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Pond House Cafe

1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
+1 860-231-8823
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (44 reviews)
“cornbread” (8 reviews)
“salad” (15 reviews)
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American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came straight here after landing at Bradley International last week and were treated to a relaxing park setting after a hectic day. I would give this restaurant a 5 for the taste of the food and the artistic presentation. We had a crispy, spicy "rancho"...More

Thank SusanAtlanta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The venue is gorgeous! The grounds perfect backdrop for photos or just to look at. The space for events is beautiful and overlooks a terrace and pond. The buffet was yummy with fresh fruit salad, stuffed French toast, sticky rolls, savory crepes filled with spinach,...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had not been to Pond House Cafe in a number of years, when my granddaughter and I had a lovely lunch here last week. We had a short wait, which gave us time to wander the grounds which were ablaze with flowers and overlooking the...More

Thank DianeD1946
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At site of Elizabeth Park Gardens adjacent to pond (and short level walk to flowers). Variety of luncheon selections. Mid priced.

Thank BandLyn
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Their salads and The deserts were delicious. However, their french fries were so greasy and horrible tasting. Loved the park and the flowers around the restaurant.

Thank HanjTrips
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

First, we have eaten at the Pond House a number of times and the quality and service have always been good. But not this time. The Mother's Day brunch was a major disappointment. The selection of brunch items was much smaller than I expected for...More

2  Thank Jerandnanc
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I love the Pond House - I live nearby and this is my go-to restaurant whenever I am in the mood for wonderful food, lovely atmosphere, great service. It is in the middle of a beautiful park a few miles from Hartford. The food is...More

Thank Laurie L
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The Pond House Cafe was beautiful inside. The staff went above and beyond to take care of guest. Food was good, basic. Not a fan of having to use the restrooms shared by people visiting the grounds outside. Bride made beautiful bathroom baskets,that were available...More

Thank meloniep82
Reviewed 6 April 2017

That is what you should do before/and after a meal at this pleasant informal restaurant in Elizabeth Park. The view out to the pond is peaceful, and the nearby roses, dahlias, etc. the geese and the ducks next door should put you in a mellow...More

Thank ulysses4
Reviewed 6 April 2017

A group of six of us ate at the Pond House Cafe today for lunch to celebrate a colleague's good fortune. We were seated right away and things started off just fine. However, our server seemed to be a bit frazzled (granted, she was clearly...More

Thank AMG3235
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.23 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
20:00 - 11:00
20:00 - 11:00
20:00 - 11:00
21:00 - 10:00
21:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
  • Public Transportation: on Asylum Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  West Hartford
  • Phone Number: +1 860-231-8823
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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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