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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
  • "The Pond House continues to be an oasis of great food, lovely surroundings and friendly service. IF you'd like a leisurely lunch in a beautiful setting, keep this gem in mind."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We love the updates to the patio area, including the whimsical garden art and plantings."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We went to the Pond House Cafe in hopes of having a great gluten free brunch. Unfortunately, gluten is the only allergy that they accommodate. I have a dairy allergy and everything that was gluten free contained dairy. They also served my scrambled eggs with corn bread and potatoes (neither gf). That surprised me considering their chef has celiac disease. I expected way more from someone who understand the difficulty of finding a good place to eat."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. Presentation lovely. The waitstaf was extremely attentive. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "A living social offer reminded me that a girlfriend and I were supposed to come here a few years back for my birthday but never made it. This was a lunch with her and her daughters who are heading to high school and college. We all had something different and we all left a clean plate. I will definitely come back, maybe for brunch."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "time and time again, we have always had a great meal at the Pond house Cafe! Always inventive and never dull, the menu offers a variety of great food, and for those of you in gluten free land, you will be thrilled with the variety. From the hostess greeting to the bill being left at the table, we always feel cradled and cared for. This time around, the Sriracha Crab was outstanding. Succulent crab over a bed of mouth watering guacamole, with an amazing sriracha aoli and a ginger cream that was to die for. one of the best appetizers ever!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "There was a wedding scheduled when were were there. I don't know if it impacted service. Everyone was fine, but they seemed to be just not clicking. We had a reservation as did the folks in line behind us, but had to wait for a seat on the patio, while the folks in line in front of us without a reservation were seated immediately on the patio. This gave us the vantage point to see a waitress bring back a meal that she had incorrectly ordered. I had to order a different drink because not all of the ingredients were available, and then at the end of the evening a waitress dropped someone's meal as she was bringing it out to them. The staff was friendly enough but just didn't seem to be running on all cylinders."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • " A visit to the Pond House is a must. You can stroll through the Rose Garden in Elizabeth Park before or after dinner. During the warm seasons you can sit out on their terrace overlooking the Pond. The food and menu has something for everyone and very nicely presented."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great place to have a special lunch with a special friend!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food has always been fresh, interesting, and well prepared; the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; the price reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great as usual, espcially when seated in the newly constructed wooden booth seating on the patio. Another way that the noise level is moderated when dining outside. Nice addition!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The new outdoor terraces and walks around the Pond House and the new gardens are wonderful. As is the food. Mrs. Astor's Chicken Salad is my summer favorite. Plan for time after lunch to walk around the park. K"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Perfect spot to meet friends for a leisurely lunch, especially during the summer when you can dine on the patio or the shady covered porch instead of the dining room. Nice lunch selection of light foods make decision making a chore! This really is a little gem."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The place, the food, the service all combine to make for a delightful experience. Get there a little early so you have a chance to walk around the gardens and see the beauty of this special spot in the midst of urban Hartford / West Hartford. Great for young and old...a very special gem."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great ambiance and location. Great food and ample parking."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our experience was definitely a 10! The food was delicious and the service was awesome. A beautiful summer evening dining outside! The new patio is gorgeous! Can't wait for my daughters wedding there next spring!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We reserved ahead, but still waited about 15-20 min along with others. It was a beautiful day, and most were wanting outdoor tables. We preferred indoors, and could have been seated earlier had we been asked for preference. Nice selection of food for lunch. Request for additional salad dressing was quickly granted (voluminous greens). Will definitely return for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Took my sister here for brunch with some friends to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Delicious mimosas and bloody marys, unique breakfast menu with twists on the traditional brunch items (pumpkin pancakes, crab eggs Benedict). Service was wonderful. Wish is was a nicer day to stroll around the beautiful parks and gardens."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We've been going to Pond House for years and always enjoy our dining experience there. The views are lovely, the servers friendly and the food is delicious. Their menu has a nice variety of options and they always seem to have new dishes to try each time we visit. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I eat here a few times a month and the location and food are always excellent. The service is not terrible but normally is not the best either. This visit Nicole waited on us and she was so excellent. She was attentive and proactive in refilling drinks and extra friendly. She made the dinning experience perfect for my whole family."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The pasta dish was very good, but thought the chicken salad was on the dry side. The special bread it came on sounded so delicious but again seemed very dry. It's a nice place to meet for lunch but was disappointed with my choice."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Be sure to make reservations, as it was very busy for lunch and the older hostess we met at the door was not very pleasant. The duck quesadilla was nothing special, but my guests enjoyed their Ruben sandwich and the apple salad. The service was a little slow. Overall, it was a nice place to go for lunch, but we won't be hurrying back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Have been a fan for years but food cold, slow service, very disappointed. Hopefully, just a bad day."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We visited for the first time this past Sunday, specifically for a special Sunday Brubch - we sat outside on the patio; the weather was perfect; service was excellent; the brunch menu options were plentiful and very interesting - not the typical breakfast fare. We haven't stopped talking about it since!!!! We are sure to return with friends this summer for more excellent casual outdoor dining in scenic Elizabeth Park! A great find!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I've been here before with better results. The food was mediocre at best. I ordered the special salad with peaches & goat cheese. The peaches were not ripe. I added shrimp, which ended up being overcooked. My friends each ordered the chicken special and it was tough & dry. The service was terrible too. We had a question about our bill and the hostess/manager was less than cordial. I frequent the Pond House Grille in Glastonbury which I love. The home location was a big disappointment. They are lucky the location is so great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed eating at Pond House last Friday. The food and atmosphere (we dined outside) was excellent and the service - including the hostess, our waiter and the manager - was outstanding. We recommend your cafe to many people and will continue to do so. Of course, we look forward to the next time we dine with you."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Visiting from Texas and enjoyed our visit. Excellent jambalaya and a great background to enjoy a walk before or after a delicious meal. Attentive staff, great details, gorgeous setting."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Interesting menu. Our group enjoyed everything. I tasted a friends hanger steak and was not impressed with flavor. My scallops were better but only 3 for $22+? Pond house used to be a much better value"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I will probably never return. My friend ordered the duck special. He asked that it be done very well done. Not the case . It was rare. My other friend ordered the fried chicken. It was coated with very and I do mean very salty bread crumbs that too was inedible. I ordered the Roman Pasta which was very and I do mean very spicy . Also inedible. They need a new chef!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It's such a pleasure to dine in beautiful Elizabeth Park."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food was good overall. The cornbread was crumbly but had a pleasant, sweet flavor. the egg scramble was cooked perfectly- not too hard and not too soft and the vegetables inside were great. If I were to add one thing is that this time of year, every brunch plate should have some kind of fruit as garnish or side. It is after all fresh fruit season. Being able to take a pleasnt walk adds to the ambience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "What a perfect place to have a weekend brunch!! We had a very enjoyable time sitting on the outdoor patio next to the pond while view the ducks and geese. The flowers were magnificent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've been to the Pond House many times but I was disappointed with the food on my last visit for dinner. Dining on the patio on a gorgeous summer evening was delightful and I admit I didn't pay enough attention to the menu descriptions (those annoying iPad menus make for cumbersome perusing) but I ordered the salmon without realizing that the sides were spaetzle and bitter greens. Paring a heavy starch like spaetlze with fish is, in my opinion, a mistake to begin with but adding cinnamon to it is just criminal. The taste was unappealing and the spice turned the side dish an unappetizing grey-brown color. The bitter greens were also unappealing. This was the worst food I've had here and I hope it's just an anomaly. Great service though."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My friends and I were pleasantly surprised at our recent visit to the Pond Hpuse at Elizabeth Park. We had no idea how quaint this food spot would be. We sat on the porch. Perfect for us to enjoy the fresh air and yet to avoid the sun. I would highly recommend a visit here. Can't wait to experience a brunch."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "this was my first dinner at the Pond House Café and I was pleasantly surprised by the superb food! They know how to go way beyond a great lunch menu! My only complaint? No vegetable with the meat. The price would have been reasonable except for this lack."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Pond House has become a traditional half-way summer meeting place for me and my cousin who live in opposite directions. The weather was very warm and humid and the outside eating area unshaded, so we ate inside. The food selection was wonderful and the ambiance pleasant, but outside would have been preferable. We loved taking a stroll after by the pond and around the flower beds."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The Pond House Café in historic Elizabeth Park turns 15 this year. Louis Lista and his team have created one of the most popular and beloved restaurants in the greater Hartford area. The grilled Rueben is the best ever; better than NYC. My aunt who is 82 brought a group of her friends here from out of town, and they all ordered the Rueben! They still talk about it. But, everything is great. I love the creative and interesting salads, and love the crab cakes. The menu itself is an art form of food. The outdoor patio overlooks the pond, and the building is surrounded by wonderful gardens and pathways. After dining, you need to walk over to the 2.5 acre ROSE GARDEN, and also the perennial, annual, and several hidden gardens."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My friends and I walked around the park enjoying all the gardens, and then ate a wonderful brunch indoors (we needed the AC after walking around outside in July!). We had lots of fun in a special atmosphere! Thank-you all!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A nice walk in the rose garden, girl talk, then an afternoon peach Sangria, and a wonderful lunch. Sat outside and watched the ducks with a glass of wine under a shade umbrella. Very relaxing. Will put on one of my favorite spots :) Waitress was very attentive, cleared dishes away, clearly paying attention to us."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had Ms. Astor's chicken salad and it is the favorite of many at this restaurant. Granddaughter had Hamburger and waffle fries, excellent. The food is always great, the service good and the only trouble was the noise level. It was quite loud. being a very humid day, we opted to eat inside, but I much prefer the patio dining and make sure to walk through the gardens."
    Dined on 7/2/2014