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About 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.

1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Café

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 8pm
Friday: 11am - 9pm
Saturday:9:30am - 9pm
Sunday: 9:30 - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Prospect

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 231-8823

Website:
http://www.pondhousecafe.com/

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!

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

Public Transit:
on Asylum Ave.

Executive Chef:
Ani Robaina-Leavy

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Pond House Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (47)
Casual (45)
Great for Lunch (42)
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Neighborhood Gem (40)
Great for Outdoor Dining (34)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Cozy (30)
Special Occasion (28)
Great for Brunch (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Healthy (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Seasonal (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Fun (15)
Afternoon Coffee (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Afternoon Tea (11)
Disabled Access (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Authentic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Romantic (9)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Organic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Vegan (4)
Waterfront (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

the Pond House Cafe is our local favorite restaurant. The menu is varied and creative, the service and ambiance are excellent - a wonderful vibe there. and the sunday brunch is the best around.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

overall the food was very good except the ginger cake for dessert was quite dry.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

This is such a unique place. The deviled eggs and chicken liver mouse were amazing apps. Braised short rib and meatloaf entrees were even better.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was great, and our server, Kyle was awesome!!! Can't say enough about his playful, attentive and delightful presence, which totally enhanced an already special dinner. Hope to have him as our server next time, and the next.......

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Always a good place for lunch or dinner. In the warmer months, they have outdoor seating.
Food is always delicious and service is usually very good. It is in Elizabeth Park, so is a fun place to walk around to see the flowers before or after eating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

What a wonderful evening! The food was remarkable. The service was personable and warm and the surrounding were elegant. Thanks for making my husband's birthday meal something to remember.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Sooooo good! We just had a special occasion brunch before a matinee show at Infinity Hall. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. Noteworthy dishes: apple and brie omelette, Katz Deli omelette, and the special oatmeal raisin cookie crusted french toast. Linda, our server made sure we enjoyed our experience from start to finish. The cafe manager, Monica, went above and beyond to address a food allergy, allaying all concerns. Everyone in our party, from 30 year old to 87, enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Truly great start to a special day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A very nice New Year brunch. The choices were innovative and tasty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Although the restaurant was not at all crowded, service was slow.
Food choices were plentiful and what we chose was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great ownership; fabulous staff; attentive staff; fabulous food with Gluten free options. Doesn't get much better than that!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tiffany was terrific. We ten were celebrating an 84th birthday of a young vibrant man. The event was totally enjoyable even though the plans were last minute. Also appreciate Louis giving to Community.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our second visit to Pond House. We very much enjoyed the small plates. It gave us the opportunity to try new foods and food we love. We will definitely be back. The specials that are offered on certain days are fun and simply awesome. The bread with oil and balsamic vinegar I could eat all day long. We truly enjoyed our unique bacon vinaigrette on our salad. The meatloaf is divine and we absolutely loved the flatbread. The drink selections are great too. I had a Pond House cocoa with a shot of Captain and it was awesome, especially with the marshmallow on top for a cold night! We look forward to returning for yet another date night and trying something new.

Tags: Disabled Access, Healthy, Tapas
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had an exceptionally delicious lunch with some workmates. Would highly recommend this venue for lunch. Have not been in for dinner or other so cannot give a review on that. Food has been excellent both times I've been in.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Ordered the kale and brussel sprout salad with chicken. The salad was drenched in the dressing, and under the chicken was a large mass of the dressing that hadn't been mixed in. It was served in a bowl that made it impossible to mix it. I was able to eat only 1/2 of the salad. It was a busy day, given the holiday, and our wait person was gone for long stretches of time, didn't come to refill water glasses, or hot water for tea. It will be awhile before I'm interested in returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food and service for a birthday dinner -- a comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was our first Sunday Brunch at the Pond House though we've gone for dinner several times. We were celebrating a recent family wedding with the happy couple. The service and food were outstanding, the noise (we were seated in the larger function room vs. the dining room) was mitigated by the drawn curtain separating the room (a plus); our guests were in from NYC and loved it. The server happily took our photo in front of one of the Christmas Trees (love the holiday decor!) before we left. Ideal experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great place for lunch with a friend or two. Decorations are always very tasteful and fun to look at. Food always good and service outstanding. Very relaxing atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The atmosphere with the holiday decorations were beautiful.
We love the Pond House - but I have to say this visit the food was mediocre - just overall the flavors were not as good as in past - i ordered a burger with cheese and bacon - the bacon was overlooked and the melted cheese was not melted.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I had loved this place for brunch, lunch or dinner, but lately service and food has been off. Food arrived barely warm, cheese omelet with cheese not even melted, cornbread frozen in the middle. Everyone friendly, but amateur hour, as though it was their first time working this job.
Very disappointed, especially having told my guest how great it was.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very solid experience. Table was ready quickly. food was good and service as well. Priced at a competitive rate.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This group of friends gets together once a year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We always come here even though we live all over the state. It just works well for us and no one bothered us about the fact that we were there three hours. Finally left when the lights went on!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I had the Salmon Nicoise which had all the key ingredients but...wasn't put together in a flavorful way. All ingredients were ice cold. Salmon should have been warm at least. Potatoes were cold. Should have been dressed separately. My guest had a grilled cheese. The plate came with no salad on the side (as requested) but should have had SOMETHING to dress up the plate. The dessert, a flourless cake with berries was not appealing and came with 4 blackberries only. This dessert uses 4 ingredients only but yours was drab and dry. I've made desserts for restaurants for 24 years. This was a disappointment.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Have come here every year for Holiday Lunch with a client. She loves the Pond House. Food is very good and atmosphere is great. Love the décor. However I would say our service this year was fair. Waitress was unable to answer our questions on a couple of simple things that she should have already known. Also she was not very attentive - and we were there early so it was not busy.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

So nice! I bought a groupon and had to use it on the last day, our hostess was great, every person who worked there was beyond friendly and made us feel like old friends, the food was great, (I recommend the nachos and the crab cakes) a glass of wine and some mac and cheese with my 6 and 3 year old, never felt so relaxing on a weeknight. :)

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was quite good but we waited longer for our waitress than anywhere else we've gone in recent memory. She greeted us shortly after we arrived but didn't take our drink order. We waited quite some time for her to return to take the drink order (iced tea and water) then longer for her to return with them. We had to wait an exceptionally long time for her to bring our food.

The food was really good but the overall visit left a lot to be desired because of the service.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

As always the food is quite good but the service LACKS We waited for our table for 40 minutes. Way too long. Then we waited another 20 minutes for our server to take our order. Salads across the table came out at different times. Food however was very delicious. We enjoyed our osso bucco. We are long term patrons at the Pond_House. Food is always good and service always lacks. I guess we have come to accept that. There are too few wait staff. Good value with BYOB

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Waitress was not able to be found most of our stay. Food was overpriced. Chicken pot pie was cold, appearance and texture pf canned dog food. No pastry crust, baking soda biscuits. Waitress never ret’d for me to state my issues. I will not return

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Although our meals were very good I can’t say that we had an excellent dining experience like last time. I wrote reviews on both Open Table and TripAdvisor about our excellent dining experience last time and even for times before that. This time, I specifically requested a more spacious seat, both through a special request to the restaurant on OpenTable and when arriving, even arriving earlier than 5:00PM. Fortunately and thankfully I made a similar request which was accommodated for last time. However, this time I was told that they were booked and they could not let us sit at a table that could hold more than 2 people because they had to make sure they reserved space for parties with 3 or more people for later.

I could understand if the request could not be accommodated this time, at the time we were seated, based on what we were told. However, during the time that we were there, the four tables that were nearby to us, both to our left and to our right, which all had the capacity to hold 4 people, only had 2 people at each of them. All 4 couples arrived after us, and one couple even said it was the first time that they were ever at the restaurant. There even appeared to be open tables available that could accommodate just 2 people during this timeframe. I don’t quite understand what happened this time. Perhaps I didn’t make my request clear enough. I even made the reservation early in the week and for an early dinner time, 5:00PM and arrived early, about ten minutes or so. But I guess if we go back again, it will have to be at a less busy time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyed this country setting. Would definitely visit again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Run Louis Run eggs benedict was outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a great meal. Unfortunately there was a wedding being held at the same time and our service was lacking. We were okay as we ordered an excellent nacho Luis. But it really was not good. We gave a good tip as it was not the fault of our server

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 booth that we sat in was spacious, comfortable and very relaxing. It was a very enjoyable meal!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Kyle our waiter was excellent. Food recommendations were spot on.
Would go back again. Went for dinner, and it was dark so will look forward to seeing the park on our next trip.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Friday night dinner with a friend. We both wound up ordering the meatloaf dinner. It came with sweet potatoes, and swiss chard. Delicious! Service was excellent. A lively evening.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A varied selection of very well prepared food. Service was excellent.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had a delightful time, my daughter-in-law, baby granddaughter, and I. The staff was extraordinarily courteous, helpful and tolerant of having a small child. It is great to have a place that is welcoming to small children, assuming their behave, to help them begin the dining experience and LEARN how to behave and enjoy. THANKYOU!!! We loved, loved, loved the hot ginger tea!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had dinner at the Pond House Cafe on Thursday, November 9th. The food and service were excellent, as they have always been in the past. The food was high quality, nicely prepared and quite delicious. The only issue was that the seating that we had was not as comfortable as in the past. It was not very spacious and we felt a bit crammed in. I wish I requested to see if one of the booths in the main dining room or seating on the porch were available. The booths appeared to be available throughout the duration of our dinner and even when we were leaving, having an early (5:00PM) reservation. I am hoping that we could be seated in one of these locations next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a nice meal at a nice place with friends. We plan to go back soon.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Waitress was
Lovely and brought us hot ginger tea that was heavenly. We both had a chicken dish special that was
Okay, bones are hard to work around in a dish politely.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Loved our Tasty Tuesday dinner. The November menu was roasted turkey, salad with walnuts and craberries, and individual pumpkin tarts. Delicious. All this for under $17!

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