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Confisco Grille & Backwater Bar (full-service) at Islands of Adventure

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Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Confisco Grille at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

What is Confisco Grille?

Confisco Grille is the first full-service restaurant you’ll encounter after you enter Islands of Adventure. Its theming reflects the eclectic nature of Port of Entry, with a hodge-podge of decor representing items that the proprietors of this establishment have collected (or confiscated) in the course of their travels. Confisco has an interesting menu that verges on exotic, with a more casual atmosphere than the nearby (and more famous) Mythos.

What is Backwater Bar?

Backwater Bar in Islands of Adventure
Backwater Bar at Islands of Adventure

Backwater Bar is Confisco Grille’s own full-service bar. The venue serves up an adventurous menu of cocktails, beers, and other beverages, as well as offering a limited selection of food items.

Where are Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar located?

In Port of Entry, which is in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar – hours and reservations

Both Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar are open daily for lunch and dinner, with hours subject to change.

You can book your reservation for Confisco Grille online.

Confisco Grille and Backwater Bar – OI fun fact

Bric-a-brac and knick-knacks decorate the nooks and crannies of Confisco Grille
Bric-a-brac and knick-knacks decorate the nooks and crannies of Confisco Grille

Not only is the restaurant adorned with bizarre and unusual decorations, but some of the items on display reference the various islands that makeup Islands of Adventure. If you look closely, for example, you’ll find a Seussian fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and, even, the titular hat from The Cat in the Hat.

A bowl of hummus at Confisco Grille in Islands of Adventure
Enjoy a variety of delicious dishes, like this delectable hummus!


Ahi Tuna Nachos – $15.95
Sesame seared ahi tuna, diced avocado, edamame, Napa cabbage, wonton chips, jalapeño, micro cilantro, scallions, sweet soy and wasabi aioli drizzles

Trader Wings – $14.95
Your choice of traditional-style wings with hot honey, buffalo, or garlic parmesan sauce

Chicken Quesadilla – $13.95
Grilled chicken, cheddar-jack cheese in a flour tortilla, served with tomato salsa, sour cream, house-made guacamole

Loaded Nachos – $12.95
Crisp tortilla chips with beef and bean chili, cheddar-jack cheese, tomato-red onion salsa, shaved jalapeño, cilantro lime crema, and house-made guacamole

Chicken Lettuce Wraps – $14.95
Ginger-soy marinated chicken, bibb lettuce, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, cellophane noodles, crushed peanuts, cilantro

Spinach and Artichoke Dip – $11.95
Wood-oven roasted artichokes and spinach, savory cheeses, warm tortilla chips

Pumpkin Hummus – $11.95
Savory pumpkin hummus, toasted pepitas, pomegranate seeds, smoked paprika, and chia seeds with charred pita and herbed lavosh crackers

Soup and Salads

Heart of Romaine Caesar Salad
Crispy romaine hearts, Caesar dressing, toasted bread crouton, Parmesan cheese
Grilled Chicken $17.95 | Shrimp $20.95 | Salmon $21.95

Southwest Salad
Romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, fire roasted corn, crunchy tortilla strips, queso fresco, chipotle ranch dressing
Grilled Chicken $16.95 | Shrimp $19.95 | Salmon $20.95

Classic French Onion – $9.95
Sautéed onions in beef broth, baked with a Parmesan crouton and topped with Swiss cheese


Add a side salad to any entree for $5.00

Udon Noodle Bowl
Ginger miso udon noodles, shredded carrots, shiitake mushrooms, grilled baby bok choy, bean sprouts, scallions, hard-boiled egg
Tofu $20.95 | Chicken $24.95 | Pork Belly $25.95 | Shrimp $25.95

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs – $22.95
Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, Boursin cheese polenta, sesame seeds and green onions

Penne a la Vodka – $19.95
Grilled Italian sausage, Kalamata olives, blistered cherry tomatoes, and crispy pepperoncini tossed in a light tomato vodka cream sauce

Brick Oven Half Chicken – $19.95
Citrus and herb brined roasted chicken, porcini infused arborio rice, seasonal wild mushrooms, natural aus jus, shaved Parmesan, sautéed garlic haricot verts

Pad Thai – $24.95
Rice noodles, mixed vegetables, bean sprouts, chicken and shrimp tossed in our house-made peanut sauce
Vegan alternative with crispy tofu and vegan peanut sauce – $20.95

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl – $19.95
Sesame seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, avocado, red radish, edamame, cucumber, micro cilantro, wasabi-ponzu dressing

Korean Fried Rice Bowl
Shiitake mushrooms, Gochujang and edamame fried rice, pickled cabbage, bean sprouts, and fried egg
Tofu $20.95 | Chicken $25.95 | Pork Belly $26.95 | Shrimp $29.95

Butternut Squash Ravioli – $19.95
Caramelized squash, oyster mushrooms, Swiss chard, and toasted pecans tossed in a citrus brown butter


Served with French fries

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich – $19.95
Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots and daikon radish, cucumber, cilantro, mint, chili aioli on a soft roll

Chipotle Chicken Wrap – $16.95
Grilled chicken, romaine, cheddar-jack cheese, roasted corn, salsa, chipotle sour cream

The Confisco BLTA – $19.95
Braised pork belly, lettuce, crispy fried green tomatoes, avocado, chipotle mayonnaise, toasted rosemary focaccia

Hearthstone-baked Chicken Sandwich – $16.95
Mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, leaf lettuce, basil aioli, aged balsamic, and focaccia baked in a wood oven


Dark Chocolate Cheesecake – $7.95
Finished with chocolate whipped cream

Classic Key Lime Pie – $6.95
Topped with graham cracker crust and vanilla whipped cream

Strawberry Cheesecake – $7.95
Garnished with toasted almonds

Mocha Chocolate Pyramid – $7.95
Featuring layers of coffee-flavored buttercream and chocolate ganache

Kids’ Entrees

Penne Pasta – $8.95
Zesty marinara sauce served over fresh penne pasta

Grilled Cheese – $8.95
White bread with American cheese served with your choice of oranges, fries, or applesauce

Mac & Cheese – $8.95
Creamy cheddar mac & cheese with your choice of fries, oranges, or applesauce

Confisco’s Burger – $8.95
Grilled and served on a sesame seed bun with your choice of fries, oranges, or applesauce

Chicken Fingers – $8.95
Tender chicken fingers lightly breaded and fried with your choice of fries, oranges, or applesauce

Kids’ Desserts

Make Your Own Sundae – $4.95
Choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream served with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry

Milkshakes – $4.50
Vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, banana, cookies & cream, or banana split
Served with whipped cream and a cherry

Fruit Slush – $3.99
Strawberry, coconut pineapple, banana, mango, lime, or lemonade

Kids’ Drinks

Fountain Soda – $3.19
Coke, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite,  Lemonade

Juice – $3.19
Orange, Apple, Cranberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit

Milk – $3.19
2% White or 1% Chocolate

Non-alcoholic Drinks

Mango Lassi – $9.00
A refreshing blend of plain yogurt, mango nectar and mango syrup, topped with a dried slice of mango

Spicy Chocolate Strawberry Lassi – $9.00
A smooth blend of chocolate, strawberry, rose water, cinnamon nutmeg and yogurt with a warm hint of jalapeño

Fountain Soda – $4.49
Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Ginger Ale,  Pibb Xtra, Lemonade, Fanta Orange

Iced Tea – $4.49

Hot Tea – $3.95

Hot Coffee – $2.79

Cappuccino – $3.99

Cafe Latte – $3.99

Espresso – $2.99

Hot Cocoa – $3.95

Bottled Water – $5.50

Juice – $3.99
Orange, apple, cranberry, pineapple, or grapefruit

Milk – $3.99
2% or 1% Chocolate

Milkshakes – $7.00
Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Cookies & Cream, or Banana Split
Served with whipped cream and a cherry

Fruit Slush – $5.00
Strawberry, Pina Colada, Mango, Lime, Lemonade

Specialty Drinks

Ocean Trader – $14.50
Plantation pineapple rum, blue curaçao, lime juice, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice

Lost Explorer – $14
New Amsterdam gin, Velvet Falernum, lime juice, lemonade, Sprite

The Raptor Claw – $14
White Claw black cherry, Bols blu curaçao, pineapple juice, garnished with a cherry and mint

Islander – $14.50
Malibu coconut rum, banana liqueur, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, raspberries

Jalapeño Margarita – $15.50
Patron Tequila, Gran Gala, housemade jalapeño lime juice mix

Watermelon Lemonade – $15.50
Deep Eddy lemon vodka, De Kuyper Watermelon Pucker, lemonade, Sprite

Confisco’s Margarita – $14.50
El Jimador Blanco tequila, Cointreau, Gran Gala liqueur, lime, agave

Adventurer’s Mule – $13.50
Pitú Cachaca, passion fruit puree, sour mix

Sangria by the Glass – $11
Burgundy, apricot and cherry brandy, apple, cranberry, and orange juice

Mornings in Bali – $15
Singani 63, John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, lemongrass syrup, lime juice

Bottled Beer

Miller Lite, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra –  $8.50

Corona, Newcastle Brown Ale, Heineken, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Angry Orchard, Heineken 0.0 –  $9.50

Abita Purple Haze, Dogfish Head IPA, Breckenridge, Modelo Especial, Abita Amber – $10.00

Guinness Stout, Truly, White Claw – $10.50

High Noon, Guava Gose – $11.25

Draft Beer

Yuengling, Bud Light – $10.50

Goose Island 312 IPA, Blue Moon, Sam Adams Seasonal – $11.50

Stella Artois, Rouge Batsquatch IPA – $12.00



GH Mumm Champagne Brut – $119.00 Bottle

Fantinel Prosecco – $14.00 glass; $50.00 bottle


Borsao Rose, Campo de Borja, Spain – $11.00 glass; $41.00 bottle

Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand – $13.00 glass; $49.00 bottle

Butter Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California – $11.00 glass; $49.00 bottle

A to Z Riesling, Dundee, Oregon – $14.00 glass; $50.00 bottle

Bollini Pinot Grigio, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy – $14.00 glass; $53.00 bottle

Stag’s Leap “Karia” Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California – $100.00 bottle

Seghesio Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley, California – $15.00 glass; $56.00 bottle

Vietti Moscato d’Asti, Piemonte, Italy – $14.00 glass; $53.00 bottle


Braai Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape, South Africa – $12.00 glass; $45.00 bottle

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California – $86.00 bottle

Mark West Pinot Noir, Sonoma, California – $12.00 glass; $42.00 bottle

Cline Zinfandel, San Francisco Bay, California – $11.00 glass; $41.00 bottle

Blackboard Merlot, Colombia Valley, Washington – $12.00 glass; $45.00 bottle

Matchbook Malbec, Dunnigan Hills, California – $12.00 glass; $45.00 bottle

Wente “Southern Hills” Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, California – $13.00 glass; $49.00 bottle

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Average rating:  
 4 reviews
 by Tara Jones
Friendly service
Date Of Last Visit: 4/26/2014

Of the two full-service restaurants at Islands, I far prefer Confisco over Mythos. It is a neat place with lots of props to look at. It does not take itself too seriously, and the wait staff are very friendly. The food is good and reasonably priced.

 by Teresa Murphy
Lovely Lunch
Date Of Last Visit: October 25, 2013

Stopped here for lunch after an early entrance morning. Had pleasant spot on the patio at Backwater Bar. Service was excellent. Beers were served promptly while we perused the menu. My daughter had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich and I had the Soup and Half Sandwich - Potato Leek Soup and Croissant Moon Club Sandwich. The food was excellent and well presented - and there was plenty of it. It cam with a lovely ripe strawberry and wedge of melon which made excellent dessert. Price was very reasonable. Will return on our next trip.

 by Josh Smith
Pleasant surprise
Date Of Last Visit: 11/01/2013

My wife and I went to Orlando for our honeymoon and stayed 8 nights at the Loews Royal Pacific resort on the Universal Studios property. Being on-site has some major advantages, but we flew in and did not have a car, so one of the major disadvantages is that it can be difficult to find affordable places to eat. Another down side is that many of the parks' quick serve restaurants have lots of the same menu items, so you find yourself eating the same things over and over again across the course of the week if you eat inside the parks a lot.

Several times throughout the week we walked past the Confisco Grille and checked out the menu. It seemed to have a good variety of food options and surprisingly reasonable prices. They are only open from 11:30AM-4PM, however, so there is a pretty brief window of opportunity to eat here each day.

On the day that we went, we were the first two in the door when they opened at 11:30. We were seated right away, and our server was friendly and courteous. She got drinks out to us quickly and we ordered our food. I had the French Dip sandwich with french fries and Au Jus. My wife selected the 1/2 club sandwich and a cup of the soup of the day, which was the minestrone soup. Between both of our meals, drinks, and tip, we ate for under $30 at a full service restaurant, which was very reasonable. Our entrees were not more expensive than we would have paid at a similar restaurant back home, which was a pleasant surprise.

The other pleasant surprise was the quality of food and portion size. We both had terrific food, and they gave us plenty of it. The portion of fries and the size of the sandwich were perfect for a lunchtime meal, and it tasted delicious!

I definitely recommend eating lunch in the Confisco Grille at Islands of Adventure, just make sure you plan accordingly to be there while they are open!!

 by Krystal Tabay
Lunch at Confisco Grille
Date Of Last Visit: 10/3/12

I visited IOA last year on a surprise birthday trip with my husband, brother and cousin. We got to the park early and around 2PM we found ourselves waning in the early afternoon heat and humidity. Deciding that a short break was in order we stopped into The Confisco Grille for a late lunch. We had never been to Confisco before but upon entering the air conditioning was very welcoming as was the hostess who joked around with my brother because he was sporting a Pittsburgh Steelers t-shirt.

We were seated right away and checked out the menu. Our waitress was very friendly and we decided to split two of the pepperoni wood oven pizzas, my cousin also ordered a milkshake. The food came out very quickly, the pizzas were plenty big enough for us each to enjoy half. The crust had such good flavor and the sauce had just enough spice. We had asked for lemons for our waters and the waitress brought out a small bowl for us, it was more than enough for our drinks.

After eating my cousin foolishly stated how much he loved lemons which lead to a bet with my brother for him to finish the lemon wedges in the bowl (2) for five dollars. Our waitress joined in the fun saying that was not enough lemons for a challenge and she brought out another bowl with 4 more wedges! He completed the task and we all had a good laugh including our waitress.

We had a very enjoyable lunch at Confisco Grille the good food, awesome environment and friendly wait staff were exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries for the rest of the afternoon and we will be returning this fall when we visit again for Halloween Horror Nights.

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