The Grounds of the City

4.3
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1566 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$40 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Café

Top tags:

Casual
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 1566 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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
Sort by
Filters
M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great time. Food was lovely. Table staff were great.

VH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

DD
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

CY
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Our server was totally amazing. Great range of meal choices not such a big wine list.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

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.

PP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and service, steak cooked perfectly and the most welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Thanks for a very memorable birthday dinner

NB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

j
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience1

Food was fine - just sooo busy and noisy!
Would go at a different time rather than lunch

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easy and hassle free booking

RF
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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.

JP
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

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.

DH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

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

J
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I love this relaxed place especially interior and food.

TM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

FJ
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

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.

KG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

RG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

S
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

CM
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

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.

RC
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had the high tea - was very reasonably priced ($35) and included a nice selection of sweet and savoury options

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

VC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

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!

ES
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 21 hours ago

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

Report
EP
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly accommodating staff everytime we go, delicious food and drinks, we will definitely be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

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

Report
PB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing, service is amazing, atmosphere is amazing. Only thing is food sizing is small

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
JJ
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

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 .

CA
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
AW
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great staff and great music. What more could you ask for?

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
JG
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

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.

EC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food - especially breakfast - fantastic service

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
JW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy dining at the grounds with my friends, excellent service, food is amazing! Highly recommend to everyone.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 7 days ago

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

Report
B
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

P
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Excellent food and service. Good to have a choice of small meals. Very noisy restaurant though.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 7 days ago

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

Report
C
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

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.