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Rats Restaurant - Grounds for Sculpture

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2698 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
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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
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 please call restaurant directly for reservations
Sunday Brunch Buffet 11 am to 3 pm please call restaurant directly for reservations

Dinner:
Tuesday through Saturday 5 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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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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Neighborhood
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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 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
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food is amazing and the service is great. We’ve visited a few times and I prefer sitting outside. Only issue was a lot of gnats kept flying in our wine and we were sitting inside.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, good drinks, very romantic,
Any time, any whether

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was fantastic. French onion soup was the best ever!!!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Both diners ordered same meal and sandwiches were not the same. Desserts were amazing!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always a wonderful place to visit....outstanding ambiance. Can be a little pricey but it is such a treat to eat there. Excellent service. We were there for almost 2 hours and never felt rushed.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was great.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent in every way. We sat outside on a nice spring day for lunch, and the atmosphere was absolutely beautiful. The food and the service was top notch.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Special birthday celebration for 4 fabulous women! Everyone enjoyed, ambience, food & service were all exceptional! I can’t wait to return for a walk through the entire sculpture garden & dinner!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The apps ( cheese plate ) and hummus was excellent. I had the short rib au poivre - scrumptious while my spouse had scallops. The only issue was my plate had the short rib and some greens. They really should add a starch.

Otherwise-

All was great and looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Came here for anniversary - everything was amazing! From beginning to end, the service and food was more than we had anticipated. We'll definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Perfect venue for a 87 Birthday celebration with our family.
The setting is perfect. The service was excellent. We did not order dessert but the server brought a plate of delicious chocolate Madeline’s with a candle and a happy birthday message.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved the ambiance. Food was horrible. I had a hamburger, as did my friend, and it was inedible. Greasy and poor quality.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

All 3 of us had the Coq au Vin and it was exceptional. The gravy was so delicious. It was a rainy Thursday evening and our reservation was early so not a lot of customers. Service was excellent. Everyone who served us was friendly and helpful. A little expensive, but worth splurging once in awhile!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Everyone was so nice and willing to help me make sure that everything I had planned went according to plan. They even helped suggest a few ideas to only make the occasion closer to perfection. They went the extra mile to make sure we were always happy. We were extremely impressed!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything was ok considering the busy day. Our waiter Chris was not the best. After being seated for our 3pm reservations we were not even greeted from our waiter for at least 10-15 minutes. On a hot and sweaty day we didn’t even have water to sip on until he arrived 10-15 minutes after being seated. I asked for him to wrap up some cheese fo us and never brought it back. Although I tipped him way more than he deserved his service was subpar at best. I would hope to never get him if we ever return to this over-rated establishment. I asked my girlfriend to marry me this day. I made reservations 2 weeks in advance and Rats new about this. I was hoping for better treatment and way more respect. Thanks but no thanks and you’re welcome for your super awesome tip Chris!! You did not deserve it, but I’m just too nice of a guy I guess. Not the best place, not the worst considering it is the only restaurant there.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

When you go, ask for Marco. He is the best. Get a table outside.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We sat outside and the scenery was lovely. Bloody Mary was pretty good. Seafood salad was not as good as expected. Not so flavorful. The seasonal soup was amazing.. Server was nice but the service was slow...
I dont eat here that often as its pretty pricy..
It is really beautiful and a great addition to a day in Grounds For Sculpture..

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

First time at Rats, though not the first time at Grounds for Sculpture. The restaurant is as wonderful as GFS - From food to service, it is the best. The setting is spectacular, the wait staff is attentive (and we had a brand new waiter), and the experience is like being in Paris without having to fly there! Five stars plus -

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Perfect lunch outside with great service! Food always excellent! Always go back...don't miss the experience!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Lovely experience! The setting is so bucolic-modeled after Monet’s Giverny Gardens. Brian was our waiter. The service was wonderful. Maybe the best French onion soup we’ve ever had. Highly recommend dining here.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A bucket-list place we've wanted to try for several years, as many friends rave about it. We were unimpressed, from the bartender who didn't know a current, trending cocktail, to a waiter who was so rote in his delivery it bordered on a recording. The menu is limited but had some moments of creativity; overall I described it as 'French when it wants to be".

A must have are the popovers (aka Yorkshire Pudding). Fresh, delicious, and very unique.

Salad Verte promised greens, herbs, and a dijon vinaigrette. It was incredibly fresh but sadly lacked any influence of the dressing and was overwhelming with mint (change the name to Mojito salad?) Entrees of roast duck, and short ribs au Poivre, were very good but why did the waiter not change out the side dish of the very same salad we just had? Tell the kitchen to sub it for a squash, a rice, even a potato, anything but the same underdressed salad he just served? That is a miss that an experienced, engaged waiter would have addressed.

The local cheese selection was really delicious but served without bread or biscuits. Coconut Panna Cotta was just okay, lacking in flavor or dimension.

The wine list was comprehensive and had many good options.

Finally, the restaurant offers a magnificent view in the back, along with outdoor seating. I imagine it is very popular in warmer seasons. But overall this property is very tired, from the hanging lights to the furniture, and would greatly benefit from an update.

We are fortunate to have many great dining establishments in Central NJ. When I am looking to spend nearly $300 on an evening, regrettably it won't again be with Rats.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was delicious and Marco our waiter was very good. I will definally go back.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Such an awesome restaurant! Stephen Starr restaurant, and the menu & food are wonderful. Try the artisan cheese tray, salmon, frittata, soup of the day. The grounds are so unique that you will want to plan to stroll & see the amazing sculptures, ponds, waterfall, wild birds & peacocks. Just a terrific find! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Rats never disappoints! Great cocktails, nice selection of entrees - not an extensive menu, but something for everyone. Wonderful food, nice portion size - neither too large or too small. The only criticism is the dessert selection - not much for "true" chocoholics, could do with adding one or two selections for "purists". Eclectic ambiance. Can't wait to return!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Beautiful venue. Food was very well thought out but both our dishes were a bit bland. Hard to say at a restaurant but could have used more salt in each dish. However, would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a very nice experience for my birthday celebration. Food was excellent as well as our server.Can not wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great experience! Loved the food and the surroundings.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

All good , especially service and surroundings but not french food as claimed.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

What a lovely restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised to find such a gem in this part of NJ. It felt like this should be somewhere in Europe in a quaint small town.
The food was superb and simple, the service was excellent and the ambiance was tranquil but fun.
I wish it was closer to where I live so I can go back often!
Cheers!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Ate there again recently after a long absence. Menu has changed: shorter with more Mediterranean influence than before. But food was excellent, and the atmosphere can't be beat. Sit upstairs if you can; each room is unique.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Consistently excellent. The food was delicious we made excellent choices and the atmosphere was very relaxed there was no rushing and the service was good. Our particular waiter was kind of strange and did not bring the 60th birthday candle that I requested on OpenTable with our dessert. It was fine but most of the other wait staff is far more professional.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was extremely disappointed. Had been wanting to go here for years, finally went and wish I hadn't. Hubby ordered a salad that was supposed to have radish (he loves radish)...there were none..saw the table next tous get the same salad...man also complained no radish...waiter then brought him a plate of radish for him to add to his salad. Hubby ordered potato and leek ravioli for his entree...it was tasty, but was barely even an appetizer size...literally, had 4 or 5 mini ravioli on the plate! I ordered scallops...got 3 tiny ones and one giant one...the giant one tasted funky so i couldn't even eat it. Ordered panna cotta for dessert...couldn't even eat it...it was nothing like panna cotta should be...it was hard and almost cake like...tasteless like frozen mashed potato...was horrible...no one at the table ate it either. I almost couldn't believe that I was at the same restaurant that I had heard so much about. There were also issues with the other couples at our tables meals.
Based on this meal, I would never go back!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent meal. Squash salad was delicious and Rainbow trout entree with mushroom was a perfect balance. Highly recomend.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had a wonderful dining experience at Rats this past weekend. The food was excellent and the ambiance was elegant and romantic. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food is very good, just don’t expect a lot of it. The popovers they give you are to die for. Great atmosphere and service it’s just overpriced for what you get.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very nice experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We’ve been to Rats several times and have always had a good experience. But the winter 4-course prix-fixe menu is over the top. Excellent food, interesting menu, creative dishes, beautiful presentation and an unbelievable value for the money. My boyfriend and I cook for a living. So it’s rare for us to have a dining experience that leaves us talking about I for days. But this one did. This was our first time dining in the tavern. Very romantic! I highly recommend Rats.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal tonight.

Everything was delicious.

The ambiance and service were excellent.

It was our first time at rats and we will certainly return

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was my second time at this restaurant, and it was just as amazing as the first. On my first visit, I had the Chef tasting menu with wine pairings and that was amazingly amazing which is why I chose to return for my Husbands birthday dinner. The menu was different with a few pre-fixe options with optional wine pairings and it was equally amazing. Both visits were during winter, so now I can't wait to return in spring. I would highly recommend the RATZ.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Late Valentines Day dinner. A very intimate dining experience. Food and service was excellent (as always), but the quieter off season ambience was something that we will remember.

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