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: 30 November 2019

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

What 1455 People Are Saying
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MB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent place, service, and food. Weird that there’s no toilets

RM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Although the ambiance is well achieved, the tables require amendment to not look like old school sets, way too noisy and cluttered

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Rick, Thank you for your comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Waited an hour for food. Was offered no explanation. People around us were served and ordered before us.
Food was overpriced and basic.

NM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Farah (our waitress) was amazing! Very polite, smiling and ready all times.
Food was pretty good as well and I would only prefer to go another day.. it was busy and noisy, but it still was a good experience.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Natalia, Thank you for your review! Fara was thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience and her service! We look forward to seeing you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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WL
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Had the wrost reception from one of the staff members. He was very rude and went off at me for no reasons. It ruined my breakfast at the restaurant.

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great service
Please review your menu to add some fresh vege or salad to balance out the dish
Steak dishes are heavy only meat and some baked potatoes with butter on top the steak
So as sandwiches

Otherwise we love the place

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Melanie, Thank you for the review and your comments! We will do our best to take them into account for our next menu change! Kind regards, the Ground of The City team

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SG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere! Staff were great! Definitely will be back

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Shantel, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! Have a wonderful weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Service was good, but a bit understaffed. Coffee was good, but food was subpar. Especially for the price. Ordered 2 pasta dishes (bucatini and parpadelle) which was very bland.

HO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughters and I loved the decor, the staff were very attentive and courteous. The food was delicious. My son and his family have been to The Gounds of the City for a special occasion as well. I wanted somewhere special for breakfast and to top off an enjoyable weekend. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Helen, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and for your lovely comments! We were so thrilled to hear you and your family had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staffs were nice and friendly and the food there were good af!! Will definitely go there again!’

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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LW
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service Exceptional, Food Outstanding, Atmosphere Perfect

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Lyne, Thank you for the 5 stars! Have an amazing weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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GB
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Grounds of the City has been our brunch choice a few times now - they have the most delicious French toasts!

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Giulia, Thank you for your review and the wonderful comments! You should also try our dinner menu, we are open every night except Mondays! See you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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DD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for breakfast. The food is delicious, the service is spot on. Visiting The Grounds for breakfast is a nice way to kick off your day.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Denise, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and for your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Have a wonderful weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent with a delightful accent!

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Samuel, Thanks so much for the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a cool spot! Have worked opposite here for a year and not been in. It feels like you are in another world when inside and the food is delicious. Will definitely be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Abby, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and for your lovely comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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PG
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My second solo visit in two weeks. Loved all of it. Excellent food and coffee, staff are attentive and friendly, ambience is fabulous. Lots to see and take in. Most enjoyable start to my day.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Penny, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your wonderful comments! We are thrilled you enjoy the space and the service we provide! Looking forward to seeing you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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Y
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

great business meeting place.
we always go there for coffee n cake.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Yuukic, Thank you for your review. Great to hear that you love our cakes, you should also stop by for dinner some time! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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ZS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Buzzing atmosphere but not too loud, and delicious brekky menu

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Zeeshan, Thank you for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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JF
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

An utterly standard menu, slightly overpriced, made worse by very poor seating and service processes.
When it opened it had interesting dishes and a bit of risk. Now it is bland and just relying on the great decor. Probably to make all the tourists feel safe.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi James, Thank you very much for your comments. We value our guests' feedback, be it positive or less so, so we can grow and improve at what we do. Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your experience. Kind regards, Kat - General Manager

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time going to ‘The Grounds of the City’. It’s was unbelievable. I love what they done to the place. Love that old vintage look. Anyway, everything was perfect; the food , the service. I would definitely come back again.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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KR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner. Food was delicious and could not fault the staff or the service.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Kylie, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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TG
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had the High Tea. It was pleasant enough, the service and food and atmosphere. We were charged $5 for honey to sweeten my companion's chai latte. Will not be back.

n
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is great, great tasting and well balanced. Our server was awesome too, be back soon!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Nathan, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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CT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Decent food however would insider this pricey for portion sizing. Great drinks menu available and great atmosphere. A bit noisy if you come in the evening peaks however not a deal breaker.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Celine, Thank you for your review and the comments. We take all our guests' comments on board, so we can continuously work on and improve what we do! Your input is greatly appreciated! Best regards, Kat - General Manager

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OT
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good experience we were 5 people everyone ordered something different. Healthy and filling and servers excellent! Must make reservations this location is on the smaller side.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great breakfast at The Grounds of the city. Would recommend!

Thanks for the great customer service!

SW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great. We had an enjoyable evening with time to chat but not too long to wait. The service was excellent. My friends hadn't been there before and commended me on the great choice. Thank you.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Sue, Thank you for the 5 stars and lovely comments! We can't wait to welcome you back very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MA
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

We had to wait too long for our drinks and food, we had a young child with us and could not get a desert for him, everything we asked for was sold out, however they were giving them to the customers who were having High Tea, they were also selling them at the take away outside. They wouldn't even give us an ice cream for him. The service was very slow we didn't complain as it was Fathers day but when the bill was due we has 2 waitresses almost on top of us.
The food was good and quiet enjoyable but my meal was supposed to come with a 'The Grounds garden radish salad" I did not get the salad and when I asked the girl said she asked the kitchen and they said it was combined on the sandwich. IT WAS NOT!!
I also booked online I actually thought I had booked The Alexandria Grounds but somehow due to the way the website is constructed we ended up in the City. It was not the Fathers Day experience we had hoped for.

DW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Batch coffee was awesome

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 9 September 2019

Hi Dave, Thank you very much for the 5 stars! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team

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RA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great atmosphere for breakfast. Steak and eggs excellent. Service from staff good.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Romel, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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CA
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

We had high expectations but despite having a great ambiance we were served cold coffees and cold breakfast. Not the best for Father’s Day breakfast. Was very disappointed. We mentioned it to the staff and my husband got another coffee and mine was taken off. But I didn’t enjoy my breakfast and my husbands steak and eggs wasn’t very nice cold!

L
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Went for lunch - is extremely loud, busy and pumping. Service was ok but the wait staff looked run off their feet non stop. Food was was nice. Coffee order had to be redone as it was cold on arrival. Soooo LOUD though. Acoustics need to be looked at.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Lala, Thanks so much for your review and your constructive comments. Those have been passed on to all relevant teams and we will do our utmost to rectify any shortcomings going forward! Best regards, Kat - General Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic. Superseded all my expectations. Loved the experience & look forward to returning soon

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Moz, Thank you for the 5 stars, we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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R
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the cafe and have been many times. However I cannot get a booth I will not come due to noise levels in the section opposite. Once I was allocated there I could not hear my guest speak so we simply canceled after 5 minutes and left. You’re not the only one with this MAJOR problem these days. Can’t hear no customer. So no booth no come. Everything else is spot on. Congratulations!

CL
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

We went there yesterday. The staff can’t understand our English. It was so noisy there. We were been told we only have 1.5hours to finish our meal. Not very nice place to catch up friends. Won’t go there again.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Claire, Sorry to hear you felt you did not have enough time to finish your meal, if you ever do find it in your heart to come back and give us another try, please speak to the host or the manager on duty and we will do our best to allocate you a table for as long as you need. Best regards, Kat - General Manager

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the staff and service was always nice

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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R
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed the ambience of this venue - so charming. We particularly liked the soft lighting, which added to the old world charm. Our waiters were cheerful and attentive. They made us feel special! The poached eggs on sourdough toast was delicious! We booked online and were seated at one of the booths. The seats were very comfortable and the walls of the booth helped keep some of the noise out. We will definitely be back!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Rena, Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Based on this particular experience I answered not to the above question. I come to the grounds quite frequently and this was a disappointing experience.
Firstly I lined up in the line that said “pre-booked reservations” which I assumed was there to fast track those who had booked but whenever the host came back to the entry he kept taking people from the other line. It wasn’t until I stepped in, and felt quite rude for doing so, that he took notice of us in the other line waiting.
Then my friend who is a vegetarian ordered the omelette without pancetta, we were assured this was possible. The waiter even announced it was pancetta free when he put it down. After a few bites she asked me, if that’s pancetta and when she opened the omelette there was pancetta throughout. Another omelette was brought out but we were still charged for the omelette which I was surprised about.

SL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The wait staff were really friendly and the design is nice. But this place is really busy and really noisy. The music is played too loud and when you're seated almost on top of the table beside you, it's difficult to have a conversation. When it eventually arrived, the coffee was barely lukewarm, and then they forgot to bring our food to the table. When we asked after our meal, it arrived promptly but was stone cold. I returned my meal and the subsequent meal was barely above cold. It was clear that they'd left our food on the counter and didn't prepare the meal fresh when this was discovered, and we were offered nothing apart from an embarrassed apology by the wait person. I contacted Grounds about this but they've chosen not to respond.

GK
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice mood. Good customer service but salty pasta and too hard to chew sourdough bread for steak sandwich.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 September 2019

Hi Grace, Thanks so much for your review, your comments have been passed on to the kitchen team, who will use them constructively and make sure they don't make the same mistakes going forward! Kind regards, Kat - General Manager

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