Pond House Cafe
Pond House Cafe

Pond House Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pondhousecafe.com/
  • Phone: (860) 231-8823
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 8pm
    Friday: 11am - 9pm
    Saturday:9:30am - 9pm
    Sunday: 9:30 - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Josh Fiorillo
  • 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: Diana Aretakis-Trovato 8602318823x
  • 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!

    Wednesday Nights- Easy Like a Sunday Morning . Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner! Our Wednesday night brunch menu features a delicious variety of breakfast and savory items!

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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Pond House Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (87)neighborhood gem (83)scenic view (77)great for lunch (76)fit for foodies (73)great for brunch (68)special occasion (53)romantic (35)good for groups (24)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great food and great service. Good presentation was outstanding. Loved the unique table settings and glassware
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jen22
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I have always enjoyed going to the Pond House. It is a magnificent destination when flowers and trees are in bloom. Food is consisterly very good. I have been to a large luncheon in the big room and was great We stopped in to see the preparations for a private cocktail party and the fall decorations, tablescapes were so elegant and tastefully done Pond House continues to not disappoint Jen
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kattybyrd
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Food is very good but on the expensive side. It is definitely worth it, and I would go back for special occasions. I rally like the fact that they have some good CT wines on the wine list, too. The service was great and they were especially accommodating to some special requests from our party.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Wonderful Food and Service
    DandPVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food at Pond House never fails. Inventive, gorgeously plated, delicious. It is a wonderful local restaurant and destination spot. Excellent vegetarian offerings, also. Refreshingly delicious. Tempeh grilled wrap fabulous. Meat lovers will also be very content with offerings. Salads fabulous, also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pond House Cafe
    MrsMac
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We ate here for the first time Saturday evening. It was a struggle locating the cafe in the dark, the park entrance on Asylum Ave is not well lit. Friendly greeting on entering, seated quickly in a small warm room overlooking the outdoor dining area and the pond. Chose Crabcake w/ house salad, thoughtfully served on two plates so we could share. Delicious crunchy crab on couscous. Followed that with Indian Rice and Salmon. Indian Rice was flavorful, salmon cooked perfectly. Service was cordially efficient. Restaurant was busy, some diners lingering long after their meal to chat. Plan on returning for lunch just to see the Park and pond. And try the lunch fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely setting, but that's about it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went to the Pond House for lunch. Had never been before and I was excited to give it a try. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype. Our service was fair, the waitress was not very attentive. I can usually get over that if the food is outstanding. That was not the case. We ordered an omelet and a rice dish. Both were overly oily/buttered... the plates were dripping with butter. Needless to say, we won't be back. Oh well. Thank goodness there are plenty of other places to choose from in the area!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Eclectic, great menu, beautiful scenery. Went for Saturday brunch and can't wait to go back for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My 93 year old mom absolutely loves Pond House Cafe so this was her birthday gift from me. The new server determined the answers to her questions and was amenable to Mom's food and beverage mind changes, and she was patient and polite. We both enjoyed our food very much, salmon for Mom, soup and salad for me, although I found the price of the salad a bit high for the shredded lettuce and tomatoes I received. The noise level is higher than I prefer but despite Mom's poor hearing she still loves it and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    LGRN
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    my daughter and I had dinner prior to a Bushnell performance. A quick summary: unique tableware, fabulous food and friendly, competent staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining
    Colette56
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Treated my mom to an early dinner before heading to the Mark Twain House event! Service was awesome! We had salmon and crab cakes and brought half home! The food was delicious. We've dined here before and will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great breakfast spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Loved the food. Service was good. Good didn't come out all together, which annoys me. Special requests for gluten free should be easier. Overall great spot, good views, good food, service could be better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Love, love, love the Pond House in Elizabeth Park. Wonderful size, location, service and food. Good quality and good value. It is often my "go-to" place when someone asks for a dining recommendation. Scallops and salmon were probably cooked better than any other place around. Slightly crispy on the outside, rare in the middle. Only minor complaint this time was the use of tablets instead of paper menus. So, it was helpful to be able to read in larger, well-lit font. But, you lose something when you cannot survey the entire set of offerings at once. Scrolling was a little tricky especially for the elderly lady at our table. Was a bit of a learning curve. So, think about dining experiences where every restaurant opts to use tablets but they are all operate slightly differently (as will be the case when you put creativity into the mix).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Always enjoy meeting people for lunch at the Pond House. The decor is striking, food is original and very good, and the gardens outside are lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful spot
    BDKC
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Wonderful food, great service. It doesn't get much better for friends having lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Occasion
    flower
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    we were there to celebrate our anniversary. They were serving Brunch entrees on Wednesday Night .My husband ordered eggs benedict which he thoroughly enjoyed. My grilled salmon was very good too. WE brought a split of champagne which the waitress very nicely chilled for us. The service was very attentive and the ambiance just lovely .The restaurant bought us a dessert to celebrate our Anniversary which we thought was very nice of them to do. The Pond House is always a favorite destination any time of the year. It is cozy, romantic and the food is always delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halloween Brunch
    macstyck
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had an excellent brunch with excellent service! We have never had a bad experience at The Pond House! Love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Sunday Brunch location!!
    SuzieQ
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Sunday brunch in this location is always wonderful! The food and service is always spot on and you get a feeling of total comfort! I so look forward to my next visit!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    brunchfan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ate at the Pond House for their Halloween Brunch. The food was outstanding (although the hamburger was a bit burnt). Service was a little slow, but overall it was a nice experience. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • choozydiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food, ambience, service. Very enjoyable. It was not our first time for brunch and will definitely not be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place for Lunch
    Xydar
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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.