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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Mission reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)special occasion (81)hot spot (76)romantic (64)great for outdoor dining (54)neighborhood gem (51)vibrant bar scene (44)good for groups (36)late-night find (22)notable wine list (19)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (13)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Scottsdale excellence
    MeatPotatoes
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent food and service. Whenever I am in Scottsdale Mission is at the top of my restaurant list! A bit noisy but otherwise excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Made a last minute reservation for a small birthday dinner. It was my first time and i was very pleasently surprised. When you walk in you feel like walking into someones home, and the salt wall is beautiful. I caught the fire flickering all night. The vaulted cellings add that modern touch and it was perfect. Started at the bar and had a strawberry coconut mojito. Yum! Finally sat and hadtheir tableside guac and some of the street corn. Both amazing and full of flavor. Entrees come and i chose the green chili duck confit. I mean what a great test of the menu, and i was not dissapointed. It was incredible. First time dinner and i was blown away!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Tj1984
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The food at the mission is phenomenal! The decor and overall attention to detail is remarkable. We were just visiting but we will recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for a Night Out
    M265
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary, based on a recommendation from a coworker. From the pictures online, I was expecting the restaurant to be larger, with a more intimate atmosphere. This would be a great scene for a new couple, or as a casual dinner with friends, but it was much too loud (on a Monday!) to be romantic. Upon looking at their menu, the choices were small, but adequate enough for an upscale Mexican restaurant. The menu doesn't state it, but everything is a la carte - our waiter didn't tell us this and we ended up ordering tacos and still being pretty hungry after. The restaurant makes their own chips and they're not provided free - you have to order them (and they're expensive). However, overall the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    ItsmeJWG
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this place! The food is delist, the atmosphere cozy, and the staff is friendly. Everything I've had here has been delicious but the street corn and salsa is a must everytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi In Scottsdale.
    ManoloVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant is very nice. Food was excellent! The avocado rolls were super fresh & tasty. The Tuna roll delicious. Service superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible take on Mexican food
    DTMAZ
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    not your usual Mexican food smothered in cheese. Nice variety, and interesting takes on some of the more common dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good great service
    Buckeye211
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have dined at The Misson serval times and have enjoyed it more after each visit. Amanda took care of us during out recent visit and made out birthday dinner more special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly delightful
    Oregonians
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We checked TripAdviser for a good Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale. The Mission was rated best, and we weren't disappointed. Friendly, knowledgable staff, quick service, and some of the best mexican food we've ever had. The guacamole was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Michael
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent dining experience. Always stop by when I am in Phoenix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening out!
    kupchu9702
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration. We sat outside, which was much quieter. Food was remarkable. We will have to return because the menu was so interesting we could not sample everything we wanted to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Bar-Like Atmosphere
    WearyWorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A very loud bar-like atmosphere more appropriate for groups than couples. It seems to attract a lot of tourists as well, so beware. However, the food is quite good and the service is professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch service
    Trey
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I can't say enough about our experience at The Mission. Our server Jemar was phenomenal. Can't say enough about his service other than it was the best we have experienced while we have lived in Arizona. My wife and I told Jemar to bring us what ever he recommended for the entire evening starting with the appetizers and finishing with the desserts. He selection in foods was absolutely perfect every time. The owners stopped by our table a few times to see if we needed anything and we can't thank them enough for the champagne they brought us to help celebrate our anniversary. The food and service was 5 star in our books. We have traveled and dined all over the United States and The Mission is now in our top 3 places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WHAT A GREAT PLACE
    2foodluvrsAZ
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is a definite go to find in Old Town Scottsdale! So glad we went. The food is all top notch and portions perfect. Tableside guacamole is excellent and the Duck Empanadas is a real treat for the palate. Went there to celebrate a special anniversary and could not have been more pleased from the food to the very attentive service evident throughout all the staff and owner. Our server Lauren was knowledgable and caring all evening and really made the evening special. Explaining every dish and helping us decide. The pork shoulder tacos are excellent and pumpkin bread pudding.....YUM! Will be back and recommend others often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Review
    foodjunkie09
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food and service was excellent. The ambiance was not good, we sat right next to the bar with an open door and people passing by constantly, also the tables are too close together, you feel like you are squeezed in like sardines. The food was outstanding but for the money the portions were small. We will not be able to come back as often as we would like.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love - but bad experience
    Mateo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We LOVE TM! my husband's order was wrong 2X. I was finished -he had another beer. I then sat and watched him eat.A margarita? not an option. No one came until the FULL bill was delivered. Plan was to have dinner Monday. Decided no. Food was EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mission dinner
    PeteEat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was great except we ordered chips and guac as soon as sat down and we waited almost 45 min for guac. Weren't sure why but then discovered they have a guy/cart come to table and prepare. I'd rather just have them make in kitchen and get it in 5-10 min, before the chips are gone. That seemed gimmicky, and not working if it shuts down service. Priorities. Service first, gimmicks second.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We dined at The Mission for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and service was excellent. Our waitress took great care of us and made out date feel very special. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Night in Phoenix
    dgre
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A friend had recommended The Mission some time ago, but what clinched it for us was that it was walking distance from our hotel, and they had a good looking margarita menu. But the food also was excellent, imaginative and copious. A duck enchilada appetizer could have been an entrée; the chips and homemade smoky salsa spoiled our appetite for our seafood entrees. The main dining room was already a bit noisy at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, but we were offered back patio seating, and the noise level and atmosphere were much better, less claustrophobic. Some of the preparations verged on the fussy, but overall the ingredients and combinations were imaginative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful brunch!
    Roxanne
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We all loved it. Everything was great- food and service. The tableside guacamole was fantastic, as was the Sangria. I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must-go if visiting Scottsdale!
    ShalynVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went to visit friends in Scottsdale and had someone recommend The Mission. Awesome! Great guacamole and the filet was one of the best I've ever had (maybe THE best).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Billyd
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food great......they need to transfer bar tabs. Once you get your table it can take five minutes to close out at the bar as the bar tenders are slammed and have a tendency to chatter it up with the wait staff as they fix their drinks. Their tipping arrangements cause them to require you tab out. That's their problem. Also as everyone says it's too dark in the restaurant . They actually hand out flash lights so you can read the menu. What's with that ?the food is fab I would like to see it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Read menu carefully
    LuvFreshFood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very disappointing to get deep fried fish tacos. The outer crust is very thick and not too tasty. If menu had said deep-fried, I would not have ordered so be sure to ask questions. They were very accommodating on splitting a margarita (can't drink a full one and then drive home).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was a great restaurant. The food and drinks were both amazing. The only downside is that you are crammed pretty close to other tables, and there isn't much space. It just takes away from the overall feel of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    ladymaeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food with a wonderful combination of flavors. The pumpkin bread pudding is fabulous. The night we were there it was quite loud but the staff was able to relocate us to a quieter table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MeredithVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our waiter Jemar was terrific. This is the 2nd time we have had him as a waiter and he is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor lighting and indoor seating
    DonnaFiedler
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Mission's food was great! However, seeing your food, the menu or frankly much of anything else was a challenge because they keep the place SO DARK! Several people needed cell phone light to see the menu. When the poor lighting was mentioned, it was stated that it was to create a romantic "atmosphere". Really? Another BIG turnoff was the poor seating set-up. I really think THAT'S why they keep it so dark. It is the type where one person shares a bench seat and the other is in a chair opposite you You are privy to every conversation next to you and vice-versa. For the prices you are paying for food, it would be nice to have some "space" to enjoy it. They do have an outside patio that may offer a better set-up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but Busy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food is really good and interesting. I made reservations and had to wait 30 mins for a table. At 9pm. There is a nice waiting area by the restrooms that we were able to sit down and have drinks (we ordered from the bar) so it wasn't too bad. The short rib tacos and fish tacos were really good, street corn is my favorite--super spicy and lots of mayo! Margaritas are good, not sweet which I love. Order a bunch of things to share, but they all come in 3's -- you just order a 4th if you have 4 people. They make it easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but not a great place
    LoveFOODVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food is really good but the tables are elbow to elbow with the folks next to you and they are too busy with too few staff. There are other places in PHX just as good with better ambience so I'd skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good take on Latin eclectic
    hedonist
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Interesting variations on various Latin dishes. Very well prepared and presented. Most could have benefited from just a bit more seasoning. Only complaint? WAAAY too dark!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    FoodReviews
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My experience at The Mission was disappointing. We ordered drinks, wine, entrees, dessert, coffee, etc. The 2 pork shoulder orders came out and they were terrible. You could not cut it. It was fatty and gross. The waitress didn't seem that concerned at first. She could see we literally couldn't cut it so she then replaced both orders. The second orders came out 5-7 minutes later while everyone else was already eating. The second orders were worse than the first. So we waited again. Third time it was finally right. We were given a sorry with nothing deducted from our bill. Unacceptable and I won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and louzy value
    NikS
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a poor value. Small entrees costing in the mid thirty dollar range. i bet the food cost is not even 10%. Now if the food was great one would say it is worth it. The food was literally lousy. The chicken was undercooked and the accompaniment full of lemon juice. I am amazed at how people consider this a good restaurant. Maybe they are intimidated by all the hype. But overall I would not recommend this to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and staff was outstanding
    bonnieb
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waitress was exceptional. the flavors if the food were absolutely outstanding. the only thing i would recommend is to make more room between the tables in the dining room. It was like we were dining with the couple next to us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jake
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    my flat iron steak was perfect and my guests said their tacos were extraordinary as well. Great food in a great setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool neighborhood gem
    beachdom5
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were highly recommended to this restaurant whilst staying locally in Paradise Valley by another hotel guest. My Wife & I enjoyed dinner here last week, interesting setting next to a local church, interior very funky and great food. It's a modern fusion on Mexican food, creative yet not complicated or over fussy. Seating is a little close together so can be a little 'cosy' if it's busy. We would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service!
    Jojostucky
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was incredible. Great atmosphere and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jack
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Best guacamole ever. Made table side. Great MEXICAN food...no tex-mex here. On our visits to Scottsdale our must spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great experience each time
    Luv2dune
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Originally heard about this restaurant on groupon. Then a filt member said oh yes I've heard about that place and it's suppose to be really good. We've been for a weekend lunch, brunch and dinner and all were great. Service, food and atmosphere. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    MoxieScotts
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    No matter what you eat for appetizers (don't pass up the guac), or dinner (the tacos are tiny, but delicious), save room for dessert. It alone is worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Food and Beautiful Space
    CSquared
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were visiting Scottsdale for a wedding and generally had been underwhelmed by the food options. The Mission was the bright (culinary) spot of our trip. The vibe was cool and romantic- a nice change from the bright and blazing heat outside. The menu was interesting and offered some great options. Everyone was pretty pleased with their food and drinks. If you like margaritas you could stay there all day working your way down the list. On top of all of that- our service was excellent- friendly and efficient- with a touch of formality that made it feel like a special outing but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.