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Tip Top Meats

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6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-438-2620
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 270
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  • 40
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  • 20
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  • 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
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This is a market as well as a restaurant. There are many German specialties on the menu but I don't recall that there was any veal. My Holsteiner Schnitzel, stuffed pork tenderloin, was excellent and came with red cabbage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, salad, and dinner roll. My husband had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a market as well as a restaurant. There are many German specialties on the menu but I don't recall that there was any veal. My Holsteiner Schnitzel, stuffed pork tenderloin, was excellent and came with red cabbage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, salad, and dinner roll. My husband had sauerbraten which came with the same sides. It was delicious too.... More 

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Thank NotYetAFossil
San Marcos, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a favorite of the locals for sure. wish I lived nearby for I would be here more often. they have the best meats especially the bratwurst. their breakfast is substantial enough to share with my husband who is also totally satisfied. great atmosphere with friendly people and staff. always come when camping nearby.

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Thank stacias459
Gladstone, Michigan
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this quaint restaurant/store. Super tasty and my kids enjoyed that all you can eat bacon!

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Thank Amber C
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to check out this place after seeing the ranking on TripAdvisor. My tastebuds thank everyone who reviewed Tip Top Meats before me. The restaurant is through the shop & deli. It's a casual place with a lot of character. My husband ordered the French dip which melted in your mouth! He only ate half, took the other half home... More 

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Thank Jhart09
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You get too much food for too little money, but I'm not complaining. Very good selection of meat to eat in the restaurant or take home. You leave happy and full.

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Thank RobReno
Tyler, Texas
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had late breakfast. They serve breakfast until noon. Bacon and eggs were good but nothing special but good portion. Wife had pancakes.

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Thank Pat K
Houston, Texas
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269 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I couldn't wait to try Tip Top Meats for lunch during our visit to Carlsbad. The full parking lot is always a good sign at a local hangout. My wife has trouble walking, therefore the challenge of getting into the restaurant was quite labor intensive. You must walk through the grocery store portion of the building to get to the... More 

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Thank RickyH59
North Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because breakfast is my favorite meal, I tend to dwell on it, but the sausages and German potato salad are also excellent. They also have a great deal where you can pick out your steak from the display and have it delivered to your table with all the sides you would expect for on a few bucks more than the... More 

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Laguna Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our lunch was so good early in our week's visit that we returned for breakfast & shopping! Wonderful food & reasonable prices! Plus fresh meat & bread, hard-to-find grocery items & candy for sale too!

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Thank TexasZena
Winnipeg
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169 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think we started going there in the 80's for meat. I don't remember the restaurant back then, but I'm getting old. You order at the counter, take a number and sit. Food is delivered shortly after. Self service coffee is not great and the weakest part of the meal.. We have had breakfast and lunch and one day we... More 

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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: German, Steakhouse, 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

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Oceanside, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?