Pond House Cafe

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Fusion / Eclectic
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. Went to celebrate new job and waitress was lovely. The crush dreaming tree wine was excellent!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food selection & service were amazing! We will definitely return! Outstanding

PT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful as always, halloween decoration
Love by kids, it is there favorite place, went for lunch. Strolled thru gardens of Skelton’s.
My favorite ginger iced tea, curry tuna salad sand amazing, meatloaf great, sweet potatoe fries great, nice kids menu.
Now let’s talk about almond joy rice pudding,amazing!!!
Love going there!

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, presentation and ambiance as always. Love to visit this restaurant. Great service too! Staff is very friendly and helpful. The decor is quite artistic and interesting. Very comfortable atmosphere.

EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance and excellent service

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect place for lunch on the first Sunday of fall that felt like summer! Whether you sit indoors or out, this eclectic, fun restaurant has something for everyone. Whether for a special occcasion, date, or just an excuse to have a nice brunch...This is the place!

RR
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful outside seating on a perfect fall day. Brunch on a Sunday with family was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We will be back soon!

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best! Surprisingly affordable for a 5 star meal!
Manager Monica & server Beth were outstanding

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Pond House! All of it - the venue, the food, the service - not a single complaint about any of it. This is absolutely my favorite place for Sunday Brunch.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This has been our all-time favorite restaurant and we went there to celebrate our 33rd wedding anniversary. The patio was nice but there was no music except for the thumping of the bass from a wedding nearby. Service was slow and not very attentive. We ordered our favorite dishes, but they were mediocre at best. On a positive note, the Hostess was exceptional and stepped up to compensate for the lack of attentiveness from our waiter. When I made this reservation through Open Table, I requested a little TLC for our visit given that it was our anniversary. Absolutely no acknowledgement was given, nor any special treatment. We were both very disappointed with the dinner experience. We will be back to give them another chance.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Be prepared to wait along time service is pretty bad outside especially. Not alot of servers per tables

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Extremely poor service in a luncheonette setting indoors with fake flowers overpriced average wine, instant tasting iced tea and poorly conceived and executed dishes with fancy sounding descriptions

MC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Waitresses should not clear tables until everyone has finished. My friends’ plates were whisked away and I was left to eat my lunch alone. Very poor.

The restaurant was busy but the wait was interminable. A suggestion might be to serve a bowl of chips. We were getting desperate.

Food was delicious.

Our waitress could not have been nicer.

DL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for brunch / lunch. Make sure you make a reservation and be on time as someone is always waiting to take your spot. Pleasantly surprised at Taste of food. Had a really great salad.😊

CW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A little chaotic since there was a private party beginning. However, other than waiting for our table (we had reservations) and there not being enough waitstaff, all went well. The menu is quite good as a is the beverage menu. Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

AH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate outside, it's a clean and beautiful setting with flowers and the pond close by. Only downside was the chairs. They are super tiny and the metal was digging into my legs. In the "real world", we aren't all a size 2. But the food, service, was good and prices are extremely reasonable for the high quality of the food! I'd recommend to friends and family.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food and atmosphere but not impressed. Made a reservation and asked for outdoor seating. When taken to our table which was inside, we asked what about the tables outside and the hostess said there weren't any available but we could sit in a area where the door and window were open. Once seated we saw that there were plenty of tables available outside. When questioned about it the hostess said that only certain tables were open out there because only certain servers were working out there. Turns out the server we had was also working outside.

JO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, wonderful setting, and good service makes this cafe the Go-To place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation for 12 noon, but wasn’t seated until 12:15.

JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is truly a gem in the Hartford area. The space is warm and welcoming, food is creative and the staff always wear a smile and know how to make one's experience that best it can be. The kale salad is simply sublime. But everything is creative and delicious!

s
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Pond House is always a beautiful place to dine. A great deal of effort is put in to the gardens and seasonal decorations. My only real complaint is that there used to be greater choices for vegetarians. In the early days is was primarily vegetarian but now it is really difficult to find something that I can eat. The waitress was very helpful in getting me a salad but it just didn't compare to the food that I had been accustomed to. I can't speak to the non vegetarian fare but it all looked lovely. It's a very wonderful and unique restaurant and I recommend it to anyone who is not vegetarian.

EH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We had a reservation for 1pm and did not get seated until 1:35pm. That was disappointing.
Still we had a great meal and enjoy our lunch.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the Pond House Cafe. It was a very romantic setting. Service was good. Albeit a little slow but it could be because I was on a date. I did ask for catsup from the server and no one came back right away. My server came back and I told him what happened and he brought the catsup right away. We asked for a refill on our drinks and he came back maybe 15 minutes later without the drinks. We decided to get the check so we could walk around the park a little.

When we received our check and because of the wait time, our drinks were comped.

Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone because of the reasonably priced brunch items, the atmosphere, the noise level and the graciousness of our host. He was very friendly and responsive. We understood that it was extremely busy day with weddings and a full restaurant. I would definitely return again.

YF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here! We went during sunset and the restaurant and park were quiet and lit peacefully. The service was excellent and the food was very creative and delicious. In this day and age, most restaurants are very noisy to create an atmosphere of high energy. The Pond House is a lovely oasis away from this trend. It is quite and peaceful.

k
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch, service from Tiffany was top shelf. She was very attentive but never 'in our face'. Of course, it was a beautiful day and we sat outside ...what more could you ask for!

MG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My gf and I came for brunch to celebrate my birthday August 25. The service was very poor from beginning to end and the food was awful. We were both extremely disappointed with the experience. I really should have spoken to the manager that day but for Christ sake it was my birthday.

LL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for the reception upon entering.
The hostesses were quite cold.

Otherwise everything really was great.

P
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was yummy! Presentation was super! Wait staff was special! THANKS!

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Spent an overnight in the Hartford area. The Pond House Café in Elizabeth Gardens Park is a beautiful setting for dinner. The food was very good also. Totally recommended!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint venue centered in Elizabeth Park adjacent to pond and flower garden; food was delicious and prepared very well; service was expedient and cheerful. Groupon is an added bonus. !!!

a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

food was tasty and inventive. Service was painfully slow and it was off hours (4:30 pm). Will try again.

J
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall good experience. My meal was excellent. Brought my 17 year old granddaughter. Not a very children/teen menu. The baked mac and cheese she ordered was not good.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love being able to sit outside on a nice day. Food is always great.

R
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch, during West Hartford restaurant week.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What delicious foods so beautifully presented! What wonderful service! I'd love to go back tomorrow!

JL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pond House Cafe has a great combo of setting, service and site-appropriate menu, then tosses in community involvement on top of all the rest. Hurray, Louis Lista and staff!

CS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow both times I’ve been there this month.

B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Horrible. The smell is awful outside. The chairs are really unbelievably uncomfortable. The ketchup had turned. The house Chardonnay was not good. A very unpleasant experience.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor garden setting amongst beauty of Elizabeth gardens.
Enjoyed a nice brunch.Lots of menu selections,reasonable,fresh and ample portions.
Staff friendly .
Will revisit again.

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