Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.6
2997 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
A relaxing and exotic escape featuring delightful cuisine, spectacular views and elegant ambiance, 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. From the moment you arrive you’ll see why this extraordinarily charming venue is a favorite for fine dining, celebrations and corporate events. 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. Rat's Restaurant and catering is proudly managed by Constellation Culinary.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Begining March 30, 2018
Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Saturday 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet 11 am to 3 pm

Dinner:
Tuesday through Saturday 5:15 pm to 9 pm
Happy Hour:
Tuesday through Friday 4 pm to 7 pm

Rat's is available for private events please contact our catering department
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Phone number
(609) 584-7800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Allen
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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
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Cross street
Sculpture Way
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Parking details
Abundant parking is available in our private parking lot.
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Public transit
Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, like being in Monet’s garden. Enjoyed a delicious spinach soup and a salad of butter lettuce and radish with a delicious dressing - had mustard in it. Loved the setting. Tasted the Mezcal Old Fashioned, which was great. A great ending to a perfect day.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Enjoyable. Beautiful patio setting overlooking pond. Drinks were good.

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DF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our experience. Rob made my friend’s birthday a memorable one, assuring that she had a delicious scoop of ice cream with an artistic chocolate Happy Birthday on the plate despite her stern protestations to the contrary.
My only disappointment was that despite making an outdoor reservation well in advance having missed the opportunity my first visit, there was no available outdoor seating upon our arrival and the only option was a substantial wait time.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

After a stroll on the grounds, it was the perfect way to end the evening. Food was delicious.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch with a wonderful. The service was impeccable. We loved it.

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V
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

we were very disappointed in the service and quality of the food.
we were so unhappy with the experience except the setting

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j
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the onion soup of yesteryear..what happened to the recipe?

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waiter left us for awhile and we thought forgot about us each time to put in our order and then to put in for dessert . I had to waive the waitress that was working the same room to get him and to tell him we wanted to order desserts . I had to do the same thing when we were done our desserts and sitting there for awhile . The food was great , I was just disappointed in the service and we were not rushing at all since we already did the grounds . For the $ amount we should not have to wave down for service or sit for a long time with dirty dishes in front of us . This is my 3rd time and my first 2 experiences were great. My sister who I took for the first time actually said , "have you seen our waiter ?"

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food delicious staff great atmosphere
A must

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with wine pairing was fantastic. While it was a little pricey it was well worth it. Beautiful table and room upstairs. Multiple staff members acknowledging our anniversary was a nice touch.

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PA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Wait staff service left a lot to be desired - sat for a long time with no contact after our appetizers were finished. When arrived all meals were cold and had to be sent back. Been here many times but never had situation like this before. Manager (Michael) did his best to make situation right. Certainly not the experience I expect at Rats.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there with my friend couple, double dating. 😉 We had a wonderful afternoon strolling in Grounds for Sculpture, then dining in Rats Restaurant. Thought we could enjoy the night view there after dinner, the weather was misty and only few people left after dark.

Food and service are so good. The only thing down side is the wine price is a bit high, 3 times higher than retail price. Otherwise, I’d give it 5 stars straight.

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E
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went because it had a reputation for the setting and the food. Food was fine but not great. Overpriced, small portions. Did nothing special even though I noted it was a birthday celebration.

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NM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. Good service but food was very slow to come out. Food was very good. Highly recommended.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

everything was good until my friend asked for more salad dressing and was given a spicy type that she could not eat. she was given a different meal.

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N
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch and quaint setting. Service was fantastic

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment was beautiful the food was amazing and the staff was excellent.

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DB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to Rats for a birthday celebration. It was unfortunate that there was a wedding reception going on the same night. It wasn’t over the top but did make us feel that we were on intrusion...not exactly what you want on a special occasion of your own.
Our waiter was kind and prompt. The food was good but not spectacular, given the prices. There are so many great options in the area that we were surprised that this didn’t quite make the grade. The setting is beautiful though and on another night when the best part of the place isn’t taken up with a wedding, we might give it another try.

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IL
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent set-up inside Grounds for sculpture park. It is French restaurant though prices are not exorbitant. Service is very good. Best if you can sit outside and you can see Monet's garden, pond, bridge in front of you.

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VB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed unique tasty dishes and irresistible desserts. Wonderful ambiance.

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WP
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is set adjacent to the Grounds for Sculpture, a 43 acre sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, NJ. The park's exhibits include sculptures by distinguished artists embedded into landscape designs that are incredible.
Rats provides indoor, and al fresco dinning. Both face a spectacular view...a landscape/horticultural recreation of The Water Lily Pond, by Claude Monet.
The water noted that all meals are prepared from scratch and therefore it is easy to accommodate dietary needs.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice weather to have a pleasant lunch on the patio. Love being at the Grounds.

A bit over priced for the amount of food ...when I order fish for lunch at $19 I expect a salad to be included.or at lease a starch..not just a very small vegetable portion.
My friends got the seafood salad with only 3 shrimp and a small amount of crab. Fortunately one of the servers walked by and we asked for more, which he was kind enough to bring.
When our food was removed the individual took everything but our water. He could have left the bread and butter and plates.
He could have asked us.
Our server was thoughtful and helpful.

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SR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant ambiance was nice to end tour of Grounds for Sculpture. Food was was okay but not great, and overpriced for lunch quality. Server was not especially friendly and service was a little slow. Would not go out of my way for this restaurant. Will probably not return.

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BW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a late lunch and while the food was very good, there were a few serious missteps in service. I do not think this is the waitresses fault, but rather the general organization of the services. It took quite a while for drinks to come from the bar. During our meal we order another round and one of our champagne cocktails was only 1/2 full. We mentioned it to the waitress and she stated that she noticed that too. They compensated us the drink but it should not have been served that way. Our dessert was served and we finished it before our coffees were even delivered. Other than these two items, the view was very good, the food was well prepared and we enjoyed the experience.

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F
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall we thought Rats was very good ... only complaint we had is the noise level and traffic through the dining area we were seated in. Food was very good.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We have been going to Rats Restaurant for Years for special occasions with Family and Friends! This Sunday,for my Brother visiting from Switzerland,was to celebrate his Birthday,we where really disappointed by most everything from a dirty glass table outside to service with an attitude,because I asked to please remove our dirty appetizer plates and Bowles before placing our lukewarm Maine plates in front of us! It took almost 20 min.for our appetizers to be brought to us!
I understand that they where overwhelmed with Weddings and Brunch,then don't take on Reservations that cant be handled in their well known style!

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. We were seated very timely and the service was great. A bit overpriced but since the food was so good didn’t totally mind.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. They were very helpful to accommodate a disability issue, and the wait staff was friendly and helpful

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a great dining experience for all occasionas. Goid food. Great views. Service was good. Food comes quickly. Staff is knowledgeable. Little dirty and perhaps time for new chair covers.

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c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely place and delicious food. Appreciate the locally sourced food and the ambiance was really lovely.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Never thought I'd say ' Peas they looked dead. Except for the view and the fun of having a cousins reunion, this lunch was forgettable.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was delish. I had the pickle in the Mary, Bloody Mary made with pickle brine. So creative!! Can’t wait to go back.

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c
Naples
41 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a great place. Food was good service was good and the grounds will take your breath away.

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I had the salmon appetizer..and I think the salmon was questionable. It had an odd smell and taste, since I was with others I did not want to spoil their meal. I would try another eatery than go back there.

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BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Place! Highly recommend.. went to Grounds for Sculpure then ened with a wonderful lunch. Perfect day!

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service! We’ll be back for sure!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its my favorite restaurant. There might be better food, I've never had a bad meal there. I go for the atmosphere.

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G
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent, the service was slow and the server forgot several items. This was our third visit, the other two visits the service was excellent as was the food.

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l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place never disappoints! The food is wonderful and the setting could not be more beautiful! One of my favorite spots in NJ.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine on the terrace. Excellent foodm superb service and unparalleled view.

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