Coldwater Cafe & Catering
Coldwater Cafe & Catering

Coldwater Cafe & Catering

  • 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 9376670007x
  • Entertainment: Jazz music consisting of guitar, keyboard and/or bass, mostly on weekends starting at 7:00 PM
  • Special Events: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Coldwater Cafe & Catering reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)neighborhood gem (44)romantic (40)fit for foodies (38)notable wine list (33)good for groups (32)great for lunch (26)hot spot (11)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Coldwater Cafe'...Top-Notch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My wife and I just moved into the area and were looking to celebrate our anniversary. I found that many reviews of Dayton area restaurants led me to Tipp City in this little café for good reason. The service was excellent. Food was wonderful and the manager saw fit to make it known that he wanted us to come back...the service that was provided exemplified that point. We will be coming back not only for that service, but for the decadent food...kudos to Chef Nick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I always take business guests to Coldwater for dinner. Whether they want organic, vegetarian, steak or a delicious burger, I know that they will be able to order comfortably at Coldwater. It is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Love this place. This is the only place East of Seattle where you can get a great salmon dinner. We always come here on our special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant with some unique entrees.
    bgrvdub
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The lobster crabcakes are to die for! Good selection of import beers though they are bottled. Kelly was our server and was excellent. The entire wait staff there is top notch. If you want a little quieter experience, ask to sit in the vault. Or for a larger private party, the boardroom is a good seating option. Coldwater Cafe is a hidden gem that not many people know about. It's definitely worth the drive to Tipp City to enjoy but call ahead for reservations or use OpenTable.com, you will be glad that you did. A nice martini bar is easily accessible, though often crowded (seats about 8 people), while you wait for a table. Enjoy!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience!!
    Marydan
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We arrived a few minutes before our reservation time, had a drink then was seated at a table set for the 6 of us. From the beginning to the last bite of the delicious carrot cake dessert, we were guided through a wonderful evening of being with friends and an excellent array of delectable food choices. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the various entrees they were served. Our server was just the best, handling our every whim with extraordinary precision. We had two of the group who were celebrating birthdays and they were treated to a free dessert each. It was the perfect evening out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    AlwaysHonest
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food is always fresh and executed perfectly! Desserts are amazing and service is spot on. The prices may be higher than most in our area but you get what you pay for. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Always amazing food and experience. Our favorite place!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    sweetieandme
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service, food and atmosphere was wonderful. great place for a romantic dinner with a new date
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    mrsbutt1987
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Returning to my hometown where we married 27 years ago, we enjoyed some well prepared fish and a soothing and romantic environment. We've seen this restaurant evolve over the years and it has maintained a core of professionalism and good, good food. Our only complaint would be a minor lack of imagination with the limited greens in the salad, however the entree more than made up for it. The setting is polished and well maintained. This is a real treat for us as we travel 90 miles for the pleasure of dining at The Coldwater Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time a bust
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Our first experience was great. Second experience for a birthday celebration was so bad we will not eat at Coldwater Cafe again. Food was fine. Have never felt so unwanted in restaurant from bartender to server to management. Ignored by bartender after ordering one drink. Would have had another but was too busy talking and taking care of 4 others at bar. Server made it quite obvious in talk, manner and service she did not care to wait on us. Management very unfriendly. After voicing to others found this is typical of this restaurant. Posted concerns on Facebook and post deleted within one minute.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    happy2bethere
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been there several times with consistently excellent experiences. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Excellent value with no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening!
    Violet
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waitperson recommended a great and unusual wine; out of the ordinary. The food was fabulous; service was exquisite. Great way to spend my birthday with friends. I had been for lunch a few times and none of the other 5 in our party had ever been. Everyone loved it to a person! Thanks, Coldwater Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner in Tipp City
    outdoorgirls
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful dinner with unique food choices. Antelope and ostrich. Definitely not the normal fair. Also seafood dishes, vegetarian and a delicious ribeye. Dessert, their signature tea cake, was incredible. Waitress was informative, attentive and courteous. It is a bit from Dayton but plan to return as well worth the trip. Live jazz band plays on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Mushey
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Requested a booth in the main dining area, but was seated in a remote spot - service was very poor there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Leffga
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We were in town for a trade show and it was the first time eating there and we couldn't have been happier. Everyone was very friendly and the service and food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful jazz duo.
    TVTommy68
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Sat in a secluded booth up front as I requested a quiet table. Could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Party of six meeting midway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was outstanding!!! Everyone in our group concurred! Wish you had more space so we could be able to have a little more room. The noise level makes it very difficult to hear each other which is disappointing as we meet with this group infrequently. We end up standing out in the parking lot to talk which is uncomfortable when the weather is cold; however, we couldn't visit inside due to the high noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time.
    LoveTippCity
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is always excellent. We've never been disappointed. The prime rib and ribeye steaks were delicious and very generous in size. Great service as usual. Huge desserts-enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Night for Two
    Gary
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have eaten here many times and again, without exception, had a wonderful evening. Conversation is so easy, the atmosphere is fabulous, the waitress excellent, and the food is just amazing. This is my favorite place to go for fine dining any time of day, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    bensavannah
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Using a gift card from friends we enjoyed a romantic, relaxing, enjoyable evening. Our waitress was attentive and spent time with us for wine selection and specials. She came back to check but never to annoy. The food was very good and presentation was nice as well. We have just started coming to this restaurant and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting disappointing!
    Nucci
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've always enjoyed going to Coldwater, but have been noticing the last few visits that some of their food is not what I've come to expect. This visit I had what used to be one of my favorite dishes at Coldwater - their lobster crab cakes! What I loved about them was that they were mostly crab and lobster and were light and delicious. The last three times I've ordered them, I have been very disappointed at how much filler is being used in their cakes. I did not mind paying the price they charge for them when they were loaded with crab and lobster, but will not pay for filler! Coldwater needs to keep they're standard of high quality food, or I will not be as willing to go as I used to enjoy going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    AKiefer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have dined at Coldwater Cafe for many years and have yet to be disappointed with a meal or with service. Servers are educated on the menu and provide answers to everything even to questions on ingredients. Well worth the price for a good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite!
    Mary
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Best place to dine in Tipp City AND beyond! Worth the 'trip to Tipp' to experience this place for fine dining. Our waitress was Kelly and she did an outstanding job as well as Damion in recommendations for food specials and wine choices. You will not be disappointed with Coldwater. Take your boss, date, or group of friend... or anyone else you want to impress!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service great food
    Clux10
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been to Coldwater many times. The pecan encrusted tilapia is always delicious as was the antelope. My husband has also had the ostriche and loved it. Wonderful service great charm. We needed a quiet booth and they delivered. Fun night for all
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town
    ColumbusFoodChickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I often go to Tip City because it is a half way point between my family and where I live. I love how nice the restaurant is for a small town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good experience
    Rieder911
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food, really neat place, our server just didn't make us a priority. She didn't take our food order for 20-25 mins. Other than that we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed with Restaurant
    Fire41
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went there for our anniversary and I had a ribeye steak, one of the best I have ever had, and my wife had a shrimp pasta dinner and she also said her was very good. Service was outstanding, along with everything we had there. I would recommend making reservations, it is easy doing it online, or you can call them. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasion but not sure taking the family there though because it is a little expensive. I think they are there to cater to couples more than families. Overall I would say one of the best in the Dayton area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Notch Restaurant
    choosydiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The only thing I don't really care for is sitting in one of the "back" rooms; however, I made the reservation late so I could not be choosy about everything. The back room we were in does not have "atmosphere". Our waitress was wonderful and food superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High marks alll round!
    knowgoodfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything was fine from beginning to end while at Coldwater Cafe last evening. Our server was friendly and attentive and the food was its usual high-quality. No complaints. Well worth the drive from Beavercreek.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Meal
    BandD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I dined with two other couples and had a perfect dining experience--delicious food, impeccable service and a warm, inviting ambiance! Whether it be the moist salmon with citrus cilantro sauce, the homemade soup, or the special Wagyu beef, every bite was cooked to perfection. Each of us had a different homemade dessert and not a crumb was left on the plates. The bartender, Kevin, not only made delicious cocktails but also a memorable Guinness float that I had for dessert. Our server paced the evening perfectly and was both friendly and professional. What makes Coldwater Cafe great is not only the food that is consistently delicious, but how special they make everyone feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary to us!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is the 3rd year in a row that we have celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Coldwater Cafe. It was fabulous as always in food, service and ambience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining
    gr8dining
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have enjoyed dining at Coldwater Cafe in the past and I decided to take some friends out for dinner. We chose Coldwater Cafe and we certainly were not disappointed. The food was beautifully presented and was delicious also. They were so glad we had chosen CC and we had a lovely time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 36th Anniversary
    Southerner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We enjoyed our waitress (Liberty), the intimate atmosphere allowed to interact with other diners, the food was excellent and the portion sizes were appropriate ample, but not too much food. My wife's martini was excellent. My margarita was watery and sub-par in every way.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive
    TitiVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We took two other couples to dinner who had never been to Coldwater before. I asked for the Boardroom since I know we can get a little loud. We were seated promptly and had wonderful service from Liberty. The sommelier was great with his knowledge and just the right pairings with our food. Our guests were really impressed when the chef stopped in to talk with us. Altogether a memorable evening with our guests stating they had found a new favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful again!
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have enjoyed every visit and this was no exception. Great service and food. A wonderful evening had by everyone. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 578 reviews are from the Coldwater Cafe & Catering reviews archive.
  • Great restaurant.
    gusindayton
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant is fabulous, and I only gave it less than 5 stars because it wasn't perfect. Except for the English tea cake dessert, which was.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small town gem
    JRA8052
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Coldwater is a great dining experience. With a professional, friendly, well trained staff, the memorable experience starts the minute you enter the door. Sit at the bar and enjoy the best cocktails in the state of Ohio or enjoy a wine from their extensive wine list. Chef Nick is extremely created and intelligent utilizing fresh local ingredients in unique ways. If you are watching calories, be careful as their desserts are very difficult to pass on. Great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining
    LarryB
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If ever traveling I-75, this is a must! From the building to the service to the food. Also getting there ahead of time, the bartender can make anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    happydiners2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Coldwater Café is certainly a neighborhood gem and it's always a pleasure to dine at this fine restaurant. The staff are always welcoming, always knowledgeable about the menu and always good-humored. Every group that we have ever treated to this gem have marveled that it has so much to offer and the food is impeccable--always! I'm so glad that the owners have not let any expectations slip through the years and they seem to hold their staff to such high standards. We appreciate that and will continue to visit this wonderful place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    BandD
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We took our college friends from New Hampshire and they loved Coldwater Cafe as much as we do! Two of us had the salmon which is always perfect. Our wine was a cabernet sauvignon which is one of the best I've ever tasted. We were seated in a booth so the noise level was just right for carrying on a conversation and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend Coldwater Cafe whether you are wanting a special evening out or just sitting at the bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate