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 Meats

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-438-2620
Website
Today
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 375 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 209
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Breakfast value in Carlsbad

Best Breakfast! Spent a week-end in the Carlsbad area and this little deli had the best breakfast. Prices are very reasonable and shopping in the German deli was an added bonus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
luann88
,
Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
Add Photo Write a Review

375 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Best Breakfast! Spent a week-end in the Carlsbad area and this little deli had the best breakfast. Prices are very reasonable and shopping in the German deli was an added bonus.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buckley
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

I was visiting Carlsbad for business and my nephew recommended this place to me. I was skeptical at first, but it turned out to be amazing! I had a Reuben with German potato salad and I couldn't even finish it. Both the meal and beverage came to $11.70. Great deal!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The German food was excellent, the steaks amazing, and the beer was just the right temp (NOT ICE COLD). Very affordable prices (steak and stein-$14.00), and if you need more then a lbs of meat get the custom steak (you pick) from the meat counter and bring your appetite.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego
Level Contributor
124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Tip Top Meats has a fantastic variety of foods and definitely worth going to if you want to buy high quality products. The staff is always friendly and you can shop for so many different items that you won't find elsewhere.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you like to brows & eat at the same time, this is it. Lots of imported items mixed with American. Friendly service and good prices. The only drawback not enough parking. So be patient, it's worth it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
palm desert ca
Level Contributor
129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great place to come if you are really hungry, Huge variety of offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner served cafeteria style. You can also take home butcher shop meats, pastries and the largest variety of European groceries I have ever seen.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Gatos
Level Contributor
63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A great find in Carlsbad, CA, south towards San Diego, is the Tip Top Meats & European Deli. We had Jagerschnitzel and Rouladen and thought we were back in Bavaria eating. I've never seen so much food on one plate, plus accompanied by a large salad, all for under $10. There are, also, groceries to purchase and the fresh meats... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Escondido, California, United States
Level Contributor
66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Not only does Big John have some of the bests meats in all of San Diego, the best selection of home-made sausages and European and Bavarian condiments, bones for stock, wild game and more...they serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day! The are only closed 3 days a year! Wait until you see the prices....you'll think it's a mistake. Like... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Just like everyone else who raves about the food here, I've always had wonderful breakfasts here. I'm a firm believer that "Big John's" breakfast will be the best breakfast of your entire life. The meats from Tip Top's butcher shop, to include the bacon, ham and links are simply the best. And offered at a very modest price. And after... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bailey, Colorado
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I can not say enough about this restaurant/deli/butcher shop. Unbelievable quality and quantity for a really crazy CHEAP price. My husband ordered prime rib dinner $14.98. It came with soup or salad, two-1" thick cuts of prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, purple sour kraut (I think you can change kraut to a veggie...if you don't like kraut) and bread... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Tip Top Meats also viewed

 

Been to Tip Top Meats? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tip Top Meats

Address: 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 760-438-2620
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Steakhouse, German, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-438-2620

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, German, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Tip Top Meats and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
1 month ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Tip Top Meats staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?