The Grounds of the City

4.1
843 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday
7:00am - 9:00pm

Friday
7:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday
8:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday
8:00am - 9:00pm

Monday
7:00am - 5:00pm

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.
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Phone number
(02) 9699 2235
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Paul McGrath
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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 view our offering and order online, visit our website here.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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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.
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Public Transit
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.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Offers

High Tea - Seasonal daily selection of house-made goods

Settle into the city and spoil yourself with all the delights of our High Tea. Our seasonal menu includes a curated daily selection of house-made goods fresh from The Grounds very own Bakery & Patisserie.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 22 October 2018

Ends: 28 February 2019

Availability: Sun 14:30-16:30
Mon 14:30-16:00
Tue-Sat 14:30-16:30

Complimentary bottle of wine with $50 or more spend

Spend over $50 on Sunday lunch or dinner and receive a complimentary bottle of Grounds wine.

Terms and Conditions: .Valid for The Grounds Red, White and Sparkling wines from 11:00 a.m. One bottle per sitting.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 14 September 2018

Ends: 31 October 2018

Availability: Sun 11:00-21:00

$12 Cocktails!

Cosy in for a late dinner and say cheers to $12 cocktails between 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m, every Tuesday to Sunday. We'll drink to that!

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 14 September 2018

Ends: 31 October 2018

Availability: Sun 20:00-21:00
Tue-Sat 20:00-21:00

What 843 People Are Saying
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TK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We were recommended to The Grounds of Alexandra but were unable to get there and thought to go to The Grounds in the City.
Had a fatastic evening- excellent food,great atmosphere and excellent service from Sasha- she made the evening very memorable.
We will definitely go to The Grounds of Alexandria on our next visit
Will definitely recommending these restaurants to others

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t
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Food was ok. some plates amazing, others quite average. It was extremely warm inside the restaurant as it is entirely closed in. Great décor

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

We had a great time until I realized when checking the bill after we arrived home that we had been OVER CHARGED - meals that we did not have!

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MA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, the food was presented beautiful & it's so delicious. My friends enjoyed our get together & definitely will comeback and bring our family together. Staff are friendly & good service. Highly recommended. Thank you

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LK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Very ordinary food and overpriced for what its is.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic, and the service was really good.

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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Booked in a reservation weeks in advance and still had to wait for a fair bit before seated. For a business meeting, this isn't a good look or acceptable.

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MM
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A last minute after work decision to dine here was a good choice. The meal was lovely and the service very attentive and friendly. However, it is a bit overpriced. Some nice wine list options.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Ambiance and decor is nice but food is very expensive for the quantity you have, and quality is not amazing either. Very disappointing for such a great location and atmosphere.
Also, service was really disappointing too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Been to the Grounds many times. As in the past the food and ambiance was good. I really hate to say but on this occasion the service was poor to non existent! For example, we ordered a bottle of wine which was poured and then taken away, which is ok. However, our glasses stayed empty for most of the night and only when asked whether the bottle was finished did the waiter check. No it was not! I know there is a drought but even water was scarce. When we requested fromthe same waiter for plates to carve up a shared dessert, you expect a plate for each person on the table, but no, we got three plates for four people. I know these are pretty petty points but they added to satisfaction/dissatisfaction of the night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

After waiting 15 minutes for our drinks only my drink arrived and my partner was told they didn’t have her cocktail so she had to reorder. This should have been said just after the order was put in. It is poor service to serve one customer a drink and make the their wait. My partner had to wait another 15 mins for her replacement drink to arrive! This order should have been done straight away as priority.

I ordered a medium steak and it was like eating leather. Never had such an over cooked steak before! It was terrible! Overall the food was bland and some of the potatoes were undercooked. Parts of my partners steak were rare when she ordered medium.

Overall it was a very disappointing meal, the service was slow and poor and the staff quite rude at times. I would not recommend eating here to friends or family and will not be returning again!

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PH
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Very disappointed. Steack overcooked waiter forgot the oyster .
Very expensive for the quality

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TC
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and great service. The waitress was efficient and the food we ordered was very delicious!

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WC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An enjoyable meal with variety and novelty. Waiting was concerned and most attentive.

The choice of juices was most original. We found a range of dishes to suit ourselves: fruit pancakes, a beef hamburger and a tartine of wild mushrooms. Had we seen it earlier, the choice of rock oysters from Forster or Pacifics from Tasmania could have taken our fancy. Cold coffee extract was delicious. Had to improve everything.

The male toilets were difficult to find. A long way from our table.

We will be returning soon.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meals and cocktails. Fabulous service. We loved the cosy booths and decor.

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NP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Overpriced. Pasta wasn’t tasty at all. Not many vegetarians options.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great alternative to eating in Balmain. Short walk from the Balmain bus stop at QVB. No parking problems.

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N
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The service definitely was not as good as I thought it was. We weren't even seated to our table, the seater called out my name and waved us over to the table. Our waiter was average, basic service which was adequate but not amazing.

The restaurant is loud, felt like I had to yell toake sure my friend could hear me.

The decor was nice and the food was tasty. But I wouldn't pay over $20 for literally 3 scallops, didnt come with anything else.

The tarts was delicious. I would only go back for afternoon tea.

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F
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent drinks (including the house-made sodas) although the food is pricy for what you get.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

tough wagyu steak and overcooked
tough octopus
poor service

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RL
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Sasha was super friendly and attentive. Food was good. Overall a good evening.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Door host service is basic. What’s the point of having a reservation if the customer is treated like a walk-in?

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service from Kubra

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SD
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food , good service but very noisy- not good for wanting to chat with friends you need to catch up with

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SC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely staff. Ver lovely to the grandma at the table. Great atmosphere really loved our time there💓

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VS
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and quick service and lovely surroundings.

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p
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service in a venue that has a great feel. We do all of our important catch-ups at the Grounds.

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KW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointed because The Grounds does breakfast so well. Food prices were high and portions small - waiter didn’t really know the menu and was difficult to communicate with. I’ll take visitors for breakfast but won’t go for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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B
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Deserts were delicious. Hot chocolate was cold. Service good.

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B
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Whilst the food and drinks were delicious, the surrounding noise level made conversation difficult. Tables were very close together so that we had to raise our voices to be heard and lean in to hear. It was impossible not to hear other people's conversations - not very private.
Next time I think we'll do takeaway.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cheers to our waitress Gretta, who made the entire experience for us.

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HD
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A pleasant ‘escape’ from the hustle & bustle of the city in a beautifully restored Sydney cafe.

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MC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE this place! I stay at the Hilton so it's a 2 minute walk from my room for best coffee and breakfast inner city!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The interior styling all comes together with the food, unique beverage menu and staff to create a warm and buzzing ambience. Surprisingly intimate for close seating and loud background music! Loved it.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved our lunch for my Niece 13th Birthday, thanks for making it special for her. Great food and mood.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Atmosphere & service were perfect! We thought $14 for a glass of wine was over the top..barely a standard serve & not a great wine..not sure what it was..might have a house wine! Many of us ordered the calamari which was lovely but $24 for a tiny serve..barely hit the sides..I was quite embarrassed as I chose the venue. We were a group of women & the toilets were a 5 minute walk away & we'd just arrived in the city after a 2 hour drive so had to go. Don't think I'd go back..sorry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Yohanna made this go from a great to a fantastic experience. Has a clear customer satisfaction focus.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service

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MC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Bit pricey. Ambiance is nice. Good location, $12 happy hour cocktails are nice.

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