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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

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2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
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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
Late Breakfast

We got there after the breakfast menu was closed and they still made us bacon and eggs. The food is always fresh and home made. The decor and staff are warm and friendly. We love the summer barbeques. There is no place like it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
PinnaclePAC
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Castlegar, Canada
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Castlegar, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got there after the breakfast menu was closed and they still made us bacon and eggs. The food is always fresh and home made. The decor and staff are warm and friendly. We love the summer barbeques. There is no place like it.

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

Its our pleasure to stretch the breaky limits when there is time and opportunity. Somedays we are too busy with lunch orders but i am glad to have been able to serve you your first choice! More 

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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for lunch and now am hooked. The food was REAL! not processed! The one must have is the cinnamon bun, but warning... you need to share it due to it being huge! The is a restaurant that you can eat at and feel good afterwards. The service is somewhat casual/slow but very friendly and all good things come... More 

Helpful?
Thank Boatergirl2000
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for the lovely review! We here at Dawns work hard to ensure everyone is well looked after. The summer can be a busy place...but always fresh.! Thanx again. More 

Trail, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Piping hot brunch! My eggs benni were great served with nicely cooked hashbrowns and a small bowl of fruit. Just enough of everything. The service was wonderful! I would recommend this for everyone.

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

Im so glad you enjoyed everything! thank you! More 

Guelph
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Delicious homemade breakfast - just like home...except that I did not have to cook, serve or clean up! This restaurant's decor alone is worth a visit but the food and wonderful, friendly service are enough to return again and again!

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

thank you! we are happy to cook and share our space with you. More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

This is the best place for a good home made breakfast. Real home made bread,amazing coffee. Freah cut potato hashbrowns. The prices are fair an tve customer service rocks! You will not be disapointed!

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

Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed everything. Happy travels!!! More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I was lookingto get some of the aforementioned soup and this place was located after a bit of asking around. 3 different locals all mentioned this little place by a strip of stores. I choose a large serving and the wife got a medium. By large, it was 4 or 5 cups of soup, not just a large bowl with... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed the borscht! thanx for letting us know. More 

Castlegar, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

We have been to Dawns Early Rising Sunshine Cafe quite. Few times with my son she has celiac disease. The staff are all super friendly and accommodating with his food allergy. Its provably the only place we've ate where he doesn't feel embarrassed to ask for a burger wrapped in lettuce or a sausage with no bun. The food is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Angela G
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for such a good word! we really do try to help with as many dietary needs as we can. Nothing worse than travelling with an upset Tummy after eating improperly. see you again, we hope! More 

Wailuku, Hawaii
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

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.

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

Hello and thank you for stopping by! We put a lot of love and attention into each meal and we are glad you enjoyed it. thank you for your time sharing with others. More 

Saskatoon, Canada
Level Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

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.

Helpful?
Thank ironhorse32
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for reviewing us today. We are glad you enjoyed the food, sorry for the delay with it. happy travels! More 

Squamish
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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1 Thank 509billp
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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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 11
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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