Savor hearty home cooking with a taste of the Florida Keys at this hidden gem at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. (Excerpt from the Walt Disney World site)
During our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, my family and I had the pleasure of dining at Olivia’s Cafe which is a table service restaurant at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. We had eaten at the restaurant on one of our previous trips as we had heard great reviews and, after our meal there, we were among those who gave it a rating of two thumbs up. So, when we were making our advance dining reservations for our 2015 trip, we knew that Olivia’s Cafe would be on the “must eat there again” restaurants list.
Olivia’s Cafe is located across from the lobby/check-in area and near the resort’s main pool. The restaurant is decorated with nautical items and has a light and airy feel to it.
Our dining reservations were at 7:30 p.m. and we were seated within minutes of checking in. Our table was located in a room at the back of the restaurant and all around us were pictures of Disney Vacation Club members.
Our waiter brought out menus and took our drink orders immediately after we were seated. When he returned to our table, he had our drinks and a loaf of the delicious pineapple coconut bread with butter.
He asked if we had any questions regarding the menu and informed us that the catch of the day was sea bass. We asked for a few more minutes to look at the menu before we made our choices.
Just as we had made up our minds, our waiter magically appeared and we placed our orders. I had chosen the shrimp and grits: sauteed shrimp, vegetables, tasso and cream served over grits:
My husband decided to order the sea bass which was served over a spinach salad with a bacon dressing and a few fingerling potatoes tucked beneath the salad.
For my picky-eater son’s choice, he went with the grilled New York strip steak. The steak is usually served with mashed potatoes and vegetables but he was able to substitute french fries as his side. He also asked that the sauce be placed on the side instead of on the steak.
As you can see from the pictures, the portions of each of the entrees was quite large and all were absolutely delicious. I’m talking lick-the-plate delicious! Once we were done sampling from one another’s dishes, the only things that were left on our plates were a few fries and a bit of spinach salad.
DIStracted tip: Olivia’s offers both gluten-free and vegetarian options. Simply ask your server for details.
Even though we could have walked away from the restaurant fully satisifed with just our entrees, there was no way that we could pass up the dessert choices offered on Olivia’s menu. Plus, desserts are included on the Disney Dining Plan and what kind of Magical DIStractions reporter would I be if I passed up the opportunity to review their awesome desserts.
My dessert choice was the Marscapone Cheesecake with seasonal fruit which, on this night, were finely sliced apples:
My husband ordered the Banana Bread Sundae:
Our son went with a dish of vanilla ice cream which came out as a “make your own” ice cream dish complete with all sorts of toppings:
The desserts were just as wonderful as the entrees and we were all stuffed when we were done. The food was excellent and the service was great! Olivia’s Cafe had, once again, exceeded our expectations and remains on our “must eat there again” restaurant list.
If you are looking for a place to escape the theme park crowds and want a nice place to sit back and enjoy a great meal, I’d highly recommend a visit to Olivia’s Cafe.