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About Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

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 Stephen Starr Events

16 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Rat's will be closed from January 2 to January 11, 2018
Winter Hours beginning January 12, 2018
Lunch:
Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm
Dinner:
Friday and Saturday 5 pm to 9 pm
Happy Hour:
Friday 4 pm to 7 pm

Rat's is available for private events please contact our catering department

Cross Street:
Sculpture Way

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(609) 584-7800

Website:
http://www.ratsrestaurant.com/

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

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:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.6

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4.7

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4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (69)
Good for a Date (61)
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Scenic View (50)
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Creative Cuisine (48)
Cozy (46)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Great for Lunch (45)
Great for Outdoor Dining (43)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Local Ingredients (28)
Seasonal (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Casual (22)
Fun (21)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Happy Hour (13)
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Waterfront (10)
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Gluten Free Options (8)
Organic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
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Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent !!! Had the 4 course winter tasting menu. Simple looking ingredients yet packed with mouth-watering taste. My compliments to the chef!! Donna was very accommodating and willing to give us the tour of the place and gave us helpful hints. Cheryl was great making sure everyone was enjoying their dinner. Jen our waitress was very attentive and helpful. I would definitely go back there. One of my favorite!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I had the duck and it was very tasty but was accompanied be an extremely tough whole onion. I would have appreciated a potato of some sort. Menu is limited. Not many fish options and the scallops were not available.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Below average food for the price. Lobster not cooked to completion and strip steak was supposed to be dry aged but the quality was that of a choice super market steak. For the price it should have been larger and a prime cut.
Service and atmosphere was excellent as always. The place is beautiful. They need to upgrade the quality of the product that they put out. We do not have a problem with the pricing, just need to match it with good quality food.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I took my wife here for her birthday. We have been to Rats several times and it has only gotten better each time we been there. The food was outstanding. We had a great time at the bar prior to sitting down. Our server was great.

Looking forward to our next meal at Rats.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved this restaurant the first time I ate there. The 2nd time was equally fabulous so looking forward to a 3rd, 4th etc. love the location. A gem! The perfect spot for a special evening with friends. Excellent.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always a knockout meal for us.. the whole food experience and excellent attention

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was good. Ambience is always good. Service was poor. Not once was the glass of water refilled. Tried to draw attention but the bill was paid and nobody even looked in our direction. Simple things matter. Devil is in the details. Disappointed with the service. Expected it to be better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was beautifully seasoned and each dish complimented the next. Absolutely lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went for lunch with the family and then Grounds for Sculpture. Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Always love having lunch at Rats.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Although a bit loud we were a little disappointed in the food, Not bad but we had higher expectations based on past visits. All good not great.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great atmosphere, good food and good service. Unique entrees and appetizers served with delicious breads.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Organic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wow. This was the best meal I ever had. This place is fantastic. Please don't walk,run there as fast as you can. I will go there again and again and again. The finest dinner we ever had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent quality food, albeit a bit pricey. Regardless, the portions are normal (not the common large plates to stuff your face with). Ambience is great. Atmosphere is great. Service is great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Rats is consistently one of our fav places to dine. The food, staff & place are all just fantastic....every time.

It's an absolute GEM!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Been here several occasions, always a hit with new comer friends or family!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was my first time and it was one of my best date nights. Such a beautiful, romantic place. The staff is so professional and organized. Will return.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful from beginning to end

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I’ve been to rats over 100 times at this point. It is the perfect spot for a first date, 50th anniversary, business lunch, or event. It stands out over anyplace else in driving distance and never disappoints.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

took my Wife for her birthday. Was an excellent meal! Good limited menu. Excellent execution and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome!!! Nice romantic evening with my wife. The wait staff is Great, especially Peter!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We are never disappointed at RATS! Before dinner we enjoyed a cocktail in the bar, where the waitress could not have been friendlier or more helpful. In the dining room our waiter was equally pleasant and the service was excellent. The squash salad was wonderful and my duck breast was cooked to perfection. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his monk fish. Of course one of the highlights is always the popovers served with dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

menu not very inspired. other than the hummus which is always good, the rest needs improvement in scope, variety and preparation as it is mediocre at best. Husband's croque madame was tasteless and cold as were the fries. Someone forgot the sauce. My seafood salad was lacking in seafood and had a very acidic dressing which did not seem compatible with the seafood. I did not eat it. The wild boar was replaced with beef whose description did not match the reality of the presentation. Those were the highlights. It was not a full house so the inattention to detail unforgivable. Our server was very good, however. Doubtful we will return for dining. The food should match the venue.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere. Dined previously for lunch, and was looking forward to our anniversary dinner. First hiccup of the night was no parking. My husband and I circled the lot multiple times, and ended up parking on the main road. Walking in high heels was not fun. When I made the reservation, I communicated we were celebrating our anniversary and would appreciate a table that would reflect that. We were sandwiched at a 2 top between 2 larger parties.

Service was excellent (not outstanding), and the food was very good. My halibut was bland for my taste, so I feel I did not make the right choice. Our waitress highly recommended it as a "complete dish". It would have been helpful to mention that it was not highly seasoned. The duck confit salad and onion soup were delicious. My husband ordered the pork shank and was happy with his choice. The bread and popovers are wonderful.

We would go back, however something needs to be done about the parking situation, and I would not accept that table again. On reflection, should have said we'd wait as some cozy booths and larger tables against the wall opened pretty quickly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service, the noise level, the food and the ambiance is wonderful.
A very picky detail: warm the bread and always have a simple entree and dessert...not
everything has to have an unusual "touch". We enjoyed the panna cotta but fennel sherbert
was just okay.....or offer a choice.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

All four of us with diverse food preferences enjoyed the dinner. Three of us had the pre fix which had good options and nice portions. The popovers are really good . The service was good. A bit of confusion with ordering coffee. it seems if you don't order quickly your server may leave the table not realizing you were thinking about what you wanted.

In general very good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

What an amazing anniversary 🧐🤪😍 we loved it we absolutely loved it

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always a joy! The Prix Fixe menu is different and covers all tastes. Two of us ordered the poached salmon, but unfortunately the kitchen ran out of it. It was replaced with a very tasty trout covered in artichokes, and I believe it was better than the salmon (not average). The chef wanted to send out dessert to apologize for the error, but we'd already made ourselves full with the wonderful dinner. He came out and chatted with us instead, what fun! Great time, wonderful start to a long holiday season ~

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Best restaurant in the area. Different from what it used to be but still excellent. Marco is tremendous and makes dinner an experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We’ve heard so much about it- was happily impressed- the cheese plate was really good- is heard the duck was good but wast crazy about it- just the breast- no bone -‘which I always like due to the tendor meat near bones- was just ok - good sauce! Desserts were outstanding! We had the “shaved fois grai “ not so good although it was described to us - we didn’t really like it. Having said all that it really was a lovely place - great service- beautiful surrounding - I was also hoping for trout but they didn’t have it- it’s usually a lunch item I was told. A friend had the chicken - ugg forgot the name! Red wine sauce - it was FANTASTIC!! Hubby had the Guinny Hen- also good! Will go back and try more!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went there for our anniversary. The service (Ryan) was great and very attentive and prompt. We ordered the five cheeses app, and they were all great. Went with the Halibut for my entree and it was delicious. The only negative was the roaste mushroom side, which we both thought was bitter. We both ordered dessert and loved it. Would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and excellent service (Jenna). The lobster and wagyu appetizer are must-tries!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Prix fixe mushroom dish disappointing. Of course this is a warm and inviting place and it's fun just to be in the room with the fire going

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Birthday luncheon for a friend! Amazing food , service and attention to the occasion!

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was good and atmosphere very nice. Our server was excellent. We were there for lunch. Would like to try dinner sometime.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We go to Rats for special occasions, like our friends 50th wedding anniversary. It is a bit pricey, but the quality is worth it. Along with Grounds for Sculpture, it makes a whole day amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was very pleasant. We arrived just before sunset early enough to walk the grounds. Grounds for Sculpture was beautiful with the changing colors of fall and the eeryness of dusk with the sculptures being illuminated, not worth the emmission though. Contribution should have been voluntary. The reataurant was great. Had cocktails at the bar next to the fire place. Bloody mary and martini, perfect! We were seated next to a window with a view but the reataurants interrior was all you needed for atmosphere. Waitress was attentative but not overbearing. Her recommendations were spot on. Tuna tartar was good but was more like poke. French Onion soup was perfect and just the right amount. I had the short rib and ny date had the duck breast. Rib was melt in your mouth fork tender and the sauce reminded me of a sherry au poivre. Duck was like eating a fine tenderloin. We had a nice salad and she served us bread of our choice along with pop overs that I would return just for them. Hot flaky and moiste. Our plates were sopped clean. We didnt have desert althoug it sound great. Instead after dinner cordials and capuchino which she brought us 2 Madelines to dunk. Perfect. We will be returning how ever we will save the grounds for a spring trip when we can hang out longer.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The setting for RATS is charming; the ambiance a huge plus. While we were a small group, some of us ordered the same sandwich and it proved to be a disappointment (juices from the veggie slaw made the sandwich soggy). The portion of meat could also have been larger. Other entrees looked far better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great meal overall! Food was amazing!
Only downside, asked to eat at table outside was told they only had tables for big groups. 10 mins later they sat the same size party as us outdoors. I have no issues if it was reserved for that group but be up front about it.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful dinner. For additional $12 allow time to walk thru outside sculpture gardens before dining

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