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Rainbow Drive-In

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Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
American, Hawaiian
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3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4214
808-737-0177
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 234
    Very good
  • 105
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Must Try

After a few days in Waikiki we decided to take the advise of our taxi driver & try this place and it was great! Not fancy only a few outdoor seats and fast service. I ordered the shoyu(sp) chicken but it was sold out so I ended up with the beef stew white rice & macaroni salad and couldn't have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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  • English first
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  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Hong Kong
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99 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A bit of an institution serving hawaian fast food, ie bbq, loco moko etc. Not expensive and loved by locals however if your after healthy or great this is not the place. If you are after comfort food and the chance to sit outside and meet the locals it could be your spot.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Mixed Grill, BBQ Ahi and Corned Beef all were delicious. Staff could not have been friendlier. Prices are low and quality is high!

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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Great food....it seems like a simple menu; they have perfected every dish. Temperatures of all items cold or hot was perfect. This place caught the eye of foodnetwork, and I am not surprised in the least. My daughter liked the souvenir shop too:)

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

After a few days in Waikiki we decided to take the advise of our taxi driver & try this place and it was great! Not fancy only a few outdoor seats and fast service. I ordered the shoyu(sp) chicken but it was sold out so I ended up with the beef stew white rice & macaroni salad and couldn't have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I had the mahi lunch plate with rice and macaroni salad. I also had the steak lunch plate with the same sides. Very tender steak and the fish was not overly breaded. I love this quaint friendly spot. Can't wait to go back. Yum yum

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Cordova
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Was looking for nice local place for breakfast and happened along this place. I asked the cashier for a recommendation and got the fried rice with eggs and bacon. Loved it. Sat outside and drank pineapple juice. Nothing fancy, but a great little place.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We enjoyed eating at this local quick-stop outdoor diner. The food was nothing to write home about, but it was decent and fun.

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Sacramento, California
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129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great place to experience "where the locals go". When we visited for lunch we saw construction workers, taxi drivers, delivery truck drivers all stopping by for lunch. Plate lunches here are served with two scoops of rice and mac salad. You can pretty much order anything on the menu and can't go wrong but we thought the... More 

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Brisbane
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136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our hotel told us to try this for a 'local experience'. We loved it. This place is very busy and the line long but moves quickly. Mixed Grill was $8.25 a plate and had Mahi Mahi, Beef and Chicken and 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. Wow is all l can say about the portion size and value for... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

i don't even know where to begin....its like absolute perfect meets on a busy street in honolulu. Its just simple, delicious comfort food. The chili is INSANE! so bomb! the bbq pork and beef is a victory in culinary. The chicken covered in gravy was delicious too. great portions and super cheap considering waikiki. If you want gravy or rice... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
  • Phone Number: 808-737-0177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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