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Rainbow Drive-In

Certificate of Excellence
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
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We found the menu items delicious, served in ample amounts, and very reasonably priced. We sampled several listed items and had leftovers twice. Unfortunately, we could not finish the last items ordered.

Thank Gerald E
Carseland, Canada
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very easy to go there. Food was yummy. Even if it was the morning, it was still hot there. There are less tables and chairs.

Thank Fullmoon46
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were walking in the neighbourhood away from the more touristy parts of Waikiki when we happened upon this place. It looked interesting and it was packed by people who looked like locals. Very casual place and we thought the prices were good for the portion sizes and quality of food. You can only eat outside at one of their... More 

Thank AirSchis
Tokoname, Japan
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31 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, the food is ordinary but the atmosphere is 1967 and you should go here just for the experience. The ice-cream float is comfort food if you are in the mood for 1967. The chili is not as good as it used to be. The teriyaki beef on a bun is just as tough as it always was but tastes... More 

Thank bestnerikomi
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband grew up in Honolulu and even though Rainbow Drive is mentioned in every food TV show visiting Hawaii - it's worth it. My kids (ages 6 and 9) had the pork with gravy and over rice. We got two sides of tater totes too - all devoured. Perfectly crisp with the gravy every plate lunch needs. Line moves... More 

Thank SGNYC65
Farmland, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had read where the Food Network had visited with Diner, Drive inn and dives and knew it had to be good. It did not disappoint. The chicken was very good as well as the chili. Portion sizes are large. Seating is difficult at peak times but we sat with some local folks and enjoyed the company.

Thank Twohappytravelers15
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Teriyaki beef with all rice is my favorite at rainbow. I eat here at least once when I come to Oahu, it is great.

Thank Alan A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

They have tasty local food its cheap and they have a changing menu I like it all been here many times also they have good drinks freezy thing icee not sure what it was called but was good. I get the fried chicken or the chili or the mixed plate the list just goes on I usually get more then... More 

Thank Where1go7
Los Angeles, California
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32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I used to go here as a kid, eating all the plate lunches, gravy, loco moco, everything.... it's super casual, no need to dress up...sometimes limited parking. Don't come here if you are carb-a-phobic or on a diet. Don't come here if you want a fancy dining experience. Come here with friends who aren't on a diet. Everything is huge,... More 

Thank 1akamai
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

This is a great example of a Local Plate Lunch food. Great variety, a lot of Heritage, friendly staff - really good food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Fast Food, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: +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?