The Grounds of the City

4.1
705 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

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, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 705 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food, but experience totally spoilt by the hired help. The front desk did me a huge favour on receiving me and showing me to my table. The waiter then did me an even greater favour by taking my order, after 10 minutes. He was acting that I was the one free meal that they had to give away the night. At least I did not see him again the whole night. The others that dealt with some other requests during dinner were much better though.

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

We went for breakfast, very noisy and our coffee order didn’t come until our breakfast.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service once you are in. Unfortunately we had to stand in a line for 10 minutes just to see someone to tell them we had a reservation. There needs to be two
lines- one for pre-booked reservations and one for walk ins

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always great service by staff. A lady was serving us and she was amazing. Recommended the pour over for my dad who wanted to try something different. Even when my dad was brutally honest and admitted it was not to his taste, she took it in her stride, was super friendly about it and recommended other coffees to try next time. Don't know her name however her attitude and personality are to be commended! Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The attention to detail at the Grounds of the City is incredible. You really do feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The place is always busy but there is no shortage of staff to take your order or top up your water glass. They allocate each booking an hour and a half time slot, which is more than enough time to have a meal, (and follow it up wit coffee and cake) as the food comes out in a very reasonable amount of time, despite the high volume of customers.
The food is lovely - The ingredients are fresh and the servings are generous. I got what was probably the most generous amount of avocado I’d had at any cafe.
The only criticisms I have are that the espresso shot for my iced mocha was quite small compared to the amount of milk they gave me, and also the noise level can be so high, that it’s hard to hear the person across from you at times!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Highly recommend ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Definitely will be back in the near future

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2018

It was my son’s first birthday and I thought I’d treat myself to a beautiful lunch. Yes myself. Ordered the slow cooked ox cheek and yum so soft my son ended up eating the lot. The staff were very helpful and accommodating even made a mini ox cheek plate for my son when they noticed he was eating all of mine.

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3.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Ordered 2 cakes and they took 30 minutes to serve it after prompting them 2 times. It was a total let down given that the ambience was good but service is lacking.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

I book brunch at the Grounds of the City ever so often and it's always a great experience. A booking is a must here because it gets busy here. However, the food is awesome!

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Would be thrilled to have some oyster with my girlfriend next time.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Absolutely fantastic!
Great vibe, excellent service and delicious food and drink!

Last night we visited the Grounds in the city for my wife’s birthday. I booked easily online and we were looked after so well, even with complementary beverages and a cheeky dessert!
I can’t recommend this place enough and will definitely be back!
Thanks for having us Grounds!

Take it from me, Leave the kids at home and go to the Grounds in the city for dinner, it’s great!

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Good food and reasonable value in a cool 40s style dining room.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Staff are Very attentive, steak sandwich is amazing!!!

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4.0Dined on 2 August 2018

Great place for a breakfast with friends or business colleagues. Convenient to get to with public transport.

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3.0Dined on 2 August 2018

I felt that our food came very quick then they wanted to give us tea and coffee and cake , they kept coming every 3-5 mins which was annoying as we kept saying not yet

Then all of a sudden our bill arrived which we didn't ask for , we said that we felt that you were kicking us out the waitress explained no no the waiter said you asked for it if which we didn't

We felt they were kicking us out . We were then ready for our tea and cake and a rude waiter cake over and explained about they had another booking for our table then the waitress came as she needed to take our order the waiter said we've extended you to 13:45 it was 13:29 and quite frankly we didn't feel like rushing our tea and cake down and agreed with my friend that another establishment could have our money

If there was a time limit it should have been explained or at least reminded us of this procedure it was very disappointing as my friend and I catch up once a year for a good chat

I shall not be recommending them at all
The whole experience left me feeeling rather sad especially when there were other diners whom didn't seem to he harassed

Deb

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2.0Dined on 31 July 2018

We booked a table for a birthday and clearly stated the occasion. In the past I was so chuffed as The Grounds staff make such an effort to wish the person and even bring a little cake out, on the house! This time even noting the occasion, they just missed the opportunity to make it special and we booked The Grounds not only for the food but for their effort in making an occasion special. Asked the waiter on my way out and he was clueless!

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4.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Service was a bit slow towards the end (getting the cheque, waiting for someone to collect the payment)

Made a reservation but was placed in a table sandwiched between two tiny tables. But pleased that we were moved to another table when asked.

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

I've eaten at Grounds in Alexandria many times. Overall I've always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Yesterday I was bit disappointed we each had Poke bowls which were pretty small for $24 and not that flavourful. I'll need to come back for the more substantial parts of the menu going forward.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

food was delicious.great customer service. loved the ambience and atmosphere of the whole place.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

This is the place to go. Super courteous staff, delicious food and a great vibe. I’m making this my breakfast go to every time I’m in Sydney

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

A wonderful place for breakfast with great service and a delicious menu. The green bowl was super tasty and very fresh. Hopefully will return soon!

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

After the initial confusion regarding our seating requirements which was clearly noted on our booking request, we did end up having a really nice time at the GOTC. The food menu was different from the last time we were there which is good to see as it indicates that the kitchen is offering new options to keep things interesting. We ordered a few different dishes to share including their house salad which was delicious. The highlight though is their dessert trolley, which includes favourites as their 'Cake of the Day' and their popular strawberry sponge cake. Our table ordered both (to share)! Our table was there for a birthday lunch and can recommend this place for such special occasions, or even a nice meal with a few friends.

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Great ambience, but overcrowded with tables and super noisy. Portions on the small side. Fantastic sweets, snacks and coffee from the takeaway section!

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Joseph the host found me a table in the busy restaurant straight away without having a booking. Marie our waitress was lovely and welcoming and saw to us straight away. It was early in the morning and the restaurant was very busy but our food was lovely and came out quick.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Its great to have somewhere where you can have coffee after 5 pm without it being a bar or pub. Although they do sell cocktails that look really yummy and definitely would have tried if I wasn't pregnant , and other alcohol. It's really busy, but it's great you can book a table online and I even got a nice comfy seat after my request.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

It was a lovely lunch and the food delicious, the waitress that served us was friendly and inviting, the second was efficient and fast, it felt like she was moving us on, even though she said she wasn't when she put the bill down... she probably would be great at welcoming guests and showing them to their tables as the front entrance was a little chaotic. Overall we had a really nice time.

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3.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Staff is rude, they are constantly rushing you to order even when they only give 1 coffee menu for 4 people at the table. Ridiculous

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

I always look forward to dining at The Grounds. Always a treat.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

I was pleasently surprised! Fantastic spot for breakfast in the city. Will return!

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Great value, beautifully fresh ingredients, exceptional service from Sonny-Joe

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3.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Service was so poor, Expensive for what it was and menu was limited.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Was wonderful, food and drinks amazing. However, the waitress did forget to get our bill so we were left for quite a while with no one attending us. Overall though, awesome experience!

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2.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Overpriced food, terrible ambience. One of our 6 dishes was cold. It’s a place to go and take some Instagram snaps, not to get a good meal. That said, wait staff were lovey.

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Not great, food sub par and service slow...../ compared the the Alexandria one we were disappointed

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Very noisy. Loud music and guest. Terrible for business meeting. Food waa ordinary. Wont try lunch here again. Prefer breakfast

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Good food and service. Had the seared beef salad which was filling and left us satisfied. Cakes looked amazing.

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3.0Dined on 20 July 2018

I love the atmosphere of flower child and Alexandria. But I thought it was too noisey and squashed in the city. Very disappointed , I also thought the menu was limited , so disappointed as this was a special occasion

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

This is my third visit here. The food and service is always outstanding. Booking ahead of time is recommended. This place is popular!

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

My new favourite place to go! Love the relaxing atmosphere and the service is excellent!!

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2018

If the time can be longer than 2 hours, it will be great. I only can finish the meal but cannot finish the coffee and desert.
By the way, I order the fish but there is no fish...beef is nice.

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