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

Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grandhyattkauai.com
  • Email: conciergekauai@hyatt.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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I had a lovely evening. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was great. Everything was ala cart on the menu, but the appetizer portions were quite generous and we found that we didn't need sides with the entrees. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars was there wine list was a little disappointing & was out dated by at least a good decade. It was very commercial, most items I could find in any supermarket. . I was hoping since it was an Italian restaurant there would be a little bit more of an old world selection or a least some smaller wineries out of Cali. Despite that we will most definitely be back, we visit Poipu at least twice a year"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Delicious pasta dishes. Great service. Beautiful view of the ocean."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "After being seated at an excellent table with such a beautiful outdoor scenic view,everything was superb.The atmosphere and setting was romantic.From the wine to the pasta,the food was absolute authenticity.Dont forget to try the Tiramisu.And,the service was nothing short of first class treatment.Such a wonderful evening.Thanks Dondero's!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Server was attentive and recommendaitons were good."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "If it isn't raining or too windy, make sure to ask for a table outside on the patio."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went for my 60th birthday. We had a beauitful view of the sunset. the music was nice and not over powering. The wait staff was there when needed but not in you face. You able to have an romantic dinner and talk with out someone constinely coming by with this or that reason. The food was wounderful and tasteful. Every one was very nice and friendly. We will go again and bring friends."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was uninspired and average at best. Cioppino was bland and seafood in it overcooked and mushy. Chicken entree was also bland and a small portion. Both were overpriced."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was so excited to find an Italian restaurant with gluten free options! My meal started out with four slices of toasted gluten free sandwich bread. It was a nice gesture, underwhelming on the execution. I was expecting something similar to the dinner rolls at Legal Seafood. I ordered the gluten free fettuccine alfredo. My dish was served with penne, the gluten free pasta of the night. There isn't much that can be said of the pasta - it is what it is. The sauce - therein lies much of the disappointment. Alfredo sauce is something I splurge on, but at least make it worth my while. This meal left a lot to be desired. The consistency was satisfactory but off-put by a bland taste. Alfredo is an art that has yet to be mastered at Dondero's."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The lobster pasta was excellent with portions large enough to satisfy a hungry man.. Both the regular and gluten free were equally delicious! We were well attended to and not interrupted. The decor while easy to have a conversation, could use some updating to give a more Hawaiian feel."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Seafood pasta was very disappointing. There was way too much sauce. Brussels sprouts were over sauced as well. Surprising for an upscale Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We visit this restaurant every year fof the last 15+ years, and have been always satisfied with their perfection. Again this year, the seafood pasta was amazingly delicious with the new taste. Definitely we will return next year aslo."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was terrible and staff even worse, worst meal of our trip."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Dondaro's many times and it just never disappoints. Delicious food with great ambience and service. A perfect place for that special occasion or if you just want a meal that you know will be better than good. The shrimp linguine was outstanding as always ( my wife just can't resist ) and the prosciutto wrapped mahi mahi special of the night that I had was delicious as was the pasta bolognese that another member of our party ordered. No one at our table had any complaints. Even though it was a very busy Saturday evening, service was attentive - Patrick was an excellent waiter. To be sure you are not disappointed, a reservation is a must."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have enjoyed Dondero's in the past and were looking forward to their new menu. We were not disappointed. I was impressed with their many vegetarian and gluten free options. My husband really enjoyed the local hamakua mushroom soup, and loved the spaghetti bolognese. I had the lemon garlic shrimp linguine,nice garlic flavor and great pasta . We had the side order of Parmesan polenta - super good, super rich! Portions were good sized and we're having some for lunch today! I couldn't finish dinner, but of course had no problem finishing dessert - lilikoi pineapple crostata - with their homemade sorbet and gelatos! Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Mahalo Donderos for a great evening."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food unremarkable. Pasta slightly overcooked, coffee not good, espresso machine out of commission. Panna cotta too gelled."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I have been visiting Kauai for 15 years and come here each visit for the osso buco- still excellent ! Brought another couple and one ordered the Ahi- wanted it just barely seared so it would be basically raw on the inside. First piece was cooked all the way through and even after sending it back the second piece was still too well done Very good, but not cooked (or uncooked) to his liking!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "They had a new computer system and a new menu and didn't really seem prepared for either."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Food was very good, and our teenagers and Baby Boomers all had excellent food and perfect service. Our waiter Juan was fantastic and knowledgeable about the menu as well as the island. We all enjoyed every dish."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is an improbably sited Italian restaurant on the island of Kauai, and is it done well! The sole complaint I would register would be that as the hour got later, and more diners arrived, the kitchen apparently couldn't keep up, as we waited 15 minutes for our dessert. Killer view, if seated on the rather expansive patio."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Have never had a bad meal here, but this most recent visit was especially good. By pure chance we have had the exact same terrace table all 3 visits, and the service is always low key and professional. The food was the stand-out though - the risotto of the day contained a large amount of fresh lump crab and was absolutely delicious. My wife had a seared opah (fish) that was incredible. A surprisingly reasonably priced wine list as well, but this is an expensive meal. Money well spent."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Very pleasant, very good food and surroundings. service as it should be. Prices not terrible considering it is in a high-end Hawaiin resort. Menu changed since our last visit . Had previously changed to a type of Italian tapas restaurant, but now back to more traditional Italian restaurant and has done a great job of it!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Staff very welcoming and courteous. Margarita amazing, the one with passion fruit, best one I had on the island. Presentation of food excellent. Shrimp large and covert tasty, homemade pasta delicious. My husband had the gnocchi special, also very favourable. Portions nice size.would definitely go back on our next visit to Kauai. We sat indoors, should have asked to sit outside, next time."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The service was impeccable ! The food was great ! The wine was smooth and Tasty ! And the best part, everyone was friendly ! You all made a somewhat paranoid guy feel relax...good job management ! Mahalo"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Surprisingly excellent Italian food in a romantic setting on Kauai. Service was top notch with food to match. Had the macadamia nut crusted rack of lamb with a port wine reduction. Also had a seared mozzarella appetizer"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I brought my daughter here and she love's it. It was our second time there and she definitely enjoys the scenery. She said she "feels like a princess" every time we've dined in."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "You would not expect italian food of this quality in Kauai but you will be so pleased! This place is a beautiful, peaceful haven and feels like an elegant restaurant in Italy..except it is so quiet, and the views are gorgeous. The food was top notch. Loved it!"
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "This is my second time here. The first time was several years ago, and all I could recall coming back to Kauai was that it was so good I almost wept with joy. This time was no different. I'm usually a picky eater, and don't tempt fate with things I cannot identify, but there were things on my plate I had no names for, but couldn't stop myself from eating them all. I had the Osso Bucco which was just... WOW. Not just in taste, but in portion. If they had kept bringing it out plate after plate, I would not have been able to stop myself from eating until I died. My only complaint - and it is a very, very minor one, was that eating outside, while scenic, was a bit bothered by gnats (or small flying things reminding me of gnats)."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We went here on our first night because we arrived in late and it was continently located in our hotel. I wouldn't go back, but I wouldn't normally want italian food on Hawaii! Food was good though !"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "My husband and I have been to this restaurant several times and it has always been fantastic. You would think it a bit odd to get Italian food in Hawaii but the food is simply wonderful. We have both been to Italy a number of times and the food compares well. I wanted to write this review because this time we went to the restaurant with our baby daughter. I was very concerned but the waitstaff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and brought a variety of toys for our child to play with while we dined. We still managed to have a romantic meal with a one and a half year old and that is really saying something!!! I am very impressed with this place and will definitely be back :-)"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was excellent. However, I consider the experience a large portion of the check. The waitress made it clear she did not want us there. Unwilling to explain the menu, left abandoned between courses. Thank goodness we had the water / bus girl there who presented a smile and was willing to spend some time at the table."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Was pleasantly surprised at the experience. The food was exquisite, service impeccable. Great job to our server and wait-staff."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "the restaurant decor and menu are very outdated. Food was very average."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I am a very picky eater. The food, the embiance, the wait staff-- excellent...! The anti-pasta salad - Superb! Awesome! Ono! the best ever!! Request to be seated at Jeremy's table/s - I enjoyed my coippino while my husband wolfed down his steak and scallops, both our dinner so delicious, we didn't get a chance to share not even a bite :). We were dining at Donderos celebrating my husband's birthday, my birthday, AND our Anniversary."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Had 5:30 reservations. Arrived 10 minutes early and was ushered into a small waiting room with other groups to wait for 5:30. Kind of like waiting for a ride at an amusement park. Very poor first impression. The food and staff made up for the experience later but a bad start nonetheless."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The food was delicious! I had the risotto which was a bit small but very delicious and the caprese salad, which was very delicious. It was one of the best caprese salads I've every had. My fiance had the bruschetta, ceasar salad, and spaghetti and meatballs, the spaghetti was a huge serving with one giant meatball that was easily broken into the equivalent of 10 small meatballs. Everything was very tasty. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. It was a great experience and I would definitely return."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Would highly recommend. Excellent Italian at very fair price points for Kauai fine dining. The service and the food were especially notable."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "You can’t been the view from Donderos in the Grand Hyatt at Poipu. The food was tasty, but not any more exceptional than other nice restaurants we’ve eaten at. The prices anywhere in the islands and especially at these nice hotels, are over the top. Our waiter was very attentive and formal, just enough to make us a tad uncomfortable. Our table was outside and we were very comfortable. It would be a nice restaurant for a romantic dinner for two. The only reason we chose to eat there was that we had some gift certificate we needed to spend before we left the island. It was nice, but the food was not enough to get us to come back."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Great food and wonderful views. Perfect place to watch sunset with the one you love"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "My new wife and I recently ate here while celebrating our honeymoon and my birthday. The food and ambience was perfect. My wife claimed her food was as good as what she had in Italy. (Never heard her say that before). The only downside is that a local chef was seated next to us, and that appeared to be the focus of our waiter."
    Dined on 10/10/2013