We visit this restaurant every
We visit this restaurant every year, every time we visit Kauai for the last 15 years. And they never disappoint us. Every time, we discover the new taste and excitement.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The outdoor seating is very
The outdoor seating is very romantic. This is a great place for special occasions. All the staff were very friendly. Juan, our server, did a great job.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE
EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE BUT THE WINE WE CHOSE WAS VERY TANNIC AND HARD TO DRINK.
WE SPOKE TO THE MANAGER ABOUT THIS BUT SHE WOULD NOT COMP US.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food and the view.
Loved the food and the view. By far the best risotto!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can only recommend for outside
The food is unremarkable but good enough. The price is expensive. The wine list in particular is super marked-up, but that's the same at all the restaurants at the Hyatt. If you're looking for quiet/romantic time as a couple, outside seating is a must. Inside it can be noisier than you might hope for.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delish but pricy
Everything about Dondero's was great. The food was exceptional. My only feedback is that the portions were very small and the prices were outrageous.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Experience!
We ate at Dondero's twice while we were in Kaua'i. Setting is beautiful and the food is delicious. We are foodies and it definitely exceeded our expectations. Service was also excellent. Our first visit was a romantic dinner for 2. Our second visit was with our 18 month old granddaughter. The staff was friendly and patient and made us feel comfortable having a little one around. Look forward to a return trip!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was good, Caprese
Service was good, Caprese salad was excellent, but main course was just ok
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We try to get to Dondero's every time we are on the island. Delicious food, beautiful view and relaxing to sit on the lanai at sunset. Service is always pleasant and attentive.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and delicious!
It's like we were the only 2 people there. .. Amazing service.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We started out with a crab, broccolini, pancetta risotto,theb had a zuccini capellini, and a shrimp pizzelle. My husband had the Steak and Lobster and I had the Lobster crab pasta. We ended with light berries covered in whipped cream and a scoop of coconut gelato. Everything was amazing!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome dinner and service
The backdrop is unbeatable as it faces the beautiful Pacific Ocean. This restaurant is very pretty inside. The food was great and our server, Alejandro was wonderful. I would highly recommend making this one of your dining stops while on vacation.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you're looking for a fine-dining experience, Dondero's is one of the top choices in Kauai. I had a delightful seafood risotto and my husband had the lobster/filet mignon combo. Both were excellent. The service and ambiance were average for this caliber of restaurant, as was the dessert. I would definitely go again.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Kuai dining
One usually doesn't think Italian in Kuai, but our last night on Kuai called for something a little different. Dondero's. We had an outstanding meal; my dining partner claimed the cioppino was the best he's ever tasted. They grilled and seasoned the ingredients and added the tomato sauce at the table. It's hard to beat the fresh Hawaiian lobster, scallops and fish, but this dish was outstanding.
The service was attentive without being pretentious, and the view of the swans, gardens and ocean was very romantic. A special thanks for a memorable dinner.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expensive but good
All fine dining on Kauai is expensive but little is worth it. Dondero's is very expensive but most of the food is delicious. And the service was flawless. My swordfish, which was the fish of the day, was great. The other diners enjoyed the lamb and the cioppino. Appetizers were more uneven. Calamari and pizzetta were just okay, but burrata with heirloom tomatoes was a winner. The only downside is the hideous decor of the restaurant. Seafoam green. Bad art. Fake European flourishes. I recommened eating outside. Nothing beats that.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific Dinner at Dondero's
Dondero's is a world class restaurant. The food was excellent and our waiter and his support team were even better.
This place is a must to have dinner when in Kauai.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crab and lobster
I chose to have the crab and lobster pasta dish and it was the most amazing meal I had in Hawaii!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best outdoor dining
The terrace at Dondero's is exceptional with amazing views of the Hyatt grounds and ocean.
The staff are very professional and have worked there for a long time so remember returning guests.
We travel to Kauai twice a year and always have at least one dinner here.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a fabulous dinner at Dondero's. The caprese salad and caesar salad were beautifully presented and excellent. I had the Osso Bucco and my hisband had the filet and lobster. If I could attach picures of the entrees, I would. They were outstanding! Had a great bottle of wine - service was well-paced - not too quick or too slow. Our server Alejandro did a wonderful job. We will definitley go there again!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Honeymoon and Birthday Dinner
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.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our romantic dinner
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.
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Definitely a repeat
Would highly recommend. Excellent Italian at very fair price points for Kauai fine dining. The service and the food were especially notable.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had 5:30 reservations. Arrived
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.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Kauai's finest ---too!
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.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was pleasantly surprised at
Was pleasantly surprised at the experience. The food was exquisite, service impeccable. Great job to our server and wait-staff.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food on the island.
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 :-)
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM