Pond House Cafe

4.3
2055 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Café
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 8pm
Friday: 11am - 9pm
Saturday:9:30am - 9pm
Sunday: 9:30 - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(860) 231-8823
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ani Robaina-Leavy
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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!
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Cross street
Prospect
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Parking details
We are located in Historic Elizabeth Park, with public parking lots and street parking within the park.
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Public transit
on Asylum Ave.
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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 $17.55. 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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

FREE Brunch Shareable Appetizer Special

Mention you saw this special on our Open Table page and you'll receive a Chef's choice complimentary shareable brunch appetizer for your table!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 9, 2018

Ends: October 10, 2117

Availability: Sun 9:30AM-2:30PM
Sat 9:30AM-2:30PM

What 2055 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic for get togethers. Great food and even better ambiance!

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L
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and delicious brunch! Wonderful waitstaff !

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Y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been frequenting the Pond house for many years and have seen it transform into a wonderful place to dine for any meal. Never disappointed with the food or the staff.

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

We love our “neighborhood gem” nestled in Elizabeth Park. Food is excellent, servers attentive without being too much so, decor for each season always festive & fun, and friendly to gluten free folks! Great for a date, special occasion or “it’s Friday, lets treat ourselves!” Love holiday season Sunday Brunch too!

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TR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly efficient service and excellent food as usual

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MV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Have gone twice now. The value is excellent.

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LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Though I've been hearing positive reviews about Pond House for years, I cannot recommend it. We were there to celebrate my mom's 93rd birthday. Two of us ordered salmon that was served raw despite requests to cook through. Three of us ordered crab cakes that were, frankly, devoid of crabmeat. We told the waitress of our disatisfaction but she failed to elevate our complaints. The manager learned of our disatisfaction when we told her after we had paid the bill. To her credit, she subsequently took 20% off our bill but that was little recompense for a ruined meal intended to celebrate a special occasion. I will not return to this restaurant.

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KN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been a patron of the Pond House for 12 years and the food and wonderful setting along with knowledgable staff, never disappoint!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Pond House to celebrate a dear friend's birthday. It was a perfect choice.
We had salads and the couscous vegetables. and a " Kitchen sink" bread pudding. It was a delightful evening.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Once again our visit to the Pond House Cafe was outstanding. Always hard to choose among the delicious menu items. Can't beat the atmosphere of the outdoors, weather permitting. One of the very best dining spots in the Hartford area.

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EG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

I understand they were hosting a wedding while the restaurant was open the wsit staff seemed disorganized and very forgetful.

Disappointing.

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CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter was good but the food took too long and was cold

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever changing menu so always something new to try. All creative options.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always very good food and a cozy atmosphere. Very happy with our experience.

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IK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant set in beautiful surroundings. Food was very good at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend and would come again.

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P
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With fall just approaching early Friday evening reservation was a great start so we won't end up having to wait. The portions were perfect, cooking and presentation was good. Going there early helped to have a quieter than normal surrounding so we could chat away without having to worry about others. The background with water and the fountain definitely added to the feel for the place. The serving staff's attention to my individual specifications about how the food (esp the desert and coffee) should be staggered made me feel special.
I will go there again without a second thought - but of course after I make a reservation through open table first :-)

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PG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great flavors. Daily Specials. Regular menu for food and beverages.

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CL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Too much dressing on kale Caesar which was good but needed less dressing or more kale, would prefer the latter. Good veggie chili

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W
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

upon entering the restaurant we had to find a hostess, she unpleasantly informed us it was a 20 min wait. I said we had reservations, she said you do? I saw our name and showed her, she seemed very displeased but seated us anyway. The service was very slow. I asked about bread, was told they didn't bake any that day. One of the specials we ordered was not available, but we weren't informed for at least 10 minutes after the order as placed that they were out of it. Very diappointing

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TR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious and the service was excellent

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Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I garden setting that surrounds you with beautiful colors and fragrance to tantalize the senses. The food is electric and always good

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d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting my son who is new to the neighborhood. Without a doubt, we had the best omelette we’ve ever had. The bread and jam was an added bonus. Will definitely be back when visiting.

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch. Loved the ginger tea. I had the apple and brie omelette which was very good. The potatoes were way too spicy though, so I would ask for less spices next time.

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BD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor patio, terrific healthy and delicious food

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PH
New England
51 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Great place to go, but it wasn’t this time around. Our server was not the best and lacked the courtesy that we expected. The food was good but a bit pricey for the portions - especially the appetizers. Would go again in the hopes of a different server!

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K
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio dining. Wonderful seasonal menu with attentive service.

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to The Pond House is always like coming home to us. It's a 3 minute drive or a 15 minute walk, located in beautiful Elizabeth Park, adjacent to our neighborhood of the West End of Hartford. We've been coming for dinner, lunch, brunch and have used their event space for family gatherings, from a Bat Mitzvah to a 90th birthday to a Memorial Celebration for almost 20 years. Dinner this past Saturday night was excellent. We started by sharing a tuna poke appetizer; then my husband had a salmon niçoise salad, while I had grilled duck breast with a corn succotash. All delicious!

Though we didn't have it this time, I love their Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad too! Pond House, Louis Lista, the owner, and the whole staff are amazing!

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal chop was excellent and the savory flan was an excellent accompaniment.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was really good. veggie chili soup was great. salmon with horseradish was cooked as ordered. medium. nice presented.
Indian rice very good, flavorful and not too spicy. Duck breast probably slightly over cooked med well instead of med but still a good dish.

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BT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

server dropped one of the items from the serving plate to the table. Rather than replacing the item she picked up the dropped food from the table top and only came back with one item. Makes me wonder if she returned with the same one that dropped to the table on a new plate :)

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RX
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner at the Pond House Café in West Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

As always, the food was high quality, nicely prepared and delicious. The portions were also quite generous. My husband had the Mom’s Meatloaf with chicken noodle soup. I had a combination of mac and cheese, house salad and garden vegetable soup. We both really enjoyed our meals.

The service was very good with both our hostess and waitress being very friendly, polite and attentive. We had a 5:00 pm dinner reservation and were seated right away. We were also waited on and served our meals relatively quickly.

The atmosphere at the restaurant was very relaxing with comfortable seating at a nice table on the porch where we were able to enjoy the beautiful flowers on the patio.

We have enjoyed many meals at the Pond House for both lunch and dinner, including such entrees as braised short ribs, Osso Bucco, meatloaf (prepared different ways), salmon, the Pond House burger with fries, crab crest salad, their house salad as well as mac and cheese. The Pond House is a great restaurant with a nice variety of different type of entrees, even gluten-free items.

We highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to going back again. We like going for a late lunch (at 4:00 PM) or an early dinner (at 5:00 PM) in order to avoid the traffic getting there and the busy times at the restaurant. These times have been great, both nice and relaxing for us!!

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KN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique menu and great chef and staff, combined with a wonderful audience add up to a great night out.

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

Curry rice dish tasted awful and was up all night with indigestion. Should have stuck with a salad.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was impeccable as always. There are always interesting and new items on the menu. Sadly they did not have Mrs. Astor’s chicken salad so I tried something new. The service was wonderful.

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TC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. Substantial amount of food for a very reasonable price. Will definitely keep coming back.

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HB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Nice atmosphere. Good for all occasions.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location and ambience and outstanding service. We went for restaurant week. It was all good, just not great. Dessert pastries were disappointing.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The salmon was good. The salads were ok. I like more greens in my salad. The sangria was just ok. I was not happy that my beet salad came with nuts, even though I requested no nuts!

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CT
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The chorizo empanadas were disappointing, but the other dishes were very tasty. Beautiful plating for all dishes. As usual, the service was excellent.

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SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite spots. Great value. Love the hot ginger tea!

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