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Pond House Cafe

4.4
1907 reviews
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Café
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 8pm
Friday: 11am - 9pm
Saturday:9:30am - 9pm
Sunday: 9:30 - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(860) 231-8823
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ani Robaina-Leavy
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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!
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Cross street
Prospect
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Parking details
We are located in Historic Elizabeth Park, with public parking lots and street parking within the park.
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Public transit
on Asylum Ave.
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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!

Wednesday Nights-We feature a variety of small plates options in addtion to our full menu. Come down and order an assortment of global small plates for the table to start the meal right.

Thursday Nights - We feature Beer Burgers and Bourbon. For $17.88
that gets you a burger of your choice, a glass of wine, a beer or a bourbon drink made your way!

Friday Night - A special night for people so we are featuring a late night menu called Friday Night lights. If you enjoyed Wednesdays small plates we refeature them Fridays from 8pm-9pm. Come down and enjoy some food before heading out and enjoying your friday night out.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

An absolutely satisfying brunch, for so many reasons. Food, service, and atmosphere all excellent.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Had an 8 pm reservation yet we were not seated until about 8:15. When we entered the dining room, there were so many tables available, we were not certain why it took so long to seat us. We sat another 10-15 minutes without someone coming over to take greet/ give menus/ take drink order. Waitress kept disappearing for long periods of time. A waiter actually came to our table to take our dessert order, as he noticed us sitting with a glazed look in our eyes. Total time of meal was 1 hour and 45 minutes... much too long and too late. Very unhappy with the service but the food was good. Not worth the lack of attention by staff!!!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and quiet atmosphere. Outside dining ( weather permitting) is picturesque. After the meal, walking the grounds and seeing the flowers is refreshing.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

It’s easy to book via Open Table but the Pond House doesn’t offer O.T. points. Really!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

I am always happy with this venue, and with little things on the menu like the Very ginger infused iced tea.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our server was good, but the delay from kitchen was terribly excessive on a week night with cafe less than half full. When the food finally arrived it was dried out and nearly inedible. The sweet potatoes were undercooked and meatloaf hard as a rock. Filling for blueberry pie was perfection, but crust too thick.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The Pond House is one of my favorites. Love the cleverly prepared dishes!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We liked our server. She was attentive, had a sense of humor and responded to extra wishes with grace and timely. The Brussel Sprouts were amazing, crunchy, tasty and well balanced with the nuts and cranberries. Loved the ginger drink.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Service was chaotic - not sure if they were attending to the adjacent wedding. Interior space was a bit drab. The outside dining or pond view rooms would seem to be better options. Will try again in the warmer months. Food was varied and well prepared. Crab salad was quite good.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Neighborhood gem however, food is average. They make up for it with their service, ambiance.
Pork Ossa Bucco was slightly overcooked. Lots of Pork dishes on menu. BYOB still a plus ! Bread was good as were sides risotto.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Waitress was surly and essentially unhelpful. Waiter who stopped by was a delight.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My husband and have different preferences in food and we were both extremely satisfied with the choices we made.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Took my aunt and cousin to dinner. They loved it.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I like this place but service was slow and food - although good - was lukewarm...

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Everything about our meal, from drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were creative, and flavorful. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I’m a frequent flyer at this place. We went here with Pond_House cash and got an excellent meal for a very good price. While the food was terrific and innovative the service was, and typically always is, just plain awful. The servers were fine, competent, and well-meaning. There just are painfully few of them. We waited an hour and a half for our meal to come. After many years of being regulars here we’re beginning to think it’s time to quit.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Everything was exceptional! Returning Saturday for dinner again. Never had a bad experience at the Pond House Cafe. Service and food quality always excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was great. It took quite a while to get our food but but once we got it we were very satisfied.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were seated prior to the table next to us, but they got drinks, bread, and their orders, and appetizers all before even our order was taken. All the food was very good with excellent presentation. Short rib seemed a little more like a pot roast, but still good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always fresh, intriguing food with friendly staff. Proud to take out of town guests here too!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We have been dining at the Pond House regularly for over 12 years. Unlike some of the places in West Hartford center, which are loud and fast paced. The Pond House offers wonderful acoustics, cozy seating and great food choices. Though the menu may not have as many choices as some people would like. Less is better! When you factor in the house specials, which are chefs choice and always changing. And they also offer BYOB as well as a very good selections of beers and wines.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The server was very attentive. The food and wine were great .

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Great food as usual. Very friendly staff. Will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent food and service. We were seated with a view of the pond and enjoyed seeing ducks swimming around in March while we were warm inside. Portions were perfect and the price was right!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We went for brunch with three couples. Our server, Kyle, was friendly and most importantly patient. I never felt rushed as we caught up with our friends. Brunch on Sunday is BYO wine/bubbles, with a small corkage fee. A great way to make brunch affordable.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Service was awful on Saturday Night. Food was mediocre. Not planning to return anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Friendly service and great food as always! Pond House is my family go to when we want to meet up for a good meal.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food and friendly, prompt service. One suggestion: The caliber of the mixed drinks has dropped off of late.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great little spot with a variety of foods!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Diverse menu, from appetizers through desserts. Excellent waitstaff friendly and very efficient. Love dining here any time of day.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My sister and I had a wonderful brunch at Pond House Cafe. We sat in the sunroom, overlooking the pond. It was truly delightful. Artistic table setting, excellent food, reasonable prices and a great server. We have already told many others about our experience, and we will be back soon and often. Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food at The Pond House is always delicious and ever-changing which makes each visit unique. Our server Kyle was (once again) incredibly gracious and helpful with his recommendations and is an absolute delight. Ask for him by name in your reservation , you will not be disappointed in the service or the food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service. Setting for Valentines dinner in the banquet room was done nicely. Tables were well spaced allowing for pleasant "low noise' conversations.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Sluggish service. Mediocre food

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

excellent food quality, value and presentation. First-rate waitperson service.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Incredible specials for Valentine’s Day! As always a very special menu and a real treat. The byob just makes it that much more perfect!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Always great food; friendly servers; outdoor ambiance can't be beat. Indoors has a long way to go

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food for a reasonable price with exceptional service

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

As I have written in previous reviews, the food and service were both excellent, as they have always been in the past. The food was high quality, nicely prepared and quite delicious. The portions were also generous. The table that we sat at, which was next to the windows, was spacious, comfortable and very relaxing. We have enjoyed many meals at the Pond House for both lunch and dinner, including such entrees as braised short ribs, Osso Bucco, meatloaf, salmon, the Pond House burger with fries, their house salad as well as mac and cheese. The Pond House is a great restaurant with a great variety of different type of entrees. We recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

In the past, the food has been very good. Caesar salad was tasteless.

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