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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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food is just ok. Bland. The facilities are kind of dirty. The tables clearly were not being tended to. However, this place is a classic Hawaiian plate lunch place. I only ever get the slush float. Yummy!

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Thank Ra W
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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188 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

After reading that this is THE classic spot in Honolulu for a traditional plate lunch, we came here at dinnertime...and were really disappointed. The fried chicken was cooked to order (we had to wait about 15 minutes) but still small and dry. The fried fish was just nothing special. There are better options in Honolulu for a plate lunch. Our... More 

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Thank Lin0515
Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife took the picture of MIXED PLATE & LOCO MOCO at Rainbow drive in! I'm sure you can judge the quality of these plates just by looking at it :)

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Thank Tony N
Oakville, Wa
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Husband and my first time to Honolulu and I ready many reviews about the Rainbow Drive in and this place lived up to all of them. Once we went to order we let the lady taking the orders know we'd never ate there before. She was very helpful in recommending a few items. We went with the Loco Moco and... More 

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Thank whalah97
Henderson, Nevada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

20 years ago, was good, not the best, but good. This place reminds me of a truck stop just before you take that long drive. The food here are just gut bombs. The food here, is, well, garbage,. While I was waiting for my order, watching people get their orders, waiting, standing in line etc. Everything I saw was slapped... More 

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Thank joey k
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Thank Debbie L
kailua, hawaii
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13 reviews
9 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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Thank islandcruizer
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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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, 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?