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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%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1555 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117-2804
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Reviewed yesterday

We ate here as a group of 11 flower-loving seniors from a garden club while touring the gardens. Lovely view. Great staff gave us excellent attention. Everyone enjoyed their lunch which looked amazing and tasted great. It was fresh and well presented. I enjoyed the...More

Thank travelingteacher51
Reviewed 1 week ago

Last three visits, over a period of a year, confirmed the impression that it's all show and very little substance. Eggs Benedict served with a passion fruit decorative splatter on the plate -- overpowered the lemon in the sauce and the saltiness of the bacon....More

Thank EHL275
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Party of 6 with reservations for opening time of 9:30. OpenTable showed very limited reservation slots, so I was surprised at how NOT busy it was at that hour. Food was excellent. Our party had a variety of dishes: Pond House scramble, omelettes, french toast...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place to sit outside for brunch. You really can't beat the setting. The service was average, at best. Last summer, the food here was great. I don't know what happened. New chef, maybe. The food this time was pretty bad. Omelet served cold and...More

Thank JohnSF8
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

For our third wedding anniversary, I was looking for a lunch spot outdoors with some ambiance and romance... I chose wrong. We arrived at our scheduled reservation time with the staff acknowledging the purpose of our visit as "Anniversary" from the Open Table notes but...More

Thank jeter928
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I stopped by with friends for luchrecently. It was a goo thing that we had reservations, because it was very busy and there was a line of people waiting for tables when we left. I had one of the specials, a chicken salad sandwich, which...More

Thank CTtraveler06
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Had an opportunity to visit the Pond House on a lovely summer Sunday. The venue was lovely but service needs work. I ordered a cappuccino, water, a Bloody Mary and my meal at the same time. It was not busy yet, as the restaurant just...More

Thank IslandAdventure
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Took a friend here for a Saturday lunch. The food was wonderful (I had the crab cakes benedict - really nice on cornbread, she had the Caesar salad, which looked fresh and yummy). Afterwards, we walked through the rose gardens, such a pleasant time all...More

Thank MsCasualTravelor
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Visiting Connecticut I was at this restaurant for a brunch date with a close friend. This place is at a nice botanical garden area with beautiful flowers, a pond and walking trails. It's very nice and romantic. Be sure to make a reservation online because...More

Thank starriahc
Reviewed 26 June 2017

We have had both lunch and dinner at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford, Connecticut multiple times. We have always found the food, service and atmosphere to be great!! There is a wonderful, wide selection of choices on the menu, including gluten free items....More

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Nearby Attractions
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1,168 reviews
1.76 km away
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.23 km away
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2.18 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, 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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