The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
5181 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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Safety precautions

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
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, the best we’ve had in Scottsdale. The service was amazing, our waitress went above and beyond, she made my mom’s birthday so special!! Highly recommend!!

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vipFrequentdiner
Columbus
153 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kyle did an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING job! The food was delectable! All the flavors incredible! The dessert was OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing. Bread pudding with caramel sauce and ice cream - an ABSOLUTE MUST!

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vipEllen
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding- so pleasant and nice. And the food of course was first rate. We come here whenever we get to Phoenix

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic place to eat. Small place, definitely need reservations.

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maggieb
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. The restaurant was too noisy though.

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vipsoccs11
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I shared the kale salad. It was very tasty and huge. We also had the pork shoulder tacos for 2. The flavors of their dishes are wonderful. I been here several times and have always had a great experience.

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TomP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding and one of the best ever. Food exceeded expectations as well

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vipDRomig
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We brought a friend from out of town. The food, drinks and service were great! He was very impressed! Gourmet Mexican food

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Jewel
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good. We had the pork shoulder tacos and they were so flavorful and delicious. The drinks were very good. Our server was Jemar and he was so kind and had a great personality. I would definitely recommend this place.

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IllWillM3
Naples
68 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A bit on the pricey side but Delicious food and drinks, romantic candle lit ambiance, and great service. We were hoping to have the duck confit empanadas but unfortunately they were out. Overall good dinner spot. Recommended.

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VPtheVP
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Whenever I have friends visiting from out of town I take them to The Mission. Great service. Friendly staff. Amazing food.

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vipTomC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waitress, Amanda, was fantastic. The food is always top shelf and pork is definitely their specialty. I get the pork tacos every time I visit and I'm never disappointed. My daughter had the chicken tacos and they were great as well. The street corn is almost like desert and fresh guacamole is a fantastic start.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vacation dinner…highly recommend!!

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JeffB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. Lots of hype online and it was even better than expected. The servers are truly gifted at their art describing the food. The flavors were fresh, and phenomenal and the ambiance was so cool. We felt like we walked into a speak easy and the dark restaurant lit up only by candles and the Himalayan salt bricks was the perfect back drop for the incredible food. Great spot in downtown Scottsdale!

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vipShalyn
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place in town!!! The ambiance, cocktails, and food are all amazing! Service is phenomenal every time! Highly recommend!

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EmilyF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing! The waitress wasn’t the most attentive but overall a great experience.

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JohnathanK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Loud but good environment. Delicious food.

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Geez
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must do stop while on vacation
Hot dog is the bomb

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vipRebeccaJ
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was really good, but it's too loud to have a conversation and too dark to see the menu. Feels more like a bar than a nice restaurant.

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vipLynnV
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food is amazing, service is outstanding. Our needs were met before we asked, like more chips, water, drinks before they ran out. Perfect timing. Jamar was truly great to work with. Of the two The Mission Old Town Scottsdale is really the best. Food is consistent every single time.

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Doodles3
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great at The Mission!! Start with the guacamole!!

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AngieE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Never had dinner there before always go for the Kobe beef hot dog at lunch. Disappointed in portion size of tacos for cost… I was still hungry after. They felt more like appetizers. Also one of my guests ordered a shot of tequila and they brought wrong one, he ended up with an $80 shot of tequila. It was fine but unfortunate. We will return but probably only for lunch due to disappointment in the portion size for the money.

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Amanda
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We were excited for dinner at The Mission based on previous visits. The lights were so low that we had to use cell phone flashlights to read the menu and the music was too loud. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, but the timing of everything was off. It took 20+ minutes to get drinks, and nearly an hour for appetizers. The wine we'd ordered to go with our mains wasn't brought to the table until 10 minutes after the food. The Mission Margarita, Primarita, Wild Sea of Cortez Shrimp Aguachile, Duck Carnitas Empanada, and Almejas Al Vapor were all delicious! The Pacific Swordfish was a flavorful and well-composed dish, but the swordfish itself was dry and overcooked. Overall a successful evening, although we wouldn't return to The Mission based on this meal alone.

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vipLaurenK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The Mission is a lovely, dark, cool place to hide from the desert heat. Great food and ambience, but shoddy -ish service (dishes came without parts of them, sauces left off, we were twice served another tables' orders. We had a great time anyhow :)

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early so we sat at the bar, and had few drinks, made some new friends and continued to enjoy ourselves at our table. Everyone was so attentive. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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mark
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very average at best limited menu service above average tables too close

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and they made my daughter feel special with a sweet treat for her bday.

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vipDrBlairH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average and the tacos were tiny for the price. Fish tasteless. They eliminated the table side guacamole service and it just takes away from everything because you don’t get to tell them how tailor to your needs. The quality has gone down significantly post-Covid.

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TimC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

They created a table for our party of 7 which was awkwardly positioned along a busy aisle. Server was good, but took a long time to reach us and was a bit abrupt with some in our party. Get that this is a busy place though and the food (while steeply priced) was delicious. Maybe should quit calling their signature guacamole “tableside” when it comes out of the kitchen in a small bowl. Overall, brought a large group of visitors here and was underwhelmed.

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vipMark
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The mission in old town used to be an amazing restaurant. Post covid, they have packed in more tables - so many that my chair was bumped by people just trying to squeeze by 6 times. Portions are smaller. Service is slower. And the prices have increased at least 40%. $52 for a marginally select grade untrimmed filet with gristle is absurd. Now the Mission in old town is just at or below average. With so many amazing restaurants in Scottsdale, it will be a long time in the queue before I return back.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was AMAZING!

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EricF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Overrated restaurant in my opinion. Some of the food was really good others not so much. I’m pretty sure my Mahi Mahi tacos were just frozen cod from the grocery store with tartar sauce on top. The glass my beer came in was clearly dirty. This place wasn’t with the $100 my wife and I spent. We both walked away feeling ripped off. If you want to look at a pretty plate presentation then go here. If you want good tacos go find a hole in the wall place and spend $10.

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Very dark (low light) environment. Food bland. Very different from our dining experience years ago.

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vipLinda
Phoenix
59 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday, delicious Mexican street corn and salmon

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at the mission is never a disappointment always quality and tasty. I had forgotten how loud this restaurant is, makes it very difficult to have conversation.

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vipMVdiner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere. My favorite restaurant so far in AZ. Can't wait to go back.

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Christina
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Duck empanadas are the best!!!

Brussels sprouts were a bit bitter for my taste as a side and on the taco entree.

Overall this place is as great as I remember every time I come thru Phoenix.

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PM69
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Latin cuisine and beautiful decor make for a memorable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews