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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

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (30)
Special Occasion (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
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Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Seasonal (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (15)
Healthy (15)
Cozy (14)
Casual (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Organic (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
People Watching (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Great Beer (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vegan (4)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Spicy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Good all around dining. Very nice flavors, very nice staff.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

For sooooo many years, your restaurant has had top ratings and we looked forward to dining at your restaurant. Unfortunately, one of our party had the red snapper and the portion was so small we were shocked....two of us had the fish and chips...the pan fried walleye was to be crispy...it was cold and not browned at all...we had fries instead of the chickpea fries and they were limp and greasy....the 4th person had pork chop and 50% was fatty. They did remove
the cost of the fish and chips from our bills which we appreciated. I have dined there before and
would dine there again...just an off night for us.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

You can't really go wrong at this place. Everything is mouthwateringly delicious! ORDER DESERT!

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I brought my wife and our sons and girlfriend for a quiet family dinner. The food is always incredible and Suzy, the server, is always enjoyable to speak to. We arrived at 6:30. By 7:30, it was a bit loud for me personally but I prefer quiet settings all together. And to be honest, I think most of the noise was from my sons! LOL Anyway, you have to try the cheese service and trust anything Suzy tells you. We first went to The Wind's over 10 years ago and she was our server at that time! I think she said, she has been there for nearly 20 years. It can be on the expensive side, if you allow it, but can also be a reasonable dinner for two if you are watching your wallet. For 5, we spent $300, including tip, but had 3 bottles of wine and an appetizer. Worth every penny.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

All of the food was assume. I had a wonderful flat iron steak and my date had the fried oysters. We shared a dessert. It was all excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We drive an hour to eat at the Winds and always are happy we make the effort. We consistently enjoy great food, wine and service.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Enjoyed our visit to the Winds. Our Waitress was wonderful. Service was quick and waitress was knowledgeable. Cocktails before dinner were good and served in a timely manner so we were not left sitting without any thing to do. It was our anniversary and we could hold a conversation without yelling at each other. My wife had the scallops for dinner and they were delicious. The only low point of the evening was my dinner. I order the duck which was very tough and undercooked. Due to the wonderful evening we were having i did not complain. Overall it was a good experience. We will go back I just will order a different entree.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We enjoyed the bread & butter & olives before the meal came. Reminded us of our visit to Italy. My husband and I both had the cheeseburger and fries. Very delicious and unique bun and we really enjoyed the tasty sauce on the burger. A very unique flavor that was very good.

It was a busy Friday night, the day after Thanksgiving, so our food took a little while to come out, but the server offered us more bread & olives while we waited. We were in no hurry so it was fine.

I would definitely recommend the restaurant and would love to return and try a couple of things on the menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This restaurant makes moving to Yellow Springs worthwhile.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall great experience, my only suggestion is to create a warmer ambiance with lighting. Lights were a little bright for a 7pm dinner res - dim those lights and put out some real candles.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 2017

A very nice restaurant in a small college town

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Garlic Dinner was delicious! Thanks Javon for the roasted garlic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Garlic dinner was very good. Enjoyed the varied and unusual courses as well as the wine pairings

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 14, 2017

It was absolutely amazing. The food was so good! We drove an hour and a half to come here & we would do it again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Large party and some seafood was lukewarm at delivery. Kitchen seemed a bit confused as to how to have plates ready in any order. Nothing special ordered straight dish as on menu yet plates dribbled out

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were celebrating my mother's birthday, and she remembered eating at the Wind's Cafe several years ago with me. It was as enjoyable as she remembered, and we both had the Tuscan Bread Salad, a favorite from our previous visits. We also enjoyed a glass of wine. The atmosphere is wonderful, as this is a converted older home or building that is cozy and eclectic in decor. We will definitely continue to frequent this restaurant when looking for an experience that is different from the choices that are available in franchise or chain establishments.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This restaurant is famous in the southwest Ohio area. Situated in unique Yellow Springs, Ohio, the restaurant always provides creative cuisine and excellent service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The waitress took 20 minutes to help us after we sat down. I ordered the snapper; the whole 26 dollar dinner would've fit into the palm of my hand. My girlfriend ordered the steak medium rare and it came out basically raw; then when she asked the waitress to have it cooked to medium rare, it came back well done. Overall disappointing experience.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I have been going to The Winds for over 20 years and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed with the food. In my party of four everyone was disappointed. The service was excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I’ve been going to the Winds for more than 30 years and have always been satisfied with the food. Fit for foodies is the best description. The menu describes how important the ingredients, preparation, and dining experience are to the staff.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great everything! Cheers! Quality not quantity! Bar tenders and servers are knowledgeable and helpful! Get the bread plate!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Vegan, People Watching, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We typically love the Winds, however the service was painfully slow and fraught with mistakes. It seemed like they overbooked walk-ins or underestimated time of dinner service. At any rate, we were seconds from leaving, however it was our anniversary and we wanted an amazing meal— which we did have.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have always loved The Winds, but the menu selection for lunch was quite limited. I had a great salad but there were not any options for protein to add (chicken, salmon, etc.). I still highly recommend this restaurant, however, as I have had good experiences in the past.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was ok, probably won't go back. Way to slow for the lunch hour.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wife’s 70th birthday. As usual the menu choices were unique, inspired, and creative. As usual the preparation and presentation were fantastic. As usual the service was friendly and personal. At The Winds excellence is the usual.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

After this trip I would hesitate to recommend Winds. We sat there for 20 minutes before we had to ask the hostess (who looked at us a dozen times with zero awareness) for a server. The server was nice but slow to get water and our coffee/tea. The food was ridiculously slow and came out cold. I'm not sure what happened but really disappointing.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Server was attentive and helpful. Of course, the food is always great. I had the Squash and Pumpkin Lasagne. It was a generous portion and quite delicious. I had a Tart for dessert, very good but if you like chocolate, get the Black Forest Cake. The cake was easily big enough for two. I tasted it because my friend ordered it and it was yummy. I'll order it next time. The Winds also supplies a basket of bread to enjoy. They make the bread and have a bakery/wine shop next door where they sell the bread. There were pieces of focaccia covered with cheese and served warm included in the bread basket, incredibly good. When finished eating, both my friend and myself went next door to their bakery and bought some of their bread. I bought two loaves of the focaccia since it was being sold in two flavors. I bought one of each. My friend also bought both flavors as well as the whole wheat. I only get to The Winds Cafe a few times a year because Yellow Springs is over an hour away from where I live. It is worth the drive. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love this restaurant. This is the place to dine not just eat!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The Winds Cafe is always a great spot to have good food, soak up the ambiance of Yellow Springs, and enjoy being with a lot of other people who are enjoying the cheerful service and pleasant surroundings. If it's a nice day, be sure to request a patio seat!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful setting in Yellow Springs. Food was delicious and staff very accommodating.
We are never disappointed in our dining experiences at the Winds.

Tags: Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was incredible! Service was slow, but it was a crazy evening. They were very kind to us, giving us free chard fritters for the inconvenience.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Winds continues to be the brightest star in the Miami Valley when it comes to dining. We've been going for twenty years. Here's what I experienced on our most recent visit. My spouse and I were greeted by name; the host led us to an excellent outdoor location with a smile and "Glad you are with us this evening." Water arrived within a minute of being seated. Our waitress was friendly. She made sure we had what we wanted. She was working several tables, yet was prompt, on top of everything. My bean soup came out hot. The squash lasagna was a robust serving, moist, flavorful and also served as if it had just been readied for the table. My pork chop was cooked perfectly, I'd call it medium enough to maintain tenderness and full flavor yet never a thought it was undercooked. We ate outside on a night when rain threatened. Yet, it was wonderfully comfortable The porch was full but never too noisy. When we turned to leave, I could see the lights above, strung about eight feet beyond our heads. Yes, the Winds Cafe, still shining after all these years.

Tags: Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Really interesting, delicious food. We were a table of 2 and got lost by the wait staff serving several large groups. All were friendly, but we had to flag people down for the check. Probably would have liked dessert, too, but ran out of time due to lack of attention by the wait staff:(

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Tapas, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The staff was very accommodating, professional, polite, and friendly. We were a party of 15 and our server did a phenomenal job. She was efficient and accurate and good humored. I selected The Winds from previous good experience and also knowing they could accommodate an array of special dietary needs. It was a great experience! Outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Went here for our anniversary for lunch on Sunday. Not crowded, quiet and the food is simply outstanding no matter what you order. One of our favorite places to chat and enjoy healthy, tastefully prepared food.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Great for Brunch, Healthy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I used to go to the Winds Cafe all the time when I was a young adult but I left the area 30 years ago. This was my first time back in 3 decades. They moved locations since then, but I still had my feeling of nostalgia and a similar ambiance to the previous location. The food was as great as ever. The people who worked there were just as nice, down-to-earth, and casual but professional at the same time, as they were back then. No wonder they've been a Yellow Springs mainstay for 40 years. I've changed a lot in the past 30 years, but there was something very comforting that the Winds didn't change all the things that worked well in the first place.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a party of 11 for brunch. The food came out in stages instead of all at one time. One of the orders was forgotten. It just did not seem that they were used to serving larger parties.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The only place we think of eating when going to Yellow Springs. Love the choices and innovative dishes. Always a good spirit and great food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Been going to the winds since it first opened way back in the 70s. It is still one of our favorites.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was great (somewhat expensive) and Susan, our server, did a nice job once she was able to get to us. My wife and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary on a Tuesday night. But I was very disappointed that we could not have a nice quiet conversation due to two very loud parties in the restaurant. I think it might have been helped if the sound didn't carry so much, but there is essentially no ceiling to absorb the sound. So this almost (but not quite) ruined my evening. We will probably try the restaurant again at some point, but I can't make a recommendation to others who want to come for a special occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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