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.

Special Offers

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
Mon 14:30-16:30
Tue-Sat 14:30-17:00

What 1692 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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.

KP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vibe and service.

Highly recommend this place!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 18 hours ago

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

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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).

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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JS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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MW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

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.

RS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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LB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

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.

Y
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

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.

SB
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Too dark
Too noisy
Business meeting W o/seas guest

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The good and service were both spectacular. We were made to feel very special for our anniversary. Loved the atmosphere!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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BB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Vegetarian food was bad.
Waygu beef sandwich slices were too big and the beef - average.
Cost - appalling - ridiculously over-priced.

LT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely location and great selection of dishes although my omelet could’ve used a bit more salt and cheese.

ZN
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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SF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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CB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice meal before the Symphony. It was a perfect location and the service was very good

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

Hi Carol, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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RF
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience4

I had to wait even tho I had a reservatio n. Not too pleased

EB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

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

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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PS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating impending nuptials for a friends step son.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 19 hours ago

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

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KC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was just ok .. I thought it was very average ..

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food. Good prices and excellent service. Great night out with my friends.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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VC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Please change the menu!!!

IM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

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

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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C
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and coffee! Would recommend booking, a little pricy but worth it overall.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was only warm, so not freshly prepared as it felt reheated.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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TS
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

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.

MG
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic and I will be back.

The only negative was, it got very noisy.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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CP
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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A
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Grounds is my favourite place to eat in Sydney!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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B
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

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.

LJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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 :)

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff service and food as always xx

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was great! And the atmosphere was amazing!!
Our waitress was so nice and friendly

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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CA
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

I would have preferred more peanut butter than what is served in a tiny bottle. The peanut butter was delicious.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 1 February 2020

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

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J
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed and so did our overseas guests. Also, a very convenient location

The Grounds of the City
Responded 20 hours ago

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

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S
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

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

CM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Good for taking photos, but thats it.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 January 2020

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

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Grounds of the City

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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