Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai
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.
We had dinner outside. The view of the ocean was incredible, but I believe we had the best seat in the house. Our server, Juan, was the shining star in the evening. He was very attentive, knowledgable about the menu and friendly. I would highly recommend asking to sit in his section if he is working. I don't believe I have ever had a better server. A spectacular evening!
Great restaurant. We had our 25th anniversary dinner there. Food was fresh but a little bit bland. The service was good. We loved the personal touch of our own personal menu with our name and occasion on it. I wish they would have given it to us to keep but they took it away. Overall it was a good experience with a wonderful ambiance and view.
We had the absolute best experience. Juan was our waiter & was so very nice. Juan was one of the nicest people we have gotten the chance to meet & we had great service, great food, & the restaurant is beautiful! Highly recommend! We were visiting Kauai on our honeymoon & our favorite dinner/ night was our night at Dondaros.
Four of us went, not ine of us had a good meal sadly... a very expensive disappointing experience. We have been coming to the island for many years and we will not be back, not would we recommend it to anyone
Amazing, def one of the best places we ate on our vacation!! Would highly recommend
Very outdated decor. Food was beyond bland. My dinner tasted like nothing with a dash of mushroom, yet had no mushrooms in it. Not worth a fraction of what we paid to have dinner there.
Fantastic food, great presentation, friendly service and an amazing view. Loved it
Outstanding service, we love the people over there
Solid service and food. Great GF options with a food allergy knowledgeable waiter.
Veal scallopine was almost 1/2 inch thick— more like veal steak — a large amount of fat.
While staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai I made reservations and Dondero’s. The Atlantic Lobster and crab linguini which was full of flavor and for dessert Lemon Ricotta donuts with a scoop of Kauai Coffee Gelato for dessert were light and perfect end to a great dinner.
As locals, we visit Dondero's 2-3 times a year. My recommendation: The caprese salad, cioppino, and definitely the donuts for dessert. And a bottle of the Belle Glos Clark & Telephone pinot noir, which is luscious. Keep it simple like this and I think you will be happy.
Our only concern was the menu said no substitutions.
Food and service was okay
Our waiter Koko was great. He explained the menu and checked with us at appropriate times instead of hovering over us. The menu even had my name printed on that said happy birthday! We loved Donderos. The food, wine etc was wonderful.
Very good service, excellent food, beautiful view of ocean