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Mission Resort, Howey in Hills, FL

Mission Resort

4.1
4.1
112 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
El Conquistador’s elegant menu and diverse wine list ensure a memorable dining experience for those special occasions. Our Executive Chef creates memorable dishes from an extensive culinary repertoire and cooked to perfection.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Dining Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (352) 324-2024
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 112 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

112 Reviews
  1. ChristineB

    Central Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lisa was great! She really cares about her customers.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and excellent service. We always enjoy eating at El Conquistador

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  3. JoyA

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had our wedding reception at Mission Inn 35 years ago. We thought it would be nice to celebrate our 35th there. When we made the reservation we requested a "table for two" as we know the La Margarita has them. When we arrived, a large party of women, approx. 14 of them, were dining and we were not seated at a "table for two". We were seated at the window as requested but it was a 4 top which doesn't make for a nice cozy anniversary dinner. So here we are, at a 4 top, directly across from and overpowered by a huge party. The dining room is not that big. Towards the end of our meal a huge party of men were then seated behind the women against the wall. Not the quiet dinner hoped for. Disappointed the seating was not as requested. The food was tasty, the waiter was nice and the bourbon he suggested was on point. However, because the waiter seemed to be overwhelmed by the large party of men, he became rushed and didn't ask if we wanted dessert or anything else for that matter and just brought us our check. We had to ask if we could order dessert... Of course, he politely obliged. We have been to all the restaurants, many times, at Mission Inn over the years, still, not quite overall on the mark.

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  4. DavidG

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at El Conquistador many times. The food is always good. The service is always outstanding. The usually quiet ambiance is to our liking. We enjoy the views. We enjoy the comfortable seating.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent date night meal - anniversary 32 for us. New chef, menu revamped, and excellent service. Chris was perfect - from great suggestions of the brined pork chop and the scallop and risotto dish to the wine selection. The chef Leo came out to the table and got our feedback. Tomorrow he is doing a shrimp & grits to add - I verified they were cheesy grits. He confidently said they would be the best I’ve had. I’m sold - I will be back tomorrow. The wine selection could be better - but I am really picky. This is not Wine Bar George. Good selection of cabs (not my personal favorite grape) so most people in Florida would like it. My wife had Moscato Ruffino that was very nice for a sweet wine. The dessert was good if not as excellent as the risotto or garlic butter croissants. We will be back. Howey-in-the-Hills is a hidden gem for central Florida.

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  6. FoodFans

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were married at the Mission Inn during the pandemic. We like going back every so often. This time, the food was good as usual… the service was lack luster. Our server seemed annoyed to be there and my wife even tried making a joke with their server and she didn’t acknowledge it. You don’t have to laugh but don’t act deaf. We’ll still go back because the place has meaning to us but, next time maybe we’ll just have coffee and desserts.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful dinner. Great service and food was delicious.

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  8. CharlesT

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve eaten here before and feel the food is declining. One of our party had fish and chips and it had an odd sauce on the fish. The chicken dish was tough two had that. One of our party had salmon which he said was delicious. We had great service just the food was not quite so good. Lobster bisque is still good.

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  9. AnneH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten here twice on two different stays at the resort. Best steak in Florida!

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  10. StephenB

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food quantity is good. Quality not highest. Had strip steak medium well burned ends and too much gristle. Mash potatoes not hot. Asparagus good but not hot. Lobster fingers too expensive for small amount lobster meat provided. Pork chop large and tasty same for short ribs but all too expensive for what received.

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  11. Sonny

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice venue, good service, great food, but a little noisy when all the golfers arrived. We would definitely go back though!!

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  12. GrammyK

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated a friends 75th birthday with lunch and cocktails. Meggen our server was very attentive and made sure all was taken care of. they served a free mini cheesecake for our friend to celebrate her birthday while we all sang.

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  13. Buono

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good but it took over 45 minutes to order another 45 minutes to get food. Server tried hard but it was a busy night and they appeared to be short staff.

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  14. SteveA

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat down at 6:30; no food until 8:45. Wait staff never explained why. Food good, but overdone or under heat lamps too long.

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  15. lauram

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very quiet night due to poor weather. But Erin, our server, was cheerful and attentive. Food was delicious, especially filet, pork chop and mahi mahi.

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  16. JLGSKG

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening as we celebrated our anniversary. Service was excellent and each dish was perfectly prepared. Lobster bisque and salad (blood orange vinaigrette dressing-wow) were great starters; the filet an exceptional medium rare, braised short rib falling apart delicious. Could not have asked for a better experience. Never sure about a meal at a resort/hotel; not inexpensive but certainly not out of line. This exceeded all expectations. We’re planning our next trip already and bringing friends. Thank you for making our anniversary weekend special

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very relaxing and great service. We would definitely go again.

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  18. TyroneP

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best time we ever had can't wait to go back again

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  19. DougH

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great other than getting the table we had requested. They thought I wanted at table for 8 even though the reservation was for 3. We finally got it resolved

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  20. Linds

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food—excellent steak. Service was friendly. Key lime pie was delicious.

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  21. RobertK

    Atlanta Metro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was very pleasant. Food was good and service was very good. Enjoyed the experience.

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  22. AbiK

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Interesting experience - no background music in the restaurant so it felt very quiet and awkward...there were guests at a high top yelling to the bartender (they seemed to know her from frequenting the restaurant) and the bartender would just shout back at them. This went on for the entirety of our meal. It was very awkward, distracting and annoying. Food was decent - had a side caesar and split a pizza. Took leftovers to our room and unfortunately our fridge was broken so didn't get to enjoy the rest. Burger looked popular as most guests were ordering that. Wouldn't go out of my way to return.

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  23. Sissy

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our party of four all enjoyed our dinners there. Two of us split a dish and the kitchen took care of that for us. It was quite good!

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  24. TMTB

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good but the food was too expensive for the quality.

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  25. Rbflog

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived for reservation, seated no service for 15 minutes. Went to bar and ordered cocktails. 15 minutes later the phantom server brings the drinks. Disappears. Arrives at table to take food order. Disappers. 30 minutes later food arrives luke warm at best. Phantom server disappears again. Reappears we order a second drink. Another 15 minutes drinks appear. Frustrated spouse leaves the restaurant phantom arrives I ask for check. 10 minutes later check arrives. What’s frustrating is that we’ve frequented Mission Inn a number of times. This was the first tine under the new owners. Frustrating

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  26. RachelG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I ate at the El Conquistador for a romantic dinner. Our server, Sydney, was OUTSTANDING! She made the whole evening. She was attentive, engaging and was smiling throughout the evening. It's hard to find servers that elevate your dining experience and she is one of those rare ones. The food was excellent as well. We both got steaks and then a scallop entree to share. The steaks were cooked perfectly, but we ended up scarfing down the scallop entree because it was really delicious. We had a memorable evening and we will definitely recommend to others who plan on stopping by. Great job and give Sydney a raise!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was very slow, food arrived lukewarm and when sent back came out lukewarm again Wait person did not check on us at all nor did management We would not return

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  28. StaceyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    At 5pm on a January night mid-week we were only customers Great service!

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  29. RobertH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was not familiar with items on the menu. Confusion from the initial telephone conversation about the menu to arrival. Kept wanting to give us the NYE menu. We were there for NY Day dinner Pork Chop over cooked. Shrimp cocktail- shrimp was over,over done Sweet Potatoes were excellent. Salmon dinner was excellent Couldn’t serve a MaiTai - no pineapple juice. Dessert was bland. Martini was good

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  30. janc

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good stay , rooms are what i expect only down is the ice machine in the san diego building make constantly oise,besides that good resort.

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  31. JamesL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Mission Inn for New Year’s Eve dinner with family, La Margaritas was spot on. Waiter was courteous, professional and promptly answered questions when asked about menu. Definitely will go back

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  32. Sunnyside

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very delicious meal. Everyone in our party of six thought the food was delicious. The baked lobster as well as the surf and turf was wonderful. I would have been concerned if someone in our group didn’t eat shell fish or duck as those were the only options. The dragon fruit sorbet was very good but very overpriced.

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  33. CurranJ

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu was limited but Lisa help so much for all of us to get something to enjoy.

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  34. RussB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was excellent experience. Not sure why we did not get Open Table points after using Open Table to make reservation

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  35. KathleenS

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Salad and duck were delicious. My daughter's prime rib was tasteless, unseasonably, and not rare but raw in the middle. She sent it back but by the time it was returned, I'd finished eating. The waitress was pleasant but poor service. She said we had to order dessert when we ordered the app and entrees. It became clear that no other table was instructed to do this. I asked why there were bread plates and no bread and was told the chef decided bread was by request only. Then, she turned and left. She didn't bring bread or offer it. When I requested it, it took several mini for it to arrive despite half the tables being empty.

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  36. Kevin

    Orlando

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was missing most of our dinner. We constantly had to ask other servers to go get him. We were a party of 5 and 2 meals were served ice cold and had to be replaced. Most likely because our server did not pick them up in a timely manner. In order to get meals replaced we had to ask another server. We have had great service & meals here before, just think we got unlucky with getting this server.

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  37. Jenniferl

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked on open table. We got seated at bar. Was very expensive for what it was.

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  38. JoyA

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We went for Christmas dinner. Although the grounds had a few decorations, the restaurant did not have any. The battery operated candle on the table didn't even work! They listed holiday drinks, "new seasonal sips", on their website and those weren't offered either at the El Conquistador. The food tasted good but the holiday spirit was definitely missing. We went last year for New Year's and the same thing....nothing festive.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I've dined there at El Conquistador and all of the restaurants on property for 13 years and live in Mission Inn....The food quality has gone downhill over the years. It's such a beautiful place...but they need someone who knows what they are doing in there. They had choice of 3 appetizers...fried oyster over 3 deviled egg halves in a lime sauce, goat cheese salad of which I had to ask for dressing, or Escargot......I asked if I could get a shrimp cocktail which they have every other day of the year and was told no...just awful. Then main entrees were a choice of prime rib with greenbeans and some sort of mashed potato, Chilean sea bass with mussels and rice, or a Duck dish...just not a good selection of appetizers or entrees and both had items that many people don't order...typically. Desserts had 4 choices. All of it was a la Carte from appetizers to dessert. I had prime rib...very very fatty, another guest had the seabass and it was ok. The salad was ok but the fried oyster thing over deviled egg app was disgusting!!!! The bread was stale and barely warm. There were 3 of us and we each had 2 alcoholic beverages and the bill was over $300 with tax and tip......I like fine dining and this was not it. Ambience and staff however were 5 stars... Resident with Disappointments......

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  40. maxm

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very ordinary; service was good. The food was not recognizable from the description. The prices were extraordinary high for the preparation of the food- The dishes were quite plain. The quantity was huge, so huge that the dishes became unappetizing. I felt that I was in a butcher shop, not in a restaurant. The service was fine; the experience not as holiday special as expected.

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Mission Resort is rated 4.1 stars by 112 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 2 times today
Google Map for Mission Resort

10400 County Road 48, Howey in Hills, FL 34737-3000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Howey-in-the-Hills
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Dining Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
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