The Grounds of the City

4.3
2045 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2045 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Energetic
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JamesC
Sydney
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, service was immaculate and staff very efficient and courteous

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Service slow, food was cold.

BC
BelindaC
Sydney
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Cold food & poor service. Disappointed. Menu overrated and overpriced for average taste and poor impersonal service.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

They looked understaffed for about 15 minutes until more staff turned up at 830.

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yoursarah
Melbourne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful setting, lovely menu and attentive staff. Repeat customer :)

MC
MichelleC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service! It's a pleasure to go there.

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Bond
Sydney
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food is good - Brownie, steak, fries, Prosecco. Friendly service.

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Cheryl
Sydney
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

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LyndallS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Beautiful place to catchup with friends and relax.

JC
JamesC
Sydney
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
visit again

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LaraW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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.

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AlekV
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

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ClaudiaZ
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really nice place to go with friends and have a chatty brunch.

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FrancesS
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Quirky cafe - cool music. Food was nice. Vibe was nice. Coffee good. Definitely worth a visit for the experience

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Aalto
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful foof and coffee, always fantastic service.

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Kurtis
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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LeeP
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

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.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

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

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raym
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

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.

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SaulC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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.

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the meal coffee cold and spilt into our saucers but loved your place and food

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Jazza
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Food was way over priced. Coffees and food not as good as other places. Atmosphere good but mismatch between price and food quality

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KARENA
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

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.

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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ShayS
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

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.

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BradW
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Straight away service was awesome, walked in and the place was buzzing.
Cool music playing, good coffee, good food.

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LeenyB
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The decor, food & service are exceptional. Ensure you book ahead though.

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SharonP
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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PatT
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

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.

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DavidB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Ambience and decor was really nice, service and food was poor

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KimO
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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StuartM
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

Slow service.

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Hanoot
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience3

Really limited menu. Crappy portions for the price we pay. Really disappointed and wouldn’t go again. So overrated

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RuthL
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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.

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katiet
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing location right in the CBD but once inside you could be anywhere!

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GeoffS
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience5

Dont stress aboutr my food rating we didnt have food.

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delloS
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

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

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SoSyd
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Saffron pasta was a delight. Perfectly cooked lamb rack salad. And we were very happy with the cakes and coffee.

FAQs

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.