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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.4
4.4
6642 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

9:00 PM


Booked 50 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–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

    Jules Odem

  • 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, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,642 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

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  1. b

    bnis

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant! Would highly recommend for a special night out!
  2. JM

    JohnMat

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious as usual.
  3. QB

    QueenBarb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Service, ambiance and cocktails were amazing! One of our meals was perfection the other was not. I'm giving a 3 rating on the food because the portion was extremely small. I could of eaten 2 or 3 portions. A manager came to our table asked if we were happy with our meal, I explained we weren't. She never once offered if we would like another meal or to remove it from our bill.
  4. JS

    JoanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Menu had plenty of options. A wonderful treat!
  5. ED

    EwingDiner26

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant luncheon spot. Great ambiance.
  6. JN

    J9NJ

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This was my first time visiting grounds for sculpture. My friend and I are decided to go for the day and have lunch at Rat’s. We ordered the mezze platter, the beets and goat cheese salad, and the foie gras brulee to share. Nothing about the food was outstanding. The beet and goat cheese salad had very little goat cheese on it, but a lot of beets. The mezze platter was pretty standard, I’ve had better, I’ve had worse—I was rather disappointed in the olives as they were just bland, green olives. The two raw Shishito peppers on the platter were just unappealing. The foie gras brulee did not even taste like foie gras to me. It could’ve just been butter. If it was an experience eating there, but I won’t be back.
  7. MM

    MegM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food was okay but way overpriced! The exhibit is very difficult to navigate and find things.
  8. JH

    JuneH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    There were 3 of us and one person had a strip steak that was all grizzle. It was removed from the bill but disappointing. I will come back though because my meal was delicious as was the 3rd person
  9. JA

    JohnA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, food, and ambience. A little pricey but overall worth the money.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had great dinner. I'd definitely order the duck breast again!
  11. AW

    AmberW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was nice. They brought out bread and garlic herb butter that was very good. We both had the French onion soup which we both enjoyed. My fiancé ordered the short ribs, the meat was tender but the gravy was very salty. I ordered the NY strip steak medium. It was a grey color with a small amount of pink in the middle. I tasted it and it had a texture like it was boiled or steamed. It was also very fatty. I sent it back. Then just got the heirloom tomato and burratta salad which was very boring. Both items were not worth the price steak was $38 and salad was $16. I was very disappointed with the food. The waitress was very nice and saw that I was disappointed with the food and immediately came and asked what else she could get for me. All in all, the food is not worth the price. The grounds for sculpture is awesome but rats is not. I don’t think I would waste my money eating there again.
  12. CS

    CarolynS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner experience!
  13. DB

    DebhraB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and the atmosphere/decorations beautiful. We have always had such a wonderful experience here. Last night we were seated next to a group of six who were very inconsiderate of the people around them. Extremely loud. Can’t control this Love it here
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Poor service and no directions for sculpture
  15. J

    Joan

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    This was a very disappointing visit, especially for a $400+ check. The most egregious issue was the children’s menu. The $12 hamburger (patty) came ice cold - clearly straight from the freezer. We sent it back and by the time it came out, everyone else had finished their meal. My granddaughter (starving at the point) took one bite and said there was something wrong with it. Her mother tasted it and agreed and was concerned enough not to let her eat in. We were there for Night Forms, but had a child who hadn’t eaten. I won’t go into other issues, but to have an experience like that in an expensive fine dining restaurant will make me reconsider eating there again, despite the fact that we are members. We’ll have to eat first elsewhere.
  16. AS

    AudreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time to visit GFS and ive been wanting to celebrate my husbands birthday in there since 2020 we had a really great experience. Reservations are done in open table app and there gonna be able to tell you from there the availability also you can modify the time subject to their availabilty. Servers were friendly and amazing. The food is fresh service was fast the whole place had an elegant cozy vibe. We booked the Night forms shows as well it was amazing
  17. JL

    JewelsL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved everything! We have been at the museum other times but this was our first time at Rats. I heave to say it will be a must next time we plan to go that far. We leave about 50 minutes away and it was a perfect day with wonderful food, art and everything included in that experience. 😍
  18. l

    laurenm

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here!! Feels like I’m in the English countryside. Such a special place.
  19. G

    Grouch

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Good quality has significantly dipped in this place. It was always our choice for family special occasions, but we will need to reconsider ever going back. This was for a simple lunch, so entres are simpler, yet pasta served was sitting in a pool of butter & burger roll was so dry it would crumble if I tried to pick it up. The lack of quality was unheard of in years before. And for the price, it was both worth it.
  20. JB

    JamesB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    In the past a I’ve had very positive experiences here at Rats’. We came because we had tickets to the light show at the Grounds for Sculpture. The only seating time only gave us 90 minutes before we had to leave, so I did everything I could possibly do to try and make it speedy to serve us. We came in with our order already typed up, so we wouldn’t take time in the order- we showed up with order in hand at 8pm. By the time we had to leave at 9:30, all we had received was salad and 2 appetizers for a table of 4. We ended up taking the main courses as carry - out to get to the Grounds for Sculpture even - eating them cold at home. I understood this is not a place to expect a fast meal, but it was disappointing as I had done all I could to help along. The week before, I’d made both a phone call (got the answering machine) and sent an email explaining the situation - neither one was responded to. My son had just gotten out of the Marines, and so this was the first family Thanksgiving we had spent together as a family in 5 years. It was about a $400 meal for 4 at the end of the day, and while the facility is amazing, it was a disappointment at the lack of response to do something that I would have thought was a normal situation - trying to attend an event at Grounds for Sculpture, and so needing to be able to have a meal within 90 minutes. The waiter was very very nice, and I got the sense he understood the situation, but just couldn’t influence it much. If you are having a corporate function or just want to have a lovely meal at a unique place, don’t take this as a dissuasion. I’ve had some very positive experiences here in the past - both personal events and also for two corporate functions. Just this time maybe I had unrealistic expectations they should be able to serve us within 90 minutes.
  21. FK

    ForestK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    French ambience. Delicious, varied food selection. Nice wine options
  22. P

    Patsd

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere- have dined here many times. Brought some friends from out of town - Lunch menu okay- I like dinner menu better Service great We had a lovely time
  23. KM

    KrisM

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Super cute restaurant with great food and cocktails.
  24. NS

    NSNDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The prix fixe entrees on Thanksgiving were extremely disappointing. The poached pear salad and chocolate mousse were good but the rest of the meal was not.
  25. DZ

    DanZ

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rat's has been and remains a wonderful restaurant.
  26. BM

    BruceM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Heard so much about Rats and couldn't wait to try it. Atmosphere was whimsical and unique. Service was excellent. Unfortunately the food was fair. Cornbread was the size of mini Halloween candy bar and served cold. Squash soup was bland. Prime rib was over cooked. Best part was the pumpkin bread pudding dessert. I cut them some slack as it was Thanksgiving and very few restaurants serve their best on holidays. We will come back again in the future and try it when it's not a holiday. I really want to like this place.
  27. LE

    LocalEATER

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious Thanksgiving meal ... Service was pleasant and attentive - Would do it again in in a minute!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Waitress saved the day. Completely ignored for first 15 min at table by assigned server. First 2 course were wonderful. Sent my THANKSGIVING TURKEY dinner back as very cold and sitting on one 1/2 of the plate. It was replaced by a just as cold meal in the middle of the plate. My daughter’s salmon was totally over cooked. Quite disappointed but a wonderful waitress, Amy, and beautiful setting saved the holiday.
  29. j

    jeeeeee

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Thanksgiving Dinner. First time visit. The four course dinner was excellent. With multiple choices for each. The value equally so. Waitstaff was plentiful for such a busy day. Not rushed. We’re having leftovers today. One comment, the delicious apple dessert was called tarte tatin on the menu but was not really one.
  30. LW

    LeithW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was lovely; wait staff very attentive, friendly & professional; food was delicious but I feel that $5 for a very small cup of coffee was excessive. Overall I highly recommend Rats.
  31. A

    Alicia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Loved our Thanksgiving experience at Rats! Amy was our attendant. She's simply delightful, most welcoming, and a beautiful visual. The restaurant is a dream come true: wonderful ambiance, great art, friendly and helpful staff, great food. You can't go wrong. The Thanksgiving dinner far exceeded anything one would expect on such a busy holiday. Thank you for making our holiday so lovely!
  32. LC

    LorraineC

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We will not be eating here again, the food was terrible, salmon was under cooked and the sides were tasteless. The cornbread was an insult, the arugula salad had hardly no arugula but all curly green that is like a weed. Soup was ok. Service was good but very rushed.
  33. JB

    JenniferB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arriving to visit family from out of town, I chose Rats for Thanksgiving dinner after much research. Rats had phenomenal reviews and I found the price for the dinner to be very reasonable for four gourmet courses. Rats more than lived up to the reviews! The ambiance is classy, yet whimsical. The food was absolutely delicious with just enough choices to satisfy my mother (82) and my daughter (26) who both raved about the food and the cocktails! In fact, my mother enjoyed it all so much that she is keeping an eye out for a Christmas Day menu. I also want to mention that the service was impeccable and the clientele ranged from families in jeans to many dressed up in their finest.
  34. M

    Mari

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    I didn’t like food at all. I was expecting something delicious like in the french restaurant Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse, in Philadelphia.
  35. E

    Elizabeth

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated promptly although the man on receptionist desk was not as congenial as many of the women have been at times previously. Our waitress was very congenial, professional. Our orders were attended to correctly and presented by our waitress in timely manner. The potato soup was delightful although it could have been served hotter but the taste was very good. We also enjoyed the hot cider (some with firewall and some without) and the mezze was enjoyed by everyone.
  36. CD

    ChasD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Food was cold, service was beyond slow. 1st time was much better. Doubt there will be a third time.
  37. MP

    MarshaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had dinner prior to going to Grounds for Sculptor. Food was delicious. Had the short rib and rib eye. Service was very good. Attentive. Such a cool vibe and ambiance. The only negative was that we were sat in the bar area where people were coming in and out from the grounds and we had people waiting for their tables, so they were so close to our table it became awkward with their back end in my face. But luckily they got a space in front of the fire.
  38. d

    deborahlippincott

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Last time visiting Rats. Terrible service.
  39. AE

    AlisonE

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to go. This time it was for my birthday and our friend’s anniversary. Rat’s always has the perfect dining experience. Food is fabulous and the atmosphere is so enjoyable. Another fantastic meal!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  40. LP

    LizP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It was disappointing and I regret going here for such a special occasion. What a shame, it's such a lovely looking place and with our trips to Grounds it could be a lovely treat, close by, but I don't think we'll try it again. This was our third time and while it was never spectacular, it used to be a solid choice but now... especially at this price point, we won't return. The food was lackluster (even the creme brulee wasn't set!) and the service was very slow and just OK. It feels a bit like they don't care anymore. I should have taken a closer look at reviews prior to going, lesson learned.

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 6642 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 50 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 Thu–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–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

    Jules Odem

  • 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, Vegan, 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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