice place with a good vive and ambience. My wife had the Chopped Salad (big and delicious), and I had the surf and turf burrito enchilada style. The burrito could have been warmer on the inside but was quite...More

Thank GoUtes2014
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

Went for happy hour. Drinks were very weak, service was slow. Saw 5 different waiters and nobody seemed interested in helping us. Try Habanero Inferno down the street or elsewhere.

Thank Happyguy39
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Thick, rich house-made guacamole and lightly salted chips with a crispy cerviche made nice starters. Unfortunately, by 6:00 pm they had already run out of two featured draft beers. The house margarita was as good a consolation as any though. I enjoyed the large bowl...More

Thank VaporK8
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The menu is quite varied, prices modest for what you get. The service is second to none.....very friendly servers, eager to please. The el Pedregal is now owned by Hilton .... el Ped used to be a great shopping area, now most of the stores...More

Thank Twooldfolks
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

Went to Spotted Donkey while staying at The Boulders Resort. The service was very slow and it was pretty clear the staff were expected to cover way to much stuff. We had to wait extended periods of time to get our next round when seated...More

Thank Joefromphx
Reviewed 30 June 2015

we have been to the donkey many times: in the spring when we can sit on the patio, during the season when the place is packed to the gills, and the summer when you must sit indoors and the crowds have gone. regardless, it is...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 24 June 2015

Service and food exceptional. We loved this restaurant at El Pedragal. Food was delicious, the service at the bar outstanding and the ride in the golf cart from our casita was breathtaking as the sun was setting. It was a perfect romantic evening, warm yet...More

Thank gingie2014
Reviewed 14 June 2015

Great little place adjacent to a variety of shops. The shops however, are closed during the summer (off-season) months. The food was very good, as well as the service. Restaurant is very clean, and organized. I found it to be a tad pricier than it...More

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Mary E
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.
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.
Maria Z
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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
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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