The Mission concept specializes in simple, healthy and 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. 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.
San Diego restaurateurs Fay Nakanishi, Deborah Helm and Thomas Fitzpatrick, are the trio behind the restaurants: The Mission / Mission Beach, The Mission / North Park and The Mission / SoMa. The team has had years of experience in all aspects of the restaurant business, winning numerous accolades and awards for excellence in cuisine and service. Using their varied restaurant backgrounds, in 1997 the group joined forces in the original Mission Café and Coffeehouse in Mission Beach. Chef Fay Nakanishi fine-tuned the menu and created additional unique dishes that showcase the current menu while Thomas Fitzpatrick and Deborah Helm focused on customer service.
While putting an emphasis on quality food and service The Mission evolved from a coffeehouse feel to a full-scale restaurant. Polishing the concept they opened The Mission / North Park in 1998, becoming an important part of the North Park renaissance and later winning BID San Diego Business of The Year. In 2004 they moved into their third location, the historic Rosario Hall in the budding East Village. The threesome work hard to distinguish their businesses from the many restaurants in San Diego. They work closely with their management team and employees on a daily basis to ensure excellence in cuisine and service. They also regularly update their menu to suit the demand of current trends and continually renovate and upgrade the three locations to enhance customer satisfaction.