The Mission
The Mission

The Mission

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://themissionaz.com/
  • Phone: 480-636-5005x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Matt Carter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have an open dining area that is separate from the main dining room. We can accommodate up to 35 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Sonia Sorenson 480-636-5005x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Scottsdale Trolley stops in three spots within less than 2 blocks from The Mission!
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lots of easy access to free parking in the front and to the back of the restaurant. Along the street as well!
A word from The Mission
Old Town Scottsdale’s heart is beating to a Latin drum, now that The Mission has arrived and brightened the restaurant scene. Renowned Zinc Bistro Chef Matt Carter is now cooking up modern Latin cuisine blending influences from Spain, Mexico, Central America and South America. Home made Tortillas, Arepas, and Salsas are made fresh daily and all meats are prepared on a Plancha or a grill using pecan and mesquite wood that instills a rich flavor.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Mission reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)special occasion (82)romantic (71)hot spot (56)neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (43)vibrant bar scene (42)good for groups (31)great for lunch (19)late-night find (19)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Highlight of Old Town Scottsdale
    Doxie1
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Recommended by a good friend; specifically the signature margarita and the table-side guacamole. Absolutely a great start...followed by our selection of pork shoulder tacos and street corn. Nothing better than pork shoulder glazed with a pineapple/habanero sauce served with smaller sized, hand made corn tortillas served on a salt block to keep them warm...unless it's the fresh corn (either on or off the cob) served with a spicy Aoli sauce. Everything was great; we cleaned our plates and would definitely recommend the Mission to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for Mothers Day and the food was good we all had a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SaltBrick
    Matt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    love the story on the SaltBrick - great idea Matt - our service was outstanding is how we were told about the SaltBrick
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food delivered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had some extra food delivered to our table....corn and desserts and the waiter said these are from me...meaning to us...on the house...oh no, they showed up on our bill. Really? Bad taste to do that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    MamaG
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is our 4th time back to The Mission, each time with different friends. Never a disappointment! Excellent good, service and atmosphere......we'll be back on our next vacation to AZ.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    SassyStefVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our lunch was just ok.... The guacamole guy gave us a hard time for not wanting peppers in our guacamole, made it too spicy to eat. Weird.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a treat!
    Makeithappn
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Exceptional waiter - I believe his name was Jamel. He made the night really special. Knowledgable funny prompt. Bar service was also exceptional. Michael was great. The food was outstanding. I left feeling very satisfied. We will be back next trip to Scottsdale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southwest favor surprises
    GailVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Excellent food and many surprise favors. Menu was prefect variations of southwest fare and portions depending on your appetite. Street corn app was amazing as was the gourmet tacos. Highly reccoment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great setting. Comfortable atmosphere. The service was outstanding and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • akafoodie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The atmosphere at The Mission really makes it feel like it's a special night out. Very helpful friendly staff. The margaritas were fantastic. We had the tacos, which were delicious, especially liked the short rib tacos. Everything was great, except that it was too dark. Flashlights should not be needed to read a menu. Raise the light level some and it would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    Eatgoodfood
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We ordered the Duck Empanadas. It did not have as much duck in it as before and it came out semi warm. The flat iron steak was cooked perfectly. Both dishes were very eye appealing. Since it was our 2nd Anniversary we were comped the dessert. It was a sweet bread with sorbet and swimming in brown sugar sauce The service was poor. Our waitress kept trying to clear our plates before we were done! She turned away quickly every time as if she did not have time for us, although it was not busy. Overall a disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    Tukee2
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a great dinner! The setting is gorgeous, the food was incredible, and our server was attentive and knowledgeable, without hovering. I recommend The Mission for a special occasion, or any time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We drove longer then it took us to eat! Waiter rushed us. Ordered an appetizer and within 5 minutes we had our main course. Waiter laughed saying " yah food is quickly prepared... Not cool
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The table side gucamole was very good. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Best food and environment. Actually, went back a second night in a row.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food and drinks. The service good. They accomodate last minute extra guest. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    ChiFoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Guacamole- UNREAL Crispy Pork & Cola Lime Glaze- Best thing I have ever put in my mouth. Short Rib Barbacoa- The waitress didnt seem to wild about this one but everyone said this was the best thing we ordered. The crunch of the B&B pickle made the dish. The pork shoulder was our least favorite. 100% Must go to this place if you are in the area!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our second visit
    ChristopherElbow2
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This was our second time at the Mission this week. The food is absolutely awesome. We went back specifically to try the Pork Shoulder tacos...super tasty and meant to share for two. Loved it. The Missionary was a great drink...half margarita and half sangria. Our server made us uncomfortable. We told him we came back to try very specific items and he kept pushing other things. He had long explanations for everything and got very defensive when we said we loved Mexican food. He corrected us and told us the food was created from a French trained chef. We are aware, but were ordering tacos and guacamole. His comments were unnecessary. He insisted on our order right away due to several large parties ordering at once..didn't see 1 large party
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Experience
    fbear
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I was in town for one night with some clients and The Mission was recommended by a local. I had a guest from Australia who said that "dinner alone was worth the trip". What a great experience and the guacamole was amazing. Thanks for a terrific dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very very yummy!
    Fussyfussyfoodie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    A really fantastic place, modern twists on old favorites.....loved it. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food was amazing! Loved the tableside prepared guacamole.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    JeanerVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The evening was great starting with the tableside guacamole which was very good. The flat iron stark was tender and great flavor and the pumpkin bared pudding was amazing!! Next visit to Arizona and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our visit
    ChristopherElbow2
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The Mission was recommended to us by a few friends back home in Chicago. We were really excited to try it. Loved everything about it. The skirt steak tacos were amazing and so was the table side guac. Blood orange margarita was tasty as well. We loved the atmosphere and I'm always a fan of a place with great food with enough energy to be able to get away with playing hip hop.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday!
    PrincessFiona
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great table side guacamole, great margaritas! Sitting outside in the back was perfect!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brutti
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great rest. But flies on patio were numerous and undesirable
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    MeredithVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Love...Love...Love the Mission. It is a unique dining experience. Great atmosphere, great service and great drinks. You can never go wrong with the Mission. Our waiter Jermaine was very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Foodieant
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a great meal at the Mission - food was amazing, ambience was terrific and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Experience
    IrishFoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My Husband and I were in Scottsdale for the weekend and we wanted authentic Mexican food and we found it! Every aspect our experience was perfect. The service and presentation were unforgettable. My only criticism is that they do not deliver to Chicago. If you are in the area, go!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Mission is on a mission
    GoManGo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything about this dining experience was pleasant and the food was delicate and wonderful. Our party of four (two out of towners) wanted to meet for lunch and to talk. We ate outside on the back patio, as the interior was a bit loud (not in a bad way, but it was difficult to speak casually & be heard). We had the tableside guacamole--a nice show, made to order. We also had the mahi mahi fish tacos--we asked for them grilled. They were delicate, with a hint of sweet and spicy. Another guest had the pork shoulder tacos--he thought it was great. For dessert, we had the fried bananas wrapped in a tortilla and also the pumpkin bread pudding (moist & delish!). Both were big enough to share. Service was friendly, very competent. Go visit soon!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was simply delicious - we enjoyed everything! Service was exceptional as well. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired Modern Latin Cuisine
    localAZfoodie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The Mission has become a personal favorite of ours. The setting is amazing, the food is nothing short of brilliant, and the ambiance and service staff are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!! Great service
    NJHeidi
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The restaurant is jamming! The waitress was very good, very attentive and personable. The sangria was very yummy. The guacamole is a must get!! My husband and I shared the slow cooked pork tacos, soooo yummy. I wanted to lick the plate. You must order these. The fish tacos and chicken skewers were also delicious. A great spot for dinner. It is very dark inside, but the atmosphere was good. Definitely go there
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early Evening Perfection
    Stephanie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I heard mixed reviews on the service and food. My experience (Wednesday at 6:00) was friendly and prompt service and outstanding food. I had the Janduri Chicken (sp?) and my friends had seafood tacos and salmon. We loved it all. The table side guacamole was great as advertised, although the homemade chips were extra salty. I would definitely recommend The Mission. Best to come early and sit in the patio (weather permitting) to beat the crowds. I was able to find free parking in the lot across the street.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    LaurainazVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We had an incredible evening. The food and service was excellent. The margaritas were some of the best we have ever enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You Get What you Pay For
    DonCoyote
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Really outstanding service and ambience. Food and beverage were excellent but somewhat expensive for a casual lunch. Total lunch tab for 3 including tax and tip was $120. Would recommend for special occasions and discriminating guests. In Old Town Scottsdale so great location to rendezvous before touring the shops and sights.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Latin fusion cuisine
    ExistensiaVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Absolutely delicious!! The pork belly and duck were out of this world!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night
    Kimk
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff delightful. Sat out on the back on the patio and enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brokentop
    Brokentop
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was innovative and delicious. Lighting very romantic. Service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's really a great bar.
    MIMI
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    But because we had a gift certificate we used it for Easter brunch. I would recommend it only as an upscale bar.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night special dinner
    BobK
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Mission is conveniently located in Old Scottsdale with lots of parking near by at the parking garage behind the restaurant. The menu is unique and food preparation and presentation is excellent - though pricey. Service from all the waiter staff was cordial and prompt.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate