The Grounds of the City

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1744 reviews
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$40 and under
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The Grounds of the City, the second outpost from the team behind The Grounds of Alexandria, is bringing soul back to the CBD with old-school service and charm. Located in the heart of the CBD and bustling with activity, The Grounds of the City is tailor-made for a marvellous time; no matter the occasion. Start your day right as our baristas expertly serve up The Grounds house-roasted espresso and filter coffees, or end it in the best possible way and cosy in with our selection of cocktails and a dinner menu that features something for everyone. You’ll find our coffee sommelier at The Barista’s Bar ready to take you through a tailored coffee experience, and our tea lady roaming the room with a trolley adorned with fresh coffee, our selection of ethically sourced teas and cakes.
What 1744 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaggieH
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great value for money and lovely staff.

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StephanieG
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Cool atmosphere but food is less than average. I wouldn’t say you get value for your money in terms of the food.

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SimonL
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Imacculate immaculate immaculate thoroughly enjoyed both visits there

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PaulineR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time @ the City Grounds...wow this place is popular we arrived 10 mins early and was told to come back in 10 thought ok that's unusual when we did get seated we had wonderful service, food was great and we enjoyed killer cocktails. Our friend was turning 50 and we were lucky to have 3 waiter's come over and sing happy birthday and a complementary cake slice to share all in all excellent...one drawback is no toilets on site : (

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The decor reminds me of an old english or irish pub, the food was really good and it was a nice place to catch up with friends.

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ReetV
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great place to have a nice long lunch, if you choose to. It's very busy on a Saturday, but the staff are very efficient and friendly, know the menu and offer suggestions.
Had a really nice lunch and coffee was very good.

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Madb3005
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service and atmosphere - food was good however the tea dreadful - one came lukewarm - however as I have breakfast here regularly this is not the norm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

I had been to the Grounds previously so was excited to return. I ordered the 3 egg Omelette and it was delivered cold and overloaded with mushrooms and my partner ordered an Iced Chocolate which we never received. The tea I ordered took 26 minutes to be delivered. A very disappointing $60 spent for breakfast for two.

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MaureenP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I love eating here but I don’t think the desserts are very good and certainly not good value at $17.
However the staff are delightful young people and I do love the grain and roasted veggies salad with a serve of beef on top. I will keep coming back and just get a dessert elsewhere if I need one.

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BruceM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nothing much to add it is not helpful to force consumers to say something when they don’t want to - I just wont complete your feedback anymore which is self defeating don’t you think?

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Quite visible watermarks in spoon/cutlery. Long wait for food, bill and get a bar table even booking was made.

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KateH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Was very busy, so staff were stretched thin. Food was average.... that definitely wouldn’t be the drawing card to go here.

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LynetteA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely ambience for breakfast. High energy in the place. Really lovely friendly staff. Just very busy and you may have to wait to get a seat if you hit a busy time. There may be time pressure on getting out before a booking to follow you. Deconstructed hot chocolate is lovely.

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Snowy
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Some of the high tea's food were great, but some were ok. Scones are too dry to our tasting. Interior of the place is awesome. Love the ambience though. Staff are friendly.

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CharlotteM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and coffee. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is super swanky!

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JodieM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious & it was a special catch up before friends got married so we were really happy we got the booth we requested

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Jodie, Thank you for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! See you again soon, The Grounds of The City team

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ShonaS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, great service making you feel special. A tad pricey but great experience.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Shona, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We will see you again soon! The Grounds of The City team

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MelandCo
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

The drinks, service and vibe were great. Burrata was decent and squid pretty nice but chips tasted like cardboard even fresh out the kitchen.

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KatherineM
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Unfortunately it gets really noisy in the back section. I was struggling to have my business breakfast meeting, even so early in the day. Otherwise I love this place, the food is excellent and service always top notch.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Katherine, Thank you for your review. Next time you reserve a table, please let us know if you would like a table in a quieter section and we will do our best to accommodate! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

There was a long queue to wait to be seated, I don't know why it was taking so long or why they couldn't have more than one person greeting and seating. The gas was out in the building so you couldn't have hot food. Unfortunately we were only told this once we were inside and seated, and not while we were waiting in the long queue beforehand. We ended up having salads and they were delicious. We were also offered a complimentary dessert to share between two as an apology, which was a nice gesture.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous all round, can’t recommend it more highly. Don’t change a thing!

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janicey
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A nice meal but very noisy. Service good but meal took a long time to arrive.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Janice, Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Brent
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Could do with some more Mains options, but otherwise great!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Brent, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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KittiSz
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

definitely yes!
Great and right amount of food.
friendly staff

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Jillypilly
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were very early for our booked table for 4, miscalculating the time taken for a previous engagement.
The very gracious restaurant manager was able to seat us within 5minutes of our arrival.Many thanks as we thought we were in for a long wait

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi there, It was our pleasure looking after you! Thank you so much for the 5 stars and see you soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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JessG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we stay in the city this is our go-to brekky spot. GREAT coffee and the food is outstanding.
Perfect sized menu. Something for everyone but not overwhelmed by choices.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Jess, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! You should stop by for dinner some time too, we are sure it wouldn't disappoint! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DarylW
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, delicious food, beautiful restaurant. A perfect place to have breakfast in the city!!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Daryl, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! And just so you are aware, we serve lunch and dinner too! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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TiffanyC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love their food incl desserts. Not too noisy which is good for a nice chat with friends

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Tiffany, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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JudithG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food,ambience and a great waiter.will be back it was fab.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual. We arrived from an early flight from Aotearoa and headed straight there for breakfast. Friendly helpful staff great food and coffee and that relaxed yet efficient ambiance . We will be returning before we head home. Thank you for your efforts it's obvious someone is going above and beyond.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Stephen, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and great comments, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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KateM
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The noise level affected the ambiance a little but it was not so loud we were unable to hear ourselves so it was manageable.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Kate, Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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SarahR
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant by far. The food is exceptional, the interior decor is photoshoot-worthy, the staff are not just polite and competent but also friendly and charismatic, and the prices are surprisingly good for the quality and creativity of the meals. I take all my friends and out-of-town guests to the grounds of the city. :)

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Sarah, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and your kind comments, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Aussieary
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It’s my go-to to meet my girlfriends in the city for breakfast. The service is always outstanding. The food is delicious. Highly recommend.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and great comments, we look forward to welcoming you and the girls back again soon! Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AlecT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

I've been here previously and the food was excellent. This time however I ordered a T-Bone, medium rare, and it was horrible. Simultaneously stringy and bland. I don't get it.

After lunch I ordered a long black and it was so bad I couldn't finish it.

The service however, was excellent.

So 1/3.

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FrancisL
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our daughter and son-in-law and their two daughters came from overseas to visit us (me and my wife). On this day our daughter had other engagements so it was the five of us. It was quite an experience and we all had a good time.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Francis, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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KimZ
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We loved the atmosphere although it was quite noisy. My green breakfast bowl was excellent My husband enjoyed his steak but thought his portion was rather small In general well worth a visit

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Kim, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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BettyBlue
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous find for a pre-show dinner! Enjoyed sharing some exceptional small plate dishes. Great 1920’s vibe. Will definitely visit again the next time we are in Sydney.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Betty, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DianeQ
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Place was too noisy for my liking. The high tea was nice but some little savoury hot things would have been good. A bit too much sweet and not quite enough savoury. Enjoyable nevertheless.

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canadiantraveller
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We enjoyed my friend's birthday brunch at the Grounds. The atmosphere was interesting and the dessert and coffee was nice. However the service felt very rushed and impersonal, and the value for the food wasnt great. There are many other locally owned cafes I would rather support than a revolving door place like this.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your review and your comments. Please rest assured that they have been taken on board and will be used to improve the operation. Best regards, Kat - General Manager

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MaggieP
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Too noisy and disappointed that the breakfast menu finished at 11.30 . The lunch menu was limited.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 March 2020

Hi Maggie, Thank you for your review. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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The Grounds of the City offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.3 stars by 1744 OpenTable diners.

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