Geyser Point Bar and Grill Review

Geyser Point Bar and Grill is one of those dining locations that I wish there were more of at Walt Disney World. The restaurant is nestled along the shores of Bay Lake at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

In this Geyser Point Bar and Grill review, we’ll preview the menu and take a closer look at a few specific items we’ve tried to date. I’ll also share with you a few tips for dining here throughout the various seasons of the year.

Geyser Point sits underneath a large covered pavilion open to the elements. The lounge-style restaurant has a rustic vibe similar to everything else at the resort.

When you step inside the space, you’ll find casual seating areas, tables with chairs, and a large bar that anchors the center of the dining area.

This article was last updated on February 9, 2022.

Elements like stacked stone, large beams, and a couple of flat-screen TVs contribute to the restaurant’s design. But the ever-changing views out toward the water are what makes Geyser Point such a desirable location for lunch or dinner at Disney.

Not only that, but Geyser Point doesn’t take or require reservations. And the price of a meal here is nothing to complain about when dining at Walt Disney World.

Those staying at Wilderness Lodge will want to plan a meal or two here during their vacation. Additionally, for many, the boat ride over to the resort will be worth the trouble to enjoy a late afternoon or evening at Geyser Point.

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Geyser Point Bar & Grill Review

Below is a picture of the entrance area for Geyser Point Bar & Grill. The restaurant is located back behind the resort’s feature pool area.

While Geyser Point looks like the kind of place you can walk in and grab a seat, that is not the case. Instead, guests will need to check-in at the host stand and wait for a table. Often, there is a minimal wait to be seated.

If there is a wait, the host will take your mobile number and text you when your table is ready. We’ve eaten here about four times, and it’s usually less than a 15-minute wait.

In the meantime, you might explore the pathways around the immediate area. There are a few benches facing out to the water behind the restaurant if you would like to wait nearby. Personally, I would go over and check out the Geyser; it’s only a few steps away.

Since Geyser Point Bar and Grill is on a first-come, first-serve basis, they do not accept reservations. Therefore, you’ll be seated at the first available space that comes open when it’s your turn.

Hopefully, you’ll have a nice view of the water. However, the restaurant is pleasant no matter where you’re seated.

On our last visit, this was the view from our table.

If you are seated on the opposite side of the water, your view looks out to this area below. There are a few trees and landscaping. The Wilderness Lodge is directly behind where I’m standing to take this photo.

Late at night, the Geyser Point Bar becomes this warm, glowing light out toward the water. When you time things just right, there’s the opportunity to see the Electrical Water Pageant and a few of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks in the distance.

Like the other Magic Kingdom Resorts, the music for the fireworks performance is played over the speaker system. However, the fireworks view here isn’t the best, but it’s still nice to experience the magic without a large crowd.

That’s Bay Lake Tower in the distance with adjoins the Contemporary.

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Guests can elect to sit at the bar if there’s space available. There are several TVs mounted over the bar area. I’ve been out here during football season before, and I can tell you it has become quite the popular hangout.

Speaking of that, I spent an evening out here when the temperature was pretty chilly for Orlando. It was probably in the upper 40s. But we still had one of the most pleasant evenings.

Just remember to dress warmly on cooler evenings. They will have space heaters out to provide a little warmth and a variety of warm beverages. I love those kinds of evenings.

I’m sure you were beginning to wonder if I had ever eaten anything at Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Our most recent meal here consisted of ordering a few appetizers. Below we have the crispy fried oysters.

These were absolutely delicious and came with these fried peeled carrot bites. That’s the orange stuff you see on the bottom of the plate.

The oysters came with a tangy miso tartar sauce complemented the beer-battered protein. Anyone with interest in oysters will probably enjoy this dish.

Remember that oysters are seasonal items and are not always available on the regular menu. Additionally, you might try the lump crab cake sandwich or the crispy salmon croquettes if the crispy fried oysters aren’t in season.

Next is the charcuterie board with an arugula salad and toasty sourdough crisps. I hate to admit that I have mixed feelings about this dish. However, it’s a considerable portion and makes for a nice meal if you decide to go that route.

Charcuterie is one of those things that I always want to order. And the actual meats that were provided had unique flavors.

One of these was even a cured venison. That little container in the photo below had a duck rillette. Rillettes are similar to confit, where the duck’s fat is used to preserve shredded meat.

I’ve had rillettes in the past at both Tiffins Restaurant and brunch at California Grill. Both times I enjoyed them, but I wasn’t crazy about this one. It seemed a little too cold and almost soggy.

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The other issue I had was with the bread. While it looked almost too good to eat, it tasted like pure salt. The server said that most guests requested extra bread.

Again, I felt like this was probably a cooking error where maybe it was accidentally buttered and over-salted. If you look closely, you can almost see what appears to be salt coating the exterior.

The arugula salad, however, was delicious. Additionally, I enjoyed that it was a not-so-usual addition to a charcuterie board.

This salad was the component that made the dish feel more like a meal than an appetizer. And the side of whole-grain spicy mustard worked well with the different items on the board.

On another visit, I had a chicken sandwich with waffle fries. This dish is a staple on the Geyser Point menu, and I highly recommend it. The sandwich makes for a nice meal, and the price is extremely reasonable given the location and overall atmosphere.

I found myself comparing this to a popular fast-food chain that’s just up the road from Disney. But then, I remembered thinking I could have stopped on the way home that evening and picked up a comparable meal for a few dollars less. But why, when I could have dinner with a view?

And while I don’t have pictures available, I’ve enjoyed the roasted salmon dish here. That entree was probably the best thing I’ve eaten to date at Geyser Point, and it was nice to have a healthy option.

The roasted salmon is served over quinoa, salad greens, grilled vegetables and comes with a lemon vinaigrette. It’s hard to go wrong here.

Speaking of healthy options, there are several on the menu. For vegans, there’s a plant-based multigrain and grilled portabella salad. The menu describes this item as “zucchini, roasted red peppers, squash, onions, multigrain salad, and citrus vinaigrette.”

This same salad comes in a non-vegan option with goat cheese dressing. Make sure to clarify which one you want when ordering. Additionally, you can add grilled chicken.

Geyser Point’s menu also lists a plant-based Edamame appetizer. For more vegan options, I have a list of items I’ve tried to date.

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If you are more of a person who likes a burger, you might enjoy the Bison cheeseburger. The Bison burger is one of the signature Geyser Point entree items.

It comes with crispy onion straws, a Marionberry barbecue sauce, and garlic aioli. I haven’t tried the Bison Burger here, but the one I had over at STK Orlando at Disney Springs was one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Another item you might enjoy at Geyser Point is the smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise and apple slaw. This one has been on the menu since the restaurant opened.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few popular appetizer items at Geyser Point Bar and Grill. There is shrimp on a wire, the plant-based edamame dish, teriyaki chicken wings, and a cheesy barbecue brisket dip. I’ve heard good things about that brisket dip.

For dessert, you might inquire if any seasonal pie is available. Unfortunately, it’s not listed on the online menu at this time. However, occasionally there are a few surprise menu items when you visit.

Geyser Point is a family-friendly dining location offering kids’ meals, including cheeseburgers and chicken strips with dipping sauces. Since the restaurant is casual, it’s a nice place to enjoy a family dinner.

You can view the entire Geyser Point Bar and Grill menu here on Disney’s site. In addition, a lengthy drink menu is available. It includes a signature Huckleberry Punch Juice and Blueberry Lemonade.

Geyser Point is one of the best places to enjoy a meal at Disney World. I’ve enjoyed meals here with my family and even by myself.

I think Geyser Point is a great place to dine if you’re traveling alone. The location is relatively private, and the service (while sometimes slow) has always been excellent.

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