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About The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

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.

3815 North Brown Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 636-5005

Website:
http://themissionaz.com/

Parking Details:
Lots of easy access to free parking in the front and to the back of the restaurant. Along the street as well!

Public Transit:
The Scottsdale Trolley stops in three spots within less than 2 blocks from The Mission!

Executive Chef:
Matt Carter

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Come on in and celebrate the holidays with us!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We are open from 2pm to 9pm! We will be serving Chef Carters amazing holiday features and offering the full menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in the New Year with us!

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Private Dining

We have an open dining area that is separate from the main dining room. We can also accommodate up to 32 people in our semi-private draped room. Our Garden Patio seats up to 60, the Courtyard Patio will seat 35 people.

The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.6

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4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (62)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Special Occasion (47)
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Romantic (45)
Authentic (41)
Creative Cuisine (40)
Fun (38)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Good for Groups (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Cozy (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Spicy (19)
Tapas (18)
Casual (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
People Watching (15)
Business Meals (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great meal in a lovely setting with terrific staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and well prepared. Excellent service! Great drink menu.

Tags: Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Came here a year ago, almost to date to celebrate my friends birthday and here we are again for another birthday dinner. I forget how much I like this place, a bit pricey, but the food, atmosphere and service has always been good. I had made an Open Table Saturday dinner reservations for 2. Daniel our server who made our evening experience enjoyable

Upon arrival we were greeted and seated toward the back, which was a better location than last time here. A bit loud when you sit near the bar area. We started off with Cocktails, Primarita ( tequila, organic agave nectar, pressed lime - no sugar, 1⁄2 the calories, all organic )
and a Mezcal​ Flight. The flight of 5 tasters, presented on a beautiful tray was big for our small table, we only had room for our Tableside Guacamole. Eventually we ordered our entrees, we shared was the Pork Shoulder for 2 and Green Chile Duck Confit (worked out perfectly because there were 2 duck legs). All the dishes were wonderful! especially the Birthday Pumpkin Bread Pudding that came with a Sparkler at the end.

Only Negative is the lighting. No food photos to go with the fan review and my friend and I had to use our phone flash light to read the menu.

Atmosphere: great, Service: excellent Food: very good.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food. I had the grouper, which was delicious.

Not cheap but not complaining.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place. Unique and excellent dishes. Outstanding preparation and presentation. Really enjoyed the preparation of the guacamole at table side. The fried banana desert is heavenly.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing date night, food and service is the best in old town

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was very attentive. We enjoyed being able to have dinner outside on the patio. ( It was a little chilly, but they had heat lamps.) Good selection of cocktails, including their signature margaritas, which were delicious. We enjoyed having our guacamole prepared tableside. I had a filet and my husband had the duck. Everything was prepared beautifully and very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The Mission is consistent as a great choice for dining in Scottsdale. I prefer the back patio, because the inside dining area is so dark, but The Mission is always a nice experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Awesome experience, bartenders and food!

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Such a yummy and fun restaurant! Highly recommend!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Not worth the trip
Place is tired

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was fantastic. The service was grand. But it was so dark that everyone was using their cell phone flash lights to read the menu. Even when the server brought your order he used a flashlight to show you what everything was. I don’t mind dim lighting but this was ridiculous. I tried to eat by the very small candle in the middle of the table but gave up and turned on my cell phone light and propped it up to shine on my plate!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Another great lunch on the back patio at The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale. Luv the Primarita margarita - no sugar, etc. Don’t miss having the tableside made guacamole- best in the area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Just as good as we remembered. We had been here years ago and decided to try it again because we remembered the incredible guacamole which was just as we remembered. We debated who picked the better dishes and decided it was a tie. The Mexican Street corn is addictive! I ordered the chicken which was to die for! It is a fun atmosphere. We sat inside because it was a likely chilly out but it had a good vibe. We sat outside on the patio last time which was nice. Hopefully the weather will comply next time we travel to Scottsdale.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always a great time at Mission for brunch, lunch , dinner or just for a snack and drinks at the bar

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fun, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fantastic as always! Friends and family that visit us ask to go to The Mission!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went to The Mission before a show at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. The restaurant is 2 or 3 blocks from the theater. Excellent service and very interesting food. Guacamole was prepared table side, to our requests. Duck confit was very special. Tacos were ample and very tasty. It was a birthday for one of our party and the banana bread pudding desert was fantastic. The restaurant is a little pricey but you don't mind it when the meal is wonderful and the service is efficient but unrushed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food and service at the Mission are consistently of high-quality. Tableside guacamole is the best I’ve ever had. Mexican street corn is also excellent. You’ll have a great time here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I have been coming to The Mission during thanksgiving every time I am in Scottsdale. They have a great innovative menu, very romantic ambiance with a cool vibe indoors. Our server went out of her way to help one friend in our party who changed the dressing on the salad. Smart service! This is my last experience but every year the inspirational food, the interesting drinks they continue to impress.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I very much enjoyed this upscale Mexican restaurant. The guacamole, pork shoulder and swordfish/shrimp were excellent. The margarita, martini and draft beer were also excellent. Service was terrific.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I've dined at the Mission several times now and it never disappoints. The table side made guacamole is delicious and has become our favorite appetizer, I highly recommend it. You can't go wrong with any of the tacos dishes. Try the cucumber and jalapeno margarita! Staff is super friendly and always on point.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Always great...live the pork tacos and table-side guacamole

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our waitress took very good care of us throughout the evening. She offered excellent selection for wine also.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My friends and I were there for my birthday celebration. One of my friends loved the salsa so much that she asked if she could purchase it and take it home with her. The four of us shared 4 different street taco selections. My favorite one was the fish tacos, but I also enjoyed the chicken, brussels sprouts and butternut squash ones. My friend had to send her margarita back because it was a little too sweet for her taste, but they fixed it for her and the new one was fine. For my birthday dessert, I was given a complementary bread pudding. It was outstanding! All in all, the food we had was the best I’ve had in a long time. We were seated on the back patio outdoors. The noise level was a little louder than I would like, but it wasn’t unbearable. At the end of the meal, it took forever to get our bill. When the manager saw us and came over to see how we were doing, the waitress then rushed over to bring us our bill. This was the first time that my friends had eaten at this restaurant. They loved the food! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our second time at The Mission - we loved it, great restaurant with amazing food, exceptional service, vibrant ambience, perfect evening. We loved the Table side guacomole paired with delicious cocktails. The crispy pork & cola lime glaze service on lettuce were delicious. The pork shoulder served with small taco - YUMMY!! Ended the evening with the Pumpkin Bread pudding - speechless!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love this restaurant! Second time to Phoenix and made a point to go back.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Visiting Scottsdale with friends and decided to try this restaurant for a second time in seven years. Table side quac was a hit but menu choices are limited. Maybe a good idea to look at the menu before getting there, especially if you are sitting inside as it is very dark. Needed our cell phone light to actually read the menu. Would have preferred a table outside. Food was ok but nothing to write home about. On the pricey side for what you get. Great service though.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Nice outdoor seating. Creative Mexican food and wonderful guacamole.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing!! It came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. Drinks were amazing. Table side guac was awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Timo was our waiter and he made it all the better! He deserves a raise! ;)

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great service, overall an excellent experience.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service was amazing but the restaurant was really loud and crowded. We were jammed into a table where the tables next to us had to move for us to get out

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Scottsdale area!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was nice but pricey. 30 dolar pork chip with nothing else.
The steak tacos were very small.
Marguerita waa watery.
I would try somewhere else.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant was fabulous, the lighting was very dark. We had to use our cell phone flashlights to read the menu. It really doesn't need to be that dark, it makes you think they are hiding something.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great service fantastic bartenders
Good food yes go

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The best guacamole I’ve ever had. Great service. The patio is lovely. We’ll definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Nice evening on the patio but view across the street just ok . The food was really good ....

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Once again the food was delicious and once again, the atmosphere was so dark that we could barely see what we are eating. We chose a table outside hoping it would be lighter, but alas no. Do not understand why a restaurant that serves such delicious food chooses to hide it in nearly totally darkness.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were visiting from out of state. The food was very good as was my Primarita margarita. I had the green chile duck confit and it was delicious. Unfortunately we sat at the back of the restaurant and it was really dark. It was hard to see what I was eating and other tables were using flashlights to read the menus they were lucky enough to get. When we were seated, we were told they didn’t have anymore menus and we’d have to wait. It’s the first time I’ve ever ordered dinner from a restaurants online menu while seated in the restaurant. Service got to be a little slow when they got busy and we were under a time constraint, we were late due to traffic and we were told (twice) we only had that table until 7:15. All in all the food was good, our server was attentive when he could be, but don’t go there for the atmosphere, or great service.
P.S. Even with the slower service and no menus we were gone by 6:50, not bad for all the forces against us.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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