Pond House Cafe

4.7
2581 Reviews
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Mother's Day Reservations By Phone Only 860.231.8823
Check our website for Friday and Saturday Night Dinner Events: pondhousecafe.com
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2581 people are saying
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4.6
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KerryD
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, lovely place! one of my very favorites.

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ChristineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to celebrate a birthday. The tulips were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful cafe right by the pond! We sat at the gazebo, exceptional views! The food and drinks were amazing too! 10/10 all around 🙌🏼

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Natty
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our early Sunday brunch was wonderful in every way. We sat outside overlooking the pond — the geese and ducks were a little loud haha but added to the natural beauty. The food was delicious and the omelet perfect in a French way. Our server Jolene was friendly and attentive, and the manager Kim was warm and welcoming. We appreciated the time they both took to talk with us and invite us back. Nothing could have made our meal more perfect than it was. Looking forward to the next time already!

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LisaW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the paella! Sat outside and enjoyed the flowers. Birds & pond! Went for a walk thru the Elizabeth Park tulip Garden after lunch. 🌷❤️

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JudyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pond House Cafe is a 2 for 1 deal. Any selection off the Menu greats you by visual presentation, aroma and flavor. It's location within Elizabeth Park allows you an opportunity to stroll before or after your meal. Established in 1904,Elizabeth Park is most noted for its extensive roses. You'll not be disappointed in Any season.

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ashleyn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Hostess was rude upon entering. Food was delicious.

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viplawyer1982
New England
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were at a very windy table outside. After what seemed to be a bit of resistance we were moved and had a delightful meal

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LeonieH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great, comfortable, relaxing place to eat. You have 3 different option of where to eat, inside, on the enclosed patio or under the umbrellas outside. Loved it.

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LindaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, , exceptional experience. I look forward to my next visit

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Noyes
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really looking forward to going back. The four meals were excellent. The service was friendly but non-intrusive.

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Judy
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely setting with a view of the pond. The food and service were wonderful. Would highly recommend it. We will be back!

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MarkZ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience with personable staff and delicious food and beverage.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great place for brunch.

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karlifiala
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and the food, drinks, and service was impeccable! Will definitely be returning!

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susanm
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We come from out of town regularly to have lunch in West Hartford. This was by far one of the better venues for us. No parking problem, easy to get to, great service and menus options for every taste. This will be our go-to restaurant when we want a really enjoyable lunch/brunch dining experience. We and our friends come from WH originally and seem to gravitate to the Center all the time. This was most refreshing and we hope they STAY OPEN!

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TeresaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. He was also the bartender and made fabulous drinks for all of us. Had a great time taking my mom out for Valentines brunch.

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PatT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! We had an excellent meal and can’t wait to go back!

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Nise
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think they prefer your whole party to arrive before seating you as they wouldn’t seat my friend until I got there. The food was amazing, the staff was friendly and the service was prompt. I def would recommend.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pretty atmosphere, and a friendly staff

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KRAZandANNETTE
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone forgets about pond house when it comes to west Hartford dining. The food is fantastic, the value even better. 4 adult entrees, coffees a few cocktails was under $60.

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vipJamesonR
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I’ve been a handful of times for brunch over the last year and the menu has definitely gone downhill. Giving slack for the pandemic but there are better places to brunch in west hartford.

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DandT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places especially for brunch. Always reliable and in a beautiful setting.

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TwoPeas
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Best eggs Benedict ! So grateful this treasure can stay open. Support our local restaurants!

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Dre5788
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was really excited to take my mom to the Pound House Cafe for her birthday but they canceled my reservation. They said that they were not getting too many customers on Fridays.

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RichardK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little place. Food and service are EXCELLENT! We will definitely be back.

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MaryG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food we had for Brunch was extraordinarily good! Service was excellent. We wanted to eat outside, which we did, then it began to softly rain. We were asked how we were doing, and decided to stay outside, under the umbrella. Hostess and our Wait-staff were all very accommodating and helpful This was our first time in this restaurant, and hope to return.

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KerryNBobby
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Though a somewhat reduced menu at this time, the choices were still fantastic and prepared and served with high standards. Wonderful place to have a quiet, relaxing dinner with friends and still be able to talk and hear your conversation!

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Dckenz
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, service wasnt great, but the waitress was alone pretty much and apologized for that. We had a reservation and had to wait standing outside of the restaurant for 10 minutes past reservation time when tables were empty, and lighting could be a bit dimmer, but overall amazing ambiance, cool decorations, great food!

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TwoPeas
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always is delicious and nicely presented. Creative cocktails were also a hit. Indoor seating was observant of safe practices against COVID Great place anytime of year !

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vipJTinCT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a bonus warm November day and wanted to eat outside. Pond House was our choice of course! Food was delicious as always.

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TomB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Outdoor Dining was set up very nicely
Food and service were very good
Views outside very nice

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Margot
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing waitress, Joleen was her name! We were seated in the new little screened in “house” and loved it! My friend had just lost her father so we were getting together to share the loss. We both ordered the Lobster Cobb Salad . The presentation was amazing and the taste scrumptious. There was an abundance of lobster, very fresh greens and a delicious garlic cream dressing. Joleen suggested the Ricotta chocolate pudding for dessert. What an ending to our lunch! The pudding was not sweet, it was topped with dried cherries, almonds, expresso powder and whipped cream. Really delicious. I have never had a poor meal at the Pond House!!

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vipAnneK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food service is often slow but the staff and atmosphere make up for it every time.

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KathrynR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Had to wait for 30 minutes foe our table with a reservation for lunch. Did not start off well. Then the landscapers not wearing masks and were smoking right around the diners They were using leaf blowers at the height of lunchtime. It was unacceptable. I really did not feel comfortable with the lack of respect and safety of the diners. The service and food were great but I won’t be returning.

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MarthaC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fabulous tasting, and as always it looked like it came off of a magazine cover. The creativity of everything about the Pond House Cafe makes it one of a kind restaurant.

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EileenA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. We ate outside as Requested. It was a chilly day. Next time will go inside. The seating inside was within guidelines of 6 feet and was not overcrowded.

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StBonne
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at the Pond House. Michael provides the highest level of service and the food was amazing again. Great setting as well. We will be back again soon.

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DebbieW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waitress, Jolene, was wonderful. The ambience was great, but the food was just ok.

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DaytonLJSJ
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just moved to Conneticut and we’re excited to try the Pond cafe, especially since it’s walking distance. The food was excellent. We shared a Pond House salad and pond house eggs Benedict. 2 poached eggs on top of crab cake, cornbread and roasted potatoes. Delish. We also shared the carrot cake. Which was a square piece, dense, moist cake, very good. I did not like the cream topping, wayyyyy to sweet but the blackberry jam topping was very good. I had the Hot ginger tea. I really liked it, but had to order more hot water cause it too was very sweet. We sat on the porch, good social distancing and it felt like we were outside. I highly recommend. The service was good and the food excellent!

FAQs

Pond House Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 231-8823.

Pond House Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 2581 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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