Lovely, lovely dining with attentive/unobtrusive service. My only disappointment was the large smashed potato that my fish of the day sat on. It was way too large a portion when
Compared to the size of the mahi-mahi. Otherwise it was perfect!
A favorite of ours when in Kauai
Had pasta with squid ink for the first time, found it surprisingly delicious. It was the side to the whole fried snapper that we shared.
Passion fruit Bellini was sweet but good.
We were celebrating our last night of vacation on Kauai and we were lucky to have Alejandro as our waiter. He was excellent! Food was great, too!
Excellent experience all around!
We had appetizers, 4 main courses, and 2 desserts which were not very good. Nice ambiance.
Our favorite restaurant in Kauai! Outside dining is wonderful!
Food was great! Excellent place for a couple wanting some privacy!
The food was delicious! I had a caprese salad and it was the best caprese salad I have ever had! The mozzarella cheese melted in your mouth and the tomatoes were just ripe enough! The Alfredo sauce was creamy and light. My husband has pesto gnocchi and be said it was delicious. The view is great and the atmosphere is lovely! Highly recommend.
Lackluster and seemingly overrated. The food wasn’t awful, but there wasn’t anything special about it. One of my least favorite meals during a two week trip to the islands. The decor is dated and service was spotty.
We heard it was supposed to be the best Italian on the island and were disappointed by the food, the waitstaff, and the price
We enjoyed our meals very much! The seafood here is exquisite. Service was first rate. Highly recommend the donuts for dessert!
Great food and cocktails. Loved the ambience!
Fabulous! Great service and tasty food! Carpaccio is a must!!! Lobster pasta and ciopinno were both delicious and well portioned! Don’t miss housemade gelato!
Disappointing. Over-rated. Liked the Veal Meatball. They tried too hard on a Caesar salad, and didn’t make it. My wife liked her fish special entree. For some reason, they couldn’t cook the lobster correctly in the cioppino, despite 2 tries. It was too tendon bound and couldn’t separate satisfactorily from its shell. The sauce was fair at best. We were so unhappy, we didn’t order desert, usually a given for us. Too expensive for the food and experience, and we are not ones to complain.
Maybe we didn’t order the correct entrees, but these were recommended by the waiter. Frankly, we couldn’t wait to leave the restaurant. That’s never a good thing. We will have to wait till our memories fade before going back. We give it 3 Stars maximum for fine dining.
Food was amazing but this was the first place I received poor service on the island. Our waiter was very unhelpful and short with me when I had questions about the menu.
Amazing view and delicious food! Our favorite in Kauai that we tried. Scallops and squid ink pasta were delicious. We stopped by tidepools after for Hawaiian doughnuts and wine.
The food and service were impeccable! We enjoyed it so much that we ate here twice!
Our server, Alejandro, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
We have been coming to Dondero’s for many years, every visit to Kauai, and always look forward to the Osso bucco.
Alejandro told us that the preparation had changed, but we tried it anyway. It was disappointing compared to previous experiences. Rather dry, no sauce or juice with it. In my opinion, not worth the $50 price tag. I would not order it again.
Very nice in all respects. The atmosphere, service and food were all above and beyond !!! Will look forward to our next special occasion. Just a wonderful evening
Leave all your cares at the door. They will take care of you with kindness and great food. Love this place.
Pizzas are delicious.
The fish special was outstanding
Great food. Very good gluten-free options for an Italian restaurant. Pricey, as is everything in Hawaii.
Food was very good. Service was excellent. The setting at the Grand Hyatt is beautiful. A bit pricy but typical for on property resort restaurants. My wife is vegetarian and selections were limited but very good.
Great Italian food for Kauai with a good wine list. Would have preferred to see more wines by the glass but it is a resort. Service was attentive and the bread was fantastic. Don't skip if staying at the Hyatt.
Our meal at Dondero’s started with a few bumps shut improved along the way. My wife ordered her usual Tito’s martini and immediately said that it was not Tito’s. Our waitress understood and brought a different drink instead. We ordered the marinated fried mozzarella with San Marzano marinara. The mozzarella balls were very bland. The breading was not well seasoned. The marinara did not taste like our favorite San Marzano tomatoes at all. The Caesar salad was good with a nice parmesan tuile. The lobster and crab linguine was good. They prepared the catch of the day piccata-style for my wife and she enjoyed it very much.
Tables are not too close to each other, great and attentive service for details, highly recommended when you are in the area,
One of the best meals we had while in Kauai. We had tried most of the recommendations for restaurants and had been disappointed in both food and service. Went here our last night and wish we had done so earlier. Alejandro was fabulous and the food was delicious. I had the squid ink pasta and my husband had the shrimp risotto. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but what isn’t in Kauai? And we appreciate the hostess in getting us an earlier reservation.
Lovely garden setting, no noise issues, very attentive service, interesting menu. Would easily recommend it
Excellent. One of our favorite meals while in Kauai
Outstanding food at a reasonable price. Service was excellent. Try and get outside seating if the weather permits
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Only problem was rain prohibited terrace seating.
As always--Dondero's was outstanding.
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.
Food was excellent. Table was very small and poorly placed.
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.
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!