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“Best Jamaican restaurant anywhere.”

Rainbow Caribbean Cuisine
Ranked #61 of 541 Restaurants in Kitchener
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican
Neighbourhood: City Commercial Core
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Neighbourhood: City Commercial Core
Waterloo, Ontario
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best Jamaican restaurant anywhere.”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

My husband is Jamaican and misses the tastes of Jamaica very much he was so happy when he found Rainbow Caribbean 8 years ago and we have been faithful customers ever since. Our favourite is Cow Foot Soup on Saturdays. A special treat was when the owner's customer appreciation day was free dinners for everyone around Christmas, generosity at its best. We often stop in to enjoy well cooked and seasoned food and a quick visit with the owner and staff.

  • Visited March 2012
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kitchener
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“typical carib fare.....”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

honey bee and me...a monday night....takeout jamaican....wifes roti....excellent.....daddy had jerk pork dinner with soup and salad....soup was divine, vegetable beef with large chunks of simmered beef shank....excellent....macaroni salad better than average for "cafeteria" style dining....jerk pork was just right and rice with beans was better than average....prompt service....and leftovers.....all positive.....

  • Visited March 2012
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Kitchener
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110 reviews
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“Excellent food and value!”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

I have eaten at this Caribbean restaurant for many years. It is one of my favorites. They serve solid food, tasty and serve large portions. In fact, my wife and I share one plate of food between us. Highly recommended!

  • Visited February 2012
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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“So Good”
Reviewed 28 October 2011

This is the best Caribbean food the k/w area,we just love this place and always look forward to eating there.The curried chicken is to die for it is so good.You must try there homemade Jamaican patty yum yum.

  • Visited October 2011
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Kitchener, Canada
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“Great traditional Jamaican food, take out or eat in”
Reviewed 1 October 2011

Rainbow Caribbean Cuisine is the third incarnation of Jamaican restaurants run by the same family in Kitchener, located at the heart of downtown on King Street. As with most traditional Jamaican restaurants, you order at a counter, whether for take-out or sit-down. There are relatively few tables, and the decor is pretty sparse -- but the food makes up for it.

The menu is fairly limited: on a typical day you could choose from jerk pork, jerk chicken, curried chicken, curried goat, oxtail, callaloo, ackee & saltfies and escovitch fish, all staples of traditional Jamaican cooking. Most are portioned from steel containers behind the counters. The dishes taste as they should -- if you like Jamaican food, you will like it at Rainbow -- but don't expect any culinary experiments here, just home-style island food.

The larger dinner plates are served with either white rice or Jamaican-style rice & peas (really kidney beans), and include both a salad (or cole slaw etc) and a soup, most often an outstanding red bean and beef soup. You can also buy the soup on its own.

You shouldn't expect five-star service at any Jamaican (or other) restaurant with a counter, but I have found that Rainbow's staff are quite friendly if you are, too. If you are not sure of the different options, just ask ...

  • Visited September 2011
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