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The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

4.6
4.6
6116 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 636-5005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Carter

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Sonia Sorensen: (855) 447-0694

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • 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!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,116 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. DD

    DarleneD

    Detroit

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten at the The Mission in both Old Scottsdale and Kierland. I prefer Old Scottsdate and sitting outside. The inside can be dark which is great in the evening. We had lunch there and the server was really fantastic. I always love the fresh made quacomole side. I have to get better at writing down the server names as he was really fantastic! Super nice! We sat in the back outside. Nice and bright and not too noisy.
  2. S

    Sojourner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The pork shoulder with rosemary was amazing. We also enjoyed the table side made guacamole and prickly pear margaritas. Inside the atmosphere is a bit dark and loud but the back patio was more open and quieter. Would definitely return when I am in the area.
  3. B

    Beth

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Ryan, was extremely professional and suggested excellent choices to enhance our dining experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Underwhelming overall.
  5. R

    Runner1948

    Minneapolis

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was great - understood we wanted to catch up and then order. Explained the chef and and focus - great. Friendly suggestion - one guest was new - ask if we want recommendations. Recommendations would make the cuisine, which is special, come alive. No criticism of our waiter at all - just a suggestion. Caesar salad was great as usual - seemed like less chicken than my recollection when we ordered it.
  6. V

    Visitor

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed! Service was phenomenal!
  8. L

    Lori2000

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal with friends. Service was great. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Brussel sprout tacos were to die for. Would definitely recommend and return for more!
  9. PC

    PaulandC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have amazing food and drink at the Mission! We bring visitors regularly!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Alex was great. He Explained everything we ask him on suggestion for food, drinks, desserts. Will ask for him next time we go. We bring all of our out of town guests here. We love this place. I would highly suggest you make reservations in advance, at least two weeks ahead of time.
  11. g

    gwendolyn

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Well you want to love The Mission because it is a Scottsdale classic. But last night it just missed the mark for us. It was FREEZING and they wouldn’t close the door (a restaurant policy?) … hard to enjoy a nice dinner with frozen toes and chattering teeth. Our server was great and the food was very good but I do not think it is even close to the best Mexican in the area, we thought Los Olivos was better. Maybe because we had just gotten back from a month in Puerto Vallarta but it just didn’t wow us …
  12. B

    Bones

    Phoenix

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite when visiting Old Town. Exceptional menu of local food. We had the mahi tacos swordfish and kale salad which was all excellent Service was great and we would return a must try
  13. LW

    LaurieW

    Northern MI

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had another enjoyable meal at The Mission. It is always great to dine here because the food is consistently outstanding and this visit didn't disappoint. The appetizers and entrees were all excellent and the chips and salsa are always terrific. We ate inside because it was chilly (and we had an infant with us) so it wasn't as nice when you can sit outside and enjoy the wonderful patio. We love this restaurant and will definitely return again!
  14. SG

    ShannonG

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great dinner last night at The Mission. Our waiter, Aaron, was very welcoming, and gave us a great overview of the history of the restaurant, and the chef/owner. We weren’t sure what to order, and he suggested that he could course out a meal for us if we were up for a surprise. That sounded good to us, and we tasted many good dishes. Our favorite dish was the seafood soup. I’m not going to attempt to remember or spell the name of it! It had just the right amount of spice and was delicious. The duck empanadas were also fabulous as well as the porchetta. We felt the drinks were quite expensive and the ambience was extremely dark. A few more lights in key areas would have made a great difference. The place was packed, so it must not be a problem for many people.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We were excited to try this place. I looked at the reviews and saw more good than bad and had a server at another restaurant in the area recommend it. However, the not so good reviews were spot on. The food was so mediocre. The Mahi Mahi tacos were supposed to be the ‘it’ item. Who deep fry’s Mahi Mahi? Such a great fish and you can’t taste it for the fried oil taste.. Even the margaritas weren’t great…and for $17 a pop, they should be fantastic every time. We each had two.. The second one didn’t taste like the first and I got no salt on my rim. The service was average. I’d say skip. At least the Old Town Scottsdale location which is where we ate.
  16. c

    carah

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Street corn was scrumptious, on-the-spot perfection guacamole, pumpkin bread pudding thingy…soooo good!
  17. j

    janeymat7

    Seattle

    51 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    The guacamole was exceptionally good. The park tacos were just average and over priced . Too expensive for lunch . It is very attractive inside but the lights are so low it’s difficult to see your food. I say go there for guacamole and chips and a Margarita
  18. DV

    DebV

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great vibe, cute place and great service. Food was good, but not outstanding. The bartender recommended a margarita, so we obliged. Sadly, it was premixed and $17 a pop. I liked it, but nothing to rave about.
  19. MS

    MS4744

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely experience for our group. Paulo's knowledge of food preparation for the individual in our group with Celiac disease was so helpful, and quite impressive. Thanks for giving us the time to catch up with one another. We loved your restaurant.
  20. S

    Seattlegirl

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Highly overrated. Mediocre food, super loud and frantic, rushed service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Tables were a bit too close. The server was great though. Unfortunately, we didn’t enjoy dinner as we felt like we were also dining with the tables next to us.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The skirt steak with eggs was delicious and so was the prickly pear margarita! Will definitely go back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Say there for an hour and never got a chance to order. Couldn’t even get the waiters attention to pay for our drinks before we left to go somewhere else.
  24. MD

    MDMmdmMDMmdmMDMmdmMDMmdm

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Just a bit too noisy
  25. CD

    ChrisD

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting Latin fusion food that was delicious. Attentive staff and a cool vibe made for a great evening!
  26. LS

    LoriS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kennedy and Devlin took great care of us! The table side made-to-order guacamole was amazing. And don’t sleep on the pork tacos! Absolutely delicious.
  27. MB

    McBama

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please order the guacamole and the Mahi tuna FRIED. There is a time and place for grilled fish, but your tastebuds with thank you for taking your server’s recommendation to go with the fried option.
  28. KM

    KMaine

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The table side guacamole is fantastic and highly recommended . And the jalapeño and cucumber margarita is delicious!
  29. BT

    BenjaminT

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    Clubby feel takes away from overall experience. Definitely not romantic spot, more suited for friends group dinner. Food good. Would not return
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! The table side guac was AMAZING!! Paloma’s we’re a fan favorite for our group and the mahi tacos were absolutely worth it!
  31. J

    Jojo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was delish! Server was very knowledgeable about the vegetarian items
  32. SR

    SamanthaR

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our server was rude and trying to rush us but the busing and water refill guy was great. The food was amazing and I would order takeout next time to not have to deal with the waitress.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Music is too loud
  34. CC

    CherylC

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The Mission is a very busy place. The tables are very close together. Liked our server but he was busy and the meal did not come out together. He knew they were behind and provided a free dessert. Nice gesture. Overall, I would suggest but try to avoid the weekend.
  35. CS

    CatherineS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, staff and overall experience were excellent! Highly recommend! We will return.
  36. T

    Toenjerry

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious! The presentation was fussy and the portions wanting but the flavors were amazing. The music was much too loud to converse. I know it’s a tactic to move folks out quickly but it does not make for a pleasurable dining experience. I did enjoy their soundtrack though, great tunes!
  37. TH

    ThomasH

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Horrible service from Kennedy our server. We waited well over ten minutes before anyone came to the table to greet us or bring water. Kennedy finally arrived after someone else brought water. After Kennedy took our drink order, we waited another unexplainable inordinate length of time for drinks to arrive. The service at The Mission was unfortunately poor, but the food was good. The wait staff appeared more interested in chit-chatting with other servers and restaurant staff than providing patrons with attentive customer service. Will probably pass on returning to The Mission in the future.
  38. g

    gayleb

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We read the reviews that recommended tacos as the best items on the menu. We went with the idea of ordering those and had chosen what we wanted from the online dinner menu. Our server told us they were only available for lunch so we went with much more expensive not so tasty items. When leaving we noticed other diners were eating guess what? Tacos! Will not return!
  39. SQ

    SusieQ

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderfully creative and delicious food. We sat on the patio where we had an excellent waiter who made fantastic suggestions and was full of personality. I would highly recommend this place serving really unique food.
  40. 3

    312foodie

    Phoenix

    71 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    A very disappointing dining experience. We had such high hopes for The Mission but it was a huge miss. First the food was just just okay. We started with Creekstone Beef Anticuchos, it was okay. But not something I would order again. I had the Chorizo Porchetta entree which was not good, the pork was a bit dry and the chorizo was tasteless, not something I would ever order again. My husband had the Tecate Creekstone Skirt Steak taco which come out room temp and were mediocre at best. Our service was was poor, I ordered a glass of wine that never came, when we reordered the wine, they brought the wrong kind AND charged for the mistake AND the one we ordered. We had to explain to our waiter not once but twice before he finally removed the wine from the bill. When asked how everything was we were truthful and told our waiter we didn’t care for our meal. He then asked us where we were from as if being from some where else would explain away the fact we didn’t like our meals. He also asked if I ate a lot pork ( I grew up on a farm in Iowa, seriously, I know pork) and was I familiar chorizo. He also told us that we were the first people in his seven year of being the restaurant to ever not love the dish… really??? I shouldn’t have to justify why i didn’t like a dish! The bottom line is we will not be back as the food was not good and service was even worse.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 636-5005.

The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale is rated 4.6 stars by 6116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 118 times today
Google Map for The Mission – Old Town Scottsdale

3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Carter

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 636-5005

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Sonia Sorensen: (855) 447-0694

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