Written by: Steve Stover
Date: July 6, 2015

Windward Passage Interior

Windward Passage Interior

Windward Passage is a delightful “blast from the past.” The food, the decor, the service, even the prices seem like a throwback to the 1970s.

Located near the intersection of Henderson and Reed near Upper Arlington, Windward Passage was opened back in 1971 by Columbus restaurateur Bob Knapp, who also owned the popular Gaslight Inn and Aspen Inn on Chambers Road.

The decor is dark and woody, with nautical fixtures like lanterns, buoys, ropes – you almost expect the restrooms to be names “buoys” and “gulls.”

We were there most recently for lunch on a Monday, and the place was jammed, almost every table was full from 11:30am to 1pm; the loyal, long-time regular clientele must know something. Service was friendly and attentive. Portions are large and prices are low for the quality of the food.

Windward Passage Fried Perch

Windward Passage Fried Perch

I loved my fried fresh lake perch, tartar sauce, french fries, and creamy slaw; my college buddy enjoyed his sauteed fresh lake walleye with mashed potatoes and green beans. It is hard to find local fresh lake perch and walleye these days. Both were perfectly cooked, and portions were large.

Windward Passage Walleye

Windward Passage Walleye

The rest of the large dinner menu features seafood, and includes more than a dozen starters, including peel & eat shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, and crab legs, plus coquilles St Jacques and oysters Rockefeller and Remick ($4.50 to $12.75); 16 seafood entrees ($14.50 to $18.50); “surf and turf “and steaks, plus prime rib, yes, prime rib ($15.95 to $27.95 for king crab and filet); and veal liver and onions ($14.95); and sandwiches ($7.25 to $13.50 for an open face steak sandwich and fries), including fried perch and walleye sandwiches.

So, step back in time for well cooked seafood in large portions at reasonable prices. Great fun!

Windward Passage
4739 Reed Road
Columbus, OH 43220
614-451-2497
Monday – Friday: 11am-2:30pm for lunch, 4:30-10pm for dinner
Saturday: 4:30-10pm


  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.