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About The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

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.

3815 North Brown Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 636-5005

Website:
http://themissionaz.com/

Parking Details:
Lots of easy access to free parking in the front and to the back of the restaurant. Along the street as well!

Public Transit:
The Scottsdale Trolley stops in three spots within less than 2 blocks from The Mission!

Executive Chef:
Matt Carter

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (57)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Special Occasion (44)
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Authentic (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Fun (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Hot Spot (35)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Romantic (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Worth the Drive (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Casual (27)
Bar Seating (27)
Spicy (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Cozy (16)
People Watching (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Tapas (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Healthy (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and fabulous service. Took a little longer for my eyes to adjust to the darkness but overall a great dining experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always happy at The Mission. The restaurant is a bit dark at the tables but everything else is perfect

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Tried the Brussel Sprouts tacos for the first time. Amazing. Loved the Grilled Street Corn and of course Tableside Guacamole :) The Mission NEVER disappoints.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Almost Everything was great. The drinks were a bit too pricey and we requested that they not be overly sweet with juices and sadly they were. For the price charged, they should have been made correctly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was great. Alittle noisy and very dark ambiance.
Would go back and will tell my friends and family to go

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Two couples dined at this mex restaurant. Excellent food. Tuesday pm was full. Tables are very close. Excellent food. Recommend tacos. But ladies had salmon and salad which were excellent. Recommend the avocado app. Server was good, attentive despite very busy. Service was good. Recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved the food and margaritas. Made a reservation and was a little disappointed at the
small dark table they gave us at the back of the restaurant, we asked to move to a nice table by the fire place but she refused saying "it was only for 4 persons, not 2" so we sat at the bar and the bartender was exceptional so we ended up having a really good time. I noticed they always
try to give you the "worst" seat when you are only two persons!! Loved this place though.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Old Town Scottsdale's best restaurant. I eat here as often as possible.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We’ve been going to the Mission for about 10 years and probably have eaten 50+ Times. On this particular occasion we had my elderly mother with us. She’s not very mobile and doesn’t see well in dark spaces. Nor does a friend of mine that was with us either. Despite the fact that there were people sitting and being served on the front patio. Including others seated after us on the largely empty patio. The hostess refused to allow us to sit there.

Service was fine as was the food but two Members of our party could not see any of the food nor read the menu on their own. I’m very disappointed by the lack of hospitality and flexibility given the circumstances and will think twice before we’re going back are taking clients there.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Had the pork belly pibil and a side of brussel sprouts. The pork belly was cooked to perfection. Service was excellent and back outdoor patio was beautiful and very comfortable. Would definitley recommend to anyone looking for a great dining experience in Old Town.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Amazing food even better service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Visited The Mission restaurant while visiting Scottsdale from New York. Hotel we were staying at recommended The Mission very highly. Our reservation was for 8 p.m. & we arrived a bit early so we waited a bit by the entrance & did some people watching! Ambiance of restaurant was dark...actually... very dark! I had to use light from my phone to read the menu. I noticed someone at table next to ours doing the same. Service was attentive. We ordered the guacamole which is prepared table side. It was authentic & excellent. For dinner, we both ordered the chicken tacos. Ordered 2 sides... one was the special corn & other was the grits. The corn side had some topping which was so spicy I could not eat it. Our server was kind enough to bring me another corn side without the spicy topping! The grits were fine. Tacos were tasty... served on very small tortillas.
I did not realize that the side dishes were extra...!! I thought it came with the entree! Had I realized this, I would not have ordered it, especially since it was way too spicy for us!
Place was noisy and tables were so close together that I felt as though you could not hold a private conversation! Prices were high for entrees.
I really didnt get what all the hoopla about this place is. Definitely will not return on my next visit to Scottsdale.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We loved our girlfriend get-together at The Mission last Saturday, 1/20. I wish I could remember our server's name, a tall man around 7:30pm serving our group of ladies. He was absolutely phenomenal. He provided candid recommendations, prompt service, and was fun and enjoyable. The food was outstanding, the cocktails even better (hint: try the primarita with a grand marnier topper - rec from waiter). The ambiance works for multiple occassions, whether romantic, friendly, business, etc. We will return if ever back in the area!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our server was clearly irritated that we did not get several appetizers. He was constantly checking in on the table next to us, but never on us. When ordering entrees our food came out in a few minutes, taking away from the laid back experience everyone else was having.

The lighting was very dark, which only bothered us in that the tables to either side of us were constantly shining their phone flashlights to read menus. When you have such a high volume of older guests, maybe turn the lights up so they can read the menu...

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The Mission restaurant is in a historic building. I loved the ambience though it did take a few minutes to adjust to the dim lighting. The margaritas were great and we loved the tableside guacamole. There were many creative entree options including two good vegetarian ones. This restaurant is a bit pricey but extremely popular so be sure to make reservations in advance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The Food was amazing but the seating arrangements for a table of two were really small and very close to the other couples next to you. We were trying to hear each but the couple on both sides of us were loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

In Scottsdale on vacation and went to the mission based on many recommendations. The food was delicious but portions are tiny. The restaurant was so dimly lit it was hard to see you food let alone the company you are with!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The wait staff was amazing

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale never disappoints. It's one of our favorite restaurants. Always busy so be sure to make a reservation well in advance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The restaurant has a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere, lots of buzz. The lighting is dim which all adds to the chic feel. The staff are friendly and efficient.
Everything's great except the most important part, the food, nothing's wrong with it, it was just a let down. Example, a lot of theatre in making fresh guacamole at the table, only to find the "hot and spicy" version requested was somewhat tasteless.
Also be careful they take your name when they welcome you at the front desk, we were later accused of being a no show, simply because the guy made no note of our name when we advised him of our reservation.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The seating was very tight. The atmosphere was lively, if not noisy. The service was average. The food was pretty good—the empanadas were amazing, but everything else was ok. I was disappointed by the tacos.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Make sure you bring a flash light to read the menu. It’s to dark, can’t see the food you are eating or the people you are with. It’s noisy, dark and food is ok. Really disappointed, as I heard good things. The location is good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a business friend dinner here and it was so loud where we sat that some people in our group of 5 could not hear each other. Also, what is the deal with the darkness inside the restaurant? It will still be dark and great ambience if the lights come up a notch or two. It seems dumb that waiters have to hand out little flashlights!! I also like to see the food I am eating. Food presentation is not easily seen in this restaurant! Given how important this is to the dining experience, it makes me wonder what are they hiding?!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was delicious, server was great with suggestions. We would have liked to sit outside, but since the outside tables were apparently reserved, we sat inside. The manager was great and came to explain the situation. Inside was very dark, hard to see the delicious food we were eating. Many tables had flashlights on to read the menus. Decor was nice. Cocktails looked great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The front patio is cozy. Inside is usually far too loud for me. I hope the "Really Loud "music" in dining establishments" fad is nearly over.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Spicy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Nice ambiance but a little too dark. Impossible to read menu without iPhone light.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Second time we’ve gone here from out of town. Food is great and cool ambiance. Bit loud for normal conversattion and bring a flashlight to see the menu otherwise great!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The only negative I have about the Mission is the lighting. It’s very dark so you need to use a flashlight to read menu.

Tags: Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I had the Shrimp Anticuchos as a appetizer. It was average. I then had Chorizo Porchetta. It was dry and had huge pieces of fat in it. The white bean puree was cold and wasn't more than a tablespoon. Very disappointing. When I made reservation online, I mentioned 3 of our party of 8 were celebrating birthdays. Waiter never acknowledged this. Will not go back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We visited this restaurant last year on vacation and returned because the food was so great. The food was excellent again. Our one complaint is a question of why are the lights kept so low that you need to use phones to read the menu? My wife had a hard time even seeing her food on her plate. Everything about the place is great except the ambiance is ruined by the poor lighting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was one of the best meals I've ever had! In the beginning, there was a small hiccup with our server. We sat down at 7:30 and realized at 8:00 a server hadn't acknowledged us. I told the hostess and within 5 minutes we had a server at our table. The restaurant was busy so we understood. The food was absolutely incredible. They also gave my boyfriend a free dessert for his birthday! I wrote it on our reservation but didn't expect anything to come of it. Great experience - we will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Dimly lit dining area forced us to request patio seating! We couldn’t read the menu without our phone light!
Table made quacamole was awesome!
Pulled pork tacos excellent but skimpy condiments
Margaritas great but not the price$14
Our waiter Lance very attentive and the rest of the staff quickly took care of our needs

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Beautiful cocktails and a trendy vibe compliment this restaurant nicely. It was busier than I expected for a Monday but the service was still quick and excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Loved it- tableside guac was the best

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our food was delicious!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Aside from the authentic and excellent cuisine, the wait staff is both attentive and hard-working. One of the very few places I’ll eat Mexican food in AZ!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding service by our waiter and his assistant. Food was ... WOW, we will be back. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary and our sons birthday. Service was very sketchy - guacamole to be made at our table was made 5 tables away so no experience with that. We asked that the grilled Mexican corn be taken off the cob when asked and what we got was regular corn with cheese. No grill marks on corn whatsoever. Our special dessert was delivered without any silverware and took us over 5 min to find someone to ask for help. Half way through our dessert someone brought us sparkler that they said should have been brought out when served.
Was not impressed for the money we paid.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is the 2nd or 3rd time that my husband and I have eaten there and we had a lovely time. Great location. Fairly easy to park. The only thing I would change is the lighting. It was super dark in there and the tables are close together.

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