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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

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Sandwiches, Barbecue, Soups
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2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
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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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
Great Russian specialties

Homemade Borscht, and other Russian specialties as well as other conventional food including quiche and homemade cookies in a community with a large Russian population. This family run restaurant made for a great stop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Wailuku, Hawaii
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Wailuku, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Homemade Borscht, and other Russian specialties as well as other conventional food including quiche and homemade cookies in a community with a large Russian population. This family run restaurant made for a great stop.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had some good borscht. My coworker finally got his meal after I was all done. They did apologize and indicated that they are short staffed. Maybe this was just a one of chance. Staff are nice. No complaints on the food.

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Squamish
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I have been here twice and the food is great. I had the green pea stuffed pastry (with the Russian name). All the food is made fresh and good portions.

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

thank you for the review on our Russian Pyrahi. It has become very popular with local and travellers alike. Weezie puts a lot of love into her cooking! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The eggs benny I had absolutely fantastic fresh hash browns made on the barbecue out back has such a unique flavor. I've had the quiche on multiple occasions absolutely fantastic homemade as well flavors are wonderful. Have not had a chance to get back there to have lunch yet looking forward to having Tom's burgers I've seen them haven't had... More 

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

Thank you! See you for lunch soon....a burger awaits you! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I drive for a living and healthy food is hard to come by. I asked for an omelette with sausage and green pepper as a wrap. The staff found the largest wrap they had and double wrapped the omelette for me so it was steering wheel food friendly. I did not ask for the double wrap so that is awesome... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your thoughts. You are welcome for the double wrap, its very convenient for some people, thanx for noticing! As for the Frap, guess you hit a bad day. Sorry for that. Happy Truckin!!! More 

Rossland, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I think this place was hyped too much for me. I think if I had found it on my own I would have been happier with it but I went in with high expectations that weren't really met. It's a nice average little breakfast spot that's light on service.

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

Thank you!. Its always nice to have other opinions. Happy travels! More 

Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Dawn's Place is not in the middle of things, especially if you are a visitor to Castlegar. We wanted a family style restaurant for breakfast and had to travel back west on the strip to find it but it was worth the trip. Fast service, help yourself coffee and tea and a lovely outdoor space to enjoy your meal. The... More 

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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 let others know you enjoyed your experience. its nice to share our space with New or return customers. Have a nice trip! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Customer service and ambiance...absolutely great and welcoming. Funky and comfortable. Lunched here. I would roll over and bark for a White Spot Burger...but I'm telling you I would do flips and holler for the burger here. Fabulous outdoor grilled burger enjoyed in a funky outdoor patio...count me in! And the quiche is to die for. All good home down, yet... More 

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

Wow thank you for the kind words. We really do enjoy to cook for folks like yourself to whom enjoy a tasty morsel. Thank you! More 

West Kelowna, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Always good food and lots of it for the price. They are very consistent on their preparations and make very tasty local and ethnic dishes. Great place for breakfast or lunch Tuesday through Saturday.

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

thank you! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

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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 

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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 - 11
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue, 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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