Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.5
2948 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary French
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary French
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Begining March 30, 2018
Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet 11 am to 3 pm

Dinner:
Tuesday through Saturday 5:15 pm to 9 pm
Happy Hour:
Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm

Rat's is available for private events please contact our catering department
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(609) 584-7800
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Sculpture Way
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Abundant parking is available in our private parking lot.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2948 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the unusual name, Rats is spectacular. The ambience of the dining room with its 19th century country club atmosphere continues in the outdoor seating area set beside a lily pond that would have inspired Monet. The food was excellent (try the grilled oysters!) and the drinks superb. The wait staff was friendly, attentive and accommodating. Be sure to visit the Grounds for Sculpture before or after your meal!

Report
Helpful
BS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

in a word FANTASTIC! VERY SCENIC AND THE FOOD WAS FABULOUS

Report
Helpful
e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rats was a wonderful experience. The restaurant had a very unique look and style and adds to a wonderful dining experience. I had the coq au vin which was fabulous and my boyfriend had the cod which was so light and refreshing. The service was wonderful and attentive. Overall a wonderful experience

Report
Helpful
MA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We toured Grounds for sculpture and luckily made reservations. The place was packed with people . The receptionist was overwhelmed and a bit short. We almost left as she was making comments about some patrons based on their attire. However I am so glad we stayed.
Our waitress Stephanie was amazing so friendly and informative. She greeted us with a smile and enthusiasm- explained the menu and answered any questions we had .
We were there for lunch and the menu primay French comfort food locally sourced. They did it dissapoint. The bread and cream cheese chive mixture they serve prior to our meal was a pleasant surprise- I even asked if they sold the bread by the loaf . My Aunts burger looked very ample and she was delighted with it. My Turkey Croissant was delicious and my sisters French dip - was the best I’ve ever tasted - we both agreed we would drive the 30 miles we traveled just for the experience of this amazing sandwich. dessert was also equally delightful and a great suggestion from Stephanie our waitress. The only complaint would be the restroom floor was very wet - and I almost fell - ( this I attribute to messy patrons ) .
All in all a great culinary experience- I plan to return . The atmosphere is quirky whimsy- when you enter is like going into the hull of a ship - the theme is totally unique. Outside seating allows diners to view sculpture an added plus . We really enjoyed ourselves

Report
Helpful
ML
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a college graduation. It is an adult restaurant that is intimate and beautiful. Everything was outstanding! Be sure to at least see the patio, it is like Monet’s water lilies painting. Absolutely gorgeous!

Report
Helpful
EP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful inside and during the day the outside seating has a great view of the water features at Grounds for Sculpture. The food was great. French Dip sandwich is a must have.

Report
Helpful
RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food in a lovely setting. Go in spring / Fall for outdoor seating for the best experience

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sept 13,18’ gastronomic cuisine in an elegant setting with attentive service !

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere inside and out is adorable, especially with a view of the water and bride at night. The service was excellent, but maybe a bit too formal. The prices were higher than other NJ restaurants; more like what you’d expect in NYC. They seem to be always booked though, so I guess the price point is working for them. I’m glad we went this once, but next time I’d rather go for lunch and see the grounds. We spent about $225 for 2 after tip.

Report
Helpful
m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic find: friendly, wonderful ambiance and delicious food! could have additional parking, but loved our evening

Report
Helpful
BM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The view is amazing and the food is fair, the entrees were our favorite part. Nothing special or extra is done to acknowledge a birthday, the desserts are pricey.

Report
Helpful
JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch at the Alfresco dinning in the beautiful garden. . Food and service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
a
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. This place is a hidden gem ideal for a date or intimate evening out.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Love the charm of this site.. Service was ...odd. I will be back but will just try the bar service area. Love the special events coming up.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant food was great as well as the service and ambiance

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing scenery behind the restaurant! I went for my 21st birthday with family and everything was amazing.

Report
Helpful
AT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Rats never disappoints. There is no other restaurant in NJ with this kind of ambiance. We went here with friends to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday. It was Sunday so they didn't offer a full dinner, but the menu was still outstanding and a very good value. The adults enjoyed craft cocktails and we all loved our meals. Afterwards we strolled around the Grounds for Sculpture (for an additional fee) and it made for a lovely evening.

Report
Helpful
JV
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Ryan. Was knowledgeable of the restuarant and the contents of the menu. He was very professional and courteous. The restaurant itself was awesome. And the service that we received from the moment we entered what's impeccable. Oh did I mention that it is situated along side a beautiful koi pond.

Report
Helpful
R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Rats is in a beautiful location on the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N. J.. it resembles a French chalet, very impressive. The menu was varied, chicken, fish, beef, vegetarian and a lamb choice. Food was prepared properly, nothing exceptional but was good. Service was friendly and efficient, everything was correct and timely.

Report
Helpful
F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Extremely unhappy with the service. We were seated and waited 20 minutes for a waiter and water. Meanwhile the table next to us were seated 10 minutes after us received their water and wine right away. All before we even got water. They ordered their meal 20 minutes after us but received it 30 minutes before us. It was our anniversary and the hostess was aware however no acknowledgement from our waiter. Same waiter acknowledged the anniversary next to us numerous times.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Restaurant with awesome artisan cheese and charcuterie appetizers, entrees were great, and grounds with sculpture were awesome.

Report
Helpful
S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed my Rats experience, good food, staff excellent, prices were ok, my date best ever!

Report
Helpful
GE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good, as well as, the atmosphere, but our waiter was either new or didn't remember a lot. He never told us the specials and had to refer to another waiter for what they were. I have dietary restrictions and he was not attentive to make sure that the food was served correctly. This took away from our evening. We were celebrating a special anniversary and thought it would be a perfect night out. Overall it was still nice, just not special.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful choice for our Anniversary dinner.

Report
Helpful
R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoying the last weekends of the summer. Great food and great service.

Report
Helpful
LT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time watching the ducks and fish. It was a perfect view and relaxing.

Report
Helpful
DS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my mom's Birthday for lunch on a Saturday afternoon . When i made the reservation i let them know (online) that we were celebrating a Birthday, and they came out with beautifully decorated deserts for us. What a nice surprise. It was a little pricey, but we were celebrating and we enjoyed everything. The food was outstanding.

Report
Helpful
SN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Unusual and very interesting property. Very unique. Went for lunch. Burger was good, but $18. Wife got chicken salad which was a salad with chicken. Chicken was completely unseasoned and bland, salad had no taste with little dressing and had to request more and the kicker, a 1pm reservation on a Saturday and didn’t have mezcal for one of their highlighted menu specialty drinks. Couldn’t make it. That was odd. But the building and property are unique enough to go once and get a burger. I wouldn’t go out of my way for the food. Don’t know what dinner is like and I always allow for an off day. Maybe this was it.

Report
Helpful
MF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, interesting quality food and excellent service. A lovely experience.

Report
Helpful
AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I sat outside which I feel is a must. The view and the calm ambiance was amazing. Even in the light rain under the covered cabana it was perfect. The food was amazing and elegantly presented. Our waiter was nice, took great pics of us and really tentative.

Report
Helpful
BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite place! Never had a bad meal and the wait staff is always incredible!!

Report
Helpful
NP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to stop if you have traveled via the Hamilton train station!! Great experience that includes the cute chateau the restaurant is in, the sculpture garden, the food and service. No negatives!!

Report
Helpful
AS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is wonderful indoors or outside. Especially outside. It is beautiful calming and serene with the view of the water, bridge and water lilies. There’s no place else like it in New Jersey. It’s my favorite place to go for lunch dinner special occasions or just to go for a leisurely lunch and look at the beautiful scenery. The food is excellent .

Report
Helpful
SG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful setting

Only problem was the wait service. Waiter was pleasant but not attentive. We emptied water glasses, no one refilled them. We would have had dessert however the waiter did not come for 20 minutes and by that time we had to use our times entry tickets to the garden.

Report
Helpful
LJ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere and ambiance was perfect! Also, getting to walk the Grounds afterwards was romantic. I would definitely recommend this place for a date if you want to impress someone, or if you just want a nice get together with friends.

Report
Helpful
JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for special occasions especially when we can eat outdoors.

Report
Helpful
FC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice for a special occasion. Took our daughter there for her birthday. View and ambiance was wonderful. Service was great. Food was ok. Very pricey. Will return for drinks and appetizers with friends. We had a wonderful day exploring the grounds and Ratz is a gem in a beautiful environment.

Report
Helpful
V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

I am a frequent visitor and often bring my friends there. I love the atmosphere and the food. This time was different. Our waiter was borderline unfriendly. We were there on a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was half empty and we asked to give us a few minutes before we make an order. The waiter kept coming back every two minutes and requesting that we make an order. We explained that we are friends and have not seen each other for a long time and he just turned around with an unhappy expression. We got the check right after coffee without even asking. We ordered merlot, he came back and said they were out of it. We ordered an entre and they were out of it again. There were a lot of mosquitos outside without any protections such as mosquito lamps so we asked to move inside. The waiter who moved us inside was very nice but then we got the original one. Overall we felt as if we were a burden.

Report
Helpful
MB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant. Looking forward to returning.

Report
Helpful
BD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, our waitress, Jules was great. The ambiance was perfect for our family gathering as we we celebrated my birthday. Although we had a reservation for 9 people, our table took a bit longer to set up than we anticipated. However, they were very accommodating and even sent a bottle of champagne to our table to make up for the delay. It was a great day!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
74

Tweets by Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture