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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Spice up your Valentine's Day with Chef Matt Carter's three course prix fixe dinner with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $85pp++ which includes a complementary tableside guacamole and glass of rosé bubbles. Make your reservation today as tables are filling fast!

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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (73)
Special Occasion (49)
Authentic (48)
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Creative Cuisine (47)
Romantic (44)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Fun (44)
Hot Spot (41)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Spicy (27)
Bar Seating (27)
Good for Groups (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Local Ingredients (22)
Casual (21)
People Watching (21)
Tapas (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Cozy (19)
Happy Hour (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Healthy (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Scenic View (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Make sure you bring a flash light to read the menu. It’s to dark, can’t see the food you are eating or the people you are with. It’s noisy, dark and food is ok. Really disappointed, as I heard good things. The location is good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a business friend dinner here and it was so loud where we sat that some people in our group of 5 could not hear each other. Also, what is the deal with the darkness inside the restaurant? It will still be dark and great ambience if the lights come up a notch or two. It seems dumb that waiters have to hand out little flashlights!! I also like to see the food I am eating. Food presentation is not easily seen in this restaurant! Given how important this is to the dining experience, it makes me wonder what are they hiding?!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious, server was great with suggestions. We would have liked to sit outside, but since the outside tables were apparently reserved, we sat inside. The manager was great and came to explain the situation. Inside was very dark, hard to see the delicious food we were eating. Many tables had flashlights on to read the menus. Decor was nice. Cocktails looked great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

The front patio is cozy. Inside is usually far too loud for me. I hope the "Really Loud "music" in dining establishments" fad is nearly over.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Spicy
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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

Nice ambiance but a little too dark. Impossible to read menu without iPhone light.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Second time we’ve gone here from out of town. Food is great and cool ambiance. Bit loud for normal conversattion and bring a flashlight to see the menu otherwise great!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

The only negative I have about the Mission is the lighting. It’s very dark so you need to use a flashlight to read menu.

Tags: Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

I had the Shrimp Anticuchos as a appetizer. It was average. I then had Chorizo Porchetta. It was dry and had huge pieces of fat in it. The white bean puree was cold and wasn't more than a tablespoon. Very disappointing. When I made reservation online, I mentioned 3 of our party of 8 were celebrating birthdays. Waiter never acknowledged this. Will not go back.

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·Dined 7 days ago

We visited this restaurant last year on vacation and returned because the food was so great. The food was excellent again. Our one complaint is a question of why are the lights kept so low that you need to use phones to read the menu? My wife had a hard time even seeing her food on her plate. Everything about the place is great except the ambiance is ruined by the poor lighting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This was one of the best meals I've ever had! In the beginning, there was a small hiccup with our server. We sat down at 7:30 and realized at 8:00 a server hadn't acknowledged us. I told the hostess and within 5 minutes we had a server at our table. The restaurant was busy so we understood. The food was absolutely incredible. They also gave my boyfriend a free dessert for his birthday! I wrote it on our reservation but didn't expect anything to come of it. Great experience - we will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Dimly lit dining area forced us to request patio seating! We couldn’t read the menu without our phone light!
Table made quacamole was awesome!
Pulled pork tacos excellent but skimpy condiments
Margaritas great but not the price$14
Our waiter Lance very attentive and the rest of the staff quickly took care of our needs

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Beautiful cocktails and a trendy vibe compliment this restaurant nicely. It was busier than I expected for a Monday but the service was still quick and excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Loved it- tableside guac was the best

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Our food was delicious!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Aside from the authentic and excellent cuisine, the wait staff is both attentive and hard-working. One of the very few places I’ll eat Mexican food in AZ!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Spicy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding service by our waiter and his assistant. Food was ... WOW, we will be back. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Celebrated our anniversary and our sons birthday. Service was very sketchy - guacamole to be made at our table was made 5 tables away so no experience with that. We asked that the grilled Mexican corn be taken off the cob when asked and what we got was regular corn with cheese. No grill marks on corn whatsoever. Our special dessert was delivered without any silverware and took us over 5 min to find someone to ask for help. Half way through our dessert someone brought us sparkler that they said should have been brought out when served.
Was not impressed for the money we paid.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is the 2nd or 3rd time that my husband and I have eaten there and we had a lovely time. Great location. Fairly easy to park. The only thing I would change is the lighting. It was super dark in there and the tables are close together.

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

We are always pleased with The Mission and their overall service. The table side guacamole is a MUST. It really adds to the whole experience!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Every dish was delicious

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great ambience and authentic, creative food. The chef is a five star! Highly recommend to foodies. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Amazing food, ambience and service

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was slow. The food was good but not great.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were there for New Years Eve with good friends. Service was great, as was the food. The table-side guacamole is a must! Our table had the filet and Grouper, and we loved every bite. Atmosphere is vibrant and funky-elegant; a fun time!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Have eaten here several times. Disappointed in noise level outside. Also chairs a bit uncomfortable for people with disabilities. Ordered Huevos Rancheros and it was mostly beans. Not what I expected from this dish. Table side guacamole is always a winner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food! Great ambiance. Service could do better. We had to ask for silverware and drink refills. But the food absolutely made up for it!!!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our two critiques are:
1. Too dark - We all eat with our eyes. What’s the point of serving delicious, beautifully plated food if you can’t see it?
2. Our appetizer came out at the same time as our salads - this is always annoying when restaurants do this because it makes the diner feel rushed. Our server did recover nicely though, because when we were through with our salads he asked if we ready to have the kitchen get started on our entrees so we didn’t end up feeling rushed in the end.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is excellent, but restaurant is really, really dark. Everyone had to use their phones to read the menu. Service is attentive, but it's apparent they want to get you in and out so they can turn the table.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The guacamole was on point. I wish the tacos were as phenomenal as the guacamole. Their corn salsa is amazing!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

As always,,,,,,, great food,,,,,,,, great service

Great food and great service.

Great food and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

When ever possible, when friends meet in Scottsdale we try to visit the mission.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved the food. As usual, the flavors surprise. Lunches seemed to be out of a lot of dishes and sauces. But making do, we thoroughly loved everything. The visiting manager, Tammy, stopped by our table. She was so gracious and friendly checking how we were and what we thought of lunch. My 4rth time in, and certainly will not be my last.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful ladies lunch. Great tableside guacamole, margaritas and tacos. Fun, casual atmosphere. Food very fresh, healthy and well-prepared. Service very attentive. Thanks for a wonderful lunch and special time. We were visiting my Mom in Arizona. My sister, a fellow foodie and myself, from Chicago, were impressed. Mom was happy. Great time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

food was pretty good, especially the guac. Problem was the lighting was crazy dark. It was so dark you couldn't really see what you were eating. ambiance other than lighting was really nice. Given the amount of choices of places to go to eat the food wasn't good enough for me to come back

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very disappointing. We have come here for over four years, and just had the absolute worst experience. We had reservation but had to wait 15 mins to be seated. They had plenty of tables open, but appeared to be under-staffed. from when we ordered to when we actually received our food, it was an hour and 15 mins. When I approached a lady who looked like a manager, she informed me that our food was being plated, and the delay was due to a large table. There was no large table in the restaurant, or on the patio. Other tables around us received their food before us. It still took 15 mins after her comment to get our food. I hate being lied to, and very little if any compensation was made for whatever error occurred. Never coming back.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Took our uncle here for his 74th b’day. Service was great and the food fantastic. Table side guacamole was delicious and the wine menu was good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was good. Very small portions. Nice waitress. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was very good and attentive. Two of our dishes were excellent, one missed the mark and was also served cold. Guacamole was as good as advertised.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was our first visit and we had a wonderful time. The food was excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Loved the food and service and ambiance! Great tableside guac!
My one complaint is that we thought it would be very crowded due to, when I called, our having to select an earlier reservation than we would have liked. We wanted to eat inside and were told 4:15 was the latest time available before 7pm for 6 people . . . but the restaurant was not full even when we left!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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