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Sunshine Family Restaurant

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American, Diner
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401 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001-7025
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this restaurant for breakfast in April 2016. The service was fast and friendly, the food was excellent. We went back this past weekend (October 2016) for a couples weekend and went back for breakfast both mornings! The owner was there each time, working along with his staff. He runs a tight ship. We were impressed and will... More 

Thank Timothy E
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Building looks nice on the outside, but tired on the inside. Waitress was very nice and helpful. Food was a good value and plentiful, but plain & bland.

Thank Herbert M
Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a place to get good breakfast food while traveling or out for breakfast. This a goo d spot.

Thank Daniel P E
Lincoln, Nebraska
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a local breakfast spot. It was packed on Monday morning with locals. The waitress was quick, friendly and attentive. Plenty of coffee. The Denver omelette from the senior menu was really good. Highly recommend.

Thank LicoriceLady
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving through town, stopped here for lunch after reading reviews on Trip Advisor-big mistake! It might be good for breakfast, but our lunches were bad. My fiancée ordered the open-faced meatloaf sandwich which came with mashed potatoes and gravy. None of it tasted homemade. In fact, he said it had no taste at all-so bad he couldn't eat... More 

Thank Deb E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staying at Hotel on Riverfront. Easy walking. Great fast service. Lots of locals so you know food is good. Had skillet breakfast which was very tasty!

Thank Donna M
Dubuque, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is really good there and at reasonable prices. The 4 piece fish dinner on Fridays was under $9. Soups are hot and homemade. Good portions. There is also a room off to the side for bigger family gatherings. We also had our son's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner there. Our waitress was very friendly, efficient and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their... More 

Thank DanNan L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

If we hadn't seen the reviews on Trip Advisor, we wouldn't have gone into this place. Kind of boring and sterile on the outside. Wasn't even sure it was a restaurant at first. Very nice and big on the inside. Our breakfasts were soooo good. The skillet breakfast I had was full of veggies, eggs and bacon. I ate the... More 

Thank turks
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Normally we visit sunshine west but with a lot of family in town this location was closer. With a large group the asked us to go into the banquet room. Even with a group of about 20 the food came out hot and fast and our server was extremely friendly.

Thank Brian W
Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Nice homey, small restaurant feel. Great portions, good wait staff. Reasonably quick turnaround. Great for the many businesses in the area for work related get together.

Thank John D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001-7025
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: 15635823090
been here for years, serve breakfast lunch and supper

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