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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.3
4.3
7879 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

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 Odum
  • 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
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Brunch Buffet

    $75.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Join us for our Easter Brunch! Enjoy a whimsical brunch experience like no other throughout Rat’s Restaurant one-of-a-kind kitchen, with displays of pastries, salads, carving stations and other brunch favorites. Adult Brunch: $75 per guest, Child's Brunch (5-12 years old): $45, Children 5 and under are FREE. You will be asked for your credit card to hold this reservation. You must cancel 2 days prior or you will be charged $25 per person if this reservation is not honored.
  • Mother's Day Brunch Buffet

    $75.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Join us for an extraordinarily charming Mother's Day Brunch! Enjoy a whimsical Brunch experience like no other throughout Rat’s one-of-a-kind kitchen, with displays of pastries, salads, carving stations and other brunch favorites while treating mom to a relaxing and exotic escape amongst Rat’s unique décor and stunning Koi pond. Adults (12 and over): $75 per guest, Children (5-12): $45 per guest, Children 5 and under are FREE. A credit card is required to secure the reservation. Cancellation is required 48 hours prior. Last minute cancellations or no shows will be charged a $25 fee.
  • Comedy Show

    $30.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 29, 2024 only
    Join us at Rat's for a comical evening with NYC comedians. Dine with us that evening prior to the show and receive a 10% discount off of your meal. Dinner available pre-show from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

What 7,879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Mercer

    Great for outdoor dining

7,879 Reviews
  1. sbnyc

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a nice restaurant in terms of atmosphere but it fails to deliver on menu and quality especially if you have dietary restrictions. It’s definitely a beautiful restaurant and if they could improve their food offerings I think it would be a standout place.

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  2. kennethl

    Poconos

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Small menu. Really good service. Wonderful evening.

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  3. Swan

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our all-time favorite places. The menu is great, and the food is outstanding, and they really are very good about the service there.

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  4. Lynn

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Very busy but fine service.Lovely atmosphere. We will be back. wish they would serve Humphries, french fries, instead of the potato wedges. The only weak part in our brunch. The potatoes were not particularly good, but everything else we ordered was wonderful.

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  5. RenataM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks. Nice ambience. Great service

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is slowly going down hill. Once a luxury dinner experience, is now replaced with a dusty drab “meh” feeling of phoning it in. The greeters at the front could care less if they were here or or at a Jiffy Lube. Random weird cleaning supplies scattered about at bussing stations, tables not clean, dusty glassware at the bar. Food was better on this saturday than the last time I had been here on a Wednesday… guess the A-team crew were cooking. Eh… overall it was ok but I do miss when it was “the one to beat.” Go to Il Nido in Marlboro: it’s perfection.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience is to die for. The. Cozy wood fireplace was incredible. Food and service was over the top. I can’t wait to go back.

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  8. VincentC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service could have been better, resteraunt wasn’t busy and did not see server that often. Have had better experiences at past times I’ve visited rats

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  9. RobertS

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting and good food with a good wine list

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  10. TimothyF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A little rushed through the meal, but then all the time in the world to offer dessert, etc

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  11. ElanR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambience, wonderful service, and scrumptious food.

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  12. DonnaT

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I enjoyed an excellent dinner with cocktails.. Delicious food presented beautifully and excellent service.. beautiful fireplace and decor included. Lovely evening. Highly recommend.

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  13. MeshagaeB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time. My husband and I ordered multiple appetizers, 2 entrees and dessert. The appetizers were amazing. I didn't love my entree, but my husband's was delicious and they were very gracious and took mine off the bill. Dessert was great and the wine and cappuccino was also amazing. No hesitation about going back!

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  14. AlisonE

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience! Our favorite place to eat. Above excellent food and service! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  15. Dragonfly

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Rats has gone down hill since our last two Valentine’s Days visits. On the reservation form we had requested a booth and were taken to an open space table. Last year we also had requested a booth and were taken to a small private alcove area which was perfect because a booth was not available. This year it was Valentine’s Day as well as Ash Wednesday. Not everyone eats meat on Ash Wednesday. There were only 3 seafood entrees on the menu-scallops, brazino, and halibut. When I ordered the scallops which are my favorite I was told they were out when it was still early in the evening. My halibut came on bed of puree and grain surrounded with baby corn. It would have been better if it were asparagus. The fish was semi warm in the center and the skin was left on when cooked which detracted from the taste. The best part of the meal was the dessert—the crème brûlée and chocolate cake. Our waiter was not efficient, and twice we had ask another waiter to get us what we needed. All in all the night was a real disappointment, and we won’t be returning next year for another Valentine’s Day meal.

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  16. LDT16

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and nice atmosphere. Our table was ready on time. Prompt service and excellent food. Limited choice on menu though.

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  17. kathy

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from Ben our waiter!!! Food was excellent, highly recommend!!!

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  18. Nicole

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The attentive and friendly staff coupled with the beautiful ambiance made for a wonderful first experience at Rat’s! Peter was great and we will definitely be returning. Only critique is our scallops were a bit on the cold side but the flavor was still great.

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  19. KimberlyP

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rats is a romantic experience with delicious food and great service. I have celiac disease and they offer many great gluten free options. A great date night for sure!

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  20. HombreHambriento

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is not my first time, and they never disappoint. I had the scallops and my date had the short ribs. We shared a wonderful Bordeaux blend (Merlot) that was one of their less expensive bottles. The desserts were fire. I went on super bowl Sunday, but you typically need reservations.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Host was dismissive. Main entrees were good but the sides with them were bland or bad. We were seated outside which was warm but dark and also played host to the servers station.

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  22. SherryM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Rats a couple times a year. The food is outstanding, drinks well made and the serive is wonderful. The ambiance gives a unique yet romantic feel. It is a great choice especially for a celebration.

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  23. AnneH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wait staff very friendly. The food was excellent. Went for my husbands birthday and plan on going back. Only disappointment was sculptures were not lit up outside the back of restaurant which would have added to the atmosphere of the occasion.

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  24. Neecie

    New York City

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I have never been to a restaurant with so few entree choices. Rats used to be a great spot, however it is quite expensive and currently not worth it.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good experience definitely worth coming back

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  26. DaveT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved the place & the ambiance. The food was good, though a few more entree offerings would have been appreciated. I like keeping it simple, but maybe a pasta option, another soup and we definitely might have had an appetizer if there was one the group liked. Our server seemed to be disconnected. She didn't come to the table much and when a request was made, it appeared to bother her. Someone asked to change their meal choice at the same moment she was still at the table, while she did it, she said nothing, so it really seemed like a bother to her. We would definitely like to try it again. Our host was very nice.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience. Expensive , so plan ahead .

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Rats , and have been going there for decades whenever we would go to ground for sculptures. In the past the menu was French classic. & wonderfully prepared with great precision & always delicious. We were celebrating my mom’s 79th bday & the waiter was abrupt & not very hospitable. The food was underwhelming & overly salty. Everything was salty. A disappointing overall , even the dessert (Pavlova) was thrown together with no care and way to sweet. What happen to Rats French trained chef?? We will be back for great drinks, wine, & the ambience & maybe a quick appetizer outside but that’s it.

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  29. MeredithM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was my second time here with my partner and it was not what I expected. I was hoping for a romantic setting but the environment was off putting. The 2 person tables are so small that we can’t even fit everything, the server just circled the tables which felt pressuring, and all of the portions were smaller than when we last went a year ago for the same price. We dressed up and everyone was wearing jeans and t-shirts, not very classy. We left and went to Toscano in Bordentown which was romantic, classy, and delicious. Pricy but they haven’t changed their serving portion over time. Probably won’t be coming back to Rat’s for a while if ever.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had great French onion soup with coq au vin for tasty main meal. Service was great. We went to night scares right outside restaurant which was really cool ! Wonderful night

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  31. GeneH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere, and scenery. Enjoy the entire experience. Nice work!

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  32. JerryF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. Our server, Miranda, was great. Food and ambience was top notch.

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  33. RussellD

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very let down on portion size ,the price cmon now ,not sure what they are thinking .Tiny petite sandwiches and vegan dish good idea but learn how to cook cauliflower.

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  34. BrendaA

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We arrived on time for our reservation but it took 15 minutes to get seated. We were waited on quickly but once the food came the waiter did not return to ask how our meal was. We ordered brunch items. The waffle was like cardboard and the french toast was cold. The price for these 2 items was over $50 (not drinks other than coffee). Not a good experience although the restaurant itself is charming.

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  35. PatriciaC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go again! We attended Night Forms, and because of the darkness, we struggled a bit to find the entrance, but it helped us work up more of an appetite, and we can attest that the building is gorgeous from all angles! Service was impeccable and the food was sublime. Highly recommend!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great atmosphere and a delicious meal. The staff were attentive and friendly.

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  37. ChristinaR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our expectations were very high but they were not met.

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  38. ColleenR

    New Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were all very professional and sweet, I enjoyed my time and the food at the restaurant.

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  39. PhillyJFL

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful and atmospheric restaurant, with delicious food and thoughtful and attentive service. At first it seems like it's going to be a theme restaurant experience, but it actually delivers a sophisticated and culinary meal.

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  40. AnnM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Limited menu choices so check the menu before you go. Wine selection is impressive, and ambiance is pretty cool.

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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 4.3 stars by 7879 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 55 times today
Experiences are available.
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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 Odum
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, 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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