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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
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06:30 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 06:30 - 14:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Building is not much to look at but breakfast was devine. Recommend the banana and/or macadamia nut pancakes. Service efficient.

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Thank Emily D
California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We arrived around 8:30am and there was a line to the door. We were worried but the lady in front us assured us that the line moves quickly and she was correct. There were so many locals there. We knew it was going to be good and we weren't disappointed. We ordered the pancakes with banana and macadamia nuts. SO... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 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 

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Mililani, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 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.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

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 

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Thank Garry H
Lihue, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 

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Vancouver, WA, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 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.

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 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 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 7
Cuisine
American, Diner, Hawaiian
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 14:00
Thursday
06:30 - 14:00
Friday
06:30 - 14:00
Saturday
06:30 - 14:00
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?