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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.4
4.4
6480 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
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 and beautiful restaurants in our region, Rat’s was named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Most Romantic Restaurant. Rats Restaurant and catering is proudly managed by Constellation Culinary.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 584-7800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Richard Freedman

  • 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 <br />

  • Private party facilities

    When looking to host a memorable affair, Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture is the ultimate venue for a unique and elegant event. Whether planning a small wedding, intimate cocktail party, or corporate dinner, Rat’s private dining rooms, lounges, and outdoor spaces is just right!

  • Neighborhood

    Princeton

  • Cross street

    Sculpture Way

  • Parking details

    Abundant parking is available in our private parking lot.

  • Public transit

    Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,480 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. LR

    LocalResident

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The quality of the meal was adequate at best. I am local to the area, and do not go there very much, but I had high expectations given a previous experience some time ago. The quality of the food is just not the same. But if you're looking for ambiance and a pleasant setting Rats is good for that.
  2. RJ

    RonJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended. Rats is our perennial favorite. Its Old World ambiance is unmatched, and amplified by its proximity to the Grounds for Sculpture. The food is always good, with an interesting variety that changes seasonally. The service is uniformly excellent (except for one snarky bartender, have not seen her there again!) Coupling a meal at Rats with a visit to the Grounds for Sculpture makes for a perfect relaxing day.
  3. S

    Suzie

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Love coming to Rats, great atmosphere with spectacular views. However, I made a reservation for a special birthday and walk ins were seated while we waited almost 40 mins. Next time I will reserve directly w restaurant, we seemed invisible. Nice lunch.
  4. WH

    WendyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I really wanted to love this restaurant as the setting is idyllic and the interior is lovely. Unfortunately, my experience did not live up to the reputation of the restaurant. I had a 1PM reservation for lunch with a notation that I would prefer outside seating. I arrived on time and was checked in and told I would be seated in doors in about 10 minutes. I asked for the wait for outside seating and I was told they would try to accommodate me as I had notated that on my reservation. I waited 55 minutes for outside seating while other larger groups who had the same situation as I were seated before me. I was seated in an area normally reserved for drinks and was introduced to the waiter who would be helping me out as there is normally no one reserved for the area . It took another 15- 20 minutes for the waiter to take my order and he apologized saying he had forgotten about me. The food and cocktail arrived promptly and were tasty, but the drink was small for $15.00 and the vegan entrée $25, which was listed as a cauliflower masala was tasty and adequate portion wise, but really wasn't a masala. The cauliflower was roasted and sprinkled with 5 spice powder (I think), there were a few baby carrots, some quinoa cooked with coconut sauce and a decorative trailing of the masala which I believe was a "curried" squash base. Tasty, but not what I had hoped for. I spent over $50 with tax and tip, and I would have been okay with that if the experience and food were both exceptional. The staff was very nice and clearly were trying to make people happy, but they were over extended and if I had known that I would have had such a long wait WITH a reservation I would not have bothered to dine there.
  5. BJ

    BobJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was Great from the Host to the server. The food was great Had a 12:45 seating and we had our seat at 12:45 . It was Great. We ate outside and we had Great weather. Thank You Bob
  6. RJ

    RJHG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to Rats for our third anniversary and it has become our favorite place to go in the area. The ambiance and aesthetic is outstanding and the food is equally good if not better. We would highly recommend.
  7. R

    Ronp

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special place! Amazing setting (especially if you couple it with a visit to the Grounds), food was delicious (it would be worth the visit just for the pop overs!), and service from John was outstanding.
  8. JB

    JeffreyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    I made the reservation for an outdoor seating and was given a table outside. When I said something about it the person seating me made a Snarky comment saying he did not have any and this was the closes thing . I saw when i was walking at least 7 tables out side that were not being used . When the Waitress came over to the table she looked at her table and said oh everyone is all right and ran off . When she came back still ignoring me and did not come over till the Gentleman at the next table told her I was there. I ordered the Cheese and Chartuerty plate. was disappointing , The cheese was cold and hard and 3 tiny pieces and not even a half of a apple a smare of something could not tell what it was 2 cold Burnt toast . .Could have had grapes on the plate .. Felt it was not worth what you Charge. When I was done the waitress made some comment, then said she would prepare the bill. I've had better food and service at other fine place and better table. Maybe If I was not 1 for a late lunch I might have had a outdoor table !! Some rude workers
  9. P

    Principessa

    Orlando

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first visit and it couldn’t have been a better experience. The atmosphere on the deck is stunning and the good weather didn’t hurt😉. Menu selection was ample and all 3 linch meals were delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our trip to Grounds for Sculpture wouldn’t be complete without lunch at Rats. Food wad excellent and well Prepared . Our waiter was very attentive!
  11. k

    kkkkk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rats is our high end go-to place for any occasion. The place, staff and food are great. The prices are getting better but still bring a wheelbarrow of money.
  12. PV

    PaulV

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant, food , service, everything, top notch. Great there early and walk around the grounds. Just beautiful.
  13. JW

    JanetW

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ordered the goat cheese and beet salad and I think they forgot to put in the goat cheese. Should have mentioned to server but decided not to. Atmosphere very nice.
  14. VA

    VirginiaA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent and a lovely lunch.Our waiter, Cody, was fantastic!
  15. JD

    JoyceD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a lovely setting. Like the ducks and fish especially. Feel like you are in a Monet painting. Cheers!
  16. DM

    DeniseM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our 4th or 5th time at Rat's. Our server was very professional and fun. It was our 16-year-old daughter's birthday. We are adventurous dinners, so Rat's always fits the bill.
  17. MC

    MandaC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  18. SM

    SandyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal Phenomenal!!!
  19. TD

    TraceyD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner with friends! Food and service were excellent and Rats is one of our favorite places to dine!
  20. S

    Stix701

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I was expecting a bit more from what I’ve heard over the years, thought there was a dress code but realized it was come as you are, takes away from that fine dinning experience. Food was ok but not 4 star quality, I can get the same food at hundreds of other restaurants. Our waiter was great, other then him it was like a chain restaurant. Not the quality I expected, Diamonds does a much better job…….
  21. SG

    SelfieGourmand

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    This used to be our place for special occasions, but it seems to have gone downhill. Still, the ambiance is lovely, and the food good. I would not recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.
  22. LD

    LindaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. I ordered the seafood salad and didn’t realize the seafood was poached. That being said I don’t like poached crustaceans and sent it back with out an issue from the server. I was not charged for that salad and ordered a different one. That beet salad was delicious. We loved the ambiance of the restaurant and will definitely come back with friends intoe.
  23. BR

    BRENDAS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had put on my reservation it was my husbands birthday and we got the most amazing seating it really was such a special time for us
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Bad food, inflated prices, decent service, decent view. Won’t be back.
  25. MA

    MedArts1

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a rainy day and we sat on the patio. No matters. The enchanted setting was romantic regardless.
  26. KB

    KathyB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food at Rats has definitely changed. We were not that happy with our meals as we’ve been in the past. The selection is minimal and some of our favorites were no longer on the menu. The atmosphere is great, and the service is wonderful.
  27. MR

    MadelineR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, delicious food, superb service!
  28. SK

    SallyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely experience. Can’t wait to come back.
  29. BC

    BrianC

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice experience (not the first time). If you don’t have time to tour the sculpture park, several interesting works are located on the restaurant property, not requiring park access. Lunch was very nice, service and ambiance, excellent.
  30. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to Rat's for the first time and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere, food and service were exceptional to say the least. We intend to return quite soon.
  31. p

    pandf

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, and such a beautiful setting, making for a perfect lunch
  32. EM

    EileenM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Outdoor cocktail area is shoddy, unlike the rest of the patio area. Appetizers were great but main course scallops and duck breast were tough.
  33. r

    radiowineboy

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Rude greeting from a hostess who seems too busy to help us be seated before our reservation. Our server was wonderful
  34. L

    Lorip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience I had. I went with a bunch of ladies to the gardens and had the please of enjoying lunch at this great restaurant.
  35. PB

    PatriciaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was excellent. My guest from Holland was delighted with the food and service. We were both happy!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My husband and I dined at Rats to celebrate our anniversary. We sat outside and had a beautiful view of the pond and the Monet Bridge. The view would probably be stunning during sunset. You lose a bit of the view after dark but it has a relaxing vibe. The Foie Gras Toast was excellent. I highly recommend it. Everything else we ate was good and the waiter and greeter were very attentive. If you’re looking for a cute date night restaurant, a place to celebrate your birthday with the fam, or a girl’s night out then Rats would be a great choice.
  37. M

    Mle53

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Rat’s Restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised. I had the cauliflower entree and I would order it again without hesitation. I am not a vegetarian, but I thought it was excellent. I ordered the beignets for dessert, absolutely in the top 5 of desserts I have ever had. I would go back just for the beignets. We could not visit Grounds for Sculpture this time. But we have enjoyed it before and look forward to returning soon.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere as usual! Never a bad meal. Our server, Jen we’ve had several times and she’s a delight.
  39. LS

    LukaszS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb atmosphere and food. Great location in a sculpture park.
  40. d

    deborahb

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! Will be back……..

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

FAQs

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture is rated 4.4 stars by 6480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
Google Map for Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sculpture Way

  • Neighborhood

    Princeton

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Abundant parking is available in our private parking lot.

  • Public transit

    Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Richard Freedman

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (609) 584-7800

  • 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 <br />

  • Private party facilities

    When looking to host a memorable affair, Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture is the ultimate venue for a unique and elegant event. Whether planning a small wedding, intimate cocktail party, or corporate dinner, Rat’s private dining rooms, lounges, and outdoor spaces is just right!

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