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.
Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
Hours of operation:
Monday - Wednesday, Friday
7:00am - 6:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch 11:45am - 6:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 6:00pm)
7:00am - 9:00pm
Breakfast 7:00am - 11:30am
Lunch/Dinner 11:45am - 9:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 9:00pm)
Saturday - Sunday
8:00am - 6:00pm
Breakfast 8:00am - 11:30am
Lunch 11:45am - 6:00pm
(Kitchen closes at 6:00pm)
Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
$40 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(02) 9699 2235
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
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.
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.
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Grounds of the City Ratings and Reviews
I made an online reservation and that was very useful. The waiter was very helpful.
The tables are very close to each other so we were hearing the conversations of the people on either side of us. A bit embarrassing for us and them. A bit more space between tables would be better for access as well as ambience.
Food and coffee was great.
Great food , excellent coffee Everything was great accept of an attention from some staff member. They need more care of customers, it was about 3-4 times that wait staff saw the dirty dishes sitting all together as we finished our meals and put them up together which ready for them to just take it out so we can order more coffee and dessert. And it wasn’t so busy on those time either. We spend $98 just for 2 people and we would have spend more money if we have got more attention from staff but Well , we Just design to leave.
Ps. There is only one waitress that got the tattoo on her arm been looking after us well when she not busy.
I always love the environment at the ground CBD but somehow when it too busy we seem have to rush for our meals and the service also pushed us to finish as quick as we can so they can clear tables for next booking. My friend still going with her cake and obviously we couldn’t finish it because the waiter took her catering away :( also it too noise so we have to shout to each other. This place a bit too small now.
Our food was delicious, we shared the Poke salad with poached chicken and panko crumbed Gurnard fillet with shoestring fries. The food arrived appropriately timed before our show at the State Theatre. Will definitely come back to try the other things on the menu.
Staff are friendly, responsive and professional- and attempt to get and keep things moving (eg could only serve first glass of wine after food arrived). Food seriously fresh and interesting but the noise level precludes holding a relaxed, easy conversation- like most restaurants. So jury is out re returning in the evening.
I love the aesthetic of this place, old but beautiful. The food was delicious and the Tomahawk Pork was aptly named - we couldn't finish it. Only disappointment was that the one side we had gone to The Grounds for was not available.
Service was good and staff were super friendly and helpful. We weren't hustled out of the place in an effort to squeeze more diners in although they didn't offer us dessert - we had to ask. Overall, a great city restaurant to grab a bite, grab a drink or both! Love the vibe here!
We booked a table for 7 people at the Grounds in the City, they operate a system where the hostess shows you one at a time to your table which is quite a lengthy process if a lot of people are arriving at the same time (separate parties).
The table was lovely and the wine glasses are really pretty. The service wasn't great to be honest and the place was not that busy. I ordered a meal with the dairy free option which was listed on the menu and when it arrived it wasn't dairy free so I sent it back and had to sit there while everyone else ate and wait till it came again. It makes you feel what is the point of making a specific request if they are not going to listen at all and I asked if they had a dairy free sauce instead of the one on the menu - gravy and they said a flat no. No alternatives were offered and when we asked for tomato sauce we got a long story of how it was in the basement and then they had run out when woolies is literally 100 mts away. They eventually brought bbq sauce as my friend was finishing her meal so it kind of missed the point. We asked to pay by card and we had to ask three people three times for the card machine. They brought it over let one of us pay then took it to another table and we were just sat there wondering what was going on.
The toilet situation is not ideal as you have to use the toilets in the Galleries - which I would like to point out are locked before 8pm meaning that if you have a small child, disabled person or pregnant lady there are no local toilets without having to opal tap on in Town Hall station to use their toilets.
I would possibly only get take away coffee from there in the future as I think $38 for a main meal and smoothie is pretty steep when the service isn't great. I have always been a massive fan of the grounds in Alexandria and this place has a long way to go to reach their level of service. There are so many great places to go in the city for dinner so I doubt I would return to be honest.
I recommended this for a meal prior to going to see Mark Vincent at the State Theatre. My sister and I both enjoyed our meals as they were both filling and tasty. I would recommend the grounds to anyone however if you want to have a quiet chat this is not the place for you. The noise of other diners was so loud and the music above that can be a little bit draining. However it is a lovely place to visit and I will continue going there when I can.
We came for breakfast and the ambience echoes a very European feel with the dim lights, banquettes and yesteryear decor. The food and coffee was excellent, though the young staff appeared to be having more of a social occasion than providing attentive service. Overall, very good and we’ll be back.
greeted and then sat in the tiniest of corners on a squashed table that u couldn’t even move in or around let alone get in and out from
specials were not explained as they were being explained on another table
i must day tho that pasta dish was great but the salad was meh!
It was a lovely place. It was my dads birthday and we wanted to treat him. However we only had time to order mains before getting kicked out as we were only allowed to stay for 1.5 hours. It was disappointing as we were eyeing the cake table. Put a bit of a dampener on our occasion. Will not return.
Great food , service was enthusiastic but lacking a little knowledge ! Like the fact they have a 1/2 bottle option for Basket Press Shiraz which is as we all know delicious . Entree and Main came out together and when asked why a strange answer . If you , like me , need a toilet close if you have a few wines this is not your place . Toilet is 100m away , public and upstairs .
I enjoyed the dining experience with my family to celebrate my mother's birthday. However I have one criticism. My mother was encouraged to order lobster (which she loves). Unfortunately she was disappointed to be only served a small lobster and was surprised it did not come with any sides (i.e. salad and/or chips).
Great vibe, food and atmosphere. My only complaint would be that the tables are too close together and difficult to have a private conversation (not to mention trying to squeeze through to get in or out or your seat. Other than that, very enjoyable experience.
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