Kingston >Restaurants > Pond View Restaurant
92 Route 125 Ste 1, Kingston, NH | Directions 0384842.919185 -71.050562
Good Food and Cheap Eats – My wife and I enjoy Sunday afternoons here in the summer when Rick's gets a band to play in the early evenings and they serve both cheap eats and nicely priced beers. I loved the homemade meat loaf but others at the table of 6 enjoyed their meals too. Once the ice is thick enough they promise more out-of-doors Sundays with more music.
Saturday afternoon disappointment. – Me and a friend went for a late lunch/early dinner and were seated immediately. The main dining room(s) were empty. Walking through to the porch felt like a trip through a dungeon.
We were asked if we wanted to eat on the porch which we did, and there was only one other party of 2 seated. After ordering I noticed a frayed, foot-long gash in the screen, which had it not been afternoon would probably be letting in its share of mousquitos. Looking around, I became more curious as to the apparent disrepair. Okay, though: we were there for the meal.
We had to wait a long time in between waitress visits. The waitress was very nice, however, and cute. The meal however was very bland. I ordered the homestyle meatloaf, and the meat was burned on one side. The meager carrot portion was overcooked, mushy, and tasteless, as was the meatloaf. Some bread or rolls would have helped but we weren't offered any. My friend had the fish, but again it was like 'okay', not memorable by any means.
Ordered a tequila sunrise and they made it with cranberrty juice! How can a bartender mess this up? It's like the most basic drink they can make. Had to wait long enough also, although the restaurant was empty.
Won't return, and this is the second shot we gave it.
A real disappointment. Do yourself a favor: stop and look at the water view, and drive on down the road...
Much to be Desired – We loved the Pond View under its former ownership and this was our first time in since the restaurant changed hands.
I ordered the tenderloin and lobster tail which was supposed to come with a sweet potato pancake. Sounds delicious huh? What I received was a tenderloin with an overcooked lobster CLAW and some unidentifyable white stuff - not mashed potatoes nor mashed cauliflower - (definitely not a sweet potato pancake).
Word of mouth is the best advertisement. I will certainly be telling people of my experience
It's not the Pond View I remember – we went there on a saturday night and got right in, ha ha they asked if we had a reservation, it was empty. twice i tried to get an ice tea it was like dirty water, no taste and they were unable to make one. the diet coke tasted like dark soda water. the prime rib was awful not cheap but awful. once you cut off all the fat and there was more fat than meat, it was tough and i couldn't even get it cooked the way i asked and the waitress never came back to see how it was till much too late. no bread/rolls it says baked potato but it was nuked and even at that it was to hard to eat. just awful.
beware it's not the old pond view, not even close.
All we could wish for and more for a special family dinner – The place is all repaired, gorgeous, very comfortable;
the food was very fresh, creatively done and the beef, chicken with brie and eggplant/veal dishes we tried were generously proportioned and delicious. They have a lot of nice, creative touches in the horsd'ouevres and we split several of them. The complimentary salad was very nice, with a fresh tasting, light dressing. Our waitress was very attentive, and right there even before we realized we needed something.. The pianist was excellent. We have been going there for years, but I must say this was the best meal so far. Wish we'd had room for dessert.
Rick needs to read these reviews! – This resturant has been around since I was a girl (35 years ago) and I've been to it many times, but no one can match the meticulous management , style, and care of the origional owner. I've heard her Daughter(s) ran it and sold out to Rick. I was also dissapointed to hear the gazebo is no longer safe for people to go on. I hope it is fixed soon. It's a wonderful and beautiful addition to the atmosphere in the Summer. There used to be paddle boats and ducks out there.
We dine often and here is our find;
We dined in mid afternoon on a Friday, from the lunch menu. Not many choices, but we found what we wanted. Fabulous fresh bacon wrapped scallops for appetizers (8 scallops/ $8.00). Good flavor and portions on sandwiches, reasonable prices on lunch menu, fresh salads and good meats. Good full glass of wine. Also enjoyed the background music. Asked for a salad instead of fries. Gladly accomodated (for $1.00 more).
The dining area was a little chilly and my husband had to wear his coat through the meal. There was a phone ringing LOUD in the dining area that was disturbing. There were not many people in the restaurant when we were there, but we waited FAR TOO LONG for our meal, which was only sandwiches and fries! (over 1/2 hour) Finally, I went to the kitchen and asked if our meal was coming soon. We got it shortly thereafter.
The dining rooms are tastefully decorated as always and before, but my chair was too low for the table and I felt like I was stretching to eat my meal...not relaxing.
I hope Rick will make a steadfast effort at his new restaurant by listening to his customers and cheerfully giving them a good value and a memorable dining experience instead of waiting too long for the food they ordered. What's going on in that kitchen anyway?
Who's Rick – I had been dying to try Rick's since it opened last fall. I heard about their grand opening on a local radio station. We were dining with some friends and I suggested we try Rick's Pond View. After all, it was the grand opening, so I expected a lot. I didn't get it. We arrived around 8:30 and there were a few people at the bar in the restaurant area, and a few tables finishing up in the dining room. We were greeted by three pleasant young ladies dressed in black. Our server was very nice, but even though the restaurant was not busy at all, we had to pile up our salad dishes, and put them on the end of the table. The food was expensive, but the service was not in tune with the price we paid. The portions were very small. The flavor was OK, but not great. For the prices it should have been WOW. The thing that impressed me the most though was that I never saw Rick. You would think that at his grand opening he would at least try to get to every table and meet the guests. In fact after the initial greeting from the hostesses we never saw them again either. Won't go back.
Valentine Dinner – My girl freind and I went to the pond view for a very romantic valentines day and it was the worst time we have ever had. We will never go back there. We had a 7:30 reservatiion.We didn't get seated until around 9:00. And if that wasn't enough they kept telling us that they were out of everything. We finaly ordered something(not what we would have wanted and only the most expensive things left) we didn't get any water or bread even though we had asked a dozen times. Our waitress was totaly rude. We we got our meal about 10:00 to was cold and distusting(so neither of us even eat anything). All night I was wishing that we had gotten up and left like everyone else was. Anyway I was glad to get home that night so we could finally have something to eat and end the awful night.
Last night, February 14th, Valentine's Day, my wife and I along with another couple had a – 8 pm reservation at the new "Rick's" Pondview Resturant. We arrived at the Pondview at 7:10 and proceeded to the lounge where we had difficulty obtaining drinks from the waitress. After 20 minutes we asked another waitress for drinks and we were eventually served. We were brought to our dining table on the second floor at 8 pm. Drinks were ordered, followed by ordering dinner. The drinks were served in reasonable time, but from that point forward the meal was a disaster. It took almost an hour to obtain our dinner salad, we asked for bread three times and after about an hour were served stale wheat rolls! Then, the waitress came back and told us that there was no more prime rib (she was almost in tears!). The food was finally served and my steak was undercooked and the three other meals were cold and overcooked. If this is the "New Look" Pondview then I suggest you close it now! What a dissapointment!
New ownership, Great food! – The food is delicious. The seating is fun and romantic. The staff was friendly and prompt. The restaurant is fine dining but is very family friendly. The building is huge and beautifully placed right on the pond. The view is beautiful.
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