REVIEW – Brunch at Olivia’s is the Perfect Way to Waste Away

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Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a treasure. This island-themed resort is the first Disney Vacation Club ever built, and for many Members it holds a boat full of cherished memories. Olivia’s Cafe is the table service restaurant of this beloved resort, and it is considered a hidden gem by many. Chrissy on our team, and her family, stopped in earlier this month to give brunch at Olivia’s a try. Here’s why we think it should be on your Disney dining list, even if you’re not a guest of this resort.

Brunch at Olivia’s is available Saturdays and Sundays 7:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, but we do recommend them since brunch is such a special meal period. This is a good choice if you’re looking for brunch at Disney Springs, but don’t want to deal with the crowds, since Disney’s Old Key West is in the Disney Springs neighborhood.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The dining room is adorned with old Florida decorations and photos of some of the first members to ever join Disney Vacation Club.

DVC Ferry at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Olivia’s Dining Room
Olivia’s Dining Room

Here’s what Chrissy and her family ordered:

  • Loaded Key West Bloody Mary – Ketel One Vodka, Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, Shrimp, and Bacon $13.00
  • Conch Fritters – Served with Key Lime-Mustard and Roasted Pepper Rémoulade $12.00
  • Banana Bread French Toast – Topped with Bahamian Banana-Rum Syrup, Coconut Whipped Cream, and served with choice of Bacon or Sausage – $16.00
  • Chicken and Waffles – Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon Jam, Fresh Berries and Maple Syrup – $16.00
  • Shrimp and Grits – Sautéed Shrimp over Parmesan Grits with a Roasted Tomato-Red Pepper Vinaigrette -$22.00
  • Crab Cake-Eggs Benedict – Two-Poached Eggs and Two-Pan Fried Crab Cakes on an English Muffin with Key Lime Hollandaise and Olivia’s Breakfast Potatoes – $18.00

How can you go to brunch at a Key West themed resort and resist ordering a Bloody Mary? Olivia’s offers a Loaded Key West Bloody Mary and it is fantastic! Chrissy reports hers was thick and zingy; she loved it! What’s great about this Bloody Mary is that it is “loaded” with shrimp and bacon, and the traditional celery stalk and olives, but it is not overly loaded with toppings that distract from the drink.

Another must-do when you’re at a Key West themed destination is to order Conch Fritters. Conch is a  high-protein shellfish which is usually sweet and mild. Many folks compare the taste and texture of conch to fried clam strips. They are chewy, and in the case of these Conch Fritters, the conch meat is diced and rolled into the fritters. The serving yielded seven fritters and came with two sauces. The table was divided on which sauce was best, the Key Lime-Mustard or the Roasted Pepper Rémoulade.

Conch Fritters at Olivia’s Brunch

Perhaps the big highlight of the meal was the Chicken and Waffles. It can be hard to decide between sweet and savory when doing brunch and this dish delivered both. Chrissy reports it was savory, salty, sweet, and crunchy. What takes this dish over the top is the delectable bacon jam.

Chicken and Waffles at Olivia’s Brunch

On the decidedly sweet side is the Banana Bread French Toast. From the photo you might assume this dish is dense, but Chrissy reports it was light and fluffy. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the must-order dish on the menu.

Banana Bread French Toast at Olivia’s

If you’re craving something purely savory then the Shrimp and Grits is the way to go. This is a classic Southern favorite and the serving was very generous. Of course, it is one of the pricier entrees, but it delivered on flavor and quality.

The Crab Cake-Eggs Benedict is the one dish that didn’t deliver. Crab cakes are always difficult to pull off well without getting into a pricey product. Most restaurants skimps on the crab meat and beef up the filling to save cost, such is the case here. If you’re craving seafood go for the Conch Fritters or the Shrimp and Grits instead.

We have rating ad rankings for every Walt Disney World dining location, and Olivia’s Cafe has 92% thumbs up rating, and is ranked #20 out of 105 table service restaurants. Our team has tried their fair share of brunches around Walt Disney World. We would recommend brunch at Olivia’s to anyone looking for a brunch with a tropical flair, generous portions, and away from crazy weekend crowds. It’s easy to waste away again at Olivia’s.

Have you ever dined at Olivia’s Cafe? What’s your favorite brunch at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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