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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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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 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:30
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2014

The food was good- try the calamari, and the drinks even better. The service was friendly and attentive, nice warm atmosphere.

Thank Mfisher85
Shoreview, Minnesota
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2014 via mobile

We stopped for a quick dinner and we were so happy that we did. The frozen margaritas were excellent. We ordered a salad and the tacos to share. While the salad was a little bland, the tacos were awesome! You could pick two options for the four taco plate and we got the chicken and the barbacoa. They were both... More 

Thank Sue B
Elgin, Illinois
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151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

We stayed at the resort and just wanted to eat nearby after a long day of travel. Our bellman had recommended this place and was only a five minute walk from our casita. We could tell right away it was a popular place even with the locals. The food was good, however we were not warned about the hot pepper... More 

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Eastvale, California
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215 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

I ordered the street type tacos and they were super good. My wife ordered the quesadilla and said it was very good. We were served by the bartender ( didn't get his name ) and our bus boy was Ben and both were very friendly and did a super job. The food is a little pricey for Mexican food but... More 

Thank Countrydude4444
Depauville, NY
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54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2014

We have been to Scottsdale many times and have our favorites, but tonite we branched out thanks to the reviews on TA. Nice ambiance, good handcrafted drink selection. Outstanding guacamole and black been (with chorizo) salsas. I had rojo and verde enchiladas - 1 chicken and the other carnitas. ,My spouse had pollo mole poblano-- to die for. I have... More 

Thank Mary D
La Jolla, California
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289 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014 via mobile

Our dinner of the house chopped salad and chili relleno was delicious with a nice bottle of Spanish wine. The ambiance was casual and the service good. They have a good chips and salsa order which we enjoyed the next days with fairly priced margaritas. Both times we loved a red salsa/sauce which we were told had cinnamon in it... More 

Thank Ann D
Scottsdale, Arizona
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We went with another couple and shared appetizers which included guacamole and chips and fried calamari. Both excellent. Main courses were huge portions of traditional Mexican dishes. Desserts were very sweet, especially the Mexican flan. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful in every way. Overall, a good experience. The outdoor seating is wonderful in cooler weather.... More 

Thank marilynj006
Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

The food was excellent! We had the nachos, the chimi and the tacos and all were incredibly tasty! Beautiful views.

Thank Marie D
Scottsdale, Arizona
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

The spotted Donkey has very good Mexican food. The staff are all attentive and helpful. We also really like the ambiance.

Thank TRix82913
Boston, Massachusetts
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213 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

The Spotted Donkey is a little ways outside of the city, but it's well worth the drive. The restaurant is in a beautiful location, and the building itself is quite impressive as well. The restaurant is clean and spacious. The waitress was very friendly and quite effective, even given our large group. She was efficient and helpful. The service all-around... More 

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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, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?