The Grounds of the City

4.3
1938 reviews
$40 and under
Café
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 1938 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jaymo
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the decor and attention to detail from staff.

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Sale16
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always good for breakfast, service is efficient without being rushed

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DebDeb
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always good and attentive service. Ambience is sensational. Good selection that varies during the day.

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JennM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Grounds of the City is one of my favourite places to go. The food is always great as are the cocktails.

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Bigwilly
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good service, interesting food. Well worth a visit

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StevePP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Triage style service. Staff very nice but undermanned.

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Locky
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I had booked a table and informed of such when I arrived, for a blind date. My date was told I hadn’t arrived and seated at a different table. Little unorganised from my perspective.

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Worst experience we have ever had. The waiter was extremely rude and snobby. I have celiac disease and ordered eggs on toast with gluten free bread. And was given sourdough. WHICH STILL CONTAINS GLUTEN.

and my husband ordered eggs on toast on rye bread, and received 1 slice of plain rye toast and butter. When we told the waiter who took our order it was wrong he said “I didn’t hear you order eggs on toast to my husband” what type of customer service is that. What happend to repeating the order back to the customers to check it’s correct. Especially if in my case I can get VERY sick from having a tiny bit of gluten. I have never been so disappointed in a venue before I was so excited to come and came all the way from kellyville to come to your cafe. I will be telling everyone I know to NEVER visit you guys ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. COVID 19 protocols in place.
Ambience was fantastic. Service and staff a couldn’t do enough, food outstanding!
Can’t wait until my next visit

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Tess
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Requires more vegan/vegetarian options, often is too expensive

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Mumrulz
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

A lovely place to have brunch with friends. Good food served promptly but did have to ask a waitress to take our coffee order.

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JulianE
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

A very nice space with good coffee. Lunch food was okay, nothing too crazy. Price was fair, with good service from the waitstaff.

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MaggieP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I do not think Covid guidelines per square metre were being observed. - tables were too close!

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Sean
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

Love this place but service was terrible. COVID is not an excuse to be rude.

Won’t be coming back

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed lunch here on Saturday. Staff were super attentive and friendly. We had the steak sandwich, butterflied prawns, broccolini and snow pea salad. All was yummy and fresh. Would highly recommend!

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vipMike
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time and will definitely be back
Great decor and ambience. Good food choices an£ excellent service however it doesn't come cheap and therefore a special occasion or treat rathe4 than everyday location

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The Menu variety is quite restricted. Can we have more options? Also the sand witch bread was also burnt. It could be better

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal and service was good! Even left a tip which I don’t normally do!

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AlisonM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service, ambience and decor very nice and we had a very nice meal.

It was expensive for a kids meal and three burgers, however with city rents this is the normal now days.

Would I go back? Yes, but not in a hurry.

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DoraK
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Slow service. We ordered toast without butter, but we got oily toast. It took a long time for them to get dry toast back. We had to keep trying to get attention from staff if we needed anything.

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Erikabeb
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect place for a date with your partner or friends. The inside is very pretty and cosy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
80 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best and my favorite in town!

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Debuardo
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Our expectations were to high
The staff is a bit amateur and the food is 2 stars at best

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JenniferP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Boxing Day sales and time to catch up with friends over a relaxed lunch.
The Grounds ticked all the boxes,. Thank you to all from welcome to farewell

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NeethuN
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was great ambience. Service could have been better

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AylaY
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

It was sufficient overall. Nothing special, I think the price comes from the interior design.

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Oana
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for my Dad’s birthday lunch. Staff were extra helpful when working with us to coordinate a surprise cake for him. They also went above and beyond singing Happy Birthday, he didn’t expect it at all and was touched! Great place, great staff and great food.

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Lancastrian
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Staff very friendly and polite. Interesting style and decor. Could do with a couple more menu options - no vegan and vegetarian extremely limited. Overall a pleasant lunch.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

It has a traditional 20s style feel to it, it's unique to Sydney. Can be quite loud at times, difficult to have a conversation.

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AngelaB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Great experience. Wouldn't be somewhere I would go regularly. Food was acceptable. Noise level was extreme !

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BiancaA
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and exceptional service. Really love coming back here, food is consistent, ambience is nice and great location. Would definitely recommend and will definitely come back. Thank you to the team and the chefs.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had lunch, was disappointed at 1 of the pasta, was not cooked through (ordered 2), the steak was chewy and was not good value at that price. Not enough staff on the floor. Experience was not as expected, and it was a weekday. My last and first experience was a lot different.

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Steak sandy is full of bread not enough sliced meat over priced to me for what I got

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Michelita
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Grounds and the ambiance. Had a delicious Mediterranean breakfast.Great service and friendly staff.

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BretL
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food a little overrated although service was attentive

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1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The aesthetics were wonderful and the customer service was brilliant! Both the main course and desserts were delicious, though they were a little pricey. It is a great environment and it seems like a welcoming place. Thank you for your services. :)

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Diane
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The greeter was quite rude and disinterested, but the wait staff were good. It was loud (not 'energetic'!), and the squid rings, which we all ordered, were chewy. This is my third visit, but I won't recommend or return.

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KylieM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you like an eclectic decor, efficient service & good food then book now x
(Only small thing is that when busy it is a tad noisy for small talk!)

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food, great service, great drinks. We had a business lunch there and everyone was very happy with the choice of venue

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The gent at the door was very helpful as we encountered some reservation issues, and the service by the team was wonderful. Missed out on chiffon cake though :(

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 1938 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.