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Cafe Dawn

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203 W 1st St, Salida, CO 81201-2032
+1 719-539-5105
06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure why this cafe doesn't rank higher. I was in Salida for a week and was staying just around the corner from Cafe Dawn. The owner/barista was very, very friendly and the coffee and lattes were delicious. Moreover, it had great local flavor. It was clearly the place where everyone who lives in Salida comes to catch up in... More 

Thank morningsglory
Aspen, Colorado
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We have eaten breakfast here a number of times. They have a limited breakfast menu, but the coffee is delicious!

Thank Landondeane
Charlotte, NC
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453 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This was a return visit to Salida and to Cafe Dawn......second visit was just as lovely as the first...three years ago. The staff is very customer focused and friendly. The 'locals' who make up the majority of the customer base are equally as friendly and gracious. The coffee is organic and fair trade - a nice plus. I enjoyed the... More 

Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Stopped in for to go coffee. Place is cute plus the staff is friendly and helpful. So if you are looking for a non chain coffee shop, here's your place.

Thank LoriDDenver
Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We came in at the end of the day after traveling a few hours. They were still open so we got a couple Americanos. Drip coffee was out for the day. Just what we needed to walk the downtown for the rest of the evening. Anyway, the coffee shop has a really cool interior and had great music playing. If... More 

Thank Paulsson72
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Coffee drinks good enough. Had bagel egg sandwich which was boring and plain. Owners demeanor with customers (me) was off putting. Don't accept credit/debit cards and is cash only which is a little antiquated/annoying. Will find another coffee joint in the future.

Thank Bruce S
Sutherland, Nebraska
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a coffee refill and made a little joke about the $2.10 price and got a bad attitude from the girl, wont ever go back there again.

Thank kwtrukin
Seattle, Washington
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for two espressos over ice and they looked at me like I had two heads. Not thrilled with the price of $9.00 +. Then coffee really was bitter. Will not return.

Thank Dano L
Denver, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The thing I like most about Cafe Dawn is how comfortable it is. I've visited twice: once to have some coffee while catching up on my email; the second time, to get something cold to drink after a hot, dusty hike. Their coffee and drinks are fine although there are other places I prefer. I really come because it's such... More 

Thank Judy M
Denver, Colorado
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145 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This former filling station has become a local favorite. Great coffee and delicious baked goods in a pleasant indoor/outdoor setting make it a must do. It's on the Northwest side of the downtown shops so it's a great break to sit and caffeinate before continuing on! Don't miss it!

Thank ParkhillDad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 W 1st St, Salida, CO 81201-2032
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Salida
  • Phone Number: +1 719-539-5105
CAFE DAWN is committed to offering a great cup of coffee and fast, friendly service. We proudly serve Allegro Organic, Fair Trade espresso, coffee and loose tea, along with delicious and locally-made baked goods, frittatas and egg sandwiches.

Established in 2008, CAFE DAWN has been voted BEST coffee shop by the community every year.

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