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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 V1N2X3, Canada
2503654916
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8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Lunch & Breakfast place! My husband and I always enjoy what ever we order here. Nothing fancy but great home cooking. They always have fresh cinnamon buns & baking. Their Borcht & Russian cusine is fabulous! Breakfast is great! Lots of choices. Prices are very reasonable. Service is excellent!

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Thank Betty K
Alberta, Canada
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a road trip to Vancouver, eating and staying at places that rated highly on Trip Advisor. Stopped here for lunch and were not disappointed. My husband had the chill and I had the borscht, both with homemade bread. Good price, friendly service, and delicious, homemade food. Fun, eclectic decor. Bought a cinnamon bun and a very large cookie... More 

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

thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to share with others your experience! It certainly is our goal to satisfy a hungry traveller. happy trails! More 

Swift Current, Canada
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a special trip from Kaslo to try this place for breakfast, the waitress never came around till we stopped her and asked for coffee and water, which was self serve apparently, the waitress once she took our order never brought it out and had 2 other girls bring it out. Not once did any of them check in to... More 

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Thank 867jesseu
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

WOW, that seemed a tad harsh...no mention of our food even? Anyways, I AM SO SORRY your experience was, at the least ... OFF! Our usual waitress was away with a very sick baby. We are reliant on a solid staff and when one is away, our weaknesses show. Ignoring tables is NOT our typical MO...sorry! Our self service coffee... More 

Castlegar, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, fun atmosphere, awesome service. Dawn's is a wonderful place for breakfast and lunch. Highly recommend it!

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

thank you for letting others know you enjoyed your time here with us at Dawns! More 

Banff, Canada
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Came for lunch. The lunch menu is short but sweet. Sandwiches with coleslaw for $8, fresh BBQ sandwiches (chicken, sausage, etc) with slaw and pan fries for $12. Simple but very good. Chicken was perfectly cooked, bread was fresh and delicious. The place had a great small town vibe, very bright and pleasant. Absolutely no complaints.

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

Hello! We are glad you stopped by and enjoyed our place. Thank you for taking the time to tell others! happy travels.... More 

Nelson, Canada
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99 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Great place. It has interesting things to look at everywhere--this includes the ceiling. I've been there for breakfast and for lunch--both menus are full of old favourites. It is all good. The service is highly personalized and always welcoming. In a hurry? Great borscht and chili are at the ready.

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

thank you for your honest and kind comments! we certainly enjoy feeding people who want flavour! See you again! More 

Shelby, Montana
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303 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

A pleasant start to a day. We stopped in for a light brunch and got treated to a very tasty borscht and a just right spiced chilly....and if that was not good enough we took a very delicious and very large cinnamon...I mean a very large cinnamon roll to go. This is a great place to stop and relax.

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

thank you for letting fellow travellers know about your experience! We do like to dazel people with our Cinnamon Buns. happy travels! More 

Castlegar, Canada
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Generous breakfast portions. Lunch item specials including bortcht and homemade soups. Light atmosphere, good coffee.

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

thank you for coming by and taking the time to tell others about your experience! happy travels! More 

Castlegar, Canada
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

excellent meals and great service -- the owners are extremely nice and go out of their way to make your meal enjoyable

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Thank gread2016
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

thank you! More 

Kelowna, Canada
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Traveling thru Castlegar last week and used trip adviser app on phone to find this hideaway. Glad we did ... Best borscht my daughter and I have had in a very long time. It was thick with vegetables served with bread and a slice of cheese. Very much a meal in itself. I believe cost was $5 per person for... More 

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

thank you for stopping by! our desserts are all quite large and we all quite enjoy them too! Weezie has been making borscht in this area for many years and we are happy to have her here with us. thanx again for your feed back and HAPPY TRAVELS! More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$2 - $11
Cuisine
Russian, Cafe, Canadian, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N2X3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Castlegar
  • Phone Number: 2503654916
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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