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1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9402 (Ainako)
+1 808-240-6456
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Arlington, Texas
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes. You must do this. The people are lovely and so wanting to make your visit a happy one. The food was out-of-this-world good! The ambience is excellent. Don't miss this place!

Thank cindy n
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with a friend. I will tell you that my friend knew several of the staff, but even so, every one of the staff we interacted with was so friendly. We even had the manager stop by twice while we were there. Now...the food...I can't decide where to start. We ate everything! We started with the carpaccio...omg. It... More 

Thank HIppine
Menlo Park, California
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The food in the restaurant was not particularly good. My companion did not finish his plate. We ate my pizza/flatbread, but it was pretty bland. It was fairly mediocre. The service was pleasant though. Nice people.

Thank Lori H
New Canaan, Connecticut
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

This restaurant was too over-priced for the food it delivered. The setting is beautiful and the decor is nice if you like Italian-American luxe. The staff is friendly. But the food was only good and the prices were really high (Hawaii in general has ridiculously high restaurant prices). Not somewhere we would return.

Thank EWW06840
Seattle, Washington
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220 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Everything about the restaurant is worth five stars - the quality of the food and the ample and friendly service. The manager of the restaurant came by twice to ensure everything was to our satisfaction. The reduction in stars is because of our table's placement however. We were glad we ate early as about half-way through our meal a large... More 

Thank Terry H
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

We went to Dondero's on a whim, a fairly hasty search of fine restaurants in Kauai and given that the Grand Hyatt is a luxery hotel, we figured it would be a safe bet. We made a reservation online through OpenTable, though we were nervous having never used the service before. Fortunately, we were the first party seated with a... More 

Thank K M
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Chef Gary is the bomb! Food was delicious. Nice use of artichoke hearts, but the glaze was a bit rich. Presentation is top notch. Ambiance is a bit stuffy. They are understaffed for waiters, but the water boys are attentive and friendly. We ordered an alcoholic beverage from the water boy and it didn't translate to the waiter until the... More 

Thank AlexiVenice
Centralia, Washington
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Be ready for an apology tour from your waiter the whole time. Took forever to get a way overpriced bottle of wine. Started with a cheese tray - not recommended. Lemon ricotta was lack luster and had no flavor. Mind we had to ask for an explanation of what each selection was. Waiter took my order and then came back... More 

Thank Amber L
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

While staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai we didn't get to dine at Donderos because our friends told us NOT to dine there! THey had dinner there the night before our reservations and their experience totally put us off. They informed us of the terrible service and the fact that they had to literally go find there server to get... More 

Thank BobbyD6363
Tokyo, Japan
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

The restaurant is located in the Grand Hyatt hotel in Poipu. Great ambience and very friendly and quick service. Generally the food was great except for the pasta, which was a bit over-cooked. Also, either they had an oversupply of artichoke or it is the favorite vegetable of the chef.

Thank Hiyer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $42
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756-9402
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Poipu>  > Koloa
  • Neighborhood: Koloa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-240-6456
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?