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Pond House Cafe
Pond House Cafe
  • Address:
    1555 Asylum Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117
    Hartford / West Hartford
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $30 and under

Pond House Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pondhousecafe.com
  • Phone: (860) 231-8823
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 8pm
    Friday: 11am - 9pm
    Saturday: 10am - 9pm
    Sunday: 10am - 2:30pm
    Closed for Lunch 12/31
    Open for Brunch Only 1/1
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jordan Stein
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Pond House is able to cater to any out of house location including other local venues and your very own kitchen! We will provide everything from staff to clean up! Please inquiry today to have the Pond House to your house!
  • Private Party Facilities: Both private parties and semi-private accommodations available, contact restaurant for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Deedy (860) 231-8823
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every Tuesday evening Pond House offers our Tasty Tuesday Menu in addition to our regular dinner menu. This is a set 3 course meal for $16.55. This menu changes monthly, please visit our website for details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect
  • Public Transit: on Asylum Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in Historic Elizabeth Park, with public parking lots and street parking within the park.
A word from Pond House Cafe
Nestled on the pond in historic Elizabeth Park the Pond House is surrounded by gardens & offers four seasons of charm with a menu to match. Changed seasonally we offer eclectic comfort food that reflects the down to earth but playful spirit of our staff. Announce Spring's arrival with a walk through the park followed by brunch on the patio. Stop and smell the world famous roses then linger over dinner as sun slowly sets over the trees. Lunch, Dinner, Brunch & Take out. The Pond House Cafe- stylish, fun & playful.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFusion / Eclectic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I could not have asked for a better place to have a first date. I only wish my personality and looks were as great as your warmth & service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Pond House Cafe comes through seven days/week. Brunch, often neglected by the best of restaurants, is not overlooked at the Pond House Cafe. The choices are many; something for everyone and every age category. And the featured cornbread was like no other: moist, sweet, thick, and just luscious. Egg white options make omelets fit for food restrictive diets, also."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Pond House for lunch after going to the greenhouse in Elizabeth Park to see the beautiful spring flowers. We were seated soon after arriving, service was excellent . I ordered the Asian salad which was delicious and enough for me to take home for another meal. My friend ordered the fig and flatbread which also was delicious. Overall a great experience. I have also been for brunch which I highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Pond House is and continues to be one of my favorite restaurants for its location in Elizabeth Park, food, decor, and service. I have never been disappointed in the food. It's a lovely place to have dinner and a "go to" for lunch. Even though I am writing this in March, You must visit them in October when they decorate the restaurant and grounds for Halloween. It has become a tradition for me to go there for brunch with friends to eat and see the spectacular display."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Every time I am there, I am never disappointed with the food and ambience. The cutlery and tableware are clever, although I do think the plates with the uneven borders make it difficult to keep a knife perched. But that is a small thing because the food trumps the dinnerware when all is said and done. Service was rather leisurely the day we were there, but we were in no rush, so perhaps the wait staff realized this. I've been there for lunch and dinner and have eaten inside and out. All were quite enjoyable,"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food is very good, not the best in Hartford, but the the price is too high for the amount of food you receive. The dining area could use a good upgrade. Chairs are old and uncomfortable and the room was very chilly. The waitress was outstanding. we've had her the past 3 times there."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Excellent and unusual meals prepared with great attention to detail."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I always enjoy the Pond House, especially for brunch, which adds a great mix of omelettes and other breakfast dishes to a very tasty and reasonable lunch menu. The menu is creative and delicious, the ambiance is pleasant and unpretentious and the service is very good. Dining outside on the patio is delightful in warm weather."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere are always great. One of our favorite places to dine. I wish they would change the menu more often."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of our favorite local places to eat The food and service are always 5 star !"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I frequent the Pind House several timescale year. Convenient, easy to park, great food and affords a walk in thr park (if you have time). Servers are attentive and if you are in a schedule they respond and if not you can be leisurely. Great food with many specials and seasonal varietals. A favorite."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a group of 9 and pond House easily accommodated us. Our meals all came out at the same time. We all ordered different items and everyone was very happy with their choice. StAff was attentive without being overbearing. Overall we had a deilicious meal and a relaxed evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tried and loved the flatbread with figs, pears and gorgonzola--beautiful presentation, perfectly done and plenty to bring back home for a great snack."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is truly one of the finer venues in Hartford or West Hartford. The place is attractive and inviting, and both the food and the service are outstanding. The staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable for what you get. My guest is glutton free and the staff took her restriction seriously. The server went into the kitchen to be sure what she wanted to order was in fact glutton free. She had no trouble finding a good selection of food to choose from."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Usually find brkfst/brunch items standard/boring Pond house had a great selection of different/more unusual and very tasty dishes Am looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We love the friendly and informative service and delicious food! I chose the swordfish at our waitress's advice and it was well seasoned,moist and a huge portion with interesting sides. My husband had Jambalaya,and loved it! He's already planning to try the steak next time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wonderful Sunday morning brunch! We had a lovely time. Staff couldn't have been better and the food was scrumptious."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The Pond House has been a mainstay for birthday brunches, baby and wedding showers, romantic nights out, and women's get-togethers. I have never been disappointed in the food, service, or ambience. I would highly recommend it, hands down."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We visited our son in Simsbury and wanted to enjoy Sunday brunch with him. We found Pond House Cafe on OpenTable and had a lovely meal in the large dining room. The food was great and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The only downside was the coffee; regular brewed coffee arrived luke-warm and we asked for fresh. We watched the servers pour the luke warm coffee in to mix with warm coffee! Pretty surprising for such a lovely venue. Other than that, it was a beautiful morning. Can't wait to return in summer to enjoy the views of the gardens."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I wanted to take my 5 years old out for a brunch and this seemed like a perfect spot. I am glad we made a reservation - the space is limited and the line of people was long. The food came out piping hot and very quickly. My eggs Benedicte on a crab cake were perfect. My son did not like his grilled cheese, but he likes his food a certain way, so it's not their fault. He loved his fries though and they were gracious to give us a box of them to take home. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and we will be back on a regular basis. I do recommend to make reservations ahead."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Pond House is a hidden gem!The food is very good and the menu is a surprise with many interesting options. The wait staff is kind, attentive and very friendly. All in all well worth the drive from anywhere in Connecticut!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We sat in the big open room with the fireplace, and felt like the food and atmosphere were both very nice. The French press coffee is a treat. The parking in winter was very difficult, circled the place 5 times before I made a spot for myself."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My husband loved the Jambalaya. We also had fabulous spring rolls. Our nine year old "Foodie" always wants to come back. We have eaten here often, and always recommend this special place."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took the Mrs there for Valentines day for a quiet lunch. Atmosphere, food and service were top notch. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As usual, the food was very good, and the service was perfect. Can't wait to return! Have to say, though, that, considering it was Valentines weekend, I was very surprised there was nothing special done with the decor...not even fresh flowers. (Last visit was a few days after Halloween, and the decorations were awesome!). There were also no 'Valentine' specials on the menu, which would have been nice. But decor aside, we enjoyed a lovely lunch. Looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The menu and its beautifully presented and delivered plates are alive, upscale, notably reflective of new foods, and have something for everyone. The eclectic cafe's ambiance gives off a cozy and smart city effect, while nestled on the grounds of beautiful Elizabeth Park (no matter the season or weather!). Waitstaff is knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. But....it is the FOOD, the glorious food, and the chef and cooks! Run, don't walk, to have their kale Caesar salad or anything with sauteed kale. Outstanding. Both the pork dish and the vegetarian mushroom Wellington were A+, and the mussels...sigh...were buttery sweet and just out-of-this-world."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "When you visit this gem, you absolutely must try the surf n turf.... out of this world. The portion is large enough to share or you can look forward to another meal as leftovers!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went to pond house on valentine's day. What a wonderful experience. They set up their private events room in order to accomedate more guests. The room was so romantic and not crowded that you were able to enjoy your date and the conversation. Beautiful decorations including a fireplace . Very romantic. Normally we go to the restaurant potion of the building which is also very beautiful but this was a nice surprise. Food was amazing ! I had the scallops very delecious. And the dessert items were to die for as well:), if you are looking to impress your date this a nice spot. We'll definitely will keep coming back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "wonderful service, imaginative cuisine, elegant setting"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Got those polar vortex blues? Have some comfort food with friends. Menu to please all budgets and tastes. Your hubby can order the burger and you can have 5 spice pork tenderloin. Veggie options, gluten free.."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We [3] all loved our lunches. Lots of food ,attractively served,interesting and delicious!! And we were happy we could bring our own bottle of Proseco!! Will come again, soon!!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Food should be the center of every dining experience, and at The Pond House the food is the star. This meal featured quality, fresh food, that took my palate on an exciting journey. The electronic tablet menus take some getting use to, and despite their quirks, provided images of several of the dishes. A great place to have high quality food, and where you can have a civil conversation while enjoying the fare. Return visits are anticipated."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed the Tasty Tuesday menu. Who would have believed a cake made with beets could be so delicious!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have lived in the area for quite a while and for as long as I can remember the Pond House has been a favorite restaurant of mine. I tend to eat out one or two times a week, and this is always a favorite go-to spot."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I bask in the full experience! I feel welcomed as soon as I walk in the door...the atmosphere is delicious. The menu is full of surprises...they say ADVENTURE ahead - NOT "I just made this at home last week..." It is exactly what I look for in my dining out experiences - a culinary treat. Thank you."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The Pond House is my favorite restaurant. The variety of food and the presentation of the food Is exceptional. My go to restaurant when I have a choice. Perfect if the noise level could be reduced."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The Pond House is eclectic and comfortable. The food is first rate, the ambiance comfortable but elegant. During the warmer months the view of the pond in Elizabeth Park is particularly pleasant and inspiring. Even in the cold months the restaurant offers a warm source of dining pleasure. We eat here whenever we get the chance."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We had a small ladies brunch and absolutely loved the food and service. We look forward to dining there again in the spring outdoors."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The Pond House Cafe I have always considered to be the best restaurant in West Hartford. The food was consistently delicious and interesting; their menu changing with the seasons. Clearly the small size of the restaurant enabled them to not mass produce their menu items. Then they opened a sister restaurant in Glastonbury, which is very large and not so charming. But worst of all, the food is terrible - very generic and uninteresting. Now that the Pond House Cafe inWH has changed their menu, very similar to the Glastonbury Grille, and they are expanding as well, my fear is that they are going to go the generic route and we will lose the incredible food I always could depend on in the beautiful park. Please don't change!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "The food is great, the setting is lovely, and the service is always terrific. A wonderful setting for a delightful lunch."
    Dined on 1/15/2014