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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
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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Portland, Maine
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our last breakfast on Kauai and my wife and I wanted macadamia nut pancakes. I Googled and came across the Tip Top Motel and Cafe. Reviews were good and it was right on the way to the airport. It has been open for 100 years! Full of happy, talkative and enthusiastic locals ordering a wide variety of food from heaping... More 

Thank mike7369
Mililani, Hawaii
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oxtail soup!!! Mmmm...yummy, fall off the bone served with rice and long rice noodles. So tasty...with banana pancakes for 'dessert'. No wonder the locals flock here... they could update the place with some decor so as not much of a diner/ cafeteria atmosphere...but the food makes up for it.

Thank _JoanneRS_808
Denver, Colorado
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118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't tasted Span since the mid forties. This was the morning to bite the bullet as it were. Two eggs over easy with rice and Spam. The Spam was thin sliced and fried and was surprisingly good, not at all as I remember. Salty and vaguely pork-ey. Place was full at 8:30 no other tourists so far as I... More 

Thank Garry H
Lihue, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very local atmosphere with amazing food. Portions can be split, and you can make breakfast into your own buffet.

Thank Sally H
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed at the tip top twice. It is clean, sparse, and a good value for experienced travelers on a budget. Both times we were staying on a different part of the island but needed a room in Lihue for just a night to save travel time in the morning. We have only had breakfast in the restaurant and... More 

Thank tahoeskier
Vancouver, WA, USA
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I thought it was only average this time. The hamburger patty was small and thin. The gravy was ok, but it seemed a little skinny on mushrooms, etc. The locals still pack out the place. My wife thought her macadamia pancakes were so-so (bland) as well this time. Both seemed better our last trip.

Thank golfnut71952
Park City, Utah
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We went in for sushi which they didn't have this week so we ordered off the menu. The food was so weird it was like 1950's cafe met an Asian cafe. Fried chicken wings with a hamburger steak covered in gravy with macaroni salad, rice, low mein noodles. It all tasted ok, but the entire experience was well worth it.... More 

Thank Shirin S
Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

My rating is based on overall food, atmosphere, service, and cost for a casual dining experience. Tip Top is a go to place on the island with good food, fast and efficient service at reasonable prices. Parking in the front but it does get busy and there was a line of about 15 people waiting to get in when we... More 

Thank franthecat2013
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Tip Top was recommended to us by the concierge at Kauai Marriott for a good local breakfast. We sat down and while the menu was interesting, the cockroach that greeted us on our table wasn't!

2 Thank Donna A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

I got the Loco Moco and it was delicious! The service was super quick! I would definitely come back here if I find myself back on the island of Kaua'i

Thank Nick G

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
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: 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?