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Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
1.8 km from Diamond Head State Monument
About
Cookin' Since 1961
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Fast food, Polynesian, Hawaiian
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My brother, who has lived in Honolulu for over 40 years, insisted that we had to try this place, so we did. We wanted to order the BBQ pork, but they were out (probably a good advertisement), so we went with galbi instead. My husband...and I split an order, and it was plenty for 2. The meat was tender and tasty, the rice was well prepared, and the macaroni salad pleased even my picky husband. We enjoyed the casual, outdoor dining. Service was prompt and efficient. It is not typically our style, but for a quick meal, it was fine.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Avoid this restaurant. I grew up eating here and they were awesome. But now they are awful. I come back every so often to see if they improve but it's been bad for years now. There are so many other places to eat that are...much better.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

I usually don’t write bad reviews but I cannot in good conscience let other people be mislead by high ratings. While the food is cheap the quality is extremely poor. I had the loco moco - no flavour, looked like a dog’s meal, thin paper...burgers and a greasy macaroni salad. Very disappointing after all the raving reviews from the guys at the Waikiki trolley. A tourist trap for sure!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024 via mobile

This was a great place to eat good food at an affordable price while in Honolulu, where most everything is way overpriced. Not far from the Zoo.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

This place seems to be popular with locals as there were lines here. The staff was friendly and our food was delivered promptly. You order and pick up at a window. There is ample seating. Prices were reasonable. However, my chicken sandwich was full of...grizzle and I had to throw out half of it. The macaroni salad has so much mayonnaise that we threw out half of that too as well as the rice. This place wasn’t for us.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

The absolute worst food our family has ever eaten. Terrible, unfriendly service. We ordered the mahi plate and mahi sandwich and both our family spent all night with diarrhea and vomiting. The worst stomach pain I’ve ever been in. Had to spend an extra day...in Honolulu on our vacation — paying for additional hotel rooms, car rental charges, and flight changes. The worst way to end a vacation. This place should be shut down due to health violations. Also, the food tasted like trash. The macaroni salad is covered in mayo and pepper. The fish is dry and chewy. The fries are limp. I’ve never been so disappointed by food in my life. Please please don’t go here.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 February 2024 via mobile

I visited here on Sunday February 18 2024 after Deno a Waikiki Trolley Bus Driver a Character & all around good person suggested it.I'm glad I walked over to there from my Hotel and sampled their great cuisine i will be back there again before...I leave this Tropical Paradise..Mahalo!!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Local and been around for decades. Could use some upgrades. Very tasty fast food. Lots of seating. Reasonably priced. Recommend.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 December 2023

This establishment appeared to be a top rated food place (youtube) although I found the food to be mediocre at best. Had a burger that only had a house sauce in it. No other toppings although they had small plastic condiment packages upon request. Fries...were ok and prices were well below average prices in Waikiki. Staff was mostly friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Nothing fancy, but food was great and inexpensive. The breakfast special included 2 eggs, rice and more crispy bacon than a bacon lover can eat in one sitting! Worth a stop in for breakfast.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

I typically avoid the tourist/instagram places but this was close to my hotel so I walked on over to grab a quick lunch. I had the Loco Moco and it was SOOOO good. Enough said, definitely worth a stop if you re in the area.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023 via mobile

Visited Rainbow because of all the publicity that it receives on social media, and we were not disappointed. The food was delicious, cheap, and came out extremely quickly. The locomoco is a Hawaiian staple and Rainbow Drive-in gets it right! It was definitely worth the...drive across town.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

Boy was this place packed. I dropped my nephews off and parked in the neighborhood. They figured out that ordering online was much faster that waiting in line to order. We got the loco moco plate. My nephews loved it. I thought it was just...ok. The best part of the plate was the macaroni salad, absolutely the best I’ve ever had, yum yum yum!!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

Definitely a must place to eat for local Hawaiian cuisine. Loco moco platter is probably the best there is. Just be patient with the line as it is a popular destination.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

I’m so glad my friends told me to stop here and get some food. Delicious local Hawaiian fare, great service and great vibe. I had the mixed plate and everything was delicious! I loved the Mac salad.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Yes, Rainbow Drive-In offers takeaway services.

Rainbow Drive-In is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5