In the heart of Walt Disney World, just past the grand lobby in the Wilderness Lodge Resort is a restaurant that transports you to the majestic Pacific Northwest – Artist Point. The restaurant is named for a high ridge between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan in the Northern Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The official name of the ridge is Kulshan Ridge but it is widely known as Artist Point due to the expansive views of the mountains and valleys. Here at Disney’s Artist Point, the dining room is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with ornate iron lanterns, timber columns and sweeping murals of the Northwest all housed under soaring painted ceilings. Diners during early evening hours in the summer months have the stunning scenery of Bay Lake and Silver Creek Falls through the expansive windows.
The cuisine is reflective of Washington State, Oregon and British Columbia flavors. While the menu changes seasonally, it traditionally focuses on fish, poultry and game such as venison and buffalo. The cedar-plank roasted salmon is a specialty and the buffalo strip steak is heaven. Never fear, the little ones are not forgotten at Artist Point as the kids’ menu includes items such as a hamburger, baked salmon, grilled chicken and pasta penne in cheese sauce. Artist Point has several wine flights to choose from to pair with dinner and exclusive vintages from Washington, California and Oregon grace the wine list. There are also Grand Marnier and Port flights for the more adventurous.
The dessert menu typically has something for everyone from an Artisanal Cheese plate to chocolate cake to Crème Brule. Amongst the dessert options is the Artist Point Cobbler, which is on my must have list every time we dine here. It contains seasonal berries topped with a crisp sweet crust but the true star is the topping…house-made black raspberry ice cream. Yum!
DIStracted Tip: If you are just looking for a great dessert and not a whole meal, you can also get the Artist Point Cobbler next door to the restaurant at the Territory Lounge.