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

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The entrance to Confisco Grille, Islands of Adventure
Confisco Grille at Port of Entry, inside 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 nearby Mythos.

What is Backwater Bar?

Backwater Bar at Islands of Adventure
Backwater Bar is adjacent to Confisco Grille

Backwater Bar is Confisco Grille’s own full-service bar. The location serves up an adventurous menu of cocktails, beers, and other beverages, as well as offering a limited menu 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 make up Islands of Adventure. If you look closely, you’ll find a Seussian fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and even the famous hat from The Cat in the Hat.

Colorful plates with hummus, sandwiches, noodles, and more at Confisco Grille, Islands of Adventure
Delicious plates from the menu at Confisco Grille, Islands of Adventure

Everyday Menu

Appetizers

Loaded Nachos – $10.00
Crisp tortilla chips with beef and bean chili, cheddar-jack cheese, tomato-red onion salsa, shaved jalapeño, cilantro lime crema, and house-made guacamole

Hummus – $9.00
(Gluten-free, vegetarian) Middle Eastern flavored hummus, Kalamata olives, olive oil, charred pita and lavosh

Trader Wings – $13.00
(Gluten-free) Your choice of traditional Buffalo, honey barbecue, or sweet and sour sauce

Chicken Quesadilla – $12.00
Grilled chicken, caramelized onions, cheddar-jack cheese in a chipotle tortilla, served with salsa, sour cream, and house-made guacamole

Spinach and Artichoke Dip – $10.00
Wood oven-roasted artichokes and spinach, savory cheeses, with grilled baguette

Soup and Salads

Chicken Caesar Salad – $15.00
(Gluten-free) Grilled chicken breast, crisp romaine, Caesar dressing, pepperoncini, with grilled flat bread

Southwest Chicken Salad – $14.00
(Gluten-free, vegetarian) Grilled chicken, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, roasted corn, crunchy tortilla strips, salsa, chipotle ranch dressing

Entrées

Add a side salad to any entree for $5.00

Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs – $19.00
Philippine-inspired smoked pork ribs tossed in a sweet and sour sauce, with goat cheese polenta, and toasted sesame seeds

Chilled Tuna Noodle Bowl – $17.00
(Vegetarian) Sesame-seared yellowfin tuna, soba noodles, green onion, avocado, edamame, cucumber, wasabi-ponzu dressing. This item is served using raw or under-cooked ingredients.

Pad Thai – $21.00
(Gluten-free, vegetarian) Rice noodles, mixed vegetables, chicken, and shrimp tossed in a mild sweet and sour peanut sauce. Guests may substitute crispy tofu for the chicken.

Handhelds

Served with French fries

Pork Belly Banh-Mi Sandwich – $19.00
Roasted pork belly, pickled carrots and daikon radish, cucumber, chile aioli, French baguette

Hearthstone Baked Chicken Sandwich – $16.00
Mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, leaf lettuce, basil aioli, aged balsamic, and focaccia baked in the wood oven

Chipotle Chicken Wrap – $15.00
Grilled chicken, romaine, cheddar-jack cheese, roasted corn, salsa, and chipotle sour cream

Dessert

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding – $6.99

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Fountain Soda – $3.99
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Root Beer, ginger ale, Mr. Pibb, lemonade, Fanta Orange,

Iced Tea – $3.99

Sweet or Unsweetened Juice – $2.69
Orange, apple, cranberry, pineapple, or grapefruit

Specialty Drinks

The Bourbloon – $13.00
Jim Beam, Gran Gala, Cranberry, Coca-Cola, Sour garnish with a cherry, orange and a Doubloon

Jalapeño Margarita – $13
Patron Tequila, Gran Gala, housemade jalapeño lime juice mix

Islander – $13
Malibu coconut rum, banana liqueur, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, raspberries

Watermelon Lemonade – $13
Deep Eddy lemon vodka, Dekuyper Watermelon Pucker, lemonade, Sprite

Confisco’s Margarita – $13
100% Corazón Blue Agave tequila, Cointreau, Gran Gala, lime, agave

Sangria by the Glass – $10
Burgundy, apricot and cherry brandy, apple, cranberry, and orange juice

Mornings in Bali – $13
Singani 63, Taylor’s Velvet Falerum, lemongrass syrup, lime juice

Adventurer’s Mule – $13
Pitu Cachaca, passionfruit purée, sour mix

Beer

Bottled Beer

Budweiser – $6.49

Miller Lite – $6.49

Coors Light – $6.49

Michelob Ultra – $6.49

Corona – $7.99

Newcastle – $7.99

Guinness Stout – $7.99

Abita Purple Haze – $8.49

Florida Lager Dogfish Head IPA – $8.49

Angry Orchard – $8.49

Orange Blossom Pilsner – $8.49

Heineken – $8.99

Truly Wild Berry – $8.99

White Claw Black Cherry – $8.99

Draft Beer

Bud Light – $9.49

Yuengling – $9.49

Blue Moon – $10.49

Seasonal Sam Adams – $10.49

Stella Artois – $10.49

Goose Island 312 IPA – $10.49

Weihenstephaner – $10.49

Wine

Sparkling 

Maschio Prosecco Brut, Veneto, Italy – $11.00 Split

White 

Borsao Rose, Campo de Borja, Spain – $7.50 glass; $30.00 bottle

Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand – $9.00 glass; $36.00 bottle

Natura Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Casablanca, Chile – $9.50 glass; $38.00 bottle

Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County, California – $9.50 glass; $38.00 bottle

Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio, Tuscany, Italy – $9.50 glass; $38.00 bottle

Guenoc Chardonnay, Lake County, California – $8.50 glass; $34.00 bottle

Red 

Five Rivers Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, California – $9.50 glass; $38.00 bottle

Seven Falls Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington – $9.50 glass; $41.00 bottle

Braai Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa – $9.00 glass; $36.00 bottle

Cline Zinfandel, San Francisco Bay, California – $8.50 glass, $30.00 bottle

Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina – $8.50 glass, $34.00 bottle

Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina – $10.00 glass; $40.00 bottle

Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, California – $10.50 glass, $42.00 bottle

Kids’ Menu

For children aged nine and under

Penne Pasta – $7.49
Zesty marinara sauce served over fresh penne pasta

Mac and Cheese – $7.49
Creamy cheddar macaroni and cheese with your choice of corn cob, fries, grapes, apple sauce, or grilled bread

Grilled Cheese – $7.49
White bread with American cheese and your choice of fresh orange wedges, corn cob, fries, grapes, or applesauce

Confisco’s Burger – $7.49
Grilled and served on a sesame seed bun with your choice of corn cob, fries, grapes, or applesauce

Chicken Fingers – $7.49
Tender chicken fingers lightly breaded and fried, served with carrots and your choice of sweet corn cob, fries, grapes, or applesauce

Kids’ Drinks 

Fountain Soda – $2.89
Coke, Diet Coke, Cherry Coke, Sprite, lemonade

Milk – $2.89
Two-percent white or one-percent chocolate

Juice – $2.89
Orange, apple, cranberry, or pineapple

Milkshake – $3.99
Vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, banana, cookies and cream, or banana split, served with whipped cream and a cherry

Fruit Slush – $3.79
Strawberry, coconut, pineapple, banana, mango, lime, or lemonade

Kids’ Dessert 

Make Your Own Sundae – $3.49
Choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream served with chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry

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Orlando Informer
Average rating:  
 4 reviews
by Tara Jones on Orlando Informer
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 on Orlando Informer
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 on Orlando Informer
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 on Orlando Informer
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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