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Tip Top

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American, Diner, Hawaiian
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3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
+1 808-245-2333
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast after a local recommended it and loved it. Service is quick and food is delicious. It became our breakfast spot during our stay. It is definitely a hot spot for locals. Absolutely recommend.

Thank Dareth L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived in Hawai'i on our honeymoon and this was amazing from the start. We could have paid the cost for breakfast at our hotel, but suggested to us was a small, quaint little local restaurant called the "Tip Top". The prices are amazing and they have a tastes of the islands that is amazing. I would encourage all to... More 

1 Thank Timothy L
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Kauai many times but this was my first time eating here. Breakfast ends at 11:30 AM sharp so I ordered loco moco because that is served until the restaurant closes at 1:45 PM. The breakfast looked very good and I will have to try it on my next visit. They are famous for their ox tail... More 

1 Thank KARIM W
North Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok not special, I had sweet French toast plate was cold was ok, can of gauva juice, husband had corn beef, hash browns was a patties not homemade! No toast. Would not go back.

1 Thank Dee M
Woodsfield, Ohio
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by with my boys for a repost. Service is excellent and food is good and reasonably priced here. Great for lunch and breakfast.

Thank Douglas S
Jacksonville, Florida
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tip Top Cafe is celebrating their 100th anniversary. When I was growing up on the Island of Kauai, it was a great place for most locals to dine. It remains just as good today!!! My favorite is their Bento breakfast/lunch meal which is like a traditional local plate meal. If you want a larger size, you can order their... More 

1 Thank SJYamane
Moody, Alabama
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The four of us stopped here for breakfast. It is a VERY popular local spot so parking was difficult but once inside we were promptly seated and the waitress was there immediately to take our drink orders. Three of us had the Grand Slam breakfast and one had the vegetable omelette. The portions were large and very good. I had... More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's only about five minutes from the airport, so this local diner is our first stop. After a long red eye flight this is the perfect way to start the day. It can get very busy, but it is worth the wait. Serving up lots of local flavors, but they still have many American classics. I personally like the moco... More 

Thank Mike O
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a busy, hopping little joint with fast, friendly service! Tons of locals with their families so you know it's good! We went for breakfast and tried the loco moco and macadamia nut pancakes with bananas and pineapple! Both were super good. Large portions and very reasonably priced. You will not be disappointed!

Thank Mbeene
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

I stumbled on Tip Top Cafe while researching lower cost alternatives to Resort breakfasts. My wife & I first stopped by on the first full day of our 6-day visit to Kauai, only to find out they were closed on Mondays (just one of the details hard to determine from my web research). But we returned for a breakfast stop... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $7
American, Diner, Hawaiian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1196
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-245-2333

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