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The Mission
The Mission

The Mission Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://themissionaz.com/
  • Email: info@themissionaz.com
  • Phone: (480) 636-5005
  • 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, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
  • 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) 636-5005

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Although the food at the Mission was inventive and delicious it was extremely loud and the service was very slow. It took about 20 minutes to get our drinks. And then after our waitress took our order, she came back to take our order again about 15-20 minutes later. I guess that she forgot to turn it into the kitchen. This pattern of waiting continued throughout the night. The restaurant was also very loud, not just with conversation and kitchen noise, but with annoying techno music played overhead. The food was outstanding. We had tacos for two and table side guacamole. The jalapeño margaritas were amazing. And we would have more drinks but the waitress couldn't make it happen. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We love The Mission - so many great small plates and cocktails to choose from- you can have a different meal each time! Great service too - especially Noah!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Arrived early for an 8p reservation, had a drink at a cramped fully seated (with dinner patrons) bar. 8p came and went with no response. Finally led by the manager through the restaurant to an OUTSIDE bright patio. When we voiced our displeasure with being seated outside (the inside ambience is vibrant and dark) the manager, Tom did not give the 4 of us the option to be reseated inside but rudely insisted we didn't request "inside". He continued to argue and accuse us of being rude. (Brian Raab, owner- How did you hire this guy?) The waitress was friendly but too busy to be attentive. A $15 anejo never arrived. Neither did an ordered side dish. Their signature table side guacamole was prepared as if a timed event not at all impressive. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "On vacation and got the name from the hotel. Food was excellent and so was my margarita. Waitress was attentive and knowledgable. Cool looking place too. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I took two of my girlfriends to Mission on a recent visit to Scottsdale. I had dined there once before and was just as impressed the second time around. All the food was incredible! We shared the table side guacamole which I highly recommend and then all enjoyed different tacos. All three of us had the jalapeño margarita and agreed it was one of our favorite cocktails. Can not wait for my next visit to Arizona to dine at this gem!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything about the Mission was tops. The design of the building is just what you'd expect from its name and its location in old Scottsdale. And when it comes to the food, it raises Mexican cuisine to a new standard -- it is elegant s well as delicious. the most discriminating "foodies" could not help but be delighted!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Overal experience for this our second visit was good, but not as stellar as our first. Wife found the fish dry. Salmon, although on the menu, we removed in deference to larger group's demand. Nice that wait staff had penlights to illuminate and enable reading the menu (we used our phone-flashlights first) and to illuminate the food once served, why is it necessary. It's not that romantic of a place that need that level of lighting."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Was there with 8 others and no one was disappointed. The shrimp tacos were simply awesome. Well worth the visit"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent food- we went three times during our visit to Scottsdale."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Our dinner was delicious and our waiter was very nice. The table-side homemade guacamole is a must-have! Great location in Old Town Scottsdale with lots of places to go after dinner."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I make better guacamole at home. The restaurant's "signature dish" (Pork) was over priced and basically just a couple of slices of pork."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our server was amazing, enthusiastically describing dishes and answering our questions about ingredients we weren't familiar with, but it was so DARK that she gave us tiny flashlights to read the menus, and we had to use our cellphone flashlights to see the food on our plates!! I had a hard time deciding whether to "recommend" it or not....terrific, inventive food, but again, unnecessarily dark. When you go, ask for a table outside!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A delight wonderful food and a big surprise had never heard about this place we intend to return great"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Whenever we are in Scottsdale we make a visit to the Mission one of our objectives. We had friends in town with us and we went to the Mission for dinner and it did not disappoint. They all enjoyed the atmosphere and the food, the service was great as well. I recommend reservations because this place is always busy and if you want to get in a reservation is required."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I wanted to take my wife out for a memorable anniversary dinner while in Arizona on vacation and my hotel concierge suggested The Mission. We had some amazing table side gaucamole that we polished off before the main course had even arrived. We ordered the chicken tacos which had some great heat and rojo sauce flavors that went perfectly with the slaw. We also tried the mahi-mahi tacos and opted for the beer batter preparation. I liked this but I think my wife would have preffered the grilled option. Our drinks were top notch and served with knowledgable experience. We were also treated to their pumpkin bread pudding desert which had out of this world flavor and perfect texture. All in all a successful night and my wife loved it."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Our server was a little new but did a great job . We were a little later in the evening so a few of the items we wanted were already gone ( which is always a good sign to me since I have been in the industry for 25 plus years ) . The food that we substituted was great . Good price point good cocktails and the wine selection was on point !"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A friend and I ate here prior to a concert and requested patio seating. The front patio is small and tables are very close to one another. Our waiter was Chris and he provided recommendations and was very attentive and professional. Margaritas are authentic and guacamole is prepared table side with your whatever degree of heat you desire. We both ordered tacos...I had the butternut squash and my friend ordered the mahi mahi. The presentation was very attractive with flavor to match. The tacos are quite small, but perfect for those with less than hearty appetites."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The highly regarded table side guacamole was as good as the hype, and the rest of the meal was equally great. This restaurant always seems to be booked way in advance, so if you're planning on celebrating a special occasion you should look to make reservations sooner than you would think."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent all around. Food and service were top notch. Love the use of multi-colored salt blocks, not only the walls in the lounge and restaurant but as a serving plate for the tacos. Lots of variety on the menu and a very good selection of tequila. One of our favorite restaurants in Scottsdale."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "My husband & I enjoyed the following items with our Primaritas: Tableside Guacamole, Tecate Skirt Steak Tacos, & Chipotle Honey Creamy Grits. All of these were sumptuous, well-presented, and, quite frankly, amazing. The Pumpkin Bread Pudding was to die for and goes best with the 1921 Crema de Tequila. Our service was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant & we will be going back on our next trip to Scottsdale!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to The Mission regularly since arrival in Arizona from Chicago in 2012. Actually, we were given owner Brian Raab's business card on a visit prior to our move and once he accommodated us with a table at a particularly busy time (which seems actually all the time at The Mission). Great guy and the food is always spectacular. My wife loves the Scallop taco’s. However, if there is one small drawback it’s the attitude of the hostess gaggle. There’s a real air of see-through pretentiousness about these young ladies. Some need a little attitude adjustment and training on how to warmly greet customers. Conversely, our server Amanda, as are all the servers, was fantastic. We’ll be back for the food if not the greeters."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Feel good place to go. Food was fantastic, sangria was good, service was ok but I have a feeling generally service is better than we expierenced. Definitely get the table side guacamole!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Beuatiful setting, although a little dark inside. We tried for outside, too busy. Food was great!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Excellent food in an amazing atmosphere. Great for outdoor dining. Great service. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I was out of town and anticipated to try this restaurant. First, they did not have my table ready and kept showing me around for 2 make shift tables at front & back patio. Then, after 20 minutes we got seated. After the waiter took our order, he practically ignored us for the rest of the night. I asked for extra condiments and tortilla and he just ignored us. Never followed up on our requests. The food was good but the portion was small. We ordered tacos and it came with 3 small bite size tacos. It is more a bar/tapas place. The service was extremely poor."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, from guacamole appetizer to pumpkin bread- pudding (even if you're not a fan, it's worth trying for the butterscotch sauce). I'm already a fan of awesome Mexican food, but the Latin flare of these tasteful dishes made this a new favorite! Completely like nothing I've tasted before and so very good! Ambience is a little dark, but I liked it. We only needed a I-Phone flashlight once to review drink menu. Enjoy! We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "What happened to The Mission? The food was cool. The manager said they serve food cool. We have dined the world and this was poor service. The waitress was arrogant and dismissive. We probably won't go back, but they really don't need to care what we think as it is small and busy. By the way the bar servers were very good, friendly, and attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "On each of my visits to Scottsdale, I always make reservations at The Mission. The food is outstanding and great for sharing. The noise levels inside can be pretty high, so I generally prefer an outside table. They have heaters and even bring you blankets if you are cold. The margaritas are the best I've ever had and the service has always been great."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Even with a reservation we needed to wait over 25 minutes for a table (on a Sunday night). They have an interesting setup there, where you need to wait for a particular table that is reserved for you. So, if the group before is taking their time, you wait, and wait, and wait... We were seated on the patio, which was quieter and more enjoyable. The waitress was helpful and courteous. The food was good but a bit pricey for what you got. Drinks are on the expensive side too. Desserts were excellent. I wanted to really like this place, but I got the impression that since this restaurant seems to take advantage of being the only "happening" place downtown."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We felt like we were at Chili's! Food was excellent but our server was extremely rude. Came every 3-5 minutes wanting our order. Then when we asked to give us some time, she got attitude and didn't return until I had a busser get her. Very disappointing for sure. I live in Scottsdale and I think establishments tend to forget that this time of year."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We went to Mission on our daughters recommendationThe food was fantastic and our waiter totally steered us in a great direction for our food and drink choices"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I am from Massachusetts and my wife and I recently returned from Arizona. The Mission was recommended to me by my dentist and we are very happy with his recommendation. If you are visiting or a native of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, you do not want to miss this extraordinary southwestern cuisine. Reserve well ahead of time; this place is in demand."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Stayed long enough to be annoyed by the hostess and server. Left and went to a better restaurant. Only reservations available were at 3 pm (we wanted 5 pm), though the place was empty when we arrived at 2:45. Check in and told the Roast pork was not available (even though there appeared to be a lot available). We were seated and given the brunch menu (though brunch was over and they would only serve a few items from it) The hostess was completely unprofessional, and the other employees were marginally better. We waited for about 20 minutes and then walked out."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Asked for outdoor seating at time of confirmation and refused when seated . Snotty staff and too dark environment"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We loved the food and the atmosphere of the outside patio. It was very tough to park though. Drove around for over 15 mins and then figured out they had a valet. But after waiting in line for the valet for 10 minutes, they said they were full (although there were plenty of available valet parking spots so I didn't understand??). We ended up getting last spot in their underground garage. Guac was great, as was the pork taco dish and the scallop entrée. We are from out of town but will definitely go back whenever in the area."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The guacamole made fresh to order table-side is a MUST. The tacos are equally delicious (duck, porchetta chorizo...). Overall the food and our server were great, but it is REALLY DARK inside the restaurant and cold (AC is on high). It doesn't feel like they want you to get too comfortable and stay too long, and in fact when they called me to reconfirm my reservation they also told me when I needed to leave by. I don't think we stayed much more than an hour even though we had an hour and 45 mins allotted to us, and I appreciate restaurants have to juggle reservations, but all in all, I got the impression they have high demand, and they're trying to "process" people through."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We met as a group for brunch before a Spring Training game. Wonderful ambiance, food, service. Now, we want to return for dinner!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The restuarant was very very dark. Unable to see your food or read the menu. I had the snapper and it was overcooked and the vegetables that it was on was very very salty."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Been to The Mission several times. Always order the pork tacos. Usually very good. But, the pork was delivered lukewarm this time. The table for two did not have enough room for the pork platter, the tortillas, the table side avocado dip we paid extra for, our drinks and the chips. We were very crowded and uncomfortable. The noise level the day we went was very high so we could not enjoy a conversation with each other. Recommend the corn side - very good."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and ambiance. Service was average and prevented from a 5-star experience."
    Dined on 3/19/2014