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The Grounds of the City

4.1
4.1
2635 reviews
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Paul McGrath

  • 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 <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross Street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Parking Details

    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.

  • 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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,635 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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Diners' Choice Awards

  • Sydney

    Brunch

  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Lunch

  • Sydney City

    Most Booked

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  1. RA

    RaquelA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Terrible service. We waited 40 mins for a cocktail and it was my friend’s birthday. The bar tender came to tell us twice that 2 cocktails my friend ordered were not available one after the other. We were really disappointed in the experience to be honest.
  2. C

    Caitlin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our lunch, the service was fantastic and the food and cocktails were delicious!
  3. LB

    LucyB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I flippin' love this place. Decor is gorgeous, food is perfect. Next time I will ask for a corner table so I can sit closer to my guests.
  4. AS

    ASV2022

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Great food and ambiance, but the wait staff need to work on their service - the allocation times for a reservation are too short for the lack attention provided by the staff.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the staff, service and most importantly the food was exceptional. Best venue in Sydney. Ticks all the boxes! See you all again soon.
  6. TF

    TinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    beautiful food and great service. it was a bit tricky getting a booking but we eventually got a cancellation.
  7. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. My friend and I both ordered a cocktail, mine took a long time to come, we ended up getting out two drinks on the house and a free piece of cake XD
  8. L

    Lancastrian

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Been here several times for both private and business breakfasts and lunches. Great location. It's a very old shop with an interesting interior. Tables are close together and toilets are a hike into the next door mall, so some disabled people may not be comfortable. Vision-impaired patrons may have difficulty with the dim interior. Service is friendly and polite, but the restaurant is busy so both food and service can be hit-and-miss at times. Menu suits most people- view it online. Special diets are accommodated when possible. More vegan/vegetarian menu choices would be great. No window views. Prices about average. Noise level not too loud during the day. Overall a nice place, but busy.
  9. BG

    BrendaG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We arrived on time and were ushered to our booth. Our spot was closer to the kitchrn area. It was a wet night and cold, where we were seated, thr windows at the bar were open. We (4 cold mums) whinged amongst ourselves but order our drinks and meals at the same time as we were starving and cold. The meals were quick to arrive, so quick we had to ask for our drinks to be served as it was getting on in time. Food was delicious. We had salt and pepper cuttlefish, roasted pumpkin, salmon croquette with fries, and the linguine. All delicious. Our bellies were full and happy that we forgot about the cold.
  10. t

    thegourmetguy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The lamb was perfectly cooked &amp; extremely tender, 10/10 for that. The prawn, crab oil in the linguine was like having the most delicate bouillabaisse, but was way too mild, the flavour needs to be amplified and it would be a perfect dish. Also where do you source your kingfish from, it was so fresh, clean &amp; firm. The sauce was a bit too salty, for a carpaccio balance is so vital, a little bit of citrus would make a huge difference. Also exceptional service, all the staff were so overly kind &amp; the interior design was so elegant.
  11. DK

    DavidKF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best server ever, Nagi. Nest service and was very attentive. Took care of us so well
  12. AB

    AmieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent (breakfast). Very good service and comfortable surroundings as well.
  13. JC

    JenyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great evening for both of us, specifically, when we were served by Ebo. He was nit only serving us with the great foods but also making us very computable with his funny words. We highly appreciate Ebo's exceptional service.
  14. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Out of date menu with items like bottom less tea or high tea experiences included that they no longer offer. Service was poor with waiter staying silent when asked questions and not giving alternate suggestions for everything no longer available. We were also dining just before 5pm and they had run out of desserts, but did not mention there was a seperate dessert menu starting at 5pm. Only to see others having dessert as we left after not being able to experience anything we came for. Overall would not recommend, over hyped.
  15. N

    Nise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Character filled ambient cafe in a convenient city location had to wait a good 10 min outside a closed door even with a booking. Quite noisy inside and while staff were fairly efficient they seem robotic and there is no personalised service. Foods quite expensive at $27 for a sandwich with onion rings !! Though it came with fries there was only 1 small onion ring hidden in the sandwich! Enjoyable but could b better.
  16. C

    Caro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Haven't been made aware that the kitchen was closing soon after I arrived. The waitress asked me if I wanted to have my entree and main separately or together, I chose separately. But then she came back to me to rush me because she said "the kitchen is closing so I need to send your main now" while I was still eating my entree. Ending up with a stomach ache for the rest of the night because I had to eat fast. Her service was very poor despite the restaurant getting emptier. I have been disappointed last time I went there aswell, about 6 months ago. I will not return.
  17. B

    Bernice9

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food and decor were great. Service was so poor it detracted from what could have been an enjoyable lunch. I wouldn't' go back. Why was the service so bad ? We had to ask for the sides to be brought after the main courses had arrived and we were half way through the meals, the meat knife was brought half-way through the meal, we asked three times for servers for the sides (I had to leave my seat to find a waiter), then we had to ask for side plates for the shared dessert (they just brought us extra spoons and we didn't want to "double dip" our spoons due to Covid ); teaspoons and sugar did not arrive with the coffees and teas --so we had to ask for those, they wouldn't let us spit the bill three ways; in the middle of paying the bill the waiter just left and went to another table. What promised to be a very enjoyable lunch became frustrating and tedious.
  18. KS

    KSmith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was yummy. Loved the raspberry lemonade! Will be back:)
  19. RS

    RaoulS

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good brisket sandwich. The ambience is really good too. Service was very good.
  20. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very small portions for the price, we waited a long time for our food. The ambiance was quaint, and food tasted nice but came incomplete, we needed to get up and find someone to help us with the orders errors. Over all it was nice but there are way better cafes to experience in Sydney.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our meal was delicious and good coffee. It was hard to get the waiters attention at times. Had to wait some time for them to come and take our order. Otherwise a fantastic brunch catch up in a beautiful setting.
  22. JG

    JenG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The perfect place to catch up with a friend in the city.
  23. MJ

    MattJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    If the $44 steak and chips was of better quality, came out as med rare rather than med well, and an additional side instead of salad it would be good value for money
  24. MZ

    MariaZ

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice ambient, tasty food and good service. Absolutely delicious cakes!
  25. NM

    NicolaM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor service Not very attentive waiter Waiting long time before service won’t be back
  26. k

    kateg

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great decor and atmosphere but food was average. Had the breakie burger and was pretty average for the price. Wouldn’t recommend grounds of the city based off my meal however other meals might be better.
  27. D

    ginDcookie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our meals and the service was great! Atmosphere was fantastic
  28. CG

    CrystalG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beautiful. Service impecible but my favourite was the iced coffee
  29. a

    andreww

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Bit underwhelming unfortunately. Place looks and feels amazing but they kinda drop the ball after that. Food was well over priced for what you get. Went twice as thought the first time I ordered badly but both times I paid $22-25 and left hungry. Ordered the peach pancakes second time visiting and there wasn’t even peach on them. When questioned I was told there no longer served with peach…. First time I order the corn fritters. Received one egg, one corn fritter, some condiments and bacon for $25…. Tasted great but was the size of half a meal to be honest. Coffee was faultless both visit and the vibe is great. Hopefully 3rd time is the lucky one!!!
  30. JO

    JennyO

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant with tasty menu, central location and cosy ambience.
  31. JB

    JudithB

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good restaurant Good service and ambience very pleasant Convenient location opposite QVB building and Town Hall station Big problem if you are spending a couple of hours like we did The toilets are too far away Two levels below in the underground
  32. HI

    HIrot

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    I don’t recall if we received any customer service. Asked for some water a couple times but turned out no water service until we left the venue. Asked for our bills but asked to go back to table ,waiting for a while no sign of assisting us with payment. Asked once again but didn’t come to our table for another 5-10mins. Positive part was good food but feel sorry for chefs as with this service it doesn’t matter the how good food is, just not positive experience at all.
  33. AN

    AndrewN

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grounds is the perfect place to meet in a group of 4, as you can get nice booth seats. The food is fresh and excellent, we all had salads and one had linguine - all delicious. The coffee is always worth the visit anytime and one had the hot chocolate which looked amazing. We will be back
  34. GH

    GeorgiaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely afternoon lunch with friends. Cosy environment perfect for a winter Sunday
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love the vibe 😊 and the food
  36. MS

    MariaS

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    A great little French bistro feel. Good food and service in these post Covid times can be in attentive but the team were very good
  37. MH

    MarilouH

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable. Good food, great cocktails and surprisingly good service. Will be back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very welcoming atmosphere. Experienced staff and all the meals were very tasty!
  39. MJ

    MichelleJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, a good time was enjoyed by all.
  40. ST

    SophieT

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great for a quick bite at the bar before a concert.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Grounds of the City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.1 stars by 2635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Grounds of the City

500 George St Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    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.

  • 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.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • 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 <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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