The Mission

Mexican Restaurant · Downtown Syracuse
304 E Onondaga St (at East Jefferson St.), Syracuse, NY 13202, United States
Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 PM
  • Tue–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–9:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 112 votes

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  • Ranked #3 for Mexican restaurants in Syracuse
  • What you need to know
    Tra T
    "Wine margarita is the must."(3 Tips)
    Benjamin S.
    "special is a shrimp & scallop burrito."(5 Tips)
    Amanda L.
    "carafe of sangria and the queso fundido with chorizo"(3 Tips)
    Mike S.
    "Fish tacos were great and so is the guacamole."(4 Tips)
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  • Mexican food
  • wine margaritas
  • burritos
  • tacos
  • lively
  • spicy food
  • good for dates
  • scallops
  • Steak nachos
  • trendy
  • cozy
  • historic sites
  • chicken
  • authentic
  • beer
  • guacamole
  • shrimp
  • soup
  • queso fundido
  • dinner
  • Ray F.
    They have very good BBQ Tofu plates, tamales, and chips. The decor is little cheesy, but overall it's a great place. If you're into fresh hot sauces, ask for the spice shuttle.
    Ray Foss · November 10, 2015
  • Michele H.
    Went there for dinner, usually it's very good food & service. Last night our service was very slow, waited 30 mins for soup, salmon salad & clams. It wasn't busy either. Off night, maybe?
    Michele Hoxie · June 19, 2014
  • Rachel G.
    Margaritas are salty but good. The guacamole is delicious. But make sure you go early or late on a weekend night -- they don't take reservations and the wait is always long!
    Rachel Gruber · January 20, 2011
  • Hannah W.
    After reading all the positive reviews on YellowPages, I was really excited to finally try The Mission. But service was mediocre and food was only ok for the price. I probably won't go back again.
    Hannah Warren · December 19, 2014
  • jon c.
    If I had just a little bit less self-respect, I'd order a large thing of their guacamole and just eat it with a spoon. That would be my dinner. AND IT WOULD BE HEAVEN.
    jon corpora · May 31, 2011
  • Crystal F.
    The steak nachos are everything in this world! But also the quesadillas are always fire. The sangria is watered down, don't recommend it.
    Crystal Ferreiro · 1 week ago
  • Harrison O.
    Worst service downtown, waited close to an hour for a quassadilla, it was okay, nothing special, don't go during a lunch break. The people next to us said they waited an hour for take out.
    Harrison Otterbein · July 18, 2013
  • Ray F.
    They've added a BBQ tofu burrito to their Vegan offerings. Their fajitas with zucchini and spices aren't half bad. Pro tip: Ask for the "Spice Shuttle"
    Ray Foss · October 3, 2015
  • Amanda L.
    Get a carafe of sangria and the queso fundido with chorizo and you won't be disappointed. The entrees are just okay though. Beautiful place!
    Amanda Lee · September 7, 2014
  • Claire
    Was not impressed. Got our drink order after our food arrived. Server was very anxious and rushed us out before a large table was seated. No music, but well decorated
    Claire · September 2, 2014
  • Dave S.
    Located in an old historic church, stained glass windows intact, The Mission features the best Mexican in the area, in a charming venue!
    Dave Silverstone · January 28, 2012
  • Eric H.
    The staple - 3 chicken hard tacos, black beans, white rice, medium salsa. Never pass on the soup special - it's their specialty.
    Eric Hinman · September 18, 2012
  • Kate
    ask for the peppers and hot sauces condiments tray, they don't bring it right away, but it's great for people who like heat!
    Kate · November 7, 2011
  • Barbara E.
    Margaritas are not house made! They use a mix, and it is awful. Just get a beer or wine. No full fledged liquor license here. Beware.
    Barbara Elizabeth · May 19, 2013
  • fernando a.
    Lunch is very affordable and a lot less crowded than dinner time. Great food, great Read more
    fernando alfonso · January 20, 2010
  • Sharon (.
    Now that I've tried the food, this is already one of my favorite restaurants here in Syracuse! Also loving the Breckenridge agave wheat ale. Yum!
    Sharon (MsJiff) · March 15, 2014
  • Michael K.
    Great food and great service! Good brews on tap too. Definitely worth a visit.
    Michael Kapala · February 4
  • Benjamin S.
    Make sure to hit up The Mission on Fridays when the special is a shrimp & scallop burrito.
    Benjamin Schechter · February 28, 2013
  • Robert G.
    Always ask for the soup. And if it's good ... when it's good—fill your mouth with it.
    Robert Grazioli · April 18, 2013
  • JenKudu
    The queso fundido esta muy bueno! Have them add crumbled chorizo for an extra kick!
    JenKudu · July 28, 2013
  • Mike S.
    Fish tacos were great and so is the guacamole. Not a fan of the wine margaritas tho.
    Mike Smith · June 15, 2013
  • Cory B.
    The fish tacos weren't bad, little over done, and the pato de blue was unique.
    Cory Brown · March 30, 2014
  • Jon
    A gem in the Columbus circle area and a historic site. Food is great.
    Jon · August 26, 2014
  • Sarina F.
    Get the salsa sampler to start and the flan to finish. So delicious!
    Sarina Fiero · December 20, 2010
  • Kristina N.
    The vegetable burrito was bland and the service was worse. The decor is the best thing they have going on.
    Kristina Norris · December 10, 2011
  • Lu L.
    The chicken anticucho with chimichurri, black beans, rice and orange slices is the best!
    Lu Leszinsky · August 20, 2011
  • Elizabeth T.
    Amazing Queso Dip, best I've ever had and I LOVE Mexican food. X
    Elizabeth Tweedale · June 15, 2013
  • Robert G.
    Put everything on the menu in your mouth. Your tastebuds will be very thankful. You're welcome.
    Robert Grazioli · June 19, 2012
  • maren g.
    The usual - white wine margarita on the rocks, queso fundido, and the veggie burrito!
    maren guse · February 16, 2011
  • isaac b.
    Highly recommend hearing the specials, there is usually something delightful
    isaac budmen · September 23, 2012
  • Derek H.
    Awesome place all around. Great atmosphere, food, and service.
    Derek Heckler · December 30, 2013
  • Scott F.
    Pro tip: add pico de gallo to the guac to spice things up.
    Scott Friedberg · February 16, 2014
  • JenKudu
    The tortas are good (chicken and steak), but not authentic.
    JenKudu · July 26, 2013
  • Paul M.
    Ask for the hot sauces. The pickled serranos are worth a visit.
    Paul M · August 7, 2010
  • VisitSyracuse
    Get a behind the scenes look at The Mission at the AmeriCU Dining Week Blog. Click More Info. Read more
    VisitSyracuse · February 14, 2011
  • Eric C.
    Ask for a punch card. Your 10th meal is free
    Eric Candino · April 20, 2012
  • Eric C.
    Sunday brunch from 10-2. The menu is ridiculous.
    Eric Candino · December 2, 2012
  • Ben R.
    The habanero papaya salsa. Do it.
    Ben Redfield · April 20, 2012
  • Eric C.
    Stand a couple feet from the urinal. Youre in the splash zone
    Eric Candino · June 19, 2012
  • John A.
    Overrated, not worth the wait, dipping sauces were awesome though.
    John Antony · August 20, 2011
  • Sharon (.
    Inside is gorgeous, and it smells heavenly. Can't wait to try the food.
    Sharon (MsJiff) · March 15, 2014
  • Jack D.
    The Nachos appetizer 😍😍
    Jack DeSantis · May 5, 2015
  • Amy L.
    tequila key lime pie.. one slice is not enough
    Amy Lee · September 9, 2012
  • Erica S.
    get the passion fruit flan!
    Erica S. · November 6, 2010
  • Joe H.
    The guacamole is delicious!!
    Joe Hanko · August 24, 2011
  • Tra T
    Wine margarita is the must.
    Tra T · November 16, 2012
  • Don S.
    Try their vegetable burrito for lunch.
    Don Stevens · October 24, 2013
  • Michele H.
    Brunch is excellent
    Michele Hoxie · October 9, 2014
  • Lorrell W.
    Free chips on Mondays & Tuesdays
    Lorrell Walter · March 15, 2011
  • Rounded
    Chicken Tacos! Great lunch spot
    Rounded · August 4, 2011
  • Danushka B.
    Chorizo sausage quesadila !
    Danushka Bandara · September 30, 2012
  • Tina K.
    Love the soups
    Tina Kalbus-Smith · January 9, 2015

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