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Rainbow Drive-In

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Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
American, Fast food, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4214
+1 808-737-0177
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07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Henderson, Nevada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have meant to come to Rainbow on previous trips, but made a point to walk over there after the Prince Kuhio parade today, which ran down Kalakaua. We had already walked down with the parade to Kapiolani Park, so it was a short walk up Kapahulu to Rainbow. It was a Saturday at 12:30, so it was crowded and... More 

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Thank jnewmanhr
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love this place and always a must stop. Wish it were closer to our hotel, but then again, probably better for the crowds.

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Thank grrrah
Mesa, Arizona
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I couldn't wait to visit after reading about it online and hearing locals recommend it, but it didn't live up to expectations. I ordered the Loco Moco. The beef was poor quality like something you might expect in a frozen dinner. I ordered the eggs over medium, but they were prepared over hard. The place was busy, so maybe I'm... More 

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kailua, hawaii
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just went on Saturday because it was so hot. We ordered three slush floats. My son got a cheeseburger, wife got a loco novo bowl and I got the boneless chicken plate. All the food came out faster than McDonald's and tasted great like it always does. One of the last old school drive-ins left on Oahu.

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New Castle, Delaware
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess if you manage to stay in business for over fifty years you become iconic. We found out by eating at The Rainbow Drive In that it does not mean you serve great food. You would have to have a very low standard to give this place more than a "poor" rating. For a restaurant with such an excellent... More 

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United States
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I want to like Rainbow Drive-In because it is so famous, but can't. I've tried their loco moco, but didn't care for their gravy. I like heavy, meaty gravies but I thought that theirs was not. I tried their "Mix Plate" on a different occasion, but wasn't impressed. The chicken and mahi-mahi were bland. There is nothing bad about Rainbow... More 

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Shoreline, Washington
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked up here from Waikiki Beach (about a mile) to have mixed plate. Not disappointed except didn't expect three kinds of protein - fish, chicken and beef. Eat outside at picnic tables with little (well behaved) birds who will wait until you finish to eat your leftovers. Tons of locals coming and going. Such an institution in Honolulu that they... More 

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New York City, New York
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty food at a simple takeout or eat at outdoor tables. Not exactly health food but hearty and filling. I try to go light on the carbs so leave a lot of rice uneaten! Keep missing the shoyu chickens days!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unimpressive building but great food. This place was recommended to us by a local. Loved the BBQ pork plate. Good sized portion with 2 scoops of rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad, served on a plate in a take-out box. I'd definitely go back again

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San Francisco, California
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214 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over rated tourist plate lunch restaurant. Always crowded. Local favorite . There are better but not in Waikiki.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Fast food, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4214
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
  • Neighbourhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
  • Phone Number: +1 808-737-0177

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