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Coldwater Cafe & Catering
Coldwater Cafe & Catering

Coldwater Cafe & Catering Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coldwater-cafe.com
  • Phone: (937) 667-0007
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch (Walk-In Only): Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner (Reservations Recommended): Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Hoover
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Coldwater Cafe & Catering is able to do events from 12-250. Coldwater can do anything from custom catering menus, standard catering menu or box lunches. We can design a menu for your special occasion or you can choose from our standard catering or box lunch menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two rooms available for private dining, each with its own style and personality. We will work with you to create a personalized dining experience perfect for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenny Swigart (937) 667-0007
  • Entertainment: Jazz music consisting of guitar, keyboard and/or bass, mostly on weekends starting at 7:00 PM
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Valentine’s Day we create a specialized menu for the evening. Chef Nick puts together a divine combination of entrees, sides, salads and desserts that are not offered together during the remainder of the year. Founder, Betty Peachey, creates an ambiance not to be missed with the dining room bathed only in candlelight. Reservations are recommended.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Streets
  • Public Transit: None
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A newly-designed and landscaped parking lot is in the rear of the building. Street parking is also available.
A word from Coldwater Cafe & Catering
This restaurant housed in a former bank building in the heart of downtown Tipp City offers quality dining in a small-town setting. The decor is warm and welcoming and is a delight for the senses. The fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere while the full bar allows patrons a relaxing stop while awaiting a fabulous meal. The inviting atmosphere encourages relaxed conversation. You may be surprised to find that a restaurant in such a small town has some rather sophisticated choices on the menu alongside your more normal fare, with entrees such as ostrich being offered. If you are looking for a decadent dessert, look no further than the butter-drenched English Tea Cake! An easy drive from all points in the Dayton area, words cannot do it justice. A visit is a must and will be the first of many.

Reservations accepted for dinner only.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have never been disappointed with a dining experience. It's usually a special occassion place for us, but my husband enjoys the salmon so much that it has become a more frequent stop. The lobster cakes and spinach salad are the two I almost always opt for...never disappointed. We rarely opt for desert, but Lord knows if we do, the tea cake or bread pudding is to die for."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Six of us very much enjoyed dinner in the evening. We had a "girls night out" and loved it. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine and was a great help; also very pleasant. Three could not make it and we plan to come back again with them in tow as well."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "For special occasion or just because you will always be treated to stellar service and attention to detail."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "One thing that makes Coldwater Café remarkable is consistency. The lobster crabcakes are always prepared the same way and are absolutely delicious.....as is everything else on the menu! Don't miss this exceptional dining experience."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our dinner last evening was so delicious! I had the ruby red trout special and my friend ordered the ribeye. Both meals were sooo good and the server was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We love the warm and intimate dining room and would urge anyone to try this lovely restaurant. Kudos to Chef Nick!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My Wife and I love this hidden gem of Tipp City. Very personable staff, cozy atmosphere and amazing food. Definitely try the Ostrich!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful setting, great service and even better food! Mature feeling and intelligent menu."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Friends and I were impressed with the food. One of the best in the area. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always Wonderful! Great food, Great service, Great martinis. The potato chip crusted walleye was wonderful. We always enjoy dining here."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The New York Strip was amazing. Cooked to perfection and the accompanying wine reduction complimented it perfectly. Always a treat to eat here!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We happened on to Coldwater Cafe while in the area visiting family. Wow ...lucky us! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, start to finish. Nice variety available for each course, as well as wines to choose from. All was very delicious. Great service too. We will return when back in the area."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We go to Dayton every year for the Hamvention. This was the 4th year that we that we went to the Coldwater Cafe, and we will be back next year. We had a table for 8 in the Board Room and it was as if we had our own privat restaurant. The food and wine and service was great. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We are clean eaters. We thought given the "grass fed" descriptions on several menu items and price point we'd be okay. My best guess is that they use MSG(or some other flavor enhancer) like every other restaurant & we just have to deal with the consequences. It's unfortunate to spend $65 on a meal & feel physically ill afterwards. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The seafood entrees were both superb, the server delightfully personable and knowledgeable, the atmosphere just right for our celebration of Mother's Day on Saturday evening. Perfect."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Coldwater has always been our favorite place to dine. Took some out of town relatives. Everything was outstanding as usual with the exception of rare filet being much closer to medium. Very unusual for Coldwater."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The Coldwater Cafe was everything my wife and I had hoped for and more. Although I intended to get the ostrich filet for dinner, I "chickened" out in the end. Regardless, the lobster-cakes were excellent, the ambience was romantic, and the waitstaff--attentive. It was perfect."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Cold water Cafe simply is the best dining experience in the Dayton region. The food and service are first rate without being stuffy or pretentious."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We arrived on time but had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. However, it was well worth the wait. The ambiance was right for a special occasion, and the noise level was low enough for a comfortable conversation across the table, even though there was a jazzy duo playing in the bar. The entrees (our group had the duck and ostrich) were well prepared. One came with the wrong side (which was delicious anyway). The desserts were generous and delicious as well. This is a destination restaurant, not a place to grab a quick bite with other plans for the evening. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I want to thank the staff at Coldwater once again for the great dining experience. We arrived a little early and had a drink at the bar. The staff made sure we were attended to wonderfully. We were taken to a quiet table where we could enjoy our meal and conversation. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful in the selection of our meal. Also in helping us pick a wine to pair with our meal. The crab cake appetizers were delicious and the steaks we ordered were very good and cooked perfectly. The tea cake with butter sauce was the perfect dessert to end our dining experience and we were still talking about it the next day. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Been to restaurants in Chicago, Seattle, Caribbean, Mexico, Ireland. My fav is still Coldwater Cafe! It is our tradition now....anniversary dinner Is at Coldwater Cafe!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is one of the best places to eat in the Miami Valley. The different Meats are Outstanding. It was my Wife's Birthday, so when they found out She got a real nice Desert. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is the ideal restaurant - charming surroundings, gracious staff, and out-of -this-world culinary treats. From the home made soups to the in-house dessert creations, this restaurant is always consistent yet creative. And the music in the bar on Friday and Saturday nights makes you feel you are in a sophisticated establishment. We are very fortunate to have a restaurant of this quality in the Dayton area."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "There were four in our party and all of us rated our meals and service outstanding,"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Coldwater Cafe ranks among my all time favorites, the fish specials are always spot on (pricey, but worth it). I opted for the shrimp and brie pasta dish and the mussels to start. Outstanding."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have been enjoying Coldwater years and years for special events, girls gatherings, romatic dinners and sister fun!! Never disappointed!!!! Quality of service, food and great ambiance hasn't changed ever!!! Can always trust Coldwater for a great time!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We've enjoyed Coldwater Cafe many times. It's our first choice for special dining."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Both our meals were superb in taste and presentation. Service was excellent and the server was very knowledgeable about the menu. The choice of alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) was excellent. We make dining at Coldwater an annual event for our anniversary and try to get there several other times during the year."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The Coldwater Cafe was surprising in several good ways in tiny little Tipp City, Ohio. First, outside-the-box entrees like ostrich and Wagu Beef and then, dining in what was once the vault of the Tipp City National Bank. We had reservations and were seated within a few minutes of arrival. Ity wasn't obvious we were in the former bank's vault - seems like the restaurant owners weren't sure what to do with the diea, so lots of monetary and historical bank items decorate the walls. Too bad about the faux drop ceiling. Our server was attentive, but didn't wow us. What she may have lacked, the dinner more than made up for. And the desserts (I had the house flagship tea cake, my wife had the carrot cake) were spectacular."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a special event to celebrate with someone we did not know well. Could not have found a better place for conversation and a relaxed environment. It was a memorable evening."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food was goodt but think the menu is limited. Daily specials supplement it, but still not enough variety. Service was somewhat slow even though not a particularly busy night. ."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My party of 4 visited on a Friday night. Atmosphere wonderful, service awesome, but the star of Cold Water is the food. We began with Mussels (to-die-for), shrimp cocktail, and a bottle of the house wine that night. What a way to begin! When our food came (We each ordered a variety of fish: Salmon, Sea Bass, Tilipila, and Crab Cakes which we shared), not one of us was disappointed. Fish was done just right and the sides were outstanding. Our only collective regret was that we didn't have several more people in our party so we could have ordered two of the fabulous-sounding specials. We finished with desert (Peanut butter pie, Bread pudding) and wow what a treat. If you go, save room for desert (they're easily split among several people)."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent as always. Espresso was only warm, not hot. Normally service here is excellent. This night it was only fair."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service! Everyone was very friendly!! This is by far my favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. The food was awesome with perfect portions. The customer service was top notch. The prices are a little high, but every aspect of the meal was great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We loved the iPad wine list with extensive information about each wine but still had questions so the sommelier assisted us most graciously to pick out a bottle of red we had never tried but were happy to discover. Salads were extremely fresh--little glass carafe of olive oil and balsamic vinegar was nice touch. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his local ribeye and unusual mashed potatoes--fried for a little crunch on the outside. My roast duck was done to a "T" along with the roasted potatoes. Server graciously swapped out Asian chili sauce for a cherry-wine sauce. Desserts (chocolate torte, hot fudge pecan ball) were, as all Dayton agrees, divine! All in a renovated 19th century bank, complete with vault and board room (for dining)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I love the ambience of this place, fireplace, music and service is what keeps us coming back! I love the shrimp & bri pasta and my husband gets the filet migon every time! This is a great date night or special occasion spot."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Had another wonderful meal with fun people at Coldwater Cafe. Great place and very consistant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past week at Coldwater Cafe. We were greeted in a very friendly manner, our coats taken to be "checked" and then seated. Our server, Jocelyn, was outstanding! Her knowledge of the wine list, menu and dessert selections was excellent! She recommended the wine for my husband (which was superb!) and recommended the venison to me which was also, superb! My husband ordered the pecan crusted tilapia which was also, extremely tasteful! Our desserts, chocolate mousse cake and confetti cheesecake, were both beyond superb! I would highly recommend Coldwater Cafe for lunch with friends or for a nice evening out with your spouse or sharing a meal with friends!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The meal was fantastic. Waitress wasn't friendly but maybe she was having a bad night. The bread was amazing and they had a decent selection of beer (although $10 a bottle was a bit hard to swallow). We enjoyed our visit and I'm glad we gave it a shot. I read great things about their bar before deciding to go there but it wasn't anything special and all the seats were taken when we got there...not a big deal for us since they seated us immediately but if that's your reason for going, don't. This sounds more negative than I really mean it, you should check this place out if you're looking for a good meal in a nice setting."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "if you want a great meal and good wine list with outstanding service Coldwater cafe is for you. I've eaten there several times and never had a bad meal. I'm not a desert guy but the English tea cake was to die for. I would highly recommend this restaurant and it is not a chain restaurant! the filet will compete with a big name restaurants"
    Dined on 2/22/2014