Rats Restaurant: Top-Notch Dining in a Gorgeous Setting

by Tom Lavecchia
Rats Restaurant NJ

Located in Hamilton Township, NJ, Rats Restaurant offers an unconventional dining adventure for daring food enthusiasts. Despite its unusual name, this hidden treasure presents a chic, intimate atmosphere adorned with whimsical murals and plush velvet seats. The outdoor patio overlooks a man-made pond teeming with vibrant fish, contributing to a relaxed ambiance accentuated by colorful art.

Service at Rats is top-notch, with attentive, knowledgeable staff adding to the playful vibe through theatrical menu presentations. While some may find the rodent-themed decor quirky, it enhances the overall charm. Our server was accommodating and hospitable, catering to our needs with grace.

The highlight of Rats lies in its menu, boasting unexpected appetizers like Grilled Octopus, Herb Butter Broiled Escargots, and House Smoked Pork Belly. Our main courses, including a perfectly cooked 16oz Ribeye Steak and a delightful Braised Short Rib accompanied by cheddar polenta, roasted heirloom carrots, and bordelaise, showcased the kitchen’s skill.

Cocktails at Rats offer a twist on classics, such as the Old Fashioned with a slight variation and a classic margarita made with fresh juices, pleasing even discerning palates. The espresso martini perfectly balanced bitterness and sweetness, concluding our meal on a high note.

Rats Restaurant is a bold experiment in culinary innovation, ideal for adventurous diners seeking a distinct dining encounter. While not suited to everyone, particularly those averse to unconventional proteins or insects, it provides a memorable experience with charming service, stylish ambiance, and impressive cuisine. Reservations are essential, and expect premium pricing reflecting the quality ingredients and theatricality of the dining experience.

Rats Restaurant Additional Notes

  • Vegetarian options are available, though limited.
  • Reservations are essential, especially for those seeking a unique experience.
  • Pricing reflects the high-quality ingredients and theatricality of the dining experience.

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Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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