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The Spotted Donkey Cantina

) #67 of 946 Restaurants in Scottsdale $$ - $$$ Mexican, ,
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
+1 480-488-3358
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fajitas” (55 reviews)
“pork stew” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34505 N Scottsdale Rd Ste H4, Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1204
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

We've been to the Spotted Donkey a few times before and have not been disappointed. My wife and I enjoy mexican food, you'll like the menu. We usually dine inside but there is a patio. The service is always good and the servers are very...More

Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

Over the past few years we have always made it a point to visit the Spotted Donkey a few times during our stay, this past time will be our last. The food is pretty good, the margaritas and guacamole is outstanding and the servers are...More

Thank Wvuman
Reviewed 8 April 2015

The patio was lovely. The menu was somewhat interesting. The service was fine, as was the food. I guess I would say it wasn't a memorable meal.

Thank lisargold
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Enjoyed the happy hour here after spending a great day at the ballpark. The place was crowded midweek. Great margaritas and tacos!

2  Thank kbman0222
Reviewed 31 March 2015

The restaurant was less than 1/2 full but yet the bar said they were "Slammed" and that is why it took so long to get 2 beers to the table. Then the waitress screwed up 2 of the 4 orders. Food was good. Outdoor seating...More

Thank PWM5322
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Wanted to try Mexican food while staying at the Boulders. We liked the crazy name. Was very busy. Service was a bit slow. Food was good as well as reasonable

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 27 March 2015

I recently ate here with 3 friends at the recommendation of one friend who had eaten here a few years ago. We were seated on the patio in partial sun (after asking for shade) and then finally got moved to a very small table in...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 25 March 2015 via mobile

Excellent Mexican food in a unique atmosphere. I had the chimichanga and it was great. My wife and daughter split the fajitas and son had the tacos. Plenty of food for all. Tasted great too

Thank Dean G
Reviewed 23 March 2015

We visit the Scottsdale area at least once a year, and one of the highlights of our vacation is dinner and drinks at The Spotted Donkey. Great house-made margaritas, delicious Mexican fare, awesome atmosphere. We really look forward to our evening relaxing on the patio...More

Thank bertiebob54sbd
Reviewed 22 March 2015

This place is very popular so make sure you make reservations in advance! We really enjoyed all our meals that were Mexican. My cousins don't eat Mexican and had overcooked burgers but the rest of us went away feeling very satisfied!

Thank maw8
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Mary E
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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.
18 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
USD 15 - USD 30
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
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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