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Rainbow Drive-In

3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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  • Rainbow Drive-In
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    Let's be real. This place isn't that great. The food is just ok. It's all about the local atmosphere here. Make sure to order chili instead of the brown gravy. Way better.

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  • Rainbow Drive-InAmbassadorPro 2014
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    This place is historic and famous. It's been on the show "Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives" - all for good reason. You don't want to miss out on the loco moco, or really any of the plate lunches for that matter. This is your typical Hawaiian plate lunch joint, and everyone loves coming here because it's fun, quick and ridiculously ono! (That's delicious in Hawaiian.)

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  • Rainbow Drive-InCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Ono kine grindz! And cheap too!

    It's no surprise that Rainbow Drive-In is one of the top plate lunch places on Oahu; big portions, good flavor and friendly staff make the place a hit. Add upon that an old school vibe, lots of tables and low prices, and you've got a legend. Prices for regular plates are around $8 and include two scoops of rice (or fries), mac salad (or the delicious vinegar cole slaw) and meat. You can opt for a bowl, which is about half the price and even cheaper. In an economic climate when Yummy Korean BBQ is charging over $12 a plate in the mall, this ain't bad!

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  • Rainbow Drive-InPro 2014
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    Breakfast here in my opinion is better than lunch/dinner...but I guess it depends on what you order...

    If you get the loco moco ...its bombbsiesss!!! Couldn't have asked for a better/cheaper version.

    But we came back here for dinner one night and I ate the fried chicken and was severely disappointed. The whole chicken really wasn't all that big after you took into account the fried batter pieces. Once I had taken off all the crispy pieces, there was barely any meat!! When all your eating is fried skin, I would just skip it and order the loco moco for dinner!!

    This place is good, just depends on what you order!

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    I like that they were open late, so I walked here from our hostel since it's pretty close by. Lucky for us we didn't have to worry about parking... although when we got here there was plenty of parking spaces at that time. -__-. Anyway it was good to walk since it'll help with the yummy macaroni salad I was about to eat with my BBQ Pork plate. :D (It was all mayo Matt P!)

    The plate was great, and the bbq pork was juicy. They gave about three big slices of BBQ pork and it was more than enough. I was stuffed! Service was fast and there was a short line when we went.

    The rice came out good... but you can't really mess up rice. It helped since there was sauce on the pork. A good dinner!

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  • Rainbow Drive-In
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    One of my favorite places to eat when I visit Honolulu. The boneless chicken and strawberry slush float are my two favorite. Kimchee fried rice, spam and eggs, Portuguese sausage and rice are good breakfast choices.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In
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    To satisfy my enormous appetite, we stopped by Rainbow Drive-in for a huge Hawaiian plate lunch. We both ordered the mixed plate, which included BBQ beef, katsu chicken and fried mahi mahi, 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad for $6.50. As hungry as I was, I only managed to finish half of it. There was so much food that they had to serve it in a big cardboard pastry box. Awesome!

    The mixed plate was good, but I kind of wished I had tried their fried chicken, which is supposed to be really good since they only serve it if it's available. The corned beef hash also sounded tempting.

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  • Rainbow Drive-InPro 2014
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    Try the slush float! Fried rice and eggs breakfast special is cheap and satisfying. When in doubt, get a daily special. Credit cards now accepted, but there is also an ATM at the counter, if you need it. Parking is tough. Lot is small and street parking is near nonexistent.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    I don't actually get the hype around this place. I love plate lunches and can scarf one down in a hurry, but the mix plate here was heavy and the fried items were loaded with grease.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    If unhealthy food tends to equal delicious food, this is your spot. Loco moco, waffles, chicken, fried everything, all on top rice and potato salad. You will not be winning any biggest loser contests when coming here but it's pretty good. Warning, it's essentially all carbs and gravy! Definitely try it out at least once but be careful, over indulgence here will probably lead to a heart attack.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    Old time local favorite plate lunch. Sandwiches are considered as a snack. If you want to eat like you're from Hawaii its plate lunches everyday! Try the hamburger steak with onions, mac salad and rice! Or da loco moco! Yummy.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    Plate lunches are a must if you are traveling to Hawaii. It's what the locals eat and absolutely delicious. I was recommended Rainbow Drive in by a local and I never fail to go back whenever I'm back in the Waikiki area.

    I like to order their mix plate which has beef, chicken and fish (mahi). It comes with white rice and the most amazing macaroni salad. The portions are huge so you may consider sharing. The mix plate is under $8 so it's a steal compared to everything else in Waikiki.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    A must do while on Oahu. Love plate lunches. My sister and I usually share a plate lunch. Typical Hawaiian plate lunch consists of 2 scoops of rice, mac salad and some sort of meat. Try the loco moco or the chicken katsu, you wont be dissappointed! Can't wait to go back!

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  • Rainbow Drive-In
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    This is a great plate lunch plate place. Usually pretty crowded and has all the standard fare. Great to go here hungry after a beach session. The only thing I would say is that it could be a little cleaner and the food is probably not that healthy for you. But it is really tasty!

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    I love you Rainbow Drive-In, you give me a lot of yummy food at a yummy value. First off the portions are big, so either share and if you eat solo, be prepared to be overly stuffed. Found this lil gem from an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, & Dives. I had the combo plate, which included Ahi Katsu, Fried Chicken, Beef Teriyaki, 2 scoops of rice, and amazing mac salad. So much food and for a decent price, ran me about $7.50. This is my new go to place when I visit Honolulu

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    Not only the best meal I had in Oahu, it was also the best value!! I had a combo meal comprised of breaded chicken, beef teriyaki, fish katsu, mac salad, and rice. U will not leave hungry or dissappointed!!

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  • Rainbow Drive-In
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    Rainbow Drive-In just celebrated their 50th Anniversary in October 2011 and I was fortunate to have been there for it.
    Spending a lot of summers in Hawaii, Rainbow Drive-In was the place where I would get my Loco Moco and a slush on the way to the beach. But to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, I ordered the Mixed Plate (BBQ beef, ahi katsu, and chicken with tartar sauce, served with 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. It's a good mix of what they do best.

    Other favorites are the chili rice, fried rice, loco moco, Rainbow Royal, and I love their saimin. Don't forget to get a slush or float to go with it.

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  • Rainbow Drive-In

    Compared to most, I have an insatiable appetite that rarely is satisfied by any single entree. However, the huge portions heaped on the Styrofoam plates at the Rainbow Drive-In are just about enough to pack even my stomach to the brim. Though not the healthiest or most sophisticated of foods, the menu here is both cheap and hearty, more than making up for the lack of overall nutritional value in my book. While I wouldn't suggest eating here night after night, Rainbow Drive-In is a Hawaiian institution, and home to some of the island's most popular plate-lunches.

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    Local and tourist favorite - loco moco!

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The Rainbow Drive-In is a no frills restaurant that sacrifices ambiance to offer their patrons some of the biggest portions at the lowest prices. Their cuisine tastes delicious, but it's very much a guilty pleasure. Smothered in sauces, and brimming with vibrant flavors, the plate lunches here are served up to-go style, which is nice because there isn't much reasons (or seating) to linger around and enjoy your meal from the comfort of this establishment. All the local favorites are available here, from Teriyaki and fried chicken, to kalbi and fresh fish. Everything comes with a heaping portion of carbs, just in case the gigantic slabs of meat don't fill you up by themselves. For a dirt cheap guilty pleasure that most people will have to munch on all day to finish, head on over to the locally popular Rainbow Drive-In.

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4.5 out of 5
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