The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
4166 reviews
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Latin American
Old Town Scottsdale’s heart beats to a Latin drum at The Mission where renowned Chef Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro and Fat Ox) brings a modern twist to Latin cuisine blending influences from Spain, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Sip a signature margarita with unique flavors such as cucumber jalepeno or aguacate (yes, we said avocado) as you watch your Tableside Guacamole made to your taste from more than a dozen fresh ingredients.

Home made tortillas, and salsas are made fresh daily to accompany an assortment of meats and seafood prepared on a Plancha or a grill using pecan and mesquite wood that instills a rich flavor. And save room for dessert including our pumpkin bread pudding or expresso churros.
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JL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

By and large, the food and drinks were really good. The CRISPY PORK & COLA LIME GLAZE appetizer is one of my favorites. It wasn’t quite as good this time as I’d remembered it before but it was still quite exceptional. We tried the blood orange margarita and bitter bees...made perfectly.

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Phoenix
62 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great. Table side guacamole and the porchetta were the two I’d recommend. The service was wonderful. Prices were in line with other good restaurants
The only part I did not like at all was the choice of music, which was a few tads too loud for a good place like the mission

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DM
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and the ambiance was great! Highly recommend it.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Food was incredible and the space is exquisite

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MF
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on the patio which had a nice ambiance. The guacamole prepared tableside was amazing! The menu is very creative as we had lamb tacos which were very unique and delicious. Two of us shared...plenty for both of us. Highly recommend The Mission

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th July celebration from the UK with a local friend

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite date night

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food but expected based on the prices. Service could have been better.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food wasn't that great but the staff was friendly and very attentive to our dietary needs. The decor is very authentic and inviting.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was incredible, the food amazing and the indoor ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening. We had an early seating in the outdoor patio located in the back. It was beautiful. It was 106°outside and yet we definitely did not feel the heat. At the end of our dinner one more patrons were seated out there it definitely got much louder.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty. Service was great, will definitely come again.

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PE
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and server made some great recommendations. We will definitely be back!

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MR
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are in Scottsdale once or twice a year , as we travel from Indiana on vacation. We always make it a point to eat at The Mission at least once per visit . The food, atmosphere, and customer service are consistently beyond excellent. In fact, all employees are friendly and reflect tremendous pride in the restaurant and the food it serves. The owner always pays a visit to each table to greet and to ask how the meal and service were experienced. Everything could not be better!

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Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service started out a little rocky with a female server kind of arguing with a male server over who would be waiting on our table. To be honest we would have rather kept him after she got a little testy about the situation, but she did end up redeeming herself. The food was amazing and presented very beautifully. We were there to celebrate a 50th birthday, and the sever brought a free dessert at the end which was delicious and very much appreciated. Overall delicious and a really cool vibe.

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service; we really enjoyed everything. My only complaint is that the lighting was so dim that I had to use my cell phone’s flashlight to read the menu.

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DA
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great and creative food, service was slow at first and the inside restaurant is dark and loud. Overall, a very good restaurant and dining experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine was a phenomenal waitress and the chef came out to greet us as well. Everything was excellent.

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DK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was outstanding however the service tainted that. Our server, Richard (I believe), was great in the beginning but as it got more busy we no longer saw him. Drinks and desserts were not offered. When my wife tried to flag down the manager he simply kept walking. Finally, we were able to get a server and asked for our waiter or check and were told “he got swamped and we would need to wait.”

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were really disappointed about how poor the service was.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Get the duck tacos! The porcetta was great at the first bite, but the texture wasn't consistent throughout.

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KW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food and helpful service! The waiter made amazing recommendations and accommodated the dishes to the size of our group.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow. Hard to find our waiter. Several times we had to ask a other waiter to go find ours.

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S
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arturo our sever was excellent!!! He explained the menu item by item with details of ingredients plus the area and suggestions. We were very impressed...Wonderful staff member w/ outstanding customer service! Very Professional!!!
We ate out on the patio area which was perfect & quiet enough we could visit with one another

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited for dinner with another couple. Lighting is very dim, but atmosphere is nice. My only real complaint is the noise level is very high. Music was loud near bar and forced everyone to talk louder. Service was excellent along with the food. Server made night extra special with an after dinner birthday treat. Overall, a great place to visit for a unique experience.

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JL
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio for Saturday brunch and had a wonderful experience. The tableside guacamole is absolutely delicious, as were the huevos rancheros. The atmosphere was quiet while we were there, the staff was very friendly, and it was definitely worth the trip.

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L
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mission continues to deliver a consistently excellent and memorable culinary experience. The staff is friendly and efficient, the food and drink are all delicious and wonderfully presented, and the ambience provides an eclectic, stylish blend that is, at once, both romantic and energetic.

On this visit (about my 10th this year so far) I was lucky enough to run across co-owner and front of the house man, Brian Raab, whose enthusiasm for what he does is matched only by his contagious smile and warm interactions with his customers (many of whom are regulars, like myself). Though it is obviously very hard work, Brian is always a most gracious host, and his partners (including award-winning Chef Matt Carter) and their team deliver in flying colors alongside him. Truly on point, across the board, and consistently so.

I'd love to keep The Mission (and their other wonderful restaurant, Fat Ox) somewhat of a secret, as it is already difficult to get reservations, but I want to see them have as much success as they can handle. They are certainly worthy of it, and they have most definitely earned it!

P.S. If you love tequila, ask for the one with the guitar pick hanging on the bottle -- it's part of the family, and is exceptional. ;-)

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Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing!!!

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MC
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration complete with a martini!

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ES
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my first choice when co-workers come to town. Food and service were exceptional, thank you! Love the table side guacamole and duck entree!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the blueberry banana pancakes were amazing but i wish it had said that there was bacon on the pancakes because one of the girls i was eating with is vegetarian and ate a pancake with bacon and she didn’t realize it because there wasn’t a ton of light in the restaurant but other than that it was amazing:)

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R
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was really good, but definitely pricey (that’s expected for the establishment though). It is way too loud in the restaurant with their music. I would recommend sitting outside if you want to talk to the people you’re with. Service was A+

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j
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

6 visit. Always good.

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MB
Philadelphia
389 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the tableside guacamole and the margaritas. Friendly, prompt service. Excellent tacos. Ran out of salmon by 630...and replaced at pricier swordfish, which was only bummer.

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LG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Mission was very nice inside but very dark. Hard to read a menu. The food was good especially the guacamole made at the table. We had the flat iron steak, it was very good but it only came with 3 fried cheese balls, I expected more for $30 not a full meal for 1 person. I've seen it now and might go back for a drink and guac.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Normally, this is my absolute favorite restaurant in Scottsdale. The food was good as always, parts were exceptional. However, we were seated on the back patio (after requesting an inside table) right next to the closet where bussers kept going in
And out of. I recognize that it’s only a “request”, but I made the reservation 3 weeks in advance of our reservation. We had 3 kids with us, and not sure if that added to the table we received. As we dined 3-4 flies constantly landed on our food as we tried to swipe them away. Mosquitos, crummy table... all in all it was super disappointing. Mission is not cheap, and I’m happy to pay for the incredible food. But walking out with a $200 bill for that experience was tough to swallow.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Reserved a table a week in advance as we know it books up here. It’s close seating we expected that but the hostess sat us at this tiny two seater behind the hostess stand. We couldn’t even get into the booth side without moving the table. There were rags and cleaning supplies within arms reach from the table. If the hostess bent over she’d bump me. It was ridiculous. All the servers congregated there and the phone kept ringing. When I expressed my desire to move and how ridiculous to expect anyone to sit there, the hostess was extremely rude. She said fine grab your menu and waters follow me. I’d also like to add that there were several other available tables. Once we were moved we had great service from Hannah and great table side guacamole.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I have been to the Mission multiple times and have a wonderful experience every time I’m there. Service and food is always amazing. However this time around the service was a bit lack luster from our server. She was very pushy and all over the place to be honest. Leaving my friends and I quite uncomfortable and confused. Other than that, food was great! My friend’s were both there for the first time and LOVED the food.

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food!
Very dark... needed phone light to read menu!
Very loud, heard the conversations at the adjacent tables better than i could hear my husband!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional as was our server, Hanna! We had the table-side guacamole, Mexican street corn, mahi mahi tacos, pork shoulder tacos, mission fries, and espresso churros. Every dish was top notch. The food just made me happy!

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Great Food! Server was awesome. Her recommendations we perfect. She know food!

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