Coming to Olivia's Restaurant at the Old Key West resort is like coming to a reunion of longtime friends.
The walls are covered with pictures of DVC members (including our own Klick clan:),
and the seating is colorful and relaxed just like a large vacation house dining room would be
We started with a fresh mozzerella salad that was exquisite!
Our assortment of entrees included:
Fried Chicken (the house favorite)
Bacon Cheeseburger (Alan gave this burger a 7 on a scale of 10)
fresh Red Snapper (Marion says the fish was good, but the risotto underneath was divine!)
Vegetarian Pasta (Beth gives the pasta thumbs up for this one )
And, if are still hungry after these good sized helpings, there are several desserts from which to choose.
The chairs were comfy, the meal tasty (and moderately priced by Disney standards at approximately $20.00 per person total), and the company superb OLP rates this the BEST restaurant for gathering with DVC friends.
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When I stayed at Old Key West... we grabbed a quick lunch before hitting the parks. I liked the theme. I had a burger and it hit the spot. We returned on the morning we checked out for breakfast. Yummy way to end the trip!
After a lovely chat with the chef, we had yet another great gluten-free and no-sugar-added lunch at Olivia's.
I started with the conch chowder, a tasty red chowder. Ahnalira ordered mozzarella tomato salad which was quite creditable and fresh. For entre I had the roast beef au jus which was quite delicious, first time I've had an au jus sandwich in some time and I enjoyed it. Ahnalira had the scallops and was making happy noises on her side of the table.
For dessert we had the panna cotta nsa and gf. This was a nice dessert although I don't think it compared to the one we got at Trattoria al Forno.
Overall: ambience: 3.5, service: 5, conch chowder: 4, mozz-tom: 3.5, au jus: 4, scallops: 4, panna cotta: 4. I'm calling it a 4 overall, and price was very moderate.
I can't give the food a 5--it's more like southern comfort food done ok...maybe a 3.5. But the ambiance is a 5 for sure. I always feel like I am family returned for a visit. It is also a great place to go if you don't have a reservation. We always get seated.
The other night we were wandering about looking for someplace to eat dinner, we finally tried Olivia's where we were seated immediately at a comfy booth. The chef came out to chat with us about gluten-free and no-sugar-added and was immensely helpful. He had a host of gluten-free options and a no-sugar-added dessert, couldn't have been better. I got a hand-formed burger on a gluten free bun which was excellent, I love hand formed patties -- they are so much better than the frozen ones. Ahnalira ordered the pork chop which was perfectly cooked and delicious. The no-sugar-added dessert was a custardy thing and was quite good. All in all, we were thrilled and so happy with our meal that I was ready to just go to Olivia's every night! Therefore, I give it a five.
We popped into Olivia's Cafe for a dinner with friends a few nights back. I was looking forward to what I thought was the signature fried chicken dish -- only to find that they no longer serve fried chicken! I'm afraid that tainted the experience for me. I got the pork chop which was quite good and cooked nicely. However the weird mac & cheese like pasta and greens just didn't do it for me and I didn't finish either one. I will say that the meatloaf and green beans that others got (special) was a bit better than my dish overall. We finished off the meal with the sugarfree lemon poundcake. The very friendly and helpful server told us he thought it a bit on the dry side, and I am inclined to agree with his assessment although Ahnalira said it seemed perfect to her. Staff is very friendly, very down home feeling here. Booths are great. But, IMHO, the food is really pretty average and hence the 3 star rating.
I was impressed. I have never been to Old Key West Resort before and Olivia's is this hidden gem. I got soup and an appetizer and it was the perfect little meal. The Conch Chowder was just like in the Bahamas and the perfect 2 crab cakes were delicious. The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 is the menu did not have a lot of options. But the food was great.
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