Dondero's - Grand Hyatt Kauai
Great evening on the porch
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.
Honeymoon - Great day
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!
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.
Beautiful. Romantic environment. We were seated outside over looking the ocean.
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.
Wonderful food. Great service! This is a restaurant we love to visit every time we come to Kauai.
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!!
Very good waiter and food
Great service, food and setting. Juan our waiter was amazing.
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.
Competing music from 3 different restaurants detracted from our al fresco dining. Price was a bit high but otherwise pretty darn good
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!
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
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.
everything was perfect.
chef cary was sweet. staff was wonderful. food was cooked to perfection. view amazing.
just loved it.
In a word: fabulous!! Delicious meal, superb service and great acknowledgement of our anniversary. First class dining in an beautiful setting.
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.
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.
Great service and beautiful ocean views but the food was bland and tasteless. Not worth the price.
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.
Service was slow; food was average and I did not appreciate condensation from the air conditioner vent dripping on my bread plate and me.
Food and ambiance were outstanding! Our server Juan was amazing, truly made us feel special. Thank you!
Great service and delicious food.
Turn the music down!!!
Food was very good, tasted really italian.
Home made Pasta, typical italian dishes, like Osso bucco, etc.
Reasonable prices for this location
Our waiter Juan did good food and wine recommendations
Enjoyed the food and presentation, Juan was extremely helpful with our menu choices. Top notch meal and service.
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
Fantastic!!! Ask for Juan......what an incredible server and person, very nice and genuine person! Food was incredible!
The food, service and ambiance are great. It all makes for a special evening.
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!!!!
Just perfect. Ate on patio. Food is amazing.
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.
Great food and ambiance.
Best meal we had while in Kauai!!!
Great experience. Wonderful staff and great food.
Service was great right from the beginning. Hostess Rhonda was very friendly and all of the staff were attentive. Food was great!
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