Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.5
3140 reviews
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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 Constellation Culinary.
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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Winter menu is extremely limited. Still good eats though.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve had many special moments at Rats and we keep coming back to enjoy more.

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JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met up with my brothers and sisters for a nice meal and conversation. We could actually hear each other when talking in normal tones. Food was tasty.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to go to this restaurant forever. What a wonderful find. The most beautiful building, grounds, service, food, and the entire experience was amazing. Can't wait to celebrate our special occasion there!

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ND
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cocktails were excellent - a cheese plate before dinner was also very good. Our meals were good, but a little pricey for what you got. Four scallops on a plate with a tablespoon of veggies for $32 is a bit high. Desserts were tasty - the pecan tart was excellent, but the ice cream with it was bland (supposed to be cinnamon).

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L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was good. Although the plate size was small the beet salad and ravioli were excellent. The turkey croissant was fresh and tasty. Chocolate gluten free beet cake was very moist.

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G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Have dined there previously and was very satisfied. This time service was poor and inattentive. The waiter splashed my wife's drink and never wiped it up. She used her napkin as a placemat. The French dip was terrible and I should have sent it back. Asked for indium rare and hot well done with very little meat on the sandwich. Even the French fries were cool and the dipping sauce terrible. My wife's trout was good. Way overpriced

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food from a new menu, great service and an ambience that can't be beat. Plus, ice sculpting outside on the Grounds. A great ecperience.

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MZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location within the Grounds for Sculpture. Food and service is outstanding. Great for family lunch or dinner after visiting the grounds. Food is excellent but a bit on the high side.

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KD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The buffet was outstanding. I wish I could have eaten more.

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LR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was wonderful, everything was delicious. The deserts and pastries were fabulous and well worth saving room for!!

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I've dined her many times, and with few exceptions, the experience has been fantastic. The only reason the food and service received less than 5 stars was due to it being New Years Eve and they were running behind. I had to wait 1/2 an hour past my reservation time, and they were out of some of their dishes. They had a very nice party afterward for the New Year. This was free to all diners. There were no uncharges on the meal, and no abbreviated menu. I will definitely loo forward to repeating the New Years celebration next year. I do dine here a couple of times a month and recommend it highly.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We were there for the New Year's Eve Dinner, upon arrival we knew the place was heavily booked even with a reservation. We bypassed the valet parking and parked ourselves which was a good thing as we avoided the long lines at the end. Coat check was packed and were no longer accepting any additional coats, so I had to run back to the car and drop off our coats. (remember it was raining that evening-good thing I was able to borrow an umbrella from valet). We were finally seated and selected the tasting menu. Since neither one of us drink we went with sparkling water; that was the last we saw from our waiter until the check was brought over. Each course was brought over one right after the next, there was no ask as to how was the meal, can we get you more sparkling water, no one came around to refill our glasses, we had to ask for coffee to be brought over then what finally killed it for me was the constant foul language used by the bus-boys and waiters. There was a constant barrage of "puta madre" and "cabron" which made my wife feel uncomfortable. This type of behavior is uncalled for especially in a high-end restaurant such as this. I felt the waiters felt entitled and did the minimum to serve their tables. On the other hand, the food and ambiance were excellent but the service just turned me off to this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Had the tasting menu. Felt like 4 appetizers and desert. The wine addition was done very poorly. Food came out well before the wine was served. One we had to send back, as it went bad. The wines should have been better.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our five courses and wine pairing dinner then stayed for New Year's Eve after party. Everything was delicious. Fun after party too.

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JD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Rats for New Year's Eve and had a wonderful time. Even though it was a holiday service and food were impeccable. They had a five course tasting menu that one person in our group had and really enjoyed. There was also a regular menu that you could order off of and some specials. Everything that we ordered was perfect and our server Chris was outstanding. It was very busy in the restaurant, but he made us feel like we were his only table. We have dine at Rats many times and have never been disappointed.

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Our waiter Steve was very nice and attentive.
The New Years Eve Party afterwards was nice, but there weren't enough chairs or tables to accommodate everyone.

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M
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurant to go to. I just hope the escargot was just temporarily off from the appetizer's menu that day. As always the food is always delicious.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rats is our favorite place. Best ambiance, service, food, selections, creativity, freshness, wine selection, cheese plates....

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent.

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SG
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice family dinner followed by a walk around GFS on a nice winter day

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a great time, a tad loud, and mediocre service. Beautiful place and food.

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g
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service compliments this restaurant’s alluring ambiance with a romantic and artistic french countryside theme. Menu executed well, delicious and worth sampling nearly everything on the menu. Cocktails aren’t bad, bar lounge is worth a visit!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It delivered its usual superb dining experience!

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Was a GREAT place. No more. Short ribs were good. nothing else. Certainly not French more likely West Coast. Over the last two years all the nice little tid bits with the exception of the popovers have disappeared, Cake with beet juice is sickening!

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R
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service as always

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was great

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DN
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service amid a great sculpture garden. Try to come on a good weather day to enjoy the sculpture.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Krista was excellent. I was disappointed there was only vegetarian entree for my Son to choose from. My short ribs & my husband's chicken was delicious. The noise level in the room was awful where we were seated. My ears were hurting for hours.
Overall it was a nice place to celebrate a special birthday.

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E
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The service was not friendly and rather standoffish.
The food including the soup, all came out cold. The waiter was totally absent from caring.
I will not go back to that restaurant again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday luncheon

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WA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place highly recommend. Be sure and leave time to tour the Grounds forSculpture

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended.

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Rats has a wonderful menu with great ambiance. Fashioned after Monet’s cottage, definitely worth the experience!

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Book for Brunch but restaurant had a Lunch reservation and they would have to seat us downstairs. Manager explained that when booking online "there is a small note to call the restaurant but most people miss it ". One would think in this modern age it is not hard to fix a web site if they know that the note is missed by most people booking online. Brunch food was average and not worth what they charge. While or waiter was very nice there was a very rude bus boy/waiter who did not speak very well and snapped at my wife and step daughter for taking utensils from a table on several occasions .

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MD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only reason I didn't give service a 5 is because we had a bit of a grumpy waiter! But everyone else...the bartender, the bus person, the host & hostess, other people that were serving us, were beyond fantastic!

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E
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The waitress wore an apron that was quite dirty. It caused me concern that the cleanliness of the kitchen was not good. Since the wait staff is the primary interface with the customer, it’s important that it shows off the best of the restaurant. She was pleasant, but still no apron would have been preferred. Also Rats needs to replace many of its cushions. Some had little to no filling.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Having eaten many times at Rats restaurant before, we were looking forward to celebrating my wife's birthday this time. Sadly, the experience was very disappointing. The dining area was full of (very) loud, drunk holiday parties (to be expected at this time of year sadly !) so the typical romantic ambience was lost. The service was poor to fair, so rushed we hardly got to enjoy the food (which was served 'warm'). Perhaps the most disappointing part was when the waiter asked us while we were ordering dessert if we were celebrating anything special ? I had previously indicated we were celebrating a special birthday when I booked the table and had hoped the restaurant do something special (candles/writing on the plate in chocolate etc). Dessert was served with no special treat - very disappointing. We commented to the management that this was disappointing and they appeared attentive to the description of the experience but didn't' look too bothered. Sadly, this might be the last time we visit Rats for some time.

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DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful birthday celebration for my wife. She loved it.

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