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The Grounds of the City

4.2
460 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
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  • 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 the essence of old-school service and charm.

Located in the heart of the CBD and bustling with activity, The Grounds of the City offers an accessible all-day dining experience from dawn 'til dusk.

With coffee sommeliers, Shoe Shiners and a lively Tea Lady roving the floor with exquisite cakes, The Grounds of the City is tailor-made for a marvellous time.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
*SPECIAL ANZAC DAY OPENING HOURS*
WEDNESDAY 25th APRIL
9am - 9pm

Monday
7:00am - 5:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch 11:45am - 5:00pm
During Vivid Sydney, The Grounds of the City will be open on Monday evenings until 9pm - 28th May and 4th & 11th June


Tuesday - Thursday
7:00am - 9:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 9:00pm


Friday
7:00am - 10:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 10:00pm


Saturday
8:00am - 10:00pm
Breakfast 8:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 10:00pm


Sunday
8:00am - 9:00pm
Breakfast 8:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 9:00pm
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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 order online, go to http://bit.ly/catering-order-online
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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
What 460 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Lovely food and the service was quick and friendly (lunch hour rush). However, the venue overall is crowded, dimly lit and VERY noisy!! Felt as though we were raising our voices at each other.

As much as the food was lovely, I wouldn't come back here again. I'll stick to the grounds of Alexandria.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Good experience had - nice ambience, though noisy. Enjoyed the visit.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

My deconstructed hot chocolate came out cold.
Our waitress seemed a bit clueless. Could not remember a drink order, gave us the wrong bill and paying the bill was a hassle as well

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The atmosphere was amazing, the desserts and tea was so yummy!!! Will definitely recommend to my friends and will be coming back soon.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Disappointing - terrible service. Waitress could not explain dishes and long wait times for food / drinks.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Great vibe, fantastic that you can book tables, outstanding service. Food was lovely

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

From the moment we walked in we were impressed by the attention to detail by your friendly staff. We were attended to and our order taken in a timely manner, and the food arrived promptly. Without being intrusive your staff inquired how we were, and were we enjoying our meal.

We would not hesitate to recommend the Grounds to our friends & family.

One more thing, I often get takeaway and find Anastasia's service outstanding, please let her know.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The decoration is beautiful. It brings us back to the last century. But the restaurant is dark and the distance between tables is too short. The waiting time of food is a little bit long during the busy time but it is acceptable. The flavour is good. We ordered the eggs and pork linguine, grilled dory and the Poke Salad. They are delicious, specially the linguine. The pork in it is not dry at all and is easy to chew. The Poke Salad has asian flacour with some ingredients like shallot and coriander. The grilled dory is not dry either and I can tell it is very fresh. The only thing I am not satisfied with is that the sauce vierge with the dory is normal. However, I like this restaurant. Hope the light can be trun up in the furture, and one or two table can be taken away to give more space to customers.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

I was catching up with a friend I had not seen for a long time so wanted to be seated in a reasonably quiet area so we could hear each other.
The staff were very accommodating and arranged a booth for us which was perfect!
We did not feel rushed and the food was very delicious would definitely recommend giving this place a try.

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2.0Dined on 12 April 2018

So disappointing. I ordered the breakfast bowl, and it was so full of salt I left most of it behind. When mentioned to the wait staff, nothing was done to fix it.

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3.0Dined on 11 April 2018

I have been to the Grounds of Alexandria a few times and although I really did like the interior design and general atmosphere of the place I was slightly underwhelmed. I had to re-ask for a glass of wine several times and water was not filled up regularly despite the restaurant being half empty. I feel for the price and reputation of the Grounds it could have been better. The waitress herself was lovely but when eating and paying those prices 20 minutes to wait for a glass of wine is a little much. I would return as I did like the food and general atmosphere and hopefully the service will be better.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

We enjoyed our lunch at the grounds but given that it sells such yummy bread we were hoping there might be yummy sandwiches for lunch. Just a menu suggestion

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Fun atmosphere and reasonable menu choices. Expensive for what it is but worth it for the novelty

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Very good and attentive service, good coffee and good quality food. Tables are a little close together making it feel slightly cramped. The salad lunch options whilst very nice are a little pricy at $25 a pop given they are quite small and essentially just a good quality salad. Would recommend selecting one of the hot mains like burger and chips as these maybe represent better value for money.

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3.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Food was tasty - had the crab omelette - good portion and cooked well. Previously though when ordering takeaway wasn’t so pleased that I still was made to pay $23 for avocado and tomatoes on toast (opted to not have the poached egg). Would be nice to see them accomodate for small changes like that to keep customers happy. Have tried the passion fruit cheesecake and strawberry sponge cake and they are OK. Overall good variety of options on the menu that stand out from other breakfast/brunch places in the CBD.

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2.0Dined on 8 April 2018

We were so looking forward to eating here because the Grounds of Alexandria never disappoints and I have been to the Grounds of the City and been delighted before and I had raved about it to my guests. Unfortunately there was no ice cream so no affogato, no cakes or pastries and not even any English Breakfast tea. Such a disappointment. We travelled from country areas to meet here and enjoy what we expected to be delicious food on a special occasion but were so disappointed. The wait staff were gorgeous and apologetic but it was an enormous wasted effort, sadly. Would like to try again but it’s hard to find a time we three will be able to meet in Sydney in the foreseeable future 😔

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

The service although friendly was below par. One of our dishes was not placed and then took a fair while to arrive.

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4.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Our waiter is always great, makes us feel welcomed, honest in their opinions with the menu which helps us choose what to eat. The service is much better than The Grounds, Alexandria.

We always have a great time and enjoy the food!
Love the decor and style.
Especially love that you can book a table for the times you can request.

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

Great Vibe,
Great Tucker,
Great Day,
Loved it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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3.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Coffee and food are fantastic, convenient location and much easier to get to compare to Alexandria.However, very unpleasant experience on last visit when staff placed bill on table immediate after dishes emptied before we asking for the bill and especially when the lunch was a friends gathering after 11 years we haven’t seen each other. Made a very bad impression for friend from overseas.

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1.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Didn’t have food or cake to serve. Should have been notified before we waited for 30 minutes and waited for table service.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Great selections of cakes, drinks, lovely presentation and good service.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Love the ambience. Ask for a booth. Excellent service. Food is delicious. Book somewhere you won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Highly attentive service. The place was packed at lunch but we never felt rushed or neglected. Dishes were modified on request to fit dietary requirements. A lovely venue with great fitouts. The food was tasty. Prices on the high side but worth it for the ambience, quality dishes and great service.

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5.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Great service, lovely environment. Would have given 5 star if my steak wasn’t over cooked.

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

The breakfast was delicious. The hot smoked trout was perfect and the coffee good.

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2.0Dined on 28 March 2018

The food was ok.
But the restaurant is way too over-croweded and stuffy.
It was really an unpleseant environment.
So if you want a nice date night, this is not an ideal choice for you.

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3.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Food was good but service was woeful. Over 2 hours we weren’t offered more drinks, coffee, dessert, anything! And then we had to go. Disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Went for breakfast a few times. Great food. Porridge, eggs, crab omelette, sourdough toast, smashed avo + tomatoes. Fritters looked amazing, but disappointed. Coffee is excellent. The deconstructed iced versions are cool too (literally). Ambiance excellent. Staff is a mixed bag, some amazing and some still leaving something to be desired...

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3.0Dined on 27 March 2018

I'm not sure what Grounds of the City wants to be.
I had a 7am booking to meet a friend. Got there a little early and music was pumping but doors were locked tight. Very officious staff member opened the window and door promptly at 7 and I felt special -- like I was being let in to an exclusive club. Prompt service -- too prompt, really. I couldn't savour the coffee menu and my friend was running a few minutes late. I felt rushed and unwelcome. People seating near me ordered, received, consumed and exited in less than half an hour. Is this what GOTC desires? An American food factory personality? The music was loud and had a fast "chew factor" tempo. So, it's not the place for a business meal (can't hear each other); it's not the right venue for a special occasion (can't linger over food or friendship); and it's not "WOW, this is AMAZING food/coffee". This is a shame because I LOVE the look -- the new twist on Old World decor, the twee coffee and pastry menu, the overly gracious wait staff, the flattering lighting. But my "hot" trout tart was lukewarm at best, my juice was served with the bill due to a printer jam and my coffee was ... coffee. I know it's a popular place and Grounds wants to serve as many as it can in the breakfast rush but it all felt too fast, like a friend taking your hand and then sprinting with you through the Louvre.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Fantastic atmosphere, friendly service & good food. I always enjoy lunch here however my only criticism is that the tables are turned over very quickly & you are asked to vacate for the next sitting after a very short time.

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5.0Dined on 26 March 2018

Absolutely must have on any and every visit to Sydney. Exceptional.

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3.0Dined on 25 March 2018

I would give it higher rating if the staff were more attentive.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

I liked the atmosphere they created and the cakes are my favorites.

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Dinner with a girlfriend. Didn’t feel rushed at all. The service was amazing and super friendly. Getting to watch your food being made is always a good sign. However the potatoes were so disappointing. First of all the potatoes they used are not to be roasted. They arrived soggy dipping in oil and lacked flavour they weren’t even seasoned. As a lamb lover it was delicious and cooked to perfection.

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Our waitress that night (Cubra? Unsure of spelling, sorry!) was super nice and I hope we see her again!

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Absolutely wonderful experience. Food was Devine, ambience is fun but comfortable and service on point - attentive and very helpful. 100% would recommend.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Good food and environment. food service was great. The lighting was slightly dull

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

My friend and I have had lunch at the Grounds City before and we loved going back, it has such a great atmosphere for a resturant in the CBD, love the 'other worldy' feel of the venue and the staff are always welcoming and professional. I get take-aways a bit from the front and the staff serving there are always lovely even when under the pump with the lunchtime crowd.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Nice little hideaway in heart of the city. Close to everything. Lovely ambiance & cute Grounds decor.

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