Best Restaurants & Dining at Old Key West Resort

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Photo by Grace Hoyos

For those that love a simpler dining experience, you’re going want to check out Disney’s Old Key West resort.

Like the rest of the resort, dining at Old Key West models after the island life and community feel of the Florida Keys. Even Olivia’s, the signature table service spot, has a laid-back vibe that is perfect for a relaxing vacation.

All the dining at Old Key West features American classics – with an island twist – fitting with the Keys theming. While the options aren’t many, you still have the choice between lounges, quick service, and table service to meet all your dining needs. In addition, what they lack in quantity, Old Key West makes up for in quality in terms of dining.

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Gurgling Suitcase – Drinks, Anyone?

Open daily from 11:00am to 10:00pm, the Gurgling Suitcase models itself after the typical bar spot in the Florida Keys, bringing a bit of the islands to you. While the emphasis is on the beverages, you can get select food items from Olivia’s Café served right at the bar. This makes Gurgling Suitcase the perfect drop-in spot if you couldn’t get an Olivia’s reservation, or if you just happen to be in the area.

Food Selection

If you just want something to nibble with your beverages, the conch fritters or the fried pickles make the perfect bite. The conch fritters come with a zingy key-lime mustard and rémoulade sauce, while the pickles have a flavorful house made ranch. For something slightly more refreshing, a simple Caesar salad with house-made croutons is just perfect.

For those looking to make a meal at Gurgling Suitcase, there are four specific entrée options listed on their menu – Barbecued Pulled Pork Nachos, Bacon Cheeseburger, Miss Vickie’s Veggie Burger, and Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken. The pulled pork nachos are perfect if you want to share a meal, house-made potato chips piled high with savory pulled pork and all the nacho fixings. Both the burgers are good, with cheddar cheese (on the meat burger), lettuce, tomato, and onion, and served with French fries. However, our suggestion would be the fried chicken. Homemade, the hot, juicy chicken comes with mashed potatoes, southern gravy, a biscuit, and the seasonal vegetable of the day.

This chicken, as one of Olivia’s signature dishes, is not something you want to miss. It’s awesome that you can also get it here at the Gurgling Suitcase!

Beverage Choices

As a full bar, the Gurgling Suitcase has plenty to offer. However, like most Disney lounges, there are some signature drinks you have to try if it’s your first time. The Turtle Krawl is the top recommended beverage – a combination of Siesta Key White Rum, coconut rum, spiced rum, grenadine, and spritzes of Key Lime, orange, and pineapple juices. It’s the tropics in a glass!

We would also recommend the Walt the Plank and the Raspberry Mojito, both ideal for getting that tropical vacation vibe. The Walk the Plank features Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whisky, almond liquor, orange juice, and lemon juice garnished with Maraschino cherries.

It’s just the right balance of sweet and zesty that has you thinking of pirates in the Keys. For the Raspberry Mojito, raspberry Rum and Mount Gay Eclipse Rum mixes with lime juice, mint leaves, and raspberry purée to really drive home the raspberry flavor. The drinks comes topped with a hit of soda water to add a bit of fizz.

You’ll also see some of the well-known Disney drinks, like the Captain’s Mai-Tai and Blue “Glowtini” (complete with signature glow cube!). One of our favorites always is the Piña CoLava, raspberry rum blended with flavors of coconut, pineapple, and topped with raspberry purée.

In addition to these drinks, you can get a variety of foreign and domestic beers, including several from throughout Florida (including the Keys). Also, check out the incredible wine selection, or combine your tastes with a white or red sangria.


Turtle Shack Snacks – Old Key West Poolside Dining

A seasonal location, Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks is a great place to grab lunch or a beverage while you enjoy a day by the pool. Turtle Shack rests in the lower part of the resort area, among buildings 40-43, giving guests that are a bit further from Hospitality House an alternative dining location. This is also one of the larger of the leisure pools on the property, with shuffleboard and other recreation nearby.

Food & Beverages

Along with the typical Disney snack choices, Turtle Shack has delicious lunch options, both hot and cold. Enjoy a Caesar salad, with or without chicken, and a yummy tuna salad served with house-made chips. Seeking a filling plant-based option? The Power Salad comes packed wth flavor and plant-based protein, a combination of edamame, chickpeas, roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes and quinoa on a bed of spring mix lettuce, all topped with a Key Lime mustard vinaigrette.

If you want a hot meal, we recommend the Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich. A similar chicken to the signature Southern fried up at the Hospitality House, this hot and juicy sandwich goes nicely with a cold beer or a strawberry slushie. The sandwich comes with your choice of chips or cole slaw – if you go with the latter, we recommend topping your sandwich with the slaw. Turtle Shack also has a mango-rum barbecue pulled pork sandwich for the carnivores in your life – although we definitely still recommend topping it with the slaw. You can also get pizza or loaded nachos if you’re looking for something that’s easy to share.

In terms of drinks, Turtle Shack doesn’t have the same options as a full bar. However, they a selection of draft beers and hard cider, along with two frozen cocktails (piña colada and strawberry daiquiri). On a hot summer day, or even just under the Florida sun, these are perfect to go with your meal. Turtle Shack also has a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, including strawberry and orange slushies.


Good’s Food to Go – Old Key West Quick-Service Dining

Right in the heart of the Hospitality House area, Good’s Food to Go is perfect for grabbing that quick breakfast on your way to the parks, or lunch as you go to the pool. Good’s opens at 7:00am, ideal for that early morning park crowd, and stays open until 10:00pm. Like most locations around Disney World, they switch over to lunch around 11:00am. This is also one of your refill spots for your resort refill mug, so you definitely want to be aware of this stop.

While there isn’t any specific seating for Good’s, you can take your meal inside to the lobby area of the resort, find an outdoor space by the pool, or (as the name suggests) take your meal to go.

Breakfast

Right now, the Good’s menu is a bit more limited than we’re used to seeing. However, as always, we’re looking forward to Disney expanding their choices as more of their employees come back to work and restrictions continue to lift.

In the meantime, you can get the breakfast platter that we know and love, including breakfast meats, eggs, and our favorite Mickey waffles. If you would rather just the Mickey waffles, grab a platter with a side of breakfast meat. Their signature hot breakfast item, Miss Vicky’s Sandwich, comes with egg, sausage and cheese served on a warm brioche bun. Be on the lookout for the Olivia’s bread pudding as well – it’s been known to be on the Good’s menu for breakfast.

Good’s Food to Go also has an assortment of pastries in their pastry case for the morning, along with oatmeal, cereal and milk, and grits. These are great options if you want something quick and light to start your morning. Oh, and don’t forget to snag a cold brew coffee with your choice of flavor shot. After having an option for iced coffee this past summer at Disney World, I am now team cold brew all the way!

For your kiddos, you can get a Mickey waffle platter, an egg scramble, or a simplified version of the breakfast platter. As always, I recommend getting an adult breakfast platter and splitting it between two kids rather than purchase two separate kids meals. Even into college, my sister and I will share quick service meals to save a buck or two.

Lunch & Dinner

With hot and cold options, Good’s Food to Go is a great place to get a filling lunch or a lighter meal, depending on what you’re looking for at the time. Good’s also has solid kid’s options, which will help you meet the needs of the pickiest of eaters. With cold brew coffee, soda, and slushies all day, you’ll never run out of beverage choices.

Salads & Cold Sandwiches

Sometimes a salad by the pool is all you need, especially if you had a larger breakfast at Olivia’s. With that in mind, we suggest the shrimp cobb salad, or the same Power Salad from the Turtle Shack. Both are packed with light proteins, enough to be filling but not to make you overly full. It’s the ideal way to keep up your energy without feeling like you’ll sink if you go for a dip.

As for the cold sandwiches, our favorite is the Pesto Chicken Sandwich. Marinated chicken comes topped with bacon, arugula, and roasted tomatoes, all on a French roll spread with a pesto mayo. Good’s also has a delicious turkey sandwich and Italian sandwich, both of which are great for sharing.

Hot Food

As for the hot entrees, Good’s Food to Go features a cheeseburger, hotdog, and loaded nachos, all of which are good. If you want something a bit more on-theme, the Barbecued Pulled Pork Sandwich is just the ticket. Barbecued pork comes topped with a creamy coleslaw and house-made mango ketchup, served on a Kaiser roll with a choice of side. We personally like the French fries to round out this meal.

For your kids, they can get an Uncrustable sandwich with fruit, cheese, or carrots, along with their choice of milk or water bottle. There are also chicken fingers and mac and cheese, both of which with the same side and beverage choices.


Old Key West Signature Dining – Olivia’s Café

Olivia’s Café is the signature table service dining location at Disney’s Old Key West, and it’s been around since the resort’s inception. Named after the fictional Olivia Farnsworth, a women from the Turtle Krawl area of the Keys, she wanted to feed her community and make them feel like family. Olivia’s Café does that and more, truly one of the hidden gems of Walt Disney World.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, and brunch on the weekends, you have plenty of choices when it comes to your Olivia’s experience. The dining room isn’t large, so a reservation is a must (think back to pre-renovated Beaches & Cream), with a homey feeling of an island local spot. Pictures of real Disney Vacation Club members hang on the ways, along with nautical décor that fits right in with the resort theme.

The food, meanwhile, combines island flavors with American classics, making for that perfect vacation meal.

Breakfast

Start your meal with one of the delicious signature beverages, Loaded Key West Bloody Mary or Parrot Punch, or piping hot coffee. Olivia’s also has a great mimosa, which would be our call for the breakfast drink.

In terms of entrees, Olivia’s has many of the breakfast favorites. Pancakes and waffles come with sides of eggs and breakfast meats, while the Sombrero Beach Omelet brings a bit of Tex-Mex flavor. Ham, green peppers, onions, and cheddar all folded in fluffy eggs come topped with sour cream and pico de gallo.

Our go-to, however, is the Banana Bread French Toast. Rich banana bread gets the full French toast treatment, dipped in a custard and then cooked to perfect. Then, the whole thing comes topped with Bahamian banana-rum syrup, coconut whipped cream, and served with choice of breakfast meat. This dish is absolutely incredible, but heavy, so we suggest splitting it with someone.

Your kiddos have the choice between a Mickey waffle plate, scrambled eggs, and oatmeal with a choice of two sides and choice of beverage. The sides include turkey sausage, bacon, grapes, pork sausage, fruit cup, and banana bread. I always recommend that kids get one meat and one fruit to round out their meal, although I wouldn’t blame them if they went for the tasty banana bread!

Check out a breakfast review here:

Brunch

Running from 7:30am-2:00pm on Sundays and Saturdays, brunch takes Olivia’s breakfast and turns the knob to eleven.

In addition to the usual breakfast items, Olivia’s brunch has a fabulous Crab Cake-Eggs Benedict, two poached eggs on top of two pan-fried crab cakes resting on an English muffin, drizzled with Key Lime hollandaise and served with a side of Olivia’s breakfast potatoes. The sweet and zingy flavor of the Key Lime works perfectly with the crab, while the richness of the sauce complements the egg. Definitely one of our must-tries for benedict fans. Olivia’s also has their own take on chicken and waffles, their famous fried chicken on top of sweet potato waffles with bacon jam and maple syrup. If you’re a fan of sweet and savory mashups, this is the one for you.

If you want to go a bit more towards the savory side, Olivia’s has the plant-based Miss Vicky’s burger on their menu, as well as a rich and cheesy shrimp and grits. After 11:00am, you can also get a 14-ounce prime rib, flavored with a cabernet demi-glaze and served with veggies and Olivia’s potatoes.

For those who are looking for something new, and have a day off from the parks, Olivia’s brunch is the way to go. Just don’t forget to make that reservation!

Interested in brunch? Check out this review:

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch and dinner have the same menu, making it easy to grab your favorites from Olivia’s throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Get started with some of Olivia’s famous Conch Fritters, or ask your server about the house-made soup of the day. Olivia’s also has plenty of salad options, including the Seasonal Market Salad, tossed arugula and spinach topped with roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, tofu feta, toasted almonds, and grapes drizzled with a sherry vinaigrette.

Entrees include Olivia’s famous Southern fried chicken, as well as the prime rib. If you want to try something a bit different, go for the Cayo Hueso Shrimp Pasta. This yummy pasta dish features sautéed shrimp, zucchini, yellow squash, grape tomato, and spinach tossed with penne pasta in a pesto cream sauce. You’ll also want to ask about the catch of the day and its particular accompaniments, as this changes from season to season.

For dessert, go old school with a classic Key Lime pie, or try the chocolate or caramel apple tart. Olivia’s also has amazing milkshakes, coming in the classic flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Our suggestion is the Banana Bread Pudding Sundae. The same banana bread we love from breakfast comes served warm with an indulgent bananas foster topping and vanilla bean ice cream. Definitely shareable, definitely delicious!

Kids have a build their own option, with buttermilk fried chicken strips, grilled chicken, and elbow pasta on the entrees list, and green beans, brown rice, fruit cup, and a yogurt parfait on the list of sides. This is one of the locations that doesn’t necessarily build desert into the side choices, so you might want to consider that if you have kids.

Take a look at Olivia’s dinner with this video:
Kick back, relax, and enjoy a great meal in comfort with the dining options at Disney’s Old Key West Resort!

Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer

Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.

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