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About The Grounds of the City

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.

500 George St
Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Modern Australian

Hours of operation:
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

Cross street:
Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
$40 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(02) 9699 2235

Website:
http://thegroundscity.com.au/

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

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.

Public Transport:
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.

Executive Chef:
Paul McGrath

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Grounds of the City Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.1

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (129)
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Fit for Foodies (108)
Sunday Lunch (104)
Fun (97)
Good for Birthdays (89)
Creative Cuisine (84)
Bar Seating (78)
Hot Spot (74)
High Tea (73)
Healthy (68)
Romance (67)
Comfort Food (64)
Business Meals (61)
Authentic (60)
Pre/post Theatre (52)
Group Bookings (52)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Neighbourhood Gem (51)
Quick Bite (49)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
People Watching (40)
Good Vegetarian Options (38)
Worth the Drive (34)
Local Ingredients (34)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Seasonal (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Tasting Menu (22)
Late-night Find (20)
Gluten Free Options (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Organic (16)
Child Friendly (13)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vegan (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Great Beer (7)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 2 days ago

We really enjoyed our experience and will definitely be back. Attentive waiting staff, great atmosphere, lovely decor and the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating
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Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 2 days ago

It is one of the most beautiful restaurants I've been to in Sydney, and the coffee and tart was great, however I was a little dissapointed with the food.
Some were excellent ( like the linguine) but the duck fat roasted potatoes were not seasoned properly and therefore tasted very bland. I wanted to complain, but since it was an anniversary lunch decided not to.

Other than that it was a nice experience

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely loved it! The atmosphere was awesome and I loved looking around at all the details! Truly wicked stuff! My sister told me about this really cool place they went for dinner ages ago, turns out it was the same place! Top notch :)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Healthy, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Food and coffee were delicious. I was little disappointed because I asked for candle in the reservation for my girlfriend, she had birthday but we didn't receive.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a nice restaurant to dine in. The atmosphere is very cozy (albeit noisy). The noise us not too bad as you can still hear the person sitting opposite you.

The food tastes great. It was very pleasant. One shortcoming of it is that the portion are quite small. If you are looking for a place to fill you up this is likely not be the place you seek.

Overall this restaurant is great if you are looking for a cozy atmosphere to spend a social meetup with friends or bring a date.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 4 days ago

I had a very good business meeting. The service and atmosphere made both us very comfortable. The food was high quality. A really enjoyable experience all round.

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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 5 days ago

Great location and setting. Very high quality service. Coffee and food fantastic.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was abysmal. Coffee was delicious (after 30 min of trying to get one). A couple of servers tried to help eventually but was ignored for 20 minutes before tracking someone down. Out of tomatoes, order was wrong, delivered to wrong table, had to be remade, staff spilled water all over table and didn’t notice, had to get extra napkins to sop it up and bill was wrong. Food was great when it arrived, great layout/decor, looked like a cool private room by front door, and some staff were trying but it was really hard to like it here when the staff all seemed like dazed millennials who didn’t care or notice when a table was looking around to order, or get the order right, or deliver to right table.

Asian server dude was lovely as was hipster guy with beard but everyone else detracted from the experience significantly.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Only issue was I updated the number of people on line and then when we arrived the update did not come through so we had to sit at the bar. Also the waiter declined to advise that the sparking water was a 1 ltr bottle when we asked how big the water.

Tags: Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 6 days ago

This food made me want to cry, it was so good! The place is beautiful and was perfect for Valentine’s Day, my Valentine was impressed. We’ll definitely come back and this is our new favourite restaurant! Affordable and worth the trip for sure!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 6 days ago

Another great meal at the Grounds, I got my usual, Tuna Chirashi and it was delicious as always.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Nashville)·Dined 7 days ago

Great for a casual catch-up once you get past the front door. The ambience and menu is all designed for casual dining. Only complaint is having to queue at the outside service window when you have pre booked which potentially makes you late for your timeslot

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic food and service. Really friendly staff and great ambience. Great vegetarian options and a dessert menu not to skip! Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined 7 days ago

I've been a fan of the Alexandria original and have been wanting to try the City location since it opened. I wasn't disappointed! The food and service were great and with really reasonable prices. It is a little bit noisy inside so not the best for a business meeting or date but it's a great space otherwise.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 11 February 2018

Great customer services. Very friendly staffs. Good food. Cosy and comfortable ambience. Will come back.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 11 February 2018

Delicious food, friendly and efficient service and a great fit out.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Healthy
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Food2
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on 10 February 2018

We had high expectations which probably increased our level of disappointment. Ambience and staff excellent... rigidity of menu options with a lack of an all day menu disappointing. a couple of dishes excellent, others poor. Masters of marketing!!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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Food5
Ambience2
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 10 February 2018

The Field Mushroom Croissant was outstanding. The croissant was perfect - very flaky layers with a soft interior.
The mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, and greens filling was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 10 February 2018

Great breakfast. Excellent fast friendly service. Good coffee

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 10 February 2018

Such a cute spot right in the CBD, loved it - thanks!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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Food3
Ambience1
Service2
Value2

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 9 February 2018

Wanted to have a catch up and have a bite to eat for lunch with my wife. We could not hear eachother across the table. It was incredibly loud, people yelling over the top of eachother trying to compete with the very loud music.

Service was fine, but we completed our meals and were waiting for our plates to be cleared so we could order coffee and dessert but after 10 minutes we decided it was just easier to leave.

The experience was frankly average at best.

Cheers Paul.

Tags: Good for Groups
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Canberra / ACT)·Dined on 9 February 2018

Despite being very noisy there were many positives : charming waitperson David both knowledgeable and helpful; food was delivered quickly and was sensational. The ability to book has made all the difference. Now an almost perfect experience.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 7 February 2018

Woah, that sponge cake! Absolutely epic! Like Grandma's, but on another level!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 7 February 2018

The food and service are good and the atmosphere is great but it's a bit noisy with tables squashed together a bit too close to each other.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 6 February 2018

The menu needs to properly reflect the actual ingredients in the meal. i ordered a salad and according to the printed menu it didn't contain avocado or coriander but upon receiving my meal, it was full of both. I couldn't therefore eat the meal because i extremely dislike both - especially coriander!

We ordered dessert to only then be told that both of our desserts were not available and therefore had to change our options. there was nothing else on the menu that i particularly liked so i opted for no dessert, which my waistline probably appreciated but my taste buds did not.

Hubby's meal was apparently very tasty and we both got house made soda's which was nice.

I asked a waitress where the bathrooms were and she had no idea so she had to run around and ask another staff member. if staff are starting, i feel like you should probably train them first. Not a fan of the toilets being so far away either.

Overrated and nothing like Alexandria. also ask for water to remain on the table. they don't fill your glasses up frequently enough and we constantly had to ask for top ups.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 6 February 2018

we come at least once a week for meeting. Best booking system and great service.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee
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Food5
Ambience5
Service1
Value3

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 6 February 2018

Great interior, cosy but noisy, slow haphazard service, high quality food.

Tags: Cozy
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 6 February 2018

Service was somewhat more abrupt than usual but still a lovely venue for breakfast before work

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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Food3
Ambience4
Service1
Value2

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 5 February 2018

Our food and drinks orders were taken promptly and the tasty food arrived quickly. It took a while for our waitress to take a dessert order then after another 20 minutes or so our waitress noticed the cakes hadn't arrived and went to chase up the order as our two cakes didn't appear. These things happen and it was no big deal to us. The reason we won't go back or recommend this place to friends is that one waitress was incredibly rude when we asked her for the bill. She was walking past our table and we asked if we could have our bill. She dropped off a drink at the table next to us then couldn't have been more rude when she then turned on us "what do you want?" and walked off without a word after we asked if we could have the bill. She then returned, glared at us as she dumped the bill on our table and walked off. Luckily our original waitress then returned to process the bill. It was a really unpleasant way to leave what would have been a nice work lunch.

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Food1
Ambience3
Service2
Value1

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 4 February 2018

The food was very disappointing compared to the other The Grounds cafes and Flower Child in Chatswood. I had the steak sandwich and it was oily and not appealing at all. Very disappointed, had expected much more.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 3 February 2018

Lovely service, great food and coffee and awesome location. Quality ambiance, would recommend for a casual brunch or a date

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 2 February 2018

We had a great experience and having been before the restaurant met our expectations. We reside interstate so this is the perfect meeting point.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Business Meals
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 30 January 2018

Very fresh fish ( Whole John Dory), accompanied by crash garden salad; scotch fillet was a little too dry & overcooked ( though I asked for well done).
Not all desserts were available by the end of the meal ( about 7pm), so a little disappointing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Authentic
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Food2
Ambience1
Service2
Value2

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 30 January 2018

On a Tuesday lunchtime, the noise level was extremely high, to the extent that our table of four people could barely hear each other. My poached chicken salad was "fine" and one son's steak was "good", but my other son said his burger was the worst he's ever had, and my husband's fish was dried out and horrible. The decor of the restaurant is beautiful, and it's obviously popular and buzzy, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have any problems with high noise levels.

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 30 January 2018

Good food and desserts. Very helpful staff. We used on-line booking, no need to wait.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 28 January 2018

Had an enjoyable meal at The Grounds. Great atmosphere and service. Thanks!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 28 January 2018

Had a date with my daughter at this wonderful venue. She was impressed that I was with it enough to book this spot & we were not disappointed. Lovely meal & service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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Food2
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on 28 January 2018

Hit-and-miss breakfast. Ordered zucchini, pea and mint fritters with folded ( scrambled) eggs, kale and buffalo curd. Eggs excellent, fritters less so-stodgy batter with mostly peas, little zucchini and no mint. First cappuccino excellent if lukewarm; second cup barely warm and very milky. Grounds has such a big reputation but I wouldn’t rush back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on 28 January 2018

The best breakfast I have ever had in Australia! The restaurant was beautiful and the staff were so friendly. Also affordable prices. Had the best iced chocolate ever! Worth a try for sure :)

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Hot Spot
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Food2
Ambience3
Service1
Value1

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 25 January 2018

The service at The Grounds needs serious improvement. It was great the first week it opened but has gone down hill ever since. My most recent, and probably last, time there started with me waiting at the checkin window for 5 minutes. I had to go into the restaurant to find the host to seat me for my reservation, despite a growing queue of other diners behind me. From then on, I continued to be INVISIBLE - could not get ANYONE'S attention... and I tried with several "Hey's" and "Excuse me's!" as waiters whizzed by. I was sitting at the bar where you can usually get fast service but everyone seemed more interested in clearing up and going home. I don't know if it's lack of staff or poor management but seeing this is such a great concept it would be nice if The Grounds management could get their act together and provide good, consistent service.

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