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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (17)
Cozy (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Romantic (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Organic (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
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Business Meals (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vegan (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Wonderful venue...great service...unique meal choices....thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food better than last visit. Server Alexandra very forthcoming on thoughts on cocktails food items.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great experience, as always! I love coming here each season to try the new menu!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Lovely dinner! Food, server, ambience were all excellent!❤️ We had a reservation and were seated immediately:)

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We come here often for the great food which varies according to what is in season. We will definitely return.

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We all thought your menu was quite odd. The choices were few and odd.
We won't go back sorry.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great as always. Local sourced items and a small but suitable wine selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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 .

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The papas locas for brunch was fantastic, as was the delicious Winds Bloody Mary!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The Winds is our "don't miss" dining choice whenever we are in the area. Great food locally sourced, wonderful ambience, excellent service. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The outdoor patio is lovely if the weather is cool.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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...

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Waa celebrating a friend's 79th birthday. Food was fine. Too many french fries. Nice dessert with a birthday candle. Thanks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Nice place but service was slow, it took 15 minutes to get our coffee and iced tea for Fathers Day Brunch...

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was great, staff seemed uninterested in service, never even checked on how we liked our food. Enterence is tucked away a bit so signage could be better. Bread was delicious! Busy on a weekend night, lots of walk ins.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We were destined at a table and waited for 20 minutes before a waitress come to the table. We had to have another waitress get her for us.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Our foursome enjoyed the Winds immensely. Everyone's food was yummy. Service was quite good. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Luv the Winds Cafe

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The staff were friendly and professional. Food was excellent. Ate on the patio and the only complaint I would have with that is that the sun sometimes got in my eyes during the evening meal. Overall a nice experience and I will visit again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 3, 2017

It's patio season, and there's nothing better than the Wind's on a pleasant evening. The string of lights above, happy people all around, excellent food, service and cocktail: the good life!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Awesome dinner experience. Food always cooked to perfection and opportunity to try new foods, different combinations. More "innovative choices" than many would think to prepare!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Organic, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Greta was our server and did an excellent job. She was pleasant, well organized, and provided great service!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Never disappointed when I visit this restaurant. They have a good menu variety and everything on the menu is delicious. Great desserts - tasty and homemade!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers day

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great place to have special occasion event meals. One of my families favorite places to enjoy

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Always love going to The Winds especially with friends. Great place to talk and relax with creative and delicious food options.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Salmon and black pasta small plate da bomb
Nice Spanish white to sip
Lovely Jacqui served

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We've been patrons for almost 40 years - always wonderful!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Food was great as always. Good service was by far some of the worst in a long time. It took 90 minutes to get our food after ordering. Unusual for this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The drinks were a little overpriced, but the food was good, and the menu was unique. Good for a special night out when you don't have a budget.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Have eaten here for years and was disappointed. Meal was OK, service was very marginal. Not worth the $. May be a long time till we come back

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