The Grounds of the City
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.
7:00am - 9:00pm
7:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 10:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
7:00am - 5:00pm (During December, we're keeping the doors open late on Mondays for dinner too! Special extended hours apply to December 3rd, 10th and 17th)
Christmas and New Year's Trading Hours
27-30/12: Regular Trading Hours
02/01/19: Regular Trading Hours
Breakfast is served until 11:30am daily, followed by a Lunch & Dinner menu from 11:45am until close, with a limited menu available between 3pm-5pm daily.
BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.
Food was bland, I had the avocado on toast and coffee was cold and tasted terrible
Very nice. Issues with Eftpos machine which was a bit frustrating as it took 10 mins to pay. However, I would think that was their fault.
Very nice decor, the service was perfect and the drinks were great. The dinner menu did not wow me though, very standard.
Food was fine, but nothing special. Extremely loud and hard to have a conversation with anyone. Wait staff were generally polite and accommodating.
Booked in a table for 11:15am. Wanted to have breakfast, checked when breakfast finishes on the website and it said 11:30, and when we got there they said because they had big groups that breakfast would be finishing at 11:20, which doesn't even make any sense. We ended up not ordering in time and missing breakfast and we didn't want anything on the lunch menu so we ended up just having a drink and left to go somewhere that still served breakfast. Really disappointing.
Nina the woman that was our waitress was fantastic and great help with the menu, could not highly recommend her service enough. We have been a few times before and the staff can be a little antsy at times and she was perfect.
However some of the food portions seemed a lot smaller then the last time I was there. I had the chunky hash brown dish and seemed nearly half the size from the previous time. Still food was overall fine, just seemed smaller then previous.
Great evening spent for a family members birthday.
Food was delicious, waitstaff attentive; great ambience about the whole place. Can get quite busy so do make sure you book.
It is very obvious there are no enough staff to provide a standard service, All staffs work very hard but the problem is the number of staffs.
The food was amazing and the service excellent . Just make sure you visit the bathroom before as it’s s long walk .. otherwise perfect 👍
The waitress was great but the tables are too close together and it felt like we were part of the next table's conversation. The wait staff were happy to move us to a three seater table as it was not reserved, but it's greedy of The Grounds to squeeze in extra tables to improve their profits.
It's a nice place to unwind and go back in time with the varying decor you see around, enjoying special moments with friends or family.
Both visits have been great - Different menu for each season (Winter/ Summer)
The staff were tentative and were kind enough to sing happy birthday for my uncle !
our waitress was lovely too.
Highly recommend :)
Plus the food was great !
Loved it. Great food, wine, ambience and service. Cheese board was delicious. Stayed for 4 hours and the staff didn’t rush us at all. Great evening with friends.
Place is a biy crowded and noisy. Hard to have conversarion.
The second time in a row that we have tried this restaurant, both times with appalling service:
We waited about 30 minutes for our drinks order. We had to request many times for the wine to be brought to the table.
Our starters arrived with our main course.
The waitresses did not know which dish was which when they delivered them, or which dishes contained allergens when we asked at ordering.
Two of the mains arrived 15 minutes after the other two, meaning that we didn’t eat together.
Meal was nice and loved the ambience. The new summer menu is a winner! Although Found the price a bit pricey. Also the waitress seems to be new and cannot seem to find the items in the iPad to process our orders.
And when the confit kurobuta pork was to be replaced with another pork dish, she couldn’t tell us what part of the pork it was and didn’t take initiative to ask the chef. So we ordered the lamb instead.
Nice Deco, I love their cake friendly staff just bit noisy
Absolutely adore The Grounds of The City, food is always delicious, staff are always helpful and polite, and the ambience and decor is excellent.
Your coffee for cappuccinos is way too small. This place is a good brunch spot and most people love their morning coffees. My cappuccino was small and lukewarm so I was able to finish it in 3 sips and didn’t enjoy its temperature. Brunch is all about a large hot coffee! Everything else was fantastic. I don’t like only having 90 minutes to eat it kind of kills the mood a bit.
My Friend and I celebrated Christmas with a breakfast in the city. Your restaurant was highly recommended and we were not disappointed. Thank you for a lovely morning
We ordered a $60 bottle of Pinot Grigio when we asked for an ice bucket the waiter said they had been stolen the week before and there were none left He plonked our bottle on the table and left
We proceeded to eat dinner and drink wine at room temperature
Found out from another staff the ice bucket story was a tale Not happy Will not be back !
Love The Grounds of The City. Exceptional customer service, beautiful food. The High Tea is amazing. Great atmosphere and very comfortable dining. Look forward to the next visit.
Great food and ambiance, the decor really helped to create a cosy atmosphere. The menu was reasonably priced and provided a broad variety of dishes. However the variety may be a detracter for some as the menu may be beyond their familiar palate.
This place is good for adults and a toddler. Restaurant had high chairs and was accommodating for the two-year old that was with us. Plus, the noise levels allowed for the toddler to fuss without bothering others. Food was great, service was good.
Such an amazing place! Lovely staff and amazing food! Very Well presented and very tasty 😍 we’ve ate at a lot of places but here and @ the grounds of Alexandria” are absolutely my favourite places.Keep up the good work! I recommend it very highly. I will definitely come again.
Service was excellent, menu delicious and ambience was very energetic. We loved it! We will be back👍😀
It was too vibrant for me but great for the younger adults. The cakes looked amazing. The food was nice, the service was good. The layout was really nice but for a catch up with friends is too loud for me.
Normally I like the Grounds but this time I found the tempura prawns were small, not crispy with few mushrooms and my coffee did not come. My friend's meal was good and she liked it.
Every thing was excellent ! Food was good and service was brilliant the only thing I could be judgmental about was the fact my date (she) had to leave the premisses and go find the public toilet go outside up stairs around the corner
When serving food and drink toilet facilities are a given but besides that my evening was enjoyable
Beautiful cosy atmosphere. It would be better if there was a surprise for our special occasion that is our wedding anniversary
Came for brunch. Awesome food :) loved the steak and eggs! Would go back again!
Great food, service was a little slow, but overall it was enjoyable for a business breakfast.
Overall very nice, good food, friendly staff but as they were so busy we had to ask for things several times, and one item just never turned up so we gave up and asked for it to be deducted from the bill.
Great for groups...fantastic service every time
Food is always so fresh
The fantastic friendly service was outstanding. The food was very tasty with generous portion sizes making it great value for money in the CBD. Would definitely return and recommend to friends and family.
This place is great. Pricey but lovely. And one of our wait staff was a little out of her depth but everyone else made up for that.
Some of the tables are set up too close , not really comfortable when talking
On a plus, ambience was excellent and the restaurant has a great atmosphere
Both the food and coffee took a while to arrive and both were luke warm when served. The actual food was good but would have been better had the service delivery been quicker.
When we finally got in the place was amazing. Bit of a slow and confusing process to get through the door. That being said Berta our waitperson was incredible and the food was great.
Would recommend but make sure you book.