Let me start out by saying that Olivia's Cafe, does not stop service. Lunch into dinner is a continual service time, which is great for those of us who forget to eat until 3:30 when all the other restaurants are closing for dinner prep.
It is usually pretty quiet in there, an occasional large rowdy party will come in, but then they are generally seated in a back room that is almost enclosed, so you hardly hear them. It is always clean, the servers and hosts are always pleasant, and you never feel rushed, although like I said, by the time I'm eating it's likely they haven't seen a soul in the last hour, so it might be nice to do something.
Now for the fun part - drinks!! I don't know if it is a restaurant exclusive, but they have delicious mango iced-tea, it's unsweetened, but you really don't need a sweetener in it, it is so good. It doesn't taste all chemically like many flavored Iced teas which I really genuinely appreciate. For those of you who enjoy a cocktail or a beer with your lunch (or need to unwind after an afternoon with screaming children), they also have a full bar, hoo-ray. Now while it is a Disney bar and their shots are measured, the drinks taste so darn good anyways, it doesn't matter if you're not lit after one drink.
And now the best part -the food. At first you may look at the menu and think, "oh this is nothing special, shrimp and grits, meatloaf, salad, blah" what you're missing is in the details. I bring family members to this restaurant every time they visit and not one person has said that their food has been anything less than spectacular. I love the Cobb Salad, although beware, it's enormous. But it's also not super expensive! In that case you are definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck, and truly, it's like that with most of the entrees.
I have been flip-flopping back and forth between shrimp and grits and the scallops with polenta, they're both delightful. Everything is always cooked to perfection, and the flavors divine. Both of those dishes can be a little spicy though, so be aware, if you're sensitive. The fried chicken is also a family favorite. I know you're thinking "why pay so much for fried chicken when I can get it at kfc for so much less?" The answer is, God made this chicken. I mean, I don't know if he actually cooked it in its delicious buttermilk batter, but I'm going out on a limb and saying He willed it this way.
On top of all that, they serve bread prior to your entrée service, that is unreal. It's a coconut pineapple bread that taste like the islands melted in your mouth. I have and uncle that ordered his own loaf so he could have it all to himself.
In addition to all of the wonderful things I've already said, I'd like to reiterate that the prices here are some of the best you'll see on property. Now I'm not saying it's like eating at McDonalds, but for theme park/hotel dining, it's pretty darn reasonable.
The final wonderfully positive thing I have to say is about Karen. Karen has been my server, mmm, I would say 90% of the time I go, and she is always a delight. She is always very friendly, doesn't hover over you, but is there when you need anything, even if it's just an anecdote for the day. Yay Karen!
The only semi-negative thing I have to say about Olivia's is that their dessert menu doesn't stand up to their app/entrée menu. I'm not a super huge dessert fan much, anyways, so I don't feel like my comments here deplete from the overall score I gave for the restaurant. It does seem like the desserts are just kind of eh, after everything else, although if you have room to eat dessert after everything else, you must have a bottomless pit for a stomach!
All in all, one of my favorite places to go, even during the busy season.
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