We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tip Top

3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
+1 808-245-2333
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oxtail soup” (86 reviews)
“pancakes” (171 reviews)
“loco moco” (106 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Diner, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (538)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 526 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

We always stop and have the surfers special, this year being different. The service is good with same service staff as usual. The restaurant was clean with no house keeping issues with clean restrooms. The problem was the fish was tough and oil they used...More

Thank chris A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great local place, breakfast is very good, especially the pancakes. I have had most things on the breakfast menu, but the pancakes are always the best. Just be prepared to wait, it is really popular.

Thank Padraicjg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plain as a dining room can be but don't let that fool you. Good selection breakfast menu always well prepared. If I could order half a loco moco and one of the grandpa's original recipe pancakes at the same time it would be perfect. Except...More

Thank jettybetty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything is great but these are some of my faves: Oxtail soup loco moco banana pancakes bento Family run restaurant located in Lihue. The loco moco is the best on island !

Thank Gwyneth C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't think of a better place to get a feel of the real Kauai and it's people! Tip is obviously a popular breakfast spot for the "locals". The food is really good, the menu varied and the staff is extremely efficient! Just be patient...More

Thank pcb_10
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The Tip Top restaurant in Lihue is a favorite local eatery. They have a very good selection of local dishes prepared like home cooking. The service is fast and friendly. The prices are very reasonable for the area. Be sure to check the web site...More

Thank Barb D
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch and was overfed delicious meals. Even our teenage boy was satisfied! They close early, about 2 pm so get there early for a great breakfast or lunch.

Thank Aliilani
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We had a great breakfast at Tip Top. We tried Loco Moco at multiple places in Hawaii and Tip Top was the best! Parking is a bit tricky but waiting around for a spot is worth it!

Thank AppState1986
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This place has been around for years and you can tell why. The restaurant is run like a well oiled machine. The service staff couldn't be friendly. A definite local hangout and great for tourists too.

Thank HLAWel
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Mom and I always eat here when I visit Kauai. It's like a breakfast gathering place after church. Well, first of all the parking situation, you need to be patience, if you get a parking right away book a flight to Las Vegas you just...More

Thank BBM M
Nearby Restaurants
The Fish Express
536 reviews
.54 km away
Kauai Beer Company
364 reviews
.81 km away
Hamura Saimin Stand
896 reviews
.83 km away
Kauai Pasta Lihue
781 reviews
.11 km away
Nearby Attractions
Kauai Museum
412 reviews
.48 km away
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
44 reviews
1.29 km away
Vidinha Stadium
15 reviews
1.29 km away
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
13 reviews
.78 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
14 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$7
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing