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Tip Top

3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
+1 808-245-2333
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oxtail soup” (97 reviews)
“pancakes” (180 reviews)
“loco moco” (106 reviews)
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American, Diner, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had lunch one day and breakfast on another day, the food was good and the price was also good. It is a medium sized restaurant as part of a hotel, the service was very good (as usual in Kauai).

Thank James J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

While visiting Kauai, we tried this restaurant recommended by locals. Had LocoMoco, Oxtail Soup and Fried Chicken. Rated Oxtail 5 stars. Expected to have some fat BUT this dish has no fat at all! Even regular size one has a lot of Oxtail pieces. It...More

Thank Albert C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast here before flying out of Lihue. This is a 100-yr old cafe favoured by locals and it provides all you could want -- great service, menu with many local and traditional foods, and very reasonable prices. We enjoyed our meal very much...More

Thank Groovy_Duvy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breakfast queues say it all, very local, it is what it is and it is reflected in the prices, service was great food was ok

Thank coolhanduk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice Breakfast, large variety, good atmosphere and very good service. The price is fair and makes it a good value for money.

Thank PazRi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We knew we were in the right place when we walked in and the place was full. Don’t let the outside stop you from dropping in. This was the best breakfast we had in Kauai. The banana pancakes were delicious!

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is in the Tip Top Motel which makes it pretty easy to find, just look for the red buildings with the clock tower (see picture). My wife wanted to try their macadamia pancakes but we arrived too late for breakfast so ordered lunch...More

Thank beachcomber1947
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Recommended to us by locals, Tip top is a no frills diner with a varied menu ranging from pancakes and omelettes to soups and other stuff at reasonable prices. We had pancakes, mine banana pecan and his pineapple and pecan. They were very fluffy and...More

Thank TanyaDuRose
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is a hole in the wall, but the food is really good. Simple, local and varied menu selections. I love both the pineapple and macadamia nut pancakes. I also enjoy their tuna sandwich, simple, like home. My wife loves the oxtail soup and...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 10 April 2018

During my first visit to Kauai, my local hosts raved about Tip Top's food, especially their pancakes (and coconut syrup), and oxtail soup. My breakfast experience was Great!. The portions were huge, the pancake was wonderful (although the coconut syrup was not available) and the...More

Thank Bejabo
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Questions & Answers
14 December 2016|
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Response from arg3tt3 | Reviewed this property |
They're open from 6:30 to about 2pm for there's always a line but they're pretty fast.
9 June 2016|
Response from Mike O | Reviewed this property |
I know they do a lot of stuff with macadamia nuts. You might want to call them directly to ask.
15 March 2016|
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Response from Eileen M | Reviewed this property |
There are fruit plates, lots of rice dishes, they are a small bakery too, I believe. I'd call them and ask. The staff seemed very knowledgeable about what was in different dishes.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 7
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-245-2333
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