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Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

4.3
4.3
915 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The setting of a grand Tuscan villa sets the tone for an amazing evening at Dondero's. Chef Shay Prince 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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 240-6456

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Shay Prince

  • Private party facilities

    Dine in your own private room, away from the main dining area, where our attentive staff will see to your group's every need.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Stelmach: (808) 742-1234 ext. 6346

  • Neighborhood

    Poipu

  • Cross street

    Ainako

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for diners. Plentiful self-parking also available with easy access to the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 915 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. NV

    NVA1

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent beautiful setting. Pasta dishes were delicious.
  2. T

    sueT

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and dinner!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Menu is very limited. Pasta is dry. Calamari Fritte - Chewy and too much breading.
  4. SH

    SusanH

    Orlando

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A delicious dinner with excellent service from Juan was the perfect way for us to celebrate after renewing our wedding vows at Shipwreck’s Beach next to the Hyatt.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous would recommend to anyone. Juan was amazing James was so attentive and fun. The food was to die for I am pleased we got to experience
  6. DM

    DianaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food professional service, attractive setting.
  7. K

    Kaukau

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Impeccable yet friendly service from a career waiter, excellent food made with freshly-sourced or daily-made ingredients, and a classy setting. To up the ambiance, this “special night out” restaurant might consider candles and flowers on dining tables.
  8. RJ

    RobJ

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    This place is way over rated, taking advantage of tourists. The restaurant is beautiful and enticing but the food will leave you disappointed.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way! Best Italian food on the island.
  10. A

    Awesome

    Portland

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seating was like being in a family dining room with the upholstered chairs, carpet. So nice. Loved the meal
  11. SS

    SteveS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall2food4service4ambience5
    Freezing in restaurant. Had to get bathrobes to keep warm. So did CV other guests
  12. CS

    CharlotteS

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I had the Cioppino and my husband had a whole fish that was served with fingerling potatoes. It was OK. TBH, the sauce for my Cioppino tasted like Chef Boyardee, NO JOKE! Even my husband said so....the food was expensive as expected, but not worth the $$$. Don't order the Big Island Honey Dessert, it was seriously just too sweet. Alejandro was our waiter, and he was friendly and very knowledgeable. Atmosphere was nice but over done in beige and green tones, and got very loud when the restaurant started to fill up. Overall I had a nice night because my husband was lovely company, but other than that, I'm never going back!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    グランドハイアットカウアイに宿泊していましたが、英会話が不案内のためオープンテーブルから予約しました。 ローストビーフのカルパッチョ、カプレーゼサラダ、ロブスターとカニのパスタ、ビール、ワイン1本を3人でシェアして丁度良い量でした。 眺めの良い席をリクエストしていたら外のテラス席に案内してもらいました。波の音とトーチに照らされたプールと海が見える最高の席でした。 料理の味も口に合い、とても美味しかったです。盛りつけがあまり日本では見ない感じで目でも楽しみました。 最高のディナーになりました。
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance
  15. w

    wdtempe

    Phoenix

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing but first class. Excellent martini, chiopeno was the best.
  16. ND

    NeilD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great Valentine's Day dinner that we decided to have dinner here on our last day in Hawaii. Great receptionists, great servers, great food and well worth the cost.
  17. EG

    EricG

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice setting, good service and food. Waiter and wait staff were excellent.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Valentines Dinner - we normally go every year for Valentines dinner. Ambiance is outstanding and the service is 5 star. I had the Valentine’s Day special. I asked for the lobster stuffed with clams and crabmeat; I would rate it a 4.5/5 for flavour and presentation. Although I didn’t ask for the entrée, fresh oysters, because I was served them, I figured why not give them a try - they were tasty, fresh and on ice - a healthy option. My special was 125.00 for the oysters, lobster and desert. I’ve already forgotten the dessert so probably nothing special for me. The biggest disappointment was the 5 ounce filet mignon; this was a $35.00 add-on to my lobster. I honestly have had better steak multiple times in Kalaheo at Kalaheo Stark and Ribs - obviously the ambiance is very different but a good steak is good steak regardless of location. My lovely wife had “catch of the day” which she rated 3/5. She did not order a desert but our waiter brought her one because my meal included one. Her $12.00 desert consisted of two small balls of ice cream and shortbread cookie- something she would never normally order. The wine at $12-17/glass is typical for high end restaurants on the island. Why did we not say anything at the time of our dinner? The reason - we were there to enjoy the ambiance and be thankful we are healthy enough to enjoy the moment. We talked extensively to a lovely couple much younger than us at an adjacent table. The wife had suffered two strokes and was on island enjoying a few days away from the cold and snow back on the mainland. It seemed trivial to complain about any aspect of our meals when looking at the big picture. Overall I would still recommend this restaurant because of the ambiance. The food is reasonable but not outstanding. If the weather cooperates try a get an outdoor table on the lawn.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Juan was amazing!! Very helpful and nice.
  20. ED

    ExperiencedDiner

    Grand Rapids

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The cuisine, service, and welcoming staff were all excellent. Our dining experience at Dondero’s was comparable to dining events we have enjoyed over the years at Michelin starred restaurants.
  21. R

    Roadwarrior

    Atlanta

    101 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good and service was fine except we had a mess at the end as we were splitting credit cards. It was done incorrectly and it took 40 minutes to correct. The manager ended up getting involved late and probably should have been alerted earlier.
  22. R

    Riece

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jimmy and Alejandro, our waiters, set the tone for the evening! They were GREAT! Food was delicious, service was wonderful, drinks were tasty and the view was amazing. Food was a bit pricey, as expected. Will recommend to friends.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Decor has an identity crisis, service was very mediocre from a young kid, food was also mediocre for the price. My wife’s steak was not cooked correctly and they didn’t even ask how to make it right. My risotto had celery in it and it didn’t taste good at all. Will not return.
  24. C

    Citydweller

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We were disappointed in the food and won't be returning on our next visit to Kauai.
  25. JP

    JimP

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and surroundings. The service was excellent as was the food. My wife’s catch of the day mahi mahi was phenomenal, my cioppino was very good but left me a bit envious of my wife’s dinner. Prices aren’t cheap but they were about the norm for a great meal in a high end resort community. Would definitely go back, and have!
  26. AC

    AlanC

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always dine at Dondero’s when we are staying in Poipu, and we have never been disappointed. Our meal on January 23rd was excellent. I had the mahi-mahi and my wife had the scallops and pasta, both exceeded our expectations. Dondero’s caesar salad is the best. We each had a maitai, and they were among the best we have had in Hawaii. My only complaint is that the selection of white wines by the glass is bad, and the chardonnay we ordered was almost undrinkable, it was acidic, harsh and just plain plonk. Our server, Juan, listened to our dining preferences and made very suitable recommendations. We will dine at Dondero’s again before we leave Poipu.
  27. G

    Gigi

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening. Such a wonderful experience. Dining at it's finest. Not the place to run into for a casual dinner after a day at the pool with shorts and a baseball cap on.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well worth the expense. Loved the food! My husband and I will return next time we stay at the hotel. We reserved for 5:00 so we could watch the sunset!! Beautiful view!
  29. KB

    KathleenB

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit the beautiful Grand Hyatt property as often as possible. We always end our stay at Dondero's. It never disappoints. And, this year was no different. Food & atmosphere were wonderful. And, we again enjoyed our server, KoKo. He's the best. We hope to be back again in 2021. Mahalo.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful
  31. GP

    GeorgeP

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food on the island! The best service on the island! And a beautiful setting! It does not get any better!!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at this restaurant was the best out of all of the Hyatt restaurants and I love them all . however I had an outstanding meal -was an excellent wine selection, and I highly recommend the butter poached lobster and crab with saffron linguine it was amazing.
  33. CH

    CindyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a most amazing meal! Our server, Juan, was amazing also!
  34. l

    lorick13

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    food was average at best, pasta was served in a dry lump with average flavor. the opportunity to be great is there but am disappointed at the quality of the food, especially given the high price.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing and intimate dining experience. Staff was exceptional— knew all about the menu, were friendly, attentive, and overall warm and welcoming. We will definitely be going back during our week stay here at the Hyatt!
  36. t

    tagsmother

    Birmingham

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AmazIng evening !!! Juan was THE best waiter ever ever and Christen was so accommodating. Great way to celebrate 47 years
  37. DM

    DavidM

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice—-great service and food
  38. BL

    BethL

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I would recommend this one to a friend, food was delicious and tasty. We had surf & turf and it was the best steak we had ever eaten. The steak tasted smoked but was very tender. The gnocchi was very good also, i had it with the scallops. Never had dessert but it all looked & sounded delicious, put this one on your list to come to.
  39. PS

    PattyS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best meal we had during our 10 days visit to kaui and Maui. Service was excellent. Pasta and dessert were amazing!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10 out of 10!

FAQs

Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 240-6456.

Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai is rated 4.3 stars by 915 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ainako

  • Neighborhood

    Poipu

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for diners. Plentiful self-parking also available with easy access to the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Shay Prince

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 240-6456

  • Private party facilities

    Dine in your own private room, away from the main dining area, where our attentive staff will see to your group's every need.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Stelmach: (808) 742-1234 ext. 6346

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