The Grounds of the City

4.2
2203 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2203 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.1
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Energetic
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatherineW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Was very noisey kept mishearing my Aunty and Uncle sitting across from me. Food was beautifully presented but not quite as flavourful as it looked. Service was slow need to employ one more person on the floor. Priced ok for venue and address. Gorgeous interiors and ambiance aside from noise level. Will definitely return because overall was a pleasant experience in the city.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great service, lovely atmosphere and delicious food and drinks. This place is always consistent. Only minor thing is steak was so rare, despite ordering medium, but overall it was a great experience.

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Rosy11
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Food is good although a bit over priced. A bit too noisy but overall good.

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Just
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great place to go for lunch! Food was good too. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great little place with loads of character. Would happily go back

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SamA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very accomodating to my child and I - particularly with a big and bulky pram in such a small space. Food is fabulous as always. I love coming to the grounds and I'll be back.

TB
TrishaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing location
Great service - except the waiter rolling his eyes twice!
Beautiful food
Super fast
Great atmosphere
Unique
Very very nice

MW
MichelleW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

I love the ambience & friendly service. The portions could be larger for price. My guests loved the venue.

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HelenF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing decor - felt like I’d step back in time. Very well run, service friendly and professional. Nice food with good menu. Highly recommend but be prepared for a wait for table if you haven’t booked

PJ
PeeJay
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Made a booking and arrived on time but had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Coffee and juice came promptly. Burger was mainly just meat and lacked dimension. Mediterranean salad was served incorrectly with tuna and had a lot of sour tasting mayonnaise. Not the most pleasant dish. A lot of frew hah about this place but once is enough for us.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Everything here was great.
But booking was for 11:15 but the system at the Grounds end said 8:45 even though my confirmation email said 11:15. Which meant we had to sit outside and didn’t get the full experience we were after which was disappointing.
Waiter was pretty ordinary.

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Sophie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

We loved checking this place out over the long weekend. We are glad we had a Sunday breakfast with you guys!

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Ozkaz
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Overhyped and overpriced.
Can’t see why people queue to get into this place.
People are so crammed in that you can’t have a conversation as it is too noisy AND people are too close.
I had the waiters butt in my face whilst he took the order of the table next to me, which was incredibly uncomfortable.
The food is basic and I was disappointed that my order was a cold dish. It did not say this would be served cold and the one hot element (poached egg) was cold as well as it was put on top of cold food from the fridge, what is the flippin’ point of that.
When you read grilled halloumi, roasted cauliflower etc… you would not expect this to arrive fridge cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a nice place. Our waiter Cooper was so good and attentive. Lovely atmosphere and the ambience takes you back in time. Food was great, definitely recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Way too noisy & the tables were far too close together. Not comfortable at all. And I was not given a choice about tipping, the waiter had already loaded the eftpos machine for a payment to be added. We are not America & tipping should not assumed! Not impressed.

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AliP
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food. Our table was a little tight and we felt a little rushed but it’s a great city location for a tasty brekkie.

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StephenN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Loved the vibe and the venu. Would definately go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fantastic, food came quickly and was dekicious

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Chrissi
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Beautiful venue.
Staff looked the part but found them to be quiet rude especially the hosts upon arrival and felt rushed to order and exit. Won’t be returning and would not recommend for breakfast/brunch.
Definitely not child friendly.
I had high expectations of the food as I love dining at the grounds alexandria but the food was also a let down.

SM
StephenM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiter (man from Belgium). He made the evening

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SuzanneH
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Waitress bought 3 bottles of wine ( first was a white 2nd a moscata 3rd a prosecco) and we still didnt get our bottle of sparkling. Staff could not move us to warmer table out of the draught even though there were clearly tables available. We sat for an hour without getting a drink. One of the glasses was dirty and chipped. We walked out after ordering. the host couldnt care, the staff couldnt care. Dont go here if you expect service. Cant tell you about the food because we sat there for an hour and actually didnt get served anything except a headache and ansgt. A real shame for a celebration lunch. Go next door to glass at the Hilton instead. So disappointed.

NH
NaomiH
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great place especially for a wintery lunch! Service was exceptional and food tasted nice it was just the portion sizes and presentation that needs a review otherwise everything else was lovely..

DP
DaniP
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute hidden gem in the heart of the city! Brilliant food, service and ambience! Would highly recommend to others & will certainly be back when I next travel to Sydney!

TC
ToniC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hannah looked after us so well and the food was amazing! I recommend the breakfast burger.

SG
SharonG
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely lunch. This place has a great vibe. Would definitely recommend.

CS
ChristopherS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Overpriced, snobby and entitled servers, and poor quality food

DK
DoraK
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

Poor customer service at the front door! I was in line waiting for someone to service me, the front door man just went straight to the person behind me, totally ignored me! Also lady did service just tried to memorised the order without taking a note, she had to come back to ask again! Why not just take a note right in the beginning? Loud noise overall. Tiny aisle and people still tried to squeeze prams in!

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KristineT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was delish, as to be expected from The Grounds! Our waitress was also very good, overall would highly recommend for the food and ambiance.

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EmilyT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Front of house staff were great. The food was seriously below average. Wouldn't return for that reason.

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AmyT
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience5

Beautiful venue & great coffee. Unfortunately bad service on the day we went.

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Tones
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We love visiting the grounds the city ever time we visit sydney!

BC
BrisdgetteC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My partner and I had such a lovely time for dinner while in the city. The atmosphere really made the experience for us. Our waitress was more then helpful and really friendly. The only downside was that the special desert was sold out by 7:30pm and the affogato we ordered with baileys came without baileys as they were out of stock. Though our desert experience wasn’t great we would go again.

DG
DebG
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The Grounds of the City is a wonderful venue and food and ambience are always features. Unfortunately our service was very poor yesterday with no drinks orders arriving repeatedly and repeated food orders being made. Our server was replaced and things improved.

ML
MeiL
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely place for a date. Will definitely come back.

HR
HelenR
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Great food. Service not great. Had to wait for our booked seats then we’re seated and left for 10 mins. Then when finally got service was rushed to order as breakfast was finishing. A lot on menu wasn’t available. Had to wait for our coffees- came well after our food. Coffee and food was delicious.
Also they parked someone else’s stroller next to our table.

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AnselleB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a server who was very enthusiastic. She was very lovely and accomodating and funny. I wish I got her name. Food was nice, had the crab omelette. Coffee, as always, was outstanding. It was the service that stood out for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great coffee, interesting menu and elegant dècor

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cocktails were amazing and food was delicious. Loved the whole vibe and dinner experience. Friendly staff

KO
KatieO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Very busy and so sat very close to other tables. Food was good and service good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place!!! The food was great, the ambiance was on point, and the service was brilliant! Could not fault it.
Have had breakfast and lunch there, and did not disappoint both times.

FAQs

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 4.2 stars by 2203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.