The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe

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Discover a dedication to quality and passion for produce in every aspect of The Cafe at The Grounds, from the finest coffee and the daily baked, ever changing menu of breads; to the abundant garden overflowing with fresh produce used daily in the seasonally driven menu. The menu is rustic, wholesome and focused on a paddock-to-plate philosophy. The Cafe food and drinks menu is bursting with fresh flavour, made with the finest quality ingredients and created with The Grounds own grown and locally sourced produce. The Cafe at The Grounds has team of chefs who constantly push the boundaries with ingredients, and reinvents the classics in order to deliver you perfect flavour combinations that will make you want to come back time and time again. No time to dine in? The Cafe at The Grounds also offers take-away choices with a focus on healthy options including a selection of salads, sandwiches, and an array of fresh pastries, smoothies and juices.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.9
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AR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Book your table otherwise you don't get a look in on weekends.
Also the baby change room is in the combined Men/disable toilet, which is very awkward to wait in line with the Men and banging on the door while I was in there to change my baby. Not a pleasant experience.

LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good good, service was good and the food was prepared and served quickly. The only downside is that the restaurant is a bit noisy.

LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Difficult accessing the cafe, have just had surgery on my leg, the yellow mat on the ground makes it very difficult to walk when you are using an aide. Also parking, when you have a disabled card a distinct shortage of available spaces.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food was great and ambience was even better

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review!

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place to share with friends young or old. Tasty food, lovely ambience, and service.
100% recommended! 😃

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the great review Glenda! We are so happy you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.

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N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Strangest way to operate is the overall impression! You book, you advise the front desk you’re here, you still wait in line with everyone else until a table is ready for! What’s the point?

GV
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The Grounds of Alexandria are absolutely exquisite. The atmosphere is beautiful and welcoming. We booked into the cafe and were led straight to a table at our time slot. There was no wait. Staff were lovely and accomodating. The food was slightly overpriced but was very tasty. The children's choc nut shake was delicious as was the gluten free bread and jam! Overall an amazing breakfast outing.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

We are glad to hear you and your guests had a great time with us!

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GS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really nice food and extremely pretty. Always nice to check out for special occasions

LW
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

There’s lack of ventilation in the corner tables indoor. Wish they could install some large hang fans on the restaurant corners especially during summer time. You can seriously feel the lack of ventilation when the place was packed indoor.
I would suggest the menu to have more options on hot food or hot starters. The decorations are very delicate and it gives a great atmosphere and sophistication on the restaurant. I would recommend my friends to visit here for taking good atmospheric pictures. Food can be more improved. As for the services, it is great, the waitress are always smiling and kept their professionalism during peak hours.
Thank you very much!

PM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best breakfast I've ever had, amazing food and lovely staff that made you feel welcome.

SP
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best bacon and egg burger I’ve ever had. The combination of a strong flavoured cheese with lettuce and delicious sauces made for an excellent breakfast. The polenta chips were fried and very dry with no sauce on side option so I had to ask - maybe a tomato relish for dipping? Perfect coffee with a great atmosphere. Loved it.

D
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We booked table and got our meals quickly! Special thank you for halloumi that we ask to add to our meals, even it wasn’t option to add! Staff is super friendly! Absolutely love gardens and different themes of the grounds! Will return!

E
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

There was a lot more food advertised on the website and the prices were different.

EC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

As a Sydneysider the grounds has always been on my list but as I can’t stand crowds I’ve always avoided it. I took my son on a Friday and as expected the amount of people wasn’t to my liking. BUT I must say I was suitably impressed with the management, staff and food service. For a destination with so many customers the service was amazing. We were seat (pre booked) in 5 mins. Had menus and ordered within another 5. Food arrived 10 minutes later. And when I asked for the bill was taken care of immediately. What I thought was going to be a nightmare was a dream. Plus the food was great. I don’t know if I’ll return, as super busy destination venues are just not my thing but for those that do. I highly recommend. Well done the grounds.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Elle- Thank you so much for the lovely review. We hope you decide to come back soon :)

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CC
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent venue! Love the food & decoration of the place!

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Charlie! Thank you so much for the review. We are happy to hear you had a great time.

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BF
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

booked a table but sitting there for over 10 minutes and no one served us until I called the staff twice and finally got a menu and bottle of tap water... overall food is fair but too busy to provide customers with decent service...

N
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing, staff friendly and fast service. The grounds are interesting but not a lot for the kids to do so bring colouring or something to keep them occupied

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 28 January 2020

Hi Nikki! Thank you so much for the lovely review. Next time you are in with your kids, please let a member of staff know as we have plenty of colouring activities for the kids!

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SB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a Wonderful Experience. My Family was highly impressed with the ambience and Breakie was wonderful

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 28 January 2020

Thank you Sajeed. Very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit!

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KI
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful experience, cafe vibrant and friendly and great service and food. I think the whole surrounding area gives this place something very special. My grandchildren loved the Frozen theme and it was perfect for all ages. The trees around the area, both real and not, really set the mood, with plenty of opportunities for fantastic colourful photos . A definite for many return visits.

SS
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A fantastic setting where you can get lost in time. The service was fast at the start and allowed us to enjoy the scrumptious meal quickly. The Grounds Burger was one of the best I’ve had in a long time and the cake display was delectable. Take your mum. Take a friend or take the family. There’s something for everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Made a booking but no table ready amd was moved 3 times and ended up on the high tables and chairs sharing with others. Food was just okay - cold and felt like the salads we had were half portion. Have eaten there many times and it’s been good but this experience was disappointing.

SW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Not quite as good as usual. I don't like kale mixed through my meal. If it must be on a meal ( and I would beg to differ) it is best put to the side so it can be easily discarded.
We were asked to leave before one member of the group had finished her meal. Admittedly, she was a little late in arriving but we would have liked to have ordered coffee and cake but weren't able to. This caused us to go elsewhere for that.
Also, people were smoking on the street outside the screen and the smell was wafting in which spoils the ambience and the taste of the meal.
Food was served quickly once we ordered.

FL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love The Grounds of Alexandria. Haven’t had a bad meal yet and the service is always outstanding considering how busy it always is. Only problem is the lack of parking but apart from that it’s one of my favourite places!!!

KA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Always interesting options but the juice and kids milkshakes were boring. Service is hit and miss

A
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I get that this is a good business. There are some great things about it.
1. Parking - excellent that parking is provided
2. Concept - fantastic
3. Online booking - great.
4. Service - good
5. Food - pretty good with some nice, different style cakes and pastries available. Otherwise, same, same as the next café.
6. Table size - two small for four people with tea/coffee and food. Asked for a bigger table and they moved us to another location - but not a bigger table.
7. I know they are busy, but it was hot where they placed us first, fortunately when hey moved us to another table, it wasn't so stuffy.
8. Noise level - not energetic as you like to describe it! It was extreme.

Would I hurry back? No.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We loved the frozen exhibit and the food was lovely. staff were hard to get attention and when when asked for a second plate for the baby we were given a ceramic plate that could have easily been broken. It was very busy due to school holidays so glad we booked but still then had to wait about 10mins for our table that we were only allow to be on for 1hour we found this to be very rushed

MF
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

This is a great place to eat or just grab a coffee, booking is an absolute must, the place is always busy!!

AK
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe is a great place to meet to grab a coffee or for breakfast and lunch.
The staff are very friendly and the service is excellent! It's got a great atmosphere too. Highly recommend this place to anyone.

DD
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Worsw service I have recieved in a long time. Door people were so rude to busy talking to each other inside of helping people. I had to interrupt their conversation to tell them I had a reservation. They just looked at me and told me to go over there. Service didn't get any better when I got inside, all they wanted to do was take my order. Didn't give us any cutlery and we asked for help the girl said I am the door person. I guess teamwork is not a motto for this cafe and because of it it made the experience very unpleasant. I then had to hunt down another waiter to get some cutlery, please train your staff with some customer service. I then had to ask for the bill 4 times and then the guy had the bill in hand staring into space. Managers please ensure your workers are working because it is not a good look to having everyone looking stoned when they are working. You can take my feedback on board or ignore it and watch your business down hill. I won't be going back there again.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience5

The host boy was very rude. We had a reservation and he asked if we would be ok on stools with toddlers. Then he told us to get in line behind other people and we were eventually sat at a normal table. Don’t know why he had to be so rude. He was also training another guy and when I came up to the host stand he didn’t even acknowledge me or my family for a good couple of minutes because he was talking to him. Very bad hospitality, you should have a good first impression as a customer. Hospitality 101. Food was just ok.

T
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

This is a fun destination, especially for children, food is good quality

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 14 January 2020

Thank you for your review Tams!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Used to be fantastic but the service has really gone down hill

CR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this place, great place to meet friends or just sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!❤️❤️

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 14 January 2020

Hey Chrystal! Thank you for the lovely review. We appreciate it and hope to see you soon.

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F
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time diner here on a mother / daughter date with our 5 yr old. Great atmosphere, delicious food, wonderful fast service, friendly staff. “Frozen“ cake and drink a little overpriced, and a lot of kids wouldn’t like all the coconut ‘bits’ in the drink- but I loved it and ended up drinking it!!

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 12 January 2020

Thank you so much for the review! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Still waited over 10 mins

AC
Malaysia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Having lunch with my friend that I haven’t seen for years. Very nice food. And we were allowed to sit after eating to chat further until closed to lunch time when our table was needed.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 12 January 2020

Thank you for the review Anita! We hope you come back soon.

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YG
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere!
It gets VERY busy though, so where possible try to avoid weekends and peak season.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 14 January 2020

Thanks for stopping in Yann!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

So packed, felt rushed. Food was average. Not pram/parent friendly as there were too many stalls around. Quite pricey too.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 12 January 2020

Hi Rita. We apologise that your recent visit did not live up to your expectations. We hope you join us again so we can make your next experience memorable.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

It’s a perfect spot for a breakfast. The place is busy at all time, so make sure you have a reservation (just a tip!). Service was average but the beauty of the place worth it!

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 12 January 2020

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for leaving a lovely review.

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C
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience !
A well oiled hospitality machine.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 12 January 2020

Thank you for your review Claudia!

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