Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: https://www.universalorlando.com/Restaurants/Islands-of-Adventure/Confisco.aspx
  • Phone: 4072244012
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Thursday, Sunday: Character Breakfast: 9:00am - 10:30am; Lunch Daily 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Steven Jayson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Turkey Lake Rd
  • Public Transit: Lynx public transportation along with Mears taxis.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The enclosed parking garage utilizes moving sidewalks, escalators and elevators, on-site wheelchair rental, and an on-site kennel. Vehicles can leave the garage and return the same day by stopping at the toll plaza upon re-entry and presenting their parking ticket. Daily parking fees per vehicle: Regular Parking $15.00 ($3.00 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.*) Preferred Parking $20.00 RV/Bus Parking $20.00 Valet $15.00 (under 2hrs) Valet $25.00 (over 2hrs) Valet Red Carpet $35.00
A word from Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure
As explorers, merchants, adventurers and travelers from around the globe pass through Universal’s Islands of Adventure's Port of Entry® they not only bring with them strange and unusual items – frequently confiscated and put on display by the local authorities – but also delightful and exotic dishes which you'll find on the menu at Confisco Grille®. Confisco's chefs have incorporated tastes from around the world. You'll find Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, and American inspired dishes including grilled sandwiches, burgers, salads, fajitas, ribs, pizza and pasta, plus full bar service. A children's menu is available. On select days Confisco Grille is the setting for Character Breakfasts featuring many of your favorite Islands of Adventure theme park characters. Adjacent to Confisco Grille is the Backwater Bar, a tropical dive where you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers while you trade tales of your day's adventures.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (20)kid-friendly (18)good for groups (8)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Why I choose to eat at Confisco's
    LoRen
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Confisco's has a warm and friendly environment. The servers are Great... Ashley & Linda are always on the top of their game when I visit. The food is moderately priced and always delicious! Whenever visiting Island's of Adventure it is on the list to stop in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Really enjoyed the meal. Quick and friendly service
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This restaurant was great to cool off and have a delicious lunch that both parents and kids can enjoy. We loved it and would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not a huge fan
    misskiss89
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant had a nice ambiance but the food was mediocre. My husband ordered the wings which were definitely the best thing we tried but my fajitas were just blah and they were decently expensive. Would recommend this restaurant to families with small children.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love
    LoRen
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Love the food, love the atmosphere, love the service! Open table allows my party to enjoy dining a Confisco with minimal wait.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress too busy
    Badchoice
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had reservations at 6pm as I was told we would need them as they get really busy and you could wait for hours to get a table. Terrible waitress had her mind on sitting down at neighboring table chatting with patrons. Didn't offer us drink menu what specials were or if we wanted a dessert. Was in a hurry to take our order then didn't get it all correct. Would walk by our table and not ask if we needed refills and of course we did, as cups were empty or close to being empty. Had to flag her down for items we needed. Oh by the way did I say the restaurant was over half empty so it wasn't like she was busy. Would NEVER recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went for lunch and the restaurant was very nice and food was great. A nice change from fast food. Prices were good also
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergy friendly
    Norway
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My two daughters cannot eat food containing gluten or dairy. This we told the very understanding and helpful waiter. She checked with the chef and we ended up ordering the signature burger for them. Though without cheese and BBQ sause which we were told contained dairy. The bun had corn starch ( no wheat starch) and was ok. No fries through as they are fried in the same fryer as the onion rings, chicken nuggets and other battered foods. A nice fruit platter instead. The food was delicious and looked great too :-) Thanks for a very good lunch; the best gluten free burger ever!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it.
    VinnyB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went for dinner with family and friends. Not the greatest experience. The staff was friendly, but not well trained. Some of us had burgers and fries. The food was brought to the table, but there was no ketchup. I asked for some, but the waitress never came back. Finally I took a bottle from another table. When the waitress finally came back 15 minutes later she seemed annoyed that we already had the ketchup. The food was edible at best. My daughter had a veggie burger that looked and tasted like cardboard. We weren't sure if they had cooked it or not. Don't waste your time or money here. We had a similar experience at Lombard's Seafood restaurant in universal. The only restaurant in universal that is worth it is Mythos.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu, poor service
    yogabbagabbajo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a group of 9 for the first reservation spot we could get that day. Fun interior and great menu, but it took way too long to get our food out. Even our server was apologizing for the wait without us bringing it to her attention. The soda was very watered down. Once the food got to our table it was very good, but at that point our kids were getting irritated having to wait and overly hungry. Groups larger and smaller than ours that were seated after ours not only received their food, but were finished before we received ours at all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love Confisco
    LoRen
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The atmosphere is light and energetic. The servers are always friendly and attentive! We enjoy our lunches there and the food is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 120 reviews are from the Confisco Grille at Universal's Islands of Adventure reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    very disappointed very dark and was placed right by the door. very unfortunate since i made the reservations a while back food ok
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch
    meli
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a nice lunch here while visiting Universal Islands of Adventure. The food was very good! It took a while to get the food to us.. But we had a a couple glasse of wine, French dip sandwich, southwest chicken wrap and southwest salad and kids enjoyed chicken fingers and penne pasta. Then we headed back out for more adventure .
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very adaptable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This restaurant was very accommodating. I was on a particular diet and they went above and beyond to prepare my meal deliciously and healthy.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theme Park Gem
    PamDB
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We ate at Confisco Grille during a recent vacation to Universal's Island of Adventure. It was clean, quiet, and and nice break from the busy park. Our waiter was a happy fellow who was very attentive. The food and cold beer was very good. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Service was very poor. The waiter couldn't bother to check or refill waters or beverages. The restaurant was empty so there was no excuse of being busy. Very disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Jensgroup
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Wonderful food, great value and awesome service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timer
    universalnewby
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    this was the best restaurant in Islands of Adventure. don't miss this one
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'd go back!
    Niner4Life
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Our family of four (including picky vegetarian teen) all enjoyed our lunch. We were already talking about what we'd order the next time we come to Islands of Adventure.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    Tracy
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food and ambience of the restaurant were great, but what made the difference to us was our server, Chris. He was outstanding! He was super attentive and took impeccable care of us. He is to be commended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confisco grill
    Realtormom
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We had a great lunch. The 6 of us were able to get choices that fit our individual tastes. The wings were particularly delicious. The salad was also good and plentiful. Everyone was glad that I made the reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had a bad meal here.
    repeatguestVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The title says it all. That's why I keep going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice variety
    BarneyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had lunch at Confisco last Saturday. The menu was very diverse which sometimes can be a bad sign, however, the restaurant pulled off all the dishes very well. The food was delicious and the service attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amusement Park Break
    Dennisfromthewoodlands
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Nice break from amusement park activities and fast food. Good service and excellent food. Prices were reasonable and atmosphere very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Universal dining plan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This restaurant is part of the table service dining plan at universal. What a rip off this is. The plan cost $25 more for the table than the just the quick service plan. So for the four of us, we paid an extra $100 for a bill that was only $62. That means we lost $38 on the deal. Plus it felt like a quick services meal. The choices of food were average. Rather disappointed in this restaurant. I've done the Disney dining plan many times, and this restaurant is no Disney restaurant. Do better if you want to compete with them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not cooked
    cougar88
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Ordered the knife and fork Meatball sandwich, the hamburg was raw. Ended up getting comp for the meal but it was still a huge disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/reasonably priced
    Rebkah
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Food was good, they were very accommodating. One of the few meals we had at one of the parks that didn't cost an arm and leg.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    UniversalDad
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I made the reservation for Confisco Grille while standing in line for one of the rides via my iPhone. It was easy, and when we got there we waited maybe 10 mins for the table to be cleared and were seated. The food was good, atmosphere was great but the place was busy so we did wait a bit for service. Overall we were in and out in 1-hour and we took our time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great New Year's Eve
    grandmother
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We really enjoyed our evening here. Had a very large group, 13, and your staff handled everything beautifully. will come back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was mediocre at best. The most disappointing of the many restaurants tried at Universal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Universal studios better option
    Sleepdoc
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Sit down service at universal islands of adventure was so much better than the meal deal that we had suffered through on our last visit. The food was good. reasonable value. wait staff was friendly and competent. This being said, universal really doesn't have the quality offered by Disney and the ambience doesn't come close. Service and competence at Disney is light years ahead. Also the food choices in sit down dining at Disney are really excellent , even Disney fast food is higher quality. The lines were so long at the rides that we came early for this meal as we wouldn't have made it if we went for another ride and waited 90-120 minutes
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • accomodates gluten allergy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The food was really great for an amusement park! I liked that they were accommodating to a gluten allergy and listed all menu items that could be made gluten free. I really appreciated the knowledge of the chefs and the server to accommodate my allergy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    MIDine
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We loved the many variations in menu choices and the service was great! Would highly recommend this restaurant for those visiting Islands of Adventure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold, but inviting
    Micmouse
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The food and service were great. My only complaint was that the restaurant was VERY cold!!!! So cold, we were shaking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a Good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We dined for lunch at the Confisco Grill with a large group. We were served quickly, and the food was very good. We spent about $45 less than we did dining at the Plaza restaurant at Disney, and the selection on the menu was better! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Outdoor Dining
    TeriroseVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    My husband and I did enjoy our lunch. I was disappointed that my order was not correct after I was very specific about NOT wanting pickles, lettuce and tomato. The lettuce and tomato could be taken off. The pickle juice leaking into my hamburger could not. Yuck! There was little seasoning on the hamburger. Enjoyed the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Beshero
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    When you go there ask for Pablo he's a wonderful waiter. He is knowledgeable about all the foods that are on the menu and he is very friendly he will go over and beyond to accommodate you for anything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant at Universal Studio
    mkatVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    My husband and I had lunch here while visiting the theme park. We selected the place based on the fact that it offers sonewhat healthier menu items. We had the hummus which was delicious and the greek salad which was pretty good. I would score the service higher as our server was pretty good, but she took over 10 minutes to bring us change when we were trying to leave. We watched her take orders from two large groups while we waited for change. She should have gotten our change first then take orders from the other tables.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising Food Adventure @ IOA
    frannybabes
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Arrived for an early lunch and were seated promptly and pleasantly by staff. Quickly approached by wait staff to take drink orders and told us about specials and popular food choices. Ordered Artichoke Spinach appetizer...the bread is too heavy for this dish so the waitress realized we were not eating it and replaced the bread dippers with pita (nice accommodation); daughter had pizza which was a good (not NY pizza, but good); I had the Thai Pad noodles which were excellent. The ambiance was nice escape for a theme park and food was better than expected (real restaurant food at a theme park...who would have thought).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but understaffed kitchen
    sobefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This place is a wonderful restaurant to get off your feet and be waited on vs. waiting in line at a counter restaurant. But even though there were many empty tables there was still a wait to be seated. The hostess informed us it was because the kitchen was backed up. Its a shame because the food is great. The kitchen should be staffed to handle the masses. If you dont mind waiting a bit for the food to arrive then its worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.