Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai

4.5
704 reviews
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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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Closed Sunday/Monday
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Phone number
(808) 240-6456
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cary Roy
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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.
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Private party contact
Dondero's Manager: (808) 742-1234 ext. 6346
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ainako
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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, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 704 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening on the porch

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BG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance with patio and indoor seating. Great vista from the patio. Service very good and attentive. The Caesar salad was a little on the bland side. I had Pasta Bolognese with a meatball. The meatball tasted a little burnt. They credited me for the meatball.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honeymoon - Great day

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I started out honeymoon in Kaua’i on Monday 11.12.18. Dondero’s was closed but we loved the menu so made sure to make a reservation for Tuesday night. Upon arrival we were taking out to the terrace overlooking the ocean. It was breathtaking. Our dinner was absolutely delicious! I had the pasta bolognese and my husband had the chicken piccata. We both finished our meals completely! Beautiful restaurant, friendly servers, amazing ambiance!

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Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always love the food here. Definitely try the lemon donuts for dessert! I was disappointed that a fly landed in my wife’s wine, and they took it away, but never brought her a new wine.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Romantic environment. We were seated outside over looking the ocean.

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San Diego
87 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

While the outside patio is beautiful at sunset, complete with tiki torches, the food is very disappointing. The Cioppino was boring at best, with very little pasta despite the server’s description. My dining partners had the veal saltiboca which was overcooked and tough. The server was very nice, but these were some of his top recommendations. Last, but not least, the desserts also disappointed. The one described as a rich chocolate flourless cake with mint chocolate chip ice cream instead turned out to be a square of chocolate mousse and a scoop of ice cream. Definitely not worth the time or effort, even as an on-site hotel guest.

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Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service! This is a restaurant we love to visit every time we come to Kauai.

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Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dondero’s was so amazing! We were on our honeymoon and the staff there made it so special. We enjoyed every menu item we got! Seriously delicious and highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good waiter and food

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and setting. Juan our waiter was amazing.

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Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner tonight. Alanna was great and very attentive, keeping our water glasses full. Our waitress, Chelsea, was awesome and tended to our every need. I had the Lobster and Crab pasta which was heavenly, and my husband had the Carbonara with gluten free noodles that he said was very good. The Caesar and caprese salads were also good, as starters. Overall, a wonderful dinner and a wonderful atmosphere. Would definitely go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Competing music from 3 different restaurants detracted from our al fresco dining. Price was a bit high but otherwise pretty darn good

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BL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a beautiful meal at Dondero's. The food was creative and beautifully presented. The service was top-notch. If you want a knowledgable and helpful waiter, ask for Drew!

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside is the place to dine- views are stunning. Limited outdoor seating so be sure to request when making reservation. Portions are fair sized, but not huge . Shrimp scampi was excellent as was the gnocchi. Great meal

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery! Lovely romantic setting on the beautiful property. Really tasty Mahi Mahi and chicken scallopini. The homemade Italian sausage app was so tasty & tender.
We hope to be back.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was perfect.
chef cary was sweet. staff was wonderful. food was cooked to perfection. view amazing.
just loved it.

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Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word: fabulous!! Delicious meal, superb service and great acknowledgement of our anniversary. First class dining in an beautiful setting.

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JW
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, homemade pasta. The complimentary focaccia bread was delicious. They easily make substitutions and made my wife an Italian soda with cream even though it isn’t on the menu. I had the lobster and crab pasta which had two good sized lobster tails. Service was outstanding. The seating on the lanai was beautiful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We loved our stay at the Grand Hyatt but were disappointed in this dining experience on our final evening. If atmosphere is important to you, I would highly recommend visiting it before you make reservations because we were very surprised once we entered. Our service was ok, not nearly as good as Tidepools (another on-site restaurant), and the food was just ok. I’ve never written a bad review and want to be fair so should mention that we heard other people saying it was wonderful and even saw a couple taking pictures with the chef because they loved it so much. But we felt that it didn’t fit well with the other service and atmosphere that the Grand Hyatt provides and we would have had a better experience visiting the restaurants and shopping in Poipu just a few minutes away.

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RC
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service and beautiful ocean views but the food was bland and tasteless. Not worth the price.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While staying at the Grand Hyatt we ate twice at Dondero’s. The food was excellent. Our waiter Juan was knowledgeable and attentive. Justin made sure our water glasses were always filled and cleared our plates in a very timely manor. The sea food was prepared well and imaginative.

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Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was slow; food was average and I did not appreciate condensation from the air conditioner vent dripping on my bread plate and me.

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were outstanding! Our server Juan was amazing, truly made us feel special. Thank you!

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Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turn the music down!!!

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Munich
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, tasted really italian.
Home made Pasta, typical italian dishes, like Osso bucco, etc.
Good wines
Reasonable prices for this location
Our waiter Juan did good food and wine recommendations

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and presentation, Juan was extremely helpful with our menu choices. Top notch meal and service.

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Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time here. Love it. Great wine list. Will come back again. Best food.
Service is outstanding. This is how it is done. We like eating on patio.
House made ice cream - omg

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!! Ask for Juan......what an incredible server and person, very nice and genuine person! Food was incredible!

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance are great. It all makes for a special evening.

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MD
South Dakota
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Dondero's every time we are in Kauai!! It is our son's favorite and ours, too!!!! Food is amazing!!! Jeremy S. is a fantastic server.....very attentive and fun and informative!!!! Highly recommend!!!!

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Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect. Ate on patio. Food is amazing.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

First, this restaurant charged four dollars for one small slice of a pineapple they cut into 4 pieces. That is outrageous. More concerning is they did not tell us they were charging for this beforehand. They also asked if it was a special occasion and when we told them the occasion they did not do anything. Really,why ask?! Finally, the food:
1. The lobster was undercooked raw.
2. The carbonara was underwhelming too much bacon and the egg to raw with white floating elements.
3. The meatball was too salty.

The chicken entree was just ok. The burata cheese and tomato appetizer was ok too. Nothing extraordinary though. We expected better. Really disappointed. We will not be dining at Dondero’s ever again.

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JM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we had while in Kauai!!!

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1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Wonderful staff and great food.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great right from the beginning. Hostess Rhonda was very friendly and all of the staff were attentive. Food was great!

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JM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great tasting food, everything seemed to be made from scratch. Although for the price, the portions are extremely small and my family of four was still hungry after we left ( and we all had appetizers, entree, and desserts) Ambiance needs updated but if you’re looking for creative Italian cuisine this is a great spot

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