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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

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Please make sure you save room with the whole family for brunch atg The Pond House. Or join us for our Anti-New Years Dinner from 4pm-9pm on Sunday

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

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Quiet Conversation (28)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Healthy (23)
Seasonal (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Business Meals (17)
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Quick Bite (10)
Disabled Access (8)
Waterfront (7)
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Kid-friendly (5)
Vegan (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Tasting Menu (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Pond House is one of my favorite Hartford-area restaurants--consistently innovative menu, excellent service, a picturesque location, and a great value. I've never been disappointed! This meal was no different--the duck over rissotto was to die for.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our food and cocktails were amazing and our server was very friendly. The hostess came around and made sure everything was good. There was a long lag between ordering our dessert and delivery, and we had a show to go to, but otherwise, the timing was great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was outstanding along with the service!

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

I had another fantastic date night with hubby! Was greeted by hostess and quickly seated. The staff was attentive with impeccable customer service. (We ran a little late due to trick or treaters!) Started with delightful raspberry blood orange martini they created . Those were followed by the crab cake and salmon entrees! Both entrees served with roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and a variety of other seasonal veggies. Enjoyed nicely paired Malbec with dinner. Awesome selection of delectable eats can't to try them all. Next time we will leave room for one of the incredible desserts! Left smiling- can not wait to return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a great surprise last Sunday when we arrived to celebrate my wife ‘s birthday and experienced the Halloween menu and decorations! The wait staff was dressed for the occasion as well! The attention to our needs was spot on and done smoothly. The candle in my wife’s gingerbread cake was greatly appreciated. Thank you for a delightful and memorable experience. We will see you again soon.

Tags: Waterfront, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The server was very nice, but it took 35 minutes to get our drinks and even longer to get our food. She forgot to bring back the check to our neighbors, stopping by to ask if they needed anything and that’s when they asked if they could have their credit card and receipt. She was very apologetic, but wow., I hope she is new and just learning.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Took a while for food to arrive but our server was good at updating and was apologetic

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My issue is that there was no acknowledgement of a birthday that I mentioned on the Open Table Reservation. We ordered dessert and I assumed it would have a candle on it. I was with my date constantly and couldn't ask during that time. Next time I'll bring it up with the host. The reservation was perfect otherwise.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Once I made it passed the hostess stand my experience was delightful. The wait to see the hostess was almost 10 minutes and there was some confusion surrounding our reservation. After I was seated with my party, the server was very nice and attentive, and the food was as we ordered it.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food, solid service. My favorite is the cozy ambiance, relative quiet on the porch, anyway, and the wonderful view of the patio, park and pond from the porch. BYO wine is a great plus!!

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

love, love, love it there! always feels like a special treat!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Absolutely a great find in Hartford. Drove from New Haven to the Pond House Cafe for our Anniversary dinner and the staff did a great job to make us feel at home. Apps, food & drinks were great. Nice table with a view. We are certainly coming back soon.
John & Deb Sedor
Branford, CT

Tags: Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Fun, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Lovely day to go out to lunch with a friend. Warm for late October, but not quite warm enough to sit outside. We were happy that there was a table available, on the porch. It was lovely. We both had salads, with chicken added, and they were both delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Casual
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had a wonderful time and the service was superb. The manager came by several times to make sure everything was to our satisfaction.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We brought guests visiting from Ireland for a visit to the park and Sunday lunch/brunch. They were delighted! The food was delicious, the service very personable and prices reasonable. I've been to the Pond House several times and knew it wouldn't disappoint.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Took a While for my friend and I to get waited on. Food came quickly and was quite delicious. Also took a while to get a refill of coffee.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fully Enjoyed all aspect of our experience and will return in the near future

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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