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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 97
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  • 25
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Hearty, quick lunch

Stopped by before the lunch rush. Had the mix plate and was very happy with the fish, beef and chicken. Macaroni salad was particularly good. Good value for the price!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Greg3802
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Stopped by before the lunch rush. Had the mix plate and was very happy with the fish, beef and chicken. Macaroni salad was particularly good. Good value for the price!

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michigan
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We happen to find this during our drive near Diamond Head, it was very busy...lunch time...majority of the customers were locals, so we loved it . Everthing we had was served with rice, so if you don't like rice you may not like this place, but it is a local place you should try, fast service. We notice that Diner,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

good local plate lunch place in hawaii. They food is really rich and heavy. I usually split a plate lunch with someone. The loco moco is good.

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Modesto, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

A great place to experience the local food. Great food. Get one of the plate diners. I got the loco moco. Service was fast and price was good. Very hectic finding a place to park. Give it a try. Fun to experience.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Learned about the drive in from one of the travel blogs I read, we checked it out the second night we were on the island and after paying the terrible prices on Waikiki Beach. The Rainbow was busy w locals, which is always a good thing! There is no more 'drive-in,' you walk up, place your order ( get the... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I'm sorry I don't see the hype! The loco moco was a premade patty...it was gross! My shojun (?) chicken was just ok. BBQ pork was better. Cashier seemed irritated when we ordered. Won't come back here again nor would I recommend it. Too bad we wasted eating a meal here.

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We stopped here on the beginning of our road trip around the island. My husband ordered the loco moco and I thought I'd just go with the French toast. Don't get me wrong, the French toast was nice. But I really regretted not ordering the loco moco. I finished my husband's leftovers (these are big servings!) and we went back... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,013 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Join host, Guy Fieri, of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, at the Rainbow Drive-In in Honolulu, HI, a 48-year-old institution where the burgers and hot dogs come with rice and macaroni salad. The options include healthier choices that are not served at the drive-in from steamed vegetables to brown rice. You can also buy T-shirts with iconic landmarks from... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It was getting late, and we hadn't eaten dinner. While driving back from an adventure, my son searched online and found the Rainbow Drive-In. Although we've watched many episodes of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" it was not until we were in line that we learned that Guy Fieri visited there. We got Mahi Mahi sandwiches and fries. They were good,... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We visited this place because Food Network told us to. Now, I can't remember when the episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" first aired, but I think this place has gone downhill since then. I got the BBQ Pork plate and hubby got the mixed plate. The portions definitely don't disappoint for the price. Tons of meat, two scoops of... More 

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Additional Information about Rainbow Drive-In

Address: 3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4214
Phone Number: 808-737-0177
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Hawaiian

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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: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?