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Alternative Grounds Coffee & Tea House

321 Hwy 16 | British Columbia, Burns Lake, British Columbia V0J 1E0, Canada
+1 250-692-3303
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (12 reviews)
“waffles” (6 reviews)
“paninis” (3 reviews)
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Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
321 Hwy 16 | British Columbia, Burns Lake, British Columbia V0J 1E0, Canada
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place for breakfast, lunch, or coffee but if i had to recommend just one thing it would be the muffins. They are the best fore miles around!!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 615cheym
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Our preferred place to have breakfast when the place was open. Healthy options as well as standard fare.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank llross
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Having camped overnight at Spirit Park we looked for a breakfast spot - there is not much choice in Burns Lake. Our boys enjoyed waffles which were nice but nothing special. The coffee was good as was the muffin. A little pricy overall. Free wifi...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank HelenaL305
Reviewed June 19, 2018

We were travelling along and tenting it so we decided to eat here for breakfast. Well all we can say is that the staff work hard to provide you with the best ever food . Their egg scramble was the best ever we had anywhere....More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Marie J
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Quite possibly the best coffee house on highway 16 between Jasper and Prince Rupert. Super friendly staff, wonderful service, and great food. Best egg scramble i’ve ever had. My wife always always has special dietary requests (they aren’t requirements - she’s just picky) and staff...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Michael R
Reviewed February 23, 2018

We were treated very nicely by several of the staff. The food was great - try one of the several originally-designed paninis and top it off with a salt-carmel brownie....yummy. Our waiter was naturally personable, and not 'over the top' as are many waiters nowadays....More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Jim S
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

I always enjoy going to Alternative Grounds for coffee or lunch. The ambience is very relaxing & the staff are very friendly. I would definitely recommend this great coffee shop!

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank SharonG1498
Reviewed January 19, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I come to this little cafe often and have always had a decent experience until the last couple times. As they have a full menu for breakfast and lunch but only offer counter service it can leave the customer with an awkward...More

Date of visit: January 2018
1  Thank Christina L
AltBL, Owner at Alternative Grounds Coffee & Tea House, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2018

My sincerest apologies for your uncomfortable experience. I take great pride in providing the best possible service to all our customers & try to instill this value in my staff as well. Thank you for this reminder.....I will be sure to speak to my staff...More

Reviewed August 16, 2017

Good variety - light menu and tables outside (and inside providing the weather cooperates) Convenient - fight on the highway. Limited parking across the road

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed July 22, 2017

Always good food and good service. Trendy place right in the middle of town. Sunny summer days allow for seating outside.

Date of visit: July 2017
1  Thank Melody S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Hwy 16 | British Columbia, Burns Lake, British Columbia V0J 1E0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Burns Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 250-692-3303
  • E-mail
Alternative Grounds has moved! We are now located downtown on Hwy 16 across from the Chevron/Town Pantry. Our offerings include full breakfasts (available all day), waffles, home-baking, made-in-house soups, fresh salads, upscale sandwiches & paninis,& pizza. Specializing in gourmet organic, fair-trade coffees & loose leaf teas & real fruit smoothies. Gluten-free & vegetarian options always available. Call us for your catering & gift basket needs!
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