Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

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727 reviews
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The setting of a grand Tuscan villa sets the tone for an amazing evening at Dondero's. Chef Cary crafts Old World favorites using the freshest of ingredients to create New World sensations! The menu features many classic dishes and Neapolitan style pizzas. Our delicious house made gelato makes the perfect dessert.
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1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the absolute best experience. Juan was our waiter & was so very nice. Juan was one of the nicest people we have gotten the chance to meet & we had great service, great food, & the restaurant is beautiful! Highly recommend! We were visiting Kauai on our honeymoon & our favorite dinner/ night was our night at Dondaros.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Four of us went, not ine of us had a good meal sadly... a very expensive disappointing experience. We have been coming to the island for many years and we will not be back, not would we recommend it to anyone

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, def one of the best places we ate on our vacation!! Would highly recommend

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Very outdated decor. Food was beyond bland. My dinner tasted like nothing with a dash of mushroom, yet had no mushrooms in it. Not worth a fraction of what we paid to have dinner there.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great presentation, friendly service and an amazing view. Loved it

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, we love the people over there

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid service and food. Great GF options with a food allergy knowledgeable waiter.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Veal scallopine was almost 1/2 inch thick— more like veal steak — a large amount of fat.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai I made reservations and Dondero’s. The Atlantic Lobster and crab linguini which was full of flavor and for dessert Lemon Ricotta donuts with a scoop of Kauai Coffee Gelato for dessert were light and perfect end to a great dinner.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

As locals, we visit Dondero's 2-3 times a year. My recommendation: The caprese salad, cioppino, and definitely the donuts for dessert. And a bottle of the Belle Glos Clark & Telephone pinot noir, which is luscious. Keep it simple like this and I think you will be happy.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our only concern was the menu said no substitutions.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Food and service was okay

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Koko was great. He explained the menu and checked with us at appropriate times instead of hovering over us. The menu even had my name printed on that said happy birthday! We loved Donderos. The food, wine etc was wonderful.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good service, excellent food, beautiful view of ocean

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Veal was over cooked and was not tender however, the sauce was excellent

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Denver
34 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was really great I had the veal and my husband had the swordfish

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to Dondero many times over the years when vacationing here on Kauai. This was a birthday celebration for my husband and I picked a restaurant I knew from past experience we would have a warm, romantic atmosphere and we love Italian food as well. This particular night my husband’s veal saltimbocca was very fatty - at least 60 % fat. He did not enjoy it at all. I suggested he ask for something else, but he didn’t want to since there were four of us eating and he didn’t want others to be inconvenienced waiting for a different meal. I had the mushroom risotto which I have often ordered there and it was way too salty. The restaurant put “happy birthday” on my husband’s menu, and stuck a candle in his ice cream, which were nice touches, but the prices justify a better quality/ meal experience. Disappointed unfortunately.

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MB
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Very intense lighting - really distracting from the ambiance ... food ok - not great... service wonderful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service experience. we will be back next time we are on the island.

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place and great food. Delicious!!!

Juan was the best waiter ever.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were outdoors in the full moon and having a wonderful time!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal during our recent stay at the Grand Hyatt.
Phenomenal service from Alejandro and exquisite food and setting.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening on the porch

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance with patio and indoor seating. Great vista from the patio. Service very good and attentive. The Caesar salad was a little on the bland side. I had Pasta Bolognese with a meatball. The meatball tasted a little burnt. They credited me for the meatball.

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1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honeymoon - Great day

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I started out honeymoon in Kaua’i on Monday 11.12.18. Dondero’s was closed but we loved the menu so made sure to make a reservation for Tuesday night. Upon arrival we were taking out to the terrace overlooking the ocean. It was breathtaking. Our dinner was absolutely delicious! I had the pasta bolognese and my husband had the chicken piccata. We both finished our meals completely! Beautiful restaurant, friendly servers, amazing ambiance!

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Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love the food here. Definitely try the lemon donuts for dessert! I was disappointed that a fly landed in my wife’s wine, and they took it away, but never brought her a new wine.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Romantic environment. We were seated outside over looking the ocean.

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San Diego
87 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

While the outside patio is beautiful at sunset, complete with tiki torches, the food is very disappointing. The Cioppino was boring at best, with very little pasta despite the server’s description. My dining partners had the veal saltiboca which was overcooked and tough. The server was very nice, but these were some of his top recommendations. Last, but not least, the desserts also disappointed. The one described as a rich chocolate flourless cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream instead turned out to be a square of chocolate mousse and a scoop of ice cream. Definitely not worth the time or effort, even as an on-site hotel guest.

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Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service! This is a restaurant we love to visit every time we come to Kauai.

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Amarillo
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dondero’s was so amazing! We were on our honeymoon and the staff there made it so special. We enjoyed every menu item we got! Seriously delicious and highly recommend!!

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1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good waiter and food

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and setting. Juan our waiter was amazing.

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Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner tonight. Alanna was great and very attentive, keeping our water glasses full. Our waitress, Chelsea, was awesome and tended to our every need. I had the Lobster and Crab pasta which was heavenly, and my husband had the Carbonara with gluten free noodles that he said was very good. The Caesar and caprese salads were also good, as starters. Overall, a wonderful dinner and a wonderful atmosphere. Would definitely go again.

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1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Competing music from 3 different restaurants detracted from our al fresco dining. Price was a bit high but otherwise pretty darn good

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BL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a beautiful meal at Dondero's. The food was creative and beautifully presented. The service was top-notch. If you want a knowledgable and helpful waiter, ask for Drew!

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside is the place to dine- views are stunning. Limited outdoor seating so be sure to request when making reservation. Portions are fair sized, but not huge . Shrimp scampi was excellent as was the gnocchi. Great meal

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery! Lovely romantic setting on the beautiful property. Really tasty Mahi Mahi and chicken scallopini. The homemade Italian sausage app was so tasty & tender.
We hope to be back.

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