The Grounds of the City

4.2
1003 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday
7:00am - 9:00pm

Friday
7:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday
8:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday
8:00am - 9:00pm

Monday
7:00am - 5:00pm

Australia Day Long Weekend Hours
26/1: 8am-10pm
27/1: 8am-9:30pm
28/1*: 9am-5pm

*Please note, there is a 12% public holiday surcharge on all bills.

Breakfast is served until 11:30am daily, followed by a Lunch & Dinner menu from 11:45am until close, with a limited menu available between 3pm-5pm daily.
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Phone number
(02) 9699 2235
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Paul McGrath
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Catering
From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website here.
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Cross street
Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000
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Parking Details
The Grounds of the City does not have any available parking, however Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St. Please ensure to check all information, including rates & opening hours, with the individual providers when planning your trip and be mindful of George St road closures due to council works.
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Public Transit
TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building.

BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1003 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was so good!!! Despite being busy we still got our food quickly!! Staff was excellent as per usual

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

We had two waitresses. One was lovely, one clearly couldn’t be bothered. I have significant food intolerances and asked a few questions, it was clear to the entire party she couldn’t be bothered.
And there was no almond milk which baffled me.

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

Their were three of us and the Table was too cramped but food was good

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

This is the third time I have been here and everytime everything exceeds the previous experience...We had the corned beef sandwich which was beyond our expectations...We loved it so much we wanted to go give the chefs a round of applause for how happy they made our tummies!! ...Cocktails were gorgeous and finished off with the Affogato which was literally a party with fireworks in our mouths....We headed to a concert at the Metro afterwards (Rolled there) and we talked about the food all night to whoever would listen! 👌

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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Loved the food, loved the ambience (however I wish the tables weren’t so close together). The ONLY thing that I despised was the fact that the moment my friend and I declined dessert, we were told bluntly that they needed our table and we needed to leave. There were a few empty tables around, no waiting patrons, and it was 8.30pm on a Thursday night. We would have stayed for drinks (give us time to digest dinner!) later but we were put off. I’ll come again for the food and ambience, but please be patient with patrons.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was nice. We took young children and not really suitable. Much more selection & suitable at Alexandria for families

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PB
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

We ate at the grounds just before Christmas and the food was excellent. This time the fish was dry and overcooked and the squid was tough and cheeir

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MV
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We absolutely love the Grounds of the City. Service cannot be faulted and the food is delicious.

I appreciate the staff even more because they are able to accomodate the children and prams, where a lot of venues wont.

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LL
12 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great venue for breakfast on last day in Sydney. Great choice of dishes.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The grounds in the city is a very quaint cafe. The feeling was energetic, the service good and the selection of food comprehensive. I was able to have a lovely catch up for brunch with two friends. We did find the cafe a little noisy but that goes with the lovely atmosphere.

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M
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

I have never been to a restaurant where they could not alter the meal for a customer. I asked for the Spanish eggs to hold on the egg yolks (just egg whites) and asked for no potato and chef refused. Terrible customer service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

The noise level is very high... it’s just the acoustics. We were a family of four and a small table and we were raising our voices constantly to be heard. The fit out is great and the service was also great ( our waiter was really nice and attentive).
The food was average... particularly given the prices. Nothing we had for lunch stood out.
The cake we shared ( “The Grounds” cake) after lunch was delicious though, and our coffee was also good so I can only recommend it for cake and coffee. As long as you don’t want to have a conversation.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cool ambiance. Interesting decor. Friendly service.

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HK
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

A waitress took my dish that I didn't finish yet without asking me and service was not nice comparing to my first experience with the Grounds. I was disappointed with the foods because they were not generous and over priced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really like being a part of something special.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Grounds of the City has a fabulous atmosphere, terrific staff, exceptional coffee and delicious food.
Truely a must do if in Sydney!

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BS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place is awesome. Very friendly staff. Very helpful. Grilled chicken breast with vegetables was elevated beyond the norm! The steak sandwich was excellent. We had hoped to have dessert but were too full!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

great environment for dating, and also good service

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

The food was amazing, however reading the lunch menu was not. I had to research every word in the menu, when it could be so much simpler.

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H
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Great deco but noisy and pricy.
Ordinary food, not an ideal place to catchup with friends, had to scream to each others

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AS
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Always good food and coffee at the Grounds. The ambience is lovely and seating is comfortable - especially in the booths. Service is reasonably attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Breakfast with the family. Would be good to have smaller meals for kids

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GT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great this is in the city now! Love Alexandria venue but this is an awesome alternative!
Would love to see a kids menu for breakfast!

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T
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good environment. Good coffee. A bit crowded so that service a bit poor. Probably because of new year Eve. Overall are good.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Coffee was a bit cold. Pancakes I ordered was burnt. Staff looked busy but otherwise helpful

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A
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On this day I proposed to my partner and The Grounds staff went above and beyond to make this a truly special night for us. Prior to the booking time the manager called me to set up a quick meeting at The Grounds in the City and we planned the proposal. This itself exceeded my expectations. I find the effort made by the staff on this night something I cannot say thank you enough for. The timing, food, service and friendly atmosphere could not have been better. Thank you all so much.

Oh, and she said yes!

My sincerest gratitude,
Andy

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BM
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We had a nice dinner at The Grounds for a family birthday. The choice of food was good, with something for everyone and the service fast and friendly. Our complaint was that they brought everything out at once so that mains were cold by the time we got to them... We felt a little rushed and the food was not priced at a ‘fast food’ price point.

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A
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good and nice

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IR
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Still worth the visit even with all the queues. I come here everytime I come to Sydney!

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FA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere best enjoyed with great people!

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PB
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I thought the food and service first class. This was my second visit and I would certainly recommend the restaurant.

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m
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Was disappointed with the menu, was different to previous times we have been there and the dessert menu wasn’t enticing, the main reason we go there is because of the delicious cakes, was told the desserts were sold out by 4pm which is not true in previous years as we have been there at the same time... the dessert trolley was always full

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F
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

extremely noisy and stressful reception, with two lines, waiting and not knowing if you'll be seated when you made the reservation for, food was average but god, so noisy it was impossible to hold a conversation

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G
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service staff is friendly and superb.
I like the rustic and vintage feel of the place.
Food and drinks are delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was good but the service were terrible. We sat down for at least 5 minute before we can get the waitress’s attention and it she wasn’t even our waitress. She took our order and passed it on to our waitress and our waitress paid no attention to us whatsoever.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Attentive staff and overall good service. Food is fine - comfort food!

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BP
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Understandably it was Christmas eve, afternoon. However, we did not expect half of the options on the main menu to be sold out.

The impression we had from the staff was that they wanted to go home. They could have been more attentive.

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h
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Had to try multiple times to get wait staff attention and was left waiting for the bill so ended up going up to the counter to pay. Overrated for the fuss required to go.

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V
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch with my mum on Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and the tropical smoothie was outstanding. The sponge cake is a must too!

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A
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food is very good, but simply put it is too expensive for what you get

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