The Grounds of the City

4.2
2215 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 2215 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Energetic
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DianeB
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoy every visit, love the food, service, decor & ambiance :) thank you

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LavishInAir
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

My partner’s lamb shank was excellent.

However my steak sandwich was flavoursome but slightly tough to chew, carb heavy with the bread & chips, and slightly cloying with the cheese & creamy condiments. The single lettuce leaf wasn’t enough to offer any respite, unfortunately. A small crisp green salad with a sharp dressing, would’ve helped immensely.

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Connor
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accomodating and attentive staff, professional and personable. Will visit again.

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ChristineQ
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the ambience!
The food was good…but would have liked more veggie options.
Cocktail was delicious
Staff super friendly

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Emilypeace23
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The host and servers were so on top of it and very warm. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place that friendly in Sydney. They also made sure to pay attention to my request for a booth and I think that was so nice! We will def come back.

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EmmaK
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A beautiful atmosphere in this restaurant tucked away in an arcade, you would think you had stepped back in time. We had the rack of lamb with fatoush salad that was delicious. Will be back next time I am in the city.

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JanetteS
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a fantastic experience and will be returning :) delicious food, beautiful interior & great service.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Really disappointed with being rushed out after only 70 minutes under the guise of it being a COVID rule. Also, coffee was bitter

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Moose
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Saturday morning was bitterly cold, so a hot Breakfast at The Grounds was a great way to start the Weekend! It was warm and cosy inside; not just from the warmth of the heating, but the warmth of Martina & The Crew, whom always provide an amazing service. Always love going back.

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress (one of the twins!) was excellent, she's a credit to Grounds of the City and should be cherished! Very attentive, caring, genuine, top notch.

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EricT
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The ambiance, service are a given. However the food needs to be more inspiring. The kids fish and chips were simply not that fresh.

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DanielleO
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant great service, highly recommend for a date night.

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KatherineW
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Was very noisey kept mishearing my Aunty and Uncle sitting across from me. Food was beautifully presented but not quite as flavourful as it looked. Service was slow need to employ one more person on the floor. Priced ok for venue and address. Gorgeous interiors and ambiance aside from noise level. Will definitely return because overall was a pleasant experience in the city.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service, lovely atmosphere and delicious food and drinks. This place is always consistent. Only minor thing is steak was so rare, despite ordering medium, but overall it was a great experience.

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Rosy11
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Food is good although a bit over priced. A bit too noisy but overall good.

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Just
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great place to go for lunch! Food was good too. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great little place with loads of character. Would happily go back

SA
SamA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accomodating to my child and I - particularly with a big and bulky pram in such a small space. Food is fabulous as always. I love coming to the grounds and I'll be back.

TB
TrishaB
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing location
Great service - except the waiter rolling his eyes twice!
Beautiful food
Super fast
Great atmosphere
Unique
Very very nice

MW
MichelleW
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I love the ambience & friendly service. The portions could be larger for price. My guests loved the venue.

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HelenF
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing decor - felt like I’d step back in time. Very well run, service friendly and professional. Nice food with good menu. Highly recommend but be prepared for a wait for table if you haven’t booked

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PeeJay
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Made a booking and arrived on time but had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Coffee and juice came promptly. Burger was mainly just meat and lacked dimension. Mediterranean salad was served incorrectly with tuna and had a lot of sour tasting mayonnaise. Not the most pleasant dish. A lot of frew hah about this place but once is enough for us.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Everything here was great.
But booking was for 11:15 but the system at the Grounds end said 8:45 even though my confirmation email said 11:15. Which meant we had to sit outside and didn’t get the full experience we were after which was disappointing.
Waiter was pretty ordinary.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We loved checking this place out over the long weekend. We are glad we had a Sunday breakfast with you guys!

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Ozkaz
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Overhyped and overpriced.
Can’t see why people queue to get into this place.
People are so crammed in that you can’t have a conversation as it is too noisy AND people are too close.
I had the waiters butt in my face whilst he took the order of the table next to me, which was incredibly uncomfortable.
The food is basic and I was disappointed that my order was a cold dish. It did not say this would be served cold and the one hot element (poached egg) was cold as well as it was put on top of cold food from the fridge, what is the flippin’ point of that.
When you read grilled halloumi, roasted cauliflower etc… you would not expect this to arrive fridge cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a nice place. Our waiter Cooper was so good and attentive. Lovely atmosphere and the ambience takes you back in time. Food was great, definitely recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Way too noisy & the tables were far too close together. Not comfortable at all. And I was not given a choice about tipping, the waiter had already loaded the eftpos machine for a payment to be added. We are not America & tipping should not assumed! Not impressed.

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AliP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food. Our table was a little tight and we felt a little rushed but it’s a great city location for a tasty brekkie.

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StephenN
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Loved the vibe and the venu. Would definately go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic, food came quickly and was dekicious

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Chrissi
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Beautiful venue.
Staff looked the part but found them to be quiet rude especially the hosts upon arrival and felt rushed to order and exit. Won’t be returning and would not recommend for breakfast/brunch.
Definitely not child friendly.
I had high expectations of the food as I love dining at the grounds alexandria but the food was also a let down.

SM
StephenM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiter (man from Belgium). He made the evening

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SuzanneH
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waitress bought 3 bottles of wine ( first was a white 2nd a moscata 3rd a prosecco) and we still didnt get our bottle of sparkling. Staff could not move us to warmer table out of the draught even though there were clearly tables available. We sat for an hour without getting a drink. One of the glasses was dirty and chipped. We walked out after ordering. the host couldnt care, the staff couldnt care. Dont go here if you expect service. Cant tell you about the food because we sat there for an hour and actually didnt get served anything except a headache and ansgt. A real shame for a celebration lunch. Go next door to glass at the Hilton instead. So disappointed.

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NaomiH
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great place especially for a wintery lunch! Service was exceptional and food tasted nice it was just the portion sizes and presentation that needs a review otherwise everything else was lovely..

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DaniP
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute hidden gem in the heart of the city! Brilliant food, service and ambience! Would highly recommend to others & will certainly be back when I next travel to Sydney!

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ToniC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hannah looked after us so well and the food was amazing! I recommend the breakfast burger.

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SharonG
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely lunch. This place has a great vibe. Would definitely recommend.

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ChristopherS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Overpriced, snobby and entitled servers, and poor quality food

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DoraK
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Poor customer service at the front door! I was in line waiting for someone to service me, the front door man just went straight to the person behind me, totally ignored me! Also lady did service just tried to memorised the order without taking a note, she had to come back to ask again! Why not just take a note right in the beginning? Loud noise overall. Tiny aisle and people still tried to squeeze prams in!

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KristineT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was delish, as to be expected from The Grounds! Our waitress was also very good, overall would highly recommend for the food and ambiance.

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 4.2 stars by 2215 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.