The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe

4.2
340 reviews
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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.
What 340 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

First time at the Grounds. Absolutely very beautiful. I would say magical. You don't even feel like been in Sydney. very well done you projected it.

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ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delish and filling food with amazing coffee. Definitely a must see destination.

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DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very good and special restaurant. Recommend to have more food option.

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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are always super helpful and the coffee and cakes are delicious

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MM
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was really good! Loved it here and would definitely return

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KB
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Food & service were good but so so noisy. Not sure if I’d rush back to dine at the cafe.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Ambience galore. Food yummy. Staff lovely but kept far too busy with cafe full at lunchtime, making it difficult to give attentive service. Delightful to wander through the gorgeous garden courtyards following lunch, making The Grounds a stand out from the usual cafe experience!

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R
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Beautiful location, great atmosphere, amazing coffee and good food! Harry Trotter the resident pig was the highlight for my 1.5 year old. He has to be the happiest pig ever.

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R
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food are good but so many people, service are just so so

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LB
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful place.
A bit crowded and noisy but that’s to be expected.
Food was great and not bad value.
Loved it.

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AB
Sydney / NSW
14 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service
Good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to catch up with friends

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AS
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good quality food and very nice presentation. Every corner of the place is an Instagram picture.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible place, incredible atmosphere, food service and timing was unbelieveably fast especially considering the number of people. Staff were everywhere and very helpful. Wish there was one in Adelaide

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 1 May 2019

Thanks so much Sean, this is awesome to hear! We’ll pass this on to the team working at The Potting Shed Hope to see you again soon! Regards Gareth, Restaurant Manager

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T
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Biggest issue was not having any parking available or anyone organising it. Top parking was closed and I was forced to park 750m away almost missing me booking

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IR
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The venue is eclectic!! The food and coffee was really excellent. Great effort on fitting all that is onsite into such a tight packed space.

However, the level of noise in the Grounds, along with my hearing impairment made it very much a site where i was keen to depart after a short while. Would it be possible to establish a few more quieter areas toward the far corners of the cafe?

PS: i loved how promptly i was seated, in fact about 8 to 10 minutes in advance of my booking time. Make booking a delight when it all works. :)

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on 1 May 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review Ian. We’re so glad you enjoyed yourself - we hope we can welcome you back again soon! Regards Gareth, Restaurant Manager

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend brunch or lunch at this wonderful venue

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XZ
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Base on the outdoor and interior design, I would still recommend The Grounds. BUT, the service is not as good as before or expectation. I made a reservation for my friends who came from overseas for a vacation. I paid for the 12% extra service fee, but I have to wait for the reserved table for more than 10 minutes. No mention that the table is finally set at an outdoor area without asking our preference. I saw a lot of walk-in customers entered into the cafe. Thus, I am really confused about why I have to make a reservation for an unreserved table.

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G
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I thought the food was lovely and very quickly served which was great. The staff could have been a little bit more friendly but other than that I thought it was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was wonderful and the setting is beautiful as always. I found it all a bit rushed though. It is so crowded and so many people waiting for a table that you are very aware of the bustling staff, tables being cleared and there is no real opportunity to enjoy the setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Too crowded , but service was good , food came quick and good standard . Toilet was a bit dirty and small for such a big place

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CS
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow this place was great! My friend and I had a booking for brunch today (Good Friday) thank goodness we did it’s very busy!

The staff were super friendly, the food was delicious and it was reasonable pricing!

We just loved it! It’s a lovely noisy ambience!! Def will come back

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JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Definitely worth booking as the place was packed! Can get quite congested as the take away section is near where you wait for a table and it was confusing whether or not people were lined up for a table or just to place an order. We were sat at a table with stools, which wasn't exactly comfortable! Staff were quick to take our order but when the food came we had no cutlery and everyone was too busy rushing around. In the end I had to get up and get it for our table. It's a great place with lots to look at, just be prepared for the crowds!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Menu not as good as previous menu choices. But always enjoy the ambiance.
Parking is as bad as ever

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very instagrammable, super cute, really good and fresh food

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Coffee came out wrong and burgers missing the bacon ordered. Both were fixed but shouldn’t have need to be. Table very small for 4 adults as compared to previous experiences where substantially there was more room.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The Grounds is a victim of its own success. I first went there about 8 years ago, when the gardens were just beginning to grow. Now it is nearly impossible to park within a reasonable distance of it. There are queues to get in and be shown to the table we had booked. It is noisy, though happy noise I grant you. Food is still good though and if there is a time in a week, and not school holidays, when not so crowded it might be worth going again

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice Birthday!

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J
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Loved the grounds and the Easter decorations. The donuts were delicious, although the staff member was not very happy. The food in the cafe was very tasty but was cold. The staff in the cafe were very good especially the young lady who served us.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Used to be a favourite and still a beautiful place to visit but now overcrowded and noisy. I would not recommend going there to eat. The owners have got greedy and only allow one hour booking window which is not enough time. The noise levels inside cafe (not counting the fire alarm that went off and could not be turned off) were more suitable to a night club. They need to limit the number of people on the site to make this enjoyable again.

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SB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place good food but difficult to enter in by car hidden entrance and small also

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VM
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing !
Just a lot of crying babies every time

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RT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to put on the list to visit while in Sydney. The Grounds was our first stop after landing. We loved everything about it.

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NR
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was average and over priced would not recommend.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this little treasure in the middle of Alexandria. So busy even on a Monday but great food, environment and friendly staff means it was a pleasure.

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C
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Possible. Depend on who it is. The surrounding area is lovely.
The cafe I won't recommend. It s noisy, difficult to have a talk. The background music would makes it worse. Food is nice. Missed a glass of wine with it.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I love The Grounds of Alexandria. This time we tried the Cafe for the first time. The Zucchini Tart was exceptional. The breakfast burger was not so memorable. Coffee was excellent, as usual. The Cafe environment was rather noisy and very busy for a midweek lunch. However, I must note, the service was exceptional. I would book here again.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The atmosphere and the ambiance of the place is definitely a 5-star! The gardens and the animals are a big hit for family and friends. We went there for breakfast. We were expecting to have a nice feast of heavy breakfast upon our order but when the food came, we were a bit disappointed on the food portions. We needed to order one more time just to satiate. The food is not as impressive as we thought too. With its price, we can definitely find another local cafe with better price and taste. However, we loved the lamb sausage and drinks we bought just outside. In case we come back, we might just buy food from the garden instead of the cafe itself.

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AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I was actually disappointed
The Staff were friendly but it was very cramped and busy
We were rushed out
Food was ok
Sorry but I was very disappointed

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AD
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food. Very fresh. Service was better than what I remember. We got seated straight away and served quickly. No complaints.

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