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Pond House Cafe, West Hartford, CT

Pond House Cafe

4.5
4.5
2380 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 231-8823

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josh Fiorillo

  • 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: (860) 231-8823 ext. 2

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Cross street

    Prospect

  • Parking details

    We are located in Historic Elizabeth Park, with public parking lots and street parking within the park.

  • Public transit

    on Asylum Ave.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,380 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Fusion / Eclectic

  • Connecticut

    Great for Brunch

  • Connecticut

    Great for Lunch

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  1. JL

    JosephL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and a wonderful venue with beautiful gardens.
  2. JB

    JosephB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our wedding photos taken at Elizabeth Park and it has been our tradition to celebrate our anniversary at the Pond House Cafe for the past 34 years. Our visit this year did not disappoint and was probably one of the best meals we have had there. A lovely meal in a magnificent setting.
  3. TJ

    TimothyJ

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Pond House for my wife's birthday. We were seated in the gazebo (per my request.) The menu had some new items. The service was great and the food was fantastic. The weather could have been a little warmer but the restaurant can't control that. We will be back!
  4. CR

    CarolR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Got there late in the day and service was slow because only one waitress. Ran out of several choices on the specials menu. Salad was good-nachos so so. Good size portions
  5. I

    Incredible

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and great food. Friendly staff. Can't wait to eat there again. Highly recommend.
  6. i

    izabelab

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was very slow and chairs not very comfortable digging in my back.
  7. AP

    AnnP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Had the special: Seafood ravioli. Excellent BUT the portion was too small without a salad or ??. Waitress gave us no indication that the portion was so small.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Pond House at Elizabeth Park has a wonderful outdoor patio. The atmosphere was lovely and our lunch was light and delicious! A perfect setting for a Saturday afternoon lunch!
  9. J

    Jeana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varied choice, delicious food, great service, beautiful setting, excellent value
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Quickly met with the host and were seated! The service was a little slow and we didn’t get an offer for a coffee refill until we were paying the check which was unfortunate. The eggs in the classic Eggs Benedict were slightly over cooked but overall it was a great visit.
  11. LN

    LynN

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was very disappointed with my experience. The food was terrible, I felt for our poor server who was so stressed due to lack of help. We waited forever for our food and even our water. And the hostess was rude and dismissive. I've been to the Pond house in the past and loved it. This time - not at all
  12. P

    Patty

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The service was not that great to say the least. Not that it was the waiters fault but because of being short staffed. When you have a hostess serving the food because there’s not enough waiters or waitresses is not good. I was there a few weeks ago and it was the same situation and the same staff over worked. We had to wait over 15 minutes just to get a waiter and then another 10 to 15 minutes to get our drink. It’s a shame because the food is really good and is a very pleasant venue..
  13. DJ

    DianaJ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good and service was very good and up to standard for the Pond House. We had a great lunch!
  14. SS

    SueS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in a beautiful setting. One of our favorite places to eat!
  15. j

    janef

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at the Pond House to celebrate our 30th anniversary. What a treat to be at such a lovely outdoor venue on such a spectacular day. The service, the quality and presentation of the food, the ambiance, the setting, and the incredible attention to detail all made this a really special occasion. Thank you all!
  16. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good and drinks were amazing! Service was slow but kind. She also had a hard time splitting up our check correctly. Even after we wrote it out. Leading to confusion and frustration.
  17. DG

    DalGalNY

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was delicious but there were some misses including poor timing on bringing out the entrees, forgetting to bring some items and some brownish avocado! But we will try again as the menu is as varied, the atmosphere was lovely and the quality of most of what we received was great.
  18. B

    Bebe

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My only complaint is that the chili (which was delicious) would have been easier to eat in a real bowl and the salad would have been better on a plate. Other than that, lunch was great!
  19. M

    Mynn27

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was usual great experience with good quality food with the warm hum of background conversation. Try the lentil salad option with a side of bacon - delicious!
  20. JH

    JacquelineH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We were seated bext today group off 10 very loud ladies. My friend could not converse until they departed.
  21. DD

    DennisD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. One of best crab cakes I have had, and I grew up in Maryland (crab center of the world). Service was also outstanding.
  22. M

    Mynn27

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our regular Sunday brunch stop and as good as ever
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch spot, awesome ambiance, great service and yummy food :)
  24. B

    Bill

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 15 minutes after being seating and then called the server to order. Waited another 15 minutes for just a glass of water. Spoke with host about the situation, nothing was done so we left. 4 young children were running and jumping around in the eating area!
  25. C

    Chica

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I definitely will return to try different dishes.
  26. RB

    RobertB

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great as always. I think Brunch is their best offering.
  27. NN

    NancyN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I think the presentation is excellent I and most of my dining companions enjoyed their meal The chicken and waffles is dark meat Which my hubby isn’t so fond of Portion is generous Carrot cake not so great but we enjoyed our meal and had excellent service!!!
  28. J

    Judylc

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went for winter prix fixe menu. Always well presented and prepared food
  29. NL

    NancyL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were greeted so nicely at the front desk and our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The french toast special was decadently YUMMY! Our other brunch dishes were good. Best of all the music was just in the background - we didn't have to raise our voices to be heard at all. We will return.
  30. N

    Northridge

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had lunch here . I love the porch area overlooking the patio . All the aesthetics are lovely .Our food was excellent . I had salmon , my friend had grilled cheese . The service was good too . It got a little noisy at the end when it got crowded but that is to be expected . I love Pond House . I hope you can get the staff to expand your hours soon . Good luck .
  31. MH

    MrsH1

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food. The chicken salad wrap and salad were excellent and the mini crème brûlée was the perfect treat! Will definitely go back.
  32. SC

    SondraC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Love the Pond House Cafe.
  33. MS

    MichelleS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful and eclectic setting. Our server was grest and the food was great
  34. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food. Nice brunch. Cute place. Nice location.
  35. IB

    IBDMOM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Service was very slow and the bill came out wrong. My friend ordered sausage instead of bacon but the bacon came out anyway. Sausage didn’t come out for quite a while! She ordered English muffin and it came out so late she only ate 1/2 of one. I was offered a salad to substitute for home fries, but got charged for the salad. It was taken off the bill, but shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Food was good. Breakfast specials were sparse- just two? It’s a very popular brunch spot and it’s hard to get help these days. I’ll try it again, but Hope they get their act together before my next visit. Unfortunately, this was my friends’ first visit to Pond House - probably her last.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with waiters on 2/19 during our reservation for 2:15p. My daughters and I Thank you for a great experience
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Food was excellent but service was not so great. It seems that the restaurant was short staffed as there was also a event going on in their banquet room. The service was a nice guy but messed up our order as they ran our of eggs and he never knew of this. We had to reorder and got the French Toast which was amazing. Overall We would definitely go back and I hope they sort out shirt staffing issue. Everyone was pleasant and helpful.
  38. M

    Meghany21

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pond House has really become amazing. Although my husband and I can't enjoy it as often (the hours are a bit tough for us), the food and service are outstanding. I have a new food allergy to dairy and eating out has been difficult. Luckily they have amazing vegan and dairy-free options. I had the vegan black bean wrap and it was delicious. We also enjoyed some mimosas, salads and french fries. Everything was so good, we're excited to come back!
  39. AO

    AnneO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch !! We will be back because there are at least three other choices that we need to try!
  40. LW

    LauraW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Took them awhile to seat us even though there were more than three open tables, food was good not great. Server was very nice but didn’t refresh my iced tea . All in all nice but not great. Yes would return .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

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

Pond House Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 2380 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Pond House Cafe

1555 Asylum Avenue West Hartford, CT 06117

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prospect

  • Neighborhood

    Hartford / West Hartford

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–3:30 pm Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are located in Historic Elizabeth Park, with public parking lots and street parking within the park.

  • Public transit

    on Asylum Ave.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josh Fiorillo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (860) 231-8823

  • 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: (860) 231-8823 ext. 2

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