Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, is a great way to start a day at Walt Disney World. This restaurant review features food photos, a look inside Disney Vacation Club’s “family kitchen,” and thoughts about whether breakfast at Olivia’s Cafe is worth your time. Olivia’s Cafe has a breakfast menu features a variety of American cuisine, with a mix of unique dishes and breakfast mainstays.
Olivia’s Cafe is located in the Hospitality House at Old Key West, right across the way from Papa’s Den, which is one of my favorite not-so-hidden quiet spots in all of Walt Disney World. Across the way is Olivia’s, which features a large “Family Album” of DVC Member photos from over the years. This is a big part of the reason why I consider Olivia’s Cafe to be Disney Vacation Club’s Family Kitchen…
While other DVC resorts have a few member photos on display, Old Key West is the only resort that really still embraces this, and it’s on full display at Olivia’s Cafe. There are well over one hundred member photos on display in the lobby and throughout the seating area.
These date back to the early days of the club, back when Old Key West was the Disney Vacation Club Resort. My favorite of these are those from the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, where you can see the Cinderella Castle Cake in its full, Pepto Bismol-glory!
There’s something about these gallery of family photos that I love. They tug at my heartstrings, personifying the abstract concept of nostalgia. They make me think of the trips my family took, and present the “club” side of Disney Vacation Club.
At times it feels like Walt Disney World is really adept at emotional manipulation, but this comes across as real–something some manager of Old Key West probably decided to do on a whim, without layers of bureaucratic meetings and iteration.
In a review of breakfast at a restaurant, I’m sure most of you probably don’t care about photos of random families on the wall, but that’s something that actually resonates with me. It sets the tone for the ambiance at Olivia’s Cafe, and is a touch that I really appreciate.
Otherwise, the interior of Olivia’s Cafe feels a lot like the neighborhood greasy spoon that you might find somewhere in the Conch Republic, right down to the collection of nautical and ocean-inspired bric-a-brac adorning the walls.
This all gives Olivia’s Cafe a familial sense that is fun, inviting, and relaxed. Perfect for Old Key West. We did breakfast at Olivia’s Cafe with friends, and I’ll start with quick photos of what a few of them had…
Sarah and I opted for what we felt were the two most unique items. I had the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, pictured below.
Per the menu, this consists of “Two-Poached Eggs and Two-Pan Fried Crab Cakes on an English Muffin with Key Lime Hollandaise and Olivia’s Breakfast Potatoes.”
This was pretty good, but slightly lacking. Instead of just being crab or lobster eggs benedict (a dish I love), it seems Olivia’s went the cheaper route by making these crab cakes.
Don’t get me wrong, I love crab cakes, and it makes for a unique dish, but it just wasn’t quite there for me. The Hollandaise with a hint of key lime was delicious, as were the seasoned potatoes, though.
Sarah ordered the Banana Bread French Toast. This is topped with “Bahamian Banana-Rum Syrup, Coconut Whipped Cream, and served with your choice of Bacon, Sausage, or Ham.”
This was another dish with a crazy amount of potential, that ever-so-slightly missed the mark. This skewed far more towards banana bread than it did French toast, and while delicious, I wish it melded the two together better. With that said, the banana-rum syrup and coconut whipped cream were both delicious.
I want to underscore that both of these items were really good, and I’d order each of them again…but I still feel like they had a bit of squandered potential, if that makes sense.
Still, Olivia’s Cafe ranks among the best breakfasts at Walt Disney World, but the competition for that is not exactly staunch. The majority of the time, I’m disappointed by breakfast at Walt Disney World. Even at table service restaurants, I think it’s the meal that offers the worst value, with few exceptions. For buffets, I’ve become a big fan of the breakfast at Trail’s End.
Ultimately, we enjoyed Olivia’s Cafe for breakfast. Their specialty dishes were not quite as good as I was hoping, but it was still good overall. With all of that said, this is a spot pretty much only for three types of guests: 1) those already staying at Old Key West; 2) groups heading to Disney Springs for the day; or, 3) the most serious of Walt Disney World completionists. I cannot recommend making a special trip to Olivia’s for breakfast, but then again, no matter how good this meal was, that probably would be the case. It’s simply too much effort to get to Old Key West early in the morning, and is not convenient en route to any park. If you happen to be staying at Old Key West or find yourself with a non-park morning to kill it’s worth the time, but otherwise not worth the effort.
Have you done breakfast at Olivia’s Cafe? What did you think of the experience? Do you agree or disagree with our review? Any standout menu options you’d recommend people give a try when dining at Olivia’s? Does it remind you of the “DVC Family Kitchen”? Any questions about this breakfast? Hearing from readers is half the fun, so please share your perspective on whether this meal is ‘worth it’ or any other thoughts you have in the comments below!