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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” (107 reviews)
“pancakes” (187 reviews)
“loco moco” (111 reviews)
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American, Diner, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
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Reviewed yesterday

We eat here often, usually for breakfast. The place is usually packed with locals. This time we went for lunch. They have a good menu with a variety of standard items as well as local specialties. What was outstanding was their roast pork- a huge...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Barbara F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The first thing we noticed was it was filled with locals. We were referred to this little gem by another traveler that said it’s the first place he goes when coming to Kaua’i. It’s got an old diner look (but it has been in biz...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank krisc779
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time to eat here although have been to Kauai a dozen times in 10 years. The oxtail soup is amazingly tasty, but you have to be in the right mood to work through the fat and bones for the meat (I was today at...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Eegulleye
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

On vacation in Kauai, Hi. We took an all day tour of the Wiamea Falls area and our guide happened to mention the Tip Top Cafe in Lihue as a very good and very reasonably priced place for breakfast. We are always looking for recommendations...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 41eileenw
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Heard good things about this local 100 year old restaurant in Lihue. The Loco Moco did not disappoint. The portion was huge and was split between my wife and I. The gravy was delicious, the rice cooked to perfection and the ground beef was fresh...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kellystrips41
Reviewed 17 October 2018

A tiny place in the middle of an industrial park. Quick service and Huge portions of delicious food!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank phanolentin
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Tip Top on Sunday around lunch time can be interesting. We know this is a favorite of locals and true to form it was at capacity and we decided it was worth the wait. Three groups where in front of us. In 10 minutes they...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank chrisaQ877DS
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

It’s been two years since we’ve been to the island and the Tip Top is always our first stop for breakfast. This time the breakfast was just as good as we remembered. Pineapple pancakes were amazing or splurge a little with the Mac nut pancakes...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Coloradomom719
Reviewed 11 October 2018

I did not know that they only serve Oxtail soup for lunch. So my group of people went there for dinner to have the soup, but instead, we had different dishes. I had simin, which was way too salty and it was not eatable. My...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Da M
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Went for breakfast on a local's recommendation, and we weren't disappointed. Definitely order the banana pancakes, and great coffee!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kate B
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20 July 2018|
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Response from coolhanduk | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do
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 1mohman | Reviewed this property |
I know they do a lot of stuff with macadamia nuts. You might want to call them directly to ask.
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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