Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai
Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grandhyattkauai.com/
  • Phone: (808) 240-6456
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday-Monday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed Tuesday/Wednesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Shimada
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ainako
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for diners. Plentiful self-parking also available with easy access to the restaurant.
A word from Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai
Bistro café style Italian can now be found at Dondero’s. Traditionally bistro’s serve moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting, while our setting is that of a grand Tuscan villa, the ambiance is casual, the food - classic Italian and the prices reasonable. The new menu features many classic dishes and Neapolitan style pizzas. Our delicious house made gelato makes the perfect dessert.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (29)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (26)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (14)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)neighborhood gem (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Delicious Italian in Kauai
    GalwayGirl
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Koko, our waiter, provided superb service - patient and attentive. He recommended the crab and lobster pasta, which we shared. It was delicious and more than enough food for two!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food
    Sophia
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The location was great . The food was not worth the money . We ordered the different pastas with seafood and there was basically no seafood to be found . Not worth it. Rum Fire or Beach House down the street much better .
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ordinary
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Did not have a large selection of entrees, but included dinners along with pizza. The Italian flavor we are accustomed to was altered with a asian twist. A little disappointing, but service was great. Questionable I would rush back unless to try their pizza.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food great service
    foodisgood
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We always enjoy Dondero's when we visit Kauai. The service is warm yet professional . The menu is interesting and all the food is fresh and and wonderful. We will return there every time we visit the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donderos is always excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I've been going here with friends for years! One of our favorite places! Especially love the risotto!! But you can't go wrong whatever you choose!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Juan, our server, was really subpar. He not once poured our wine - we had to pour our own wine. Not once did he refresh our water glasses when I saw him doing that for other guests. I saw him look toward our table a few times and so he knew our glasses were standing half empty. He didn't make any food recommendations, dropped off the dessert menu without a word, and clearly didn't think we were worthy of his time. The busser, on the other hand, was great. Good attitude, helpful. Young blond man. I has the carbonara - wouldn't recommend it. My husband had the special rib eye and he really liked it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely!
    misskatsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    although it was the night before the hurricane, and it was rainy, we still got to grab a patio seating. the waiter Alexandro was super and so was the hostesses. they were very accomdiating to my requests with my young children. we also met Vanessa, who was really nice as well. food was great! We rushed out the kids food as my son could not stay up and ended up sleeping on the table. he woke up the next morning still dreaming of his Vanilla Gelato .
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Alessandro, as always, provides wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dondero's Kauai
    Tavern
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We try to get to Dondero's each time we visit Kauai. Food is excellent; service is friendly yet professional. Restaurant is elegant. The place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jillyfish
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Overall a very good dinner for a special night out. Slightly overpriced, but what isn't in Kauai. Great gluten-free options - even gluten-free bread brought to the table! Service was excellent and dinner was delicious - my husband could not stop raving about the mushroom alfredo! If the prices were more reasonable we would come again...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite a meatball
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Dondero's features everything from osso buco to pizza. But a pizzeria it's not. Homemade pastas, mostly standard preparations, but well handled. I had the spaghetti and meatball- just one, but it was the size of three. Surprisingly it was moist ans well cooked, which is sometimes a problem for oversized ones. My wife had a fish and pasta dish which even we east coasters thought was pretty good. The wine list is extensive and there are several offered by the glass. There was a small wedding party there that night, but the space is large enough to handle groups without it being a bother to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I actually enjoyed this restaurant so much that we ate there two nights in a row. Excellent italian dining, great food, wonderful atmosphere, excellent views, unbelievably delicious dining. Everything on the menu is a homerun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went no knowing what to expect. We were greeted by Rosemary our server who was fantastic. Food was superb. Great time fir all of us!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • has changed menu
    havingagreattimeinkauaiVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    On previous visits we have enjoyed several meals at this Hyatt restaurant. We were disappointed to find this year that not only had they closed Yum Cha but also changed this restaurant also. The food was mediocre and not what I expected.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was well presented. All fresh ingredients. The shrimp dish was very good. Our waiter was very pleasant and congenial. Do not order the house Chianti it is not what you expect; their Pinot Noir is a much better choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 187 reviews are from the Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai reviews archive.
  • beautiful setting
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This restaurant has a gorgeous setting. The service was very good. A bus boy did spill water all over my foot. Fortunately I had flip flops on. I had shrimp with linguine which was almost tasteless. I don't know why. It could have been wonderful. My husband had pasta with pesto and chicken which he said was very good. The gorgeous setting was worth going to this restaurant not the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the best service
    Notthebestservice
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was good. Wait stuff polite, professional and friendly but service was average. We ran out of water and no one noticed. Ran out of bread and no one asked if we wanted more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner at Dondero's
    Bigcityblues
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Ask for a table outside and you will have a wonderful view to complement a delicious dinner. Pasta, fish, chicken and osso buco were all outstanding, as was dessert. Service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 7 dinner
    Taitam11
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food taste and selection good; had the chef's special pasta and veggie which were very good. May want to check on the spice level as I enjoyed the kick, but may not be for everyone's liking. Service was a bit slow, but all in all a good experience - definitely would return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vanessa our server is awesome!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been going to Dondero's for several years as we visit Kauai regularly. We ask for Vanessa to be our server every time as she is attentive, friendly, and truly amazing!!! She is top notch!!! My husband and I have dietary restrictions and they were very accommodating. I do wish they would not have limited their menu so much compared to their previous menu choices. Perhaps, a few more "healthy" options for the low-carb diner. Overall, always wonderful!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Exceptional food and service. Great dining experience; beautiful view on outdoor patio. Thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 30th anniversary dinner at Dondero's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bjnapali
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Donderos was great! the view is fantastic-the only downside was the Hula show next door took away from the ambience of an Italian villa-but we are in Hawaii-so just schedule your dining later if this bothers you. The calamari appetizer was tasty but nothing special-the lobster and crab pasta was delicious and the pannacotta dessert very nice-small portion-so not really enough for 2 to share- The décor is really outdated and could use refurbishment but over allit was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JHi@Donderos
    JeHiVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was disappointing (pasta tasted just fatty). Too expansive, no real value for the money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just pass this up.
    Skip
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Don't waste your time dinning at Donderos. Although we had reservations, we were not allowed to dine outside because a luau was taking place, and it was noisy inside the restaurant from the drums of the luau. The interior décor is very dated. Although our waiter was pleasant, he seemed to be busy with a larger party, so we didn't get the service we expected. We sent a drink back, because the bartender didn't know how to properly make a lemon drop. After the drink returned, exactly the same, the bartender kept giving our table "the look" of annoyance. The food was average, but nothing worthy of praise. If you are male, good luck finding the restroom. You're in Kauai, dine elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding at Dondero's
    aaammgbVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We had a great meal, with great service and a waiter who grew up on the island and even though we have come to Kauai for vacation 11 years, we still learn something every time we come as the waiter provided us some new information about some local places and this was our first visit to Dondero's, but it won't be our last as we are going back tomorrow evening. Highly recommend Dondero's!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JHi@Donderos
    JeHiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is good and values the money, wines are definitely too expensive and not that special to justify the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Da Bomb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Wow! We have been coming here for 8 years when staying at the Hyatt. Normally we trade between eating at tide pools (our favourite) and use Dondoro's for a change ( great but not memoir able). This year food is awesome! Would rather eat here than tide pools. Absolutely fantastic! Molakai sweet potatoe ravioli and pea/ asparagus risotto best vegetarian dishes I ever ate! Roasted pineapple gelato sorbet should be marketed! 10 out 10! Beautiful view ( request outside or view). Wow!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful View and Great Food
    mpk123VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Sat center court on the outdoor patio and was very impressed with the beauty of the scenery; temperature was perfect in June. Both fish and pasta dishes ordered were delicious. Wine list was extensive. A lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect place
    impressed
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    From the service to the food, I can't think of a better place to enjoy a delicious dinner on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Kauai
    Maxime
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I visited Dondero's the first day of our trip and couldn't help but go back. The pasta was delicious and the service incredibly friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Excellent ocean view from outdoor patio. Food was very good and price was about as expected. Good variety on menu, good selection of wines as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Wonderful food, we had ceasar salad ,lemon linguini with shrimp, and the dessert was amazing chocolate budini with vanilla bean gelato. Heavenly and gluten free!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    LaurieSVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Not to be missed! Outstanding in every way! Floor is amazing and innovative. Service outstanding eat outdoors for an incredible view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice view
    JAEdwardsVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a nice dinning experience. Great table on patio with a view, excellent service and good food. We would dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Setting/Great Italian Food
    BKauilani
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went here for my 61st birthday with my husband. Very romantic terrace table overlooking the sea and sunset. Their osso bucco was fall off the bone excellent. Disappointed that of all the"nicer" restaurants on Kauai this one does not offer any kind of birthday candle or goodie. This extremely disappointed my husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection in Paradise
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is hands-down the best upscale restaurant on the south shore of Kauai. We ate here 3 times the weeks we stayed, including once on the outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. The large salads are exceptional, fresh and interesting and an excellent value. The pastas were very good, utilizing local and fresh seasonal ingredients. The classic(no cream) fettucine alfredo is the best I've had since leaving Boston 30 years ago(of course it is very rich, two could share one and pair with the enormous salads). It was a very good value for the quality and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dondero's
    mehmetVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Beautiful view if you request an outside table. Service was excellent. The food was quite good, a vast improvement from the last time we ate there 2 years ago. The menu has been simplified, which I guess allows them to focus better. I had the cioppino, which was quite tasty although it was the first time I have had cioppino without any shrimp in the fish mix. My wife had a lobster and crab with marscapone sauce on a shell pasta which was very good. The only negative (and a minor quibble) is that the bread was blah, not real Italian bread.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    HelehopeVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We returned to Donderos because I heard they had redone their menu and it was more casual dining and less expensive. What they should have done is redo the restaurant!! It looks like a Florida restaurant from the 60's. Yes, the view is beautiful but really still has seashells all over the walls? The food was fine. Our waiter was great. Prices still higher than explained to me. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Experience
    Kauaice
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My wife and I went for a special occasion and our whole experience was just that: Special! The service could not have been better. Jessie was personable and extremely helpful with the menu. And the menu, WOW. We started with the Ahi Carpaccio that was fresh as can be. Then we tried the sweet potato agnolotti that was out of this world. For entrees we opted for the wild mushroom risotto and the Osso Bucco. I've had both dishes at some of the finest restaurants in the country and these were second to none. This place is a must while on Kauai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around lovely restaurant
    VegheadfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Interesting menu, food beautifully prepared, very good service. One of us has severe shellfish allergy and vegetarian and the restaurant was very accommodating and there were delicious vegetarian options on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.