The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
3606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: 11 am - 3 pm; Afternoon Menu: 3 - 5 pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 5 - 10:30 pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
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Phone number
(480) 636-5005
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Carter
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Parking details
Lots of easy access to free parking in the front and to the back of the restaurant. Along the street as well!
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Public transit
The Scottsdale Trolley stops in three spots within less than 2 blocks from The Mission!
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Add a Modern Latin flare to your Thanksgiving at The Mission. Enjoy favorites from our regular menu or be adventurous with one of Chef Matt Carter's special features crafted just for the occasion. Make your reservation today, and then sit back and sip a margarita.

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What 3606 People Are Saying
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Chicago
5 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous time! The lamb tacos were delicious!!

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TG
Denver
8 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mission always delivers a delicious and consistent meal!
For “high-end” Mexican cuisine, this is the best you will find in the greater-Phoenix area.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
1.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation for an inside table and was told none were available upon arrival. We were seated in the back patio with an enormous box fan and flies everywhere...not to mention it was so hot. Asked to be at eleast seated at the bar inside. We did and had very little service and lengthy delays..likely after we decided not to eat and waste our money on the overpriced food. Had to have a hosted find someone to cash us out. Horrible experience. Would not go back and would not recommend.

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DL
New England
1 review
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Three of the four meals were good as usual. The pork shoulder, which is their signature dish, was very dry and cool in temperature. Although there are plenty of chandeliers, the lighting made it impossible to read a menu and we actually could not make out the variety of contents on the plate. No reason for it to be so dark!

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Charlotte
13 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Unbelievable food and good service. Was a little dark and loud, but other than that a perfect meal! Place was packed even on a Tuesday which is always a good sign

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal, easily on our top ten all time list. We will return to try all of their menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Very loud, very dark, people using led on phones to see menu which could cause visual discomfort to nearby patrons. Music selection weird at best, but I heard they (mgmt) dont particularly care about criticism of their musical preferences.

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Extremely dark. Two drinks, two appetizers, one entree $140.00. I just returned from Vienna, Prague, and Geneva 2 days ago and perhaps that colors my impression, but Geneva Switzerland is pricey, but not outrageously so. And Geneva makes the very best of Scottsdale look pale by comparison—and this is not Scottsdale’s best (SF and NYC on the other hand...). So call it culture shock, but the afterglow of Europe was much brighter than the nearly pitch black interior :-/

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Salt Lake City
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. Pork shoulder tacos are delicious. Don't miss the table side guacamole it is the best around.

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AP
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at this restaurant! Waiter was wonderful! He even brought us out a dessert with a sparkler in since it was a special occasion. The Skirt Steak Tacos are amazing!!!

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MM
Phoenix
10 reviews
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, quality food. Nice menu. Super-friendly service.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
5.0Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu with local flair and a touch of fusion. The Chef pays attention to flavor and presentation. Table side guacamole was excellent, good wine list and margarita selection.

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RL
Jacksonville
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Love the inside and decor.

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RF
1 review
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting Scottsdale from Boston and looking for a restaurant close to my hotel. The Mission came highly recommended and it did not disappoint! The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! The salsa was amazing and my entree of swordfish was so delicious and came highly recommended by my waiter. I even had dessert and the pumpkin bread pudding was amazing. I can’t wait to come back to Scottsdale and go back.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
3.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Little surprised that the steak tacos were very chewy.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
3.0Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good and the service great. However, the elevated prices did not result in food that was remarkably better than the many options for Latin food at half the size of the check.

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Chicago
14 reviews
5.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. The street corn and beans are a must have . The rib eye was worth the $
Only down side was the tables were too close together and really dark restaurant. Need to turn the lights on to enjoy the meal more

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Portland
1 review
3.0Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Decent, but didn’t live up to what I had heard. Waitress must have been tired or just too busy as the order was wrong. Vinaigrette on the kale salad was incredibly acidic, tasted almost like straight vinegar. Drinks were good. Good ambiance and location.

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RD
Cincinnati
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance lovely in every way.

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RS
1 review
5.0Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE this restaurant...We come here for special occasion dinners...and just if we are in the mood.. .reservations recommended.

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SC
1 review
2.0Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Took my spouse for our anniversary. Not our first time here so expected the same quality as before. Unfortunately the kitchen had an off night because that was the most money we've ever spent to both end up sick.
The table next to us was filled with drunken sales people all trying to out-scream each other, essentially in one gigantic measuring contest. While this isn't the Mission's fault, their server trying to flirt with them, bending quite intentionally over their table and hanging her rear end over our food plates at least 20 times was infuriating.
All in all, it was a lot of money for having to constantly guard the sanctity of our food from being sat on and ultimately getting ill. Highly dissatisfied.

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Phoenix
7 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable. Great cocktails. Plenty of meat and non meat options. The food was delectable and so well presented.

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AP
Phoenix
3 reviews
4.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Scrumptious food and delicious hand-crafted drinks. Be sure to have the guacamole and go for a tequila flight. Attentive service with a smile. Just a heads up that seating is tight and the light is low. Don't let it deter you from this wonderful dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, good food, nice location

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JB
New York Area
11 reviews
5.0Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for dinner on our last night out for my girlfriend's bachelorette party and it was definitely the perfect way to end our trip! The food and drinks were amazing and we loved our waiter- Greg. He was super knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. Anyone visiting the area should give it a try!

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Orlando
5 reviews
3.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We had been to this place 3 times prior to our latest experience taking out of town guests tonight. The food was fantastic as usual but the ambiance and service was less than stellar. The music was so loud we could hardly carry on a conversation and when we asked the manager why it was so loud we were told that this was how they liked it to be. It made our meal less than enjoyable. Also the service was off as our entrees arrived before our salad plates had been cleared prompting us to hold them until they could be taken from us. We were disappointed and embarrassed and it is doubtful that we will return which is a shame as we have always enjoyed our experiences in the past.

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J
Detroit
3 reviews
2.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Not sure what made us sick after eating at the Mission but we both felt ill. Wondering if the guacamole ingredients were left out to long.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. I wish they were better about gluten free. The chips are cross contaminated (that could be avoided!) and charged us extra for corn tortillas to be used as a substitute for the chips. I felt a little nickel and dimed for an upscale restaurant.

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TB
1 review
3.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was rated one of the top 10 restaurants in the area and cost was listed as $. Cost should have been$$! They were busy and our waitress was only there to take the order and drop off the check. Very disappointing.

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MR
1 review
5.0Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to restaurant for every occasion! It is nothing short of the best!

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SZ
Oklahoma City
37 reviews
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+++ service, food, everything. Love this place its always been one of my favorites. We came here after my baby shower to keep the party going, did not disappoint. Love!

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SG
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a gem! My third time going and I can't wait to go again. Food, service and decor was fabulous! Can't get enough of the menu options, the Pumpkin Bread Pudding is the best! And also the Pork Shoulder tacos are divine! Definitely recommend :)

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Charleston
33 reviews
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Abeera gave fantastic recommendations and service. My favorite was the tableside guacamole and the empanadas. A pork lettuce wrap appetizer was delicious too! All paired with a perfect Malbec.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, Very impressed how exquisite the food is and how it’s presented and has its touch and taste of Mexico true flavor. I can assure that some of the ingredients are used properly from the Mexican culture. Definitely will consider to visit the mission again.

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Phoenix
1 review
5.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very dark and hard to see the menu but amazing food!

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BH
1 review
5.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey, but a great place! It was also really loud due to how busy it was, which was strange for a Tuesday. Definitely recommend trying it.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
5.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot.

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ET
Philadelphia
6 reviews
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic. Food and service are great.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was top notch! Very welcoming environment. Great for vegetarian options as well. The lighting is quite low so for reading the menu and seeing our food we used out iPhone flashlights. Will definitely be back to try more menu options.

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k
San Francisco
94 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best of Scottsdale! The food is amazing, the service was over the top perfect and the tequila flight was perfection! My only minor complaint is the acoustics are such that the energy of the room makes it hard to hear but it's part of the buzz and the vibe of this magnificent restaurant. You can never go wrong at The Mission!! Homemade guacamole and their chips and salsa are a must.

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