Winds Café
Winds Café

Winds Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.windscafe.com/
  • Phone: (937) 767-1144
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am -3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kim Korkan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Small intimate private dining room that accommodates up to 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Kay Smith 937-767-1144

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corry Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking lot across the street from the restaurant and on-street parking as well.
A word from Winds Café
Winds Café is located in the small, progressive town of Yellow Springs. Visitors enjoy independent and artisan shops, riding along the bike path, hiking in Glen Helen and John Bryan State Park, music or performing arts venues and independent art films at Little Art Theater. The food is European inspired with an American twist and uses as many local ingredients as Chef Kim can find. The menu and wines change monthly to reflect the seasons, and no, you cannot have tomato on your sandwich in February. Winds Café tries to find organic producers whose methods are humane, ethical and environmentally friendly. The restaurant is committed to keeping prices affordable and the quality of the food high; and is also committed to providing excellent, informed service in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. In a sprawling sea of chain restaurants, Winds offers food and wine that is accessible and adventurous providing gastronomic opportunities usually only found in larger cities.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Winds Café reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (76)special occasion (74)notable wine list (60)great for outdoor dining (53)romantic (42)great for brunch (39)great for lunch (32)good for groups (20)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • wormy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Good food in nice setting with personable server. Included a nice selection of olives served at same time as breads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still stellar
    IfGoodWeWantSeconds
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We hadn't been back in a year or two. Still good. Still lively. Still eclectic. Apparently placing more emphasis on small plates. Menu seems a bit smaller overall. Each entree had its own special twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I brought my foodie fiance to the Winds Cafe for the first time this weekend, and he LOVED it. It's been my favorite restaurant for years, after growing up in the largely-unremarkable food scene of Dayton, OH. This gem set it lovely Yellow Springs features awesome seasonal (usually local) ingredients in interesting ways, and the restaurant itself has a great atmosphere. The wait staff is so knowledgeable; our waiter helped my fiance to perfectly pair a glass of wine with his entree, and was so respectful and timely in serving our meal and checking in with us. A perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brought some friends
    Mookie55
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We brought another couple with us to hike the area and enjoy a nice meal at The Winds. It was a great meal, great service. We all really enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved the menu- lots of interesting choices. Great local craft beers, upscale cocktails! Two of our food choices however, not quite as yummy as usual. Love the fresh baked bread! Salads can't be equaled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exceeded Our Expectations!
    TheConservativeFoodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We always reserve the Winds Cafe for special occasions. Friday night was just such an occasion. A friend who used to live in the area (a dozen years ago) and for whom the Winds Cafe was her favorite restaurant returned for a whirlwind weekend from California. As we walked to our table, I asked her 'Does it seem the same?' She said 'Yes, and I love it!' Dinner was incredibly delicious. Our waiter Austin was terrific. Thank you for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Dinner was fab
    joedva
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Enjoyed the bistro dinner of house salad, catalan stew, and apple carmel bread pudding. Prosecco was a also a delight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We always enjoy brunch at Winds Cafe. The food, service and atmosphere are top notch! Some portions appear to be getting smaller, but the quality is second to none. HIGHLY recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local experience
    Tug2202
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our every request was greeted with a smile and "of course". Food was very interesting, well presented and very tasty (we had several small plates). It's been a while since our last visit and it was great to experience this Midwest gem again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • G137
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Love Winds Cafe...food was very good. Service was the same, except the waitress tried to remove my dinner plate and I was still eating. Wish it was closer so we could visit more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Pork Shank & Polenta!!!!
    MsElaineous
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were celebrating our 34th anniversary after hiking at John Bryant State Park for several hours, and arrived almost an hour early. We sat in the bar, getting a lovely mixed drink and wine. The bar wasn't busy yet, so we had time to sit and talk a bit before going to our table by the window. We both had wonderful meals that we talked about all the way home. I got the Pork Shank & Polenta, that was absolutely perfection. You simply must try it to believe. The waiters were friendly and knowledgeable. The bartender (male) was very personable and easy to talk to. We agreed that we will make this a monthly visit from now on. We have found our little gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone!
    Foodiemom
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We just returned from a trip to New England and found just as good if not better right here in Ohio! Winds is always included in our trips to Yellow Springs whether for a relaxed lunch, celebratory dinner or a whole family group( ages 2 to 62!), we love it! They always have something for my vegetarian daughter and my no-carb husband which makes it even better. Of course that always includes a trip next door afterwards for a couple of bottles of wine to take home and a container of Jeni's yummy ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Winds in Yellow Springs
    OHnFLA
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Interesting food expertly prepared in a small,l funky town. Strong bar with choice not usually seen in the area. SW Ohio gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CabinFever
    CabinFever
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Thanks for accomodating my group in the bar area. Very good food, nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Winds Never Disappoints!
    sosparkly
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been fans of the Winds for many years, and we are never disappointed by the deliciously prepared, organic and locally sourced entrees and appetizers, and the excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Wine
    indy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and atmosphere is excellent. The grilled garlic appetizer was the best I have had anywhere. Best place to eat in Yellow Springs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mark0
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to The Winds 3 times since we have visited yellow springs. Always fabulous. My two criticisms are it's very loud and could have a little more variety. otherwise the food and service has always been spectacular!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food super bright
    R2diningratingsVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have eaten many times at this restaurant. We have had issues with it running out of entrees on more than one occasion with one time where more than 50% of the entrees were gone. We stayed away for some time. This trip they had all the entrees and the food was delicious. The lights in the restaurant were very bright and took away from the ambiance. Recommend turning down the lights.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winds at the Street Fair
    Garyj
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a great restaurant in Yellow Springs that uses the best in-season ingredients, changes its menu several times a year to make use of the best in-season ingredients, and turns out a high-quality product. I recommend The Winds Café wholeheartedly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food at reasonable prices
    LouisvilleRandy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    First time back to Wind's in several years, and even better than previous visits. The menu is not terribly broad, but there should be something for everyone. My wife is vegan, and they were able to accommodate her needs without any difficulties. The service was appropriately attentive despite the busy dining room that night. Home to Wind's was a 2.5 hour drive, and we weren't disappointed in the least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Two
    twofoodies
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our Wind’s dining experience on a Saturday evening was quite good. My wife had a delicious bowl of black bean Chile; and a Swedish meatball meal with a fresh tomatoes sauce. Tasty root beer. I had the bowl of black bean soup, then, their beef steak which I enjoyed very much. I asked and was told the cut of meat was sirloin. It was grilled medium well on both sides allowing many tender and delightful bites with a top crusted horseradish sauce all sitting on a bed of arugula greens that had been creamed, plus fresh green and yellow beans andante’. I thought the meal was a really nice blend of tasty flavors. Good bread selection with a dish of fine olives, and my wine was an acceptable Shiraz blend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winds Cafe excels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've been regulars (3-4 times a year) at the Winds since it opened. It just keeps getting better. The food and wine are always excellent; the service is superb in an understated but helpful way. The two-month menu follows the seasons and assures local produce and appropriate choices. Wine is reasonably priced and well described. Small groups (6 and under) work best in this small, intimate but sometimes a bit noisy restaurant. It's always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mynicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The halibut was not as good as I expected. The pumpkin squash lasagna was great1
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • visited The Winds again
    gardengoddess42
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We haven't been to The Winds for quite some time. A friend's visit and review reminded us how much we have enjoyed visits in the past. We were there for a late lunch; since it was a Sunday that meant brunch. And since we were there late (2 pm) several things were already off the menu. We enjoyed what we had (a version of beans and rice, and a Croque Monsieur sandwich) and are planning another visit soon for dinner. The day was warm, we sat outside. Nice patio area. A few wasps were around, not unexpected at this time of year, and they disturbed another table who moved indoors. We stayed put.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Winds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love this place usually, today must have been an off day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightfully Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Winds Café was damn good. The wine list was impressive. The Limoncello Shrimp was awesome, the shrimp were nice and plump. I had the Pork Shank Redemption v. 2 and my wife had the Pumpkin Squash Lasagna. Both entrées were beyond exceptional. The apple chutney on top of the shank complimented the pork and risotto quite well. The green beans that encircled the shank were interesting because they had a bit of a bite to them, which I enjoyed thoroughly. My wife's lasagna made your heart melt. The pumpkin squash mixture in it was divine. Never have I had such a tasty pumpkin squash lasagna, let alone know that it existed. For dessert we had this plum dish. I forget the name, all I remember is that it was the perfect end to a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Winds is still as great as ever!
    CKSeats
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Whenever we get up to Yellow Springs, we always try to eat at Winds. They are a cut above in every way. The food is always delicious, creative and healthy. This time we had a gift certificate. They let us put our tip on the gift certificate, so the meal cost us absolutely nothing! There was money leftover we can use another time. This restaurant is one of the things that makes Yellow Springs so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous except for the bees!
    hockeyangel
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is my 2nd time at the Winds Cafe, food was fabulous, ambiance is wonderful, waiter was very personable! We sat outside and we're bombarded by bees this time. So much so, we were using our water glasses to squash them as they landed on our plates, and trapping them in the syrup containers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service EVER
    notafan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Early dinner reservations, 5:15 for a birthday. Service was horrible, food selections very limited. Waited over an hour for food. Asked for more bread did not receive. Waiter was rude. Just overall very disappointing and we wont ever go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was wonderful. Service... Not at all wonderful. Also..a tiny detail but indicative of our experience.... We asked for a candle in our dessert for our birthday girl... Not only did we not receive the candle but we got the wrong dessert. Will have to think hard before going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun time
    Sacto
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I take my parents to the Winds Cafe every time I visit them in Ohio. This time my sister from Florida joined us. The food was great as always and we enjoyed our time at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place but a little expensive
    returnroller
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This used to be 1 of our favorite places. But this is the first time we've been back there in years. And it still to be a good place. The food is gourmet and great. I think it is a little expensive for what you get, and I think the menu is a little limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Longport
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the fall menu, at this charming restaurant. The squash and pumpkin lasagna is an annual favorite! The beet terrine, with goat cheese is not only beautiful, it is delicious. Even the mixed bread basket is always an exciting collection of unusual, house baked breads. I always wish I had room for dessert but, I just have to settle for reading the menu. You can not miss, with their monthly changing, seasonal menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The nicest place in a unique town
    MacktheKnife
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Along with many others we know, my wife and I love Yellow Springs. We had been looking for chance to dine at the Winds, and our anniversary (let's just say for the sake of demographic identification that it is between our 30th and 35th) seemed a good time. We had a memorable meal with excellent food and service. My steak was unique and delicious. Perhaps it was just something with the clientele that particular evening, but the noise level was a little more than I expected as such a fine place. In spite of that, we will be sure to return, and I would recommend The Winds Café as an excellent dining experience that was well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food great, service poor
    luvyellowsprings
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    On our 1yr anniv. Took 20 minutes before we my 1st glass of wine and my husbands beer arrived.We had finished the carafe of water before our drinks arrived. But when we were out or low on our beer and wine, he walked by but didn't ask if we would like another drink, so we had to flagged someone down to order another drink. When we were finished with our meal another gal came to remove plates which was fine, but she started to take my wine glass away too, which was not all the way empty. Food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    JPB1
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After many dinners at Winds, I can say that it is always an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Winds
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have dined at The Winds for many years and have alway had a good experience. When I was there on 9/7/14 we were seated in a corner and seems we were forgotton. All I wanted was some water While waiting for our meals. The manager on duty told us his problems (not my problem) with lack of workers that day. The food was very mediocore - not the quality I have prevously experienced. I had brought someone with me who had never dined at The Winds and had raved about how good it was. I was so wrong!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem in Yellow Springs
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I only get to Yellow Springs, OH once every couple years for a yoga weekend, but this is always a *must* for Saturday evening dinner. Beautiful place, delicious and creative food, impressive wine and drink selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dinner
    EagleDJC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu is different every time I go and the choices are always very appealing. The salmon was wonderful and the fig tart for dessert was awesome. It is a "go to" spot for us on special occasions and worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I can always count the ambience, good food and service of The Winds Cafe so I regularly suggest it to friends with whom I meet in a Yellow Springs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic