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