Olivia’s Cafe is a table-service restaurant at the Old Key West Resort in Walt Disney World. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Olivia’s does accept Tables in Wonderland and Annual Pass discounts. We recently had breakfast at Olivia’s and will be reviewing that meal.
Olivia’s sits in the center of Old Key West, just past the hotel’s lobby. The river and pool are just down a walkway. The restaurant is named after a fictional character who lived along the river. Passers-by would smell her food and want some so she built a restaurant there. The back story is somewhat flimsy and unneeded but it does maintain the easy-going theme of the Old Key West Resort.
The inside of the restaurant did have a charm to it that you might find in a local diner. Artwork, antiques, and other trinkets adorn Olivia’s walls. While I wouldn’t call the environment anything extraordinary, it was nice enough. There was a good natural light in the building due to a good amount of windows.
I liked these fans. They fit the resort. You can also see amount of ‘stuff’ above the windows. These decorations made the feel almost like a cute, little antique shop. I imagine that quaint feeling was what the designers were going for.
For dinner, Olivia’s serves seafood and other American fare. The breakfast menu is full of typical breakfast dishes. Here is a link to the menu, in case you don’t want to squint at the one above. As you can see, all the entrees are in the $12-$16 range. These are pretty fair prices, even compared to some of Disney’s counter-service breakfast options. I would hardly ever recommend eating at a counter-service place for breakfast, while a table-service place can have some value to it if you find the right place.
Is Olivia’s the place to get that value though? Well, let’s take a look at the food. I ordered the Biscuits and Gravy with ham and eggs over-easy. As you can see, the portion size was pretty large. I did like the biscuits and gravy. The biscuits were flaky and freshly made and the gravy had a decent amount of sausage in it. I don’t think there was a ton of flavor in the dish but it was still pretty good. The ham and eggs were cooked well but nothing out of the ordinary. I feel like it might be hard to make ham and eggs special.
Melissa ordered the pancakes, which we both thought were average. They were cooked well and everything but, again, nothing stood out about them. the sausage and eggs were fine.
Looking back at the menu, I’m curious why one of us didn’t try the Banana Bread French Toast. That looks like the most appealing dish on the menu. The Crab Cake Eggs Benedict also looks interesting. I was pretty tired and probably just ordered something that I knew I’d like. If I went again I’d definitely try one of the more original dishes.
Overall, Olivia’s was a really nice place to have a meal, especially a relaxing breakfast. Unfortunately, when factoring in the food, Olivia’s Cafe doesn’t rank so favorably. There was nothing that stood out about the dishes and, while the prices were pretty decent, I don’t think I’d recommend the breakfast here unless you’re staying at Old Key West and really enjoy having a hearty breakfast.
Overall Rating – 7/10
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