The Grounds of the City

4.2
1238 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Casual
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.
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BR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing waiter, who even triple checked that our food was okay when we didn’t finish our entire meal (due to fullness). Amazing styling throughout the entire place. Will definitely be back!

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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good, well made food. A little pricey but this is Sydney

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

Always a lively venue with good food, service and ambience. Never any pressure to order big, with a relaxing coffee just as good as a meal.

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MR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Customer service was extremely poor. The lady at the front desk told us that our table wasn’t ready because we got there at least 15 minutes early. She told us that we could get in earlier if we waited until our table is being set. We waited for our table to be set up while we waited outside the door. We ended up waiting longer then we should have, the lady working at the front forgot about us until we approached her. We finally arrived at our table, which showed plenty of empty tables around. Not only that, customer service inside was again extremely poor, food was okay but not the best.

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o
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were recommended The Ground of the City from a friend in NZ who had been here a month or so ago whilst travelling in Sydney. This restaurant did not disappoint in any way, shape or form!! Delicious food, friendly lovely wait staff and a cool but not pretentious vibe - this is a total gem!! Would highly recommend to anyone.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, We were so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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

Love the vibe! Decor is great and makes you feel like you're in a completely different place to Sydney.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Lara, Thanks so much for a great review, we can't wait to see you again soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team

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CI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed our breakfast. However, it felt overcrowded and noisy .

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JD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The BEST sponge cake ever but the coffee was average as was the service.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jane, We were very sad to hear you thought the coffee and service were below par during your visit and sincerely hope you will give us another chance! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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V
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly service, great atmosphere and awesome food.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Victor, Thank you so much for the 5 stars, we are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team

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DN
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The place was nice and food was ok just a couple small things like cutlery and glasses on the table were grubby and was asked by two different people about drink ordering within the same 5 minutes, and food was brought out at different times so my partner was almost finished her dinner by the time i got mine. Other than that it had a nice ambiance to the place.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

The service was very slow. Every time we needed something we had to wait until someone appeared and we called them over. The chips were only warm when served, the lamb loin tender and delicious but again, not hot enough. We had completely finished our meals before we were offered another glass of wine. Tables inside were too close and noisy so we requested to be moved outside. A shame as the ambience is inside. In view of the poor service, noisy atmosphere and only warm food. I am sorry but I will not be coming back.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I invited a couple for lunch to The Grounds of the City and they were impressed by the charming decor, quality and presentation of their meals and to top it all, the great service provided by our lovely server who was most friendly and attentive. She even asked for our names and could remember our names when she said goodbye as we leaving. We felt valued as customers and will definitely return.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Betty, Thank you so much for your feedback, Meyra was thrilled to hear you had a good time and we all are really looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

I like the food The portions are too small. The taste is exceptionally good however the value is not that great compared to the noise levels, the crowdedness and the service which was incredibly slow.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The bathroom facility isn’t great - not being in the restaurant . I was told to head out of the restaurant into the shopping facility. After walking quite a way through the centre to get to the bathroom the female bathroom was locked and another waiter then when I’d returned that it doesn’t open till 9:30am. Was a bit annoying at the time.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for lunch, quality food, great service, wonderful experience. And don't forget to try the strawberry sponge cake - it's a must!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 16 May 2019

Hi Donna, Thank you very much for the lovely comments, we were all thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MD
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Was disappointing this time usually really good. Toast on the smashed avo wasn’t toasted. Also no kids menu like they have at Alexandria

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A
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Menu can’t really be altered which is frustrating. For example most items were poached eggs, but pregnant people can’t eat eggs unless fully cooked. So the three things I chose couldn’t be altered at all, had to chose something completely different.
Venue is pretty and nice and fast service but just disappointing that the reason for not being able to alter was “we get in trouble”.

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EI
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very cool little spot in the heart of Sydney. Decor is amazing it transports you back to the 50s. A great spot for a coffee and cake or breakfast but make sure to book ahead, the line was crazy for those who hadn’t pre booked.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Eliza, Thank you so much for the 5 stars.We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Iaazac our waiter was attentive and friendly he was part of the friendly experience.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Pamela, Thank you so much for your feedback! Isaac was thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Have a fab week, The Grounds of The City team

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EE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Grounds is such a charming lovely place that feels as though you could be anywhere in the world! The cocktails are lovely & the service is fantastic! I had a quite expensive steak which I was happy to pay but there really wasn’t any flavour in the cafe de Paris butter & the steak was not as soft as I would have expected for a medium rare. Having said that, overall an amazing experience & we will be back!!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Eleni, Thanks so much for your feedback! Your comments have been passed on to our kitchen team, who will be using them to make sure we get it a 100% right next time! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service at The Grounds of the City. Took my Mum and brother for breakfast and was brilliant. Great atmosphere and good food. Price range was good as well for the quality food. Best part was the deconstructed coffee/drinks where you get to have a bit of fun and make your own drink on the spot.

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L
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Grounds is my go to restaurant after work. Great atmosphere, cosy interior, great cocktails, food and great location - close to Town Hall Station.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Lizzy, Great to hear you have chosen us as your 'local'. Looking forward to seeing you again very soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team

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LC
Sydney / NSW
24 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Met a friend for breakie! Great menu options! Ordered tea, it arrived after the meal 20 mins later. Very busy in the morning and around lunch. Must try for dinner. Vibrant crowd.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 16 May 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for the review and apologies for the wait on the tea. We have taken your comments on board and will learn from them, so hopefully next time we will be able to turn those 4s into 5s! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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BM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A splendid evening that made my Mum feel very special. The High Tea was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the attentiveness and friendly engagement of the waiting staff made the high quality dining all the more exquisite! A big thank you from my family.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 16 May 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for getting in touch. We were all thrilled to hear your mum had a great time. We hope to see you again very soon! The Grounds of The City team

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LJ
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The Grounds while a little noisy is the place I choose to have lunch with friends or clients when in Sydney City. The food and service is always great!!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 13 May 2019

Hi Leanne, Thank you for your lovely comments. If you are looking for a quieter time to catch up with friends, come see us on a week night for dinner! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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MK
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We had hot chocoholic & cake, the chocolate was Luke warm when we mentioned it to the young lady she told us it is made to that temperature for young children, We are to older ladies at a a table for two— ?—
Must say the Cakes were scrumptious.

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I booked for 7:15 and had a confirmation e-mail with this time - however when I arrived they said my booking was made for 6:30 so I had missed it. Lucky we only have to wait 5min for a table to become free but it was not a great start to the night.

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

Nice fit out, food is good

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Desserts was really really good and the ambience was awesome.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Food was average
Didnt match the expectation
It is all looks no punch

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CD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere
Great service and food
Easy to get to

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PB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We were a little confused as to why our entree and main ended up coming out at the same time when every other Restaurant you go to its normal practice to bring out Entree furst.

When I mentioned this to waitress she said that I didn't specify I wanted Entree first, well I didn't think I.had to.

That being said I think our mains were probably kept warm rather than new ones made as our food was luke warm.

Overall I have always loved The Grounds of Alexandria and was keen to try out The Grounds of Sydney and a little disappointed with service.

Sorry :(

Ps on a good note our Cocktails were delicious 😋

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AE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Unhealthy,Americanised food

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O
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went with my 4 yr old neice to the grounds of Alexandria for lunch after she saw images of their cakes. The staff were very attentive without being overbearing. The food was fresh and delicious. The food came out relatively quickly, which I appreciated as my lunch date has a rather short attention span. What let them down was the lack of toilet facilities. The 4 yr old needed to use th toilet. I was given instructions to use the toilets 2 levels up. We ended up using the facilities at Grill'd after they took pity of me.

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J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

nice venue very busy on friday nights and service was disappointing had to ask for the drinks menu and there were several times when their were technical issues

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LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I enjoyed my time at The Grounds of the City. I was still hungry after my meal though.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything about The Grounds was lovely except for one thing. No toilet facilities. And the shopping centre toilets are a bit of a distance away and on a Friday night they are in a very bad pungent state.
The Grounds restaurant and bar is otherwise great.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 16 May 2019

Hi Leona, Thanks for your comments. We have passed them on to the centre management, who will hopefully take note. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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A
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely as always. Went for a birthday lunch on a Friday, it was very busy and very loud in there so it was a bit difficult for us to have a conversation. Service and food is great as always.

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l
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It’s unbelievable that waited 50 minutes for lobster buns during off-peak hours. I’m sure it’s fresh off the water.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 16 May 2019

Hi there, Please accept our sincere apologies for making you wait so long! This was definitely an exception, rather than the rule here at The Grounds. We really hope you do come back, so we can make it up to you! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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RM
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great but the most outstanding aspect of my dining experience was the excellent customer service. I dined with a mate and we arrived 25 minutes early - no problems, a table was found and the wait staff were friendly professional and always handy without being obtrusive.

Rob McHugh

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