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
158 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (103)special occasion (79)romantic (64)hot spot (57)neighborhood gem (48)vibrant bar scene (43)great for outdoor dining (40)good for groups (27)late-night find (20)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (15)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Top notch Fusion-Mexican
    DMJSilverado
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Excellent as usual, the mission combines excellent ingrédients, creative recipes and nice service. If there was only one thing to improve, it is the noise level inside, that makes it difficult to have a conversation and the lights so dim (but then, this seems to be a US classic, : the posher the restaurant, the less light) that the waitress runs around with a flash light to help people read the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal and attentive staff
    flavorlovers
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had not eaten at The Mission prior to our recent dinner there. We were very happy with the taste and quality of the food.The appetizers were unique and the entrees were very well prepared and offered outstanding taste combinations. we will certainly go there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OLDTown2
    OLDTown2
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food and wait staff were fabulous. Unfortunately, the ambiance this night was very distracting. First, we were seated in a 2-top in the corner with a small side table next to us with LIT candles on it. My wife could not physically get into the adjoining seat without moving the side table with LIT candles and all. Second, one we were into our appetizers, a family with a small baby was seated at the table on the other side of the side table with LIT candles. Once again, the side table with LIT candles had to be moved. Someone finally got smart and moved the table from the area. The family with the baby created a lot of noticeable activity and noise. Once settled, they decided to move outside, creating more havoc.
    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.
  • Regulars!
    KateVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The Mission is consistently good. We are becoming regulars and this is our go to place to bring visitors. Love the Spanish Colonial charm, the variety of delicious menu options and the guacamole tableside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Next Level
    Munroe
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    There are a select few restaurants in the country that become destinations for me and this is one. I visit Scottsdale regularly and will go to The Mission every single visit. Had a very engaging conversation with the bartender. Every aspect exceeded my expectations. The Mission Mule may be the best cocktail I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    How was the food? Well I don't know because we never got that far. I had an 8 pm reservation and was seated, ordered and got drinks immediately. After waiting 45 minutes without a morsel of food, I searched for the manager who was rude and very unapologetic. We decided to leave and found a restaurant in the neighborhood that was crowded, delicious and right on spot with service. Sorry friends...there are too many good restaurants around to waste my time!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, not so great drinks
    resrev
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food was very good, especially the guacamole made at the table. Margaritas were not impressive, and too pricey. Waiter seemed distracted, though the restaurant was not that busy when we placed our order..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    lynn
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Loved the creativity of the dishes on the menu. Flavors were all intense and wonderful. Beautifully presented. Service was great. The noise level was deafening. We could never actually make out music, but there was an acoustic beat going on continuousl . I would rate it 5 stars were it not for the deafening music/noise. We were there on a Sunday night - I expect that during the rest of the week, it's filled with an age group that thrives on that music. It was too much for us. We will go again when the weather is cool enough to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place in Phoenix
    Pajrober
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I love the Mission! It has great food with the best guacamole made at your table. The wine list is good and fairly reasonable. We tend to get a variety of items and share. We always get the pork shoulder tacos with the shells served on salt blocks. I am also a fan of their salads - favorite is the Kale. The only thing I was disappointed in was the sangria my daughter ordered. It could use more fruit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.