Welcome back Julie B. with a review of an insider-favorite restaurant tucked away in the Old Key West Resort — Olivia’s Cafe!
Tucked away in the Downtown Disney Resort area sits Old Key West, a Disney Vacation Club resort. A hidden treasure and tropical oasis lies within — Olivia’s Café.
From the moment we drove through the gate, I could feel myself relax into the Key West atmosphere. Even the security guard letting us into the resort said “Oh Olivia’s, the best kept secret in Disney World!”
Everything about Old Key West just makes you want to take a deep breath and imagine you’re along the coast with a cool ocean breeze.
When you enter the restaurant, you’ll see walls adorned with tackle and boating items, but also covered with family photos of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members.
This really sets up the restaurant with the vibe of a local, “towny” place that’s perfect for families. Even though we weren’t regulars, I still felt so welcomed and at home at Olivia’s.
We dined on a flawless weather day, so we opted for a table on the patio. Our table had a perfect view of the flag pole, water, and lobby walkway area.
With a warm breeze and abundant sunshine, I can’t imagine a more fitting restaurant theme to be dining in. Even the little details were a perfect balance of the Keys and Disney (I see you there Hidden Mickey fence)!
The menu features some really fun twists on classic dishes. It also has your traditional options like pancakes, eggs, and combo platters.
But the more unique options definitely highlight the Key West theme: Breakfast Cuban Sandwich or Banana Bread French Toast with Banana-Rum Butter Sauce and Coconut Cream.
We started with a breakfast appetizer of strawberries and cream. It was a lovely bowl of cut strawberries with a mound of fluffy whipped cream, all sprinkled with some Sugar in the Raw. I really enjoyed this light start to the meal. It wasn’t overly sweet but gave us enough sugar to balance the savory entrees.
For my entrée I tried the Eggs Florentine. It was hard to choose between so many amazing options, but they had me at poached eggs and key lime hollandaise.
The eggs were perfectly poached and I enjoyed having spinach and tomato to cut the richness of this dish.
A great tip is to ask for the hollandaise on the side. Poached egg yolks essentially create their own rich, buttery sauce, so I enjoyed being able to control how much hollandaise I needed. But it’s definitely the best hollandaise I’ve ever had! The key lime flavor came through just enough to add a fun zing to the thick sauce.
My dining partner ordered the Sombrero Beach Omelet– an omelet with ham, green pepper, onion, and cheddar cheese, all topped with sour cream and pico de gallo. Our waitress described it as Olivia’s version of a Western Omelet. This omelet was fluffy and huge with wonderful flavor.
The biggest star of both of our plates was a big scoop of breakfast potatoes. This perfect side was a mash-up between the seasoning of traditional breakfast potatoes and the cheesy perfection of potatoes au gratin.
If breakfast potatoes were made like this everywhere, I’d order them more often!
Olivia’s lived up to everything that I have ever been told about this restaurant: a hidden gem, delicious food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a friendly group of Cast Members.
I could really feel myself unwinding in this little oasis. If you’re looking for a calm spot away from the hustle and bustle of the parks, give Olivia’s a try!
Have you made your way to Olivia’s Cafe? Tell us about your experience at Olivia’s Cafe or another hidden gem at Walt Disney World!