The Grounds of the City
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
We had a great time. Food was lovely. Table staff were great.
The overall experience was very good. It was a lively, buzzy atmosphere, great decor and ambience. The waiters were excellent, as they were professional, friendly, respectful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We shared 3 small plates, and the food was very tasty. Portion wise, the servings were quite small for the price. I didn't think that was value for money. The total bill for 3 people was $111.00 for three small plates, one dessert (small tart) to share, 3 coffees and one glass of wine. For what we had, I thought that was a bit pricey. However, I would certainly return and recommend it to other people.
The Grounds of the City is a great place with great food and service. My favourite place for breakfast catch ups with friends and colleagues.
Our server was totally amazing. Great range of meal choices not such a big wine list.
I made the RSVP for the friend birthday breakfast at 7:45am, however, it took 45+minutes to serve the food. We all end up getting to work late.
Great vibe and ambience. Very noisy, and coffee was warm. Food was average and too many chips with a $25 burger. I suggest a side salad with smaller amount of fries. Staff are very pleasant and would go back when less crowded.
Amazing staff and service, steak cooked perfectly and the most welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Thanks for a very memorable birthday dinner
Fantastic, friendly service elevates this hidden gem from good to excellent.
A far superior experience to it's sister endeavour in Alexandria. Booking highly recommended.
Overall great experience. Only down fall was we were seated at a booth close to the kitchen where they was the dishes so quiet loud and distracting.
Great food, cocktails and venue
The food and service were great but the seating was uncomfortable, there’s practically no space between the tables and very little leg room. I guess they had to do it this way, the place was already super busy a and packed at 9am.
We had steak and egg, pastries, they were all delicious.
Food was fine - just sooo busy and noisy!
Would go at a different time rather than lunch
Easy and hassle free booking
This was the second time I had been, having visited for the first time the previous day for breakfast. What I love - the decor and style is awesome, I really love it. The staff are really nice and accommodating, I can't fault them at all, great job team! My burger was one of the best I've had in a long time. A true American-style burger. A few things of note - I ordered a Coke with lunch and it was flat. For $4.50 I'd prefer to have a drink fresh from the bottle rather than flat post-mix. The previous morning I had the fruit toast. Whilst I love thick cut toast, it was ridiculously big and dry, so much so I found it cumbersome to eat. And one sachet of butter wasn't enough. These are obviously minor things, which won't stop me from coming back, but worth mentioning.
The whole experience was disappointing. Service poor, food well below expectations, tables too close to each other. Unfortunately I will never go there again. I think they bought my meal from Mc Donald’s in the same complex and just added $25 to it.
Our meal and the service was terrible. I have been to the Alexandria grounds and it was great. Worst experience in a restaurant that I have had for over a decade.
Man at the window taking people in for seating was rude and incompetent, we had a booking and were still waiting to be seated for about 15 minutes due to the incompetence
I love this relaxed place especially interior and food.
A must try would be the grilled bone marrow, such heaven. It literally melts in your mouth and the taste is just magnificent. It comes with ox tail on top, which just adds to its delicacy. The price was very reasonable for a gourmet dish.
Staffs were really friendly and suggested our meal, which we took in and I was very happy we did. Definitely worth a try and I will visit them again when in Sydney.
Great looking venue however on the night we went we couldn't have the Chardonnay we wanted, or the Shiraz we had chosen, or the Oysters we wanted. In fact everything we chose was greeted with "just let me see if that is still available". Mains arrived prior to entree being finished. Main plates then stayed on the table for half and hour before being cleared. Drinks were also very slow to arrive.
We were visitors to Sydney and stumbled across this incredible looking restaurant and appeared to have ambience plus, we made a reservation for brunch one day and made another straight away for lunch the next. Exceptional service, food was very tasteful, the look and feel are old-worldly with a touch of Victorian steampunk. As long as you do not mind the noise, lot of people sitting very close to each other, then you will enjoy the experience.
The only issue I have there was nobody at the front to seat us so we had to go in and find somebody. After that everything was good. Food and wine and service was excellent. I would go back
Please extend our Compliments to the maitre de - he offered his arm and escorted my ageing mother to the table - she was very impressed by this 'old fashioned service". She also liked the linen serviettes! All wait staff friendly & helpful. Fabulous experience - we will be back. Thank you
The staff were very disorganised and slow. We also had numerous servers who seemed very confused about orders and about what we would get for the high tea. We also had a request for one vegetarian high tea but did not get it.
Had the high tea - was very reasonably priced ($35) and included a nice selection of sweet and savoury options
Ambience fabulous, food looks great but portions unfulfilling, hot drinks not hot enough and cool drinks tepid as experienced previously...sad they have not got these fundamentals right.
The food was good but the service was terrible and this definitely affected our experience. Left waiting to order for over 15 minutes and had to ask a different waiter to the one in our area to take our order. After the food arrived, our waiter then forgot to get us sauces and water that was requested when he brought the food and then spent 10 minutes chatting to another table in his service area about sydney attractions and his life story and business plans! After that he ignored the table until we tried to flag him down for the bill.
I’ve been to the grounds in the city on several occasions before and have never had such bad service. It’s a shame as it’s the first time I’d brought my partner there and had raved about the place to him!
Love the feel of this place. Good food, good drinks, friendly staff and an old speak-easy joint which suits a catch-up with a mate or date-night equally. Breakfast is the best. Make sure you book, so you are not waiting in the line too long!
Hi Emma, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Friendly accommodating staff everytime we go, delicious food and drinks, we will definitely be back!
Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Food is amazing, service is amazing, atmosphere is amazing. Only thing is food sizing is small
Hi Phil, Thank you for your review. Please do not hesitate to ask for recommendations from our waiters next time you visit, they will be happy to point out the dishes that are larger and more filling. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Ambience and noose was off putting. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Meal was below average. Pork wasn't cooked through chips were tasteless .
Had my birthday lunch here with three other friends and we had such a great time. The waiters brought out a little slice of brownie to celebrate, and the food was superb. Excellent coffee. Bit pricey but also very fancy, so well worth it.
Hi Amanda, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments. We are all so glad you had a great birthday and enjoyed your visit! We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team
Great food, great atmosphere, great staff and great music. What more could you ask for?
Hi Alex, Thank you for your review and your wonderful comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
After hearing so much about the grounds of the city and being to the grounds of Alexandria so many times, I thought the quality would be the same. Evidently, it was not.
Coffee was great! But the food.. not sure what went wrong on this day but the hash was super small. My partner who comes regularly was shocked at the size.. we had to share her plate because the hash was not enough. Furthermore, he avocado smash still has the avocado skin throughout!
Would love to come back and try again because of the reputation, but we had been let down on this day.
Good food - especially breakfast - fantastic service
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I have been here a few times and it’s always been delicious. Staff were friendly, food was tasty and great ambiance to catch up with Friday’s for a long lunch
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments, we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Delicious lunch celebrating friends’ birthday. Service great, food delicious, price reasonable. However, disappointed that toilet facilities absent. Needed to go outside, downstairs and queue for public toilet that was half out of service! Thought licensed premises were meant to have faculties on premises.
Always enjoy dining at the grounds with my friends, excellent service, food is amazing! Highly recommend to everyone.
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind comments, we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I went there with our Team, it was a great setting as we got a tiny room just for ourselves near the entrance. The waiters were great and very helpful. Everyone enjoyed their food. We all spend a lovely moment there.
The women who is greeting everyone on arrival was actually not very welcoming.
Excellent food and service. Good to have a choice of small meals. Very noisy restaurant though.
Hi Patricia, 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
Did not expect the brioche french toast to be delicious because I had the cake last year and it did not taste good. This time I am glad that I ordered the brioche french toast which was really awesome. However, the service at The Grounds of the City really needs to be improved. The tables weren't fully occupied and did not seem busy at the time I dined in with my sister, I asked for some maple syrup to pour over the french toast. I had to ask two times from the same staff and one more time from a different staff then I finally got the maple syrup. By the time I received the maple syrup, I was already half done with my dish. Also, my sister ordered the rose and watermelon shake and said it clearly to the waitress. Instead, she got served a glass of banana milkshake rather than the one she wanted to order. We asked the waitress and it got changed to rose and watermelon shake later. Also, we asked for the bill twice for it to be delivered the table. I find that the service wasn't that attentive and extremely slow. The bill amount is $51.7 and I paid $51.8 in which I expect a $0.1 change. But the waitress didn't come back with the change and I did not want to trouble the staff too much so we left with bringing it up. Overall, only the food was good while customer service was really bad.