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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture
Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ratsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (609) 584-7800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - 9pm
    Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 4pm - 7pm
    Sunday Brunch Buffet: 11am - 3:00pm*
    Sunday Lunch: 11am - 5:30pm*

    *Please note: Reservations for Sunday are not available on line; please contact the restaurant directly
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Scott Swiderski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Rat’s Restaurant and Ground For Sculpture offers a full complement of resources and services for a wide range of social, private, and corporate functions. So many events—from weddings and holiday parties to meetings & trade shows have been inspired by the unique interplay of nature and art. Only the unparalleled service and dedicated staff’s attention to detail rival the setting itself. Rat's provides award-winning menus for groups up to 200 with flexible space and tiered food and beverage packages that may be customized to your specific need and budget

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sculpture Way
  • Public Transit: Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundant parking is available in our private parking lot.
A word from Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture
A relaxing and exotic escape featuring delightful cuisine, spectacular views and elegant ambiance, Rat’s Restaurant is the perfect dining destination. Named for the fabled entertaining character in Kenneth Graham’s children’s classic, The Wind in the Willows, Rat’s Restaurant is designed to give visitors the sense they have stepped into a village reminiscent of the impressionist painter Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny. From the moment you arrive you’ll see why this extraordinarily charming venue is a favorite for fine dining, celebrations and corporate events. Rustic fireplaces, country French cuisine, seasonal hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list are just the beginning. Regarded as one of the most romantic restaurants in our region, Rat’s was named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Most Romantic Restaurant. Rat's Restaurant and catering is proudly managed by Stephen Starr EventsContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary French
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The Grounds for Sculpture would be a wonderful destination in and of itself, with art sprinkled through the landscape, but to add a meal at Rats makes the perfect get-away day! The menu is perfect for lunch, with many choices, the drinks list is great. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The ambience is absolutely fabulous! (The wandering ducks enjoy your dropped crumbs.) It is great for a romantic lunch, or lunch with friends."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We usually go for special occasions. This time was dinner to celebrate wife's birthday. Everything was excellent as always; never had average or mediocre food or service at Rats. I was glad to see they have the dinner & a stroll again this year; we'll definitely do that before the summer is over (did it last year & was great, even though dinner choices are limited)."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "First learn the reason for the "unsuitable sounding name" and that will set your mind and spirit in a good direction. We had lunch. Mussels, pastrami sandwich, turkey sandwich. May not sound exotic, but each one was very, very good. The atmosphere itself is worth it. Oh yeah, and the drinks were very good also!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "There were no negatives at all. The food service and atmosphere was fabulous"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The host was excellent and his services were superb, he maid sure we were all taken care of even our visitors from out of town. The food was excellent, the ambience was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have had multiple meals at Rat's and this one was not one of our better experiences. Personally I had the duck and it was delicious. However my kale salad was missing some ingredients it as suppose to have according to the menu. My Uncle had scallops and enjoyed them. While the balance of the table had chicken and thought it was fair. The soup was lacking some taste, and the service was a bit off. My greatest disappointment was I had prearranged for dessert for the table due to a birthday celebration. I had to amend the request with the hostess to service only the preorder fruit and parfait as some desserts were ordered due to choosing the prix fix menu. I am hopping just an off night."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Chose Rats because of great experiences … Got there 30 minutes early & decided to walk the gardens. So asked the maitre d if we could push our reservation back 30 minutes. He immediately said "NO .. booked solid". Note ½ the tables empty when seated. While ordering, our scripted waitress mentions a tasting menu but unless interested, she will forego describing it. I ask her suggestion on the scallops vs lamb. She says lamb is delicious .. I order lamb. We see the next table get served scallops … then lamb … realize it's the tasting menu!!! Why did she not suggest it ??!! We ask for a creme brûlée for dessert which next table eating. Answer .. NO .. creme brûlée reserved for tasting menu! Note tables still empty when we left!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was full on gnats. The menu is limited with no "specials ""
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've been raving all week about Rat's Restaurant and the Sculptures...can't wait for another visit!!! EVERYONE was accommodating and helpful...service was exemplary."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I love this place. Been here many times. Not sure if I like the food or the atmosphere better."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Top notch location, menu and service! Everything about our experience was exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you go to Grounds for Sculpture (and you should), then you have to treat yourself to this fine restaurant. Great atmosphere and service. Delicious food!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Grounds for Sculpture and our first time dining at Rats. Rats was the perfect respite after walking the Grounds for 2.5 hours. We had a delightfully relaxing and satisfying lunch. The service was just right, and the food choices were excellent for dining and then returning to walk the Grounds again for another hour or so. All was as anticipated and as expected. If you use Open Table to make your reservation, and if you prefer outdoor dining, you should also call the restaurant to make sure outdoor dining will be available. It was not on the day we went due to a private event. However, that did not dampen our positive experience. We will definitely return to both Rats and the Grounds for Sculpture."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Used the visit for a double birthday lunch, we had appetizers, salads, wine and mains with desserts. The meal was well paced and nicely presented."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were at our table with no waiting (we had reservations). Great selections for lunch and plenty of ambience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious lunch. Try the 'ultimate bloody Mary. ' Definitely make reservations."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Rats is one of our favorite places, Go on a beautiful day and lunch by the Monet bridge. We made a reservation weeks in advance to take friends who had never before dined at Rats and were really looking forward to this special lunch. Understandably, our request to dine outside couldn't be honored due to a wedding taking place. But here is where the staff came up short. They led us to a corner table that had air conditioning vents on the floor just below our chairs and the table was cramped. Even though the vents were covered with what looked like menus? or such, the whole effect was annoying. Our request to change tables was immediately honored, but I think more thought was needed to a reservation made this far in advance."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great all foods, great drinks, and many beautiful work arts wow! My high recommend you better go"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We decided to do something different for our day out. We walked through the Grounds for Sculpture for three hours and had dinner at your restaurant. A most enjoyable evening out. All of your employees were so nice and friendly. We started with three cheese and Mayan prawn for appetizers, fantastic. We then enjoyed our dinner of rabbit and steel head trout. For dessert was the double chocolate cake and the donuts, delicious. Just a wonderful evening, thank you."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The setting is beautiful, but I guess you have to request an outdoor table, which I did not. We were, however, seated in a room with lots of windows looking out on the beautiful outdoors. However, the windows were covered by long strings of bead. Whatever decorator thought of this was not thinking about the customer. Also, the "speech" about the food and restaurant that the servers were required to give was ridiculously silly. Who invented this idea that my server would "take care of (me) for the afternoon"? I would recommend this place because of the setting and the food was pretty good, but the experience as a whole was laughable and didn't reflect very well on Grounds for Sculpture or its management."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Usually places with a high tourist amount of traffic are just that, for tourists. This can be a real destination for dining; many of the dishes had creative presentations for what is typical and many of the dishes were just interesting...."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very relaxed atmosphere, romantic, classic cuisine, a gem in an unusual location!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My first visit after hearing about Rat's for several years. Everyone raves about it and they are right. The setting is beautiful especially with an outside table. Originally, we were seated inside. When we saw how beautiful the terrace was we requested an outside table and they cheerfully accommodated us. Food was excellent and the service was also. Very attentive but not intrusive. We took advantage of a special that had admission to the Grounds for Sculpture and a 3 course prix fixe dinner. The choices were very good and cooked to perfection. All courses were delicious and more than enough. Presentation was superb. The manager came to check on our table which I always appreciate. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed our visit and lunched looking out over 'Monet's water lilies' along with art! Were very disappointed in the fact that they changed policy about eating at Rat's and including admission to the park. Used to be that the price of lunch got you entrance to park. Now you have to still pay full price to get into the park so lunch price + the additional $24 to get into art park upped the cost of the day. Should at least be a discount as Rat's isn't cheap!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "What a lovely evening! Everything was fabulous: the food (entrees of duck breast & filet), the ambience (perfect for the occasion celebrating our 57th wedding anniversary) and the service by Maynor was so professional and courteous. Looking forward to our return."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This restaurant has been on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. My daughter and I so enjoyed the entire day even with the heat. You feel as though you are in a Monet painting all the while eating delicious salads and desserts."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great service thanks to our waiter mynard for making it an enjoyable experience"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was unique and delicious. Our group really enjoyed the beautiful building, friendly staff, and wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great site for tourists to get something different. The food itself is solid, with imaginative pairings. The food we had was a bit uneven; the duck dish was fantastic but the spring risotto was bland. The cocktail list is also worth a browse through!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Made a reservation and we were a few mintues late. We were seated in a hallway.there was not even a hint of giverny. The bathrooms were better themed then the place I was seated. Un impressed not up to Steven Starr standards. The other rooms looked gorgeous but none of that theme was visible from my seat"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The selection of meals, appetizers and desserts was very good. The waiter was attentive, helpful and pleasant. The décor and setting excellent. The food wasn't disappointing, but didn't equate to all of the other excellent features of the restaurant. It is not inexpensive, but we didn't expect it to be. The bottom line was we enjoyed the experience and will probably will return to see more of the Sculpture grounds and dine once more, but it will be a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great Place. We loved it. Couldn't say anything negative about the place"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As always dining at Rats was a wonderful experience. Interesting menu,excellent food and service.Dining on the patio near the pond is always enjoyable"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Even though we arrived one-half hour earlier, we were accommodated at an outdoor table, which went well. Too few restaurants in the U.S. have dining outdoors in such an unusually lovely spot. This was not our first time at Rat's. However, as I booked online, there was no way to request the outdoor dining other than upon arrival at Rat's. I did find it a bit intrusive that so many people roamed around with cameras to take pictures."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The space was beautiful, I wish I had asked to be seated outside. The food was exquisite. We took a moonlit stroll after dessert. Magical!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed a delightful dining experience at Rats. The food was marvelous and the service superb. We especially enjoyed the deserts. They were very delicious and well presented."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Didn't know what to expect when we planned our trip to the Grounds for Sculpture and we were Amazed! The grounds were lovely, so well planned out. The Sculptures were awesome. We had the most enjoyable day and lunch at Rat's was wonderful. We ate outside on the patio near Monet's bridge, scenic and lovely. Looking forward to a return trip."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We are from Virginia and get the AAA magazine that had an excellent write-up for the restaurant. We were not disappointed in the gardens or the restaurant. We have an aunt in Mt laurel and will bring her there the next time we are up that way."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had a lovely lunch at Rats Restaurant! We snared a table for 2 directly overlooking the water and had a lovely view of the beautiful scenery. Our server was attentive and pleasant. I had the Tuna Nicoise Salad which I enjoyed. It was quite tasty! My dining companion got the Pastrami Sandwich which she also liked."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food and service was very good and the unusual decor was charming and interesting. Unfortunately our meal was disrupted by a screaming toddler."
    Dined on 7/9/2014