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

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ratsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6095847800x
  • 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 Events
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture reviews from OpenTable diners
537 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (370)great for outdoor dining (366)special occasion (356)romantic (291)great for lunch (275)fit for foodies (260)great for brunch (125)good for groups (113)notable wine list (93)neighborhood gem (89)hot spot (31)kid-friendly (29)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (16)Show More
  • usually love this place
    rweld
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been here many times and find it to be a stunningly beautiful location. Typically I have dinner and have never had a complaint. Two days ago I had lunch with an out of town friend. Although the food was still good we were quite surprised that our meal arrived at our table less than 5 minutes after our order was placed (I am not exaggerating, as soon as the waiter left with our order my friend made a call on her cell leaving a voice message. As she was finished leaving the message our meal arrived). This made us wonder how the meal could have been freshly made. Even the waiter said he was surprised at how fast the meal came. I will continue to dine here but probably not for dinner only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    loocher
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    somewhat expensive, but worth it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Beautiful place to have lunch here with my daughter. The food is excellent. We sit outside for lunch next to the pond, the view is spectacular and the service is outstanding .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our server was an angel. I am diabetic. She got me berries and whipped cream for dessert, which was delicious. Both my friend and I enjoyed our meals. Wrapping the leftovers as a rat was a really cute ending to the visit. I cannot wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I love Rat's! I've only been twice--once for lunch on my birthday on a Saturday, and more recently for dinner for a friend's birthday on a Tuesday. As wonderful as lunch was, dinner was on another plane. We were surprised with an amuse bouche, again between courses with popovers, and again after dessert with an extra tray of tiny sweets. We shared a cheese board that had an aged gouda that had us rolling our eyes in ecstasy. All four of us loved our entrees (roast chicken, lamb two ways, rabbit ragout, and the foie gras burger) but still had room for excellent desserts (chocolate bombe, trio of ice creams, cream cheese mousse, and cinnamon sugar doughnuts). The cocktails, ambiance, and service were all top notch as well. Go to Rat's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    JayJVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went for our anniversary dinner and all focus was in their dine & stroll menu. Food was lukewarm, tasted just okay. I guess they have to appeal to the masses to survive, but we will take this off our list for a special occasion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had lunch at Rats twice this summer. During the first visit, my friend had an issue with the ducks walking near her feet. I think the ducks are a nice addition. They're cute. When my friend became upset, we were immediately placed at an indoor table and she and her husband were fine with that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Their were four of us for lunch. It was wonderful...Two had the pastrami and two had the trout special. The pastrami was sliced thin and delicious and the trout was excellent. We would go back anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Complete Perfect Date Restaurant
    chrissie1026
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect for an intimate dinner and small gatherings. Well thought out food ideas with attention to detail in everything. Love making a date with my husband to come here. it is always the perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dont' miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been to Rats many times; our grandson's Bar Mitzvah reception was held there. The food never disappoints. But the selling point is the atmosphere. If you get a chance to go ahead of your reservation, don't miss at least an hours stroll through the gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed
    JervVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was one of those dinning visits I would like to forget. Bread served was so crisp and burnt it made a pile of crumbs on the table. We never got the popovers most other tables were offered. Ordered Lobster crepe and hanger steak. Crepe came lukewarm. Asked for another and it was only a little hotter. Are they frozen and then heated? Steak came with nice bucket of again, lukewarm french fries. After all this I have to report the hanger steak was, to me and another of our party, inedible. It was sooo salty tasting we both gave it back and ended up having the reheated french fries for my entree. I reported this to the manager, who gave me a very weak " I'm sorry" and walked away with the food in hand. She never came back to explain.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In one word Awesome!
    ljdinesVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate outside and enjoyed a beautiful view in complete solitude as it was probably considered to be too cool by the other dinners - their loss. We had delicious food and excellent service. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rats & GFS
    GrandmaCandy3
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my go to place to take friends for a special day. Always magic always fun. So appreciate that Seward Johnson did this lovely thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything was great but the noise level near the bar (where we were placed) made speaking difficult. One member has difficulty speaking up and so decided not to participate in lunch conversation at all. Reservations on line was very easy, but there should be a place for requesting the table location especially for the handicapped individual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Lunch
    Andy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went there for an anniversary lunch. We strolled around the Grounds for Sculpture for a few hours and then ended up at the restaurant. It was a wonderful way to spend the day. At the restaurant the food was very enjoyable and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Patti
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    4 went for dinner and all of us had an excellent meal. My lamb chops were done to perfection, we all agreed we want come back again. Nice wine list, waitress was very attentive and great atmosphere. Was not nearly as pricey as I was warned, I felt the food and dinning experience was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening
    audreyslate
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had dinner at Rats Restaurant after touring the Grounds for Sculpture exhibit. The lobster crepe was delicious and the Lamb Chops (on the specials for the evening) were the best I have every tasted. They lamb was lean and very tender and the spices were perfect. We also had the smoked duck breast which was very good. I would recommend this restaurant for a lovely evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Tbonita
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant was magical in both ambience and food. We had simple lunch made special. Sat out with the ducks looking out onto monets bridge. 5 stars all the way. Get the cream cheese mousse for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Perfect!
    Grace
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    RATS is a wonderful dining experience . Great service from being greeted to the end of your meal. I wish there were more around the state!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a special occasion at Rats!
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    When we visit the Sculpture Garden, we always stop for lunch at Rat's! Today we had a lovely table outdoors opposite the Monet Bridge (normally we are not big fans of eating 'al fresco' but we are glad we made the exception this day!) My husband and I started off sharing the Mezze appetizer which was an excellent array of olives, hummus, pepper and parmesan dip (a real treat!). I had one of the specials of the day--the trout which was a delicious preparation and my husband had the provencal chicken with polenta which literally melted in his mouth. For dessert we shared molten cake which was outstanding. We had a Caifornia Chardonay, all this, combined with a perfect day and great service,it was a highlight of our visit to the Garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Patty
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our third time to the Rat's Restaurant. We just love it. The food, ambiance, and service is always excellent. We will be back and we tell our friends about it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Majqueen53
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a lovely lunch on the patio. Service was friendly and attentive. the four of us ordered mussels & a burrata/tomato salad to share. Both were delicious and portion sizes were more than adequate. Then we shared 2 sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • J62114
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    What can I say that hasn't already been said. I felt like I was transported to a getaway in Europe. Our food was excellent , the scenery was ideal and with the Grounds for Sculpture nearby, nothing could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Great Service
    anliz6
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, excellent cuisine, superior service, friendly staff. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT SURE IF I WOULD GO BACK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had reservation for 3:15 but got there at 2:00, asked if we could go in early if seats became available, but they kept taking walk-in's and putting them on the waiting list and seating them before us even though we were sitting right there. So reservation be damned, go on the waiting list. The tables were way to close to each other, even if you whispered you could hear you neighbor talking. May have been better in the dinning room. Had a burger, cooked perfect, but had brown spots on lettuce, came with regular old fries, nothing special. My husband had a corn beef sandwich with cheese and coleslaw on it served on Russian Bread. Bread was way to thick for him, and a side of potato salad. I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rat's restaurant
    joyfullyyours
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised. Very enjoyable. loved, loved dining with the ducks that wandered in. Bread was so thick the meat should have matched the pastrami sandwich.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis in the Grounds for Sculture
    Garnet
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Began our day with a walk through the garden and Rats is a perfect place to take a break from the day and resume our tour. Great food and service in a country French atmosphere. Good drinks and reasonable lunch. Dessert choices, however, were disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice lunch at the sculpture garden
    lylem
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    As an intriducton to the Grounds for Sculpture Rats was a nice stop. Nice menu, good food and excellent service. A bit pricey but ok for a first visit. Alternative is caferteria type service, which also looked good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience.
    Fransays
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Looking forward to visiting again for brunch or lunch and touring the grounds during daylight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rats
    grandifolia
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While we enjoyed the meal, the ambiance and service ware poor. We were seated near the door to the GOS and people came from GOS and just stood around not knowing were to go to find a hostess and the staff just stared at them. It is not an enjoyable meal with people hanging around your table, leaning on your chair, etc.. The service: while we were still eating the busboy came and starting clearing plates from our table and then he took a pitcher of wine with at least one glass left. We asked him to return it but he ignored us and went on his way. While the food is above average, returning there is not high on our list.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Family5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were seated immediately, server was attentive, and food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scenery
    Mert
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great spot for viewing some amazing sculptures before or after dinner. It looks like a French Chateau and is warm and inviting. Very cozy bar with plenty of drink options and a reasonable happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hats off to Rats!
    CMC1VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything about this restaurant from decor to ambiance to service to food was outstanding. It may be a little expensive but the experience is worth it. Not only do they provide bread and oil but they also give you a popover with scallion butter, free appetizer and small dessert bites with your bill. Even if you are not visiting the Grounds for Sculpture, you need to visit Rats.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    we like the setting--grounds for sculpture--the food, the ambiance, the service. overall, a great place for lunch. haven't tried dinner there yet but will wait till the 'season' slows down a bit. in another matter...open table phone app leaves a lot to be desired. had to make reservation via my computer. I thought a recent revision had partially solved the problem, but it is obtuse as it is right now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific for Special Occasions
    profaw
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Rats is a real treat ... bring your adventurous appetite. My favorite NJ restaurant since Joe Brown's Melange in Haddonfield closed :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the only dissapointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Rats sits on the Grounds for Sculpture. In the past, restaurant patrons were able to stroll (with drink in hand) on a pathway which leads in a semicircle to and from the restaurant. Fantastic sculptures, plantings and evening lighting are along this pathway. It is part of the joy of the experience of dining at Rats. This beautiful quiet walk is only available now with an additional $15.00 per person surcharge. A reduced fee is more appropriate if you are dining at Rats. We traveled an hour to dine here because it is more than just a pretty place to have a beautiful meal. We can certainly find just as beautiful food closer to home if that 's all there is to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Grounds
    Finediner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The outside landscaping and life like sculptures are amazing. Walking around the grounds is like walking into an impressionist painting. Taking pictures posing with the figures is a must. There is outside dining. They have side rooms for groups. The lunch time menu is small and not very unique. Many wines are available but I am not a wine drinker so I don't know about the quality. I had a sparkling wine which I really liked. The room was very noisy and conversation was a challenge. Inside dining is not for romantics. Our server was inexperience and not attentive. Small bars, not for young people looking for a night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was lovely
    NJSanDiegoconnection
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our meals were quite satisfying, however we felt the menu was lacking in variety or vegetarian selections, and it was difficult to choose. Maybe some more pasta, risotto or salads would round out the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food, Questionable Ambiance
    BunniestBunny
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have eaten at Rat's in the past, and chose this NJ gem to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I made our reservation weeks in advance. MY ONLY request was that we would like a quiet table, noting our anniversary. I will say that the food was outstanding, and our server was very sweet. We were sat first in a dining room upstairs with a large, loud party directly in front of us. We asked to be moved, and were put in another room with smaller tables. Once those tables left, our room was taken over by staff who began setting up a table of 14. When we went downstairs on our way out, the downstairs dining room was serene and pleasant, full of parties of two and four. It was definitely not the intimate, romantic night we had planned...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely summer night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pair the evening with a walk through Grounds For Sculpture. Delicious food. The menu lacked some traditional French faire. Would have loved escargot this evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.