The Grounds of the City
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
Seared Grain Fed Rump Steak Sandwich
With sautéed mushrooms, onions, bearnaise on sourdough with shoestring fries
Eggs on Toast* **
eggs cooked your way on toasted sourdough
With avocado, broccoli, edamame, coconut, cauliflower, lime & coriander
Food was delicious, service was immaculate and staff very efficient and courteous
Service slow, food was cold.
Cold food & poor service. Disappointed. Menu overrated and overpriced for average taste and poor impersonal service.
They looked understaffed for about 15 minutes until more staff turned up at 830.
Delightful setting, lovely menu and attentive staff. Repeat customer :)
Great food and service! It's a pleasure to go there.
The food is good - Brownie, steak, fries, Prosecco. Friendly service.
A lovely escape in the city - the owners have done well to recreate the vibe of The Grounds in a much smaller setting - love the details, the service, food and will be back again.
The lovely Blonde lady that oversaw our table greatly added to our experience.
Unfortunately the welcome from the lady at front desk outside could have been much warmer.
Beautiful place to catchup with friends and relax.
I found the food staff and surrounds outstanding. It was the best breakfast I''ve had in a long time. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff , very obliging. My family and I will
Service and Food are great. It is also a great place to catch up with a friend, though it is fairly loud. It was Ok yesterday as it wasn't full but when full it would be harder to have a conversation.
Wonderful decor and innovative / interesting items on the menu. Perfect to reunite with some friends or colleagues. So much better than an average run of the mill cafe. We went for breakfast and my friends loved their selections. I regretted not clarifying what was in the omelette as it had fennel (not listed as an ingredient) and I'm not such a fan, but the coffee was great and the service was efficient.
Really nice place to go with friends and have a chatty brunch.
Quirky cafe - cool music. Food was nice. Vibe was nice. Coffee good. Definitely worth a visit for the experience
Wonderful foof and coffee, always fantastic service.
Awesome menu with fresh taste. Made a booking with no hassle. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Coffee is great :) thanks for making our holiday’s mornings great
Disappointed with our booking as we arrived at 11.30 for an 11.45 booking. We were expecting the breakfast menu given the time but due to the change over in the kitchen was told we could only eat the lunch menu. There was no prior warning on the website of the end of breakfast service and we were not notified when we arrived. Otherwise we would have booked an earlier seating. Lunch menu was ok but did not meet expectation. Overall not satisfied so unlikely to return.
When we arrived at the correct time we were told to wait outside. There other groups behind us (some with reservations and others without) were then taken in to their table.
Water service was very slow
Food was delivered at markedly different times.
But also the special celebration- requested in the booking, AND the cake requested was totally ignored.
Way below standard
We had a table for 90 min, but we were kicked out after one hour. Their reason was that they wanted to close earlier, eventhough I called them and asked about their opening hours.
We enjoyed our food and service was good and staff very friendly and helpful. Music was a touch too loud but we were told it was an issue with the sound system and they couldn't adjust it.
Loved the meal coffee cold and spilt into our saucers but loved your place and food
Food was way over priced. Coffees and food not as good as other places. Atmosphere good but mismatch between price and food quality
Lovely venue, lots of energy. Vibrant but hard to hear each other. The dessert was amazing but I was a little let down by the fish. One waiter was incredible and the other was annoyed with a most of our requests and took the menu away before we could order a drink. Overall a nice lunch and would probably go again. Would also recommend. Perhaps a bit of bad luck.
Always a great place to come/bring clients to for a relationship building meeting. The look is great - your eyes get drawn to the details and styling, service is excellent and friendly, has a feeling of exclusivity without being stuck up.
My pasta was way too salty, I couldn't finish the portion. However I love The Grounds overall and have had much better experiences in The Grounds of Alexandria. Was very disappointed with the food in The Grounds of the City.
Straight away service was awesome, walked in and the place was buzzing.
Cool music playing, good coffee, good food.
The decor, food & service are exceptional. Ensure you book ahead though.
From the lady that directed us to our table, to the atmosphere, the woman that served us and the amazing food - we were all blown away. We had heard great things and were not disappointed. Thank you.
We almost weren't seated even though we had a reservation. The groups in front of us were just walked in without bookings and yet when we were served they told us they had no tables left.
We also waited 15 minutes and asked twice for the bill from two different waitresses.
Ambience and decor was really nice, service and food was poor
Great find in the city. We made a booking the night before, just as well as it was packed. Loved the atmosphere, food was fabulous, service was great too.
Only issue I has was the fries with my burger were inconsistent. Somewhere very nice, others were off colour and felt like they were over cooked.
Really limited menu. Crappy portions for the price we pay. Really disappointed and wouldn’t go again. So overrated
Great food, interesting ambience and we could hear our conversation which is rare in most cafes and restaurants.
Would be good for meetings a d all age groups
We will be back.
amazing location right in the CBD but once inside you could be anywhere!
Dont stress aboutr my food rating we didnt have food.
It’s a great place but the staff are terrible. Took forever to come and get my order then got angry when I asked if I could pay on the way out. Pretty much boxed my friend and I in then dumped the eftpos machine in front of us and were really rude. Will not be going back EVER
Saffron pasta was a delight. Perfectly cooked lamb rack salad. And we were very happy with the cakes and coffee.
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 2045 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.