The Grounds of the City

4.3
1940 reviews
$40 and under
Café
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.
What 1940 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Moose
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the staff were superb! Sorry to see Kat go. Welcome Martina!

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Nilico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Staff were nice attentive and friendly. The brown rice salads were very disappointing and not edible - very dry, rice stale, very fishy seaweed, meat very raw.... We did tell a waiter who then kindly compensated with cake and coffee. I used to love The Grounds of Alexandria but this one was not special. This was supposed to be a birthday treat and left me quite embarrassed.

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Jaymo
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the decor and attention to detail from staff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi Jaymo, Thank you for your comments and the 5 stars. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sale16
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always good for breakfast, service is efficient without being rushed

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review and the 5 stars. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DebDeb
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good and attentive service. Ambience is sensational. Good selection that varies during the day.

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi Deb, Thank you for your comments and the 5 stars. We can't wait to serve you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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JennM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Grounds of the City is one of my favourite places to go. The food is always great as are the cocktails.

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Bigwilly
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good service, interesting food. Well worth a visit

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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StevePP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Triage style service. Staff very nice but undermanned.

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi Steve, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 3 stars into 5. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Locky
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I had booked a table and informed of such when I arrived, for a blind date. My date was told I hadn’t arrived and seated at a different table. Little unorganised from my perspective.

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi Locky, Our sincere apologies for the mishap. We hope the date went well once you'd found each other! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Worst experience we have ever had. The waiter was extremely rude and snobby. I have celiac disease and ordered eggs on toast with gluten free bread. And was given sourdough. WHICH STILL CONTAINS GLUTEN.

and my husband ordered eggs on toast on rye bread, and received 1 slice of plain rye toast and butter. When we told the waiter who took our order it was wrong he said “I didn’t hear you order eggs on toast to my husband” what type of customer service is that. What happend to repeating the order back to the customers to check it’s correct. Especially if in my case I can get VERY sick from having a tiny bit of gluten. I have never been so disappointed in a venue before I was so excited to come and came all the way from kellyville to come to your cafe. I will be telling everyone I know to NEVER visit you guys ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. COVID 19 protocols in place.
Ambience was fantastic. Service and staff a couldn’t do enough, food outstanding!
Can’t wait until my next visit

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We hope to see you again very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Tess
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Requires more vegan/vegetarian options, often is too expensive

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Mumrulz
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

A lovely place to have brunch with friends. Good food served promptly but did have to ask a waitress to take our coffee order.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review. Have a beautiful day, The Grounds of The City team

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JulianE
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A very nice space with good coffee. Lunch food was okay, nothing too crazy. Price was fair, with good service from the waitstaff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Julian, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your comments! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MaggieP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I do not think Covid guidelines per square metre were being observed. - tables were too close!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Maggie, Thank you very much for your review. We are doing our absolute best to comply with all NSW Government issued guidelines. We have a strict Covid-Safe plan in place to make sure our team and guests feel safe and always have a great time. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sean
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Love this place but service was terrible. COVID is not an excuse to be rude.

Won’t be coming back

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed lunch here on Saturday. Staff were super attentive and friendly. We had the steak sandwich, butterflied prawns, broccolini and snow pea salad. All was yummy and fresh. Would highly recommend!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Carolyn, Thank you very much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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vipMike
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and will definitely be back
Great decor and ambience. Good food choices an£ excellent service however it doesn't come cheap and therefore a special occasion or treat rathe4 than everyday location

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Mike, Thank you very much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The Menu variety is quite restricted. Can we have more options? Also the sand witch bread was also burnt. It could be better

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal and service was good! Even left a tip which I don’t normally do!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Josh, Thank you very much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AlisonM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service, ambience and decor very nice and we had a very nice meal.

It was expensive for a kids meal and three burgers, however with city rents this is the normal now days.

Would I go back? Yes, but not in a hurry.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Alison, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DoraK
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Slow service. We ordered toast without butter, but we got oily toast. It took a long time for them to get dry toast back. We had to keep trying to get attention from staff if we needed anything.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Dora, Thank you for your feedback and our sincere apologies for sub-par service. We have taken your comments on board and will make sure to learn from them. We hope to see you again, so we can prove to you that we can do better. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Erikabeb
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for a date with your partner or friends. The inside is very pretty and cosy

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 hours ago

Hi Erika, Thank you very much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
80 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best and my favorite in town!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you for the 5 stars, we love being the favourite! Looking forward to serving you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Debuardo
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Our expectations were to high
The staff is a bit amateur and the food is 2 stars at best

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Debuardo, Thank you for your review and constructive comments. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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JenniferP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Boxing Day sales and time to catch up with friends over a relaxed lunch.
The Grounds ticked all the boxes,. Thank you to all from welcome to farewell

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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NeethuN
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great ambience. Service could have been better

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Neethu, Thank you for the 5 stars! We look forward to serving you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AylaY
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

It was sufficient overall. Nothing special, I think the price comes from the interior design.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Ayala, Thank you for your review. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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Oana
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for my Dad’s birthday lunch. Staff were extra helpful when working with us to coordinate a surprise cake for him. They also went above and beyond singing Happy Birthday, he didn’t expect it at all and was touched! Great place, great staff and great food.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Oana, Thank you for the 5 stars and your beautiful comments! We are so glad your dad's birthday lunch was memorable and we can't wait to serve you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Lancastrian
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Staff very friendly and polite. Interesting style and decor. Could do with a couple more menu options - no vegan and vegetarian extremely limited. Overall a pleasant lunch.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 3 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

It has a traditional 20s style feel to it, it's unique to Sydney. Can be quite loud at times, difficult to have a conversation.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Michael, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AngelaB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Great experience. Wouldn't be somewhere I would go regularly. Food was acceptable. Noise level was extreme !

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Angela, Thank you for your feedback! We will be happy to move you to our outside dining area or into a quieter spot in the restaurant if you request it in the reservation notes or with the host next time you visit. Looking forward to seeing you again, The Grounds of The City team

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BiancaA
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and exceptional service. Really love coming back here, food is consistent, ambience is nice and great location. Would definitely recommend and will definitely come back. Thank you to the team and the chefs.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi Bianca, Thank you for the 5 stars and your beautiful comments! We can't wait to serve you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had lunch, was disappointed at 1 of the pasta, was not cooked through (ordered 2), the steak was chewy and was not good value at that price. Not enough staff on the floor. Experience was not as expected, and it was a weekday. My last and first experience was a lot different.

The Grounds of the City
Responded an hour ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review and apologies for the below-par service. All your comments have been taken on board and we will use them as a tool to learn and improve. Have a wonderful day, The Grounds of The City team

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Steak sandy is full of bread not enough sliced meat over priced to me for what I got

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Michelita
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Grounds and the ambiance. Had a delicious Mediterranean breakfast.Great service and friendly staff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 hours ago

Hi Michelita, Thank you so much for the review and your lovely comments! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to serve you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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BretL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food a little overrated although service was attentive

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 hours ago

Hi Bret, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again, so we can turn the 3 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The aesthetics were wonderful and the customer service was brilliant! Both the main course and desserts were delicious, though they were a little pricey. It is a great environment and it seems like a welcoming place. Thank you for your services. :)

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 hours ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for the review and your beautiful comments! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and Can't wait to serve you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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Diane
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The greeter was quite rude and disinterested, but the wait staff were good. It was loud (not 'energetic'!), and the squid rings, which we all ordered, were chewy. This is my third visit, but I won't recommend or return.

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KylieM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like an eclectic decor, efficient service & good food then book now x
(Only small thing is that when busy it is a tad noisy for small talk!)

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 hours ago

Hi Kylie, Thanks a million for the 5 stars and your comments! We can't wait to serve you again very soon! Best wishes, The Grounds of The City team

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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 1940 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.