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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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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had lunch at the Rainbow, the portions were plentiful and the food freshly made for us. Esthetically the restuarant is nothing to write home about but served the purpose. The outside seats were all taken up by the local trades, which is a goood sign.

Thank Walker385
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go to the other side of the canal for local restaurants frequented by the area residents. Rainbow is a walk up and order drive in style. You can get Loco Moco there and it is delicious. It can be very busy but they prepare your orders as fast as they can. There is everything on the menu from chicken to... More 

Thank diane167
Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked over to the drive in as had heard the food was supposed to be great. It wasn't anything special, really stodgy junk food which was luke warm. At least it was reasonably priced. Wouldn't go again.

Thank emjb2015
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had heard about this spot from Diners drive-ins and Dives; we were really excited about it but didn't love it. The amount of food you get for the price is amazing, but it just wasn't our favorite meal. I got the shoyu chicken, and again the portion size was huge, but it wasn't my favorite. It was a little... More 

Thank MindykaySL
Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is 'local food' and plenty of it. High quality and freshly made! Just do not expect atmosphere. You can take out or eat at one of the tables around the parking lot.

Thank BigJNK
Oxnard, California
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223 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

With all the cars in the lot and people at the order window, I knew I had to try this place. It sure felt like it was a "locals" place. Limited parking lot so you may have to park on the street. Looking at their specials board, I picked out an item...and of course, they were out of that dish.... More 

Thank Kitman
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for local fare. Saw this place on Diners Drive Ins and Dives on the Food Network, and decided to check it out while in town. It did not disappoint! I got the Mixed Plate which was very good. I wanted to go back another day to try to the Loco Moco, but just didn't have time. Definitely check... More 

Thank Burton332
San Mateo, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a community type environment. Everyone just eat together. The food was so delicious. I am in Honolulu for vacation and I wanted to try the local native dishes and a couple who were also tourist told me about this place. The service once I ordered was very fast.

Thank jwb914
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We heard a lot about this dig while researching "must eat" places to in Honolulu. So glad we took the time to have breaky here during our 8 day Oahu trip! Rainbow Drive In did not disappoint! Loco Moco was absolutely delicious! Eat like a local and enjoy! Can't wait to come back again on our next trip!

Thank Eldric A
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grew up eating here when living on Oahu. Now always a pit stop when visiting from Maui. Love sitting outside and remember the old days. My favorite is their chili plate, teriyaki plate, roast pork etc.

Thank HulaHoney

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
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?