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The Grounds of the City

4.1
4.1
2884 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 129 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 2,884 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. MG

    MelissaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Whilst we were grateful The Grounds was open on a Monday but the menu is quite limited. I am pescetarian and GF and there was very little on offer that fit both briefs. What we did have was very nice, a burrata salad, chips and my son had the gnocchi but it was quite hard to find something. Wine glasses are also quite small, wine was lovely though. Overall I would recommend to those with no dietary issues. One big pain is that there is no toilet at all. In order to use the bathroom you need to walk through the shopping centre, downstairs and down a side alley to use the toilets near JB. Not great for a licensed venue. Staff were very friendly and worked hard but service was a bit slow and the restaurant was only about half full.
  2. JA

    JenneA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Asked for a quiet area but was placed right near the bar and us poor old ladies just couldn’t hear to talk.
  3. JD

    JessicaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, quick service, our waist teas was friendly and attentive. The front of house wasn’t friendly. Didn’t have their own toilet so if you have to go, you have to walk through the mall and up an escalator and then find your way back. Great decor 👍🏼
  4. BS

    BrendaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Happy we were in a cubicle or we would have found it too loud.
  5. CW

    CarmelW

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great menu and the food was very good. Service was very friendly and efficient.
  6. A

    Anon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Portions of food for the price you pay is ridiculous. Server rushed us getting drinks and then no one took our food order for over 20 mins. Then we were rushed to get the bill and basically kicked out. Venue is gorgeous but I guess looks can be deceiving - wouldn't waste the money when there are nicer venues with better food
  7. JH

    JennyH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Fourth visit and it continues to decline with ill trained staff and those on the floor have no idea of customer service. We came back after a poor experience thinking it was a one off. Yesterday was the worst and we will not be back. They need to train their staff. Period.
  8. M

    Moose

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superior food & service - that is why I keep coming back!
  9. MK

    MichaelK

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    A good quality meal on a convenient location in mid city
  10. S

    Shaymick

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a terrible table , right in the corner No water when we arrived , our food arrived before the coffee The bakery basket was stale Extremely disappointing, expect More for the city
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had the crab linguine unfortunately it wasn’t cooked properly and the pasta was hard.
  12. MD

    MartinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails and lovely food. Will be back ☺️
  13. LB

    LindaB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was only OK, but the food was good. Wouldn't necessarily recommend to a friend at the moment.
  14. R

    Raymond

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food really needs some work, the amount you're paying and the standard is just not there. Chips - soggy/some kinda cold Steak - tough chewy, for a prime cut that should not be the case, not seasoned properly Salad - bland
  15. PC

    ParishaC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was easily the word meal I’ve ever had. The service was terrible. The food was bad. The manager tried to fix it but the food and wait staff just kept making it worse. And it was supposed to be a special dinner. It was like being in some cheap themed dinner where people were randomly pulled off the street to cook and serve bad food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother here before going to a show. Fabulous service, great friendly staff and the food was incredibly good as well as being excellent value. Highly recommended.
  17. N

    Nick

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    music just a little loud other than that an excellent visit prior to the theatre. Staff polite and service efficient.
  18. r

    ruthh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Disappointed that there were no fresh juices by 5.30pm on a warm bright afternoon.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was slow, but overall it’s satisfying!
  20. JT

    JayTeeEss

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place for date night without breaking the bank. Pretty setting, low-level lighting, good food. Would recommend.
  21. L

    Leila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love The Grounds, and was so stoked to snag a last minute booking this time! Had the opportunity to introduce a friend to this lovely, ambient cafe for the first time. Food was amazing, as always! Thanks for a lovely lunch : )
  22. PA

    PAULF

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I used to love this place but today was inferential and it’s gone downhill. Service was pretty poor to begin with. The server screwed up my order. Fried eggs on toast with additional toast and jam is not rocket science. The eggs had a lot of pepper on them and were cold. The toast was tough to eat and there was barely enough butter to cover the toast. I came all the way from Los Angeles to enjoy this and given how much competition there in this industry you would think they would make more of an effort. In all very disappointing, and not worth a very high price of the food.
  23. A

    Ainewen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great feel to it and really enjoyed the steak frites!
  24. S

    Sashe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was kind and friendly. Thank you to them for their food recommendations. It would be nice if Halal option gets included in the menu. Overall, the ambience was lovely and had a great time!
  25. LS

    LynetteS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great the staff were fantastic, but I found the restaurant a little noisy.
  26. M

    Mickey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Will be coming back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and always good food
  28. H

    Happyfeetsyd

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Greet staff not friendly at all, food average, front of staff better than manager
  29. R

    eRose

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I ordered the italian bowl, which the menu claimed was “pearl cous cous, green beans, apple and raddichio salad with olives, artichokes, fig balsamic and goats cheese”. The entire bowl was 95% cous cous. I received 2 olives, 1 tiny sliver of artichoke, 3 green beans, and not a single piece of apple at all. I like cous cous but i when i’m paying $24 and i’ve ordered a salad, i expect more than just that. I was very disappointed. However, the wine was great, my partner enjoyed the brisket sandwich, and the service and ambiance was lovely as always. I will be back, but i won’t be ordering the italian bowl again.
  30. n

    nicks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, food and service was great - the place was pretty noisy which was well compensated by super attentive wait staff. Highly recommend
  31. RP

    RobertP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great old world feel ambiance to burn service to match, fresh food and bev high quality.
  32. M

    Melmac

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can see how this place has one of the best reputations in the cbd. Located opposite QVB, the setting screams old Sydney town while the menu boasts popular modern dishes. Who can't love a brunch location with cocktails too.
  33. SM

    SophieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere, food and service, just lovely 😊
  34. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    I'd be disappointed with the fare if I'd paid half these prices in a pub. Below average pub food. Ordered entrees and mains and it was all brought together- who does that? Tables packed in. Very noisy. Won't be going back.
  35. SL

    SamanthaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, amazing services , the food options were good .
  36. EC

    ElizabethC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seat, great service, food very tasty; yummy, , cocktails hit the spot we had a great time. Thank you "The Grounds of the City".
  37. KD

    KathD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Service and Atmosphere especially for a Monday lunch. A little on the noisy side though
  38. ER

    EricR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food quality was very good but I needed the waitress to identify the raddichio in my salad. Trusty Rusty drink was excellent. Light was too low and I couldn’t read the menu. That aside ambiance was good
  39. JG

    JanelleG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic about the places, will be back
  40. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always hard to get in without a booking. Service was fast and attentive and the food was tasty and well presented

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 2884 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 129 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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