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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.

215 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Corry Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(937) 767-1144

Website:
http://www.windscafe.com/

Parking Details:
Public parking lot across the street from the restaurant and on-street parking as well.

Executive Chef:
Kim Korkan

Additional:
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

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Organic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Healthy (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Cozy (17)
Casual (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Authentic (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Romantic (10)
Business Meals (9)
People Watching (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Vegan (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great Beer (6)
Tapas (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Scenic View (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Casual, Organic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was slow even for a busy time--waited about 45 minutes for food. Small portion sizes for the price, especially since sides are not included, not even a salad. Left hungry. Flavors were good. One entree was lukewarm.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a reservation for 7:30 and didn't get seated until almost 8:00...completely unacceptable. Why use Open Table if you don't seated during your reservation!?

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

It was wonderful. It is a little pricy but so well worth it! This is our favorite place to go-

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed our meal and friendly staff.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The special menus for Fat Tuesday and Valentine's day were delicious!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

There were a lot of tables open and they sat us (likely the only people there with a reservation) next to the bathroom in the back corner. Really bad table location.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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...

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening the food was great the ambience in the environment is just what we needed

Tags: Vegan, Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2018

As usual, the food here is excellent. They do a good job changing the menu every couple of months. A little expensive, but I love the food here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went with friends and had a great time. The food is always good and we enjoy the ambiance.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a favorite!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Been enjoying The Winds over 40 years, since before it moved from across the street, since before our marriage and before our daughter was born…

Tags: Organic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The Winds Cafe has been a favorite for 30 years. Always excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Set menu for NYE; way overpriced at $65pp for average quality of food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Food and service were excellent and a great value for the money

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The best Resturant in Yellow Springs! A culinary delight where the owners have found wines and recipes from around the world to use with the best of local ingredients. Farm to table excellence.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The winter season menu containing the sea scallops and risotto is the best I ever had. I have had the ability to dine in fine European restaurants and the meal we had was fantastic.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The lasagna and scallop dinners were wonderful. The service was right on point. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and will be returning!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have been to the winds many times but the laat couple of times we have gone the food is not exciting and is tasteless needs seasoning. Very plain fair . I would love to see improvement because we love the place.

Tags: Organic, Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was excellent, as was the service. Love this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful food, definitely will be back!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Everything was delicious. We feel like we may have missed more extensive wine offerings than those that were on the general menu but maybe we needed to ask for larger list if it exists? No biggie the wines we chose were good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Disappointed this time. Limited menu for breakfast and not enough options. Portions really small. I left hungry.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good all around dining. Very nice flavors, very nice staff.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

You can't really go wrong at this place. Everything is mouthwateringly delicious! ORDER DESERT!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

All of the food was assume. I had a wonderful flat iron steak and my date had the fried oysters. We shared a dessert. It was all excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We drive an hour to eat at the Winds and always are happy we make the effort. We consistently enjoy great food, wine and service.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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