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Dondero's

1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Koloa)
(808) 240-6456
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Ranked #17 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $42
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Koloa
Cross street: Ainako
Description: Dondero’s, will satisfy your soul as well as your appetite. Combining elegant ambiance with stellar service makes this a dining favorite for those with discriminating taste. The menu features Italian classics with a fresh twist including a large selection of appetizers, homemade pastas, risotto, fresh fish and beef specialties. This delicious Italian cuisine is carefully paired with wines from all over the world. Delectable desserts and a cappuccino or port round out the repast.
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Greenlawn, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

All of the eateries at the Grand Hyatt Kauai have a gluten-free listing, which you can find online, so it made dining here so much easier. We told our waitress one of our party needed to eat gluten-free, and were relieved to see she understood. At one point my husband asked for the bread basket, and she explained she was... More

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Palos Verdes
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were staying at the Sheraton and had read some nice reviews of Dondero's. When we arrived we were seated at a nice table outside on the patio overlooking the gardens. The staff was very friendly and extremely welcoming and helpful. The food was exceptionally good, tasty and well prepared. In addition to a varied menu of... More

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Kansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We were staying right next to the Hyatt, and easily made online reservations to eat at Dondero's. I would say that they make a production about whether you are staying at the resort or not; and when we were not, they seated us at a back, corner table. The end result was that I think we actually had a great... More

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Los Angeles
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Wish I could have taken my own advice...one would expect more from the Hyatt Regency. Whoever designed the interior should go to Italy or New York, or maybe just have done some research. The Caesar salad was actually very good but the other salads were uninspired - the chef could just eat at some nearby Poipu restaurants for tips. Spaghetti... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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93 reviews 93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had an excellent dinner at Dondero's in a nice setting. By arriving early (6:15pm), we got outside seating with an ocean view, which enhanced the dining experience. The food was good, but not spectacular. The prices were relatively high compared to most places, but in line with Island resort pricing for a high-end restaurant. You won't be blown away... More

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Timaru
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

They make a point to say all the pasta is made on site. That may be the case, but unless it is cook and sauced properly it is a wasted effort. Both our pasta dishes were well past al dente and on the way to mush. The sauces were heavy and too sweet to our liking. The service was amicable... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't been here for years because we didn't care much for the food the last two times. Went last night with friends. Amazing! Highly recommend the calamari and the bruschetta. Yum!

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Cody, Wyoming
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Located at the Grand Hyatt, Kauai Dondero's has delicious Italian food in an upscale atmosphere. Due to hotel occupancy, I do suggest reservations but one evening we we able to just walk in. The wine selection is small but quite good and the service is outstanding! Our waiter, both evenings, was a lovely family man named Coco who we enjoyed... More

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Caves Beach,Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Comfortable inside. Do NOT book outside, chairs very uncomfortable for dinner Our starters fine. We both had market fish of the day...very dry and not up to standard. Wine list limited. Service excellent and professional. Pleasant evening non the less, just not epicurean and that is my religion

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Kalaheo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Starting with the excellent service, the immense choice of gluten free dishes, and the incredible flavor and freshness, Dondero's is an epicurean delight!

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