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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
Today
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 177
    Excellent
  • 213
    Very good
  • 91
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Good cheep food

Went to Rainbow Drive Inn on recommendation of Guy on Diners Drive inns and Dives. Food was good and very reasonable. The Chili is tasty and meaty. I had Mixed plate that had Chicken, Fish, Beef and pork with mac salad and rice. It was $9. The wife had Ground beef plate. It had 3 patties with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
BCRON
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Boulder City, Nv
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Eat like a local at this Honolulu roadside restaurant with outside seating. The loco moco and daily plate specials (especially mahi-mahi) are my favorites. I always make it a point to come to Rainbow Drive-In on trips to Honolulu. You will not be disappointed.

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Albany, Georgia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My family grew up in Honolulu and we retrurn every couple years to visit relatives. I used to say "I can't wait to eat at Rainbow". We have no reason to do it again! They have fallen into the trap of feeding the commercial market and to the quality has gone down as the price went up. Seven us us... More 

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Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wanted to try this as i'd seen it in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Little disappointed in my choice. Although my companion loved her plate. Take out only, they have a few outside seats

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We visited this place and it is an iconic place in Waikiki. It is an easy walk from the bottom end of the main tourist strip/trap. The menu on first glance looks quite ordinary and that's exactly what it is. There is nothing fancy but good comfort food. Service is quick and it is fun to watch the people. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

On your way to get Leonard's then next stop is Rainbow Drive Inn. Rainbow Drive Inn has every lunchplate that you want to order.

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Boulder City, Nv
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128 reviews 128 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went to Rainbow Drive Inn on recommendation of Guy on Diners Drive inns and Dives. Food was good and very reasonable. The Chili is tasty and meaty. I had Mixed plate that had Chicken, Fish, Beef and pork with mac salad and rice. It was $9. The wife had Ground beef plate. It had 3 patties with gravy and she... More 

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Glen Ellen, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Plate lunches are amazing a place where locals go to eat so you know it's good! The mac salad is the best! Even Guy Fieri loves the place!!

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Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So for a quick bite, I was surprised about how good the pork plate was. Definitely nothing fancy here, but the food is great and a reasonable price. I usually get the rice instead of the macaroni salad as it tends to be overcooked. My friends also liked the Loco mock.

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Little River, SC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a place you would drive by and not stop. It might look like a place to stop at but is a very good place to have and see the locals find as a good place to eat at.

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Fullerton, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A local landmark. People normally come here for the plate lunches. I was staying at a nearby hotel (which was a bargain and right on the beach) so instead of spending $50 on breakfast at the hotel, I jumped in the car and ran over to Rainbows for breakfast for my son and I. Spent $7 a plate for a... 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: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?