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About The Grounds of the City

The Grounds of the City, the second outpost from the team behind The Grounds of Alexandria, is bringing soul back to the CBD with the essence of old-school service and charm.

Located in the heart of the CBD and bustling with activity, The Grounds of the City offers an accessible all-day dining experience from dawn 'til dusk.

With coffee sommeliers, Shoe Shiners and a lively Tea Lady roving the floor with exquisite cakes, The Grounds of the City is tailor-made for a marvellous time.

500 George St
Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern Australian

Hours of operation:

Monday - Wednesday, Friday
7:00am - 6:00pm

Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch 11:45am - 6:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 6:00pm)

Thursday
7:00am - 9:00pm

Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 9:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 9:00pm)

Saturday - Sunday
8:00am - 6:00pm

Breakfast 8:00am - 11:30am
Lunch 11:45am - 6:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 6:00pm)

Cross street:
Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 9699 2235

Website:
http://thegroundscity.com.au/

Catering:
From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To order online, go to http://bit.ly/catering-order-online

Parking Details:
The Grounds of the City does not have any available parking, however Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St. Please ensure to check all information, including rates & opening hours, with the individual providers when planning your trip and be mindful of George St road closures due to council works.

Public Transport:
TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building.
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.

Executive Chef:
Paul McGrath

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Grounds of the City Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.4

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Brunch (96)
Lunch (96)
Afternoon Coffee (79)
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Casual (69)
Cosy (67)
Good for a Date (56)
Special Occasions (52)
Sunday Lunch (52)
Fun (52)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Good for Birthdays (44)
High Tea (39)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Hot Spot (35)
Bar Seating (34)
Authentic (34)
Comfort Food (29)
Healthy (28)
Neighbourhood Gem (28)
Business Meals (27)
Quick Bite (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Romance (26)
Group Bookings (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
People Watching (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Seasonal (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Organic (10)
Child Friendly (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Scenic View (4)
Outdoor Eating (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
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Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined 2 days ago

I made an online reservation and that was very useful. The waiter was very helpful.
The tables are very close to each other so we were hearing the conversations of the people on either side of us. A bit embarrassing for us and them. A bit more space between tables would be better for access as well as ambience.
Food and coffee was great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service1
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Great food , excellent coffee Everything was great accept of an attention from some staff member. They need more care of customers, it was about 3-4 times that wait staff saw the dirty dishes sitting all together as we finished our meals and put them up together which ready for them to just take it out so we can order more coffee and dessert. And it wasn’t so busy on those time either. We spend $98 just for 2 people and we would have spend more money if we have got more attention from staff but Well , we Just design to leave.

Ps. There is only one waitress that got the tattoo on her arm been looking after us well when she not busy.

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Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value5

 
·Dined 5 days ago

I always love the environment at the ground CBD but somehow when it too busy we seem have to rush for our meals and the service also pushed us to finish as quick as we can so they can clear tables for next booking. My friend still going with her cake and obviously we couldn’t finish it because the waiter took her catering away :( also it too noise so we have to shout to each other. This place a bit too small now.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Our food was delicious, we shared the Poke salad with poached chicken and panko crumbed Gurnard fillet with shoestring fries. The food arrived appropriately timed before our show at the State Theatre. Will definitely come back to try the other things on the menu.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Love the food and the people, my favorite is definitely the lychee pop soda... I'll recommend to make a booking prior to the actual day, but even so, the place is still worth all the queuing and waiting for a table........

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 7 days ago

Very lovely staff, food was great we would reccomend a visit

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Food4
Ambience2
Service2
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 7 days ago

All the servers are super friendly and helpful but the food took a long time to come out and our sides weren't brought to the table until we had nearly finished our mains. Food was great. Good wine selection.

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Food4
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·Dined 7 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the decor & the food was very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 16 November 2017

We had a work team lunch at Grounds of the City. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and were commenting that they had to come back to try the rest of the menu. I was very impressed that wines from Rockford was available.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee
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Food5
Ambience4
Service1
Value4

 
·Dined on 15 November 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the food at the Grounds yet again- steak sandwich is delicious! But the service by our waitress was very robotic and unfriendly. Not too different from my last experience actually. But I keep going back for the food!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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Food4
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 14 November 2017

Staff are friendly, responsive and professional- and attempt to get and keep things moving (eg could only serve first glass of wine after food arrived). Food seriously fresh and interesting but the noise level precludes holding a relaxed, easy conversation- like most restaurants. So jury is out re returning in the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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Food4
Ambience5
Service3
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·Dined on 14 November 2017

I love the aesthetic of this place, old but beautiful. The food was delicious and the Tomahawk Pork was aptly named - we couldn't finish it. Only disappointment was that the one side we had gone to The Grounds for was not available.
Service was good and staff were super friendly and helpful. We weren't hustled out of the place in an effort to squeeze more diners in although they didn't offer us dessert - we had to ask. Overall, a great city restaurant to grab a bite, grab a drink or both! Love the vibe here!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Casual
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Food3
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on 14 November 2017

We booked a table for 7 people at the Grounds in the City, they operate a system where the hostess shows you one at a time to your table which is quite a lengthy process if a lot of people are arriving at the same time (separate parties).
The table was lovely and the wine glasses are really pretty. The service wasn't great to be honest and the place was not that busy. I ordered a meal with the dairy free option which was listed on the menu and when it arrived it wasn't dairy free so I sent it back and had to sit there while everyone else ate and wait till it came again. It makes you feel what is the point of making a specific request if they are not going to listen at all and I asked if they had a dairy free sauce instead of the one on the menu - gravy and they said a flat no. No alternatives were offered and when we asked for tomato sauce we got a long story of how it was in the basement and then they had run out when woolies is literally 100 mts away. They eventually brought bbq sauce as my friend was finishing her meal so it kind of missed the point. We asked to pay by card and we had to ask three people three times for the card machine. They brought it over let one of us pay then took it to another table and we were just sat there wondering what was going on.
The toilet situation is not ideal as you have to use the toilets in the Galleries - which I would like to point out are locked before 8pm meaning that if you have a small child, disabled person or pregnant lady there are no local toilets without having to opal tap on in Town Hall station to use their toilets.
I would possibly only get take away coffee from there in the future as I think $38 for a main meal and smoothie is pretty steep when the service isn't great. I have always been a massive fan of the grounds in Alexandria and this place has a long way to go to reach their level of service. There are so many great places to go in the city for dinner so I doubt I would return to be honest.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 13 November 2017

The Grounds Of The City is all about delicious food in a gorgeous setting.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

We had a wonderful and lovely morning after our hens night brunch. Even though we were evacuated the staff were accommodating and caring, and the food was too die for!

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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

YUM! Efficient service and delicious food. Looking forward to dining again in the future, thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

Waitress seemed to have been in a bad mood so the service wasn't great but the food and atmosphere were great. I'd still go back for the overall experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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Food4
Ambience3
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on 10 November 2017

We were given the bill before being offered tea coffee or dessert, and by that time dessert was sold out. It was loud so hard to hear the conversation.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

I recommended this for a meal prior to going to see Mark Vincent at the State Theatre. My sister and I both enjoyed our meals as they were both filling and tasty. I would recommend the grounds to anyone however if you want to have a quiet chat this is not the place for you. The noise of other diners was so loud and the music above that can be a little bit draining. However it is a lovely place to visit and I will continue going there when I can.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 8 November 2017

We came for breakfast and the ambience echoes a very European feel with the dim lights, banquettes and yesteryear decor. The food and coffee was excellent, though the young staff appeared to be having more of a social occasion than providing attentive service. Overall, very good and we’ll be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on 8 November 2017

Very noisy environment when full. Consider doing something about the acoustics

Tags: Business Meals
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Food4
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·Dined on 8 November 2017

greeted and then sat in the tiniest of corners on a squashed table that u couldn’t even move in or around let alone get in and out from
specials were not explained as they were being explained on another table

i must day tho that pasta dish was great but the salad was meh!

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 7 November 2017

Fantastic food and great service.

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Food5
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Service4
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·Dined on 6 November 2017

This my "go-to" place for lunch when I have visitors from overseas! With its sort of 1920s theme and excellent food, it's a memorable place to dine. A real shame it's not open after 6pm as would be great spot for after work drinks/food.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 5 November 2017

It was a lovely place. It was my dads birthday and we wanted to treat him. However we only had time to order mains before getting kicked out as we were only allowed to stay for 1.5 hours. It was disappointing as we were eyeing the cake table. Put a bit of a dampener on our occasion. Will not return.

Tags: Hot Spot
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Food5
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Service4
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 4 November 2017

Loved it ! Would certainly recommend to others
We enjoyed dinner but had also been for brunch a few weeks sgo

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

Great and friendly service with high quality food options that the Grounds are known for. Dishes can be quite pricey but for the ambiance and decor, it's worth going for a visit. Cakes and coffee are amazing, as usual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

The food was amazing and so was the service. We have been looked after by a lovely spanish waitress, very friendly and professional. Weather you are in Sydney for few days or you live there, this place can't be missed!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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Food1
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·Dined on 3 November 2017

Found the service great foodcwas wonderful. Only one thing music to much at eight oclock on a saturday

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 3 November 2017

Love this place. Service is excellent and now you can book so no need to queue.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 2 November 2017

A quick trip from Melbourne, a must stop for breaky! Delicious

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Great food , service was enthusiastic but lacking a little knowledge ! Like the fact they have a 1/2 bottle option for Basket Press Shiraz which is as we all know delicious . Entree and Main came out together and when asked why a strange answer . If you , like me , need a toilet close if you have a few wines this is not your place . Toilet is 100m away , public and upstairs .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 1 November 2017

Great food, prompt and expert service. the steaks were like marshmallows and the prawns delicious. The cake cart, very desirable - the salted caramel cake was to die for!
Nice that you serve Prosecco too!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on 1 November 2017

Great food! Excellent service! Everything's spectacular!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 30 October 2017

Excellent dining experience. We went for lunch and the food was fantastic and the environment was really nice. Would highly recommend as a brunch spot.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 29 October 2017

I enjoyed the dining experience with my family to celebrate my mother's birthday. However I have one criticism. My mother was encouraged to order lobster (which she loves). Unfortunately she was disappointed to be only served a small lobster and was surprised it did not come with any sides (i.e. salad and/or chips).

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

We had the roast chicken which was nicely cooked with crispy skin and the potatoes was cooked perfectly. Didn't get to try the dessert as we were too full. Will definitely come back again for more!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

You definitely need to book for this and it’s so worth it! The ambience, food and interiors is just Devine!

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Food5
Ambience4
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Great vibe, food and atmosphere. My only complaint would be that the tables are too close together and difficult to have a private conversation (not to mention trying to squeeze through to get in or out or your seat. Other than that, very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience1
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 27 October 2017

Enjoyed our breakfast with friends but the music was too intrusive and there was no gluten free toast available.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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