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Tip Top Cafe/Bakery

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3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
808 245 2333
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food

Loco Moco and sweet bread French toast are amazing! I have heard that the banana coconut pineapple pancakes are great too. Great price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
Daniele H
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Yakima
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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299 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lihue, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The BEST banana pancakes! Oxtail soup is always great on a raining cool day or just because you feel like it. Service is quick. A local hangout for breakfast and lunch. Casual setting.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My other half had the oxtail soup....it was delicious better then the oxtail be makes! I had the banana pancake w guava pineapple jam on the side and corn beef hash balls and it was amazing!!! Friendly customer service we will be back!

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Yakima
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Loco Moco and sweet bread French toast are amazing! I have heard that the banana coconut pineapple pancakes are great too. Great price.

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Reno, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We were given this restaurant by one of the Marriott employees as the best loco moco around, except hers!! This is definitely a locals breakfast and lunch spot. The loco moco was excellent as were the eggs, spam and ham and the fried shrimp. If you are looking for a local experience with excellent food this is a good spot... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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217 reviews 217 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Tip Top was recommended to us as great breakfast place, especially the macadamia nut pancakes. When we arrived the live was almost out the door, but we were seated within 20 minutes. People leaving raved about the food. We could hardly wait. We our food arrived we could not understand what all the hoopla was about. Both of us thought... More 

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

On our yearly vacations to Kauai we now go to the Tip Top Café for our first breakfast. I love the pancakes! They fill the plate and you can have them with bananas or macadamia nuts. They also make killer omelets, which you can get with hash browns, sausage, toast etc etc until you may not eat the rest of... More 

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Chimacum, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We eat here once a year on our trip to Kauai. Always have the same thing as we come for the Loco Moco. We are not talking "Gourmet" here, but good down home cooking. Others at our table have chosen different dishes (at Breakfast) and been pleased with the quality and quantity of the food. Excellent service, quick and friendly.... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

As you have all noticed, this is a popular local spot for breakfast. Take a look around - the most popular dishes being consumed around you are the ridiculous oxtail soup, fried rice, loco moco, and macadamia nut pancakes. And probably in that order of popularity. If you visit this spot upon recommendation and order anything else, you're missing the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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215 reviews 215 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

So, you are a tourist, but you want to get away from them for a bit? Then try this unassuming place, off a side-street, with no particular ambiance but good food and lots of local folks, and pretty good service (except when they get really busy it can be sort of hit-and-miss). The pancakes are very good, although the syrups... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We always try and have at least one breakfast here when we visit Kauai. A nice place to visit with local folks.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: 808 245 2333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 7
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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