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About Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

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.

1571 Poipu Rd.
Poipu, HI 96756
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Closed Sunday/Monday

Cross Street:
Ainako

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 240-6456

Website:
http://www.grandhyattkauai.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Cary Roy

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:
Dondero's Manager: (808) 742-1234 ext. 6346

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.6

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4.4

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3.8

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85% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (6)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

I have no complaints about the food which was quite good. The service was enthusiastic but could have been more sophisticated. My disappointment was with the wine list. It was quite limited in number of choices and skewed to the expensive - probably due to their markup in excess of 100%. Also, what Italian restaurant has only SIX red choices by the glass?! They could and should do better.

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·Dined 6 days ago

My partner and I went to Dondero's for a date night. As locals, we didn't really know what to expect, as it was our first time dining there. The interior - themed after seaside Italy, with its white and teal colors - was a very welcomed, refreshing change of pace compared to other Italian restaurants where the theme tends to be on the darker colored side. Our server for the evening was Juan. He was so very helpful in explaining the menu to us (and a convincing seller). Juan was a gentleman, giving lots of warm compliments, small chat, and very on top of taking care of us alongside with the busser, who's name I unfortunately did not catch. The food was delicious at every course: from the caprese salad and fried mozzarella appetizers, to the main dishes of mahi mahi and pasta bolognese, to the beautifully plated desserts. To be honest, I'm still craving that mahi mahi dish I had for dinner! I'm happy to say that I was satisfied at the end of it all; not overstuffed and feeling ill afterwards. As locals, it's definitely a place where you would go for a big special ocassion of sorts. Will recommend Dondero's to guests at my workplace who are looking for a wonderfully delicious, high class night out on their vacation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We dined here twice during our stay on Kauai and both nights were wonderful experiences. While the food was delicious, I have to say our service was the best part of our experience both nights. Juan and Drew were amazing and took care of everything we needed! We will definitely come back again on our next trip!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Just so so Italian. Super friendly and professional staff. Poor choice of music for an Italian themed restaurant. Same music piped in the hotel lobby

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and service was excellent! Not my favorite decor, I think it could be made more current, but the food and service makes up for it and if you can snag a patio table you're golden!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Only problem was rain prohibited terrace seating.
As always--Dondero's was outstanding.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Andiamo was an exceptional server...And the food was amazing Delicious drinks and meal
My husband had the shrimp scampi on pasta
And I had the lobster and crab on penne Maybe the sauce could have been more flavourful on my
Penne but I believe the chef held back on anything that could possibly contain gluten so I must say I appreciate that !!!
Gluten free wasn’t a problem
Best Martini .. nice wine selection.
Beautiful atmosphere

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was excellent. Table was very small and poorly placed.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 10, 2018

What a great way to finish our vacation in Hawaii! I am glad we were able to be here long enough to get reservations. The ambiance is wonderful with beautiful decor.
It is no wonder the reviews were so high for this place. Thank you to Drew for his attentiveness and for speaking with the chef for vegan options. My husband also enjoyed his meal of grilled cioppino.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The lamb Oso buco was outstanding! The veal parm was just okay. Our appetizers were wonderful, including the mussels and caprese. I wonder if theyade their own cheese, it was incredible!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Delicious Italia

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I would never go back to this place. The ambiance was stuck in the 90’s felt like I was in a crappy golf course for lunch. Nothing screamed Itilian about it. The server was the only good thing. Food was way over priced and wasn’t even good. Even the drinks were unpleasant. My husband and I were actually upset when we left.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Worst food I’ve ever had on the island. Went several years ago and thought the same. Returned on the basis of high customer reviews on Open Table and was just as disappointed. To add insult to injury, the food is very expensive. Won’t make the same mistake a 3rd time.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The ambiance is special with the ocean views & opulent tropical landscape. Both the food & wine were outstanding. But the service from Juan transformed a great meal into a fun dinning experience we will not soon forget!

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Big mistake, ordered steak. Sent it back. Decent wine selection and they tried to make up for my miserable experience

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. The food is very good but keep in mind no sides are included. Portions are on smaller side but still enough to fill up a slightly hungry adult.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

A great dinner in a nice setting. Mussels were exceptional and the osso bucco delicious. Great service too. We'll go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nothing extraordinary. It was expensive for what it was.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We celebrated a birthday at Dondero's. The menu came with a personalized birthday greeting on it! what a sweet surprise! We had a lovely meal, the service was great, the food was good and lovely piano music piped in. our dessert was presented with a candle and we were not charged for it or the coffee. very welcoming. would definitely return for another celebration! Thank You!
P.S. I had read on line that the crab/lobster was too rich and not recommended. My husband ordered it anyway and it was completely different than the online descriptions and pictures...and it was excellent ( although he said the lobster could have been cooked a bit longer)

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Overall great vacation experience. Great atmosphere and easy dining. Food server was very nice and efficient. Recommend highly.

Tags: Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

An adequate place for dinner but the prices are well above the quality of the food. Service was very good however.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great Italian food! When the weather permits, outside dining is BEAUTIFUL!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very enjoyable meal. Great food and great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great time great people and even better food! I love Donderos. I brought my family in for a celebration we were all wowed!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Just Meh .... nothing special

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Amazing food, superlative service, wonderful ambience. In a word: sublime.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fabulous service and a menu to match. Very nice wine selection. I would recommend Wonder is for special occasion and everyday dining.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Soup was frozen/cold. Don't think it was made by Dondero's .
I t was deducted from bill and so was our dessert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

First off they have a dress code. No tanks or sleeveless shirts.

Food is awful. We wanted to change up our dining experience by not having fish every night so we came out for Italian. What a mistake!

Osso bucci was bland and whatever kind of rice or risotto they put underneath was burned. My wife got one of the pastas and she didn’t finish it. The service was good and attentive. However if you want Italian go somewhere else. This place is not worth the money.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The ambiance and the service were first rate. Unfortunately the food was mediocre at best.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We loved Dondero's! We sat on the patio and the ambiance was incredible! A light breeze, the gorgeous full moon and the sound of the waves on the beach all combined to make it a heavenly evening. The food and service were near perfection! We will definitely dine with them again!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Went for my wife's birthday, was awesome as usual. Had the scallops and squid ink pasta, which was a first for me. Enjoyed it very much. Our server was well times and very personable and peasant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food. Beautiful setting. Delicious. Highly recommended

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food and service were great, Indoor seating was not special

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Just a very pleasant evening with wonderful food and exceptional service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing food and our waiter, Alejandro, was the cutest and friendliest server we've had so far while visiting Kauai. Highly recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My wife and I stayed at the Grand Hyatt during our honeymoon and made dinner reservations for Dondero's. We sat outside and had a lovely scenic view of the grounds on the resort. We ordered a charcuterie board for our appetizer and enjoyed that with a glass of champagne. For our entrees we ordered the spicy sausage pasta and their version of a bouillabaisse seafood dish. The meals were very filling, so no worries about going home hungry. Everything was cooked and prepared very well, but the best bites that we had were the scallops in the bouillabaisse dish. They have scallops in a few of their dishes so I would definitely recommend going with one of those if you like seafood. Overall a great meal experience!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Completely overpriced for just mediocre food.

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