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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 (43)
Special Occasion (42)
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Creative Cuisine (40)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Fun (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Hot Spot (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Cozy (22)
Casual (19)
Spicy (18)
Tapas (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
People Watching (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
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Pre/post Theatre (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Late-night Find (6)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Always great...live the pork tacos and table-side guacamole

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

Our waitress took very good care of us throughout the evening. She offered excellent selection for wine also.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 2 days ago

My friends and I were there for my birthday celebration. One of my friends loved the salsa so much that she asked if she could purchase it and take it home with her. The four of us shared 4 different street taco selections. My favorite one was the fish tacos, but I also enjoyed the chicken, brussels sprouts and butternut squash ones. My friend had to send her margarita back because it was a little too sweet for her taste, but they fixed it for her and the new one was fine. For my birthday dessert, I was given a complementary bread pudding. It was outstanding! All in all, the food we had was the best I’ve had in a long time. We were seated on the back patio outdoors. The noise level was a little louder than I would like, but it wasn’t unbearable. At the end of the meal, it took forever to get our bill. When the manager saw us and came over to see how we were doing, the waitress then rushed over to bring us our bill. This was the first time that my friends had eaten at this restaurant. They loved the food! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our second time at The Mission - we loved it, great restaurant with amazing food, exceptional service, vibrant ambience, perfect evening. We loved the Table side guacomole paired with delicious cocktails. The crispy pork & cola lime glaze service on lettuce were delicious. The pork shoulder served with small taco - YUMMY!! Ended the evening with the Pumpkin Bread pudding - speechless!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Visiting Scottsdale with friends and decided to try this restaurant for a second time in seven years. Table side quac was a hit but menu choices are limited. Maybe a good idea to look at the menu before getting there, especially if you are sitting inside as it is very dark. Needed our cell phone light to actually read the menu. Would have preferred a table outside. Food was ok but nothing to write home about. On the pricey side for what you get. Great service though.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Nice outdoor seating. Creative Mexican food and wonderful guacamole.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing!! It came highly recommended and didn't disappoint. Drinks were amazing. Table side guac was awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Timo was our waiter and he made it all the better! He deserves a raise! ;)

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great service, overall an excellent experience.

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service was amazing but the restaurant was really loud and crowded. We were jammed into a table where the tables next to us had to move for us to get out

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Scottsdale area!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was nice but pricey. 30 dolar pork chip with nothing else.
The steak tacos were very small.
Marguerita waa watery.
I would try somewhere else.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant was fabulous, the lighting was very dark. We had to use our cell phone flashlights to read the menu. It really doesn't need to be that dark, it makes you think they are hiding something.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great service fantastic bartenders
Good food yes go

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The best guacamole I’ve ever had. Great service. The patio is lovely. We’ll definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Nice evening on the patio but view across the street just ok . The food was really good ....

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Once again the food was delicious and once again, the atmosphere was so dark that we could barely see what we are eating. We chose a table outside hoping it would be lighter, but alas no. Do not understand why a restaurant that serves such delicious food chooses to hide it in nearly totally darkness.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were visiting from out of state. The food was very good as was my Primarita margarita. I had the green chile duck confit and it was delicious. Unfortunately we sat at the back of the restaurant and it was really dark. It was hard to see what I was eating and other tables were using flashlights to read the menus they were lucky enough to get. When we were seated, we were told they didn’t have anymore menus and we’d have to wait. It’s the first time I’ve ever ordered dinner from a restaurants online menu while seated in the restaurant. Service got to be a little slow when they got busy and we were under a time constraint, we were late due to traffic and we were told (twice) we only had that table until 7:15. All in all the food was good, our server was attentive when he could be, but don’t go there for the atmosphere, or great service.
P.S. Even with the slower service and no menus we were gone by 6:50, not bad for all the forces against us.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 2, 2017

the food was amazing, the drinks delicious and the ambience was simply magical. We also loved the different options for tequila tasting and the presentation was awesome. we were here for a birthday and couldn't have picked a better restaurant to celebrate!

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food- mediocre service. We were very impressed with the food quality and drinks. I had the Chorizo steak meal and my wife had some tacos. Exactly what we were looking for. The service was not good and it left us wondering- was it just a bad night where the service staff was distracted with something? Is it a toxic work environment? Personal problems at home or was it just bad service? We don’t know but it was likely one of those. In short- it felt like they asked the right questions but there was a clear sense that it was just a script they were reading.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Overall an outstanding experience. The service was great from the beginning. The hostess found a cord to charge my phone for me while we ate. Victoria took over from there and guided us through the menu and made some excellent recommendations. Definitely get the guacamole (Adam did a great job preparing ours tableside) but watch out for the chips as they are addictive! The Almejas Al Vapor (Peruvian Clam stew) was over the top fantastic. The other recommendation that Victoria made was the Chorizo Porchetta which was again over the top fantastic. We were celebrating our anniversary so the restaurant gave us a Pumpkin bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream which nearly put us in a coma! The décor was very interesting and enjoyable. The experience was so great that I asked to speak with the manager. Amanda came over and I delivered the good news that the entire staff had provided above and beyond service and the food was outstanding. She was happy that they had hit the mark! We will definitely dine at the Mission again when we are back in the Phoenix area.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Seating outside was charming minus the large black fans. Nice service. Wine was very good, though manager changed available wines and didn’t have an updated wine list for the table. Main entree was average. Bar looked lively and inviting.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband said this was one of the best restaurants he's ever been too. The tableside guacamole was delish, salsa was tasty but not too spicy, drinks were yummy! Mahi mahi tacos were very good, but kinda pricey as they are very small. 2 bites per taco.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good restaurant but we were seated and a waiter never came to our table. After 20 minutes we went to the hostess to let her know and she was very apologetic and sent a server right away. The manager took care of our drinks & a free appetizer. We went for an anniversary dinner and booked our reservation far in advance so it was a little disappointing that we were forgotten at first, but the restaurant is definitely a hot spot and very busy! Food was absolutely excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went for lunch. Small portions, high prices, good quality.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were visiting from Boston for my sister's Bachelorette and The Mission was a highly recommended dinner spot - so we gave it a try! The service was amazing, cuisine was incredible, margaritas were perfectly poured and the ambiance was so cool (the tableside guac and street corn are a must!) Just the type of authenticity we were looking to experience while visiting Arizona. Thank you for making dinner so special for our group of 10!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This place was recommended to us and we would highly recommend it in turn!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was great!!
The table side guacamole was the best!!
The Illy coffee was the best.
But, The chicken in the tacos was a few days old and tasteless. The other tacos we had lacked good, tasty ingredients.
For the chefs abilities, the food did not reflect it.
The back patio was uninteresting and there were 2 large fans sitting in the room. The front patio was very inviting but we weren’t seated there.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We came for the food and it didn't disappoint!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch with friends ..food fantastic however we were at first seated on the back patio next to a very large fan!! Not good then moved to a table in the very corner of what seemed to be very cigarette smokey area..also not good. We were then seated inside...which was good however very dark inside ..even for lunch...overall great experience we will be back!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were a little disappointed with the Mission. The menu is very small and the options are not all that appealing unless you like pork shoulder. The vibe is very loud and hip but I do not think that would be enough to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service. Great food. Portions were a little on the smaller side but still a great experience. Chorizo and roasted potatoes and the cheesy sticky rice were awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was exceptionally good! Our hostess was very polite and knowledgeable. Her recommendations were absolutely great! For the short time we've lived in Arizona, this has been the best place we've been too! We definitely would go again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was my first visit to The Mission. The food was very fresh and presented in a unique manner. The service was extremely friendly and professional.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Mission is a fantastic, happenin' place with great, high quality food offerings. However, it is actually too dark to see the food properly, and the noise discourages conversation. Try to get seated on one of the outside patios (if it's not too hot) for a memorable evening. The prices are high, but, I guess, maybe, they are consistent with other high end Scottsdale places with $14 for regular Margaritas.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food, especially the steak. Lively atmosphere good for couple or groups

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent spot loved everything they served us
And service was first rated !!! Can't wait to go back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was exceptional. Simple dishes made with complex flavors. Portions were not oversized. Ambience was romantic. Service was prompt with all hands on deck - hostess, bartender, bussers, server, and manager all pitching in to ensure our experience was a positive one. Loved it!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Absolutley loved this place! Perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner to a gathering with friends. Lively with amazing door from the table side quac to Brussel Sprout tacos! Drinks were delicious and priced just right. I'll definitely be back on my next visit to Scottsdale!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

In a well-worn phrase "Much ado about nothing." After all the local hype about this restaurant, it was very disappointing. The complex menu (and the web page) are badly in need of a glossary. The waiter had to explain the various ingredients of each dish, which was a waste of his time - and ours. The luncheon portions were over-priced and the size of small appetizers, and the brisket was dry. I definitely will not recommend this restaurant, while there are so many other wonderful places to dine in Downtown Scottsdale.

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