Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.5
5472 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

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 25, 2021

Rat's Restaurant offers a 5 course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving with all of your holiday favorites. Our holiday menu is offered for $68 per person. Children's menu available for 12 & under. No standard lunch or dinner menu offered for the holiday. Reservation required.

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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Angela
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Originally I requested indoor seating but the weather was beautiful and our server suggested an outside table. The setting was just perfect by the water. Such a relaxing experience watching the fish and listening to the calming music. Our server was great. Would have liked a little more choices on the menu but what we ordered was delicious. They allowed us to walk around the restaurant and take photos. What a different experience.

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MorrisG
Key West
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was nice - looking at koi fish and ducks was fun 😀. Food was ok - not exceptional - perfect for lunch if a bit pricey. Service was excellent & friendly!! Great place to stop while exploring grounds for sculpture.

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Juls
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a beautiful setting! Sat outside looking at the recreation of Monet's bridge and lily pond, on beautiful large patio. Service was excellent and food delicious (though roasted butternut squash needed to be cooked a little longer). Loved the bread with herb butter brought to the table to enjoy while waiting for food.

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jeremyb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the trip
From anywhere..some of the best in new jersey-

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JillP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French onion soup ever and all of the food was excellent. Our server was very attentive as well. A flawless meal

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Mimi
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, meal was delicious, waitress was great although she was handling a lot.

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Mary
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average - definitely not outstanding. My husband ordered the burger. He said there were two burger patties that tasted like burgers from McDonalds. We haven’t been to Rats since pre pandemic. I guess we were expecting more. Our waitress Sydney was terrific and very attentive. I hope they update their menu selections.

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vipNickname
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a special location to commemorate any special occasion. Food is delicious and service also attentive.

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vipIlene
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch with my daughter and 3 granddaughters

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Steve
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Rats delivers a joyously sublime experience. Service was excellent, friendly and unobtrusive. Food tingled every sense. I had the burger and it was juicy and delicious. The mezze started our meal and was a wonderful starter. We finished with beignets and their pumpkin bread pudding. We finished with a stroll through the attached Grounds for Sculpture. A beautiful way to spend an autumn Sunday afternoon!

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vipCoquilostinny
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grounds were absolutely spectacular, the food was delicious and the service was amazing.

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Neecie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The grounds speaks for itself. The restaurant ambience follows the whimsy of the area. Very nice experience. A great special occasion spot.

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Macy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was there for a birthday dinner and was set outside in a noisy bar area with a preferred inside in a nice dining room area for a birthday celebration received the wrong meal then when I received my other my write me out it was called missing the potatoes and string beans and finally got my right now seems like a bunch of confusion

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day - meeting up with a High School friend 15 years in the making!!

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AdriaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

I was there on Saturday oct 23 to celebrate a friends birthday. Three of the four of us ordered the pear/arugula salad with chicken. Thankfully I ordered the seafood salad and was happy with it. My 3 friends however were very disappointed with the severely overcooked chicken. Of course the waiter and manager replaced the overcooked chicken with edible but still over done chicken. We were given desserts as a compensation for the disappointment and overall the experience was a good one. However the preparation of the chicken for add one to salads need to be vastly improved.

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DianaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden delight! Food is top notch and fresh!

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vipTaraR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch menu was fun and full of comfort food. The ambiance was inviting with beautiful views. Our server, Angel was perfect. All the staff were friendly and had great knowledge of the diverse menu. Make your reservation now!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, beautiful and relaxing location, service and food good, price a little on high side for lunch but worth it for the experience.

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JamesC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food of excellent quality. Best onion soup I have tasted and wonderful sandwiches and desert

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their mashed potatoes are amazing! Our favorite restaurant for both the food and ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food took almost two hours, we left before the main course was ready

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Theresa
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

No side or house salads or soups offered that were included with dinner. Prices too high for food quality. Menu too limited. Sangria bitter even with the brandy added in. One piece of bread offered? A bread basket on the table would be nice at the very least. Disappointed after driving 45 minutes

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vipTerriY
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always! Beautiful grounds and restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience!! Can’t wait to go back!

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MartinW
New England
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rats is a stunning, steampunk-like environment. Fun for a group of friends or a romantic date. The food was delicious. The menu varied with vegetarian options. Their wine list is small but adequate. They have a full bar with great cocktails. We sat inside, upstairs near an open balcony. The first floor has a patio near the water. Some guests were dressed very casually.

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MalaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I ordered the Yellow Peacock cocktail, came in a plain glass with 1 ice cube - nothing special. The Brooklyn ale came to the table not as cold as it should have been.
Rats burger - ok. Chicken salad- ok.
Seafood salad- blah- the seafood was pale looking and un seasoned.
No value at all. P

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TovaE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We had a problem with the seating arrangement that was eventually resolved. The fish we ordered didn’t taste fresh and was overcooked. The restaurant is in a beautiful surroundings and I wish the food was comparable the setting.

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YipingT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We were there for an outdoor lunch on 10/22/2021. The view was very nice. I really liked the Pan Seared Branzino, excellent taste!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Definitely a go to for special occasions

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olsookie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Food was luke warm, the potential is there, the pandemic is ruining a lot of restaurants unfortunately.... not enough staff to keep up w/ the demand. I would give it another try in a few months after we have hopefully recovered from the shortage of workers.

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JeanmarieL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ambience amazing, service attentive, unhappy that they sat our group on three at a table for six-both for our original reservation and after we requested a table change. Suggest MUCH more potato purée w the sort ribs, they were so delicious :)

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

first let me say sitting outside over looking the pond with the fish and ducks was excellent. My wife and I ordered the Rats burger, which to me was not so good. First the bun was falling apart, second the burgers were had no taste. You would think that a place like Rats would use real angus meat not some patty, which it seemed to be. Thou I love eating at Rats would never order that burger again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, delish meal, prompt and courteous service!

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meryl57
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The overall experience was wonderful. We did have to wait about 30 minutes for our reservation which we felt was a little excessive. The restaurant did send over a nice appetizer plate to our table for our inconvenience. The staff was wonderful.

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StephC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a full house at Rats and Grounds for Sculpture on Thursday, with several private events taking place. After a short wait for our reserved outdoor table, Raffaela (our server) immediately introduced herself and took our drink order. We both had the prime rib sandwich, recommended by the server. It was good, but I would prefer the option of having a small green salad as a side rather than the potato planks because you are truly carb loading with this choice. It was a beautiful day , weather wise, and the ducks were visiting at every table. Looking forward to restaurant week in November.

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NancyP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside on a beautiful day and enjoyed an excellent lunch from a seasoned server.

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vipBarb
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were looking for a special destination and meal and we enjoyed ourselves on both counts. Three couples drove from different directions to meet at Rats and we were not disappointed. The service was very good and everything was well done. Thank you so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone’s food was excellent. Tarragon Mayo and herbed butter so unique and delicious. Brussels Sprouts with pomegranate we’re just a few of the unique touches making this a superb restaurant.

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ScottF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The mixed drinks were top notch. Great spot and we'll be back.

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MaryR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful place for a special occasion meal. Through no fault of theirs, they are short-staffed, so we were seated 15 minutes after our reservation time of 7pm. We ordered quickly but entre was delivered at 8:40. If you have extra time, it's great. If you don't, it might not be for you right now. Food is great. Surroundings are great. All staff except one was wearing a mask, even outdoors, which is where we sat. Hand sanitizer available. Tables spread apart outside. Heaters outside!!! I will indeed go back.

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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture is rated 4.5 stars by 5472 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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