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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
Loved the place; it's a fun, vibrant scene with great food. The Pumpkin-Squash Lasagna is to die for. The small plates are unusually creative and not to be missed. Service was very good, friendly, and unobtrusive. Menu is varied with lots of choices for vegetarians as well. Everything we tried was cooked to perfection including a tasty and moist whole Branzini.
The Winds Cafe has always offered out of the ordinary selections and our recent experience at Sunday brunch confirmed this. I knew not to expect the usual breakfast menu but I feel some of their menu offerings (as confirmed by my companions) were not of the quality as one would expect from the Winds. Their prices are also on the high side.
Ate dinner in August 2010, was fantastic. What a difference a year makes. this time not so much. Single diner. Took FOREVER to get waiter assistance. Waiter was adorable but not much upstairs. Didn't know specials. Didn't know what the ingredients of particular dishes were. Finally ordered. Had the special radicchio appetizer salad which was good, followed by the octopus which was as tough as shoe leather. the octopus came within 30 seconds of the salad, sent it back. Was told the toughness was how it was served. To be honest, don't even remember my main course. Ice creams were best part of meal. I'm hoping it was an off night. They have a loyal crowd and it's slim pickings in SW Ohio for truly great food.
I went to The Winds for brunch with my boyfriend, who had worked there years ago as a busboy while attending Antioch. I was worried that the food would be different from what he remembered, but he said it was exactly as he remembered. The service was great - Chris was enthusiatic and knowledgable. The food was absolutely divine! I love breakfast, and it was the best I have had in ages. If we lived closer, we would be regulars for sure!
The Winds Cafe is a nice upscale restaurant on the main street in Yellow Springs. The wine list is fairly extensive, but the beer choices were few. The caesar salad is a nice size, but has no taste - no dressing at all. The naked garlic small plate was very tasty, and the lamb chops were delicious. We had maple cheese cake for dessert that was a nice end to the meal. All in all, we had an enjoyable experience.
Trendy spot in Yellow Springs near Antioch College. Combination of small plates for sharing and large plates (entrees). The preparations are unique. There were 5 of us and everyone enjoyed everything served. Great food, not too noisy, great special drinks at the bar and good wine list. Highly Recommend.
However, double espresso was espresso grounds for one shot run twice, watery almost coffee - no foam on the top - ouch! Otherwise, great evening.
Consistant and very good overall experience. Pricing is fair and the food is better than most restaurants. I would add more mainline menu items to give it a bit more variety to choose from although the choices were interesting sometimes something simple is nice.
William's Restaurant a block away gives the Winds a run for the money.
As usual their seasonal menu offers so many choices that my friend and I chose two different meals so that we could try both. I always clean my plate and make room for dessert. All details of the meal, including the coffee are delicious and memorable. The Winds is the perfect place to have a meal with a good friend or to host a group.
Whenever we go to Yellow Springs we try to make time for a meal at The Winds. This was our first time visiting for dinner with the entire family in tow. Boys 12, 10, 7. The kids options & menu were nice and healthy (each meal included a fresh, sliced peach!). Oldest boy and Mom split some small plates & salad. Figs, Pigs and Goats plate was a hit as were the Corn Fritters! Dad went with Sunrise Salad & Swordfish. Swordfish was juicy and light ... a great preparation! Our server made sure that both adults and kids needs were met or exceeded!
The Winds is always a treat! Their menu changes with the seasons, to ensure the freshest local ingredients. Whatever the vegetable, it is always in perfect form at the Winds. My game hen limoncello was superb, as were the corn fritters with lime dipping sauce. I highly recommend eating outside in the courtyard, if you get the chance!
The cocktails and food were absolutly superb. We are not wine drinkers, but I think everyone else in the restaurant was. Wine list was extensive. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. The restaurant is small so tables are relatively close together so there is somewhat of a noise issue, but it is not a deal breaker. Would absolutly recommend Winds Cafe and have done so.
Although we usually like the Winds Cafe' today was a different story. We sat outside were the A/C was a bit loud and took away from the ambiance of eating outside. The bean soup was barely warm and the tuna was overcooked. The service was slow-if you are thirsty you will have to wait for your refills. This was not one of our favorite visits.
We loved The Winds for the menu choices and the quality of the food, as well as the friendly, no-rush atmosphere. Service was a little uneven, but certainly not bad. They were out of one of the feature items by mid-evening, which was disappointing, but the meals that we did have were excellent, with very interesting flavors.
I was very disappointed in Winds. I Used to dine there on special occasions. It was a lovely place to take guests. Recently my husband and I took out of town guests there---the food was just okay- too pricey for the quality. They couldnt accomodate one guest need for vegan option (except for salad). My swordfish was cooked well but just presented on a bed of plain saffron rice....served on a large plate.
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