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Pond House Cafe

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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, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, 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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    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    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
Nice restaurant in beautiful Elizabeth Park

4 of us went for a late lunch after shopping in West Hartford. We would have loved to have sat outside but, it was very humid. We were seated indoors right away. 2 had a beet salad with chicken, 1 had a hamburger on a pretzel roll, I had the chicken salad that was on the specials, served on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
cacs
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cheshire,connecticut
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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East Coast
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137 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We called for a lunch reservation and were told there would be a 20 minute wait for a table. I was very impressed that as soon as the other couple got up the table was cleaned so fast and set up for us. We really enjoy being by the pond on a nice day in the summer. Food is consistently... More 

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cheshire,connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

4 of us went for a late lunch after shopping in West Hartford. We would have loved to have sat outside but, it was very humid. We were seated indoors right away. 2 had a beet salad with chicken, 1 had a hamburger on a pretzel roll, I had the chicken salad that was on the specials, served on apple... More 

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New Haven
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I have been here several times for business meetings and always enjoy the service, the food, and the beautiful views of Elizabeth Park.

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Newington, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is usually a favorite spot to meet friends for lunch but today's visit was very disappointing! I wanted to treat a dear friend to a birthday lunch so we met on the charming porch of the Pond House Cafe. That was the best part of our meal. Soup was served, but our waiter had to search for a spoon... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Whenever we have family or friends visiting, we like to take them to the Pond House Cafe. Nestled in Elizabeth Park's beautiful rose and perennial gardens, this restaurant always offers friendly service, reasonable prices, and delicious food, dependably prepared. Go for lunch on a good weather day and request outdoor seating under one of the umbrellaed tables. You will not... More 

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Naugatuck, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We had lunch here after a good morning spent walking among the roses. I ordered iced tea to go with my lunch and the packets of sugar / sweetener were served in a (ceramic) old shoe. we ate outside , good view of the fountains . Food was very good , served on fine china , menu was light ....focus... More 

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Bloomfield CT. USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We have enjoyed eating there many times, but on this occasion was a bit disappointing. There were 4 of us. Two of us ordered appetizers. I got mine right away, the other person got his with his dinner. A Pond House burger was ordered rare. It came charred. It was sent back. My wife asked if the Pear salad (with... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Beautiful setting in Elizabeth Park. The grounds are beautifully maintained and so creative. They grow their own produce as well. We were here for lunch on a Thursday, it was very busy and we were glad we had made reservations. The service was a little slow as it was packed with the early lunch crowd. We ordered some cocktails, their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Visited the Pond House Cafe for Brunch on a Saturday morning in June, and it was hands down one of the most flavorful brunches I've ever had. The Crab Cake Benedict was phenomenal, and was like nothing I've ever had thanks to the corn bread base in place of the traditional English muffin. Very highly recommended.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We had been to beautiful Elizabeth Park, but not to the Pond House Cafe. Thank you Trip Advisor for your reviews of this lovely restaurant. It was the perfect choice for my husband and me and our friends, to have a delicious brunch/lunch. No one left a bit of food on their lunch plate or their desert plate. The restaurant... More 

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Additional Information about Pond House Cafe

Address: 1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
Phone Number: (860) 231-8823
Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: American, International

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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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?