Pond House Cafe
Pond House Cafe

Pond House Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pondhousecafe.com/
  • Phone: 8602318823
  • 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 8602318823
  • Special Events: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Pond House Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (108)scenic view (95)great for lunch (85)neighborhood gem (84)great for brunch (73)fit for foodies (65)special occasion (49)romantic (34)good for groups (26)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (7)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Place for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great atmosphere, very interesting menu items, good food, good service, fair pricing; all the elements for a successful dining experience. The Halloween decorations were outragious and fun. These people seem to enjoy serving the public.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You must try the Indian Rice Bowl
    ImpressedcustomerVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We make a special effort to come to the Pond House Café in the season when they have their Indian Rice bowl. Their other entrées are great too, but that is special to us. The area in Elizabeth Park is quite scenic, with the Rose Garden in the summer time. Contrary to what you might think, the Pond house is not named for the pond it overlooks, but for Charles Pond who owned the land years ago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The BBQ chicken spring roll with kale and chicken, baby kale Caesar salad wit sundried tomatoes and roasted brussel spouts, and strip streak special with champagne sauce were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4U
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love the Pond House in West Hartford, CT. An eclectic menu and good food! nice atmosphere! Elizabeth Park is a wonderful place, and it is so fun to tour the rose garden and all the other beautiful gardens after eating lunch. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Tasty Tuesday, Greek food, was wonderful and sitting on the porch was cozy and scenic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Control
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a party of 5, had good food & service, nice table, conducive for conversation with our friends. But the noise level was distracting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    BillZ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We'd only previously been to the Pond House for the Easter brunch buffet, which was delicious but overpriced. This was our first Sunday brunch, and we were very impressed. The service was just what we want--friendly but not overly familiar, competent, quick, attentive. I don't usually place any importance at all on the place setting, but the utensils, glasses, etc, were distinctive and eye-catching. Most important of course is the food, which was wonderful. Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon on fried potatoes, french toast and apples with dulce de leche--both were perfect. With a pot of tea, the bill came to $30-31. We will return, and bring friends with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Great service.
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The autumn sangria is wonderful, as was the food we had. Linda our waitress was fun and prompt. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service/ Good Food
    Judy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service (waitress, hostess) seemed to be pre-occupied. Although, the place was not busy, the waitress had to be called over for refills, and for the check. And, although my husband made it clear that this was my birthday lunch, not a mention of it was made. nothing special was prepared. Wait staff seemed bored , and uninterested. Too bad...because the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    morewarmth
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our food and service at the Pond House was nice, and we enjoyed the BYOB. The issue with this restaurant is the cold, cafeteria style tables and chairs. More booths and upholstered furniture would go a long way to improving the experience. We enjoyed the fig flat bread appetizer and our pork tenderloin and the jambalaya, but it's the atmosphere here that needs work. Of course, during the day, the park views make up for most of this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keeps getting better
    Mala
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been going to the Pond House for years. They now have a semi-enclosed porch that they can use for three seasons, which is where we sat. When we wanted to sit outside for the gorgeous view, but it was a little chilly, they turned on the heaters. Upon leaving the restaurant, we went out the back way around the outdoor patio. The gardeners are landscape artists! The Pond House and Elizabeth Park are neighborhood gems not to be missed. Oh and the food? I always look forward to eating here because it never disappoints. The food is prepared with as much care to presentation as the outdoor gardens are--beautiful AND delicious! Oh, and don't miss going here for Halloween. It's an experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT BRUNCH LOCATION
    weekendtraveler
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My party had a great time at the restaurant for brunch. We enjoyed the food and the service was very good. The location makes an incredible trip. After our meal, we walked in the park and enjoyed the rose garden and other gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    mlafayette
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was delicious, service was fine and the atmosphere was nice. The fried chicken breast was delicious and so was the fig flatbread. We love how after dinner we could take our daughter out to feed the ducks. Also, love their gardens in the back. I like restaurants that use their own fresh herbs and vegetables. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is atrocious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    3 of 6 of us had to return meal. It was completely not as decribed, but obviously leftover from a previous night (and it was the special!) it was inedible. The other meals were poorly plated and just OK. Won't ever go back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Tuesday
    Jana
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have never had poor experience here until now. Our server seemed disinterested from the start. Non-attentive and out of sight. We both opted for the Tasty Tuesday, It's Greek to Me specialties ($16.55 pp for 3 courses). We are part Greek and have been to Greece several times. While the spanikopita, moussaka and baklava were fairly tasty, the presentation seems to have just been thrown on the plate. Yes, for the price it was a 'good deal', but below the standards of the usual Pond House fare.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spinnaker
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outdoor dining is NOT comfortable. The tables are unattractive without even a placemat and they do not feel clean. The chairs are extremely uncomfortable. This was my second dining experience there and it will be my last. The service was poor and the food was fair.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GJMORE
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Server was outstanding. Good was delicious as always
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful lunch
    blovelandsennett
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed salads for lunch on a beautiful and sunny day by the pond at Elizabeth Park. The service was excellent. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good-
    goldrushVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dinner salad and Diver scallops were our entrees that evening and both were prepared and presented quite well. Service was knowledgeable and attentive, Although it rained the evening we were there, the outdoor seating near the garden and looking at the pond should be delightful. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite stop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We love going the the Pond House. The food is wonderful, Elizabeth park is such a gem and everyone is so nice. Great place to start the day or end an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to eat
    Greatfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always, service, food, and ambiance were perfect. We enjoyed a perfect lunch although it was difficult to make a selection since everything offered on the menu seemed special. We highly recommend the Pond House for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful
    Sophie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very noticeable urine odor near the booth. Otherwise, above average food and service, and beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pond House continues to deliver
    CarpeDiem
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something new
    Kuzi
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We love the updates to the patio area, including the whimsical garden art and plantings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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  • Yummy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was wonderful. Presentation lovely. The waitstaf was extremely attentive. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Catboatsue
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consisitently great food & service!
    ChrisO
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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  • A neighborhood treasure
    flower
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special lunch
    Laberman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place to have a special lunch with a special friend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    Gloria
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acurafan
    Judy
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KKEP
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure
    Kitty
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a delight!
    Foodbgood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pond House Review
    Paul
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great ambiance and location. Great food and ample parking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10
    Rosie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant spot
    Celebrate
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic