Pond House Cafe

4.6
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$30 and under
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Fusion / Eclectic
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.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch. The food was delicious. Overall great experience.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always very good, and great when the weather allows you to eat outside.

MR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was exceptional! She was very attentive and helpful. Food was exceptional and not a long wait for our food to come out. Portion size was excellent also. The price wasn’t bad either for the food that we received. I will definitely come back again and will let people know what a wonderful experience I had.

a
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

My cod special was very good. Spouse liked his salad and crab cakes. Tiramisu dessert was very small but good, and coffee was very good. Ambiance very nice and quieter.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch excellent, nice variety. Host was constantly wiping surfaces with sanitary wipes (not a dirty rag). Would definitely eat here again for lunch, and actually was our second visit. Have not been for dinner.

B
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Pond House. The menu offers great options, the food is delicious and a feast for the eyes, the service excellent in a beautiful setting.

CG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had the first table on the right behind the frosted glass partition. Would have preferred a window view!

3 egg omelette a bit much for this gal... next time I may just order 2 eggs and a few sides!

MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food is very creative with a great presentation
This time the wait was longer than previous experience but not a problem
The waitresses are very pleasant and accommodating
My boyfriend ordered medium rare fillet but it was very rare
Usually I find things are cooked very well but this was definitely Rare

ML
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meals and wonderful atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this place. I can't wait to visit in the spring and summer to enjoy all the flowers outside.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Making a reservation is recommended and open table was super easy and helpful in that regard. The food and service was amazing.

F
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I were looking forward to lunch at the Pond House and it exceeded our expectations.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The Pond House needs a menu makeover and possibly a new chef. The last few times we've been there, we've been disappointed in the menu choices and the quality of the food. Also, given the prices, there are few, if any, extras such as a bread basket. When I asked for crackers to accompany a bowl of soup that I ordered, I was told that there weren't any. I ordered the bean burger recently and was served a tasteless, gooey patty that barely held together. It was supposed to come with cheese and aioli sauce, but the (grated) cheese was barely a sprinkle and there was only about a teaspoon of the sauce spread out on the plate. I love the ambience and location of this restaurant and would like to dine there more often, but the negatives are keeping me from doing that.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

CMAR, I am so sorry I did not get a chance to speak with you on Wednesday during your visit. I will share all of your comments and take them seriously. I hope that you ask for me the next time you make a reservation at the Pond House. I am always here from Wednesday to Sunday 12:00PM on, and I would love a chance to speak with you. I will be sure we make this perfect for you on your next visit. Thank you for your time writing this review, Jeffrey and the Pond House Staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I visited the Pond House on a Sunday. The food was AMAZING! Definitely try the breakfast nachos. I have to say what really made the experience so great was the wonderful waitress we had. Think her name was Denise not sure. She gave us recommendations and checked in on us at perfect times. She was very friendly and memorized our order. She knew the menus and again was just really friendly. She told us about the rewards program. We signed up. We had a great experience.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you for your fabulous review! We much appreciate you and will share all of your comments with our staff. I have entered your rewards info and you will be receiving a conformation soon! See you soon, Jeffrey and the Pond House Staff

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LW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful delicious brunch overlooking the pond. Loved the salmon Niçoise salad ! Quick efficient service!

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you so much Lisa! See you soon. Jeffrey and the Pond House Staff

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HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always enjoyable and great food. Excellent tastes with an eclectic flair.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Harry thank you for a fantastic review. See you soon. I will congratulate your server! Thank you, Jeffrey and the Pond House Staff

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful setting!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Xcellent service and the food was tremendous

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the service and food were excellent

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thank you so much Eveningstar! See you soon. Jeffrey and the Pond House Staff

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely one of the best meals I have eaten. The calamar was exceptional! Tender and full of flavor. The house salad dressed was amazing and the duck was cooked perfect. The waitress was lovely and noting was a problem. Just a four star dinner...going back soon!!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a joy this place was on last Sunday! We are going back today. Fresh flowers all over, art in halls, and a large Jackie Kennedy painting! The food was perfect and there stuffed French toast was to die for. Could not have been happier with our server Jess. After eating we walked around the pond and Elizabeth Park. This is my new brunch spot no question. Before we left we saw the Banquet hall. OMG. Can't believe I had never been here. Can't wait as they said there is a patio in the summer right on the side of the pond!

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you much for dining with us and giving us such a high scoring review. We will see you soon!! I will share this review with our team!!! Pond House Cafe Team

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Waitress was great! Enjoyed our table with a view. Lobster blt was extremely lacking in lobster and bacon. Very disappointed

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting food. Food presentation is always attractive and appealing. Ambiance is warm and inviting.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 2, 2020

Debjohn!! Thank you much for dining with us and giving us such a high scoring review. We will see you soon!! Pond House Cafe Team

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CE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Server was friendly but minimally attentive to our table and beside us. Seemingly understaffed. Did make 2 amazing entree recommendations though!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, aesthetically beautiful, wonderful food.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 2, 2020

Thank you much for dining with us and providing such a high scoring review. We love to hear your positive feedback. We will see you soon!! Pond House Cafe Team

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SN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Pond House Cafe beat all my expectations. The atmosphere was gorgeous. So spring like on a winter's day. The food was fantastic. We wanted fried calamari as an appetizer which they did not have so we ordered the entree to share with 4 people and it was delicious. The service was ok. The issue was that someone was training and I don't think it was clear cut as to who was supposed to check in on us. But I get it, they have to be trained sometime and they were both very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

KN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Front end service has improved and staff was prompt and courteous.
Great food and ambience made for an enjoyable night out.

Pond House Cafe
Responded on March 2, 2020

Kerry! Your comments will be shared with the staff and we thank you for noticing! We will continue to improve. Thank you much for dining with us and giving us such a review. We will see you soon!! Pond House Cafe Team

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was top shelf!!!

DZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Have eaten here many times. Had the seafood special, cod wrapped in prosciutto with fennel and white beans - just ok. Salmon is good, lamb is good. Sometimes I think the chef tries too hard.

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always happy here...food is the best...interesting options...great wait staff.

VN
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food choices were eclectic and tasted very good.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Although accidentally canceled by the Pond House, a table was available to us at 12:30. Our waiter Michael was attentive and our order came out in a timely manner. Food was excellent.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I really enjoyed my experience at the Pond House Cafe. The food was excellent and the staff was so friendly.

ER
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was truly excellent except the table was tiny and the plates were large so we kept on knocking things around.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were so happy with our meals and experience! It was our first time there, and we were scoping it out as a possible wedding venue. We were very impressed! Thanks for a great evening!

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

food was great, location is great, service was great, BYOB is great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice vibe, good service and tasty food.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came in early for Valentines day as a party of 4. We were seated immediately and the atmosphere had been set up for other incoming parties to celebrate. The tables were amazing, and our attention by our server was outstanding and delightful. The special menu looked amazing, although many of us selected entrees and appetizers from the standard menu. The staff was really kind despite it being a busy evening. It was a real joy to experience the Pond House on Valentines Day, a one of a kind experience. All of the additional accouterments such as the chocolate covered strawberries, and fireplace were really appreciated. Will definitely attend again on a holiday, or a non-holiday, but this restaurant will remain one of my favorites for special days.

SK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

My fiance and I are getting married at the pond house cafe this summer (2020) and have dined at the cafe a couple times since we booked our wedding. The location is the key to the overall ambiance of this cafe. The food is good... occasionally we get a dish that doesn't blow us away, but the overall creativity of the food and the presentation, coupled with attentive service, makes this a nice place to go for our special occasions. We are excited to be able to go the place where will be married, and I look forward to being able to come back to the cafe and the park in the future.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful spot. Food is very good. Take a walk around the grounds to enjoy your experience even more.

SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good service, relaxing atmosphere. An enjoyable time was had by all.

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