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: 8082406456x
  • 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 Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (31)special occasion (25)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (23)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (5)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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  • beautiful setting
    Mary
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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
    aaammgb
    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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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  • Nice view
    JAEdwards
    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
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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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    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
    mehmet
    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
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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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    • 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
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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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice dinner!
    FineDinnerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious pasta dishes. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Delicious pasta dishes. Great service. Beautiful view of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening............
    Kimo
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and servings
    HnlDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Server was attentive and recommendaitons were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If it isn't raining or too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    If it isn't raining or too windy, make sure to ask for a table outside on the patio.
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  • Beauitful sunset at Dondero's
    manoi
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Just okay but not surprising really
    LoveToEatInTO
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Let me preface this review by saying that we live in Toronto and are lucky to have great Italian food available and real Neopolitan style pizza. I guess I shouldn't have been that surprised that the food wasn't super given that we were on a small island in Hawaii. The pizza was really disappointing so I would not recommend it. The setting inside the restaurant is not my style so I would suggest getting a seat on the patio if possible - book well ahead of time.
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  • uninspired
    NormVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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  • Food was not on par with pricing ..
    Blondie
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
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  • Best Italian food on Kauai
    Epicureanqueen
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Seafood pasta was very disappointin
    Emartin
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Seafood pasta was very disappointing. There was way too much sauce. Brussels sprouts were over sauced as well. Surprising for an upscale Italian restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.