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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, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 217
    Excellent
  • 108
    Very good
  • 35
    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
A Local ICON!!!

This place has been around for ever!!!! The owner knows you by name and I always buy my local steaks, and turkey at the holidays. His restaurant is always happening! The prime rib special is sooo good. He also has a fine epicurean style of foods, and wines to chose from!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Dave92024
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San Diego, California
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  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
San Diego, California
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323 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This place has been around for ever!!!! The owner knows you by name and I always buy my local steaks, and turkey at the holidays. His restaurant is always happening! The prime rib special is sooo good. He also has a fine epicurean style of foods, and wines to chose from!

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Hillsboro
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We tried out Tip Top Meats on the recommendation of a local relative. Wow! We went there for lunch and the sandwiches were amazing. Huge and delicious! We took leftovers home. To order, you walk in through the store and wait in line at the deli and then order and pay at the counter. There is a big variety to... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had dinner at Tip Top Meats while visiting Carlsbad. I thought that the food was okay. Portion size was large. We tried the cabbage stuffed with meatloaf and the reuben. The stuffed cabbage was pretty good. The red cabbage was just okay (a little bitter for my taste). The german potato salad was good. My son's turkey and bacon... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Inexpensive dining...u can always tell by how many seniors eat there. Great butcher shop and international offerings. Big John ,the owner, is passionate about his store.

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Oceanside, CA
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Tip Top Meats is a localfavorite so be certain to arrive either early or late for lunch as the place can be packed for lunch. And give yourself enough time to browse through the store because it is filed with all sorts of exotic food. And they will special order almost anything. If you really feel local, just order the... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Although this meat market is known for some very quality food, I'm an especially big fan of the breakfast. They have great sausages and bacon, as you would guess, and the pancakes I had were fluffy and filling. Breakfast is reasonably priced, and the service was quick.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Growing up in New York and Philadelphia, I am used to a wonderful butcher...someone who gives me what I am looking for...even it if is unusual. That is this place. There is nothing you can't find. And their cold cuts are also amazing. And the bread...oh my! Plus they have gourmet style foods you can't find anywhere else. I've never... More 

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southern california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The market has an impressive collection of food you will not find in many places. They have every cut of meat you can imagine. If you are looking for something unusual or specific it is worth the trip. I had a German-born neighbor who would drive all the way from San Clemente (30+ miles) to Tip Top for the meats.

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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had breakfast for the family (7) and this place was a nice restaurant/market with a local taste and european fresh made products like sausages and bread. Coffee was hot a tasty and service was great.

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greeley, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I have bought bratwurst and other German specialties here since it opened, but today I ate on the restaurant for the first time. You place your order at the counter, then find a table to eat at. We were there about 3:00 pm on a Sunday and there was no problem getting a table. I had the bratwurst - 3... 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: 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

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