A pregnant woman found the dead rodent inside the food that had been served.
The shares of Xiabu Xiabu's (a chain of pan-fried or hotpot restaurants) fell to their lowest level in almost a year, after photos of the dead rat being taken out of the stock with a few sticks circulated on the Internet.
The restaurant branch in Shandong province was temporarily suspended.
According to a BBC publication, the store would have offered the client about $ 729 to compensate for the incident.
According to the local Kankan News, which spoke with the woman's husband, the offer was rejected because he wanted his wife to undergo a complete medical review before deciding the amount of compensation.
The pregnant woman, who went out to lunch with her family on September 6, found the dead animal inside her plate after having tasted a few bites.
Her husband told the Kankan News that one of the restaurant's employees suggested that his wife have an abortion if she was worried about the baby's health and offered 20,000 yuan (about $ 3,000) for the operation.
Networks The photos of the boiled rat spread quickly through the Chinese social network Weibo, where users reacted with indignation and disgust.
"It makes you want to throw up. I will never again eat hotpot (a common dish in China and other parts of Asia) out again, "one user wrote.
"Xiabu Xiabu has always been one of my favorite restaurants. I thought they were also clean … I can not believe it! "Commented another person.
"If something happens to your baby, will they compensate? Is a life worth only 20,000 yuan? "Asked another.
At first, the restaurant issued a statement saying that it had "ruled out" the possibility that the lack of hygiene had been the cause for the rat to end up in the saucepan, but then it was removed.
The authorities in the city of Weifang, where the incident occurred, said they would carry out an investigation in the restaurant.