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US$5 - US$10
Diner, Canadian
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Reviewed August 24, 2021

While visiting Winnipeg, my husband and I went for breakfast on a Sunday morning at The Dawning. Our hotel restaurant was closed due to Covid so I googled breakfast restaurants in St. James & thought we would support a local/family run business. Good location on...Portage Avenue in St. James, with parking either in the lot or on the street. When we arrived we were seated in a booth (masks currently required). The restaurant appears to be family fun and perhaps used to be a Chinese food establishment? We thought the price of $8.75 for a full breakfast was very reasonable, our orders arrived quickly and the food was delicious. Our orange juices came in a bottle (odd) and coffee was decent. The atmosphere inside was somewhat grungy - I attempted to use the ladies washroom but there was no toilet paper. I let our server/the owner know but he never did take the time to put toilet paper in there. My husband ended up getting me some from the men's washroom instead. The washroom also has one of those old cloth dispenser rolls to wipe your hands - haven't seen one of those in 20 years! We were a bit surprised our bill came to over $30, since our meals were only $17.50. Quite few regulars come here - not sure if we would return next time we visit Winnipeg.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 11, 2021

Small mom and pop diner with home cooked meals to die for. Excellent prices and service. This is our weekly breakfast stop. See you next week.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed February 20, 2021 via mobile

Always great food here. Try the Spanish omelet with salsa. Great service and with a smile and great prices.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 16, 2021

Spanish omelet with salsa was amazingly great. Very friendly mom and pop place. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed December 3, 2020

I am new to this area of the city, but had heard good things about The Dawning, so decided to try it out for breakfast this morning. Take out of course, due to COVID-19. After looking up the menu online, I phoned and requested the...Western Mushroom Omelette. He told me I could pick it up in 15 minutes and It was ready just as I arrived. The omelette was absolutely delicious as were the hashbrowns. There was more than I could eat for one meal, so I had leftovers for my lunch. I am looking forward to my next visit when I will try out the lunch menu.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 5, 2020 via mobile

Just had the takeout breakfast, and it was absolutely amazing, just as good as the in restaurant dining. This local family owned restaurant puts a lot of care into their service and delicious food, wish we would have discovered this place earlier!

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed June 26, 2020

eggs very small overcooked bacon, not good breakfast and not looking clean will not go back. service was there but no refills. Not a nice experience.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed November 12, 2019

Can't miss with breakfast here at the Dawning. The eggs bennie with corned beef is my go to favourite. I can never seem to get enough of the home fries as they are soooo yummy good. Great service with lots of coffee top ups. Very...affordable to boot.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 13, 2019

It’s another hole in the wall Winnipeg hot spot. Great breakfast choices with daily specials. Large portions and reasonable prices.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 15, 2019

Service excellent. They know you by name, what table you like to sit at and no menus required because they know what you’re going to have. The pickerel special on Friday’s is always fresh and comes with a great price.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, The Dawning offers takeaway services.

The Dawning is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3