The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

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$30 and under
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Latin American
Old Town Scottsdale’s heart beats to a Latin drum at The Mission where renowned Chef Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro and Fat Ox) brings a modern twist to Latin cuisine blending influences from Spain, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Sip a signature margarita with unique flavors such as cucumber jalepeno or aguacate (yes, we said avocado) as you watch your Tableside Guacamole made to your taste from more than a dozen fresh ingredients.

Home made tortillas, and salsas are made fresh daily to accompany an assortment of meats and seafood prepared on a Plancha or a grill using pecan and mesquite wood that instills a rich flavor. And save room for dessert including our pumpkin bread pudding or expresso churros.
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LE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best experience and dinner I have ever been to! Our waiter (I think his name was Mar) was the BEST... request him any chance you get. He picked our food for us, drinks, gave the best suggestions, knew there entire menu and the story behind each item and we left so happy/full. I will be back to here any time I come to visit.

ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best meal and experience we had in Arizona. Sarah, our server, was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable of menu and gave great wine and food suggestions. Food was incredible! Highly recommend

N
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good!

KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular!! Service, food and ambiance. Highly recommend

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

EG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had an incredible meal and overall experience at The Mission. Everything from the service (sorry, cannot remember our wonderful Sri Lankan-descended server ), the ambiance, and, of course, the food was memorable.

The salsa for the chips, the "made-at-your-table-your-way" guacamole was tasty. But that was just the beginning. As far as the meals-we had the shrimp appetizer, the "Russian-roulette" pepper appetizer (that really "hurt" both of us for a while), the honey/pepper polenta, mahi-mahi tacos, and my indescribably delicious Kobe Dog smothered with some gemisch of peppers, sauce, bacon, and soft brioche pieces. Finally, we both had alcoholic beverages that were excellent.

All-in-all, it was truly a memorable meal and event. We'll certainly go back again!

H
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top shelf. Stop every time we are in PHX.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Over priced for the portion sizes

RL
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here every time we visit Scottsdale and they never disappoint. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding, even on a very busy Valentine's Day Friday. Cocktails are special. Thank you!

CN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service. Beautiful restaurant. Very dark

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away! Rich was an excellent server. The food was amazing! Sexy place! Great music!

PC
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had made reservations a month in advance and glad we did. Our waitress, Amanda, was exceptional! Our entrees were divine! Our friends visiting us from New York absolutely loved their meal and the ambiance! I had read quite a few negative reviews and was really concerned prior to going; however, glad we went!

F
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Never got the meal they forgot us. Never again.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the table side guacamole was the best guacamole we’ve ever had. Service was excellent through and through. A bit pricey, but the quality of the food and service made up for the price. Sometimes you get what you pay for and this was one of those times.

EA
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We had 10 in our party. One received the wrong steak. They took it back to fix the order, the server admitted she made a mistake. After about 15 minutes we called the server over to check on the status of his new steak. They overcooked it and we’re going to cook a third steak. By the time they brought it out, the other 9 of us were done eating so he had them put his steak in a to go box to take back to his hotel. Not a good experience.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming environment with a unique modern take on Mexican food. Service was also as welcoming and great!

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We heard the Mission was a must while in Scottsdale. It is very dark inside, but your eyes adjust and it was fairly pleasant (candle-lit). Although, I noted we wanted to be seated on the patio in the reservation, they sat us inside anyways. Margaritas were great, but very expensive ($15/drink). Table-side guacamole was delicious (ordered medium heat with no cheese). We both ordered tacos (one skirt steak and one mahi-mahi) and shared them. Although small, they were filling and delicious. The waitress strongly encouraged us both to get a side, but that ended up being way too much food (just got us to spend more). I got the street corn off the cob (very good) and my girlfriend got the papas y chorizo (just ok). Overall a solid experience, just be ready to drop some dough.

v
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice Sunday brunch. Their guacamole and waffles are delicious and this place is beautiful!

HM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Celebrating my husband’s first Marathon

RM
Springfield
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service, food, and ambiance were wonderful. My only wish would be that the tables were not so close together. But, we’ll be back!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food,service and margaritas. The guacamole is the best I have ever had.

m
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our waiter seemed to be lost--so I took extra care to carefully explain that we EACH wished to order the pork tacos--eg 2 orders. I clarified it more than once. He finally brought us ONE order-I asked where the other order was--he thought we only ordered ONE. We started eating. Another waiter stopped and wanted to know how things were--I told him we would like to have the rest of our order. He said he would take care of it. Some time later the original waiter stopped and asked if we were finished---I told him we finished 1/2 our order -could we PLEASE have the rest. Again confusion. The other waiter also stopped by again and seemed surprised we never got the rest of our order! This was repeated until I was really tired of the whole thing. We got the other half of our order approximately 1 hour after we initially received the first part of our order. I do not know what is happening at the Mission--I have dined there for years and recommended it for food and service---Something is seriously amiss--the owner needs to get some well trained staff or he is in trouble. I would recommend only if the person did not mind sitting at the bar where the service is always very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best. I believe her name was Lexi. Food, drinks, and service was outstanding.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very well-prepared and authentic dishes in a lively and low-light environment. Loved the drink options, and the staff is friendly and professional.

SO
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mission has very delicious food! It’s a bit pricey but a nice place to go occasionally. The Guac is the best!! Taco’s outstanding!! We sat on back patio outside, very nice.

KE
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My coworkers and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Mission. Our server recommended dining family style to try the pork shoulder tacos, the duck empanada and a small variety of other items. We also tried several of the types of margaritas, all of which were delicious but some were a little overpriced for their size and strength. The only reason I am not giving the Mission 4 stars is because we initially were turned away from the restaurant when trying to walk in without a reservation. We were given a minimum wait time of 45 minutes, despite many open tables. We walked out of the restaurant, logged on to OpenTable, and grabbed one of the MANY open time slots that were available within 10 minutes of our initial request for a table. We then walked back in and said we now have a reservation and were seated immediately. I would recommend the hostesses to take the "free" walk-in business rather than wait for all guests to book a reservation via OpenTable for which the restaurant is then charged a fee for facilitating.

m
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a very good latin/Mexican inspired restaurant in a great location. The drinks are very good, the tableside guacamole excellent and the overall menu inventive. The sides on the menu are some of the best features and much more than you would expect (especially the green beans). I did not give it full 5 stars everywhere because there were some minor execution flaws and at this price point for Mexican food, it should be perfect.

KL
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great ambience and fantastic service.

m
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality, very flavorful. I had Mahi tacos, small portion, but really good. Husband had pork tacos, nice portion, loved it. Best quacamole!! Worth it.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food and drinks. Exceptional service from Hannah.

J
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mission was outstanding by every measure. Cocktails, wine, table side guacamole, salads, entrees, and desert were perfect! We were celebrating a very special birthday and our server, Cole, made our evening fantastic. Cole is one of the very best servers we’ve ever experienced!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Place Is A Must!!!!

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very noisy. Not very accommodating staff except for one manager. Dark! So dark you need a flashlight to eat your food.

Complicated dishes. So many ingredients in them that you don’t know what u r eating.

Who wants to dine in a dark, noisy place? Not me.

GM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Busy, trendy, higher end experience. A bit too dark but the service was excellent and the food quality top notch. Table side guacamole was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting up with family.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Mission, outstanding food, service and atmosphere. The margaritas were top notch and the Brussels sprout tacos were amazing!

VG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and cocktails. Delicious! Our waitress was one of the best I've ever had. A pro. So far best dinner in Scottsdale.

TG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food in a beautiful setting. We sat on the patio. Highly recommend! A little expensive but unique dishes so well worth a splurge

O
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner in the heart of Old Scottsdale. Never a bad meal and the Margaritas are the best.

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