• Rancheros eggs
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  • Red Velvet pancakes
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Our Concept

Simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge

The Mission concept specializes in simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge and a focus on artful presentation at an affordable price. By focusing on the use of simple and fresh ingredients, this vibrant urban bistro promotes living in an increasingly health-conscious world.

Our entrees are creatively presented, resulting in artful culinary displays that are sure to please the palette. Guests dine in dynamic, inviting surroundings with large, bright, and airy windows and eye-catching local artwork. The menu, which includes everything from classic pancakes and sandwiches to modern Chino-Latino cuisine, is sure to satisfy every appetite.

This concept in healthy dining, combined with pleasant surroundings, is The Mission’s specialty and has made The Mission a huge favorite among local San Diegans and travelers from around the world. Excellence throughout our restaurants has gained local and national recognition in the form of awards and press.


A San Diego Tradition

San Diego restaurateurs Fay Nakanishi, Deborah Helm and Thomas Fitzpatrick, are the trio that founded The Mission restaurants in 1995. The founders built a community landmark which has been enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. In April of 2021, the founders sold The Mission restaurants to a multi-concept restaurant group that fell in love with what the founders created. New ownership has retained management and most of its crew and is determined to continue the Mission tradition of doing well while doing good in its communities.

Despite the numerous challenges we have all faced these past two years new ownership is committed to keeping the core values and traditions alive including the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients, one of kind unique dishes, excellent customer service and to do well while doing good in our communities.

Local Artwork

Being Part Of The Community

The Mission loves to support the budding art scene in San Diego by displaying the works of local artists and allowing all proceeds to go directly to the artist. For placement consideration in one of our three locations, send an e-mail to our email at themissionsd@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and samples of your artwork.

Giving Back

Giving Back To The Community

Participating as an active and positive member of the community is very important to us. In the spirit of giving back to the community, The Mission donates to a variety of charities throughout the year such as City of San Diego Literacy Programs, Mission Beach Women’s Club, Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, Being Alive, etc. as well as annual fundraising events like Mama’s Kitchen and the San Diego Zoo’s Critters Event. We were also among one the first and continue to participate in Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser to benefit The Center’s HIV/AIDS prevention programs for Youth & Latinos and direct services for those living with HIV/AIDS.


Join Our Team!

Please feel free to apply in person at any of our locations, Monday through Friday between the hours of 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

The Mission offers hourly positions at all of our restaurants. We seek energetic individuals committed to providing excellent customer service.

HOURLY POSITIONS: Opportunities for Servers, Baristas, Hosts, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks, Bussers, and Dishwashers. We offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, a 401k plan, a 25% employee discount, and more. In addition, we offer the opportunity to advance in any position.

MANAGEMENT POSITIONS: watch for postings on Craigslist. The Mission offers unlimited possibilities to learn, grow, and most importantly, to share in our success. We seek energetic individuals committed to providing excellent customer service.

Our Management benefit compensation package includes competitive salaries, health insurance, 401k plan, vacation pay, and monthly dining allowance.

The Mission is an equal opportunity employer.