Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

4.3
771 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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Denver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

1) arrived 10 mins early to have a drink and discovered there is no public bar. Had to sit in the lobby. Inferior environment to Tidepools which is comfortable, social etc
2) server ordered the wrong meal for my wife
3) I had what was called Veal Saltimbocca with Fondant potatoes
A) the veal itself was ok
B) there was insufficient prosciutto
C) there was insufficient sage
D) the sauce used was a salty Madeira which was far from legitimate

Overall, this was not even close to the taste of saltimbocca

Fondant potatoes are supposed to have a crispy exterior with a creamy interior. These were fundamentally halves of baked potatoes. Not Fondant at all.

Compared to Tidepools, this restaurant cannot hold a candle.. Hyatt should add a bar and redo the cuisine and perhaps replace the chef.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coco (Waiter) and Matt (Manager) were amazing, as was the food. Enjoyed the personal visit to the table by the Chef too!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food wasn’t great, wine by the glass was awful, better glasses nearly tasteless for reds. Still very expensive. Sushi place, Stevenson’s library, next door at same hotel is much much better.

Avoid

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DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and romantic restaurant with great food.

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BS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Sat on the back patio and listened to the oceann waves. Seafood was excellent. Get the on site gown salad.

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RC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time here. The staff are accommodating, polite, helpful. The food is crazy good. I had the homemade tortellini, stuffed with shrimp. The light sauce was great for dunking their delicious bread! The homemade gelato is so smooth and tasty. I would order the same meal again.

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SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Very friendly staff. The food was amazing! It came out in a timely manner and didn’t take too long. Beautiful atmosphere. Worth every penny!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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DR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Would recommend!!

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A
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word: Fantastic ♥️

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SL
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and great food

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MA
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night on Kauai, and we wanted to celebrate our vacation there - Dondero’s was the perfect spot - great food, service and friendly atmosphere.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was okay overall. Appetizers and bread and dessert good, pasta dishes left a lot to be desired.

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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The service was great! The view is spectacular!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and attentive personal service

Master Chef even served our meal

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1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The steak and scallops were scrumptious. My sister barely touched her Ceasar salad.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Outdoor area is great but the food is very overpriced for what you get. One of our entrees wasn't well represented in the menu and was quite visually unappealing. When mentioned to waiter, our concerns didn't seem to concern him.

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Little Rock
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here twice during our stay on Kauai and both times were wonderful. The food is absolutely outstanding. The focaccia is the best I have ever had, And is served with a particularly tasty olive oil and roasted garlic. The fresh catch prepared with artichokes and potatoes and a white wine sauce was amazing, the cioppino and the lobster and crab linguini were both outstanding. And the caprese salad was very unique and so delicious as well as beautifully presented. Service was also excellent and both times we were seated at tables with a beautiful view. Highly recommend this place. It is expensive but worth every penny.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food. Our waiter was really fantastic and recommended the perfect choices for us. It was truly fantastic.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fresh catch was fabulous!!

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner overlooking the outside. It was lovely but we were seated next to a family with 3 children. From the beginning to the very end of our dinner , they were really noisy.

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DM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in a very beautiful place with wonderful grounds.
Dondero's menu is very good and the wine selection is above average. I'd suggest a little more crab in the lobster/crab pasta dish.
Juan, our server, was excellent and could teach other servers the finer art of serving.

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TF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The best waiter, hands down, in Kauai. JUAN. Make sure you ask for him! He made a "so so" dinner, perfection by his knowledge/care to customer and impeccable service!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat at the sushi bar! You will not regret it!! Loved the marikase and thoroughly enjoyed more pieces of fresh, local nigiri and sashimi. Didn’t try the sushi rolls, but everything else was absolutely delicious!!!!

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GH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Service was painfully slow.

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JG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 55th B-Day! Wonderful experience. Juan was excellent and made you feel so welcomed! He provided some wonderful recommendations: bruschetta, garden salad, pasta and lobster/crab pasta. Also the wine to go with each dish! This one one of my top 5 favorite restaurants😍

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D
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and excellent service. Our waiter was Juan and he was totally knowledgeable and personable. He helped create a memorable experience that we will cherish for many years. It’s our 23rd wedding anniversary and our vows were made on Shipwreck Beach in front of the Grand Hyatt.

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f
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice looking dining room. Top quality Italian food. The chef is very skilled. Ask for the waiter Juan who will give you great recommendation. He will tell you what to order and also what maybe not to order. Ate there two days in a row and becamegood friends with Juan.

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CF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One if the best meals ever. Maui Maui with artichokes and Brussels sprouts. Oh my it was good

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TH
Las Vegas
91 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous evening out. the food was so delicious. The waiter was amazing, knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable. the ambiance was great dining outside on the terrace with ocean views!

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r
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Apparently the chef didn’t like our request to split our entree or they didn’t like the request for our risotto to not have tomatoes in it because my husbands risotto was delicious and loaded with seafood, but my risotto did not have anything other than risotto. We will definitely never eat here again.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sat outside on a beautiful night. Service was very good. Drinks were great. The starters were amazing.( meatballs and fried mozz). Wasnt too happy with main course. And it all is very expensive for small portions. Dont think i would eat there again but it wasnt horrible.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

A few people around us getting up to leave because they were not served in an hour. Felt that the service was not as adequate as the bill amount showed.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The decor is 50’s Sinatra Italian. Background music was Frank, Dean, Vic, etc. the meatball app was phenomenal. When paired with the fried mozz - delish. Then the wheels came off. We split a very undistinguished caprese salad. My seafood risotto was gummy and flavorless. My wife had osso bucco pasta that had no veal only mushrooms. Wtf?
Then we had the donut dessert and wished we had just had 6 orders of them snd skipped dinner

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PS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juan, our waiter, was wonderful. Very professional and congenial.
Met the manager. Very nice. Beautiful view excellent food and service.😊

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HG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend the veal saltimbocca and the pasta bolognese. The foccacia melts in your mouth!

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JF
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Ambiance good, service poor. Service is what makes the experience great. It was a waste of money.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Great service!

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were there on a quiet night so maybe explains relative lack of ambience. Food was ok. - not bad not great. My scallops were undercooked and a colleagues were largely raw

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DD
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful evening to sit outside. Pasta dishes were customized to our requests. Caesar salad was excellent.

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