Booked this restaurant because I knew its quality and value and have dined here a number of times and have never been disappointed. This occasion was to celebrate 3 spring birthdays along with St. Patrick Day. This was a first time one of my sisters had been to the Winds and Yellow Spring and she can't wait to come back again.
We started out with great drinks, the margarita was very tasty and my husband had a martini that he said was good. The appetizer of duck sausage corn dogs were delicious and a good portion. Could even be a main with a hearty salad. The disappointment was with our main courses. I had the ravioli and my husband had the flat iron steak. Both were served cold. Our tablemates food came out at the correct temperature. We didn’t say anything as we are not fans of sending food back. Had the mushrooms and broth been warm it would have made for a fantastic dish poured over the ravioli but this I will never know. My ravioli was warmer than the broth so I tried to eat it with getting the broth on it. Sad experience. When I mentioned to the sever to let the kitchen know that the food was coming out cold it didn’t get much of a reaction from her. After leaving my husband said reviews on other sites also commented on cold food being served. If we should happen to go again and my food is cold I will be sure to mention it immediately.
The food was wonderful. We had fun sharing multiple small plates. Everything was delicious and the service was terrific.
Very good food and we love the menu choices. We also miss some of the past brunch menu entrees and wish they would be brought back (such as the mushroom gravy/biscuit one, and the earlier style biscuits), but the menu is good for foodies. It is not a standard breakfast/egg/bacon/etc type of menu, which is why I enjoy it. I had the Caesar salad, which would not have been enough if I had been hungrier. Generally the portions are fine for us and typical of finer dining. My husband did not care too much for his choice (grits/chorizo/egg), but that is a personal matter of taste - I tasted it and liked it. His portion would have been fine for me and was good for him, but again, that is a matter of individual tastes. We shared a very good cinnamon roll, which is homemade and fresh, and reminded me of the ones I make (it was actually better than mine). Our wait staff was attentive, efficient, and did everything appropriately; she was obviously well trained. It is always a treat to enjoy a Sunday brunch at the Winds.
Ordered the crab stuffed trout. Meal wasn't as hot as it should have been; the trout was small with a small dab of stuffing; served with cauliflower but no starch, and meal lacked flavor. Was very disappointing for the price. Have had really great meals over the past several months, but this wasn't worth the money charged.
I wish there was a ditto button on this site. We come often and every time it is the same. Great food, wonderful wine and great service.
Extraordinary food with great attention to details makes the Winds always a great experience!
Good was a little bland and not much of it for the prices. Chicken pot pie was more like a broth with a few pieces of chicken, few vegetables and a piece of crust on top. Chicken pot pie is usually thicker not a soup.
The server brought the coffee without any cream or sugar. After getting the cold half & half and sugar 10 minutes later, the coffee was cold.
I am told I’ve made the best food everyone has ever had, so will give you some recipe advice for free: The food was good overall, though the dressing on the Caesar salad was not good, was both bitter and sour. The grated Parmesan didn’t help.
Also, the bread pudding was one of the least delicious I’ve ever had. It was even worse than that time I made bread pudding and messed up. The giant hunk of bread pudding wasn’t sweet at all, too dry, and was full of slightly bitter toasted walnuts, and the sauce tasted like whiskey mixed with butter. I recommend adding some burnt sugar to the sauce to give it a caramel flavor. Also, try adding some sweetened condensed milk to the bread mixture. Then you can add slightly less egg as it isn’t needed.
If you want to take it up a notch, make the slices not as tall so the sauce quantity per bite increases, add either a dash of ground cardamom or almond extract, & instead of walnuts put some almond slivers on top only. Then you won’t need as much whipped cream because the bread pudding will hold its own. But the key is having a delicious caramel sauce!
As always, EXCELLENT! Love the comfort, the ability to relax and the great wine selection!
The service, the drinks, the food; all done with excellence!
we've been a patron of Wind's Cafe since it's inception, even before it moved across the street in Yellow Springs. It has always been a nostalgic spot and a top 10 destination for dining. So it is sadness that I report that the on last two occasions that we have been there for Saturday lunch, the menu has been really unimaginative and limited. One of us ordered chicken pot pie and it was a bowl of hot broth with a floating piece of baked dough....flavorless and unappealing. Upon returning, we found the same disappointing selection. There was next to nothing on the menu like we have come to expect. Seems that they have lost their way.
On a good note, it's clean, and the folks are friendly.
We have always had great food here, but unfortunately, this time, both of our entrees were overcooked. I ordered steak medium rare, and it was served closer to medium well (only slightly pink, not red). The lamb shank was supposed to be served medium, and seemed well done to me. Furthermore, the sides and sauces weren't served as described in the menu. Instead of sweet potato mousse, we received cous cous and weren't informed of the change prior to ordering.
We opted not to mention anything to the bartender. I just don't like complaining. The service was excellent as always though! It's just that the the steak was visibly over cooked, and, in my opinion, should not have even been delivered from the kitchen.
I understand things happen, and this one incident doesn't alter my opinion of the restaurant.
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!
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.
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.
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!?
It was wonderful. It is a little pricy but so well worth it! This is our favorite place to go-
The food is always great; most meals we've had at the Winds fall into "best we've ever had" territory. However, the service is consistently pretty awful. The waitress came by 4 or 5 times over the course of a 3 hour meal, took 45 minutes to return with our drink order, and charged us for a drink that was offered as an apology for our wait. It's frustrating to pay $100+ for a special occasion meal for two and consistently get sub-par service. The exception is the maitre d', who is always super friendly and professional. We love the food but the service is getting harder and harder to swallow.
Enjoyed our meal and friendly staff.
The special menus for Fat Tuesday and Valentine's day were delicious!
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.
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.
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 had a very enjoyable evening the food was great the ambience in the environment is just what we needed
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!
Food was delicious!
We went with friends and had a great time. The food is always good and we enjoy the ambiance.
Always a favorite!
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…
The Winds Cafe has been a favorite for 30 years. Always excellent.
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.
Set menu for NYE; way overpriced at $65pp for average quality of food.
The Food and service were excellent and a great value for the money
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.
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.