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The Grounds of the City

4.1
4.1
2704 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross Street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Parking Details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public Transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,704 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  • Sydney

    Brunch

  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Lunch

  • Sydney City

    Most Booked

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  1. TW

    TrishW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Service was so so, we ordered a drink which had to be sent back and even after waiting 1/2 for the second drink it was still made wrong I've been there a couple of times before and after this experience I won't be coming back 🤨
  2. KL

    KimberlyL

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was so accommodating and lovely with the children , would definitely recommend to friends and looking forward to coming back.
  3. GB

    GeorginaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food and ambience and an interesting menu. The smoked brisket is delicious. When it's full it's very noisy but bearable. The service was a little too attentive - we did feel a bit like we were being interrupted too frequently - but I'd rather have too much attention servicewise than too little. Overall a big thumbs up.
  4. BT

    BotteyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place ! We love the atmosphere and Also the food of course.
  5. DK

    DeborahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a charming restaurant and the staff are friendly and very experienced. Love the music and the ambiance. Would go there again and so easy to get to via the light rail.
  6. PP

    PremaP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved having breakfast at The Grounds of the City. Amazing service and huge portion of food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our second time to come for Breakfast. Everything was good but the music was just a bit loud this time.
  8. CF

    CarlieF

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Awesome vibe & décor, however the food was a bit disappointing. The pancakes weren't fresh, and were very dry and thick with not much sauce.
  9. JP

    JustinP

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Minimal options on the menu. Almost all egg meals. Not enough sweet options. Overpriced. Coffee was nice. Variety of food options is needed and lower the prices.
  10. I

    Izzati

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our linguines & pasta were delicious! very fast service and the decor is just splendid! my friends and i had a brilliant time :)
  11. K

    Kazbah

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Atmosphere good but the food was cold when it arrived at the table
  12. HW

    HelenW

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Too noisy unfortunately, had to almost shout to be heard by others at the table.
  13. JP

    JinP

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    When I went to service desk to inform my appointment, the lady who greeted, made me very uncomfortable. The way what she showed welcoming customer was not appropriate, however the lady who took an order was kind. Coffee was served not hot enough, but the art was fantastic! I do not willing to go back myself unless someone particulary ask to go this cafe for brunch. It was not good experience.
  14. DR

    DuncanR

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place for breakfast - mine was business with client.
  15. ES

    EmmaS

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and cosy and full of life And intriguing props. Great food and service
  16. T

    Toto

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place and great food, but it is the second time we go and cakes were all gone, and it was 4 PM only.
  17. P

    Phoebe

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The pancakes were cheap, plastic packet mix. They were cold when served to us and tasted awful. The yogurt does not go at all and the fruit looked like it came out of a can. The venue is over packed so they can make as much money as possible. Don't waste your money here.
  18. AP

    AnaP

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, excellent service! We loom forward to returning soon.
  19. MS

    MarkS

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The restaurant was very full so naturally noisy. The waitresses were quite inexperienced, didn't know what a Campari Soda was. Food was excellent I had the crusted lamb with a side of pumpkin. Overall an enjoyable lunch. Mark
  20. VK

    VictorK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food, friendly service, beautiful ambiance and convenient location! That is why this place is so popular, fully packed for Friday lunch. Highly recommended for couples and friends to start celebrating weekend from here!
  21. LM

    LauraM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is SUPERB.... the wine, the food, good size meals... very impressive.... will definitely be eating there again,
  22. AN

    AndrewN

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We needed somewhere quick and tasty before going to the theatre royal. This ended up being a great choice, as the bowls we chose were healthy and delicious, and we were in and out within an hour, perfect
  23. GP

    GerryP

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The best possible service, really good food and drinks and a great ambience. Could be a little quieter but it's not a big problem.
  24. Y

    Yellow

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The table service was odd. The waitress and others putting food and drinks on the table seemed very inexperienced as thought it was their first hospitality job. The waitress made numerous mistakes and the whole affair seemed messy and uncoordinated. The food servings were so small. Given the price for each dish, especially the vega options, you'd expect a decent serving. We ordered mains to share, equivalent of 1.5x dishes per person and we were still so hungry afterward. The cocktails were very amateur, overpriced and inaccurately measured. The music of the venue was also odd and did not fit the vibe of the restaurant. The different glass and plate ware type theme is done poorly, drastically missing the obvious mission as a quirky dining and more so landing on tacky and cheap. On the bright side, the booth seats were comfortable and the lighting was a good level of ambience whilst still being bale to read the menu
  25. JS

    JaneS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love the atmosphere and high standards, everywhere is second rate.
  26. JU

    JULIA

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fresh flowers instead of fake on the tables would make a big difference.
  27. S

    Suzie

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    This time round the food was average. The coffeee took longer then the food. Overall just average
  28. MF

    MilanaF

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So cute, great service. Amazing ambiance. Can’t wait to return
  29. AC

    AndrewC

    Canberra

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty and interesting food choices in a great, city-centre ambience.
  30. SA

    SusA

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Totally overrated, too busy, and poor value for money. Booking was easy via OpenTable, we were seated quickly and coffee order was taken after a couple of minutes but service overall lacked welcome and warmth. My flat white tasted burnt, husband's 'sticky' chai needed honey as it had no sweetness. Honey came out, no spoon to stir it with. Food was really underwhelming. Ordered the toasted muffin with shaved Serrano ham, asparagus, roasted tomatoes, eggs and grated manchego cheese. Poached eggs were overcooked which made the whole dish totally dry and the muffin tasted of frying grease. The Croque Madame had a smidge of sauce on the inside which made it basically a toasted sandwich with a fried egg on top. We were so disappointed we went and stopped at another cafe for a decent cup of coffee and great service. Won't be back.
  31. TM

    TrishM

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good spot for a quick breakfast opposite QVB in George Street,they do love to get you in and out quickly,fast and friendly service,nice retro fit out,food and coffee was good,I would make a reservation it was very busy on the weekend
  32. AK

    AKW1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful venue for group or intimate dining. Great atmosphere, quirky and interesting decor. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The staff were very courteous, approachable & accommodating - customer focused. I would absolutely come here again. The only drawback were lack of bathroom facilities - out into the main complex, out towards the street, down an escalator, down a corridor to public loos - not good for anyone with mobility or other personal issues.
  33. J

    Jodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This place is certainly unique and quirky! It kind of has a Harry Potter feel to it. The way it is decorated and the ambience is fantastic. Had to book as extremely popular. Service was great and we received our meals very quickly. We will be back!
  34. WB

    WarrenB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Best thing about this restaurant are the staff - friendly, respectful and all have great customer skills. The food was rather delish and the drinks were refreshing even though we didn't have any wine or so. Located in the heart of the city, across the road from the Town Hall and the QVB.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Great customer service.
  36. JM

    JaneM

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Amazingly beautiful place! Great decor and service. You could easily hang there for hours! Menu is great, although was a little disappointed in the food, i think i had very high expectations! and the coffee was not hot. The staff were very helpful and friendly! I definitely recommending booking in advanced, but you can only book during business hours as you can't contact the venue directly.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Fabulous place! Wasn’t a fan of the pasta but that’s ok. Great time!
  38. SB

    SamB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Good food but was extremely noisy and closely packed
  39. L

    Lexx

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    went there for a business meal and it was great! good food good service and great ambience
  40. DO

    DavidO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience2
    The Croque Monsieur was soggy and felt it was more leek than cheese. Barely ate much.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.1 stars by 2704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Google Map for The Grounds of the City

500 George St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public Transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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