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Rainbow Drive-In

3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4214 (Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis)
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Ranked #202 of 1,913 restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
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386 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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English first
Malibu, California
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213 reviews 213 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I always wanna tell tourists: it's okay to leave your hotel area and eat local. Rainbow is primarily local and casual with a smattering of tourists like me. Counter service and wait for your food. Lots of tables or take it to go, although I doubt gravy travels well! Enjoy local style food. Very good plates and an inexpensive price.... More

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for romance, or ambiance, or attentive wait staff, or premium cuts of meat, you are at the wrong place. This is a drive in, where the food is reasonably priced and reasonable good. We had a moderate wait to get our order in, but the food was nummy, and worth the wait.

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Bakersfield, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Great plate lunch style ...walk up window..tables outside..large portions..great prices..plenty of variety...long lines that move fairly quickly. You can't beat the prices here.

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North Las Vegas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Definition of plate lunch - large portions and tasty. Rainbow Drive-Inn never fails to give you large portions and tasty food. I lived in this area for 5 years and this was always a place to eat. But this time, as a transplant to Nevada, and, as a visitor, I took my bf here for lunch. We were staying on... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I got the mixed plate with gravy all over. It was really good. The location was very close to Waikiki. You could walk from Waikiki if it was necessary.

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Santa Barbara, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a locals place and seems to have a pretty constant line. My cousin lives on Oahu and works in Waikiki and told us that we needed to get a slushy float after we had dinner next door at the Corner Kitchen. We ended up going back the next day for plate lunches. If you're in the mood for... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

One of my favorite places to get a plate lunch in Honolulu. Growing up it was primarily just locals there. My wife would always make me order and get the food. With the publicity from TV, there was an equal amount of tourists and locals there. Parking has always been a pain. It is quite limited there and many times... More

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Yakima, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited because of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives but the food wasn't anything special. I had pancakes and my boyfriend had gravy and hash. Comparable to a Denny's but as fast food.

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san antonio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went here since they were on Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives. The food was very good, and the price was economical. We went for a late dinner, and they had run out of a few items for the day. You definitely get the "local feel" here.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Local Hawaiian food is not fancy nor refined, so if you are expecting something cultured this is not the place for you. However, if you just want a simple yet satisfying plate of fried chicken and fish, then this is a great place. I ordered the mixed place with an extra fried egg over easy and it hit the spot... More

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