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Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro

2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2X3, Canada
+1 250-365-4916
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (17 reviews)
“cinnamon buns” (5 reviews)
“borscht” (22 reviews)
Closed
All hours
CUISINES
Russian, Canadian, Soups
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
2305 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 2X3, Canada
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1 - 10 of 81 reviews

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing food, proportions were the perfect size; great tasting & the coffee was freshly ground. Lots of options to chose for seating & serve was fantastic. We will eat here again.

Thank Crystal R
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

thank you!

Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Castlegar on our way to Calgary, which wasn't planned. My fiancée convinced me to stop at Dawn's and I am glad she did. Excellent place, great food and service, and the decoration is top notch!

Thank Konstantin M
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

thank you! a most pleasant surprise is quite a compliment!

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Great food, super patio and very friendly owner and staff. Highly recommend. Thanks Trip Advisor to help us find this gem.

Thank Travelbug201508
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2017

thank you for your review we do try to attempt to please everyone who comes our way happy travels

Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Went to a breakfast meeting here a few weeks ago. Neat little place nice people and good food. Be prepared to eat a big breakfast and enjoy good coffee. A good place to start your day.

Thank Jasper386
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Thank you so much! Our coffee comes from Trail coffee and Tea company. We love it too! thank you for the kind words. see you again

Reviewed 22 February 2017

Russian borscht was served with home made bread, cheeses, veggies and a dessert. The decor is very simple but makes you feel very comfortable.

Thank Happy77083
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

We are glad your visit was comfortable. Thank you for sharing about your experience here!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

What a great place to eat! Home style restaurant with my favourite barbeque beef or salmon burger. Great borsch. Very friendly staff. And their huge cinnamon and carrot cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just have to try it.More

Thank mpoz99
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2017

thank you! Weezie and Tom take a lot of pride in their borscht making. People have been loving it and coming back for many years. Our baking is all done here in our second kitchen, and the BBQ, well it deffinetly satisfies the tastebuds. All...More

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Very cute little restaurant! The staff is very friendly, the food is awesome and very inexpensive. It has a very fun atmosphere in this place. The only downfall is that they aren't open as much as I wish they were. I would definitely recommend this...More

Thank Kootenay_bc
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

Thank you for recommending us to others! Our winter break will soon end and we will be back at it Jan 10/2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great for lunch as well, comfort food, relaxed atmosphere. All homemade, something for everyone great spot.

Thank Fireside I
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

thank you for the review, i'm so glad you enjoyed yourself enough to let others know. Happy holidaze!

Reviewed 23 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...More

Thank Jerri_94
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2016

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

Reviewed 20 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.

Thank myers1720
Kathy F, Owner at Dawn's Early Rising Sunshine Cafe and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for noticing and sharing!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$16
Cuisine
Russian, Canadian, Soups
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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
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Description
Tom and Kathy are facing a difficult health situation this autumn. They will continue cooking delicious meals and the snacks and desserts you have come to love, even tho hours will be shorter for awhile. 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 and see what's up. Our Doukabor Borscht is a vegetarian delight- by Weezie- who is a local hero in the world of Borscht. Drop by and see what's going on, we'd love to have you!
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