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
  • Winds
    DrGwilVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Winds is an outstanding establishment. I lived in Yellow Springs until I was about 22 years old. This by far the best restaurant in the area, and matches those where we now live, the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). And many of these have won James Beard awards. I would recommend it to any of my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I used to go to The Winds Cafe quite often and hadn't been in a couple of years. I was greatly disappointed in the food this time. It was bland or insipid. I had calamari and it was flavorless and also ordered the steak for my main course and it was tasteless as well. I know they only use the finest quality ingredients, it just wasn't nearly as good as it was in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't drink first
    Alrightbyme
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We visited the Yellow Springs Distillery and the Yellow Springs Brewery before dinner. When the wait staff at The Winds realized we weren't drinking anymore at dinner, the service was obviously scant--minimal visits to table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family lunch
    sagefool
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We arrived early and chose to eat indoors rather than wait for an outdoor table. The dining room was quieter than usual, great for conversation. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The nontraditional shrimp cocktail was refreshing, the avocado an interesting change from cocktail sauce. We sampled the African nut soup, a sort of peanut/cream of mushroom offering, better for a cooler day. Two of us had the Greek lamb burger, one the bistro steak and one the Cuban sandwich special. All were well-prepared and delicious, just what we expect from our favorite restaurant. The chocolate mousse, a Winds standard, was rich, creamy and not too sweet. The Winds delivers a great experience consistently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • localresident1111
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Winds always lives up to expectations. The steak and lamb were excellent. The one problem was the burnt chips, which were replaced with French fries. The quality of the breads could be improve. Everyone loves GOOD bread.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A gem of a restaurant in such a small community! Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    BashDukeFan
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We set up a last minute reservation for a weeknight. The restaurant was pretty full so we were glad for the reservation. Had one of our favorite wines again. Service was a little slower than usual due to it being so busy I suppose. And the new busboy made for a little more drama than usual too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JPB1
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A great local restaurant. The food and service makes Winds a destination restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Lunch
    sagefool
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The shrimp cocktail appetizer we shared was an interesting take on a classic; next time, we will each get an order. The open-faced Croque Monsieur sandwich (sp?) they serve is undoubtedly the best sandwich in the world: crusty bread, asparagus, cheese, ham: what's not to like? The brown butter tart was interesting too, rich and savory without being too sweet. The Winds compares favorably to places we have eaten in Chicago and New York and is our favorite local "destination" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CraigMac
    Ohiofinefoodseeker
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We, my wife, her sister, and husband went for brunch. The food was good but I prefer the dinners. This was our first time for brunch so we might have to give it another chance. The service was a little slow, maybe they were down a server? Best part were the pancakes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    FabulousFoodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My daughter and I have wanted to come to this restaurant for brunch for a long time. (We're the family foodies.) We've been there several times for lunch and a few times for dinner. Every single time, we have not been disappointed with the food! The selection is small, but it is constantly changing. The wine selections are always top-notch. We can't say a single negative thing about the food. The Winds is definitely "up there" in its quality and care and variety. The service, on the other hand, was found a bit wanting. The server did not refill our water glasses or coffee, delivered over-steeped (bitter) tea, and did not really engage us. Overall, this place is fantastic for food! So come here for your taste buds and the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Winds never disappoints!
    MollyT
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Once again, our dinner was fresh, creative, and delicious. Loved the small plate choices and variety on this menu. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous!
    summer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our food and service was perfect! Thank you!! We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great, service lousy
    Lovefinefood
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The menu varies at the Winds. It's always eclectic. It's sometimes wonderful. It's sometimes not. The food is always wonderfully prepared even when the dishes are a little odd. The service is nearly always bad but since we keep going I guess the food and ambiance must make up for it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, so-so service
    Holly
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The cornmeal-crusted walleye and Taurus Taverna salad I had were delicious. The Jeni's ice cream I had for dessert was scrumptious, as always, but served in a nondescript way: one scoop in a plain white bowl. For the price that I paid, I would have expected some kind of garnish, such as a cookie. The menu even stated that it sometimes comes with a garnish, such as a cookie or some sauce. I guess it wasn't my lucky might. The server seemed more attentive to the table of six than he was to me, dining solo, possibly expecting a smaller tip from me. Otherwise, I highly recommend the Winds for its ambiance and eclectic, expertly-prepared offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Evening
    Stein65
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Winds Cafe provided prompt seating and service. I was also pleased with the meal. Great place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moms day
    pleasantries
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had a wonderful late lunch with my family. The waitress was very sweet even though I had a difficult teenager with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Happy4U
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Yankeefied Shrimp and Grits was delicious, although one person in our party thought the portion was too small. He expressed his thoughts to the server and to the manager and later, the chef gave our table two complimentary desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special, like my momma
    BeingBabette
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We celebrated Mother's Day at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Spring and were delighted with our choice of restaurants. Having been there before, I had certain expectations, which were not disappointed. The food was fantastic, as usual. Everyone in our party was pleased with their selection. Our waiter, Austin, was very solicitous, even on such a hectic occasion. Our food arrived in a timely mannner and was hot and oh! so delicious! I think chef knows what to do in the kitchen. Mom felt very special that we picked such a fine establishment in which to honor her. We will make it a tradition, in our family, to celebrate Mother's Day at the Winds Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone downhill
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Of four adventurous adults with expanded tastes - we all struggled to find something in the menu- I ordered a salad to be served " on a bed of grape tomatoes " in reality was 2 grape tomatoes halved.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • vegan
    rossVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    we are vegans from columbus ohio and have dines at winds for years. would appreciate more vegan friendly options
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Herd so much about how wonderful the winds cafe is , we were disappointed in the food portions and quality. The wine selection list was the biggest disappointment. They carry no local wines and virtually zero wines made in America. Would much rather have eaten down the street at sunrise cafe . Not bad but won't go back
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  • LOVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere are second to none. However, on our most recent trip it too FOREVER (hour plus) to get our brunch items. This is NOT typical but did feel I need to mention. A quick stop by the manager would have helped to ease the displeasure. Otherwise, HIGH recommend and have been back since with NO issues.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ran out of food options
    R2diningratingsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We are repeat customers and 2 out the last 4 dinners the restaurant ran out of 2 entries. The menu is very limited to start with. Not in any hurry to return. It is a shame as the food is good.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had a fantastic meal celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, service was painfully slow to the point we had to ask for water refills and for them to take empty plates away (when we could flag down our always absent waitstaff). Although the food itself was delicious, it didn't make up for the lackluster service. We will likely not dine here again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skimpy on the lemons
    PeteR
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The service was not excellent, for this type of restaurant, we asked for lemons for our water, he only brought out 3 for a group of 5, the water was not very cold either. When we ran out of water we had to ask & asked again for lemons, then he only brought out 2. He really didn't check on us very much. I guess because we didn't order special drinks, that we didn't deserve special service.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Dining Experience
    BeingBabette
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I had had the pleasure of dining at the Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs before, so my husband and I were willing to travel nearly 1 -1/2 hours to attend a special dining event that was being held there. Curious about the theme: Southern French Dinner, we were looking forward to a true foodie experience. We were more than pleased with the gastronomical offerings, we were over the moon! It was the best food that I had had in a long while. Each course surpassed all expectations and was accompanied with just the right wine. Our server, Susie (we called her Suzette for the evening event) was friendly, and extremely attentive. All in all, this was a most exemplary dinner. We look forward to a repeat performance next year (please???)!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the drive!!
    JNF1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Had to wait 35 minutes to be seated! The host told us the party at our table would not leave; they hadn't given them their check! No compensation for the long wait! We ordered right away but did not get our food for 80 minutes..Our reservation was for 1pm and got served our food at 2:45pm[ on top of that they forgot one order which did not come out until 3pm] Our server did not even know how to explain what she was serving. When asked what these spices were on the separate plate, she stated, something hot and I do not know what the other is. Would never go back and would not tell anyone else to ever go there!! The only redeeming part was the birthday cake we ordered was delicious[ however they charge $50 for a cake] Not quaint!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey
    beverly
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Good to make reservations especially for Sunday brunch. Tasty and healthy offerings.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    lovemydesserts
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Even though we had reservations we still had to wait 30 minutes. The noise level is too high for an enjoyable experience and I don't care for the decor. We sat at our table for 10 minutes before we even saw our server. I ordered a meal that I did not like (the portabello entree). My dinner companion enjoyed his meal, though. I think that the meals are overpriced for what you get. Salads are extra and the $5 salad was only iceberg lettuce. We didn't receive any bread with our meals, either. I much prefer Meadowlark.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marvelous waiter
    redhawk70
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our party of eight included three sight-impaired elderly people, and our waiter was especially kind to them, even personally guiding one of them to the men's room and bringing him back. He was pleasant, kind, and efficient. He made our most excellent food even more enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    EssentialResearcher
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Winds Cafe kitchen knows food. We enjoyed an Easter brunch here and the food was seasoned perfectly, as usual. I tried my son's Roma omelet. Very bright lemon and artichoke flavor with wonderful herbs. My shrimp and grits had just the right amount of cajun seasoning. We had an upbeat, friendly waitress. I only eat here a few times a year, since I live in Columbus, and the food is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Winds Deserves Better
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I love The Winds. I love the food. I love the location and the whole feel of the place. I have consistently experienced inconsistent service at this restaurant. This is, honestly, mind-boggling to me. Many members of the staff are very professional and courteous. So, why is it that something always falters somewhere along the way in the meal? There is so little coordination between staff members that kitchen, server, host and support are completely unable to get everything out to the table in a way that doesn't seem a struggle for the diner. This is such a special restaurant. So why do I always leave feeling lucky to have made it out of there, instead of feeling like I've just had a very special experience?
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Decent Dinner
    Tashwitz
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I made dinner reservations on OpenTable for my boyfriend's birthday (mentioned that in the comments when I made the reservation). We arrived for our reservation and waited ~10 min before we were even greeted by a host. We were taken to our table and we ordered a bottle of champagne, several appetizers, dinner plates, desserts etc. I was going all out for this celebration. No one ever told boyfriend 'Happy Birthday.' We waited an hour for our entrees. The food was good, but the service was VERY poor. Our bill was more than $130 for two of us. For that price we can get better food and service elsewhere. Very disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed!
    Wylo
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was exceptional....we especially loved the French Nibble - mushrooms cooked like escargot. Thank the Goddess salad was perfectly dressed and the Seared Sea Scallops with saffron risotto were to die for! The service was a little slow, but I think that is because everything is made fresh and not the fault of the server.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special time with family
    Jslow
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We arranged a post-recital dinner at Winds Cafe and had a lovely table for 10 which they set up in an oval shape. The server was very accommodating to our party's dietary needs. The small plates were very small portions, so it is better to order the large plates to get a full meal. The salads were good and helped to fill up those who ordered the small plates. A few complaints: the noise level was high in there which hindered our conversation, the quail was under cooked and the lamb had too much gristle. Not sure if we will return, but if we do, we will opt for the outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a late lunch
    sagefool
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We were fortunate to be there on a day The Winds featured their mushroom soup, which is worth the trip by itself. The entrees we had, the featured pasta and a bistro steak were well prepared, as usual. We topped things off with chocolate mousse, which seems rich and light at the same time. The wine special, a petit verdot by Kinkead Ridge was outstanding and set off the bistro steak quite well. The Winds Cafe is truly a local gem, comparing favorably to places we have eaten in New York and Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always
    Milt
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to Winds Café. It is a two hour drive each way but well worth it. Even better when you share the food with friends. One of our top five restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch at the Winds
    Rooney
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had a 1:00 reservation and were not seated until after 2:00 and served after 2:30 p.m.. It was, however, worth the wait. The waiter kept us informed of the delay (a big group seated before our group of 4) and was appropriately attentive. The food was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over rated
    ruthiesue
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    what takes so long? probably an hour after ordering before being served. restaurant only half full and other half dirty empty tables. uncomfortably warm and no ice in h2o. juice was warm, again no ice. coffee was luke at best. food was not hot and not worth the price. the only really good thing was our waitress
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic