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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 V1N 2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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Tue - Sat 08:00 - 14:00
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I almost missed this little Haven as I was only in the area for a few days and it is tucked away at one end of the town but luckily I was recommended to make it a point to stop in and try some of the wonderful food. Not only were my taste buds pleasantly tickled by the Eggs Benedict... More 

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Thank Jerri_94
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about breakfast and lunch! next time you are back in town, do drop by again. happy travels kathy More 

Castlegar, Canada
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

an eclectic gathering of art & kitsch, a variety of places to sit, with good clean wholesome food. very nice in the summer when you can sit outside on one of the two patios.

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Thank myers1720
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for noticing and sharing! More 

Red Deer, Canada
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119 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Want a casual colorful atmosphere - fresh coffee - and home made EVERYTHING breakfast?? This is the place!!! The moment you walk into the front door - you KNOW the owners are having fun in this place - and the enthusiasm of the decor is also in the food - fresh fresh fresh We completely enjoyed our breakfasts - flavorful... More 

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

LOL THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM! We do love feeding people, we surely do. I'm glad you noticed. ...i have a confession ...sigh, we don't make the jam, there i said it. Its so good you think its homemade right! See you again! ..helpful! More 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Small, unassuming place on the south end of town. Run by a family with obvious passion. Home-style food was generous and delicious. We liked it enough to go back the next day.

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

We are glad you came by and enjoyed yourselves...twice! Happy travels!! More 

West Sussex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We found this after asking where we could get some lunch in Castlegar. They were very welcoming. We were offered outside seating on a choice of four patios. The people/staff were so nice and welcoming and the burger I had was delicious. I cannot remember what my friends had but we all enjoyed it. Coffee seemed help yourself although I... More 

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

Thank you for such a thorough recommendation. It really was a lovely day for your family sitting outside, i'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. we trust you enjoyed the rest of your trip! More 

Castlegar, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Very good food, friendly staff, multiple patios to choose from, bbq in rear, quirky decor, highly recommended

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

thank you! Yes, our decor is definitely like us...quirky. thats a great compliment to us! thank you More 

Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Friendly, good service, and tasty eats! All the normal menu items plus some local doukhobor cuisine and a unique bbq flare.

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

Thank you for telling others you enjoyed your stop at Dawns! happy travels More 

Saskatchewan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Went bz we heard the Borsht was good and it was Fabulous and I have had a few bowls of it In my time!! 5 people in our group and everyone was happy with the quality and portion size. The bathrooms were clean. The outdoor bbq and sitting area was fun and shaded. Definetly will go back when we r... More 

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

thank you for dropping to share your experience. Its awesome to know you enjoyed yourselves! see you again then! More 

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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Very good food, big cups of fresh coffe, and a local showcase of art and history. This restaurant is definately a local favourite. Your appetite will bring you in, and the friendly, comfortable feeling of being there will bring you back for seconds!

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

Thank you ever so much for your kind words, so well said. Thank you! More 

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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

What a jewel. Amazing, cheerful atmosphere..... wonderful, wonderful staff.....excellent home cooked food & pastries. Comfortable & relaxed......& perhaps even a tad ecclectic. Love it

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Thank wen6dy
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this review

thank you so much for such a kind compliment. we really do enjoy what we do and where we do it! thank you again More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 11
Cuisine
Russian, Cafe, Canadian, Soups
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:00
Thursday
08:00 - 14:00
Friday
08:00 - 14:00
Saturday
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2X3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Kootenay Rockies  >  Castlegar
  • Phone Number: +1 250-365-4916
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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