Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai
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.
Coco (Waiter) and Matt (Manager) were amazing, as was the food. Enjoyed the personal visit to the table by the Chef too!!
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.
Beautiful and romantic restaurant with great food.
Everything was great. Sat on the back patio and listened to the oceann waves. Seafood was excellent. Get the on site gown salad.
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.
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!
Wonderful restaurant. Would recommend!!
One word: Fantastic ♥️
Great waiter and great food
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.
Food was okay overall. Appetizers and bread and dessert good, pasta dishes left a lot to be desired.
The food was excellent! The service was great! The view is spectacular!
Great food and attentive personal service
Master Chef even served our meal
The steak and scallops were scrumptious. My sister barely touched her Ceasar salad.
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.
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.
Fabulous food. Our waiter was really fantastic and recommended the perfect choices for us. It was truly fantastic.
The fresh catch was fabulous!!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
Service was painfully slow.
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😍
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.
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.
One if the best meals ever. Maui Maui with artichokes and Brussels sprouts. Oh my it was good
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Juan, our waiter, was wonderful. Very professional and congenial.
Met the manager. Very nice. Beautiful view excellent food and service.😊
I highly recommend the veal saltimbocca and the pasta bolognese. The foccacia melts in your mouth!
Ambiance good, service poor. Service is what makes the experience great. It was a waste of money.
Awesome meal. Great service!
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
Beautiful evening to sit outside. Pasta dishes were customized to our requests. Caesar salad was excellent.