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About 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.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am -3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Public parking lot across the street from the restaurant and on-street parking as well.
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Winds Café Ratings and Reviews
You can always count on finding something unusual and very tasty here. We had a wonderful lunch on Sunday, although it was a little on the noisy side because it was so crowded, and finished it off with two mimosas. You may not like what we had, but they are bound to have something on the menu you will like. Eclectic Plates of her very well prepared meals. You can count on it.
The Winds USED TO BE such a great restaurant! We were all terribly disappointed. We waited 35 minutes for our lunch to arrive, when they were not all that busy, and the food was lackluster at best. "Pickled vegetables" were raw brussels sprouts and cauliflower in vinegar..."Caesar salad" was mostly an undressed slab of romaine with a couple of anchovies draped over it. And the prices were high, to boot! I expect to never return. What a loss.
The Wind Cafe was just plain wonderful. We went with friends for Sunday Brunch. Actually, both couples met at the restaurant after each driving an hour. Expectations were high and they delivered. We each had the omelet. The eggs were nice and fluffy and done to perfections. So many times omelets are either over or undercooked. Not the case here! These were perfect!
The other couple had the egg sandwich and pancakes. Both said that the food was wonderful.
It is an old re-done building with eclectic furnishings. It is nice. Noise level was low and the service staff was friendly and attentive. We had a very nice experience. Highly recommend the place!
Promptly seated on an early Saturday night. We like the mid-size wine offerings (quartino) as they are usually priced below $15 and we can easily get two very full pours vs 2 glasses of wine. They also allow us to sample more than 1 wine during dinner. The lamb shank was huge, and very tender and delicately spiced. Wine + salad + 2 entrees + tip = $100.
I love this place and it is the best Yellow Springs has to offer. Menu is always innovative with lots of unusual ingredients and spices on it. Also, they focus on great local, seasonal items which I love. It's got a quirky atmosphere and can be noisy but don't miss it if you are in town. Also, they have a wonderful cocktail list and the wines are reasonably priced.
I find the Winds Cafe to be usual enough that being adventurous helps. My friend and I had excellent food - both vegetarian options. I loved the hot root vegetable "salad". The crunchy seeds in it gave it a balance - great tastes too. A bit pricey but good ambiance and good quality.
Not crazy about the artist currently showing - esp. liked the "spanish" inspired pieces. The "flag" pieces were not appealing to us...
The Winds has been a family favorite for over 35 years. If I had my druthers I would visit at least once a week. Alas, it is difficult to carve out the time to visit with family and friends and enjoy the warm ambiance and the overall fantastic experience that this unique little gem provides!
We were at the Winds Saturday night. As always the food, wine and service were top notch. The Winds closes the first two weeks of the year. The menu for when they reopen is off the charts. I'm going back 25 years and the menus have all been great. Do yourself a favor and call for a reservation.
Nice lunch with great service. Food was interesting and healthy and delicious. Lima bean dish was excellent, salads were excellent too. Nice goat cheese. Coffee was excellent and great service with refills. Deserts were very good - butterscotch pudding was delicious. I'll look forward to going again!
For sooooo many years, your restaurant has had top ratings and we looked forward to dining at your restaurant. Unfortunately, one of our party had the red snapper and the portion was so small we were shocked....two of us had the fish and chips...the pan fried walleye was to be crispy...it was cold and not browned at all...we had fries instead of the chickpea fries and they were limp and greasy....the 4th person had pork chop and 50% was fatty. They did remove
the cost of the fish and chips from our bills which we appreciated. I have dined there before and
would dine there again...just an off night for us.
I brought my wife and our sons and girlfriend for a quiet family dinner. The food is always incredible and Suzy, the server, is always enjoyable to speak to. We arrived at 6:30. By 7:30, it was a bit loud for me personally but I prefer quiet settings all together. And to be honest, I think most of the noise was from my sons! LOL Anyway, you have to try the cheese service and trust anything Suzy tells you. We first went to The Wind's over 10 years ago and she was our server at that time! I think she said, she has been there for nearly 20 years. It can be on the expensive side, if you allow it, but can also be a reasonable dinner for two if you are watching your wallet. For 5, we spent $300, including tip, but had 3 bottles of wine and an appetizer. Worth every penny.
Enjoyed our visit to the Winds. Our Waitress was wonderful. Service was quick and waitress was knowledgeable. Cocktails before dinner were good and served in a timely manner so we were not left sitting without any thing to do. It was our anniversary and we could hold a conversation without yelling at each other. My wife had the scallops for dinner and they were delicious. The only low point of the evening was my dinner. I order the duck which was very tough and undercooked. Due to the wonderful evening we were having i did not complain. Overall it was a good experience. We will go back I just will order a different entree.
We enjoyed the bread & butter & olives before the meal came. Reminded us of our visit to Italy. My husband and I both had the cheeseburger and fries. Very delicious and unique bun and we really enjoyed the tasty sauce on the burger. A very unique flavor that was very good.
It was a busy Friday night, the day after Thanksgiving, so our food took a little while to come out, but the server offered us more bread & olives while we waited. We were in no hurry so it was fine.
I would definitely recommend the restaurant and would love to return and try a couple of things on the menu.
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