The Grounds of the City
High Tea - $35 per person
Settle into the city and spoil yourself with all the delights of our High Tea. Our seasonal menu includes a curated daily selection of house-made sweet & savoury offerings, fresh from The Grounds very own Bakery & Patisserie.
Terms and Conditions: High tea offering is $35 per person, or $40 with a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings must be secured with a credit card (our team will call to confirm) and must be confirmed by 11am on the day of your reservation. Bookings cancelled within a 24 hour period will be charged the full amount. All details can be found at our website.
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: 18 July 2019
Ends: 31 May 2020
Availability: Sun 14:30-17:00
Waited over an hour for our food to arrive which ended up being a plain tomato salad and some boring sautéed potatoes. The waitress was pretty unapologetic. Left hungry and late for our event because of this.
Hotcakes with berries were awesome. Overall service was friendly and attentive however my girlfriend's initial order of a juice did take a long time to be delivered. Noise level was high on a Sunday morning. Our table neighbours were very close to the point where you have to move the table for people to sit down/get up at adjacent tables. Interior has loads of historical character and atmosphere.
Hi there, Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great vibe and service.
Highly recommend this place!
Hi Alex, Thanks so much for the 5 stars, we hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
A favorite date spot of my wife and I, we get the coffee tasting board every time we go. The ambience and decor of the place is a cozy Victorian vibe, the food and coffee are always to due for (albeit a bit on the pricy side, but we still feel it’s worthwhile).
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We will see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Just loved the High Tea; all our favourites appeared so deliciously and freshly made! Excellent service, tea brewed perfectly and very little waiting time. Great choice of 20s Jazz ambient music ... all in all a lovely afternoon. I will be back!
Hi Jane, We were so happy to hear you enjoyed the high tea! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
It’s a really beautiful place to eat and I have enjoyed being there other times but I was really disappointed with our high tea experience. The food took over half an hour to come out (despite the fact that we’d booked specifically for high tea)
and there really wasn’t much food once it did come out. The limited savory options were stale and tasted like they’d been in the fridge for days. They kept messing up our drinks order as well. The Grounds City really needs to pick up the slack - it’s been years and the teething issues should be worked out by now but they aren’t which is sad because the Alexandria venue is impeccable.
Lovely, unexpected place! Great lunch food, would be nice for a romantic date. Would love to return to try breakfast menu. Very glad we reserved a table.
Hi Rachel, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your wonderful comment. We will see you for some brekkie very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Service was slow. Had run out of millett for one dish, which is odd as it is a dry ingredient. Green bowl was more quinoa than greens. Ambience was good, but wait staff appeared rushed and in a hurry to turn tables.
Staff at door was very rude and would not let us in until our booking to the minute. After finishing had to wait 15 minutes for the waiter to let us actually pay for our meal after being ignored several times and reminding them 3 times.
Food was okay, but definitely not worth all the hype and trouble dealing with the staff.
Business meeting W o/seas guest
The good and service were both spectacular. We were made to feel very special for our anniversary. Loved the atmosphere!
Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team
Vegetarian food was bad.
Waygu beef sandwich slices were too big and the beef - average.
Cost - appalling - ridiculously over-priced.
Lovely location and great selection of dishes although my omelet could’ve used a bit more salt and cheese.
Waiters/waitresses incredibly high standard. Food fabulous. Only criticism is: professional but very cold staff at the service window: unwelcoming and very business like: hearding cattle rather than welcoming guests in a friendly manner. Otherwise beautiful venue, private booth and personal attention. No toilets on the premises a bad point.
I would and have gone several time in spite of the negative points above.
Hi Zabette, My sincere apologies for a sub-par welcome. I have discussed your comments with the host team on that day and will be making sure that they do not repeat the same mistakes going forward! Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, Kat - General Manager
Enjoyed our dining experience completely, the food and venue were outstanding. We booked online and this was a plus as others were having to line up and wait for a table to become vacant.
Hi Sandra, Thanks for your review and your lovely comments! We can't wait to see you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
We had a really nice meal before the Symphony. It was a perfect location and the service was very good
Hi Carol, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team
I had to wait even tho I had a reservatio n. Not too pleased
Nice environment and decor but noisy. Food plain not great presentation for the cost. Does not even reach an up market pub standard of the food in terms of quality and cost.
Took a while to get attention for our bill.
Maybe ok for afternoon tea but would not recommend for a meal
Hi Elaine, Thank you for your review and apologies if the food did not match your expectations. We hope to see you again. Bets regards, The Grounds of The City team
Enjoyed the feel of the restaurant, enjoyed the meals not so much the deserts. Would be interested in knowing the history of teh site. Was it always as it is now? Great to have a booth, private but easly to access service. A bit noisy for someone who wears a hearing aid!!
Hi Penelope, Thank you for your review and your comments! Feel free to have a chat when you are next in, we will be happy to tell you our story! We have only been around for 2.5 years and have not changed much since we opened the doors in 2017. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Celebrating impending nuptials for a friends step son.
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Food was just ok .. I thought it was very average ..
Brilliant food. Good prices and excellent service. Great night out with my friends.
Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your wonderful comments! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Please change the menu!!!
Enjoyed our visit over brunch meeting some friends - very prompt and friendly table service, food arrived quickly and the portions were good size. It got a bit noisy during lunchtime for regular conversation, but a pleasant visit overall
Hi Irina, Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again very soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kindest, The Grounds of The City team
Great food and coffee! Would recommend booking, a little pricy but worth it overall.
Hi Claire, Thanks a million for the 5 stars and your comments! We can't wait to see you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
The food was only warm, so not freshly prepared as it felt reheated.
Hi there, Thank you for your review. We pride ourselves on learning from our mistakes, therefore I am very grateful for your feedback. I passed it on to our kitchen team, who will make sure they address it and eliminate any similar issues going forward. I wish you had raised this with your server on the day, as we are always happy to swap the dishes our guests are dissatisfied with. I truly hope you will come back and give us another shot. Kind regards, Kat - General Manager
Wonderful surroundings and a great choice of dishes. Coffee is also top notch. You pay a premium but it is good quality and worth it now an then.
It was fantastic and I will be back.
The only negative was, it got very noisy.
Hi Mark, Thank you for the 5 stars and your comments, we hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I do love the fresh food and menu options but this place is very loud and chaotic, which often impacts the time it takes to get drinks/food and waiters and your overall experience.
Hi there, Thank you for your review, we will definitely work on the things you mentioned, thank you very much for sharing! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
The Grounds is my favourite place to eat in Sydney!
Hi there, We are so glad to hear that! Thank you so much for the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
When the best thing about a restaurant is the theming and the service, you realise that people go there for the experience, not the food. It's fun to imagine oneself in a Parisienne cafe in a vaguely Harry Potter-esque 1920s. The food and staff are beautiful to behold. Sadly, the flavour disappoints.
We had a great family dinner here, the wait staff were friendly and helpful and the food was very nice, the styling is gorgeous and there is great ambience. We enjoyed it very much :)
Hi there, Thank you for your review and wonderful comments, we hope to see you again soon, so we can turn those 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great staff service and food as always xx
The food was great! And the atmosphere was amazing!!
Our waitress was so nice and friendly
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments. We hope to see you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I would have preferred more peanut butter than what is served in a tiny bottle. The peanut butter was delicious.
Hi there, Thank you for your review. Next time please do not hesitate to ask for more PB, we will be happy to oblige. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
We enjoyed and so did our overseas guests. Also, a very convenient location
Hi Jyoti, Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I felt that the tables are far too close together and impossible to have a private conversation. I had booked in advance and the table we were allocated was still occupied so we took another option but it didn't appear to be well air conditioned and very hot. The menu is very limited for lunch - most dishes are more of main size for dinner in my opinion and it would be great to have some all day breakfast options
Everything was great apart from the girl at the front counter, allowing people to push in etc and when questioned just blew it off and was snippy at me, other than that great place and great service once we where inside
Good for taking photos, but thats it.
Hi there, Thank you for your review. At The Grounds we value our guest feedback, be it positive or less so, as it helps us grow and get better at everything we do. If it isn't too much trouble, could you let us know what went wrong during your visit, so we can work on it and hopefully stop it from happening again? Thank you in advance, Kat - General Manager
The Grounds of the City
Hi there, Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team