The Grounds of the City

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$40 and under
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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.

Special Offers

High Tea - $35 per person

Settle into the city and spoil yourself with all the delights of our High Tea. Our seasonal menu includes a curated daily selection of house-made sweet & savoury offerings, fresh from The Grounds very own Bakery & Patisserie.

Terms and Conditions: High tea offering is $35 per person, or $40 with a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings must be secured with a credit card (our team will call to confirm) and must be confirmed by 11am on the day of your reservation. Bookings cancelled within a 24 hour period will be charged the full amount. All details can be found at our website.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 18 July 2019

Ends: 31 May 2020

Availability: Sun 14:30-17:00
Mon 14:30-16:30
Tue-Sat 14:30-17:00

What 1711 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. It’s my go-to to meet my girlfriends in the city for breakfast. The service is always outstanding. The food is delicious. Highly recommend.

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

I've been here previously and the food was excellent. This time however I ordered a T-Bone, medium rare, and it was horrible. Simultaneously stringy and bland. I don't get it.

After lunch I ordered a long black and it was so bad I couldn't finish it.

The service however, was excellent.

So 1/3.

FL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our daughter and son-in-law and their two daughters came from overseas to visit us (me and my wife). On this day our daughter had other engagements so it was the five of us. It was quite an experience and we all had a good time.

KZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We loved the atmosphere although it was quite noisy. My green breakfast bowl was excellent My husband enjoyed his steak but thought his portion was rather small In general well worth a visit

BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous find for a pre-show dinner! Enjoyed sharing some exceptional small plate dishes. Great 1920’s vibe. Will definitely visit again the next time we are in Sydney.

DQ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Place was too noisy for my liking. The high tea was nice but some little savoury hot things would have been good. A bit too much sweet and not quite enough savoury. Enjoyable nevertheless.

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We enjoyed my friend's birthday brunch at the Grounds. The atmosphere was interesting and the dessert and coffee was nice. However the service felt very rushed and impersonal, and the value for the food wasnt great. There are many other locally owned cafes I would rather support than a revolving door place like this.

MP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Too noisy and disappointed that the breakfast menu finished at 11.30 . The lunch menu was limited.

KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Our table was running late so the staff were able to push our reservation back by an hour which I really appreciate.

DJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The grounds is a lovely cafe. The ambience is lively and aesthetic. Staff were very friendly and considerate.

KG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Such fabulous food - bigger servings than expected - and cooked to perfection (we had the crumbed cutlets). So good to finally find a restaurant with heavy based wine glasses that add to the occasion. Very friendly & helpful staff. Their black & white uniforms added to the general ambience - as we felt transported back to Paris from another era. (The music could have been more Parisian for us - maybe Piaf & similar.) It was however very noisy due to volume of clients. That said, we're looking forward to our next visit.

BJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I have been here twice now, have tried mains and deserts both times. I highly recommend this place, the food portions are big and well presented. The staff are very friendly and attentive and the dining atmosphere was amazing, loved the lighting of the room and decor.

I've been to a number of restaurants in Sydney and this is definitely one I look forward to returning too again!

HP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Had to wait 20mins for a 8.15am table despite making a reservation. Food was good & service was reasonable. Over $70 for two people is a bit pricey but we were happy overall. Will be coming back.

TK
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The hotcake breakfast is the best. A must visit when in Sydney and one of the few places in the Sydney CBD where you can get genuinely good coffee.

BB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Avocado and tomoato on toast: At $22, please toast the bread :)

K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Always enjoy the time at The Grounds of the City, with fantastic ambiance and menu choices. Last visit disappointed with the coffee order taking over 40 mins to arrive, turning what was to be a brief meeting with work colleagues into a 1.5 hr session. Will always recommend The Grounds of the City, though will caveat this in future adding- to ensure you are not running to a tight schedule.

ES
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food is delicious.
Staff could lose the attitude.
It’s very loud so ideal for friends but not so much a business lunch

LC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Hope my chicken salad plate can be a bit bigger in portion.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Liza, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and for your comments! We hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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m
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Im sorry to say this but the food needs a lot of work compared to your brand.

Steak sandwich was too salty and oily and veal was dry and very under cooked. The food also took over 30 mins to be prepared. For the city, a lot of cooperate workers only have 1 hour for lunch.

NR
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waited over an hour for our food to arrive which ended up being a plain tomato salad and some boring sautéed potatoes. The waitress was pretty unapologetic. Left hungry and late for our event because of this.

KP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Hotcakes with berries were awesome. Overall service was friendly and attentive however my girlfriend's initial order of a juice did take a long time to be delivered. Noise level was high on a Sunday morning. Our table neighbours were very close to the point where you have to move the table for people to sit down/get up at adjacent tables. Interior has loads of historical character and atmosphere.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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A
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and service.

Highly recommend this place!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Alex, Thanks so much for the 5 stars, we hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A favorite date spot of my wife and I, we get the coffee tasting board every time we go. The ambience and decor of the place is a cozy Victorian vibe, the food and coffee are always to due for (albeit a bit on the pricy side, but we still feel it’s worthwhile).

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

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

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JS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Just loved the High Tea; all our favourites appeared so deliciously and freshly made! Excellent service, tea brewed perfectly and very little waiting time. Great choice of 20s Jazz ambient music ... all in all a lovely afternoon. I will be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Jane, We were so happy to hear you enjoyed the high tea! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

It’s a really beautiful place to eat and I have enjoyed being there other times but I was really disappointed with our high tea experience. The food took over half an hour to come out (despite the fact that we’d booked specifically for high tea)
and there really wasn’t much food once it did come out. The limited savory options were stale and tasted like they’d been in the fridge for days. They kept messing up our drinks order as well. The Grounds City really needs to pick up the slack - it’s been years and the teething issues should be worked out by now but they aren’t which is sad because the Alexandria venue is impeccable.

RS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely, unexpected place! Great lunch food, would be nice for a romantic date. Would love to return to try breakfast menu. Very glad we reserved a table.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your wonderful comment. We will see you for some brekkie very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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LB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Service was slow. Had run out of millett for one dish, which is odd as it is a dry ingredient. Green bowl was more quinoa than greens. Ambience was good, but wait staff appeared rushed and in a hurry to turn tables.

Y
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Staff at door was very rude and would not let us in until our booking to the minute. After finishing had to wait 15 minutes for the waiter to let us actually pay for our meal after being ignored several times and reminding them 3 times.

Food was okay, but definitely not worth all the hype and trouble dealing with the staff.

SB
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Too dark
Too noisy
Business meeting W o/seas guest

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The good and service were both spectacular. We were made to feel very special for our anniversary. Loved the atmosphere!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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BB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Vegetarian food was bad.
Waygu beef sandwich slices were too big and the beef - average.
Cost - appalling - ridiculously over-priced.

LT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely location and great selection of dishes although my omelet could’ve used a bit more salt and cheese.

ZN
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Waiters/waitresses incredibly high standard. Food fabulous. Only criticism is: professional but very cold staff at the service window: unwelcoming and very business like: hearding cattle rather than welcoming guests in a friendly manner. Otherwise beautiful venue, private booth and personal attention. No toilets on the premises a bad point.
I would and have gone several time in spite of the negative points above.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Zabette, My sincere apologies for a sub-par welcome. I have discussed your comments with the host team on that day and will be making sure that they do not repeat the same mistakes going forward! Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Kat - General Manager

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SF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our dining experience completely, the food and venue were outstanding. We booked online and this was a plus as others were having to line up and wait for a table to become vacant.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Sandra, Thanks for your review and your lovely comments! We can't wait to see you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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CB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice meal before the Symphony. It was a perfect location and the service was very good

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Carol, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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RF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience4

I had to wait even tho I had a reservatio n. Not too pleased

EB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Nice environment and decor but noisy. Food plain not great presentation for the cost. Does not even reach an up market pub standard of the food in terms of quality and cost.
Took a while to get attention for our bill.
Maybe ok for afternoon tea but would not recommend for a meal

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Elaine, Thank you for your review and apologies if the food did not match your expectations. We hope to see you again. Bets regards, The Grounds of The City team

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PS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the feel of the restaurant, enjoyed the meals not so much the deserts. Would be interested in knowing the history of teh site. Was it always as it is now? Great to have a booth, private but easly to access service. A bit noisy for someone who wears a hearing aid!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hi Penelope, Thank you for your review and your comments! Feel free to have a chat when you are next in, we will be happy to tell you our story! We have only been around for 2.5 years and have not changed much since we opened the doors in 2017. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating impending nuptials for a friends step son.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 20 February 2020

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

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KC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was just ok .. I thought it was very average ..