Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

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$31 to $50
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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.
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vipNVA1
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent beautiful setting. Pasta dishes were delicious.

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sueT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

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vipSusanH
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on February 27, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 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

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DianaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food professional service, attractive setting.

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Kaukau
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 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.

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vipRobJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAwesome
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience5

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

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CharlotteS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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。

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance

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vipdavistempe
Phoenix
94 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NeilD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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EricG
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Juan was amazing!! Very helpful and nice.

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vipExperiencedDiner
Grand Rapids
61 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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.

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vipRoadwarrior
Atlanta
82 reviews
Dined on February 5, 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.

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Riece
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

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vipJimP
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 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!

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AlanC
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 22, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 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!

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KathleenB
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful

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GeorgeP
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 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.

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CindyH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a most amazing meal! Our server, Juan, was amazing also!

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lorick13
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 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!

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viptagsmother
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDavidM
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice—-great service and food

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vipBethL
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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.

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vipPattyS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
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 4.6 stars by 931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.