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Sunshine Family Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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401 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001-7025
+1 563-582-3090
06:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 15:00
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This corner diner has everything you would want for breakfast! Our party enjoyed eggs to order, bacon, ham, corned beef hash, hash browns with cheese and onions, coffee and juice. Service was quick and efficient, and food was ample in size, hot and delicious, We even had extra potatoes to take home. This is a wonderful find in downtown Dubuque.

Thank Robert W
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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366 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a classic "old school" diner that has great food and atmosphere. Service is always fast and friendly. Portions are large and prices are very reasonable.

Thank Michael H
Evanston, Illinois
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a Chicago person who likes diners, in Chicago and in New York City! They often have good simple food. Sunshine family restaurant has the atmosphere of a corner diner, but the food was below par. The french fries were heavy and greasy. The fish sandwich was inedible. All in all it tasted like low quality food service food,... More 

Thank Tracy T
Bethel Park, United States
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and we're in Dubuque and we're looking for lunch. This place was listed on TripAdvisor. It was a bargain. They have a senior menu and many items to choose on their regular menu. Home made soup, very good. Lunch specials also a bargain. Place has been there for many years, if you are in the stop for good... More 

Thank James S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always fast, always friendly. Very simple and basic ambiance, could use a little updating on the inside, but let me tell you - nothing brings back memories of grandmothers cooking quite like this place. Pretty eclectic menu - ranging from breakfast sandwiches to hot open faced beef sandwiches smothered in gravy. Their Sausage Supreme Skillet is my favorite - seasoned... More 

Thank Meghan L
Moline, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We stayed in downtown Dubuque and went for a walk to see what the area restaurants had to offer for breakfast. We stopped in and had a wonderful, hearty breakfast that was reasonably priced. The restaurant was a mix of both locals and tourist, but everyone was made to feel welcome. I would return to this restaurant and recommend it... More 

Thank ksumday
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Went here on a recommendation from the Holiday Inn and although we had to wait 10-15 minutes, it was well worth it!! Our indication of a great restaurant is if the parking lot is full and droves of people are there - this fit both criteria! Had the two for two breakfast, which came very fast and everything was phenomenal.... More 

Thank WisconsinLor
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We had to wait 10 minutes for a table, but it was worth the wait. I had a skillet with hash browns, onions, and peppers. Food came quickly and it was hot! Delicious.

Thank Margaret E
Dyersville, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Went here for the Lunch Special. AMAZING food, fast service, friendly employees. SO cheap for what you get too!

Thank nickivb21
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

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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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001-7025
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-582-3090
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?