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Rainbow Drive-In

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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
07:00 - 21:00
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New York City, New York
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181 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I mean, you've kind of got to do it for a lunch plate because it's been around forever. It's not the best food in town but it's cheap, kitsch and there's the great bakery a block away.

Thank Vegas_Fisherman
Victoria, Texas
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was really good. Hot. Fast. Walk up service with picnic tables outside. Love the old feel of the place. They have a cute little gift shop too.

Thank Tina F
Palo Alto, California
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98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This super casual hole in the wall has been featured on the food network and I can understand why. The food is soooo good, nothing fancy, just comforting and predictable. Most entrees are under $7 and can feed 2 people watching their weight or one very hungry person :-) Anything with gravy was delish. Walk here during day light, take... More 

Thank suraimcfly
Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorites are pork cutlet or BBQ beef. The mac salad is the best although I don't know why.Friends always order chicken cutlet with extra gravy. Everyone has their favorite.

Thank kjk03KK
Barrie, Canada
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157 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a cool spot. We had seen this spot on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and it was like a blast from the past. It was a spot clearly popular with the locals. We had the mixed plate and some burgers. The mixed plate was very good but the cheeseburger was my favourite. This is a must if you go to... More 

Thank Jeff k
Springfield, Missouri
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wide variety of foods--to include Spam (a Hawaiian favorite). We went for breakfast at the Hawaiian Favortie Kitchens location at 3111 Castle St Honolulu, HI 96815, which has Rainbow Drive In, Poke Stop, Waffle Dog, and Shimazu Shave Ice (also a must do). Prices and food are very good.

Thank AFEagle44
Jackson, New Jersey
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another great local spot. Made sure I ate here before leaving Honolulu and I'm happy that I did. They serve traditional plates, such as a meat with rice, beans, and salad. I had the Mahi Mahi plate and it was delicious. Other reviews say the place was dirty looking, but the food was good and its a little... More 

Thank ColtRich
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is just ok. Bland. The facilities are kind of dirty. The tables clearly were not being tended to. However, this place is a classic Hawaiian plate lunch place. I only ever get the slush float. Yummy!

Thank Ra W
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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188 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading that this is THE classic spot in Honolulu for a traditional plate lunch, we came here at dinnertime...and were really disappointed. The fried chicken was cooked to order (we had to wait about 15 minutes) but still small and dry. The fried fish was just nothing special. There are better options in Honolulu for a plate lunch. Our... More 

Thank Lin0515
Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife took the picture of MIXED PLATE & LOCO MOCO at Rainbow drive in! I'm sure you can judge the quality of these plates just by looking at it :)

Thank Tony N

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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?