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1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Ainako)
+1 808-240-6456
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, 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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  • 170
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 32
    Poor
  • 14
    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
Very nice restaurant though overpriced

The atmosphere was so nice and the view was beautiful. We ordered the caesar salad for an appetizer. It was good, but they basically gave us a huge chunk of lettuce. I needed to eat my salad with a knife and fork! I ordered the mahi mahi which was excellent. My husband ordered lobster and crab... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
noelle1156
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New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Chicago, IL USA
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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 103 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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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The atmosphere was so nice and the view was beautiful. We ordered the caesar salad for an appetizer. It was good, but they basically gave us a huge chunk of lettuce. I needed to eat my salad with a knife and fork! I ordered the mahi mahi which was excellent. My husband ordered lobster and crab pasta which was very... More 

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Washington
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55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We were skeptical about eating here after a dinner disaster at The Tidepools restaurant then after talking to other diners we decided to give it a try. Finding good italian used to be easy on Kauai when Pomodoros was open but since then other than Spezia, there really are no decent choices. We would never have come here if Spezia... More 

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Bay Area, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We went over to the Grand Hyatt to check it out and had dinner at Dondero's. The service there was great but unfortunately that's the only really good thing we have to say about the place. The calamari appetizer was really very average, Fish dishes were not so good, and the cioppino really was also not very good. Tasted like... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Staying on Hyatt property and decided to give Donderos a try based on our travel book which gave it an ONO rating. The décor is HIDEOUS, we felt like we were at Disney world on a ride, its super cheesy. The colors and the sea shells everywhere were pretty over the top. Our waiter was amazing, I believe his name... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We have dined here many times but they seemed to have improved since last time. Vanessa was great, Eric, food was truly outstanding, good value, love the ambience. Good for couples or family

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were staying at the Grand Hyatt, and Dondero's is on-site, so we thought we'd try it. The décor what I'd call over-the-top trattoria: I thought it was nice in an unsophisticated way, some, though might think it a bit corny. It's what people who've never been to Italy think an Italian restaurant should look like. We were seated inside,... More 

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Additional Information about Dondero's

Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
Phone Number: +1 808-240-6456
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu>  > Koloa
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 42
Cuisine: Italian

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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: Romantic, Special occasions

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?