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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 Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a perfect location for an anniversary dinner. The service is impeccable, very attentive and knowledgeable without being pretentious or too stuffy. Ambience is lovely, a beautiful setting. We sat inside as we wanted a more private and quieter location. but the outside looked beautiful. All our food was excellent, lovely ingredients and done well, one appetizer was not as warm as I would have liked, but I did not complain, I am sure they would have changed it if I had. There was a good selection of wine and cocktails? Expensive, but not for the quality of the restaurant. We went into the sculpture garden afterwards (you do need to pay admission) and that was a wonderful end to a great meal."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Rats has quite a reputation. This is my second time eating there. I think it's over rated. Overpriced, not enough selection for lunch, too much "arty" food choices."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "food was great they did make us wait ten minutes past reservation time bar was packed"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We took a group to Rats . Ordered every vegetarian appetizer on the menu. Waitress also suggested the vegetable risotto which wasn't on the menu. Unfortunately no vegetarian ( no egg or meat) entrees. Perhaps there should've been some. Enjoyed walking the grounds. Beware $15 entry fee, $10 for students wi/ ID . Late night, bathrooms needed attention. All the toilet paper was gone by 11pm and paper towels on floor. Otherwise a memorable occasion"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "What a wonderful day........the people are so nice and the ART and creativity is so engaging! Loved every minute. The food was THE best. I have never had such juicy, tender lambchops.......wow! We were celebrating a 29th anniversary...what a nice memory! The grounds are incredible...so inspiring....will have to go back again, though, the park is so large! Can't wait!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Grounds for Sculpture is the place to go for a nice outing and Rats restaurant is the place to eat, drink and relax during or after your stroll around the grounds. Reservations are a MUST!, Request an outside table if you want. We sat in the bar area, which was somewhat noisy, but so well decorated. They have a choice of refreshing non- alcoholic drinks or interesting cocktails besides beer and wine. The onion soup was cheesy and we share it among three people. Salads so fresh, mussels well done and turkey sandwich delicious. Nate the server was on top of everything. You can also access the restaurant without going to sculpture garden."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Beautiful as ever and the food did not disappoint. I had requested to eat in the main dining area since I was traveling with a senior and they seated us in the dining area nearest the bar-- it still is nice there but not what I had requested. I know better to make a reservation way in advance for Rats and they did not honor this request even with the advance notice. I frequent rats and would not hesitate to recommend. RESERVATIONS a must if you expect to eat here well in advance and check website for restaurant closure dates for special events!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Charming, romantic, unique and artful, story book setting. A dish like a wish. A server with fervor. A view to delight the eye."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had lunch at Rat's before going to the Grounds for Sculpture. For apps we had the cheese and charcuterie, both of which were excellent. For entrees we had the mussels and the rabbit ragout. The mussels were among the best we've eaten, and the rabbit was perfectly seasoned and cooked. We finished off by sharing the strawberry rhubarb soup, which was the perfect dessert. The food was excellent, the service very good and I would recommend Rat's highly. The Grounds for Sculpture is a nice way to finish off, with a little walk and some very interesting art."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at Rats. It was absolutely delicious, and we loved everything we ordered including the drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service was outstanding and atmosphere charming and romantic. We will definitely be back :)"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food description was misleading. Service was slow and had to wait 20 minutes for waiter to return so we could ask for our check, and it wasn't even busy at that point."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Really an excellent dining experience. The setting is so beautiful you forget you are in New Jersey. Highly recommend ."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Take your time and enjoy the fantasy of Rat's. The Grounds for Sculpture continues the mood seamlessly into the restaurant. There, you'll be welcomed and treated as a guest should be. The food, carefully prepared, is meant to be savored and enjoyed as part of the experience in its entirety."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a 6pm reservation. We arrived at about 5 and had a drink at the very crowded (no seats available) bar. At 5:30 we went to check in with the hostess and were told we would have to wait until 6 even though there was a predominance of empty tables. She suggested we go to the bar. We explained we had just been there and that it was very crowded. We were still made to wait until about ten minutes to six to be seated. There were still a predominance of empty tables so there was no excuse for the wait. The waiters were standing around waiting for something to do. Once seated the evening improved greatly."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "One of my favorite days this past summer was our lunch at Rats followed by Grounds for Sculpture. Our server Brandon was very knowledgeable, helping to make our day successful."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My friends and I had lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant was very crowded and noisy. Our waiter was attentive and not intrusive. The cheeseburger sat tall on the tasty soft seeded bun with tomato and lettuce. It came with Louie dressing which we had "on the side." The pastrami sandwich came with coleslaw. Cobb salad was beautifully plated. The vichyssoise was watery and tasteless. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate cake filled with dulce de leche sauce, and added a scoop of coconut ice cream. The cake was very, very sweet, but when dipped in the sour raspberry coulis, the sweetness was dulled and made the dish more palatable. Really delicious as was the ice cream with little flecks of coconut. After lunch we walked in the Garden."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful from the attentive server who provided some history and information about the resturaunt, all the food questions were answer very professionally and the food was wonderful. Well proportioned, tasted wonderful and left you feeling you just ate a well prepared fresh meal. Will recommend highly for anyone who would like to experience some different combinations."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere overlooking Monet's garden. The food was delicious, we had crispy shrimp salad and wonderfully refreshing watermelon lemonade. Yummy!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "No visit to Rat's would be complete without at least an hour walking the grounds and viewing the sculptures; it made dinner conversation even more exciting. The walk up to the restaurant through the gardens and the smoking mist lead you in and grabbed your attention. The food was superb with excellent portions; the wine list extensive and our server Harry was very accommodating and gracious. May have been our first but certainly not our last visit."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "If you can't get to Provence but want a heavenly experience spend the day at Grounds for Sculpture and dine at Rat's restaurant on the property. Wonderful refreshments and elegant wood."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This French style restaurant is great for groups, families and couples...with a lake view and gorgeous scenery to match. Will definitely return again!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant, a combination of very good food, fantastic scenery. Such an unusual and enjoyable atmosphere. Its a bit pricy but worth the cost."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Take advantage of dining at this lovely restaurant after touring the grounds for sculptures. It is also a great place to dine without making the tour. The servers are friendly as well as efficient. The food is wonderful as usual since this is our 2nd visit. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I brought my mother here to celebrate her 80th birthday. A wonderful day with so much to see and explore. Our lunch, service and outdoor seating was perfect. save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "There were 4 of us and two different menu choice. One was good and other only fair. The Fair choice was a "sandwich" with very thick and heavy bread - could not be eaten as a sandwich as there is no way it could fit in your mouth. The location, facing on the pond and "Monet bridge" wa perfect for a day that was neither too hot or too cool."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We dined at the outside terrace and the views of the pond with the sculptures were beautiful. Food was great as well as the service. The was a happy hour going on and the group next to us was quite noisy but overall it was a nice experience. The fixed menu includes admission to the grounds which was very pleasant. Will return with friends for sure."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My friend visiting from Florida and I asked to be seated outside. When a few droplets fell, the wait staff came immediately and moved us inside quickly. The food, as usual, was fabulous and the selection was unique."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our dinner and the service were fine but the drinks were very disappointing! Not enough booze, watery drinks!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Arrive two hours before your reservation to walk the Gardens of Sculpture for a complete dining experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It has been several years since we last dined here but the food and service is still excellent. Among the 7 of us for appetizers we had the baby kale salad which was the BEST I have had anywhere, the french onion soup ( hubbie said it was the best he has had) and the giant prawn with compressed watermelon and feta - not only great but the presentation was spectacular. Our entrees included the scallops ( I think 4 is a little stingy for $31 for they were perfect), duck breast, scottish salmon and the filet mignon. Everything was cooked as requested. We tried 2 desserts, the chocolate cake souffle and the blackberry lemon parfait - perfect endings to a wonderful meal. Service was attentive, not overbearing. Liked the wine specials."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Perfect in every way... what a lovely way tobreak up a fantastic day at the Grounds for Sculpter! Lovely menu, attentive staff!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We were a group of 6. Enjoyed happy hour wine at half price; however, the wine with dinner was very expensive after seated in the dining room. Food was excellent! Did not hear any complaints from anyone. Service was excellent! Would recommend it but don't consume overpriced wine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable lunch - great break in the middle of our tour of Grounds for Sculpture. Food was excellent, imaginative and service was great. Will recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Rats would be a go-to dinner destination if it were in a trendy restaurant row, and having it within Grounds for Sculpture is a bonus. We had a great dinner that included salmon, mussels, onion soup, kale salad, and a barely legal chocolate desert. Prices are reasonable for first class fare -- less than $100 for two. Service is friendly, informed and ever present."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Server started out wonderfully, however didn't follow up when we asked for a couple of things. Food came so fast, it was a while before drinks came. Food was delicious. A little noisy."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday and we had an outstanding experience. We have been here other times and we have had nothing less than a great time. Food, service and ambience has always been terrific."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "My friend and I had a wonderful time at Rat's. The food and service were of the highest quality. We both shared a Mediterranean platter as a starter and each had the filet mingon for the main course. All the extra add-on - the bread, pop overs, watermelon gazpacho, and cookies were just as outstanding. I would strongly recommend Rat's for any special occasion or just a romantic evening out. I also can't forget to point out that it is in a beautiful scenic location. The amount of work that went into the decor truly makes it unique."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My family reunited after more than 70 years (possibly more). When tasked with finding an appropriate meeting place, my mind immediately went to Rats. I had been there for my sister's post-graduation party, but years later, I wondered if my memory was correct. It was. The food was amazing, the ambiance was appropriately energetic, our server had phenomenal suggestions. It would have been a memorable day regardless of where we met, but Rats made it an unforgettable experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • " I went to Rat's on the recommendation of a co-worker and was not disappointed. The setting is unique - in view of some unique sculptures on the grounds. We were able to eat outside on the patio which was great as the weather was beautiful. The service was attentive but not overbearing and neither rushed us or was too slow. Our food was excellent - we all enjoyed our dishes. The price was reasonable for the setting and caliber of food and service. Beautiful setting to sit and enjoy good food."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had weekend house guests from South Florida. They always show us such a good time when we visit them, so it was nice to be able to reciprocate in impressive dining style. So glad Rats exists. There is no questioning of Rats' uniqueness. A word about the wait staff. The young woman who attended us was courteous and knowledgeable. She had a lot to do with our great evening. She was efficient and attentive but didn't over do it. Nice touch. I am remiss in not remembering her name so that we could give her the kudos she deserves. Sorry. Thank you for a great dining experience and for helping us to entertain our guests."
    Dined on 7/26/2014