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
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011-1157
+1 760-438-2620
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

644 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 631: English reviews
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good place for breakfast, very well priced. Good meats. Lunch is also great. You order from a counter however, lots of inside seating and people to help if you need assistance. Attached to a gourmet market with every different food you can think of. Worth the visit. They also have some very interesting sounding dinners. We haven't had a chance... More 

Thank Sandee W
Weirton, WV
Level Contributor
43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped in for breakfast on way up the coast. Not much from the outside, but WOW on the inside! All kinds of ethnic foods and the aroma gets you as soon as you walk in the door. Ordered breakfast and the portions were HUGE. Quick service and courteous employees. Stop in for some great food and an enriching atmosphere!

Thank TLDWeirton
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very German feeling place. The store is filled with a huge variety of German and European foods that I haven't found in very many places. The meat market is second to none! We had breakfast and the pork chops and eggs were fabulous! Next time I plan to go for lunch or dinner and have Jager Schnitzel.... More 

Thank Carol P
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read about this place online and wanted to try it out. The order line was long getting in but it was moving. We got a table right away and waited about 15mins for our food. Everything we ordered was good. Sausage platter you can pick what sausage you want. Beef stroganoff was delish! Osso bucco was "ginormous", soft and tasty!

Thank mcpmedin
Mojave California
Level Contributor
194 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place especially because they carry Taylor Ham/Pork Roll which is a breakfast meat not typically found outside of New Jersey. But you can spend quite a bit of time (and money) wandering the items and finding all kinds of fancy chocolates, desserts, ingredients, deli items, beers, you name it. Hard to resist filling up with something from... More 

Thank jerjon
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right up the street, full dinners with generous portions and excellent meat from their own selection. Their chefs salad and most meals are enough for two people. Enormous sandwiches, lovely desserts, good burgers. Wine and beer, a European Market and butcher shop including exotic meats and sausages. Great tip- call ahead to order take out so you don't have to... More 

Thank Sharon C
Level Contributor
3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming here to buy meat and eat with my family for about 18 years. Being a local, it is one of those places where you hope word would not get around. The food is german comfort and is big...because of the top notch butcher block, I have heard you can pick your meat and they will cook... More 

Thank Cesar R
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An old fashioned European meat, grocery market and restaurant as I remember from my childhood. European home cooking (i.e. Sauerbraten) that is hard to find these days. fine meats, cold cuts and imported foods that is no longer commonly found. Not fancy, and not expensive. Delicious!

Thank Michael F
Oceanside, California
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The locals know that Big John has been providing an excellent eating experience to his customers for many years. Tip Top serves amazing breakfasts with enormous portions and terrific flavors. Their fresh meat counter offers only the highest quality, a must have for the holiday meal. They also feature a grocery department stacked with European specialties that are hard to... More 

Thank Jeannie E
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of German beers Hofbrau, Pauliner, Spaten. Much like going to a grocery store in Munich

Thank Michael P

Travelers who viewed Tip Top Meats also viewed


Been to Tip Top Meats? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, German, European, Delicatessen
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92011-1157
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-438-2620

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Tip Top Meats and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Oceanside, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
5 months ago
Santa Monica
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

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?