Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Old Key West Resort, Olivia’s Cafe is a hidden gem not known to many guests. It’s considered a causal table service restaurant so it’s good food minus the frills of some other restaurants.
My husband’s birthday was recently and he loves Key West so I thought this was a great dinner option for his celebration. The menu is southern coastal cuisine and it does not disappoint.
We ordered the crab cakes and conch fritters to start which were very tasty although I didn’t ﬁnd any conch in the fritter. The crab cakes were served with a tangy slaw and was a nice mix of crab and cake. Many times you have a cake with just a little bit of crab.
For entrees my husband ordered the Grilled New York Strip with ﬁngerling potatoes and chimichurri sauce. He gave me a few bites of the steak and it was cooked perfectly.
I ordered the Seven Mile Scallops with polenta, edamame-pancetta succotash, and tomato vinaigrette. The ﬂavor was good but I thought the polenta was a bit too thick. Maybe grits would have been a better choice. I still recommend this dish to anyone who loves scallops.
My preteen ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and ate every bite while my youngest wasn’t feeling very adventurous and ordered the Kids elbow pasta.
For dessert we chose the Key Lime tart and it was tasty with just the right amount of tartness. If I was still hungry I would have ordered the Bread Pudding as I’m a huge fan and rarely pass up an opportunity to eat it.
Olivia’s Cafe is often overlooked and you can usually ﬁnd a reservation here at the last minute.