The Grounds of the City

4.2
1056 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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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.
What 1056 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really delicious food. Wow!
Service was great. Professional, present, but not intrusive.

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

We loved it! It was Valentine’s Day and did get a bit noisy. Food was fabulous. Will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Overrated place. Extremely noisy environment. Subpar food and service.

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VP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch here. Food was delicious and staff were lovely

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

Great service. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Food was great, not amazing, but still good. I may be expecting more since it is The Grounds (food was still excellent quality!)

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T
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good service. Food look very presentable. Surrounding very picturesque! Right next to Townhall station.

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

I would recommend it to a friend but maybe try something else to what we had on this occasion -

Chilled Alpine Salmon Tartare: A bit light in appearance (just a half-bowl of chopped salmon, peas and sauce), but quality was good and flavour was pleasant, not overpowering.
I’d certainly order something different next time though – eg; the other tartare (kangaroo).

Marrickville Buffalo Mozzarella Salad: The portion sizes were way too small for this and the other dishes we ordered for the prices charged.

Crispy Fried 5 Spice Arrow Squid: Whilst it was not unpleasant to eat I would not jump to order this one again.

lyonnaise kipfler potatoes with thyme and onions (ordered to share) - I wouldn't mind to order this again but was a bit on the bland side.

We allowed 1hr for lunch and got there on time however, it took almost half hour for our order.

I had a look at the breakfast menu and would like to come back for that and maybe dessert and/or after work drinks as really love the atmosphere (not too loud in the place to hold a conversation with the people I was with).

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FG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We were there for breakfast and it was our first time at this venue - been to Alexandria many many times and love it.

We were quite cramped at our table and the noise level from the tables on either side of us was over whelming. There were times I couldn't hear my friend sitting opposite me but could hear all the conversations from the tables on either side. Both the closeness of the tables and the noise level made it difficult for the wait staff as well. Also, having no bathroom in the venue is a bit odd given the number of diners accommodated.

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

Love the atmosphere and feel of the restaurant, which lets me pretend I am in Paris.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere service and food - delicious savoury choices for healthy breakfast.

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

food and ambience nice, 4 lots of Coffee too cool. Need to warm up those cups! Wont stop me trying again but will prewar them next time

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TB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Recommend as a main meal venue with friends and family.
Recently booked a table to enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake while reading a book. Felt a little embarrassed when reconfirmed by the waiter if I was dining alone and if I was happy with just the coffee and cake. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and friendly.

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C
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time and staff were really friendly and food was great.

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JA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved this place! Service was amazing and oh so attentive. Food was delicious and coffee was to die for. The atmosphere was warm and beautifully designed and styled - perfect lighting, no harsh LED lighting, gorgeous comfy booths which blocked out noise without missing out on the buzz and energy of the place. Music was perfect and suited the style and funky ambience of the place. Can't wait to return 💙

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l
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

girl who served us was really wonderful and friendly, aesthetic of the place as great as usual. Only complaint is I wish they would switch up the menu though.

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VC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was pretty overpriced for what it was...I’ve had better pub food unfortunately. Coffee was really good tho

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c
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice restaurant in the city centre with classic ambience. Food is great too. The downside is the restaurant is too noisy to have conversation.

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J
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very busy on Friday night and tables close together hard to have a conversation Food was good and quick service

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LL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to eat with delightful staff and terrific decor.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Very overpriced. Got the avocado and poached egg on toast. Only one picked egg and it was $22!

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CT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great weekend brekkie choice. Service was good too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

First dinner back in Sydney from a vacation. TGOC really reminded of what Sydney’s capable of in terms of its restaurant scene. Our waiters and waitresses were so nice, the old was delicious and as was the ambience. Loved their affogato!

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KL
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We booked and turned up, the booking could o be found, even when I showed it to him, he still had trouble finding it.

ANYWAY, the table was so dimly light, we could barely read the menu
The food choice was boring, and we left without ordering, and went else where.

Menu is boring and not interesting..

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PQ
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated promptly and on time, we were informed of the Grounds service available, and a waiter (Crystal) was on hand with menus etc and checking if we needed drinks.

Crystal was very attentive and gave good advice on the menu, and took our order as soon as she saw we were ready.

The food came promptly and was excellent as was our wine. All in all a great experience and we would like you to thanks Crystal for making it great.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Staff were rushing us to leave. Keep asking if we wanted to order something else.
Bacon wasn’t cooked properly, not crispy, too hard and fried egg wasn’t a fried egg. Overall very disappointed. Don’t follow the hype, for the price you pay it’s clearly not worth it. Won’t go back.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great burgers and fries in Sydney, shame the service let us down as we had to ask for water 3 times.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great! Good ambience, treated my long time friend! It was her first time & she loved it!

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CR
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extememly friendly and accomodating. Would highly recommend

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YY
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Hannah is an extremely lovely and helpful young lady who have looked after us yesterday morning. She has an amazing memory recording all our orders (including specials/extras) without writing them down, and have them all correct! She came over to greet us to make sure we're happy with the meals, we felt really well looked after by Hannah, and she is definitely a valuable person to the café. Thank you!

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s
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

thank you for your friendly service. very nice coffee, great place for breakfast catch up with friend(s).

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VV
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the lighting, 1920s classical music and kind staff

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EM
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Not reccomended for babies and toddlers. The tables are to small the highchair had no straps and it's not pram friendly. However the staff food and ambience were fantastic....next time just the hubby and I.

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A
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It's not cheap, but food is great. Only issue was that our table of four was extremely cramped.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place! Our waitress made the experience even better. Please open something in Melbourne!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the new salads, fresh and tasty and a good serve size. Service was quick and thoughtful.

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b
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service good, wine list not so good, lack on onsite toilets an issue

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SH
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at The Grounds. The service from Harry was absolutely brilliant - so welcoming, genuine, prompt and a great sense of humour. Thank you Harry! The food and drinks were delicious and came out very quickly. Beautiful, stylish surroundings as always, although I did find it a little loud and we had to lean in to talk ... however this was not a big issue. Very much recommend, and make sure you order one of the beautiful desserts!

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JW
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, though it did feel a little cramped at lunchtime. The food we ordered was very nice, and the service was pretty good. I would go back.

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D
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Sat for 15 minutes before being asked if I had ordered....

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E
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed the whole experience here and cannot wait to go back. The menu is varied and wonderful, and their drinks are amazing! The staff is so wonderful and pleasant. And you HAVE to try their cakes, they're absolutely incredible. The venue is so tasteful and pleasant. Amazing.

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