The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
5128 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
What 5128 people are saying
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4.5
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Got right in at reservation time. Great spot, good food, mule was way to limey. The server took 15 minutes to greet us, and said he had important people to talk to which is why he was so delayed, which was not a great way to start introductions. Additionally, he was infrequent in checking in or even taking orders. The server also smelt primarily of cigarette’s which may be the important people he had to “talk” to leading to him being very delayed to his table. I honestly may never go back due to the server.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was very enjoyable. We had the salmon and guacamole dip. Our servers were polite, professional and efficient. I arrive early for my reservation and was seated immediately.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

No spacing between seating so they placed us outside. Service was very poor. Mojito was undrinkable. Flies swarmed our table. Food was good, but with poor service and lack of ambience could recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Other than the restaurant being a kittle i noisy on the inside my experience was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good food, kind of spendy, the sword fish was to die for! The only thing I would change is the lighting…way too dark.

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Alanna
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mission is top notch! The ambiance, food, and service are impeccable.
Swordfish with rock shrimp is amazing!The Mission is on my top 3 in the country list of great culinary experiences.

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vipHoagy
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food but a little to dark and noisy for my liking

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vipCaptn337
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still good place to come. Food is good and service is good. A little warm inside.

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vipTomC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Two things you can count on at the Mission: Great food and terrible service.

I highly recommend you takeout--order ahead and pick it up. It doesn't matter which location the service is terrible at both. The Kierland location does have a much better ambiance but the same terrible service. The Old Town location is so dark they must be hiding something?

The only saving grace is that the food is fantastic but make sure you bring a large dose of patience and understanding with you to deal with the ridiculously poor service

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CHRISTOPHER
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience… exceptional server very attentive. Very creative and wonderfully plated. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day weekend had a party of 8 and the guy did a great job we also had two kids under 1 years old and the restaurant did amazing with them definitely will be back!

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Kbo88
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Swordfish was poor, not worth $45. This dish was recommended by waiter who did a poor job overall. Long wait for service. Place is overpriced, noisy, cramped and overrated. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AmZing as always

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Lolo
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Duck Carnitas Empanadas were delish. Loved our server’s personality and the atmosphere was very cool. It’s very dark, though.

Would def recommend. 👍🏻

LW
LizW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - service was excellent - Daughter brought girlfriends from college to Scottsdale for first time and we decided to treat them to an authentic place their first night in town. It was perfect.

CS
ChristineS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, phenomenal ambiance and amazing service. The Hibiscus Margarita was delicious! Will definitely be back!

LS
LauraS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Prickly Pear Margarita is so good! Rib eye for two, Duck confit empanadas and churros are AMAZING. Fun and energy is on point.

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TheresaS
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Beautiful place in general, a little to dark in my opinion and tables are very close together. Food is quality and portion sizes seem to be typical. Service was good although we did have to wait to order but our server was very accommodating.

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BobW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you’re in the area, this food cannot be missed. This is upscale Mexican cuisine and almost every dish is something you haven’t seen before. The service is very good as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good prices

CM
vipCarolynM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the pork shoulder in any form!

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vipsoccs11
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This time I give The Mission an excellent review. The manager, Darva", was true to his word and took very good care of us. The wait staff was very attentive and very concerned about my wife's GF situation. The food is creative Mexican cuisine and the prices are very reasonable. I will continue to go to The Mission and suggest it to others.

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vipJudy
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed this restaurant we ended up sitting at the bar and Jay waited on us. He was extremely nice and very helpful with us making our dinner choices. I will definitely go back it is really a nice restaurant and it was a lot of fun

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TriciaL
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants to get together with friends in Old Town Scottsdale! Can’t beat their menu, atmosphere and service!

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We had a larger group and everyone was pleased with what they got. The service was also great. We will all definitely be going back when we are in Scottsdale next.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Kind of odd when we walked in because it’s so dimly lit, however the food and the service was AMAZING! our server Ty was awesome and accommodating with all my food restrictions. Gluten free and vegan choices!

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TBHTO
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant! The food was amazing!
The server was nice and so helpful!
He gave us great suggestions on what to order! This should be on your list to check out when you are in Scottsdale!

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vipClay
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot - fantastic food, ambient & energetic. Not kid friendly though. A must visit!

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KellyL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad she did. This place is amazing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was pretty good but dang those tacos were tiny. Margaritas were excellent and so was the service though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Our server, Kyle, was personable, attentive, and friendly. He made great recs. Would definitely return when in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service as always and the menu never disappoints!!

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ChrisK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved the inside. The bar looks cool as well. It was a bit noisy, but the food and service were great!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food and drinks are good but the area of the dining room (to the right of the entrance as you are walking in) was very noisy. A lot noisier than usual even for seating going back to normal to pre-pandemic levels.

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KirstinH
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to The Mission. It’s hands down one of our favorites when we come to the area. The ambiance and decor is gorgeous. The food and drinks are impeccable. I highly recommend the pork shoulder tacos and their quac is to die for. We started at the bar with Jay who was super nice and helpful. Then moved to our table with Rich as our server. He was also super nice. The food is great and the staff is fantastic.

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manic0103
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We read the great reviews and were not disappointed! We had shrimp tacos and the butternut squash tacos. To die for! The guacamole and salsa were fantastic. It was so good we are going to break our vacation rule and go back a second time before we leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews