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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
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Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

4.5
4.5
2475 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
The Spotted Donkey Cantina, at el Pedregal, is quickly earning a reputation as the place for Mexican cuisine in North Scottsdale. A fun and festive setting with spacious outdoor dinning options. And with a tequila list boasting dozens of varieties (including our exclusive Herradura double-barrel Reposado Tequila), an innovative menu, and a large outdoor patio with scenic desert vistas, it's really no surprise

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (480) 488-3358
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Please call for more details about private event dining.
  • Private party facilities
    Experience the lively atmosphere and unique food at The Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal. Choose from a menu of Mexican classics and 46 varieties of Tequila while sitting outside in the large patio underneath the Arizona sky or in our private, intimate dining room.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (480) 488-9009 ext. 1956
  • Neighbourhood
    North Scottsdale
  • Cross Street
    Carefree Hwy
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,475 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Scottsdale

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2,475 Reviews
  1. Malvada

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ❤️🌸LOVE SPOTTED! BEST Mexican in Arizona by far!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were amazing! It was our first visit and our waiter did an excellent job recommending new flavors and dishes. He was SO right and so caring (we even left with the hot sauce to go). As guests of the resort, he also took care in calling us a shuttle back. It was a fabulous experience.

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  3. CheriG

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful food and service. we enjoyed every moment. Will be back again and again.

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  4. TomS

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food and service and a favorite with our many visitors.

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  5. 4diningout

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great appetizers and margaritas. Enjoyed the enchiladas and stuffed peppers. Wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion

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  6. John

    Phoenix

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were celebrating my birthday which happens to also land Cinco de Mayo. Every year we celebrate both events at Spotted Donkey because of the great service , food and ambiance. We would like to especially recognize Kelsey, your hostess, because she does a tremendous job greeting, placing customers and handling issue. You have an outstanding employee with Kelsey on your team...

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  7. JillW

    Phoenix

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Fun atmosphere! Great place to celebrate cinco de mayo.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious! Wish you were open every Sunday for lunch!

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  9. Bones

    Phoenix

    159 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local Mexican restaurant. Good good and service.

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  10. Tiger

    Phoenix

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We dine at this restaurant twice a month and it is very consistent for food and margaritas. it's a little pricey compared to other Mexican restaurants and you don't get free chips and hot sauce. other than that it's a good neighborhood place to go.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot and great food! Try the prickly pear margarita 💜

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  12. Debster14

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was dirty. The glasses had food on them. The server was not interested. Food was overcooked. No reason to return

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  13. DarleneD

    Detroit

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am bad with names but I believe Allison was our server. She was awesome. Just moved here - would have never found this out of the way location without Yelp. Amazing authentic Mexican and Tequila drinks and loved our service

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  14. KimB

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a lovely evening sitting outside, great service, and dinner was delicious.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food here and the service was great! The Surf and Turf Burrito is amazing!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food and experience. Best carne asada I’ve ever had so much so that I never write reviews but it was so good had to!

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  17. DebM

    Phoenix

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess was friendly; and Excellent wait staff & great food!

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  18. rvndxxm

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot amazing staff delicious food will be coming back!

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  19. SueD

    Phoenix

    196 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great as always at Spotted Donkey. Service was fine, but seemed to be slower than normal. We waited a bit before being approached for drinks or food. Overall though another great evening with friends at The Donk.

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  20. DianaR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is average or above, but what was most disappointing is I’d let them know via OpenTable that it was a very special event as it was the birthday of our guest and the birthday was totally ignored by the staff and the restaurant. So there was no birthday celebration at the restaurant had I known that was their policy we would’ve definitely gone somewhere else where our guests could have acknowledgment of their special day

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  21. RickH

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to Spotted Donkey at 5pm on a Saturday night and enjoyed fantastic Mexican food. We started with delicious guacamole and warm chips followed by steaming shrimp fajitas. The fajitas were so tasty! Jimmy gave us excellent service and brought drink refills before we even had thought about it. We will go back again this week.

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  22. CourtneyG

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, JT, made our experience! Margaritas and food were great. We’ll be back!

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  23. seefooddiet

    Pittsburgh

    92 reviews

    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Mexican food and lively atmosphere. Best salsa anywhere. Delightful servers. Hidden away a bit but great indoor and outdoor options for seating.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I came here for the 3rd time to celebrate my sister’s birthday. Unfortunately we were all very disappointed with our server and quality of food. We won’t be coming back.

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  25. RoadWarrior

    Phoenix

    113 reviews

    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Multiple times dining here over the years (walking from home is a bonus), know what we are getting. Great drinks, Good food, very good service, expensive prices (resort owned). It's a Mexican restaurant, pretty tough to make that 5 star in my opinion. But we come back frequently.

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  26. LauraJ

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love the food at the Donkey and we have taken many visitors there. HOWEVER, the Boulders, which owns the restaurant, is doing a POOR JOB of maintaining the physical building on the exterior. They have let El Pedregal (which once was. showplace) fall into disrepair. Light bulbs burned out near elevator. Crumbling stucco laying on sidewalk. The Boulders needs to whip the exterior into shape to match the quality of the food at Spotted Donkey!

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  27. Kass

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to the Spotted Donkey. We had a group of 8 and you were able to accommodate us outdoors, which was our preference. The service was fine for the crowd which dining there, and the food was good.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, Chris our server was great, nice outdoor patio as well, food was excellent, had surf and turf burrito delicious. We’ll be back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Nachos clearly microwaved and partly cold. Guacamole was nasty though heated chips were good.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great Mexican restaurant in North !!Scottsdale

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  31. Steve1249

    Richmond

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing selection of imaginative food covering the full spectrum of Mexican cuisine all made fresh with the finest ingredients. Our server, Chris, was very friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and professional. Chris made excellent menu recommendations for our group of 6 that included children ages 12 and 13. We had a wonderful evening.

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  32. Tiger

    Phoenix

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visit this restaurant at least twice a month. This visit was very good. food was good, service was fast and friendly. It's pricier than it used to be. Charging for chips helps drive the total bill up. I could not get a reservation at 6-6;30 yet there were many open tables between 5:30 ans 6;30 so I don't understand that.

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  33. Davesz

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice local Mexican restaurant. Sitting at the bar or outside patio is enjoyable. The food quality is hit and miss. Fajitas always seem good. Big enough to split.

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  34. ClubPA

    Sicily

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We have been coming here for years and have seen a gradual decrease in the quality of food, service and value. The cost of food and beverages is that of a five star restaurant not a mid level Mexican restaurant.

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  35. JimF

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We received great service and the food was very tasty.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated outside, which we wanted, but in a corner, and kind of forgotten.

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  37. CindyW

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We haven’t been here for a while but thought we try it again. We sat on the patio. View was beautiful. Food was good especially my spouses salmon. Service was good as well. Will be back sooner than later!

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  38. foodie4sure

    Phoenix

    91 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We always loved the Spotted Donkey but last night was a big disapointment. In the far past we got complimentary chips and salsa, but those have been gone for a while. We ordered them as an appetizer, and got watery sauces for dipping and a small basket of chips. We had to ask for more chips, but, sadly, none of the sauces were the traditonal red salsa. The dinners were okay, but my husband specifically asked ahead if the skirt steak was tender. His was chewy and stringy after being told by our waiter that there have never been any complaints. Later in the evening, after the plates were being taken away (without a wiater asking how things were mid-meal), the manager said in order to have tender skirt steak you need to order it medium. The waiter never mentioned that! One of our guests ordered a salad and said the dressing was watery. I just dn't know what has happened to the restaurant. Two of us had enchilada syle dinners and the cheese came burned on the tacos, not melty and goey. Just a really disapponiting experience. BTW, what happened to those great mints you used to get upon leaving? Everything has changed and we won't run back anytime soon.

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  39. Joannek

    Phoenix

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered the stuffed poblano peppers and our dining companions had enchiladas Food is very good- margaritas are good too. Wish the wine choices were better-seems like an easy thing to improve.

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  40. DouglasM

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I have eaten here for many years & thought our first visit in several months we had better than previous food. Service is always good.

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FAQs

Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 488-3358.

Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort is rated 4.5 stars by 2475 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal, Boulders Resort

34505 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Carefree Hwy
  • Neighbourhood
    North Scottsdale
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (480) 488-3358
  • Catering
    Please call for more details about private event dining.
  • Private party facilities
    Experience the lively atmosphere and unique food at The Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal. Choose from a menu of Mexican classics and 46 varieties of Tequila while sitting outside in the large patio underneath the Arizona sky or in our private, intimate dining room.
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (480) 488-9009 ext. 1956
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