Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

4.5
3104 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, Corkage Fee, 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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine à la carte or indulge in a special five-course tasting menu created by the Rat’s culinary team. Then welcome the New Year with a dance party in the Pavilion complete with a midnight champagne toast! Dance party complimentary for diners of Rat’s. New Year’s Eve dance party only $20.00 plus tax

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3104 People Are Saying
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EB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Book for Brunch but restaurant had a Lunch reservation and they would have to seat us downstairs. Manager explained that when booking online "there is a small note to call the restaurant but most people miss it ". One would think in this modern age it is not hard to fix a web site if they know that the note is missed by most people booking online. Brunch food was average and not worth what they charge. While or waiter was very nice there was a very rude bus boy/waiter who did not speak very well and snapped at my wife and step daughter for taking utensils from a table on several occasions .

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MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only reason I didn't give service a 5 is because we had a bit of a grumpy waiter! But everyone else...the bartender, the bus person, the host & hostess, other people that were serving us, were beyond fantastic!

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E
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The waitress wore an apron that was quite dirty. It caused me concern that the cleanliness of the kitchen was not good. Since the wait staff is the primary interface with the customer, it’s important that it shows off the best of the restaurant. She was pleasant, but still no apron would have been preferred. Also Rats needs to replace many of its cushions. Some had little to no filling.

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JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Having eaten many times at Rats restaurant before, we were looking forward to celebrating my wife's birthday this time. Sadly, the experience was very disappointing. The dining area was full of (very) loud, drunk holiday parties (to be expected at this time of year sadly !) so the typical romantic ambience was lost. The service was poor to fair, so rushed we hardly got to enjoy the food (which was served 'warm'). Perhaps the most disappointing part was when the waiter asked us while we were ordering dessert if we were celebrating anything special ? I had previously indicated we were celebrating a special birthday when I booked the table and had hoped the restaurant do something special (candles/writing on the plate in chocolate etc). Dessert was served with no special treat - very disappointing. We commented to the management that this was disappointing and they appeared attentive to the description of the experience but didn't' look too bothered. Sadly, this might be the last time we visit Rats for some time.

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

A wonderful birthday celebration for my wife. She loved it.

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R
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a tradation of celebrating family birthdays and anniversaries at Rats and have never been disappointed.

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AL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great drinks, impeccable service! Ambience is great for a date, meeting, or catching up with an old friend.

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CQ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Every item of food and and the drinks was superb. We felt the service could have been better. I think our table only had a waiter and no back up. Dirty dishes sat on the table for far too long. Our waiter Nick was great but he should have had some help.

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BP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Rats for a couple years and it was our Anniversary -perfect excuse to go. Everything about Rats meets and even exceeds your expectations. While the winter menu is a bit reduced, there are still plenty of wonderful choices. My veal special was as good as it gets. Of course the building and decor are spectacular and the ambience delightful. Service is professional and Rats is one of the few restaurants in the area where you can have a conversation without the clamor of the rest of the restaurant. We will return soon.

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LW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place. Food and service was excellant. The sculpture grounds were truly execptional. Cannot wait to go back in the spring.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

our waitress was lovely, but misunderstood our order and our entrees came out before our appetizers so they were returned. we specifically asked if new entrees would be brought. But my mussels were cold when they were brought and my husbands burger was well done. they had been waiting in the kitchen ,they were not fresh food.

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SN
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our lunch was very good and much more satisfying than our last visit when the food came out luke warm.
I enjoyed the entree and the wine very much. I felt that the waitstaff were upselling additional items for sides and dessert. Otherwise, I will continue to visit as I love GFS and its a great meeting place after a tour.

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KR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very lovely lunch with my friends in a beautiful setting

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit pricey but the ambiance and setting were worth it. We felt a bit rushed though...food came a bit fast and they kept hovering to take plates away even before I was finished. Overall though, it was a delightful experience. Food was very good.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful location, and the food was very good.

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rats is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The ambience on this occasion was really outstanding as we were seated in front of the blazing log fire. The service was excellent and we had a leisurely lunch. At no time did we feel rushed and we were so lucky to be able to converse without having to shout!!

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place
To celebrate a special occasion. Our waiter was fantastic. We had a beautiful table
Overlooking the water. The food was delicious. Make sure you a lot extra time to wander around the grounds. Many great photo ops.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

The salads were superb. The bread basket for the buffet as well as the lunch bread basket were top notch. The vegetable tart was awful very, very greasy as well as lukewarm. I would never order it again. My carrot and peas desert was excellent. My sister ordered the citrus salad with chicken and the chicken was very dry as if it were precooked and warmed up. My mother’s frittata was very taste. All and all there is too much salt used in their cooking, a little less would make all the food more appetizing.

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance are wonderful. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff as well.

Unfortunately, my lovely evening took a turn for the worse upon payment. I had been presented with a gift card for $150 and attempted to use it. Although it was a few years old, there was no expiration date noted on the card. The only warning on the card was that a 'maintenance fee' might be taken after 24 months. I most certainly did not have a problem with that. However, the server returned to inform me that my card had a zero balance. Further discussion with the manager yielded a $75 credit but no real explanation as to how or why I lost $75. I was told they no longer used that type of card and they had no record of it. It was a very frustrating end to an otherwise pleasant night

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

This was our first time there and overall it was good. However 3 meals came out undercooked and needed to be sent back. The French onio soup was on the sweet side and the desserts were just ok. IMO chocolate cake should not contain beets!!

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HW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful setting, attentive service, & great food. A wonderful experience!

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MM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an excellent meal at Rats. I just wished that we lived closer so we could dine there more frequently.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We have dined at Rats quite a few times and have always had a pleasant, memorable meal. This last visit, however, was a bit of a disappointment. The quality of the food was not what we have come to expect, and the service was not quite as professional as we had been used to. It was a little too attentive bordering on intrusive.
I am sad it was such a disappointing experience because Rats was one of my favorite restaurants.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Taste of Rats menu had fewer options than I expected (two for each course instead of three). Salad and dessert were not as remarkable as the entree.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I was expecting a much higher quality brunch than what we got. You do not have a carving station. What you have is overcooked prime rib stewing in its own juices. Eggs benedict that look liked they are carried over from the week before. Over cooked chicken, macaroni and cheese that looks extremely unappetizing.

We were waiting for our server to come over, offer us drinks etc... I finally got up and started on the buffet. I also had to get my own salt and pepper from another table and I kept putting my dirty dishes on the other table as well. I also removed a dirty dish from the top of all the clean ones at the beginning of the buffet. Is anyone there supervising?

I have been hearing how great this restaurant was for years, it definitely wasn't. And if you care and want to see what a great brunch looks like go to the Lambertville Inn. It is less money, your first drink is complimentary and the service is impeccable.

Extremely disappointed!!!

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FW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us went for lunch (not brunch) on a Sunday. 1 of us is vegetarian. We had the hummus/olive/eggplant/quinoa appetizer--absolutely fabulous. And trout almondine, tomato veg dish, and potato/leek ravioli with side of asparagus. Fresh bread with chive butter. Everything was flavored perfectly with nice touches of herbs or spices. The trout skin was perfectly crispy, cooked just right! Yum!

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service is usually excellent, but this time our waiter was impersonal, barely attentive and clueless.

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SM
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pork Belly was nothing special / texture was odd. Mussels were good. Scallops entree was okay / needed more acidity/blood-orange gastrique. Duck was good. Mashed potatoes were delicious. Peas and Carrots dessert was excellent.

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J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food wasn’t as good as other times we had dined here.Ryan, our server, was not attentive. Buffet food was not kept filled or clean.

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in most of the food. Did not like potato puree. Mash potatoes would have been better. No gravy . The only dessert I liked was the chocolate pecan pie.The pumpkin pie was bland. Lemon meringue tarts I did not like the pastry cup. Bitter cranberry sauce. Artichoke dip not much taste.
Not worth the $59.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

For the price the food was at best fair and having celebrated TG dinner in the past, the food was poorer then we recall particularly the buffet courses, also we were not in the main restaurant rather in the private function room that had been split into 4 tables

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The baked goods were the best part of the meal. The salad was fine, but nothing exciting. The trout almandine was fine but needed more flavor and less frisee. The chocolate cake dessert was cold and tasted like it had been refrigerated for too long. The atmosphere was nice, and I would give it another try on a nice, sunny day to sit outside and enjoy the view.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not attentive and the meat temperature at the serving was not to standard.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, interesting food, great ambience. Something new!

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VM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall a lovely experience! Food was wonderful, cocktails were fun and delicious and the grounds were very unique. Great for a romantic date.

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live close, but I often forget about how delicious this restaurant is. It was fantastic to bring people from out of town for a unique dining experience in a very cool atmosphere.

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service, overall great!

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EM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were greeted with a smile and promptly seated directly in front of a beautiful fireplace with a roaring flame.
Service was great and curteous totally enjoyed everything we ate from oysters to strip steak which was sooo tender and we look forward to returning.
We have been to Rats on several dinner dates as well.

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous setting. Delicious food! French onion soup was wonderful. Apple dessert was heavenly!

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