Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.6
5148 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
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipjiggles
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Rats has been a high end, wonderful eating experience until recently, pre and post pandemic. The hosting staff was poorly dressed and messy, disorganized, 4 different people could to properly communicate a 7:30 PM reservation with only one other group at the desk.

Our waiter was inaudible and impossible to hear and did not follow our requests. Repeat requests and he was snide. He was also not properly, neatly or cleanly put together in appearance.

The food was passable with the the waiter and another server unable to properly place any of our items at the place of the correct diner.

I always give a place a couple chances when they have been consistently a favorite. Mess ups happen and some night some waiters and such are just not on their game. My last experience at Rats was fall 2019 and it also did not meet my expectations from my past dinning at Rats.

Our fellow diners, most properly dressed and appropriately behaved, but the table next to us had your children running about and the father in a t shirt and baseball hat. Not what was the norm in the past.

Very disappointing and will not return. Price point remains high bu experience not of the same quality as the price would suggest.

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KarlaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing birthday dinner! Service was excellent and food was of course delicious, per usual. I had a lovely happy birthday plate with my dessert which made it feel extra special!

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nonickname
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The ambiance of Rats is outstanding. We were given a nice table facing the pond and the staff knew it was our anniversary and congratulated us. There is a mister that brings mist from the pond which dampened our seats. This was slightly bothersome but I did not mind that much. Other guests might. The ambiance and staff are top notch. However, the food was not very flavorful, not bad just not much going on. I ordered the Cauliflower masala which was very bland, it even needed salt. The grilled octopus was OK, nothing special.

Excellent ambiance, good staff, food; not so much.

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DouglasT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This was our second visit. The waiter we had was not attentive. The food was brought out by kitchen staff and the waiter didn’t check with us for 10 minutes after receiving the food. The fettuccine was overcooked and the pesto sauce was overpowering. The hanger steak was tasty and cooked as requested. Drinks took a long time to receive and refills even longer. Somewhat disappointed in the visit this time especially since it was a special occasion.

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deanap
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Had high hopes for this restaurant since it’s on beautiful grounds but the food wasn’t great especially for the price. Honestly I think the cafe offered better food for the price.

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vipMelissaC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to grounds of sculpture and made a lunch reservation for my family. We enjoyed everything, delicious wine, mock tails for the kids, cheese and charcuterie board to start. The cauliflower curry with quinoa was delicious. Finished it off with a lemon tart. Very enjoyable, didn’t feel rushed, service was amazing. Shout out to Cassandra!

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DanW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best lunch & service & ambience I've had in years! Highly recomend.

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vipCherylL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our expectations were rather low because we thought of it as a museum restaurant. We were happily surprised that the food and ambiance is outstanding! Took a rest from enjoying Grounds for Sculpture and had a delicious and lovely lunch.

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Martin
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Dining at Rat’s was a nice experience and we will go back. That said, while my wife’s scallops were perfect, my dorado (fish) was over cooked and dry. At the start, our server brought a plate and butter but then no bread. When questioned later he said they didn’t provide bread because we had ordered a cheese plate (that made no sense to us). While the overall ambience was great, there was some nice music playing off to our right but then we got blasted by rock music coming from the bar. It was not pleasant and while I looked there was no one to ask to shut off one of them. Our server was mostly absent during our dinner, I can not say we felt attended to. And while I expected to spend a fair amount for dinner, what we were charged was significantly out of line for the value we received,

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for dining with us and for your feedback. We apologize that we fell short on your experience. We are having staffing issues right now as many restaurants are. Please try us again in the future!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We celebrated our 10 years dating and it was great! I felt like the food was good but nothing that we tried felt like it was worth the high pricing, but we enjoyed it. I definitely wish we had eaten outside, but that was because of when we placed the reservation, the day before, not because of anything they did wrong. Best part: Absolutely amazing service! I wish I knew the name of her server he was amazing!

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture
Responded 2 days ago

We are happy you enjoyed everything and hope to see you soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was beautiful. Food was delicious and the bar area has a great vibe.

JC
JeanineC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time at the restaurant last night for my birthday.

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Willy
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious.
It was a $200 dinner for the two of us.

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DoloresB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

4 diners for 60th wedding anniversary. Our table was near the bar. Poor seating arrangements because that area served as a thoroughfare for individuals who were visiting the Grounds For Sculpture. The human traffic was constant and those persons were practically on top of us. It was loud and noisy to eat in that environment and the constant rush of people walking through never let up. It was unpleasant to say the least. Escargot appetizer was excellent. Griggstown Chicken, Duck and Hanger Steak entrees were good. The Seafood Risotto was a big disappointment. Not worth the $36.00 cost for a bowl of mostly bland rice. To be precise 1 ring of calamari, 2 cut pieces of a full shrimp, the crab did not make an appearance in this dish and two forkfuls of lobster. Cream brûlée and mango sorbet deserts were tasty. Martinis were good as was the Merlot. Total cost of the mediocre dining experience well over $300.00. I was really expecting something special for my in-laws ~ the ambiance for our table location made our dining experience a regrettable one. I felt inclined to apologize to my in-laws as I was sorry that I choose to dine here.

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry we fell short on your dining experience. Please give us another try in the future.

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vipchristineh
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are still so excited about our date night last night . Our first time here and it was lovely. Although we could not get an outdoor table we sat near the back deck overlooking the fish pond. The lady at the front desk/hostess was not very cordial as we arrived and asked about the history of the restaurant. She pointed to a framed picture in the left corner of the desk to let us know we could find the information about restaurant in the picture. Very odd….She also seemed annoyed and was visibly frustrated when Placing her hands on her temples like she was stressed. She Then told us we could stand over and away from the hostess stand while they got our table ready. We stood for at least 5 mins before another hostess asked if we had to be seated, seems like she forgot about us.
The food and wine was delicious. The cheese platter was not worth it. Our server was excellent. We drove an hour to enjoy the restaurant and sculpture garden. It was well worth it.

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scott
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

food great. service real bad. waiter forgot second app. didn"t come back to entree. then wrong dinner. staff needs a good kick. they stink....

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Bryn
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious gourmet food in a beautiful, whimsical setting. It is lovely to spend the day at Grounds for Sculpture and cap it off with a wonderful meal at Rat’s.

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VinceC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

A really nice experience overall. I called and asked for a romantic table for 2 for a special anniversary. We ended up with a table set for 6 people with just the 2 of us at it. As we were sitting down two people were being seated ( not a romantic couple it appeared of any type) at the romantic table for 2 next to us... Food was good not great.

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LavaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We went to celebrate 2 birthdays. We have called and let the staff know few days before. We also reminded them when we arrived. The dessert came with 1 guy delivering it 1 candle is not lit up. No singing nothing.. it was disappointing actually given the efforts we put in to let them know it was a birthday celebration. .Service was extremely slow. food was decent not great. Definitely we will pick another place next time..

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LoreneaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone at Rat's was amazing. The hostess was so sweet to our daughter. Our waiter was full of energy and accommodating. We were lucky to have beautiful seats along the pond which added to the experience. The food was delicious, service was exceptional. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical place upscale diners antique charm with high quality food. Started with amazing escargot and cheese plate and a bottle of wine chilled next to our table. Tool a stroll around their own private pond and garden. Even stopped at the bar met several couples and some good laughs. Highly recommend date as i took my fiancé and she loved it.

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MarleneW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone should experience Rats at least once. It was a fun lunch with my friends along with wonderful food and service.

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TennaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and excellent service. Be sure to walk the grounds in the back. your allowed. :)

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ChrisC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started off with Mezze and Cheese / Chracuterie followed by chopped salad with steak ( perfect med rare ) 1 with very good chicken , and Cauliflower entrees . Rats always does an excellent job with their mocktails and they are very well thought out and delicious. Marco and Maynor are amazing at their craft and making you feel right at home. Eduardo the back server is awesome as well. Kudos to the culinary team including pastry .. the lemon tart with fresh blueberries , profiteroles with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate ganache were all on point

The gardens look amazing and the pavers are a great addition! When peacock cafe is closed consider a beverage cart with waters , bars , etc ..

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BarbiL
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the charcuterie with cheese, chicken salad sandwich and chocolate torte with raspberries. Service was very very attentive. Food tasted delicious. Highly recommend reservations

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Jane
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience5

ai loved rats since it opened. last night, the staff was very accomidating, and the he ambiance was as good as ever. However , We waited far far too long for our entrees, and mistakes were made in more than one order. Entrees are also more expensive now... mire than necessary, i think for hat they are. disappointed
I am a little fisapointed but hope to have a better experience next time

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farmer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lot of fun! Really friendly and attentive staff. Made a birthday celebration truly memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal diver scallops and seafood risotto. Our server Jenn was a sweetheart. Sitting outside next to the pond was so beautiful and relaxing.

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ChristineB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We had reservations for my husband’s birthday. We sat outside on the patio overlooking the beautiful pond. Hannah was our server and she did a wonderful job. The hummus was incredible! Light and fluffy with a little touch of lemon. I liked my Branzino my husband not so much The food wasn’t up to what we had remembered from some of our early visits to Rat’s but it was still a wonderful evening!

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Rosalie
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Ambience. Great food and wine. Awesome option for a special evening…Service is great too, just a tad slow. Guess part of the relaxed ambience. Loved it overall !

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LizzyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance! Food was great and service was wonderful!

JC
JackiC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely lunch

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SandiK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Rate is a unique experience and I recommend it for couples and adults who are visiting Grounds for Sculpture.

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall fantastic experience delish food and views!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would have preferred an outdoor table, but didn't specify that in my Open Table reservation and the restaurant could/would not accommodate us even though there were many open tables outside. The complete package is to dine looking over the grounds, water feature and Monet Bridge. This was somewhat disappointing but we did enjoy our lunch.

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Juma
Savannah
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great. It’s just expensive but stil great.

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DouglasK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Two people at our table ordered prime rib sandwiches for lunch. The waiter came out and said they were out of prime rib. They ordered different meals. The manager came over and stated that not only were they removing the prime rib from the tab, but also their new meals wouldn’t be charged. That is beyond the call of duty. Thanks Rats Restaurant!!! Love it!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a unique beautiful place to visit. The turkey croissant was delicious and the sunset martini was amazingly delicious!

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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture is rated 4.6 stars by 5148 OpenTable diners.

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