Olivia’s Cafe is located at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This has been a favorite resort of ours for several years, as it is a Disney Vacation Club property. We aren’t DVC members; however, all the Vacation Club resort properties have villas, which we prefer to a standard hotel room.
In all our stays at OKW, we didn’t dine at Olivia’s until earlier this year during our trip to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Olivia’s is touted as offering hearty home cooking with a taste of the Florida Keys. You know we love that Keys vibe! It’s a low-key, casual spot that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner table service and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. There’s also a kids menu, of course. You can view Olivia’s menu here.
We needed a late-night bite, so we stopped in to ask if there was a table available. We were told there was not, so I just stepped outside and jumped on the My Disney Experience app. I logged in and checked reservations at Olivia’s. There was one for five minutes from then so I booked it on my phone and stepped back inside to say, “We’re here for our reservation.” Odd, but that’s how it went.
Olivia’s Cafe – Disney Old Key West Resort
Both of our dining experiences at Olivia’s Cafe took place in March 2017. On both occasions we informed our server of our need for special attention to our food for gluten-free due to celiac and for food allergies (soy, peanuts and tree nuts). I am also dairy-free (non-allergy), but on this occasion I did try a small amount of the hollandaise on the hash.
First, we had a late-night meal.
It was around 9:30 p.m. when we arrived, so it was just before closing time. We don’t normally eat a heavy meal at that hour, so we opted for Conch Flats Club Sandwiches and wine. The sandwiches were on Udi’s gluten-free bread and lightly toasted, which makes the bread so much tastier.
Dreamy opted for fries and I had the marinated slaw, which I really enjoyed! Even right before closing, the restaurant was packed and our food was served fresh with no rush.
We enjoyed the service and food so much, we decided to book a breakfast reservation for our departure day later in the week.
Breakfast at Olivia’s Cafe
How else would breakfast with me start other than with black coffee and mimosas?! The OJ is fresh squeezed, which makes all the difference in a mimosa. I kept eyeing the Loaded Key West Bloody Mary, but didn’t order one. I’m seriously considering it next time, though. I love a good Bloody Mary.
You cannot have breakfast at Disney without having gluten-free Mickey Waffles. Even if you’re like me and you aren’t necessarily a fan of waffles and pancakes, you just have to order them for the cuteness factor. And because you can! ;-)
Lucky for me, Ma Petite and Dreamy are huge fans of a good waffle, so we had plenty of sweet Mickey faces on the table.
Some with ham, and some with link sausages.
But I officially won at breakfast on this visit because I ordered the Eggs & Hash. I had two poached eggs (you can get the eggs how you like them) over Sweet Potato Hash topped with Key Lime Hollandaise. For gluten-free you skip the biscuit, but you won’t miss it!
If you like, you can have gluten-free toast on the side. They offer dairy-free Earth Balance, too, but I just had a bit of toast plain since I’m not much of a bread eater anyway. The hash was a huge serving, so I shared some with the others. I rarely finish a plate at any Disney restaurant the portions are usually so large. The hollandaise contains dairy, but I wanted to try it because KEY LIME hollandaise. I only had a taste, but if you can have dairy I recommend you try this!
An important note about the hollandaise sauce at Olivia’s Cafe
Some posts I’ve seen online about the breakfast hash at Olivia’s gives the impression the hollandaise might contain gluten. To confirm the hollandaise is indeed gluten-free, I got the ingredients list from the chef at Olivia’s Cafe. He confirmed the sauce is gluten-free. Here are the ingredients, FYI.
Hollandaise Sauce at Olivia’s Cafe – Old Key West Resort
Red Cayenne Pepper
Ground White Pepper
Key Lime Juice
Tabasco Sauce (ingredients are distilled vinegar, red pepper and salt)
Why the possible discrepancy?
Reviews that led me to believe the sauce contained gluten were from several years ago. This is likely an example of how ingredients and recipes change over time. This applies to restaurant menus as well as packaged foods, which is why I always stress how important it is to ASK about ingredients EACH TIME before you dine or eat a packaged food even if you’ve enjoyed the same dish or product in the past.
The Special Diets Team at Walt Disney World always provides this useful reminder to guests with any special dietary needs:
“Due to the large volume of meals we serve, vendors and suppliers occasionally swap out product. Therefore, menu items and preparation are often updated. We stress that you ask to speak to a Chef or Manager when you arrive at each location. They will be happy to assist with your selection and provide product labels and ingredients for menu items.”
Disney does a wonderful job at taking care of diners with special dietary needs, and I’m always appreciative of that.
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We are set to dine at Olivia’s again for our departure day breakfast on our September visit to Disney, so I’ll update this post then! I will try to venture out from the hash, but it was SO good, I’m not sure I’ll be able. ;-)
Have you tried Olivia’s Cafe for a gluten-free dining experience?
Tell me what you had in the comments below!