Winds Café
Winds Café

Winds Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.windscafe.com/
  • Phone: 9377671144
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Winds Café reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (86)special occasion (75)great for outdoor dining (68)notable wine list (60)great for brunch (55)great for lunch (49)romantic (38)good for groups (17)hot spot (11)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
  • fun find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed it very much. Dynamic menu selection, nicely presented and complete wine list. Friendly staff, well served. Don't be in a hurry here - too much to sample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tebj
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great, but don't order the fig tart for dessert. If you do, then you won't get your dessert with the rest of your table. Everyone else was finished with their dessert by the time my tart arrived.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wizardsworldVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    On business travel, so tried as many of the local foodie places as possible. Winds rates the highest out of all that I went to over the past 4 months, since the menu was much more ecclectic and the preparations very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Winds Cafe
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been to the Winds Café for dinner and have always enjoyed it. This time we went for their Sunday Brunch. It was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant for a relaxing Sunday. Afterwards, we visited a few shops and walked around. A good way to spend a Sunday after church.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Winds
    snsiegel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a pleasure to have dinner at The Winds Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off just a bit
    geno
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We specifically went for the feature entree. When we arrived they were out of the Walleye. The mngr gave us a free appetizer of fried cod, which was a bit fishy. Zuchini appetizers good but nothing memorable. Best part was the dates filed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon. And the wine we chose was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mame
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food. Limited menu. Figs, Pigs and Goats is great!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A winner!
    MMMikeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food: outstanding. Zucchini fritters great - light and not greasy - and beet/garlic accompaniment was amazingly colorful and delicious. My duck was perfectly cooked, and my wife loved her ratatouille crepes. HoHo cake for dessert was to die for. Even the bread (baked on site) was outstanding. Wine list is short enough to navigate easily, but varied enough to cover most tastes and is very well-chosen. We live in Cincinnati about an hour away, and we sure wish this restaurant was in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was excellent and the waiter was great. Bartender was lacking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • libra
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Every course was so delicious, the fresh figs filled with goat cheese and grilled bacon wrapped like a package was out of this world! Julia Child's chicken and spinach terrine was perfection. The Bistro steak with fresh corn beneath was a treat. The pann cotta was the best I have ever had! The Winds - well worth driving from Columbus --is a destination restaurant and has sustained their reputation for nearly 30 years now! Congratulations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    BIrdie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always look forward to dinner at Winds when visiting Yellow Springs. Started at the bar while waiting on our table. Bartender did not make us feel very welcome. Moved to the patio for dinner. Love the patio. Very comfortable. Took us a little while for our waiter to get to us, which is fine, I was a server and understand that you do get tied up sometimes. Then took longer to get drinks. We weren't very hungry so we had appetizers and a dinner salad called Leo's dilemma,which was a seasonal special. Appetizers we OK, but the salad was very unappealing and tasteless. White lettuce and under-dressed, tired looking. We'll return to Winds because we've had good experiences and I would still recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    fxdwg123
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lunch was great. Good food, good ambience...as always, the the food iswonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perennial Favorite
    JoeSR
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food is always great and menu changes with enough frequency to keep it very interesting. Wait staff are generally cordial and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely evening
    buckeyegal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    HDMB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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"
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on the patio
    sagefool
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Winds was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday lunch al fresco. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We shared an interesting small plate, bacon-wrapped, goat cheese-stuffed figs to start, just enough for sharing. The bistro steak and tuna nicoise, favorites of ours, were well-prepared and delicious, as usual. Even though this is one of our favorite restaurants, there is always something new and interesting to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love The Winds!
    PeggyG
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Potential to be great.
    ReiOfSun
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch, as usual
    Gomershad
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • *Great* For Dinner
    Matheson1
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change of menu
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time at The Winds
    lovecats
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Disappointment Ever
    FinickyFoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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. ...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Out with Friends
    Lori
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great destination dinner
    MaryAnn
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 20th Anniversary Dinner Choice
    lovebirds94
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still the one
    joedva
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    teedeeVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winds "Win"
    Garyj
    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!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well done
    Bluhiways
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmmmm!
    Ateitup
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Everything was very good and well done. Words cannot describe! I thought the prices were fair as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eater
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Funny that this assessment does NOT include a "NOISE" rating that says TOO NOISY to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The breakfast and brunch selections were fantastic, love this little yellow springs treasure and I will be sure to be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Light & cozy
    Karen
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meeting place
    Dinealot
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have been pleased with the quality of "The Winds" for years as a meeting place for old friends between Columbus and Dayton.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time, atmosphere
    westcoastlover
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.