Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

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3241 reviews
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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.
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VA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, beautiful setting, but overpriced.

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JZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most beautiful place to eat. Wonderful service. Food is very good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always....my favorite restaurant...

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DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rats was amazing. From coming through the doors, until we walked out that night, everything was perfect. Service was impeccable! Our server, Jay has only been working there for 3 weeks he told us well into our meal. My husband and I were shocked because he was phenomenal, as if he had been the head server there for years. We were celebrating our anniversary and it was the first restaurant that we’ve been too that actually made a special night out feel special. I had the scallops and my husband had the duck confit, the brussel sprouts were delicious! Highly recommend! We cannot wait to go back and walk the grounds after! Thank you for an amazing and rare parents night out!!

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P
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here. Came for lunch to celebrate a birthday. We were seated in the Kabul room near the window/door so felt like outdoors though we were inside. The view was lovely, it was a sunny spring day.
Theme u seems small but the selections are great. Drinks were yummy. Bread and cream cheese butter were an awesome start. The soup was carrot ginger and the best I’ve had. The burger was fine. Fries crispy. Others has the ravioli and fresh dip and enjoyed both. We even splurged with dessert which they brought out with a candle and coffee. The lunch was long and leisurely which was fine for us that day. Its expensive but worth it for the experience.

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SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rats never ceases to exceed my expectations. Just love dining here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful

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k
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch, the drinks were delicious and the food was good. Our server was a good conversationalist and was fun.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Rats is always a treat. The eclectic menu satisfied all 3 generations in our party.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Friendly staff. Go to the Grounds, but eat somewhere (anywhere) else. Maybe if you are going for breakfast it can be good. Wife had the ravioli and i had the steak. I've had better at Carrabba's...And that's for steak!
Used to have a very nice brunch. Gone. So am I from Rats, unfortunately.
Shame.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not really an authentic French restaurant as advertised, so was disappointed. However, it is a fun quirky place and service was exceptional, so not bad.

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EC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were delicious. Atmosphere is top notch!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and we were treated extremely well by hostess and wait staff

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LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Rat’s Restaurant many times , especially for special occasions . Saturday was our Anniversary & Rat’s made our day very special. We love coming. Thank you for your excellent service.

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

The pork schnitzel was dry , small, and tasteless. The accompanying pieces of lettuce on top was worthless. The waiter brought me two sauces which improved 5he Neal, but it was not good. Very disappointing for my first visit.

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a little load but they really took care of us. Stayed open a little later so we could walk part of the grounds. Will definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Winner! Def order the Coq A Vin-like no other Ive ever had-the chicken melts in your mouth

Nice selection of wines and desserts are delectable

Celiac friendly as well!

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to Rats many times over the years, and as always the setting is very special in the garden and lovely inside. But, the food was spotty and overall disappointing. The menu choices were limited and uninspired at lunch. We chose a pork schnitzel dish that was heavy on the breading and over cooked and a chicken salad sandwich that was served on stale bread and was tasteless and dry. Our guests had ravioli which they enjoyed. We ordered a cheese course to begin and have with our cocktails ( which were delicious and well made), and it was skimpy for the price and delivered to the table without any explanation as to the cheeses. Deserts were excellent.
I sincerely hope the menu and food quality improves.

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DD
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A visit to Grounds for Sculpture is not complete without a meal at Rat’s. We were seated inside but next to the opening for the patio. I enjoyed a glass of rose’, a chicken salad sandwich and a side order of fresh grilled asparagus. Everything was delicious and the service was great.

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous venue! A walk about the grounds is a must. My husband and I have been coming to Rats since its opening and this is the first time we were disappointed in the food. However, the fabulous service and view from our window table made up for the average fare.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Venue is spectacular.
Server friendly but very slow service. Said the kitchen was busy but the restaurant was barely 20% full. He said there were no private events going on. Duck salad pathetic with maybe 4 tiny shreds of duck meat. Burgers were good also the pasta and beet salad. Chocolate dessert was small but good.
We had a lovely afternoon even with the slow service and pathetic duck salad.
Door entry area was very musty and mildew smelling.

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GR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a mostly terrific meal and experience at Rats. The location is stunning and the wait staff are friendly and very accommodating. The duck confit salad and steak frites were excellent. We were not thrilled with the schnitzel and found it dry and lacking flavor. We also waited an inordinate amount of time between our first course and entrees but our server acknowledged this without our having to complain and compensated us appropriately. Overall, it was a very good experience and we plan to return and also will recommend the restaurant to others.

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MZ
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting if you sit out on the porch. Felt like we were on vacation.

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. We sat outside near the pond and that made the trip to Rats worth every penny. I had the frittata which was small for the price and rather bland, and came with a tiny arugula salad. I wouldn't order it again. My fellow diners very much liked their seafood salad, which did look delicious. The burgur was a hit as well and the taste of fries shared from that plate were tasty. I would go back and try it again, because it was a beautiful place to visit

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! We did not know they had a second floor!

Front Of House excellent server was assigned to us. Then we had a team hovering over to make sure our experience was great.

Joined GFS and will be going back to Rats soon!

Try the French Onion Soup and the cheese tray.

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TJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Rats multiple times and it is always wonderful. The service is friendly and the food is delicious. We sat outside right by the water and the view of the gardens was incredible. I will certainly return.

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E
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Our last visit was disappointing. We were a table of 4–3 of our meals were good. The 4th was coq au vin
And not at all good—chicken was barely cooked, sauce more like gravy. One of us ordered carrot cake for dessert—very weird, a bit sour, not at all dessertlike. Also, only two side salads were available to order: duck and beet. This was unusual for us. We are normally more than satisfied.

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GM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the establishment for our wedding reception. The cuisine was outstanding and service was excellent. My wife and I will be back again for another Rat experience!

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good, fresh food. Accommodated special diet needs. Very comfortable -- not rushed. Friendly and professional service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch

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BG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been here numerous times and this is the first time we were disappointed in our food. Our entrees were served cold and the serving size was very small. It seems to attention to detail at this restaurant has declined. Hopefully this was a one-time bad experience.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Our food was delivered lukewarm at best. Server virtually disappeared after taking our dinner order. For the price we were all disappointed in the food. This was not our first visit but will definitely reconsider not returning.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and setting...our server, Ryan, was professional, informative, yet unobtrusive...I had the duck breast, with asparagus, and my companion had the bouillabaisse...
excellent flavor and presentation... my only complaint, (here it comes) was the temperature of our entrees...the plates were served, warm, not hot...the restaurant was not busy, so this shouldn't have occurred...however, I highly recommend this restaurant, and will enjoy visiting it again...

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G
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Outside seating was very enjoyable. I had seafood salad that was not appetizing and too salty. My husband had the burger which was good

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LJ
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The decor is very pleasing, and the food was great. Service is very attentive and overall it was a nice 2 hour experience. Even though it was very very crowded when we were there, there was no wait for our reservation and we were accommodated with a very nice table in front of the windows overlooking the grounds. Definitely worth dining there.

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F
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The setting alone is six stars out of five. Just beautiful. The bread pudding dessert was a 10.
The trout was a little salty, but once my wife took off the skin, it was delicious . My fish as excellent too.
They say four bells for cost, but , I thought the prices were very reasonable except for the French onion
Soup at $15 was a little high. Heck , the view and atmosphere alone are worth $25. Very Romantic. The back bar
Looked very inviting. It was a special night.

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O
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Rats for my birthday. It is definitely a special occasion place. The grounds are extensive and if the weather was a bit warmer it would have been nice to walk around. Service was very attentive and food was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delightful experience.

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MC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was happy they were able to accommodate me with a vegan meal. 4 stars only because of the limited vegan. Choices. I love this restaurant, great wine selection.

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