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
165 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)special occasion (85)romantic (74)hot spot (58)neighborhood gem (53)great for outdoor dining (47)vibrant bar scene (42)good for groups (31)great for lunch (21)late-night find (21)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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.
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    MECJRC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservations, but the hostess informed us that we had to wait a short while for a table to open. That turned into 15 minutes later and the hostess told us there was nothing she could to because she couldn't just "kick them out of the table"...she directed us towards the bar 20 minutes later and said they would give us a drink on the house. About 10 minutes later we were seated, and our server, though very friendly, was not on point. We messed up our order, and we were later charged for something we didn't even get. The couple nest to us was having an equally unenjoyable night, and left as soon as they could. Overall, bad experience. Food was just okay, and not worth the waiting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Should of come hear years ago
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have know about the Mission for years and never made a great effort to stop in and try it out - Now I wish I would have many years ago - The food and Drinks are amazing - the table side Guacamole is Amazing - The Chips are Amazing - Everything is amazing and I am putting this on my regular visit list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    PCJohn65
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My wife and I ate at the Mission on August 26th and loved it. Do not miss ordering the tableside guacamole - it is the best we ever had. We then shared the roasted pork tacos which is more than plenty for two, and just melted in our mouths with the sauce that came with it. Also, their special Mission skinny margarita was simply amazing. Great atmosphere and great food made for a spectacular evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Brunch
    mrsro
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beautiful ambience, even during the day. On a hot Summer day it was dark and cool inside which was relaxing and welcome. Tableside guacamole could have been a little more exciting - the kid that prepared ours just seemed to want to get through it as quickly as possible. But, it was very good and the avocado was perfect. We ordered off the Brunch menu on a Sunday afternoon & everyone loved their dishes. Corn & Crab Pancake, Skirt Steak w/ tortillas and the Roasted Chicken w/ waffles. What really stood out though were the drinks. I tried the Pineapple Ginger Mojito which was fantastic!! Refreshing, the perfect ratio of fruit, herbs, and alcohol - absolutely wonderful. I could definitely sit there & toss back a few of those. A must try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I am a lover of great restaurants and this is one of them! Recommended to us by a local family member we decided to try it. Loved the decor when I first walked in. Its low lighting but the chandeliers were awesome. Next the food. I know they are just chips but they were excellent thin warm tortillas chips with salsa and definitely try the guac. We had duck empanadas that were outrageous! Our meals followed and were also amazing. We were so stuffed at the end and I never pass up dessert but i did this time. The server gave us a little taste of the espresso churros and cinnamon vanilla milkshake. Wow! The server was always around to make sure we were doing good and was very knowledgable and friendly. So glad we tried The Mission!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not Great
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Three of us had dinner. "Not to be missed" table side guacamole was average. We asked for medium spice and there wasn't any; flavor was nothing to write home about. Decent cheese plate, but for the price, the slices of cheese are quite small. Skewered chicken appetizer was my favorite. Good mole sauce, peanuts and pepitas a nice finish. Steak street tacos were overmarinaded and too salty. There was a bbq sauce on them that was misplaced, but not bad. Unfortunately, the meat had that over marinaded texture, was dry and so salty I was really downing my water and could not really enjoy them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Lunch
    barb7
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I went to lunch with three other friends to celebrate my birthday. The room is very warm and welcoming. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the questions we had about the food. We all ordered the street tacos and they were presented beautifully and tasted great. When we told her it was a birthday lunch, she immediately presented us with a bread pudding and ice cream that was unique and yummy. We looked at the dinner menu, for a future visit. I would go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    ShortsguyandsnarkVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wow what an amazing place food service perfect Food ambience awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food
    Pureimpulse
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Ordered skirt steak tacos they must use that fake smoke additive it tasted horrible whatever they did way to much of what tasted like smoke
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little off today
    Rigatony
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Typically the food is impeccable. This is one of my favorites. Today the pork shoulder & chorizo was dry and over spiced . The duck appetizer was light on the duck and heavy on cheese. The service was great as usual. Maybe the cooks had a bad day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have to go back for more
    indeedsousvide
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The Mission has a unique food and drink menu with a wide range of prices. And don't worry about the lighting, it is dim, but the waiters carry keychain pinchlights to see the menu. I found the wait staff and the manager attentive, very helpful, and friendly. Tables are a bit small and close, but we were there at an off time (early evening Sunday) so it wasn't bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic atmosphere for dinner
    nmjen
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I only had done a leisurely lunch there and was looking forward to trying dinner. The young folks were at the bar and the older crowd sat down for dinner. It was a completely different vibe from lunch! Our server was wonderful. He suggested the Smokehouse Margarita which was just the right amount of smoke and heat. The entire staff was attentive. My husband remarked that the food is simple, but so good. We had the mahi mahi and the skirt steak tacos with the guacamole tableside, which is a must do. The only thing that one should be prepared for is that it is very dark in the dining room at dinner. We used my cell phone flashlight to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, pricy and dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Not a good experience at all, and the 3 words in the title provide the reasons. This was our third visit in recent years and our last, as The Mission has slipped each time we returned. The food is undistinguished, except for the salads, and the room is dark, crowded, noisy in a bad way (not energetic but irritating), and the service was grating. (Too much of the first-person plural.) Recommend trying elsewhere...we will.
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  • Great food and service
    TheCanadianTuxedo13
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten here and both times the food has been exceptional the service even better. Very professional staff that are always accommodating and welcoming to guests. Would highly recommend this place if you are in search of great Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavor
    SJP1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Of all the things one can say about The Mission, the pronounced myriad of flavors is at the very top. Even if the service wasn't top notch (which it was) I would keep coming back over and over again just for the food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty yet too cozy
    Terezanator
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the food and enjoyed good service. Was not keen on sitting so close to other tables - had the misfortune of sitting next to loud talkers and mundane conversation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Worldfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved the entire experience, from having drinks at the bar from a very knowledgeable bartender to the died and went to heaven dessert. Will be telling our friends and family about your restaurant. Plan on coming back for another fine dining experience. Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would only change 1 think
    Chls15
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went on a Sarurday night, the food was delicious and service was terrific. The only problem we had was with the lighting. It's very dark, even waiters had to pull out flash lights to see the menu. Other than that we love it, especially the Barbacoa short ribs. And The Mission cocktail was our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I ordered the chorizo porchetta and was both delighted and disappointed with every other bite. Some were very tender and went wonderfully with the sauces, while others were tough and forgettable. The redeeming factor of the meal was the taste and texture of the white bean purée. I wish they would serve this dish as an appetizer with chips. Truly sublime. My wife ordered the crispy pork and cola lime glaze. The items were described as tacos but the portions were more in line with individual chips. She had the same issue with the pork that I did. The Primarita and Blood Orange margaritas were both delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food!
    Food
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food and service at The Mission were great. The ambiance would be nice if we didn't feel like sardines. I felt like I was sitting on top of another patron. Unfortunately, I was reluctantly privy to strangers' conversations for this reason. The music was also a bit loud at times and some was reminiscent of 90s hip hop, which I personally enjoy. But I can imagine there were other patrons who were less appreciative of that music. It was very dark inside The Mission. It didn't bother me. I was able to clearly read the menu. However, I saw that most other diners were using their phone flashlight apps in order to see the menu. As for the food: The table side guacamole was amazing. The squash tacos were divine, as was the white bean purée!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just okay
    TakeMeOut
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was my third time to The Mission. I probably won't be back. It is extremely dark at the table we were seated at. Flashlights (cell phone and the one our server offered) were a requirement. Tableside guacamole was indeed tasty but wasn't made beside our table. Asked about a house wine, was told it was a Malbec. When asked for more information, our server sighed and said it was a Malbec, she could go ask if we really wanted to know. You only have one house wine, the details should be easy enough to recall. My aunt was visiting on business from out of town and wanted her items on a separate check. Was told they don't do that. Seriously, it was 2 check for 3 people at the table. Never felt special. And wasn't told of any dinner specials.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Good Service, Good Price
    pickyfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The menu was creative, the food was bursting with flavors, and the service was wonderful. The only reason I took one star off was because it was a bit noisy for our family. Our server, Jemar, was friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was great not just because of it being cooked perfectly but because of the creative pairing of the sauces and sides as well. Most notable was the salmon which salmon done 2 ways. My son said it was crispy on the outside and silky inside and the sauces were to die for. He loved it so much he would not even share one bit with his brother. My chorizo porchette was so flavorful with the sweet and sour notes they made my taste buds dance. The Mission makes us want to go back to visit the Phoenix area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    SoccerFoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It's been awhile since we visited the mission. But the mission never fails to deliver. Great food. Very energetic scene. Lots of fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place in Scottsdale
    MesaDiane
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I love the food, ambience & service. Great place to take out of town guest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special find
    CelestialDining
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I've always wanted to go to this little gem. Finally, I had the opportunity to go there for a lunch meeting. I'll for sure be back! Next time for a romantic dinner with my husband in the evening. The beef tacos and corn were wonderful. The service was just as great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic restaurant!
    NJDiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I celebrated my 40th birthday here with a group of friends over the weekend. The service was unbelievable and knowing we were celebrating, they offered many generous extras along the way. The food was excellent. The atmosphere was very cool (a little dark but, they actually offer flashlights so you can see the menu and to show you your dish when they bring it). Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food at best
    Nicole
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had high expectations for this restaurant based on all the hype. 2 out of 3 of our dishes were over cooked. The meal was extremely expensive for what was produced. It is also very hard to see- it's too dark.
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  • True Olde Town flavor
    franklyspeaking
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Fantastic place to bring anyone who isn't from Arizona ... First impressions are fantastic .... THE best service
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    CdPz
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This is one of the best spots in the Valley, from one of Phx best chefs. The food is excellent and always consistent. You will not be disappointed. Best Sangria in town. Great spot for any ocassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    TravelinMan26VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again The Mission did not disappoint....the food and service here are top notch....had the scallops this time and they were excellent. Nationally recognized chef.....don't miss this place. Can be crowded and loud inside but don't let that stop you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Recommend
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Have reservations or get there early. Staff all have service in mind.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate