The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
5246 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5246 people are saying
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vipTims
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant has become a tourist trap. We've been to this restaurant several times over the last several years. Each visit the food and service has been worse. I understand there is a worker shortage but it took 2 hours to get our food and only after we complained. Keep in mind we ordered fish tacos. Only when I got up to get the water pitcher to refill our water did the manger come over and get huffy. The manager clearly was frustrated and knew he had issues with the staff but took it out on us. We were a party of 6 adults who was there to have a nice dinner. Maybe if we were a bachelorette/bachelor party, we would've have better service. This restaurant clearly has a management issue. A few of us have been to the Kierland location and have had a much better experience. This old town location does business in spite of the poor service and crappy food because of the location.
I don't think we've ever been treated so poorly. We won't return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter was friendly but overwhelmed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service from Arturo.

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MiguelM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The food was okay and way overpriced.

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ShelleyC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, great food, great service! In doors was louder.

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Julie
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the helpfulness of the staff and personal touch

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vipRobertB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome.
Guacamole was perfect.

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felis
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jasmine our server was awesome! She made great recommendations for drinks and our meals. Primarita was an excellent and simple margarita. The Missionary is a nice combo of sangria and a margarita.

We started with the carnitas duck empanada, which was a tasty and satisfying app. For the main entrees, the filet and swordfish were winners. Great presentation and flavor. The finishing touch was the pumpkin bread pudding. Could not recommend it more!

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Brandino
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was Impressive. will recommend all in the area

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SylviaD
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Our server recommended the Mahi Mahi tacos. Great choice. All of the staff we so friendly and they really seemed to cared that you had a great experience.

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Cinderella
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our waiter was terrible. He was arrogant and inattentive. The portions at this place are TINY! For $14, you get 3 flat tacos that are the size of a silver dollar ~ nothing else on the plate. Also, the tortillas are RAW. When I asked the waiter how many tacos came in the order, he said, "3." That's it! He never mentioned that they are tiny and that it doesn't fill you up, or that I might want to choose something more filling. Waste of time and way overpriced for what you get. I will not go back.

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vipRonL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been there in a few years. May be even better than I remember

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have eaten at The Mission several times and I’ve always been impressed.. My dining experience last evening was a bit disappointing… the music is always a bit loud and intrusive , at least until the place fills up and the sound is dampened. It just felt like things were off last night. The Guacamole wasn’t as good. The service was, at times, lackluster… I had told my guests to expect an “Amazing Dinner “,,, they certainly didn’t complain but they weren’t particularly impressed…
I will most likely return again at least once more.
But,,, I was disappointed …

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StaceyM
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our water and area was wonderful!

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eugenea
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful best guacamole!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet, crispy, a little bit of an Asian flavor and the perfect amount despite being an appetizer.

Those paired nicely with the Mission fries I ordered. Plenty to share with four people.
These were a huge mixture of regular and sweet potatoes, perfectly crispy, salty and crazy good!

The hubby ordered the Roasted pork shoulder for two - served on a salted platter and with plenty of homemade tortillas. Hubby said they're terrific and being that it was meant for two, he'll enjoy the leftovers.

Our server offered to buy dessert which was a rich and flavorful chocolate mousse with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. A perfect finish to our perfect meal and night out with great friends.

This place is not cheap but if you're willing to pay for flawless service and an amazing meal - don't think twice!

Three drinks, three appetizers and a 2x serving of the pork shoulder came to $130
before a generous (and well deserved) tip.

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frannie
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Brought family from out of town for lunch. Leila was our server. She was professional and energetic and very attentive. We love this place!!!

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vipJo3y
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks and service -

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vipVanessaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value, delicious margarita and wine list. Loved the vegetarian options!

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GregoryM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoyed the food, drinks, and the staff. However the ambience was ruined by the playing of techno music continuously. The repetitive bass beat pounding in the background was way out of place in our opinion. Headache inducing is what it was -- reminded us of being in a hotel lounge in Munich and Zurich! Whomever is responsible for music selection needs to forgo their own taste and select something that will heighten the ambiance of the restaurant -- techno isn't it!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at the Mission last night and it was a remarkable experience! Upon making our reservation I noted as such and the entire staff recognized our anniversary throughout the entire evening. From entering and speaking with the hostesses to our server Kyle during our meal and then again upon leaving the restaurant. So many kind and thoughtful comments and compliments were bestowed on us making our anniversary feel special and brought smiles to our faces. Kyle was a fabulous server and went above and beyond, making our night and experience at the restaurant memorable, special and one we will never forget. Thank you Kyle!! We will definitely be back.

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice ambiance & good food. It was not what we were expecting as far as the atmosphere. It was very dark and loud but had a nice vibe. The guacamole was the best! We will be going back for sure.
The fish tacos were nice but my daughter did not enjoy her chicken tacos. They were strange... Not sure what that flavor was. Overall I would recommend the Mission.

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vipKrystleQ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Mission was wonderful— Paul, our waiter, took care of us and made our anniversary special. The guac was delicious and the drinks were on point! The atmosphere is beautiful as well.

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ChristopherB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great date night vibe. My misses the Jidori Chicken

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- elegant while focusing on local ingredients. Margaritas are amazing. Staff was very accommodating to any and all requests making this a very enjoyable experience.

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Jmad514
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. We dined on the patio, which was kept comfortable by the misters in the >100 degree heat in Old Scottsdale .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing time here as a party of 6. Not tex-mex, more latin/hispanic inspired as our waiter explained. The salsa and guacamole were so fabulous and fresh. The skirt steak tacos were so delicious….melted in your mouth as the steak is marinated for 24 hours Our waiter Adam was so accommodating and attentive.

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MitchM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Server could not get our order correct, food mediocre at best, restaurant very loud and crowded… would not recommend nor go back.

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gordotx
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a welcome respite from the summer heat. Great food and outstanding service in a fun spot for lunch.

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Mary
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Food was great but our experience was diminished by the heat. We had a reservation but patio was way too hot. No functional misters or fans. They should not keep patio open when it is that hot. We were visitors from out of state and could not have known it would be so bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The server gave the couple next to us our anniversary dessert complimentary and the couple next to us were like ok we will just take it. Nothing was special done for our anniversary. We were from out of town and this was shocking to not get that recognized.

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PaulaZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and ambiance! The empanada’s were phenomenal!

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vipPaula
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You're always guaranteed an excellent meal with the best service!

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craigs
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food,fantastic service! Would recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall great. Didn’t realize the patio in the back was under construction when I made the reservation in advance, wish I would’ve been contacted so we could’ve opted for inside. However the food and service made up for it. Hopefully will be back to see the new finished patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely AMAZING! Everything was to perfection. We were taken care so well and the food and ambiance is out of this world. This place never disappoints. I will continue to come here and recommend to everyone I know!

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vipPBKs
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Mexican style restaurant with top notch food, drinks and service. A bit pricey, but they do deliver.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review