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Tip Top

3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
+1 808-245-2333
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“oxtail soup” (83 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 1 week ago

If they only served ox tail soup, I would give them 5 stars.The regular sized ox tail soup had about half a dozen pieces of tasty ox tail and bite of noodles. If you are a big eater order a large size. The bento box...More

Thank tinker2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we travel, we like to ask locals where the best food is, and that's what we did. This is a little diner that is a local favorite. We ordered the ono fish platter. This $9 platter with mac salad and veggies was better than...More

1  Thank Shelly N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Local place for breakfast. It's okay nothing great. Pancakes are pretty good. Service is quick and easy

1  Thank NauUsc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here on a recommendation from Craig at Garden Isle Bath and Body in Kapa'a (their surf 'n turf ultimate surf and sport salve is da best!) and were not disappointed. Total local joint. Came here a few times during our two week stay. A...More

Thank Sonya071
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a local place with great banana pancakes Always make a stop here if in Lihue, Kauai also very inexpensive

1  Thank CaPaki
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first stop after arriving for weekend vacation. Tip Top did not disappoint. The local food hit the spot! My son had the traditional "spam, eggs and rice" and loved it! My daughter had the pancakes, eggs and bacon and loved it too!...More

Thank Beverly I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great local favorites like Roast Pork plate, bentos, Oxtail soup, etc...! Best saimin in town! Best delicious pancakes and coffee!

1  Thank I6626SEjanetb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you appreciate 1960s linoleum, bathrooms without shampoo, soft twin beds, not a picture on the walls and filthy corners the Tip Top in Lihue for you. Oh did I mention $50 deposit for the room key and TV remote. What a rip off, the...More

Thank Dan D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tip Top has no view and no atmosphere. But, they have excellent pancakes! It is a place where the locals go. What can I say? I have heard the oxtail soup is great, but I have never tried it. There is usually a line on...More

1  Thank 464jen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch at Tip Top today Saturday. Read reviews and been wanting to find a real local restaurant. Well Tip Top is it. Tried the Loco Moco with two eggs over medium, very tasty, my first Loco Moco, not what I'd call healthy but with...More

Thank G B B
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are the hours for the Tip Top, and when is the best time to go for breakfast? I know it's busy and popular, but is there a time in the morning and a day of the week that's better than others?
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.
Can someone with nut allergies eat here?
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.
Can someone with Gluten sensitivities eat here?
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
US$7 - US$7
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 14:00
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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