The Grounds of the City

4.2
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1769 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.
What 1769 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
CW
CathyW
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

E
Eek123
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

AS
AngelaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RL
RicardoLima
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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

Service and ambience great but menu was meh

LM
LyndellM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite a reduced menu, still excellent...

The Grounds of the City
Responded 4 days ago

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

Report
D
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.

SD
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.

LA
LourdesA
Sydney / NSW
4 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.

JF
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 4 days ago

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

Report
OT
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 4 days ago

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

Report
AS
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

Report
AL
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

Report
LK
LaurenK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Service was terrible on the day. They forgot to serve coffee and kept saying there were queues for coffee. I would've been nicer if staff came over and being honest about they forgot the order, just kept making excuses didn't convince me at all.
We had to ask about three times to chase up the coffee order.
I used to lo e coming the grounds of the city, I dont feel so excited anymore to come back here again.

J
John
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best breakfast places in Sydney, great to see you back open.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi John, Thank you so much, we are ecstatic to be back and serving you again! Thanks a million for the 5 stars, we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
RY
RosarioY
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was really great! Service was awesome! We will definitely go back- very interested in trying out other food from their menu.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi Rosario, Thank you 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

Report
AS
AliceS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Very poor service, food is expensive but not worth the values, very over priced.

V
Varona
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I always liked coming to the Grounds for breakfast, so I decided to try lunch this time. The service was great, but everything that is on lunch menu is very bread heavy: sandwiches with a massive pieces of bread or burgers. Not many options if you need something mode delicate or light. Also no deserts. Otherwise it is a nice place and coffee is great, would recommend coming for breakfast though.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Thank you for your review! All our servers have an in-depth knowledge of the menu and should be able to advise on what menu items are lighter and not as bread-heavy. We have 5 health bowls with an optional addition of protein, as well as soup and a few all-day brekkie items that also are on a lighter side. We also have a daily selection of cakes that we show off on our takeaway display, so just ask next time you visit and I am sure we'll be able to pick something that tickles your fancy!

Report
HS
HilS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service! We so appreciated our server offering to take a picture of us without us even having to ask. Thanks! Such a beautiful place as well!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi there, Thanks a million 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

Report
DC
DC00
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Glad that it is back open - now with limited menu - but, ok!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are also very glad to be back and are currently working on an exciting new menu that we can't wait to show off! We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
CS
CassieS
Sydney / NSW
13 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was so happy that reopened and dined on my own for breakfast. Staff are lovely and food tasty. Definitely recommend

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi Cassie, Thank you so much for your kind words and the 5 stars! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
VW
VerityW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved our lunch here recently. The food was outstanding (healthy and tasty, win win!!). Excellent ambience and comfortable seating. Highly recommend.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review and the 5 stars! We hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
JL
JohnL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Went for a business meeting, I knew I could rely on the service and food being good. Did not disappoint.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi John, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again very soon. Kind regards, Th Grounds of The City team

Report
MH
MaggieH
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, great value for money and lovely staff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Maggie, Thanks so much for your review back in March and your wonderful comments! We hope to see you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
SG
StephanieG
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Cool atmosphere but food is less than average. I wouldn’t say you get value for your money in terms of the food.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Stephanie, Hi there, Thanks so much for your review back in March and apologies if the food did not hit the mark! We are currently working on a new menu and I really hope that you will come back to pay us a visit and check it out! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
SL
SimonL
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Imacculate immaculate immaculate thoroughly enjoyed both visits there

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Simon, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
PR
PaulineR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time @ the City Grounds...wow this place is popular we arrived 10 mins early and was told to come back in 10 thought ok that's unusual when we did get seated we had wonderful service, food was great and we enjoyed killer cocktails. Our friend was turning 50 and we were lucky to have 3 waiter's come over and sing happy birthday and a complementary cake slice to share all in all excellent...one drawback is no toilets on site : (

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Pauline, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We were delighted to hear you had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
H
Helen
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The decor reminds me of an old english or irish pub, the food was really good and it was a nice place to catch up with friends.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Helen, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
RV
ReetV
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great place to have a nice long lunch, if you choose to. It's very busy on a Saturday, but the staff are very efficient and friendly, know the menu and offer suggestions.
Had a really nice lunch and coffee was very good.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Reet, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
M
Madb3005
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service and atmosphere - food was good however the tea dreadful - one came lukewarm - however as I have breakfast here regularly this is not the norm

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

I had been to the Grounds previously so was excited to return. I ordered the 3 egg Omelette and it was delivered cold and overloaded with mushrooms and my partner ordered an Iced Chocolate which we never received. The tea I ordered took 26 minutes to be delivered. A very disappointing $60 spent for breakfast for two.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cannot fault these guys at all.
Food, coffee and service always on point.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 27 July 2020

Hi there, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and a kind words! Now we have reopened for dine-in again, we hope to see and serve you again very soon! Kindest, Th Grounds of The City team

Report
MP
MaureenP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I love eating here but I don’t think the desserts are very good and certainly not good value at $17.
However the staff are delightful young people and I do love the grain and roasted veggies salad with a serve of beef on top. I will keep coming back and just get a dessert elsewhere if I need one.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Maureen, Thank you very much for you feedback back in March. We are currently working on a new menu, which will include new desserts, so hopefully will have something to impress you with once we have reopened! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
BM
BruceM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nothing much to add it is not helpful to force consumers to say something when they don’t want to - I just wont complete your feedback anymore which is self defeating don’t you think?

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Quite visible watermarks in spoon/cutlery. Long wait for food, bill and get a bar table even booking was made.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi there, Thanks so much for your review back in March and apologies some elements of your visit were not up to scratch. We will definitely work on those once we reopen! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
KH
KateH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Was very busy, so staff were stretched thin. Food was average.... that definitely wouldn’t be the drawing card to go here.

LA
LynetteA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely ambience for breakfast. High energy in the place. Really lovely friendly staff. Just very busy and you may have to wait to get a seat if you hit a busy time. There may be time pressure on getting out before a booking to follow you. Deconstructed hot chocolate is lovely.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Lynette, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We look forward to seeing you again very soon, once we have reopened for dine-in again. In the mean time, please swing by for a takeaway if you are in the area. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report
S
Snowy
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Some of the high tea's food were great, but some were ok. Scones are too dry to our tasting. Interior of the place is awesome. Love the ambience though. Staff are friendly.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Snowy, Thanks so much for your review back in March! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards,

Report
CM
CharlotteM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and coffee. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is super swanky!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 June 2020

Hi Charlotte, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We hope to see you again very soon! Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team

Report

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 1769 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.