The Grounds of the City

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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.
What 1796 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
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AKLSP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I am always a fan of the Grounds. However with the Covid-19 happening I didnt feel safe at all. The place was jampacked and no social distancing was in place. My friend and I was just too hungry and tired to walk away. Tables were all occupied, in such a small space. The staff were just moving around everywhere from table to table without precautions or any safety at all. No single staff member were wearing any masks and they just jump from aisle to aisle passing water and items and equipments. I did not feel safe at all. There are small restaurants that I have gone through where I would feel safe. But during my visit, we eat fast because we didn’t want to stay for too long. However food as always is exceptional.

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress was very charming and efficient. The food was just as good as Grounds of Alexandria.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was much better pre-covid. There are less options and menu items have been simplified (e.g. the steak sandwich which was previously my favourite is now a bit meh). Completely understandable given the circumstances however you do notice these changes. service was a little slow and times and incorrect meals were brought out so i'm assume staff has been decreased as well (but we did go on a sunday).
I'll be back when things are back to normal.

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lena
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Love their cakes however I was disappointed how they didn’t have the ice longblack with the rectangular ice anymore 😞 other than that the staff are always friendly and professional.

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mnhty
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food presentation, nice vibe and excellent service. Will be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for the 5 stars! We look forward to serving you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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NiomiK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we go there, we go for the cakes and drinks (tea, coffee, or alcohol) and every single time, we leave not disappointed. The cakes are fresh and delicious and the service is so quick! The ambiance is so nice and feels like an escape when down town Sydney. I highly recommend you check it out. But be sure to book in as it’s a popular spot!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Niomi, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words. We can't wait to serve you again! Kindest, The Grounds of The City team

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience3

Food could be better very ordinary need to improve does not have a wow factor or special

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Karen, Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on a new menu and can't wait to show it off to our loyal customers! Watch this space. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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TonyD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Our coffee seemed to get overlooked, so had to follow up a couple of times.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Tony, Thank you for your feedback and my sincere apologies for the delay on the coffee. I have raised your comments with the team, who will be making sure that if there are ever any issues or delays, those are communicated to our guests without them having to chase us. Please rest assured that we will work on that and will do better next time you come to visit! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a fantastic lunch. Even with the smaller COVID menu, I felt there were plenty of options and the food was delicious. It’s actually more comfortable now without all the tables crowded together and it meant the servers were more attentive than ever before. Well worth it!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 September 2020

Hi Chelsea, Thank you very much for your review and the kind comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to serve you again soon! Best, The Grounds of The City team

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JackieB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance. Lovely presented and tasty food in decent sized portions .
Food came out quickly and excellent coffee .

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 September 2020

Hi Jackie, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sandy
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice menu and great to be able to make your own meal from a selection of the sides

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 4 September 2020

Hi Sandy, Thank you for your review, we look forward to seeing you again very soon, so we can turn those 3 stars into 5! Have a lovely weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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DC00
Canberra / ACT
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

During the COVID-19 restrictions they do not have the full menu - we went for lunch - they have a range of burgers and 'poke' bowls, but we have never been disappointed. We always like it here - booth seating is the best and staff are friendly and helpful.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 4 September 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are currently working on a new menu, so please stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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BernadetteB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Please be consistent with the quantity of your food.

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Valerie
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambience, fantastic and personable service, great coffees.
A flawless experience, as always.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 28 August 2020

Hi Valerie, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We hope to see you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was lovely. Food delicious.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

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

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GiuliaF
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food! Our waitress was super nice.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Giulia, 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

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

the chiffon cake was amazing, the lunch options are limited and not that great but nice cocktails and ambience. but the service are not friendly at all

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Hannahl
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Hannah, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and the kind words :D We look forward to serving you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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TaylorL
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Had to wait 45 minutes to order food and ask for the bill a few times before they did.

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NicoleF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Felt very Covid safe. Good food and coffee. Will definitely go back again

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Nicole, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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SuelenS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and staff!!!! 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Suelen, Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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BillP
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always the food and service were great. It was good to see even with social distancing it was quite busy. Lovely relaxing lunch

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Bill, Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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IssacL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing vibe, quality service and excellent food! Though it does get quiet loud and busy, it makes sense though for an establishment of such brilliant standards.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 24 August 2020

Hi Isaac, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words, we can't wait to serve you again! Best wishes, The Grounds of The City team

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ElizabethA
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Enjoyed the setting and the food was well presented and tasty.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 14 August 2020

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sabrina
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

hello

unfortunately the service was not at the level of the quality of the food, we receive our food first and our cocktails when we finished eating, after reminding few times and when we receive the second (we were 2 and the cocktails arrived 10min apart) one was also the wrong one

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SIMRAN
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and healthy food without compromising the deliciousness.
Highly recommend vegan bowl and buttermilk burger. It's a great place to vibe into the vintage style aura with the jazz playlists which takes you back to 1900s.
Despite it being not so quiet, I could find my space and peace.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 August 2020

Hi Simran, Thank you so much for your feedback and the 5 stars - we were thrilled to hear you had a good time and can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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CathyW
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service at a great venue. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Food was excellent.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 August 2020

Hi Cathy, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We can't wait to serve you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Eek123
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We’re pushed out the door after 1 hour because they were closing. Menu limited. No drinks options. So sad to see such a decline in this venue.

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AngelaS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming to The Grounds. Always a great vibe, staff are friendly and welcoming. Their coffee is great!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 August 2020

Hi Angela, Thank you so much for your comments and for the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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RicardoLima
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I had a higher expectation about the lunch menu, it basically boiled down to sandwich / burger and soup of the day. When I finished around at 3 pm and went to order dessert I found that the kitchen was closing in 15 minutes. I really expected a lot more from the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service and ambience great but menu was meh

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LyndellM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely fresh food. Great staff. Will definitely be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 7 August 2020

Hi there, Thank you very much for the 5 stars! We can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite a reduced menu, still excellent...

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 7 August 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback! We are very excited to be working on a new menu and can't wait to hear your thoughts once it goes live! Watch this space! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Daniel
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Horrible, Unfriendly Slow Customer Service (eg. order something and they forget for 30mins or ask for water and they never come back), Boring Food with Not Many Options, Very Overpriced (eg.$8 for an orange juice), Probably would not go here again.

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SorabD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

Love the atmosphere. The cocktails are good...the food is simple, bland n boring. Go for a stop over not a meal.

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LourdesA
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Cocktails tasted awful, we don’t think the bartender knew what it tasted like before he served it. Bought two that were different types.

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JoeF
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm and friendly service, great food and reasonably priced.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 7 August 2020

Hi Joe, Thank you very much for your great comments and the 5 stars! We can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
77 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best cafes in town! That was why I chose to have birthday breakfast with them. Food was excellent and servers were friendly. Finally got to eat at the booth after visiting there for many times.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 7 August 2020

Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We are so pleased to hear we helped to make your birthday a memorable one! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

I wanted the multiplayer cream cake but as usual was all sold out by my 3pm booking which was the only booking available. I need to lower my expectations when visiting there in the afternoon.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 30 July 2020

Hi Adam, You are right, our chiffon cakes are very popular! But rather than lowering your expectations, next time you are booking a table, please make a note that you would like to order a slice of cake and we will put one aside for you. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AlicjaL
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place with amazing atmosphere. Highly recommend:)

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi Alicja, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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The Grounds of the City offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.3 stars by 1796 OpenTable diners.

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