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16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619 (Sculpture Way)
Less than 3 miles from the Hamilton, NJ Amtrak/NJ Transit complex
+1 609-584-7800
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 262
    Excellent
  • 105
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A delightful total experience

This place is a find! I didn't have enough time to really visit the grounds, just saw some of the stunning sculptures and the spectacular garden around the restaurant, with a brilliant array of enormous flowers. We lucked out and got a table outdoors with almost no wait at Happy Hour (arrived at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Manhattan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Manhattan
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This place is a find! I didn't have enough time to really visit the grounds, just saw some of the stunning sculptures and the spectacular garden around the restaurant, with a brilliant array of enormous flowers. We lucked out and got a table outdoors with almost no wait at Happy Hour (arrived at 6) ) and the hors d'oeuvres (fried... More 

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New Jersey
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Place is very ornate, bordering on the kitschy. There was a very nicely done mural, which reminded of Goya, on the wall. The staff is very nice and accommodating. We had a tomato gazpacho, that was absolutely divine. There was some bread which was not put on the table, but was brought in a basket and you had to... More 

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Ocean City, New Jersey
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Delicious french restaurant...make reservations...fun to sit out side or upstairs. great staff! The food was delicious-we asked our waiter what he recommended and tried it. 3 of us in the group and we all tried different things--all were scrumptious.

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Staten Island, New York
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140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Make sure you make reservations. Prices are a bit on the high side, but the experience was worth it. We sat on the patio (which I requested) which is surrounded by beauty depicting "Monet's Garden". All food and drinks were displayed beautifully. Food was good. I have not had a more relaxing and enjoyable meal. Will not ever forget our... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We travel almost weekly all over the U.S. and western Europe always researching and patronizing the top fine dining and eclectic and unusual restaurant. Atmosphere is the most important thing in most cases as long as the food is good. If the food is outstanding, atmosphere is irrelevant in most cases. Service needs only be good enough that the wait... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I loved the garden and all the sculptures but what we had in our plates during a business dinner with more than 30 colleagues was ok but that's it. 4-5 stars for the surroundings but I reserve my judgement about the food. Their menu is probably much more interesting than what we had as a large group.

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Highland Mills, NY
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is one of the most unique restaurants I've visited. Located on the Grounds for Sculpture amid a re-creation of Monet's gardens, we enjoyed Happy Hour drinks and a delicious French meal after a day spent exploring the sculpture park. Happy Hour included half price glasses of wine, and there was a prix fixe meal option that was just perfect... More 

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Mountain Lakes, NJ
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Stopped here for lunch on a visit to the Grounds for Sculpture. Very pretty approach over water with decorative bridges, gardens and sculptures. Nice outside seating area if not too hot. I was surprised at the English pub/club decor, but I liked it. Lots of little rooms which creates a nicer atmosphere than one big space. As others have said,... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is a great place for a special dinner or even better Sunday Brunch. The brunch is scrumptious and elegant and the beautiful gardens and pond just steps away. If you want a special experience, this is the place!

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Willingboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My experience at Rat's Restaurant is excellent. The service is great. The service is accommodating and nearby for you to ask for any additional services. The premises are very clean and decorative. The marvelous interior wood and glass walls design, comfortable chairs and artistic enhancements of each table setting, provides a totally enjoyable dining ambiance. The serving staff is well... More 

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Additional Information about Rat's

Address: 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone Number: +1 609-584-7800
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Hamilton
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 26 - 38
Cuisine: French

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619
    (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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 38
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?