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Dondero's

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1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Ainako)
+1 808-240-6456
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Dondero’s, will satisfy your soul as well as your appetite. Combining...
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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  • 173
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    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great waiter Jeremy, good food

Our waiter was very attentive , friendly and efficient (and, small world, he graduated from same HS as our daughter!). Beautiful outdoor dining during this super warm, humid weather. My husband had the crab/lobster pasta (very rich) I had a fish with asparagus and artichokes (tasty). While... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Walnut Creek, Ca
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Koloa, Hawaii
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154 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

How low can a resto sink? At one time Dondero's was THE premiere restaurant in Poipu. Located on the lower level of the Grand Hyatt, this resto is beautiful and has lovely outdoor dining. The several older waitstaff are wonderful, charming, and efficient. That being said, things have drastically changed over the years. The food has gone from really great... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

While staying at The Grand Hyatt we ate here twice. We dined outdoors on the terrace and it was very beautiful. Both the service and the food were excellent. It was our favorite place during our ten day stay.

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suburban Chicago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stayed on Property and this was our favorite spot with our family. The patio seating was beautiful. We ate here two times with our children and the staff was wonderfully accommodating and very attentive. We all enjoyed our food - it was very good!

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Vienna
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Our family was celebrating a 43rd wedding anniversary at this beautiful spot. What a restaurant! Can't wait to come back for the luau tomorrow night!

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Walnut Creek, Ca
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our waiter was very attentive , friendly and efficient (and, small world, he graduated from same HS as our daughter!). Beautiful outdoor dining during this super warm, humid weather. My husband had the crab/lobster pasta (very rich) I had a fish with asparagus and artichokes (tasty). While good, and portions so large we could've easily shared one, for some reason... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Overrated place that needs a major overhaul in the ambiance department to get it out of 80s Vegas and into modern Hawaii. Frank Sinatra music pipped in 24/7 with mediocre food in a tiki torch setting - if you eat outside. The inside is an ugly green tiled place from the 80s. If you eat inside I think you get... More 

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Chicago, IL USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We had dinner here 2 nights because we found the food to be the best on the island! We would have probably dined here more if we had discovered it earlier on in the trip. While its Italian, the seafood is really great and everything had a nice flavor regardless what it was. The staff are all great and accommodating.... More 

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Murrieta, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I had crab/lobster pasta...very nice but a little salty. Asan appetizer, we had artichoke bruschetta, excellent, we ate outdoors and it was Beautiful! The ambiance was first rate.

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Austin, Texas
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

In general, we enjoy Italian cuisine and many, many Italian restaurants. Somehow, though, Dondero's managed to get most everything wrong: tasteless, tacky decor; terrible service (with waiters who were slow, uninformed and not knowledgeable about the menu, and far too busy ogling the female guests), bland, overpriced food, and an endless loop of Sinatra. We were all very disappointed. I'm... More 

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Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had a nice dinner party at Dondero's. Everyone loved their meals. I personally got the fresh Wahoo. It was amazing. I'm still thinking about it. Might be the best fish I've ever had. Didn't really expect it to be that good. Our server talked it up and he was not wrong. This is one of the first things on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
    (Ainako)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu>  > Koloa
  • Neighborhood: Koloa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-240-6456

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 42
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?