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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us in celebrating the Holiday Season! We will be open Thanksgiving evening from 3-9 pm with our regular menu as well as some special features from the Chef.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We are open from 2pm to 9pm! We will be serving Chef Carters amazing holiday features and offering the full menu.

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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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4.6

service

4.5

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4.5

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4.2

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2013

A trendy scene with tasty food. The indoor area can be noisy with a high energy level. Seating is close so you'll be sharing your neighbor's conversation. The shrimp appetizer, flat iron steak and filet were all very good. We also enjoyed the fried banana dessert. The service was pretty good. Our server was very nice though a bit distracted by the guests at the table next door so we had to wait for service at times. Generally a good experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2013

Really loved this place. The food was excellent and the cucumber/Jalapeno margarita was terrific. Will definitely go there again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2013

Great Spot. Really enjoyed the food. Food was amazing. Great experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 15, 2013

We met friends on Sunday for Brunch for the Great Pig Out. Must try and you can keep going back for more PORK and lots of unique sauces to put on the 2 kinds of pork. Special prices for Mission Mary,s and Mission Mimosas and wine!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 14, 2013

We had been to The Mission when it first opened and weren't sold on it. Kept hearing that it was great and had no luck getting
a reservation for a Saturday night. So this time I booked two weeks in advance. The Mission is just wonderful. The table-side-made guacamole was delicious. We ordered the pork tacos for two. Delicious! The best part was the side of corn recommended
by our waiter. Superb!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2013

Everything is 5 star including the hostesses. The only issue is noise

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 9, 2013

The husband and I dined here while on vacation and were immediately enchanted by the soft warm lighting and dark, modern decor. The noise level was slightly too much. It was a little too dark for eating, actually, but at least our attentive server was ready with tiny flashlights for reading the menu. The crispy cola pork appetizer was delicate and tasty, if a bit stingy for $12. The pork shoulder for two was melt-in-your-mouth tender and served with 10 mini-corn tortillas and other fixings. For dessert, he had the espresso churros, as sophisticated a presentation of chocolate as I've ever seen. I ordered the pumpkin bread pudding and can honestly say it was the best bread pudding I've ever tasted (and I've had a lot of bread pudding).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 8, 2013

We had the Sunday Pig Out and we all enjoyed it... the tortillas were fresh and the pork was delish. The only suggestion would be to have a side dish.... maybe some beans or rice to go with the pork. The guacamole was great too.

The woman serving the pork was very friendly and helpful.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2013

When we asked our waiter at Casa Mia for other restaurats to try, he told us to head to The Mission. We were thrilled with his recommendation. First off, our waitress, Angie, was terrific. We told the restaurant so by leaving a comment card. The food was outstanding and represented higher end latin cuisine without losing the earthy flavors that make this type of food so comforting. We truly enjoyed every single item we ordered, from the tableside guacamole, to the street corn appetizer, to two types of tacos and, finally, a fabulous pumpkin bread pudding dessert. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2013

Celebrating my husband's birthday. He loved the atmosphere

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2013

Table side guac and duck empanadas were delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2013

The food and service were great. A few drawbacks, though. First, the tables are very close together. Often, when diners of adjacent tables get up, you end up with someone's rear end in your face. Plus, it is very noisy. This is excacerbated by the close proximity of the tables, you hear every word being said. Makes it distracting and hard to have your own conversation. Nice place, but for the price, diners should have just a little space.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2013

The food was creative and interesting and delicious. The atmosphere was eclectic, dark and unusual. We liked it and we will return!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2013

We've visited The Mission three times. The first time it was FABULOUS! The second time they turned us away (although the place was empty) because they were afraid they wouldn't have room for reservations that were coming in 90 minutes. The third time we made reservations and they STILL had hesitations about seating us because others might be coming in later with reservations and they were changing shifts. Wow! Is that how one treats customers? So disappointing after our first wonderful experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 31, 2013

I loved the short rib tacos, my wife liked the scallop tacos. We also had the table side guacamole which was good and fresh but I'm not certain worthy of the rave reviews. The food was enjoyable, tasty, and of fair value. The list of Scottsdale greats should include the Mission but there is still room on top of the list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 30, 2013

You have to come and experience the small plates at the bar.... then sit for dinner.
old town Scottsdale

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2013

I used to travel to Phoenix and really like this place but it hasn't been the same for the past year. This trip, the host hands the floppy menu right over a wine glass which causes it to fall and break on my wife's foot. Luckily my wife didn't get too hurt other than some superficial scrapes. We didn't see any scrapes while at the restaurant cause it was so dark I could barely read the menus with the candle light. The wait staff didn't even talk to the manager nor did the manager even stop by. They don't even serve us one of the appetizers we asked for until the end of dinner. (Really?) Finally, my wife's chicken tacos tasted like they reheated it from an old batch of chicken and it even had very small chicken bones still in it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 28, 2013

What a wonderful experience! From the housemate fresh guacamole ( which was some of the best I have ever had) to the hand made tortillas, everything was good about our experience. The waiter was very attentive and seemed excited about the menu choices and drink options. I would recommend the Mission to anyone. Good for romantic dinners or a business lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2013

I took some customers here recently and they loved it - the food was wonderful and the ambiance was a big hit. Service is always excellent - I do recommend reservations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 24, 2013

Our food was fantastic, the atmosphere great, and our Server, Lemar was outstanding. He was personable, efficient, attentive, and knowledgeable which just make the evening even better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 24, 2013

This was our first time here with another couple and we not only enjoyed the food but our server was one of the best we have had in a long time! We have been very upset lately when we dine out with the lack of decent service we get and this was so refreshing! He was prompt, polite, funny and very knowledgeable about the menu. We came here for lunch, it was not too busy but we had reservations and got seated quickly. Drinks, food and service perfect!!! Wish we lived closer but will defiantely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 22, 2013

The Mission is consistently fantastic! The Kale salad is the BEST!! All dishes are creative and 'fun'. Ask for Sam - he is the ultimate waiter!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2013

A group of 7 of us had a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Service was outstanding! The guacamole prepared tableside was great. Each of us had a taco dish, ranging from grilled shrimp to skirt steak to chicken, and all were very good. I'll go out of my way to emphasize that the service was great, as was the food - - we would love to go back to The Mission if we find ourselves in the area again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Love this place but always feel like I'm losing my sight ...

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Everything our server recommended was perfect, from the margaritas to the main. We had starters for our main and it was plenty, and SO delicious! Shrimp and tostadas - yummmmy!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 15, 2013

We were seated at reserved time. The appetizers were VERY good, but the cocktails and atmosphere need tweaking. The overall atmosphere...warm but the layout is cramped. Very few tables for more than 2 people and they are set close together....if larger seating is needed, they just pull tables together. But the 2-tops are so close , that it is difficult to have a private conversation. The couple next to me and my fiance were having what seemed like a first date and I can tell you all about both of their children and plans for the next day. Secondly, I understand efficiency, but with several wait staff in addition to waitress, it really felt like we were part of an assembly line. Cocktails were watered down. I make much better Sangria!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2013

We come through Scottsdale about 3 times a year and The Mission is always on the Things To Do list.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 10, 2013

The Mission interior is so dark you are offered a light to read the menu; too dark to enjoy the interior decor. Tables too close to each other. While tasty, the tacos were so small they should've been listed as an appetizer not an entree. I wouldn't return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 9, 2013

Our meal at The Mission was amazing! Our waitress recommended the crispy pork appetizer, and it did not disappoint. Our entrees were fantastic, very unique. My personal favorite, though, was our dessert of churros and espresso milkshake. To die for! The only negative is that the restaurant is very loud. Not a good place for a quiet dinner. The ladies at the table next to us were literally screaming. A little too much to drink, I think. ;-) Great meal overall.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 8, 2013

I chose this place to meet a colleague for a working lunch, based on a past dinner experience.

The food and service were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 7, 2013

What a great menu, ambiance, and top notch service to boot! Three of us started by sharing a Tequila Flight that took through a range of ages of Tequila. Then we shared an amazing Duck Empanada appetizer. For dinner we shared the pork tacos (truly unbelievable) as well as the scallop tacos. Finally ended with Fried Bananas. Good from start to finish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2013

Great meal with outstanding service. Non traditional Mexican food. Very good salsa. Lots of varieties of margaritas. The tacos are fun with different choices. The street corn must be tried. I would recommend this restaurant.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 3, 2013

The food and decor were wonderful. We happened to be seated next to a gentleman who was unable to use his inside voice, which didn't allow for the free flow of conversation at our own table, but that is the luck of the draw at a busy venue. We will definitely be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 1, 2013

Great food and great service. I can't wait to go back

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2013

The Mission was overall a great experience. Food was great! Sam our waiter was amazing! So personable, attentive, knowledgable and cool! Strawberry coconut mojito was great! Best mojito I've had and mojitos are my go to drink every restaurant I go to so I've had at least 100 different mojitos from various retaurants in my short 30 years. You can't go wrong by going here!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 29, 2013

The best restaurant ever! Our server Angela has to be one of the best servers we've had serve us. It was our first time & she navigated both myself & my husband through there menu with great excitement & knowledge! She even brought us hot towels for our hands after we had the wings. The food was amazing!!!! It was our anniversary & Angela surprised us w/a pumpkin bread pudding & a sparkler, a great way to top off our anniversary! Can't wait to come back! I've already told at least a dozen people already! Keep up the good work!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 29, 2013

We love The Mission, and it is always a stop for us when we are in that area. Obviously the end of July is NOT the season to sit outside, but it was cool inside and our lunch was w great! The ONLY thing I disliked about our visit today was the too close proximity of other diners along the wall. Those tables are just too close together and other conversations were bumping into each other. If they had opened the other section, it would have helped spread things out nicely.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 27, 2013

First I love food! I was anticipating great a great experience at this restaurant as I had heard wonderful things. I am not a critical person and never write negative things. However, when I received the phone call confirming and was told our dining experience would be 1 hour and 45 minutes I was a bit put off. Never have I ever had someone do that to us. This was a business dinner and there is no guarantee how long that takes. How do you do that? Tell everyone ok, we are done. Not ok! I ordered the butternut squash tacos and they were awful. My husband ordered the Portobello tacos and they were terrible too. No taste, hard tortillas and not even average, truly awful. Truly disappointing and won't go back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 27, 2013

I made the reservation for me and 3 others for a birthday. They talked down to us because we wanted to alter the menu. I couldn't eat part of my meal because I don't usually eat stale bread. They offered chips and salsa when we sat down. I had no idea there was a charge until they brought the bill. I won't be going back but at least I got to try a different form of cuisine.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2013

Vacationing in AZ, wanted to have a special dinner before flying home on the red eye. Walking through the entry we were transported from the quiet of a Scottsdale Monday evening to a bustling hive of lively diners. The building, decor, and ambience are wonderful, even if a little dark. Wait service excellent -- friendly & attentive. We shared pork belly in a lettuce cup as a starter -- incredible texture and unbelievable flavors. I had the chorizo porchetta and my partner had the braised shortribs -- both cooked PERFECTLY, again tastes and textures out of this world! We also shared a side dish of torreados, a nice way of taking the heat up. Fantastic dining & esthetic experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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