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 1589 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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

Great tasting food but very small portions. Service was slow with wait staff walking around not doing much and the room was so noisy that we couldn’t wait to leave.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Couldn’t have it in another way. Our girls-get-together-night-out was perfect :)

SL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great service & reception. Staff were so friendly

m
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love eating here .. staff are awesome and food is great quality and beautifully presented 😊 Cocktails are pretty good too 🍹😉

C
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great coffe, food and service. What else do you need!

S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

This time, we found the staff were less accommodating and simple requests were met with a slight attitude. Food was delicious and is the reason we return. I'm coeliac and have been confident in prior visits that this was treated with the seriouness required however I saw my meal surrounded by others on the pass where contamination could have very easily occurred, this concerns me and I'll now think twice before going back.

KW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All staff were courteous and hardly noticeable, in the best way.
Helpful, observant and pleasant.
This is almost a repeat of previous responses following previous visits to the restaurant

CB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always such a great spot for breakfast, service, food and ambience are always fantastic.

RO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

My food was cold. Coffee also. Plates were never cleared - and we were there for 4 hours.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice:)

JR
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

I was shocked and disappointed you do not stock any vodka or Pimms, what decent bar / restaurant doesn't stock the basics! Also my hubby had to ask three times as to where his GT was. Food was ok nothing to rave about just standard pub fare food.

RR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food. We had the High Tea, which was beautiful! Very popular spot so a little bit noisy but still fantastic. I recommend booking in advance (which is really easy to do) if you have your heart set on the high tea etc as lots of people!

NP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Booked a table, but waited for almost an hour - we were offered a glass of wine each which was nice but because we had booked to see a show at the state theatre it meant we only had time for some chips and a cocktail each before we had to leave to go see the show.

LC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

The service was very poor.
Asked a wait person 3 times for a dessert menu and they still forgot.

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We both enjoyed lunch yesterday, 6/12 starting with a very pleasant receptionist and being shown to our table which was positioned very well. Service overall was very friendly and informed. Dishes we chose were tasty , not too much food on our plates, just enough! Of course there is a degree of lively conversational noise but nothing we could complain about. A comfortable atmosphere - a reminder of the European bistro 'feel'.
Overall definitely recommended. Staff manoeuvre deftly through quite narrow spaces!
J-A P.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food and ambience

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for a regular catch up with a friend

R
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolute delight in every way except for noise levels which is a major problem of most restaurants now. In fact I won’t go to the city grounds at lunchtime because it is simplydeafening which causes headaches and worst of all is a total conversation killer. May not be as aesthetically pleasing and not as hygienic but bring back sound absorbing floor covers!!! BUT this place is a credit to the owners. Shades of Katoomba’ famous Paragon Cafe. xxxxxxx

RI
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great feel to the place. There was a great buzz and you could comfortably hold a conversation. Location was really convenient. Amazing Bloody Mary's! Will definitely be going back

M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

JT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The food was good, the live music was excellent, the service was friendly but a little on the slow side. otherwis, a great evening was had. nex time I would come a little later than 6.45 in mid-week as the restaurant really emptied out after about 7.30.

MP
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Just loved the food here and want to go again as soon as possible. An amazing main course salad of nuts, grains and roasted carrots with a buttermilk dressing was the highlight.

VH
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
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 on 4 December 2019
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 on 3 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
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 on 2 December 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 7 December 2019

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

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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.