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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
My experience this time around was extremely disappointing and because this was a Birthday lunch for my friend downright embarrassing. The service and server was horrible and the food just ok. Definitely not what I was use to in the past. Think I now prefer the hotel restaurant down the street .
Have been there many times over the years for both lunch and dinner. Things have changed since our last visit. Too many tables "squished" into a small venue. Had to be reseated as the initial seating arrangement was impossible to get in or out of...and, we had a very pregnant lady in our party! Food and wine was pretty good. Menus are always interesting. Waiter was lacking in actual serving skills.
Don't think we'll make the 30 minute drive out to Yellow Springs any more for The Winds Café...
The habanero-accented "Italian" margarita was both clever and tasty. The halibut with English pea sauce was inspired! (And the duck, scented with North African-style spices was pretty good, too! Wines by the quartino made for good pairings. The Winds continues to deliver!
The Winds never disappoints. I am always impressed and delighted at the creative use of strictly seasonal and local ingredients. The pork chop currently on the menu (June 2017) is to die for. And the "Ohio nibble" appetizer is the most insane, gourmet take on what you'd ordinarily expect to be bar food. We also ordered the seasonal veggie risotto and it was refreshingly light and complex. The service is always impeccable. They put so much care into every aspect of their presentation, yet it never feels pretentious. I love it and I will always go back when I am in town.
We had a reservation but still had to wait for about 10 minutes to be seated. The host was very friendly but seemed a bit overwhelmed. Once seated, we were greeted and orders for drinks were taken promptly. We ordered an appetizer of fried fish, lemons, and potatoes. It was very tasty, but there were only 5 very small bites of fish, and the rest of the basket was filled with (very tasty) homemade potato ribbon chips. It was quite warm in the dining room, and we could have used more refills on our ice water. The specialty prosecco cocktail I ordered was specified over ice on the menu but came straight up instead. It could have used the ice! The glass of wine I had next was very tasty. The dinners we ordered were both delicious, I had the shredded pork tacos and my husband had the burger. We finished all of both! My toddler had the kids pasta with butter and cheese, which was a really big portion! We got to have their signature dessert, the chocolate mousse. It is served in a sundae glass with a mountain of homemade whipped cream, and it did not disappoint! I've had the chocolate mousse at Bouvette in Paris, and this stuff is the real deal! Other than the lack of ice in the cocktail, the slow water refills, the very warm temp in the restaurant (I kept having to wipe the sweat off my face during dinner), and the skimpy portion of the appetizer, the experience was overall pleasant. Though a little pricey (we spent $90 including tip), we liked the food. We may not rush back here, but will probably return for a special occasion.
Even though it's over an hour drive from our home, my husband really wanted to have his birthday dinner at Winds. The service is excellent, the food creative and expertly prepared, a nice bar to sit at, patio dining in nice weather, a cozy, welcoming interior. Everyone working there is very pleasant and customer oriented. We have never been disappointed dining at The Winds.
The breads provided are so good you'll want to just dive in and make a meal of the homemade varieties! This is a restaurant we anticipate making the drive over and over again just to have yet another excellent experience in Yellow Springs
My one wish though is that they stock cocktail onions so I can have my Gibson!
I hadn't been to the Winds for years and wondered if it was as good as I remembered. It was, and then some. The drive to Yellow Springs is about 40 minutes for me. It was worth every mile. From the hostess' attention the second we stepped through the door, to artwork; from server to signature coffee, everything was as welcoming and vibrant as I remember. The food was amazing. I can honestly say the Winds is my favorite restaurant. I think that says it all.
Simply put, disappointing. Ten minutes after we were seated, our less than less than quick or friendly waitress came to the table. I asked about a side dish and was told that it could change due to running out but if I ordered right then I would be ok, so I did. One hour later my salad arrived. An hour and fifteen minutes later, my lunch arrived. First, not only was the side dish completely not what was listed, my $20 piece of salmon couldn't have been larger than 4 or 5 oz. ( Now, to be fair, no actual size was listed on the menu, but that's a tiny piece of fish by any account.) Going back to the side dish for a moment gives me the chance to say that my mother ordered the same lunch and also got a random substituted side dish. Neither of us were interested in the new option and didn't eat it. Clearly I would not have ordered that meal had my waitess not assured me that I would be able to get the actual item listed. More than the questionable food experience was the fact that other tables, also of three or four people, seated after us received their food first, so I don't know if it was our waitress or the kitchen, but that's inexcusable. After all of this I did go to speak privately with a manager simply to let her know of our experience. I asked for no favors and was not looking for a free meal and even declined her offer of free dessert, mostly because of her rationale for why the service and/ or meal was so lackluster. Her explanation about my salmon and random side dish was, "Well it's Mother's Day so we had to make sure that we had enough salmon for the rest of the day." After that, I was done. We paid $100 for lunch for three people and apparently those people who came before were given more food and my lunch was rationed because we came closer to the end of business hours. I did make a reservation to allow them to plan; perhaps that's something to consider given the special menu for this afternoon. So incredibly disappointed.
The Winds has been a favorite of mine for years. However, I was very disappointed in the service received this past Saturday, May 13th. I took my mother, sister, and daughter to lunch, but after talking up The Winds, I was embarrassed how lacking the service was.
Went for lunch on a Saturday, glad we made reservations it was very busy. Good beer and wine selection. The food was fresh and tasty. However the slow service poorly impacted our visit. We were there well over 2 hours. Waitress barely apologized and one person on our party was served his food 10 minutes after everyone else.
I dined at the Winds many times in the past, but it had been a while. I was very pleased to find it still a fun & interesting bistro. The food was absolutely delicious in every particular, from the cheese service (including the best, biggest, most succulent date I have ever eaten) to the Spring halibut with sweet pea sauce. The authentic butterscoth pudding was subtle, creamy and luscious with a lovely Scotch topping. My server, Meg, was knowledgible about the entire menu, quite enthusiastic about the varied and interesting offerings and was just delightful all around (and gorgeous). I will visit The Winds whenever I am in the area.
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