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Winds Café
Winds Café
  • Address:
    215 Xenia Avenue
    Yellow Springs, OH 45387
    Neighborhood:
    Yellow Springs
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Winds Café Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is always great and menu changes with enough frequency to keep it very interesting. Wait staff are generally cordial and efficient."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great restaurant for special occasion or just a lovely evening out. The food is always innovative and delicious. We especially look forward to trying locally originated ingredients and the ever-changing seasonal menu and wine list. The portions are just right and the sevice is excellent and helpful with recommendations. We keep coming back! This trip offered zucchini fritters, several wonderful cherry dishes (salads and dessert) and perfect summer white and red wines."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went for our wedding anniversary. It was nice, but the service was a bit slow and I ran out of water several times (I was super thirsty and was going through glasses pretty quick though too). I later heard that there may have been a celebrity there that night, which may have affected our service. I did see a very large party get seated, so I know that can also be a challenge for the kitchen. The food was great: I had Zucchini Fritters and the Moroccan duck, while my husband had the Moroccan lam pasties and Walleye. We'll probably go back again sometime. Perhaps an earlier reservation when they may not be as crowded. It was fancy without being stuffy, a good place for a treat night out, without being unreasonable for "just because""
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We always love the special trip out to Yellow Springs to get Sunday brunch. The food is always good. Sometimes the service is not so great, but this time our lovely waitress was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food tastes good, main entree seasoned well, it's just not quite enough food and pricey. The shrimp had a metallic taste in the Morning Walk and the Fries were cold and under seasoned with the burger. The service is ok, very polite server, but waited extended periods of time to have drinks refilled and our dirty dishes sat in front of us until we left. The restaurant has had much better days and the potential to get back to those better days."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I like to meet here for business lunches several times per year. The menu changes frequently, and there are always a number of out-of-the-ordinary offerings. Not too "far-out", mind you, but just unusual/unique dishes. I have never, ever gotten a dish that I regretted ordering. Everything this place puts out is just great. This particular lunch I had the Artichoke and Summer Herb Frittata. WOW! Heck before this lunch, I didn't even know what a "frittata" was!! They also have more traditional offerings and are kind of famous for their chicken salad and black bean chili. The place has a lot of non-vegetarian offerings, but is popular with vegetarians as well. Mixed clientele of locals, old, young, very casual, business folks for lunch."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Winds is simply the best restaurant outside of C-Bus or Dayton. The food is consistently flawless, with great care taken in its gathering and presentation. Local food is sourced whenever they can. I have eaten here a dozen times and never had a bad meal. That said, I recently ate here for lunch and realized that every time I've come for lunch (only) the service has been lackluster. One time I was overcharged for a tip (that server no longer works there), and recently it took 25 minutes to get a box for leftovers and a check. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for dinner. I would recommend with caution the lunches. Just make sure you've got enough time to hang around."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The menu has been changed. They took off the curry chicken salad that I was looking forward to enjoying with my friend! She asked me what was good, and I told her I wasn't sure because there was only one other thing I'd had to eat there for lunch. SO SAD not to have been able to have the curry chicken salad!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Winds always provides an enjoyable dining experience with unusual food choices, a good wine list, and exceptional service. The outside patio is a favorite for us in the summer."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our entrees were wonderful, but the small plates were somewhat disappointing. The wrapped fish small plate was overly bland while the bacon-and-cheese wrapped figs were dominated by the bacon."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Been going to Winds for 30 yrs and has always been my go-to restaurant for special occasion. And I live 60+ miles away. But it was a disappointment on all levels. Took 1 hour to be seated even with a 6:45 reservation. Server was young and not well-versed on menu, wines nor could she multi-task. She seemed overwhelmed. The busboy was a help in getting us items like silverware, water and extra sauce and he was very pleasant. Menu was scaled down since the last time I was in. Food presentation and prep were off the mark, too. It just did not have the exceptional "wow factor" that we've been used to. Not sure if it was just that night or if it's a trend now but I want my old Winds back! Am hoping this was just an anomaly. ..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I have dined at Winds Café several times. This time we brought along another couple that had never dined there before. The food was delicious as always and Austin was an excellent and knowledgeable waiter. Our friends were very happy with their first time there and would love to return again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Perfect weather in July for a drive to Yellow Springs, followed by an outstanding meal at The Winds Cafe. From their wine selections to the local seasonal fare, patio seating and the areas relaxed vibe it was the perfect way to finish the day. We highly recommend this as a destination dinner out of Columbus or Dayton."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was a quiet night at the Winds. Only half the tables were in use. So, it was lovely and not too noisy. The only downsize was the food. The fish and steak were served at room temperature. The beet salad was soggy and short on beets. The carrot ginger soup was more like orange water. They had said they had run out of it and were substituting a different soup. but then said they put on a new pot of the finer carrot. The panna cotta was not mixed nor solidified properly. So, a mixed bag, but better than a typical night in terms of service and noise."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We chose this long time favorite restaurant to help us celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The restaurant is, and always has been outstanding. My wife is a vegetarian and the restaurant always has multiple options for her. Don't forget to look at the little card on the table- it lists all the daily specials. The wine list is quite extensive. We planned a trip to the local brewery, so we skipped buying wine on this visit. The prices for main course meals range from $15 to $22 per plate. They serve complimentary bread and olives before the meals arrive. The restaurant possesses terrific ambiance. It can get loud but only rarely does it get too loud."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been dining at the Winds for many years now and it always is fine dining. The suggested wine pairings are always spot on. I highly recommend The Winds for a romantic dinner or casual dining. Sit outside on the patio if possible."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We drive to Winds from Columbus which can be a 45 min. + drive. It is almost always outstanding. The baked goods; new wonderful wines to try ea. time; creative menu; and FRESH healthful entrees along with great staff. We highly recommend The Winds Café. And Yellow Springs is a fun town to shop in and to visit."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant in Yellow Springs, Ohio that I have heard about from friends for some time. I drove down from Toledo, Ohio, a 3-hour drive, just to dine at Winds, and I was not disappointed. The asparagus and eggs with horseradish sauce and the summer risotto were just delicious! A wonderful place I will definitely return to again (in fact, this coming Thursday, July 3!)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "shaved asparagus salad yummy; fried fish with aoli small plate very good; halibut with pea sauce was pretty bland, altho dining companion liked it--the fish itself was nicely prepared...panna cotta desert with roasted strawberries was delish..."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It was my first night in town & it was the perfect intro. I enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Everything was very good and well done. Words cannot describe! I thought the prices were fair as well."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Funny that this assessment does NOT include a "NOISE" rating that says TOO NOISY to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The breakfast and brunch selections were fantastic, love this little yellow springs treasure and I will be sure to be back"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "With having 4 children, we don't get out often just the two of us. We had an incredible evening of fine wine, great atmosphere & awesome food. While portions are ample you don't feel "stuffed" after eating here but very satisfied."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have been pleased with the quality of "The Winds" for years as a meeting place for old friends between Columbus and Dayton."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We met friends from Dayton there for dinner outside. The service is great, very eclectic menu. Wine was very good. It is just the right mix of funky and elegant, reminds me of Oregon or California."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The menu was eclectic, but interesting. However, the service was slow and the waitress was inattentive. My wife ordered the halibut which was prepared very well and was delicious. My bistro steak on the other hand was ordered medium, but arrived very well done and quite dry. The waitress, when we finally got her attention, offered to have it redone saying it would "only take a couple of minutes." The couple of minutes turned into a 20 minute wait with no further attempt to offer some sort of beverage to pass the time. I had my wife eat her fish while it was still warm, but consequently she then had to wait while I ate my steak again without any attention from the waitress. This was not a good, let alone great, dining experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A gem of a restaurant in such a small community! Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A great local restaurant. The food and service makes Winds a destination restaurant."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our food and service was perfect! Thank you!! We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014