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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, Cocktails, 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

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (41)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great for Lunch (33)
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Casual (33)
Special Occasion (29)
Cozy (29)
Good for a Date (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Great for Brunch (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Comfort Food (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Healthy (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Fun (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Seasonal (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Disabled Access (8)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Waterfront (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The food at The Pond House is always delicious and ever-changing which makes each visit unique. Our server Kyle was (once again) incredibly gracious and helpful with his recommendations and is an absolute delight. Ask for him by name in your reservation , you will not be disappointed in the service or the food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service. Setting for Valentines dinner in the banquet room was done nicely. Tables were well spaced allowing for pleasant "low noise' conversations.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Sluggish service. Mediocre food

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·Dined 3 days ago

excellent food quality, value and presentation. First-rate waitperson service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Incredible specials for Valentine’s Day! As always a very special menu and a real treat. The byob just makes it that much more perfect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always great food; friendly servers; outdoor ambiance can't be beat. Indoors has a long way to go

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food for a reasonable price with exceptional service

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As I have written in previous reviews, 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 table that we sat at, which was next to the windows, was spacious, comfortable and very relaxing. We have enjoyed many meals at the Pond House for both lunch and dinner, including such entrees as braised short ribs, Osso Bucco, meatloaf, salmon, the Pond House burger with fries, their house salad as well as mac and cheese. The Pond House is a great restaurant with a great variety of different type of entrees. We recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back again.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

In the past, the food has been very good. Caesar salad was tasteless.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Catching up with a friend.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It's always terrific! If I could afford it, I'd go there even more often.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was original and handcrafted. Loved the apple chutney with corn bread and the Green Goddess omelet was delicious and unique. I wouldn't have thought to put brussels sprouts in an omelet but it was yummy. The flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce was decadent. Perfect place for an afternoon birthday brunch!

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful menu items for Sunday brunch. Try the pina colada French toast!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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 table that we sat at, which was next to the windows, was spacious, comfortable and very relaxing. We have enjoyed many meals at the Pond House for both lunch and dinner, including such entrees as braised short ribs, Osso Bucco, meatloaf, salmon, the Pond House burger with fries, their house salad as well as mac and cheese. The Pond House is a great restaurant with a great variety of different type of entrees. We recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Saturday evening - 8:00 pm -- they accepted our last-minute reservation which was good.
Atmosphere and food very nice - a little $$$ for the amount of food given - but quality food.

Hostess was good - however - our server was not. She greeted us with all smiles -- but her attentiveness to our table afterwards was slow and lacking. Other servers eventually stepped in to bring us what we needed.

Unfortunately - you judge service by your primary server - and the women serving us did not leave a good impression.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Although sometimes it can get a bit noisy, in general The Pond House is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. I've not been there on a Sunday, so cannot comment on lunch or brunch. And since we aren't drinkers, I cannot comment on the wine list. We don't often sit in the terrace room, but we did last weekend, and it was toasty warm and comfortable. In the warm weather months, it's especially lovely. The food is always good--sometimes very very good--and the staff is cheerful and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I almost kicked my plate.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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 on January 20, 2018

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

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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