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Pond House Cafe

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American, Eclectic, International
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1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804 (Prospect)
on Asylum Ave.
(860) 231-8823
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9:00 pm - 10:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thu - Fri 9:00 pm - 10:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Nestled on the pond in historic Elizabeth Park the Pond House is...
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. Watch young skaters on the pond while savoring a hearty winter stew. 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 - stylish, fun & playful.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
have the scallops!

My girlfriends and I just enjoyed a delicious meal at the Pond House. And it was so much more relaxing than going into West Hartford center. We had 3 different salads and liked them all but the Brussels sprouts Caesar was the best. The scallops were amazing and the salmon delicious. Great use of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
CarpeDiem0626
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West Hartford, Connecticut
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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71 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
West Hartford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriends and I just enjoyed a delicious meal at the Pond House. And it was so much more relaxing than going into West Hartford center. We had 3 different salads and liked them all but the Brussels sprouts Caesar was the best. The scallops were amazing and the salmon delicious. Great use of technology in presenting the menu and... More 

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Winsted, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The setting is beautiful. The room was attractive and comfortable. The food was excellent as was the service. I recommend it highly.

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Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I don't know why, but this place reminds me so much of Alice in Wonderland for some reason, regarding everything from the decor, the tableware, the place settings, even the Pond House logo is reminiscent of the quick of Alice. Came here for a late Friday night dinner with my beau, we had reservations, were seated promptly. Wait staff was... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I am currently writing about my third visit here for a wedding. The room looks very nice and it's decorated well and the staff does try hard however management is very disorganized cause more issues than the staff is able to fix.

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Hartford
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88 reviews 88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I had lunch here recently with a friend. The restaurant was nicely decorated for the season and we were seated promptly in a booth as requested. We had reservations. The food was good. However, I did not learn until the meal was almost over that my guest's salad had not been dressed. I asked her if she wanted me to... More 

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stamford, ct
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271 reviews 271 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This casual restaurant in a park on a pond has inventive food, which was well executed. The surroundings are serene, and it is also a party venue. The absolute best thing I had here was the little biscotti that came with the coffee. The nachos were so flavorful, with many layers of spices--not hot and spicy--really mellow, but well-rounded. My... More 

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East Northport, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a great find for us! We loved their menu which made us feel like they were great home cooked meals! The restaurant as well was very cozy and quaint feeling. There is something for everyone here. Their brunch is amazing and I would definitely recommend their soups, we loved ALL of them!

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Portland, ME
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Went to pond house cafe on recommendation of a friend for a travelers birthday Sunday brunch. The setting is lovely, in a large park and (...surprise) on a pond. Service was great. Environment is casual and really inviting. Brunch menu was classic but with some good change ups. Dishes were $8-$12. Everything was delicious. Great brunch.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I've been here for wedding receptions and brunch and they never dissapoint. The service, price, quality and taste of the food can't be beat. There are many options on the brunch menu and the portions are just enough to fill you up, yet leave you wanting more. I would recommend making reservations for brunch. It tends to fill up quickly.

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Connecticut, USA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Pond House Cafe offers the dual pleasures of good food in an engaging location. The menu is varied and the food was nicely presented and arrived from the kitchen within a reasonable amount of time. The youngish wait staff is professional and efficient. Parking is easy and plentiful -- a big improvement from the "old days" at the Park.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
    (Prospect)
  • Public Transportation: on Asylum Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
  • Phone Number: (860) 231-8823

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Eclectic, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view

Description

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. Watch young skaters on the pond while savoring a hearty winter stew. 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 - stylish, fun & playful.
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Thursday
9:00 pm - 10:00 am
Friday
9:00 pm - 10:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?