The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
3736 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
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Add a Modern Latin flair to your Christmas celebration with Chef Matt Carter's special holiday features or enjoy one of your favorites from our lunch or dinner menus. We also offer gift certificates for all your gift-giving needs.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Add a Modern Latin flair to your Christmas celebration with Chef Matt Carter's special holiday features or enjoy one of your favorites from our dinner menu. We also offer gift certificates for all your gift-giving needs.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year Latin-style at The Mission. Choose one of Chef Matt Carter's special holiday features or enjoy a classic from our dinner menu. Includes a complimentary toast at midnight.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3736 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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JB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

It was great but the restaurant was WAY too dark. It usually doesn’t bother me but every single person had to use their phone lights to see the menu! Servers carry lights with them because it’s so dark. Other than that, the food was great

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

It was dark inside when we arrived. Then they reduced the lighting even more. Nearly all patrons used their cell phone lights to read the menu. The wait staff did not have lights to illuminate anything. The manager said the owner likes it that dark. Incredible.

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DH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We made reservations for an 40th wedding anniversary lunch since it was highly rated. We were one of three parties in the restaurant The table side guacamole was good but took a while for them to make it. one order we brought to us wrong they had to go back and corrected. So we actually ate separately. They we aware of a special date but as it turned it was not the meal we hoped for. I realize things happen but we choose a higher rated and higher price for a memorable meal. The restaurant drop the ball.

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place. Outstanding value with first class service and excellent food. Very comfortable and relaxed old school charm.

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JF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Wonderful ambiance!!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was scheduled to honor a friend moving out of state. While I’ve been previously, it was a first time experience for my guests. Needless to say, they’re stilling raving about the evening. We enjoyed our meal family style, ordering two apps, a salad, and two entrees to share. This left is the perfect amount of room for dessert which was served with the wow factor of a sparkler. Start to finish, everything was fantastic. The crew is already planning their next visit. Thank you, Mission for always making our special occasions truly a night to remember!

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NR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mission is a wonderful restaurant to meet for a lunch with special friends.

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LD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every time I go to The Mission I enjoy the best _____ I've ever had. Just fill in the blank. Salmon. Steak tacos. Tableside guac. We were seated early and our service was flawless. My only knock on The Mission is it is SUPER DARK inside. It makes for nice ambiance while dining, but for real, you can't even see the menu. So glance at it online before you go or just pull it up on your phone.

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the food at the Mission whether in Old Town Scottsdale or Kierland.

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TH
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my goodness dinner was amazing & server ROCKED! We had a little Holiday Cheer with customers and they enjoyed the entire evening.
THANK YOU!

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R
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the mission! Truly love the service and food and ambiance

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GM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 4th visit and we enjoy the food, service and surroundings. Best Guacamole and salsa!!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok. Just ok. Waiter really hyped up the swordfish and porchetta but both were boring. Table side gauc was good but not abundant. Multiple waiters came to our table and made it a very confusing experience. Not sure what the hype was about or if it was just an off night.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

It was much too dark, not sure what they were trying to accomplish . And I can see just fine in the dark. I"ll have to tell my friends about it.

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B
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience while attending the farmer's market across the street. What a find and what great food with very authentic latin cuisine!

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g
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went with friends on an early Friday evening. Arrived to a partially filled restaurant and put into a terrible corner with limited ability to get in and out along with those already there. Lighting was very dim and everyone around was using their phones to see menus. Service was good and appreciated. The food was lackluster. Seafood soup was over spiced and chorizo pork shoulder very dry and under seasoned. Left disappointed given the high expectations and even higher price for the mediocre food and ambiance experience. Will try other places in Old Town before going back.

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b
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never will you have a bad meal here. Top 3 favorite place in AZ.

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TC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional as always and the service was excellent. My only complaints are it was a bit cold in the inside dining room and waayyy too dark.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Angel was ama big! Great experience!!

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CG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very dark inside. We went for dinner and had to use our phones to see the.menu and each other. Wouldn't recommend for dinner. However, lunch on the patio is always pleasant. Our server was excellent.

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NH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Way too dark-couldn’t see menu. Sat in a very cramped area almost on top of other patrons. Table-side guacamole was average compared to the past. The signature smoked pork tasted like it was par-boiled. Service was good. Chips and salsa good. Margarita’s were very good!

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Phoenix
91 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, cool atmosphere , very loud, impossible to have conversation with fellow diners

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BR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server was AWFUL. We asked for drinks multiple times before they came out. He messed up orders. He asked us 7 times if we wanted guacamole and we said no, but then we were charged for it. He did not seem to care about our table and was gone for a while at a time when the restaurant was not busy. I love this place but do not want to return with this service.

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VR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great but very dark in evening and tea lights at table useless to see menu or food!!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us for Thanksgiving and it was spectacular!

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J
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't think it twice. Great place to have a great night. Try the corn and enjoy dessert with a great coffee.

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c
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 3rd annual Thanksgiving lunch and 6th visit overall.
We love it. Impeccable and knowledgeable wait staff and phenomenal food and cocktails. I dream about the chipotle grits with honey and cotija cheese. I’m serious.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was too dim - not enough light to see the menu. We had to use our iPhone light! It was hard to appreciate the food. The table was too small, crowded with plates (sides, sharing plates, main plates)
I'd take someone here one time, if I was trying to impress, or do a one time celebration. But I would not come back on any regular basis. I think food was great, in presentation and taste, and server did her best. But it was not comfortable (noise, darkness, small table). Not worth paying a large bill.

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JL
Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, Great wait staff & Great Food!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was very poor, and we are not the picky type.

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BP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Much too noisy. Had to lean across table to understand what was being said.

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L
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided to eat at the Bar to see the football game. The fresh guacamole is a must for a starter. We had Fish & Steak Tacos that were both excellent. They have a great wine list and the Bartender provided a taste to finalize our selections. Great location with indoor 7 outdoor seating. It's a must go to when visiting Scottsdale.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance makes for a great date night or small social gathering. We went with friends and sat outside in November with the heat lamps near by and were very comfortable. We had the anejo tequila flight and each tried a different margarita. They were all excellent! The table side guacamole was sooo delicious! Highly recommend this place for amazing drinks, food, and ambiance.

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, food , drinks and service. The only problem I had is when I made the reservations they asked if there was a special occasion and I said yes it was my anniversary. They did nothing about being my anniversary, not even mention it. Why Ask ?

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Love the Mission atmosphere and food. The service is always a crapshoot, sometimes ok, and other times just poor. If it were not for the food, I would probably move on.

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DB
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food! Very dark- bring your flashlight!

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EC
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Noise level made it hard to hear conversation with guest.
Price for alcohol drinks was excessive
Tables too close together, couldn’t slide between tables without turning sideways.
Server focused on table with two businessmen, up sales main objective, ordering only what you want is met with disdain.

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AG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding!

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r
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great table side guacamole!

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