The Grounds of the City
The 'Grounds' Burger
Ground beef brisket, cheese, lettuce, dill cornichon & mayo on a toasted brioche bun, served with crunchy battered chips
Pulled Pork Sandwich
With BBQ sauce, fennel & kale slaw & jalapenos on wholemeal
Great food and service, in a unique restaurant. I recommend a visit
Everything was great especially the food. Will be coming back and recommending to friends.
Very pleasant - quaint, atmospheric. Food only ‘okay’ I’d say but overall a good experience
Food and service are excellent! Music is bit loud. Recommend it!
Review was written and filed whilst we were sitting in the restaurant, during our 1 hour wait for the food which was never put through the system.
The European girl who served us which I believe was the supervisor in the blazer and checkered skirt never smiled, was quite blunt when we asked her questions about our food and got defensive after our one hour wait and check in with her to see where our food was.
I think she could later sense that we were probably pretty unhappy with the service, and tried to offer us cake and more drink to make up for it. But to be honest it’s not really the cake we cared about, it’s the fact that we came to your store, spent money as consumers and all we got was her attitude.
Should anyone have checked in with us during the 1 hour wait or had she even just been polite and apologized to say “sorry I forgot to put your order though” instead of trying to tell us we’ve never ordered food when we literally ordered through her within 2mins of seating down when she approached us, we would have been fine to put this unintentional mistake behind us.
The fact that she came to us with blame and attitude, sorry to say but I will never come back again although that was my first visit. Not interested in spending money to buy attitude from your staff.
coffees were cold, seemed like they’ve been sitting forever in coffee counter and the waitress forgot to bring them to our table. Staffs were okay but seemed eager to hurry everyone, not a good place to sit and relax. Ambience was also poor with noise level up the roof.
Lovely venue and food. Croque monsieur was delicious and the coffee is always great!
Love the ambience at this cafe! Great coffee! The menu is restrictive, but does the job for a casual work or a personal catch-up.
I love the vibe of The Grounds Of The City! It gets quite loud on the weekend but the aesthetic is amazing, the food is delicious and the service is great.
The food is amazing, nice ambience and great service. Such a shame if your lactose intolerant as there is no lactose free milk on offer with your coffee.
Great location and brilliant atmosphere and decor.
Health bowl I had was fantastic.
Service was slow and the wait staff were not attentive.
I am always a fan of the Grounds. However with the Covid-19 happening I didnt feel safe at all. The place was jampacked and no social distancing was in place. My friend and I was just too hungry and tired to walk away. Tables were all occupied, in such a small space. The staff were just moving around everywhere from table to table without precautions or any safety at all. No single staff member were wearing any masks and they just jump from aisle to aisle passing water and items and equipments. I did not feel safe at all. There are small restaurants that I have gone through where I would feel safe. But during my visit, we eat fast because we didn’t want to stay for too long. However food as always is exceptional.
The waitress was very charming and efficient. The food was just as good as Grounds of Alexandria.
Hi Andrew, Thank you very much for your kind words and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! The Grounds of The City team
Food was much better pre-covid. There are less options and menu items have been simplified (e.g. the steak sandwich which was previously my favourite is now a bit meh). Completely understandable given the circumstances however you do notice these changes. service was a little slow and times and incorrect meals were brought out so i'm assume staff has been decreased as well (but we did go on a sunday).
I'll be back when things are back to normal.
Love their cakes however I was disappointed how they didn’t have the ice longblack with the rectangular ice anymore 😞 other than that the staff are always friendly and professional.
Outstanding food presentation, nice vibe and excellent service. Will be back!
Hi there, Thank you very much for the 5 stars! We look forward to serving you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Every time we go there, we go for the cakes and drinks (tea, coffee, or alcohol) and every single time, we leave not disappointed. The cakes are fresh and delicious and the service is so quick! The ambiance is so nice and feels like an escape when down town Sydney. I highly recommend you check it out. But be sure to book in as it’s a popular spot!
Hi Niomi, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words. We can't wait to serve you again! Kindest, The Grounds of The City team
Food could be better very ordinary need to improve does not have a wow factor or special
Hi Karen, Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on a new menu and can't wait to show it off to our loyal customers! Watch this space. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Our coffee seemed to get overlooked, so had to follow up a couple of times.
Hi Tony, Thank you for your feedback and my sincere apologies for the delay on the coffee. I have raised your comments with the team, who will be making sure that if there are ever any issues or delays, those are communicated to our guests without them having to chase us. Please rest assured that we will work on that and will do better next time you come to visit! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Had a fantastic lunch. Even with the smaller COVID menu, I felt there were plenty of options and the food was delicious. It’s actually more comfortable now without all the tables crowded together and it meant the servers were more attentive than ever before. Well worth it!
Hi Chelsea, Thank you very much for your review and the kind comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to serve you again soon! Best, The Grounds of The City team
Great ambiance. Lovely presented and tasty food in decent sized portions .
Food came out quickly and excellent coffee .
Hi Jackie, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Nice menu and great to be able to make your own meal from a selection of the sides
Hi Sandy, Thank you for your review, we look forward to seeing you again very soon, so we can turn those 3 stars into 5! Have a lovely weekend, The Grounds of The City team
During the COVID-19 restrictions they do not have the full menu - we went for lunch - they have a range of burgers and 'poke' bowls, but we have never been disappointed. We always like it here - booth seating is the best and staff are friendly and helpful.
Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are currently working on a new menu, so please stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team
Please be consistent with the quantity of your food.
Lovely ambience, fantastic and personable service, great coffees.
A flawless experience, as always.
Hi Valerie, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We hope to see you again very soon! Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team
Waitress was lovely. Food delicious.
Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great service and food! Our waitress was super nice.
Hi Giulia, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
the chiffon cake was amazing, the lunch options are limited and not that great but nice cocktails and ambience. but the service are not friendly at all
Hi Hannah, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and the kind words :D We look forward to serving you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Had to wait 45 minutes to order food and ask for the bill a few times before they did.
Felt very Covid safe. Good food and coffee. Will definitely go back again
Hi Nicole, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Awesome food and staff!!!! 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Suelen, Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
As always the food and service were great. It was good to see even with social distancing it was quite busy. Lovely relaxing lunch
Hi Bill, Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Amazing vibe, quality service and excellent food! Though it does get quiet loud and busy, it makes sense though for an establishment of such brilliant standards.
Hi Isaac, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind words, we can't wait to serve you again! Best wishes, The Grounds of The City team
Enjoyed the setting and the food was well presented and tasty.
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
unfortunately the service was not at the level of the quality of the food, we receive our food first and our cocktails when we finished eating, after reminding few times and when we receive the second (we were 2 and the cocktails arrived 10min apart) one was also the wrong one
Amazing service and healthy food without compromising the deliciousness.
Highly recommend vegan bowl and buttermilk burger. It's a great place to vibe into the vintage style aura with the jazz playlists which takes you back to 1900s.
Despite it being not so quiet, I could find my space and peace.
Hi Simran, Thank you so much for your feedback and the 5 stars - we were thrilled to hear you had a good time and can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great service at a great venue. The staff were friendly and welcoming. Food was excellent.
Hi Cathy, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We can't wait to serve you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
We’re pushed out the door after 1 hour because they were closing. Menu limited. No drinks options. So sad to see such a decline in this venue.
The Grounds of the City offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.
The Grounds of the City is rated 4.3 stars by 1808 OpenTable diners.
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