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16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08619-3447 (Sculpture Way)
+1 609-584-7800
08:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this place. Started with a cheese dish of 3 separate cheeses from three different countries. Then onto a sliced koby beef medium rare. Was awesome. Service was spot on ( minus the waiter forgetting my vegetables). Other then that food and service were amazing. The resturant itself is beautiful. I sat right in front of the fire place on... More 

Thank David S
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and atmosphere. Sitting outside one can see the Monet's bridge part of the Grounds for Sculpture, simply lovely.

Thank Azita-1
Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family dinner here after spending a few hours at the Grounds for Sculpture near by (a must-see). It was my first time to Rats. The place feels like it belongs at Disney. It's really beautiful and I'm sure in warmer weather, dining by the lake, would be delightful. We had cocktails in the bar before dinner in... More 

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Jersey shore
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very excited to go to the grounds for sculpture and eat lunch at Rat's Restaurant . The Provencal Messi appetizer was a very good start to lunch from there it went downhill. I had the beef short rib which was tender but lacking flavor the horseradish sauce was good but overall the dish missed the mark. My girlfriend... More 

Thank marksharky64
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was there with a group of colleagues. Food was great staff was warm and attentive. Beautiful setting with a rustic look. Certainly recommend

Thank Ashish S
Middletown, New Jersey
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74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We truly loved the location, it was like being in a painting, we sat outdoors and it was a wonderful setting, the staff were very nice especially our waiter. The food was good too. The only exception was that the ducks were allowed to roam and guests were feeding them which caused them to disturb those that weren't. I truly... More 

Thank sreb
Yardville, New Jersey
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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rat's is a very unusual restaurant - intended not just as a dining location but as part of the Grounds for Sculpture. The building is reminiscent of an old European inn and the grounds around the restaurant have a variety of sculptures that match this theme. There is a waterfall walk that leads to the Grounds for Sculpture (yes, you... More 

Thank NJDebster
New Jersey
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319 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happy hour has some decent prices on drinks and apps. They do get busy so go early. The apps are OK but not great. The place is really cool nice atmosphere. If you can go out on the patio it is very lovely.

Thank Anne C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rats is a fine dining restaurant on the grounds of the magical sculpture garden/ museum, Grounds For Sculpture. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor tables offer a view of a pond, foot bridge and sculptures. The inside decor takes you to another era of sophistication and quiet class. A perfect day for anyone would be to... More 

Thank Star S
Long Valley NJ
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Used to be a fun place to eat. We waited an hour and a half to be seated on a weekday and another half hour for our food. The onion soup was so thick it was like eating gravy. It was overly sweet with no real onion flavor. The burger was well done, not medium as requested. The bun was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$38
French, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton, NJ 08619-3447
    (Sculpture Way)
  • Public Transportation: Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +1 609-584-7800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?