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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

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (55)
Romantic (44)
Special Occasion (41)
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Fit for Foodies (40)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Authentic (37)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (33)
Fun (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Bar Seating (23)
Cozy (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Casual (20)
Tapas (19)
Spicy (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
People Watching (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Scenic View (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (3)
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great stop in old town Scottsdale. All was excellent.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The lighting was so dim it was difficult to see, music was also just a little too loud. But the food is excellent and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Looks like there is an amazing interior, but it was a bit dark to really enjoy it. Bring a flashlight to see the menu, you will need it! We arrived at 5:30 and it was pretty empty...even so, we initially felt rushed. We didn't even have our drinks and we were asked to order our food. Later, as it got busier, we were well-attended with good timing. Same with the music. The music was very loud when we first arrived and seriously nerve-jangling. As it got busier, the music choice was calmer and the volume was more conducive to conversation. Food was beautiful on the plate, and very tasty. The side of poblano grits with horseradish were the highlight. There were three of us (60-yr old women) and we shared a tableside prepared guacamole (very good!), we each had two drinks, a taco entrée and a side, and we almost hit $200 (incl. tip.) Not inexpensive at all. We cleaned our plates, and walked away full, but not overly so. My 35 year-old son would have had to order something more substantial. Overall, a neat place, but it's pretty low on the value scale. Wish I could have seen it in the daylight.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The table side guacamole was really good, but I thought $14 was on the pricey side. They do put so many unique ingredients that most guacamoles never have, so it's at least worth it to try it once. They do give you complimentary chips and salsa. The salsa is awesome.

We had the grouper and it was delicious. The brussels sprouts were grilled and some were pickled and there were so many textures and flavors in the dish. The fingerling potatoes with chorizo sounds awesome and they were tasty, but the oiliness of it was a bit overpowering.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was very good. Lighting is too dark inside.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Had the halibut special. Had great flavor, grits were a disappointment but guacamole and corn where great.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at The Mission! The food was fantastic, our waiter was outstanding and the atmosphere was somewhat dark inside but very cozy. The guacamole is made at your table and was the best I have ever had including in Mexico. A five star place for sure and although difficult to get a reservation, it is totally worth going at any time you are able to get in..we went at 545 pm!! Cant wait to go again!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Spicy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Outstanding experience. Very creative food. Attentive service.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food and drinks were amazing - will definitely be back!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Had lunch there on a whim after reading reviews. Service and food were excellent. Only negative was a somewhat limited menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Giving service 1 star not due to our table server but due to the poor customer interface with the hostess and the manager. Arrived 5 minutes early for an 8:45 reservation for a party of 5. Was told our table was not ready. 20 minutes later I was still told our table was not ready. Pointed out 10 available seats (that had been available when I walked in as well) at the communal table by the bar. I was told that was reserved for a party of 10 for 8:45. Inquired why we could not sit there as we were on time (early actually), I was told it was reserved. I said I had a reserved table too, but am still awaiting seating in the lobby. Asked to speak with manager who reluctantly allowed us to sit at the communal table after I expressed my displeasure repeatedly.
Just overall poor handling of the situation by the hostess and the manager. Didn't offer anything in compensation nor return to ask how things were for us. On a side note our service once we were seated was great. I've dined here several times and have never had a bad experience before. Turns out the 10 top was a "no-show". Bottom line, seat your reservations in order of arrival. If you're late, than that's on you and you wait for those who arrived on time to finish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent dining experience during our afternoon stop in Scottsdale!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Loved loved loved! Can't believe that all the times I've been to Scottsdale I have to eaten here yet! It won't be the last time!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We are never disappointed at The Mission. On this trip we were meeting friends from out of town for a Sunday brunch. We wanted a place with interesting, tasty food, good drinks and a place we could talk. Everyone enjoyed the table-side made guacamole and huevos rancheros. Our friends said it was the best guacamole they had ever had, which is what we always say. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We love The Mission.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Casual, Spicy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The Mission is always true culture dining at it's best. Been dining there for many years and hopefully many more years to come.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Never disappoints , but what really sets the Mossion apart is the service. World class. Always a pleasure. I would go here just for that even if the food was ordinary-which it is not. It is so tasty and fresh. But again - five star service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The Mission was an excellent place for a large group to celebrate my dad's birthday. The food is amazing and well crafted. The Brussel Sprout tacos and the cheese platter were particular hits and layered with flavor. Extensive drink menu and quick and courteous service. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Young. Energetic bar scene.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food, and service were over the top! (Guacamole dip made @ The table awesome!)
Noise level was high...
Open air ceilings, and hard wood floors attributed to this!
Way too dark in the main dining area! (Flashlight to read menu, could really see the delicious food!)

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Just a little dark couldn't read the the menu.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Service is amazing and food is delectable! Worth the drive dril anywhere in Phoenix area!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Fortunately our waiter had flashlights for all of us at the table - impossible to read the menus without them. Good food, but pricey, Service was a tad slow between drinks and meal. But we had a table of seven, so plenty of good conversation to pass the time. Overall a fun experience to check off - but since we were not residents, not sure how this compares to similar places in Scottsdale.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Creative cocktails with a diverse, albeit limited, craft beer selection (1-2 beers representing different styles). The street tacos are the best bet as the entrees, while flavorful, seem somewhat lacking. I had the Chorizo Porchetta which was simply a good sized portion of rather dry pork shoulder and a very small serving of
a white bean puree. In the past, when dinning with another couple, we've selected the tacos (3 to an order), paid extra for a 4th taco, each ordered a different protein, and we then shared 1 of our tacos with the other 3 allowing each 4 different tacos rather than 4 of the same.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Never disappoints. Great food and ambiance. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing service, phenomenal food - do not miss out on the guacamole & corn!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

5 star as usual! Angel, our server, was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I dined alone and I had one of the best experiences I have ever had dining. The food was amazing, the lighting and music were perfect. I wanted to take pictures but I was seated inside and it was too dark but that just helped me focus on my food. Just note that this is a higher cost place so if you go plan on taking your time and enjoying your food. The cost is 100% worth it. I spent over 100$ dining alone, I had 2 drinks, 1 appetizer, the table side guacamole, the Honey Chipotle grits and then my main course the braised Rib Tacos. So, I had enough food for 2 people.

I am in love with this place, can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The tableside guac was some of the best I have ever had. The skirt steak tacos were fabulous. My husband had Mahi Mahi grilled tacos and stated that they were wonderful. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I've been here twice and both times an outstanding experience! Great food; quality, flavor, presentation & good value for the price.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Amazing service and food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My son and I went for dinner and we had a reservation so there was no wait but everytime we have been there it is busy. We started with their table side guacamole which is amazing. We get it every time and often get a double order it's so good. My son got the street tacos and I got the filet. As always their food was excellent and the wait staff is efficient and friendly. We also had a couple of their signature margaritas which are also quite good. We frequently visit and are never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great dinner experience. Very dark to read menus. Would definitely return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food presentation and taste was not bad, but price was quite high.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Made reservation for Brunch and we where not disappointed. Good food, and great service. I wish we had more light in the restaurant as it is very dark and reading the menu is quite hard.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Amazing restaurant. Their salsa is incredible and their tacos are out of this world. Order the pork shoulder tacos and table side guac.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Amazing dining experience. Excellent! Fabulous food and service

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I've been to The Mission a handful of times and have always loved it! My boyfriend however had never been, so I figured it would be a fun place for us to go to celebrate our 1st anniversary as I've been wanting to bring him here for a long time. We were greeted by our very friendly waitress who wished us a happy anniversary and then sent over two lovely glasses of champagne for the both of us. We were not expecting this whatsoever, so we were very appreciative of the sweet gesture.

I have been telling him for months how incredible the food is here and the chefs and the staff did not disappoint! We were both in food heaven with every dish that we ordered! It was such an incredibly memorable night that we'll never forget. We don't get to go out to nice restaurants or have fancy date nights all that often so we were extremely thankful for the wonderful evening we had at The Mission. Thank you for the great service and exceptional food! We'll definitely be back soon!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Good date spot!

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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Fantastic experience and fantastic food! Our service was great, the food was fantastic (especially the tableside guacamole) and the atmosphere was comfortable and quiet.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Our second time at The Mission. It has a great vibe , the service is spot on, guacamole at the table made to order just the way you like it. Knowledgeable server. Food is Mexican with a bit of an upscale twist.

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