The Grounds of the City

4.1
933 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • 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 (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
24/12: 7am-5pm
25/12: Closed
26/12: 9am-5pm
27-30/12: Regular Trading Hours
31/12: 7am-5pm
01/01/19: Closed
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.
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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, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 933 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Food was bland, I had the avocado on toast and coffee was cold and tasted terrible

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

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.

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

Very nice decor, the service was perfect and the drinks were great. The dinner menu did not wow me though, very standard.

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NF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Food was fine, but nothing special. Extremely loud and hard to have a conversation with anyone. Wait staff were generally polite and accommodating.

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

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.

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

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.

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ES
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service excellent . Just make sure you visit the bathroom before as it’s s long walk .. otherwise perfect 👍

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

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.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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SV
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Both visits have been great - Different menu for each season (Winter/ Summer)

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G
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 !

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RN
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Place is a biy crowded and noisy. Hard to have conversarion.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

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.

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

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.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice Deco, I love their cake friendly staff just bit noisy

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CN
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely adore The Grounds of The City, food is always delicious, staff are always helpful and polite, and the ambience and decor is excellent.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JI
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

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 !

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NT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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F
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent, menu delicious and ambience was very energetic. We loved it! We will be back👍😀

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TK
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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B
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful cosy atmosphere. It would be better if there was a surprise for our special occasion that is our wedding anniversary

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T
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Came for brunch. Awesome food :) loved the steak and eggs! Would go back again!

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SF
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great food, service was a little slow, but overall it was enjoyable for a business breakfast.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for groups...fantastic service every time
Food is always so fresh

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HC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hey
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.

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C
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Some of the tables are set up too close , not really comfortable when talking

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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