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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

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Sandwiches, Barbecue, Bakery, Soups
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2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Dawns early rising sunshine cafe is a family run business. The indoor and...
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 never frozen BBQ Burger, Kathy's Quiche, Gramma's bran muffins, 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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  • 23
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Mine was awesome, My wife's not so much

We were able to make it this trip and we were so excited. The guys had the eggs Benny, We both agreed it was spot on and it was amazing. Some of the best I have ever had. Our wives had the breakfast wrap, or burrito. They both took a couple bites and they just were not impressed. I tasted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
lewichris
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were able to make it this trip and we were so excited. The guys had the eggs Benny, We both agreed it was spot on and it was amazing. Some of the best I have ever had. Our wives had the breakfast wrap, or burrito. They both took a couple bites and they just were not impressed. I tasted... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your response...Glad you enjoyed the Beni's. Sorry the wraps lacked what you were looking for. Typically our Custom Sausage is very highly recommended. Thank you for coming in! More 

Castlegar, Canada
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This resturant has great food and great staff. I have eaten here at least 6 times for breakfast. I like Tom's breakfast sausage cooked over a open fire grill in the back. Not many resturants still make home cooked food from scratch. - The best West Kootenay cinnamon buns are made here! As well the value for your dollar can't... More 

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

Thank you very much! see you again. More 

Surrey, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Our second trip to this place and they did not make us regret. Amazing, I mean amazing coffee. The bacon and eggs was the best I have had. My wife and kids had the eggs beny and loved it as well. Very funky atmosphere. Keep it up!

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

Thank you! I'm Glad your day started with a good breakfast...I hear it's the most important meal of the day, it may as well taste good too. thank you for visiting us again. Happy travels! More 

trail, BC
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

we were doing an ethnic day with our girl guide group and stopped here for Doukabour food.......wow it was amazing!!!! Best borcsht I have had in years. The girls got to try a couple of other dishes as well.

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

Thank you so much for coming, it was nice to have you here. Glad you loved the borscht! More 

Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Eclectic decorations, cool older commercial space with high ceilings, decks for days, and plank floors - perfect casual funk decor, cheerful staff that are enjoying their work, and super good food. We had Doukobour because of a craving, but I watched the orders from the BBQ going by and could see that they would be just as good. They have... More 

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

thank you so much! very kind words... More 

British Columbia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love this place! Best coffee in town, and the best food as well. I could only make it for lunch (working nightshift and all), but next time up there I'm going to try the breakfast. Food is fresh and flavourful & the people are excellent.

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

thank you for taking the time to review our little cafe. We DO try to make every dish with care and love. See you again! More 

Elkford
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

You can get the best Borscht in Castlegar here. The menu is small but every item is first class. They also have great coffee and sweets. The decor is casual and the staff is friendly. This is our fav lunch cafe in town.

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

Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your visit! The best part of our day is cooking up great meals for those who appreciate it! More 

Castlegar, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great food and great staff. This is home style cooking and the atmosphere is layer back and stress free. Just stay awhile and visit with old and new friends. There is no hurry here. Life is short. Enjoy.

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

Thank you so much, Life IS short...enjoy today. thank you! More 

Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I visited Castlegar and had the pleasure of having lunch at the café. The Borscht was absolutely the best I have ever tasted. We also shared a pyrahi. It was a good size and shared by two of us. I will recommend this café to any one who would love the very best comfort food. Now to find that borscht... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us! we appreciate your comments. We like sharing our place with friends like yourself. Now the borscht recipe ... we'll have to arm wrestle over that one! ...actually the Doukaboor Museum has a cookbook and i believe it's in there. good luck! kathy More 

Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What a surprise. This place has great surroundings and really good food. The staff are pleasant and helpful. The cafe has ceiling tiles with flair and plenty of things to look at. Don't forget to check out the art gallery attached.

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

Thank you for noticing the little details, and yes... we do really enjoy our customers. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Castlegar
  • Phone Number: +1 250-365-4916

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 12
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue, Bakery, Soups

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 never frozen BBQ Burger, Kathy's Quiche, Gramma's bran muffins, 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.
Open Hours
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?