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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Excellent food - Excellent Service! Only wish was for tables to be a little farther apart.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2011

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2011

Wonderful wine list, friendly and knowledgable staff, excellent food...what more could you ask for? Prices may seem rather high for the area but, given the quality of the food, worth every penny!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 25, 2011

Overall an excellent dining experience. Superior food and top-notch service. All at a reasonable price.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 25, 2011

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2011

Delicious, fresh, great service. What a great asset for the town of Yellow Springs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2011

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2011

I found a new favorite dish! This happens almost every time I visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2011

Before we were half way thru our first course the waitress brought out the main course. When I ask. Why she said the kitchen had it ready. But we weren't ready for it.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 17, 2011

The garlic appetizer was not spreadable. We mentioned this to our server and she brought us a new order and it was also raw. The rest of our meal was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 17, 2011

We dine at The Wind's once a year and definitely need to increase that frequency rate! Always a joy and great flavorful experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 15, 2011

Took a friend for the first time. He can't wait to go back. Me, too. Already have planned my next dinner there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2011

Probably the best meal you can find in the Springfield area plus Yellow Springs is an interesting throw back hippie town.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 11, 2011

Great and thoroughly original food, much of it locally sourced. You're in the hands of professionals here -- they know and love food and wine!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 11, 2011

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 10, 2011

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2011

We enjoyed the food very much. The soft drinks, although a bit pricey, were refreshing.
The atmosphere was nice and quiet. We did expect more ambiance. Our waiter was attentative and courteous. All in all, a nice experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 9, 2011

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 8, 2011

The food is always outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 7, 2011

We thought the salad-ceasar was not good. Portions for dinner were good but not worth the price. Wine,dessert were good. Soup was not warm and had to be sent back. Waitress was good and so was the atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 4, 2011

My wife and I love going here for brunch on the weekends and we went for a valentines dinner. Go for the early seating for special events as you tend to stay longer than you intended and late seat reservations don't get seated on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 3, 2011

Great menu and great food. We had a lovely experience. A bit pricey, but I was expecting that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 3, 2011

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 3, 2011

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2011

Have eaten here before. Always a delight, great food, attentive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2011

I always enjoy dining at The Winds and especially when they have roasted figs on the menu in July-August! The menu variety is outstanding and the wine selections couldn't be better. Skip the chain restaurants and have a truly memorable meal at The Winds!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 2, 2011

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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2011

Absolutely outstanding food, quality, creative, etc. Tops in all ways

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 31, 2011

We stopped in for a meal before the movies. Our server suggested the Bistro Dinner. It was great! Fast service,a reasonable amount of good, and everything included in a single price.We got to the movies with time to spare. We will be back.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 27, 2011

Very representative of the best of Yellow Springs. Good food, relaxed, and unique.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2011

Always a pleasure. Food, atmosphere, service can't be beat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2011

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!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2011

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2011

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2011

The food was very well prepared and tasty. The welcoming was not so great but the service was good once seated. I will definitely put it on my short list.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 21, 2011

Service was very slow and inattentive. It was brunch and we struggled with getting coffee refills. Biscuit was not warm.

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 (London)·Dined on August 20, 2011

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.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 20, 2011

One of the best meals I have ever had.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 20, 2011

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 20, 2011

Not worth the hype I have heard all these years.

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