Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.6
5319 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be seated outside your reservation must be made specifically for an outside table. Requests are just that and not guaranteed. Outside tables are covered but in the event of extreme weather(high winds, torrential downpours) we may not be able to move you inside. 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. 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. Rats Restaurant and catering is proudly managed by Constellation Culinary.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

We offer a 4-course pre-fix ala carte dinner for $95 per person. You will also have the option to add a $45 wine pairing with your dinner. Kids menu will be available. No other menu offered/no substitutions can be made. We ask that you keep your dining time to 2 hours or less. Togo is available.

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vipsash
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were excellent and the menu choices were all delicious! Nice ambiance too, we will definitely return.

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RogerH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rats menu is limited but offers dishes for all tastes. Prices are high but reasonable though not out of line for quality delivered. Service is excellent, friendly and helpful.
Meals served are excellently plated and attractive, not to mention delicious. I had the Bronzino entree and it is not an understatement to say, amongst the best I have ever had. We shared an heirloom tomato salad; the freshness and sweet taste of the ingredients was amazing; tasted like fresh right out of the garden. Finally, the ambience eating outside added to the experience surrounded by the beauty and calmness of the Grounds For Sculpture. It is a restaurant to return to. If you have not experienced Rats do so soon and you too will want to return; give it a try!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We were instructed to arrive 15 minutes before our reserved time, and were made to wait about 30 minutes past our reservation time.

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EDISONS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were satisfied with the portions. The food, appetizer, and deserts were delicious. But what I liked the most was the service. Our waitress was excellent and gave us a history of the restaurant and owner, she was very polite and professional. Another waiter showed us around the different rooms in the restaurant! He was also very polite and very professional. I definitely recommend this restaurant. The decoration and the art inside and out are magnificent! This was my first time but will not be my last time!

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vipPatC
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rat's Restaurant. It is our favorite place to go to celebrate an occasion. The outdoor setting could not be any prettier. Yesterday was such a beautiful day and to be eating outside was such a treat. My husband does not get impressed with any restaurants until we started going to Rat's. The service is top notch and everyone takes their job very serious for you to enjoy your dinner. We look forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Overpriced and underwhelming- food boring . The chicken salad sandwich was especially disappointing- bland and not worth the price. The vegetable sides were good.

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PaulZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place to start a day at Ground for Sculpture... patio seating recommended!

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DennisF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Getting waitress service was difficult at first but improved over time. Food was delicious!

PB
vipPamelaB
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

We were so disappointed with the quality of the food for the money paid. Our service was excellent and the setting on the outdoor patio lovely. We had dinner there about 4 years ago and I remember a much better experience. I hope they can improve on the food quality as this is a quaint place while visiting the gardens

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EstherC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood salad was perfect! What a relaxing, enjoyable day!

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ThatGirl
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food wasn't very good - cocktails were also just okay. For such a fancy and pricey restaurant it was a bit of a let down. Definitely not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistent. It’s always good. Never disappoints. We come here for all our special occasions and for the first time we took the kids. They were accommodating for them. The kids menu is cute. They get their own little meal. The ambiance is so beautiful. The kids have asked to go back. And we definitely will

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PaulM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting was understated elegance. Perfect.

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ChristineV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining area both indoor and outdoor are amazingly beautiful. Food and beverages were delicious. Service exceeded expectations.

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Deborama
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a delicious meal beautifully presented in an engaging environment--that's Rat's Restaurant! I just love this place. The food is always good, the servers are very professional, and whether you're sitting inside or out, you're surrounded by beauty and peacefulness.

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HfromNJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the service is, too. Make reservations ahead of time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice time at this beautiful place.
Food was very flavorful and service was amazing. Such a picturesque night.
Our waitress Raf did an amazing job. Will def be back soon

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Lori
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Ambience is beautiful, the scenery gorgeous, the food delicious but very expensive along with the wine. Service was on the slow side. I will definitely return but it is 90 min from home! Great restaurant for a special occasion

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ClaireH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the sides and dessert held the best value. Prime rib sandwich and Turkey croissant were the tastiest. Chicken salad was too bland for the price.

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TraceyB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Staff was extremely inattentive and need a lot of training. We had to ask several times for our fries and a to go box while we watched servers gabbing in the corner. I was told i could not have a prime rib sandwich med yet that's exactly what they served my husband. Nobody could even order a second drink as we were basically ignored. Food lacked seasoning

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Kingofttheworld
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Conversational and knowledgeable. Answered any questions I had. Wonderfully nice people and great place. I love bringing friends here who've never been. They always fall in love with it.

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Peachy
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Great ambiance, but exorbitant prices for average food.

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EdJean
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch along with our visit to the Grounds for Sculpture. Overall it was surprising and very unique experience. As we aren’t traveling due to Covid, this was a great local experience.

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KL64
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We've dined here before and greatly enjoyed it. Today, however, the service was horrendously slow and not very friendly. The appetizer and sandwich took forever to arrive and wasn't the quality food we had in the past. We didn't recieve our member discount but it took so long to get the check I didn't bother to bring it up. I would still recommend Rat's but hope they address their service issues.

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ArlineP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience with delicious food, lovely ambience, and attentive service. Highly recommend!!

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes everything about the experience was excellent! The ambience- landscape and service was 5 star- thanks Alexa for making it an absolute lovely lunch at the grounds of sculpture!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was superb. I had the prime rib sandwich and my friend had the Turkey croissant. From the crispy bread and delicious butter served prior to lunch it was sheer perfection!

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KJWT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was pretty good but also very pricey for what you get. The ambiance makes it worth the money, but we were very unimpressed when our waiter came to our table with his mask around his chin. All the other employees we saw were masked properly the entire time.

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AlanH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent chef and food, highly recommend for quality of food at a reasonable price. Beautiful ambience.

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow, but it was probably not the server's fault. Perhaps the kitchen took a long time to send out our food.
We arrived 15 minutes early and the women at the desk told us to come back in 15 minutes. they suggested we go to the bar, but didn't tell us where it was. Better service would have been for them to escort us to the bar, and then come and get us when our table was ready, rather than us going back to them.

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yingX
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment is really great, and the food is delicious. There are a little more people, but I feel like sitting in Monet’s paintings and dining. It’s a very, very beautiful environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning venue. True French country dining experience.

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vipnashvillemamz
Cleveland
83 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charcuterie, burrata salad, short rib, hangar steak -
Everything was superb. 100% enjoyable- incredible setting.

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vipKatie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Our server Alyssa was wonderful! Will be back again!

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IreneL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpected delight. The food took a little bit getting to table, so order appetizers… Lovely otherwise

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I go here all the time but this time the overall service was AWFUL. We waited 15 minutes just to get water and we requested bottled water and never got it until I had to ask for it again. We also never received any bread until I had to ask the waitress. The octopus was completely rubbery and apparently gotten taken back to the kitchen by a few tables. It down right took forever to get food and drinks. I love rats but the service needs to change.

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LauraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two years ago my husband and I got married at GFS and had our reception at Rats. We go every year to celebrate the occasion. This was our second anniversary and we got to sit at the same table outside as we did last year, enjoying the food, ambiance and memories all over again.

Since it was lunch hours, it was sooo quiet which was very enjoyable to us. We ate in peace, enjoyed some
froze, and took a lot of photos without being disturbed.

The food is always very yummy. The bread is nice and soft, the salad with the mozzarella is my favorite thing ever, and the new pasta dish was even better than last years fried cauliflower. My husband and I are both vegetarians so it’s nice that they have some options for us when we come here. The desert is always great and they always write a special message on the plate for us.

Looking forward to celebrating here again next year.

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DebU
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to go and take ppl to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a gorgeous setting. Everything as advertised.

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karenL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to delight! Beautiful setting and delicious food !

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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture is rated 4.6 stars by 5319 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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