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1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756 (Ainako)
+1 808-240-6456
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I chose Dondero's for a fifth year wedding anniversary. We got married on the beautiful grounds of the Hyatt, so we wanted to revisit the spot and relive some fond memories. We had previously dined the year before at Tidepools, but thought we would try something different. I had read reviews of Dondero's, and they seemed favorable.... More 

Thank naturenutVentura
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first the visit seemed like it would be great ... Attentive hostess, nice manager, beautiful, picturesque table. Rain rolled in, which is fine, and we asked to move inside versus waiting out the brief rain. We stood waiting for several minutes under the cover and watched as the waiters attended to the tables outside. After about 4 or 5... More 

Thank Tanya L
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard good things about this restaurant although I was a bit sceptical on how good Italian could be in Hawaii. Decided to try it anyway and did a walk in. The staff were great! Accomodating, very attentive and friendly! The restaurant had nice ambiance with pretty Italian decor. Ah, but the food! I was very pleasantly surprised. The scallop appetiser... More 

Thank Kmnyoung
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was this the best place in the world? No. But tasty, and nice atmosphere for a lazy Hyatt Kauai evening. Be prepared to pay inflated prices for italian food.

Thank Al S
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel dining we never have our hopes up to high but this was a real exception! Lovely dining area inside but right next to the open terrace to best of both, very good service and really good food! Everything is expensive in Kauai but you get what you pay for here.

Thank NewtonTex
Buckeye, Arizona, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was real good as was the service but we were disappointed we had to sit inside even though there were open tables outside. Good food but a bit pricey. I expect to pay more in vacation spots but still felt prices were high. Waitstaff was very attentive! Gorgeous lobby and grounds.

Thank LisaS617to623
Culver City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been at this restaurant last May for Mother's Day and was extremely pleased. This year I visited the Island and this Hotel again and was looking forward to another pleasant and delicious meal. I was greatly disappointed. It was really just "ok" and my daughter felt the same way. She ordered the shrimp and when it arrived we... More 

Thank Maryann B
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Donderos is supposed to be the best Italian restaurant on the island. We were disappointed. We were served by a lovely lady (really unfortunate that I cannot recall her name as she was an absolute gem and stand-out in terms of service!). She tried her best to make up for the fact that the kitchen was incredibly slow.....so slow in... More 

Thank GandTagain
Summerville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner service was excellent. Had appetizers of mussels and bruschetta. The mussels were very good. The bruschetta was thickly coated with a tasteless cheese one bite and done . For main course I had the shrimp and scallop all of which was over cooked. My dining partner had lobster which was also over cooked. Neither of us liked... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were walk-in's on a Saturday night with no reservations. Got seated in about 5 minutes. They serve above average Italian directly on the resort with limited outdoor dining. Fish and seafood excellent and pasta well prepared. It does appear the kitchen is chaotic and that translates to long waits for meals. Waiter appeared overwhelmed trying to control kitchen and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $42
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, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1571 Poipu Rd, 1571 Poipu Road, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
  • 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?