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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.5
4.5
5920 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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Booked 115 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

    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 5,920 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Jersey - Central

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Jersey - Central

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Awesome dinner! Excellent service & great experience!

  2. JS

    JeanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I really enjoy the food , the service and the whole experience.

  3. DR

    DianaR

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Friends of my sister and I related so many wonderful stories of their experiences at the Garden and Rat’s restaurant so when my sister arrived from Arizona for a visit we both wanted to lunch at Rat’s. What a delightful afternoon! Every bite of our meal was excellent as was the wine. Benjamin, our server, was attentive and entertaining. Look for me to return soon as there are several dishes on the menu that I am eager to try.

  4. R

    Rose

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappoints. We have all of our family birthdays here and it’s also a great place to meet up with friends. Highly recommended.

  5. CF

    CarolynF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best dining experiences! Staff was friendly, informative and most importantly attentive. Kudos to the chef and his staff for unique offerings. Plated beautifully and delicious. I was sooo glad to see that he sourced products locally from small farms. Will return

  6. DD

    DorothyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent in every way. Disappointed I was told no outside table because I did not click on open table button. Girl(young,hostess), just dismissed me and we did have a great seat inside but I love sitting outside, She made NO attempt to accomodate us and clearly there were many unoccupied tables, the whole time we were there. She said they were all reserved. It was as usual a good experience, wonderful service. I do love outside though(our 3rd visit there)

  7. D

    Danny

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had an enjoyable lunch. The service was good. The front desk people were kind of standoffish. They gave us a hard time about moving our reservation up earlier and then when we got there half the place was empty. Didn’t make sense to us. Food is very good

  8. FW

    FineWine

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience5

    Food excellent. Wine service poor. Cabernet served ice cold. Undrinkable. Very disappointed.

  9. BP

    BarryP523

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    I can't understand what people see in this place. After walking the Grounds for Sculpture which was very nice, we had a reservation at Rat's for lunch. Our reservation was for 1.00. We went to the host stand at 12.45 and were told to come back at 1.00. Went to the bar and had a drink and returned at 1.00 to be seated. Once seated, about 10 minutes later a hostess came to the table asking "did a host seat you here?" as if we just walked in, somehow grabbed two menus and sat at a table. Once a waiter came around, we ordered drinks. My wife ordered a vodka rocked with lime and lemon and I ordered a beer. The vodka was full of lemon juice like you get out of a bottle and was terrible so had to be sent back. While we were waiting to order food, we noticed the table next to us had gotten Burgers. They were obviously frozen patties, that were about 1/4" thick and two were in the bun with some aoli on them at $22.00 Are you kidding me......looked like something from McDonalds! So, we knew not to order that. We ordered a Charcuterie tray, an onion soup, and a Fig and arugala salad. And said we would order main items after that. After about a 45 minute wait the apps were served. The onion soup was good but not great. The Charcuterie was not very good at all and luckily the salad did not arrive. After we ate the two apps we did receive, we decided to cancel the salad and leave. We didn't want to waste any more money on overpriced lousy food. Maybe lunch isn't their thing, but we will never be back.

  10. MV

    MarieV

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent and so was our server, Jennifer. Check in could have been more pleasant but everything else made up for it!

  11. JT

    JanetT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not only was the atmosphere and food amazing but our waitress Nadine was an absolute doll baby.

  12. TB

    TiffanyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Lovely outdoor setting at the pond’s edge. Food was tasty.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time in a month... unbelievable dining experience.

  14. L

    Lona

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful table in a separate room, great as we had an infant baby with us. Food was yummy, prepared perfectly! Service was very attentive and responsive to all requests! Highly recommend!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Always good!

  16. CF

    ChristinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful ambiance. Most of the food was amazing some things were not worth it.

  17. n

    nadiaz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Empty place and they want guests with reservations wait until their time minute to minute. It was heavy rain, what made our impression even worse. Food is fine, good level.

  18. TD

    TheaterDude

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday for our daughter. Alexa was so full of personality and attentive to our needs—thank you!

  19. NM

    NancyM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The atmosphere and the decor is very warm and nice. The staff is incredibly friendly. The food was delicious.

  20. r

    robertp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful ambiance in a wonderfully exhilarating, incredibly artistic setting.

  21. D

    Diane

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a special lunch to celebrate my Mom’s life. Everything was wonderful.

  22. NA

    NeilA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent menu - I would definitely go back, even on my own.

  23. XP

    XPUCTUHA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always!! Food, ambiance and walked before dinner to enjoy the park

  24. FR

    FazziRippa

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I had a great time spending our 43rd Wedding Anniversary at Grounds for Sculpture with a great lunch at Rats! Will definitely make a return visit!

  25. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first experience dining at Rat's. Everything was perfect and delicious from the bread with herb butter, the suprise popover, so, so creamy buratta with the poached pear salad and our strip NY steak and branzino. Server was friendly and attentive. Definitely the best meal out in ages.

  26. SG

    SharmellG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed the Mother's Day Buffet and the ambiance.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience4

    I wish I had known the restaurant was serving a buffet all day long instead of their regular menu. Hard to get excited about croissants and egg frittatas for dinner. By the time my family and I arrived everything was picked over and did not look appealing at all.

  28. B

    Bran62

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    Wonderful day and dining. Meal was buffet hence low service rating

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5

    food was very overpriced and buffet food was all very cold— terrible value and food was terrible— worst mother’s day food we ever ate

  30. JB

    JohnB

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    I took my girlfriend for Mothers Day dinner only to find out it was brunch buffet which was not posted on Open Table. We had a 5pm seating and the buffet had many items empty of scraps of food left. We had to walk up and down stairs to serve ourselves while being expected to leave a 20% gratuity. I like to leave a generous tip for servers but the at $70 per head for a buffet. It was not worth it. I like Rats but I will never go there again on a holiday. Very disappointed with our visit.

  31. YM

    YvetteM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Yes I registered and could not get my 3 tickets. It showed them available and when I went to pay, it said not available. My husband was trying too Kind of disappointing, since I was having my Mother’s Day brunch (very expensive and overrated ) at the restaurant there. Regards Mrs. Yvette Weltch

  32. NM

    NicoleM

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Mother’s Day brunch, disappointing at the least… For $68+tax+ tip we sat in a room that was not attached to main dining area, and had to walk outside through back kitchen door to access buffet, with the weather being cold and rainy and little kids with us, this was not ideal. Also, for the price, the buffet was only so so, food wasn’t anything special, and was hard to reach being up on high counters in the kitchen area…. Our table service wasn’t bad, however the ladies at the front desk and the kitchen staff weren’t the friendliness nor were they very helpful. For the price we paid we were less than satisfied, especially having to pay additional fee of $20 per person to enter the sculpture gardens.

  33. e

    eater

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved this place!!!

  34. M

    Mark

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother's Day brunch buffet was amazing. Not cheap, but there was a ton of food and it was all excellent.

  35. AL

    ALoc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We set outside and enjoyed the fresh air and birds. The buffet in the kitchen was fun and food was great. One thing that could use improvement is separating foods that are high on the allergens list from the rest; sometimes serving spoons are shared across dishes.

  36. P

    Patsy1

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another great meal at Rats. We had the cheese platter, short ribs, creme brûlée, profiteroles, and more. All delicious but what made the meal even more special was the incredible service by Sierra who took lots of pictures for us, described our options, anticipated our needs and overall, was simply terrific. We will definitely be back.

  37. p

    phyllisk

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun popovers were excellent as as mushroom soup- Bronzine fish was fair - desert selection not great-service was excellent

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Food was overcooked and rubbery, servers seemed inexperienced

  39. E

    Erin

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Mother’s Day lunch on Saturday Food came out so quickly that it seemed that it was pre made. The prime rib sandwich sounded so delicious with raclette cheese. It was overcooked and dry. The burger was blah. The potato wedges were dry. The best food was the bread and herb butter. Hopefully, it was an off day because it wasn’t busy.

  40. AP

    AmyP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place, we keep coming back! Food is awesome, view and ambience are awesome!

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 4.5 stars by 5920 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 115 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

    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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