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Winds Café

4.4
1786 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am -3:00pm
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Phone number
(937) 767-1144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kim Korkan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corry Street
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Parking details
Public parking lot across the street from the restaurant and on-street parking as well.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1786 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RonInDayton (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

You can always count on finding something unusual and very tasty here. We had a wonderful lunch on Sunday, although it was a little on the noisy side because it was so crowded, and finished it off with two mimosas. You may not like what we had, but they are bound to have something on the menu you will like. Eclectic Plates of her very well prepared meals. You can count on it.

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TeresaS 
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

The Winds USED TO BE such a great restaurant! We were all terribly disappointed. We waited 35 minutes for our lunch to arrive, when they were not all that busy, and the food was lackluster at best. "Pickled vegetables" were raw brussels sprouts and cauliflower in vinegar..."Caesar salad" was mostly an undressed slab of romaine with a couple of anchovies draped over it. And the prices were high, to boot! I expect to never return. What a loss.

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BillfromRockville (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The Wind Cafe was just plain wonderful. We went with friends for Sunday Brunch. Actually, both couples met at the restaurant after each driving an hour. Expectations were high and they delivered. We each had the omelet. The eggs were nice and fluffy and done to perfections. So many times omelets are either over or undercooked. Not the case here! These were perfect!

The other couple had the egg sandwich and pancakes. Both said that the food was wonderful.

It is an old re-done building with eclectic furnishings. It is nice. Noise level was low and the service staff was friendly and attentive. We had a very nice experience. Highly recommend the place!

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Anonymous (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service was slow even for a busy time--waited about 45 minutes for food. Small portion sizes for the price, especially since sides are not included, not even a salad. Left hungry. Flavors were good. One entree was lukewarm.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Promptly seated on an early Saturday night. We like the mid-size wine offerings (quartino) as they are usually priced below $15 and we can easily get two very full pours vs 2 glasses of wine. They also allow us to sample more than 1 wine during dinner. The lamb shank was huge, and very tender and delicately spiced. Wine + salad + 2 entrees + tip = $100.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had a reservation for 7:30 and didn't get seated until almost 8:00...completely unacceptable. Why use Open Table if you don't seated during your reservation!?

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was wonderful. It is a little pricy but so well worth it! This is our favorite place to go-

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food is always great; most meals we've had at the Winds fall into "best we've ever had" territory. However, the service is consistently pretty awful. The waitress came by 4 or 5 times over the course of a 3 hour meal, took 45 minutes to return with our drink order, and charged us for a drink that was offered as an apology for our wait. It's frustrating to pay $100+ for a special occasion meal for two and consistently get sub-par service. The exception is the maitre d', who is always super friendly and professional. We love the food but the service is getting harder and harder to swallow.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed our meal and friendly staff.

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LMC1 (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The special menus for Fat Tuesday and Valentine's day were delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this place and it is the best Yellow Springs has to offer. Menu is always innovative with lots of unusual ingredients and spices on it. Also, they focus on great local, seasonal items which I love. It's got a quirky atmosphere and can be noisy but don't miss it if you are in town. Also, they have a wonderful cocktail list and the wines are reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

There were a lot of tables open and they sat us (likely the only people there with a reservation) next to the bathroom in the back corner. Really bad table location.

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JanetL (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I find the Winds Cafe to be usual enough that being adventurous helps. My friend and I had excellent food - both vegetarian options. I loved the hot root vegetable "salad". The crunchy seeds in it gave it a balance - great tastes too. A bit pricey but good ambiance and good quality.
Not crazy about the artist currently showing - esp. liked the "spanish" inspired pieces. The "flag" pieces were not appealing to us...

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The Winds has been a family favorite for over 35 years. If I had my druthers I would visit at least once a week. Alas, it is difficult to carve out the time to visit with family and friends and enjoy the warm ambiance and the overall fantastic experience that this unique little gem provides!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening the food was great the ambience in the environment is just what we needed

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FredFlys (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

As usual, the food here is excellent. They do a good job changing the menu every couple of months. A little expensive, but I love the food here!

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious!

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vipHappytodine (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We went with friends and had a great time. The food is always good and we enjoy the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Been enjoying The Winds over 40 years, since before it moved from across the street, since before our marriage and before our daughter was born…

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