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 1835 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SharynL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An easy and friendly place to hang out in. The ambience is just second to none and the menu, though small, is cooked and presented beautifully.

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lindyw
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

The room is beautiful and it is well staffed with friendly young people. We sat outside...service was reasonably swift for a busy time. Coffee was fine however my breakfast parfait, consisting of a parfait glass with runny yoghurt, cooked fruit and a soft granola was inedible - far too much sugar in everything. My partner had poached eggs on toast that was extremely hard to cut through. Disappointingly no questions were asked why I had barely touched the food.

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LLC6
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had breakfast here again with the family and the service and food were both great.

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BennyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere.

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AllisonK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely birthday lunch for a colleague. Great service and timing of food.

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ElizabethS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Terrible slow service. Food cold. Second coffee took 15 mins to arrive. Charged for avo which never arrived.

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SShah
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice and friendly staff with great ambience. Has been my go to place for coffee and food options are great and flavourful. I would like to see more vegetarian options but no complaints!

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Lozz
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The quality of the service and the food is extremely high at the Grounds. All of the staff are welcoming, efficient and pleasant.
Can be a little noisy, however not enough to detract from all of the other qualities of this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great lunch spot! Reduced Covid menu is still great - downsides - online ordering from the table glitch so we couldn’t use it! Also - have some loos please!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi There, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We have taken note of your suggestion and have passed it onto our management team. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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AshelyB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love going to the grounds, the people are so friendly and they have amazing cakes.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi AshleyB, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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JoanneB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was enthusiastic without being pushy. Food was excellent as usual.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi JoanneB, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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CCCC
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Great ambience and friendly staff. Would go back again!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi CCCC, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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PaulineB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch with a friend on our first time visiting the cafe. We were not disappointed and enjoyed our time there. Great atmosphere with a lovely vibe. The food was quite nice, limited menu choices, more vegetarian options perhaps. Otherwise, very good.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi PaulineB, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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maraschinocherie
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

The overall dining experience was good, food is good, well presented, however right after we finished eating, the waitstaff asked us immediately if we wanted to get the bill. Just felt like we were hurried out. The restaurant was not full, the bar area alone was empty and there were no long lines outside. Will not be coming back because of this, you can get better food and better service someplace else.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The aesthetics of the establishment were second to none. Absolutely beautiful decor and the settings were gorgeous. The sound was too loud and everyone was spaced well apart.

The food on the other hand was poor. I have had a lot of burgers in my life time, but $24 for a tiny burger with little to no flavour and sided with what tasted like frozen McDonald’s chips minus the tasty, was poor value.

I have been twice and both times the staff have been over worked to the point of not being able to flag someone down.

The two times o have been I have expected great things and both times have been let down by the food.

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CHARLENEV
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome diner in the middle of the CBD. I have always just walked past this place over the years not giving it a second thought and I regret that now as it's such a funky and happening cafe with very energetic vibe.

Next time I will have a proper breakfast instead of just coffee as the atmosphere is well and truly worthy of this experience. The only downside is that their menu was a bit limited.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Charlenev, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We hope to see you another time at The Grounds of the City. Thanks, Georgia

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misselli3
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambience, excellent service ... very organized with Covid protocols. We will be back!

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RoseB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast at The Grounds of the City. The service and food were fantastic and they followed Covid Safe Procedures very well which made me feel very comfortable dining there.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi RoseB, Many thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful review on The Grounds of the City. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Georgia

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vipFiWalford
London
27 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, very friendly and helpful. Lovely salad, decent amount of time at the table, given covid, and procescco, will be back!

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DanielleZ
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The wait staff made us feel very rushed and almost unwelcome. The lady who asked us to sign in before we sat down bordered on rude. We had a booking already and walked in to be shown to our table as one of the guests were already there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

No thanks as it’s annoying that we have to review when we don’t really want to

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

Great place in the city to catch up with friends to dine and have a drink. My only complaint is it’s so dark inside. I would have preferred to seat outside.

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MichA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous deco inside. Food was great with great service

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Nick
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the ambience of this place is amazing, its like being transported back in time to another era. our dining session was
short however coz of covid restrictions. not the restaurants fault, but i only wish i could have stayed longer. definitely worth a visit if you have never been. il most definitely return again in the future.

ambience: 10/10
food: 8/10
service: 9/10
price: 5/10 (average price for city)

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GenaT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden gem
Staff are lovely!
Will be back on the regular.

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Shirley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

All 3 of us has

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Miccieb
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, in a unique restaurant. I recommend a visit

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AshleyR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was great especially the food. Will be coming back and recommending to friends.

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TomS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant - quaint, atmospheric. Food only ‘okay’ I’d say but overall a good experience

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TinaT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are excellent! Music is bit loud. Recommend it!

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SnowieG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Review was written and filed whilst we were sitting in the restaurant, during our 1 hour wait for the food which was never put through the system.

The European girl who served us which I believe was the supervisor in the blazer and checkered skirt never smiled, was quite blunt when we asked her questions about our food and got defensive after our one hour wait and check in with her to see where our food was.

I think she could later sense that we were probably pretty unhappy with the service, and tried to offer us cake and more drink to make up for it. But to be honest it’s not really the cake we cared about, it’s the fact that we came to your store, spent money as consumers and all we got was her attitude.

Should anyone have checked in with us during the 1 hour wait or had she even just been polite and apologized to say “sorry I forgot to put your order though” instead of trying to tell us we’ve never ordered food when we literally ordered through her within 2mins of seating down when she approached us, we would have been fine to put this unintentional mistake behind us.

The fact that she came to us with blame and attitude, sorry to say but I will never come back again although that was my first visit. Not interested in spending money to buy attitude from your staff.

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hiiii
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

coffees were cold, seemed like they’ve been sitting forever in coffee counter and the waitress forgot to bring them to our table. Staffs were okay but seemed eager to hurry everyone, not a good place to sit and relax. Ambience was also poor with noise level up the roof.

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HannahJ
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely venue and food. Croque monsieur was delicious and the coffee is always great!

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PratikS
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the ambience at this cafe! Great coffee! The menu is restrictive, but does the job for a casual work or a personal catch-up.

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Holly
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the vibe of The Grounds Of The City! It gets quite loud on the weekend but the aesthetic is amazing, the food is delicious and the service is great.

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Justine
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The food is amazing, nice ambience and great service. Such a shame if your lactose intolerant as there is no lactose free milk on offer with your coffee.

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ChamT
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location and brilliant atmosphere and decor.
Health bowl I had was fantastic.

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AngelaW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Service was slow and the wait staff were not attentive.

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AKLSP
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
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 on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 23 September 2020

Hi Andrew, Thank you very much for your kind words and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! The Grounds of The City team

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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 4.3 stars by 1835 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.