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:
Josh Fiorillo

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

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- Easy Like a Sunday Morning . Who doesn't love breakfast for dinner! Our Wednesday night brunch menu features a delicious variety of breakfast and savory items!

Pond House Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (63)
Scenic View (57)
Casual (53)
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Great for Lunch (47)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Cozy (37)
Great for Brunch (30)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Healthy (26)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Business Meals (19)
Seasonal (19)
Romantic (17)
Fun (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Authentic (13)
Afternoon Tea (13)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Disabled Access (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Waterfront (8)
People Watching (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Vegan (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Spicy (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Run Louis Run eggs benedict was outstanding!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I had an early dinner at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, October 14th. We have eaten both lunch and dinner at the Pond House Cafe in the past and have always enjoyed it. The most recent meals that we had there were nicely prepared, of high-quality, very delicious. The service was also excellent. The atmosphere was quite comfortable, very relaxing and quiet. We enjoyed both the short ribs and the Pond House Burger with fries. The Halloween decorations, which were both inside and outside, were also quite impressive. We highly recommend this restaurant for a great meal in a very nice atmosphere and beautiful location in Elizabeth Park. We definitely will go back again.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Last minute Friday night, and we were able to have an excellent meal, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere and the ambience for good conversation. Fellow patrons all seem to feel like it’s their own special place.
We really enjoyed a creative Kale Caesar salad and fish. We hope to go again soon.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hadn't been here in a while - great place to meet friends for lunch, a drink, or dinner. Good menu selections, great service, and wonderful grounds to stroll before or after lunch.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved the Halloween decorations inside and outside. California Grilled Cheese sandwich was good. Wish I had known it had mayo. Wasn't listed in the description, and it detracted from the taste. French fries were greasy. Unfortunately, our waitress was very inattentive.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Outdoor patio-seating (when the weather is nice) is lovely. They should remove the umbrellas after dark since they aren't needed and block a view of the sky- Or have a few tables without umbrellas. The service is great. The food is great and presentation is excellent. I much prefer the outdoor seating to indoor. They have a event venue down the hall but it never seems to interfere with the service in the restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great food and service. We brought a bottle of wine ($5 corkage fee). That, combined with a Groupon, made for amazing food and drink at an incredible value. And, being in Elizabeth Park, the location can't be beat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was great as usual; always a few things on the menu that entice!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The Pond House is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff is great, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is pleasant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Used to love this place, but it seems to have good downhill in the past few years. The last two times I was there, they were out of the item that I had ordered, and did not find out about it until the server came back to the table with the tablet in hand for me to make another selection. I thought the purpose of the tablet was so the menu could be updated in real-time, thus eliminating items being "86'ed" without the servers knowing...

This time, the dining room was basically empty, but we were seated at a high-top right next to the kitchen door (read: the worst table in the house - especially since it is a challenge for my 86 yo mother to climb up on the bench). My fault - I should have insisted that we change tables, but it would have been more of an effort for my mom to switch tables once she was seated.

Food was just ok. Nothing exceptional, like it has been in the past. Even the menu seems less inspired that it has been in the past. I can get almost any of the menu items at any chain restaurant.

And, I almost burned my throat on the COLD ginger tea. It was ridiculously strong to the point of being uncomfortable to drink. I mentioned it to the server, and she just basically said, yeah, that is how it is sometimes. I had to dilute it with an entire glass of plain water just to drink it.

The hostess and the server were both very pleasant. However, I am in no hurry to go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Forgot how wonderful this gem is. Will be back soon. They also have a bar but you can still bring your own bottle of wine

Tags: Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very good food and service. Nice outside setting.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Had such a lovely time grabbing brunch with my parents the other day. The weather was beautiful and we got outdoor seating right away. The waitress was so nice! The huevos rancheros were delicious and the peanut butter chocolate cake was TO DIE FOR!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Cozy
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