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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

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$$ - $$$
Russian, Cafe, Canadian, Soups
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2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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08:00 - 14:00
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Alberta
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to a breakfast meeting here a few weeks ago. Neat little place nice people and good food. Be prepared to eat a big breakfast and enjoy good coffee. A good place to start your day.

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Thank Jasper386
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Our coffee comes from Trail coffee and Tea company. We love it too! thank you for the kind words. see you again More 

Castlegar, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Russian borscht was served with home made bread, cheeses, veggies and a dessert. The decor is very simple but makes you feel very comfortable.

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Thank Happy77083
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

We are glad your visit was comfortable. Thank you for sharing about your experience here! More 

Castlegar, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

What a great place to eat! Home style restaurant with my favourite barbeque beef or salmon burger. Great borsch. Very friendly staff. And their huge cinnamon and carrot cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just have to try it.

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Thank mpoz99
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

thank you! Weezie and Tom take a lot of pride in their borscht making. People have been loving it and coming back for many years. Our baking is all done here in our second kitchen, and the BBQ, well it deffinetly satisfies the tastebuds. All the aromas waft thru the neighbourhood, enticing folks to come over and over again. see... More 

Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Very cute little restaurant! The staff is very friendly, the food is awesome and very inexpensive. It has a very fun atmosphere in this place. The only downfall is that they aren't open as much as I wish they were. I would definitely recommend this to anybody for breakfast! Best breakfast and cinnamon buns in castlegar

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Thank Kootenay_bc
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for recommending us to others! Our winter break will soon end and we will be back at it Jan 10/2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! More 

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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great for lunch as well, comfort food, relaxed atmosphere. All homemade, something for everyone great spot.

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Thank Fireside I
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

thank you for the review, i'm so glad you enjoyed yourself enough to let others know. Happy holidaze! More 

Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I almost missed this little Haven as I was only in the area for a few days and it is tucked away at one end of the town but luckily I was recommended to make it a point to stop in and try some of the wonderful food. Not only were my taste buds pleasantly tickled by the Eggs Benedict... More 

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Thank Jerri_94
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about breakfast and lunch! next time you are back in town, do drop by again. happy travels kathy More 

Castlegar, Canada
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

an eclectic gathering of art & kitsch, a variety of places to sit, with good clean wholesome food. very nice in the summer when you can sit outside on one of the two patios.

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Thank myers1720
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for noticing and sharing! More 

Red Deer, Canada
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134 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Want a casual colorful atmosphere - fresh coffee - and home made EVERYTHING breakfast?? This is the place!!! The moment you walk into the front door - you KNOW the owners are having fun in this place - and the enthusiasm of the decor is also in the food - fresh fresh fresh We completely enjoyed our breakfasts - flavorful... More 

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Thank Gord H
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

LOL THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM! We do love feeding people, we surely do. I'm glad you noticed. ...i have a confession ...sigh, we don't make the jam, there i said it. Its so good you think its homemade right! See you again! ..helpful! More 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Small, unassuming place on the south end of town. Run by a family with obvious passion. Home-style food was generous and delicious. We liked it enough to go back the next day.

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Thank Rick T
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

We are glad you came by and enjoyed yourselves...twice! Happy travels!! More 

West Sussex
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71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We found this after asking where we could get some lunch in Castlegar. They were very welcoming. We were offered outside seating on a choice of four patios. The people/staff were so nice and welcoming and the burger I had was delicious. I cannot remember what my friends had but we all enjoyed it. Coffee seemed help yourself although I... More 

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Thank WestSussexSarah
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for such a thorough recommendation. It really was a lovely day for your family sitting outside, i'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. we trust you enjoyed the rest of your trip! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11
Cuisine
Russian, Cafe, Canadian, Soups
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:00
Thursday
08:00 - 14:00
Friday
08:00 - 14:00
Saturday
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2X3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Castlegar
  • Phone Number: +1 250-365-4916
Description
Dawns early rising sunshine cafe is a family run business. The indoor and outdoor spaces reveal our unique view of the world. Decorated with our mothers love of lighthouses in mind, there is a lot to keep your eyes busy. Our desire to feed people flavourful meals in our large home style kitchen comes from years of raising families and entertaining friends. After a busy day here in the kitchen we take the time to do our own grocery shopping to ensure the best quality products are ready for the next days cooking and baking. We think it would be worth your while to stop by for Tom's handmade BBQ Burger, Kathy's Quiche, or a piece of our homemade carrot cake with an expresso. Our Doukabor Borscht is a vegetarian delight- by Weezie- who is a local hero in the world of Borscht. See you! Tues-Saturdays 8 - 2.

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