The Grounds of the City

4.3
1347 reviews
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$40 and under
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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.

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

What 1347 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and pleasant customer service. The place is busy and crowded and the food is on the pricier end but it is good quality and a good experience.

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JM
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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic venue. Not a 5 because there is no such thing :-)

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C
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Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Very loud and not appropriate for a work get together, but lovely food and coffee. Tables very close to each other.

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

Beautiful interior, however for the price of the meals, the food was average. We also had to ask for table service. If your looking to spend a good amount on dinner, it’s worth going elsewhere.

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

The place to be! Fabulous all around! Check it out!

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

YES, loved the atmosphere in the middle of the City. Amoment of euro bisto!

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SP
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The door opens and you are transported to another time. It is cosy, busy, buzzing and interesting objects to look at. You escape the city. Service is fast. Food great - lots of options.

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This is the third visit... 1st time outstanding (although extremely loud). 2nd time awful, nausea inducing food and have it a 3rd go as the decor is so gorgeous... but felt sick for the next 24 hours. Plus the music is wasted as it can never be heard!

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JJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and fantastic service. We will be back.

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

Awesome morning. Kubra is the best waitress - definitely our favourite. Best family breakfast in a long time.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there! Thank you so much for the awesome review. Kubra will be delighted with your feedback, we'll be sure to pass it on. Hope to see you again soon! The Grounds of The City Team

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PR
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I booked a table but was then asked to stand outside in the cold to wait for it after the booking time had passed, which seemed unnecessary. The menu is generally interesting although my companion was disappointed in his dish; I enjoyed mine. The service was reasonable but we were basically hustled off our table once we had finished eating, which I really didn't appreciate especially as we were there for brunch and ideally a relaxed catch-up (isn't that what a Sunday brunch is for?), all in all, an average experience. I won't be back.

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FW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My husband enjoyed the baked ratatouille with eggs breakfast while I had the rainbow trout with scrambled eggs. The eggs were cold otherwise it would have a been great! Coffee were good but it would have nice it was served in a mug. Overall it was good!

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RS
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Look forward to my next visit to this restaurant mainly due to ambience, excellent service and food. Noisy but to be expected when it’s a full house!

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

This restaurant is too busy and noisy. Can’t hold the table for too long as customers are waiting. Finished your food and you have to leave soon. Not an ideal place for catch up with friends, but only for the ambience experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

There are some simple dishes like eggs on toast, but also some that read like ‘how many ingredients are too many’ challenges. The bacon was nice it the tea and coffee weren’t. Loud too.

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J
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place in the middle of the town. Great ambiance and the service is just outstanding. Good selection of drinks and the menu was good. Would recommend the place.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Jorn, Thanks so much for the fantastic review. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again soon! The Grounds of The City Team

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved every minute of it. Cakes especially were ourstanding

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Responded on 14 July 2019

Thanks so much for the awesome 5-stars! Hope to see you again soon! The Grounds of The City Team

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SO
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Breakfast is the best meal they serve there in my opinion. A large delicious range of options that make it hard to decide. My baked eggs were the best I’ve ever had. The wait staff are friendly and efficient. They have some issues with their billing system where multiple side dishes get charged instead of one so check your bill! Great for large groups or solo. We will go back!

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MP
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

I ordered the bouillabaisse and swallowed a large fish bone. There was another 2 cm fish bone in the fish. Staff not too bothered when I informed them. Told me that’s the risk of a seafood dish and questioned whether it was from the bug shell. Very unimpressed!!!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience at The Grounds City as always.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 10 July 2019

Hi, Thank you so much 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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J
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super service and attention to detail, especially my dietary needs. They made sure my meal was delicious even if I had to miss out on a few key ingredients. I’ll be back.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 10 July 2019

Hi Jalee, Thank you so much 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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a
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The only dissapointing aspect of our experience was limited choices of breakfast menu options - the breakfast basket was out of stock and back up options we selected also out of stock.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

We were seated after waiting out I. The cold for 15 minutes the food came quite quickly but my food was cold I didn’t eat it the avocado and tomato cane out of very chilled fridge which made the bacon and the poached egg cold the toast was cold the tea was luke warm.
when we told the staff they didn’t seem to want to know about it will not be returning

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DV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

This is our third time here and each time the girl or guy at the front had the most sour expression. Honestly, they remind me of door girls at a nightclub. Reality is, the place is average, but they have no incentive to improve because it is pretty much the only cafe open in the area on a Sunday.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly staff and nice food! The whole atmosphere of the place was nice and really made for the theme of the restaurant.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 10 July 2019

Hi Siobhan, Thanks so much for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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AT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food to match a great atmosphere. Wait staff were also super attentive and pleasant. Although a bit on the noisier side, definitely a place to come back to.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 10 July 2019

Hi Angelita, Thank you very much for a great review! We look forward to seeing you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location, food and service. The waiter was extraordinary. Wonderful experience.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Stephen, Thank you so much for a great review. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Apart from the 10minute wait to get a table (even though we had a booking) we enjoyed our experience at The Grounds of the City. The interior and vibe is sumptuous and gorgeous, the service was very attentive and the food tasty. Highly recommend the rainbow trout and scrambled egg breakfast (though the whole-wheat muffin was not great - I'd suggest swapping out for the sourdough toast which was delicious). The coffee was very good too. Enjoyable experience all round.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Stellina, Thank you for your review and constructive comments! All of them have been taken on board and we hope that next time you join us for a meal, your visit will be worth 5 stars! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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ZB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It's great that this place is open from 7am. It's surprising how hard it is to find a restaurant/cafe near Town Hall open at that time. It's a beautiful setting and the surroundings are fantastic. The food is good too.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic service, below average food for price can get the same steak at a local pub - tough and not great

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Nick, So sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal. I really hope you will come back to give us another chance and when you do, please do not hesitate to alert the manager, if the food is anything less than perfect, as we are always around to make sure all our guests are happy! Best regards, Kat - General Manager

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K
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We had a much more pleasant experience which was what bought us back again this time. However the quality of food we received had largely declined and the seating we were allocated was fairly tight between neighbouring tables (bearing in mind mum and I arent 'big' people) The pasta and fried squid we received was probably lukewarm at best when it arrived at our table and the fresh egg bucatini pasta from memory had a balance of pecorino cheese scent (this was the dish that introduced me to this type of cheese) and wasnt over powered by the truffle like it was this time round. Definitely not coming back. Not value for money or experience at all.

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OA
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I ordered pork & truffle terrine as an entree. It has definitely delighted my taste buds.
The table service was fantastic. The waitress was lovely & helpful.
It would be perfect if they could share the specialty drink menu with The Grounds of Alexandria.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 4 July 2019

Hi, Thanks so much for the 5 stars, we look forward to seeing you again very soon! The Grounds of The City team

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ZD
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food good service. Little crowded and noisy

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good service, nice surroundings if noisy. Thank you

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 4 July 2019

Hi Angie, Thank you so much for the 5 stars, we hope to see you again soon! The Grounds of The City team

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KR
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food the steak sandwich was nice and a good thickness. Our waiter recommended the sponge cake and it was very yummy.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 4 July 2019

Hi Kyla, Thank you for the 5 stars, we are thrilled you enjoyed the experience! We hope to see you soon, The Grounds of The City team

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CC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time and the service was great. The only thing I would recommend is a few more options for vegetarians - The desserts were to die for!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Christine, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 4's into 5's! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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ES
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Old world ambience in the city centre. Good selection of lunch items and the salad selection was really different. We had a lovely waitress. Even though our booking had strict time limits, when we mentioned that we would move to another venue for coffee and cake, the manager was asked, future bookings checked and we are able to extend our stay.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi Elizabeth, We are so glad you had a good time! Hope to see you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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JK
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food was pretty good and not worth complaining about but when combined with the cost I'd deem it too expensive for what we had - and would nit return because of that.

Also, there was too much noise. Could not communicate with my wife across the table.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi John, Thank you for your review. We sincerely hope that one day you will change your mind and come back for another visit. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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NT
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this was my first time going to The Grounds of the City & everything was incredible, I can’t fault this beautiful place

The Grounds of the City
Responded on 2 July 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we were so thrilled you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to see you again! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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SS
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Their menu changed and they only tell you what's not available after your order.
They're keen to take your order "in order" but then they bring the food randomly.
The noise levels are crazy .
They have a policy of not giving you a table unless you have a reservation, although it might be half empty.
The food is good, but again that's assuming you get what you want to get. Finally, if you ask about the brand of the meat or chicken, they tell you they don't know the brand.
From now on it's just coffee for me.

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