The Grounds of the City
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: 31 May 2020
Availability: Sun 14:30-17:00
Beautiful food, great value for money and lovely staff.
Cool atmosphere but food is less than average. I wouldn’t say you get value for your money in terms of the food.
Imacculate immaculate immaculate thoroughly enjoyed both visits there
First time @ the City Grounds...wow this place is popular we arrived 10 mins early and was told to come back in 10 thought ok that's unusual when we did get seated we had wonderful service, food was great and we enjoyed killer cocktails. Our friend was turning 50 and we were lucky to have 3 waiter's come over and sing happy birthday and a complementary cake slice to share all in all excellent...one drawback is no toilets on site : (
The decor reminds me of an old english or irish pub, the food was really good and it was a nice place to catch up with friends.
Great place to have a nice long lunch, if you choose to. It's very busy on a Saturday, but the staff are very efficient and friendly, know the menu and offer suggestions.
Had a really nice lunch and coffee was very good.
Great service and atmosphere - food was good however the tea dreadful - one came lukewarm - however as I have breakfast here regularly this is not the norm
I had been to the Grounds previously so was excited to return. I ordered the 3 egg Omelette and it was delivered cold and overloaded with mushrooms and my partner ordered an Iced Chocolate which we never received. The tea I ordered took 26 minutes to be delivered. A very disappointing $60 spent for breakfast for two.
I love eating here but I don’t think the desserts are very good and certainly not good value at $17.
However the staff are delightful young people and I do love the grain and roasted veggies salad with a serve of beef on top. I will keep coming back and just get a dessert elsewhere if I need one.
Nothing much to add it is not helpful to force consumers to say something when they don’t want to - I just wont complete your feedback anymore which is self defeating don’t you think?
Quite visible watermarks in spoon/cutlery. Long wait for food, bill and get a bar table even booking was made.
Was very busy, so staff were stretched thin. Food was average.... that definitely wouldn’t be the drawing card to go here.
Lovely ambience for breakfast. High energy in the place. Really lovely friendly staff. Just very busy and you may have to wait to get a seat if you hit a busy time. There may be time pressure on getting out before a booking to follow you. Deconstructed hot chocolate is lovely.
Some of the high tea's food were great, but some were ok. Scones are too dry to our tasting. Interior of the place is awesome. Love the ambience though. Staff are friendly.
Fantastic food and coffee. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is super swanky!
Food was delicious & it was a special catch up before friends got married so we were really happy we got the booth we requested
Hi Jodie, Thank you for your lovely comments and the 5 stars! See you again soon, The Grounds of The City team
Wonderful atmosphere, great service making you feel special. A tad pricey but great experience.
Hi Shona, Thank you so much for the 5 stars! We will see you again soon! The Grounds of The City team
The drinks, service and vibe were great. Burrata was decent and squid pretty nice but chips tasted like cardboard even fresh out the kitchen.
Unfortunately it gets really noisy in the back section. I was struggling to have my business breakfast meeting, even so early in the day. Otherwise I love this place, the food is excellent and service always top notch.
Hi Katherine, Thank you for your review. Next time you reserve a table, please let us know if you would like a table in a quieter section and we will do our best to accommodate! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
There was a long queue to wait to be seated, I don't know why it was taking so long or why they couldn't have more than one person greeting and seating. The gas was out in the building so you couldn't have hot food. Unfortunately we were only told this once we were inside and seated, and not while we were waiting in the long queue beforehand. We ended up having salads and they were delicious. We were also offered a complimentary dessert to share between two as an apology, which was a nice gesture.
Fabulous all round, can’t recommend it more highly. Don’t change a thing!
A nice meal but very noisy. Service good but meal took a long time to arrive.
Hi Janice, Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Could do with some more Mains options, but otherwise great!
Hi Brent, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great and right amount of food.
We were very early for our booked table for 4, miscalculating the time taken for a previous engagement.
The very gracious restaurant manager was able to seat us within 5minutes of our arrival.Many thanks as we thought we were in for a long wait
Hi there, It was our pleasure looking after you! Thank you so much for the 5 stars and see you soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Every time we stay in the city this is our go-to brekky spot. GREAT coffee and the food is outstanding.
Perfect sized menu. Something for everyone but not overwhelmed by choices.
Hi Jess, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! You should stop by for dinner some time too, we are sure it wouldn't disappoint! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great service, delicious food, beautiful restaurant. A perfect place to have breakfast in the city!!!
Hi Daryl, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! And just so you are aware, we serve lunch and dinner too! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Love their food incl desserts. Not too noisy which is good for a nice chat with friends
Hi Tiffany, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great food,ambience and a great waiter.will be back it was fab.
Excellent as usual. We arrived from an early flight from Aotearoa and headed straight there for breakfast. Friendly helpful staff great food and coffee and that relaxed yet efficient ambiance . We will be returning before we head home. Thank you for your efforts it's obvious someone is going above and beyond.
Hi Stephen, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and great comments, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
The noise level affected the ambiance a little but it was not so loud we were unable to hear ourselves so it was manageable.
Hi Kate, Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
This is my favourite restaurant by far. The food is exceptional, the interior decor is photoshoot-worthy, the staff are not just polite and competent but also friendly and charismatic, and the prices are surprisingly good for the quality and creativity of the meals. I take all my friends and out-of-town guests to the grounds of the city. :)
Hi Sarah, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and your kind comments, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
I love this place. It’s my go-to to meet my girlfriends in the city for breakfast. The service is always outstanding. The food is delicious. Highly recommend.
Hi, Thank you very much for the 5 stars and great comments, we look forward to welcoming you and the girls back again soon! Warm regards, The Grounds of The City team
I've been here previously and the food was excellent. This time however I ordered a T-Bone, medium rare, and it was horrible. Simultaneously stringy and bland. I don't get it.
After lunch I ordered a long black and it was so bad I couldn't finish it.
The service however, was excellent.
Our daughter and son-in-law and their two daughters came from overseas to visit us (me and my wife). On this day our daughter had other engagements so it was the five of us. It was quite an experience and we all had a good time.
Hi Francis, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
We loved the atmosphere although it was quite noisy. My green breakfast bowl was excellent My husband enjoyed his steak but thought his portion was rather small In general well worth a visit
Hi Kim, Thank you 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
Fabulous find for a pre-show dinner! Enjoyed sharing some exceptional small plate dishes. Great 1920’s vibe. Will definitely visit again the next time we are in Sydney.
Hi Betty, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we look forward to welcoming you back again! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team
Place was too noisy for my liking. The high tea was nice but some little savoury hot things would have been good. A bit too much sweet and not quite enough savoury. Enjoyable nevertheless.
We enjoyed my friend's birthday brunch at the Grounds. The atmosphere was interesting and the dessert and coffee was nice. However the service felt very rushed and impersonal, and the value for the food wasnt great. There are many other locally owned cafes I would rather support than a revolving door place like this.
Hi there, Thank you for your review and your comments. Please rest assured that they have been taken on board and will be used to improve the operation. Best regards, Kat - General Manager
Too noisy and disappointed that the breakfast menu finished at 11.30 . The lunch menu was limited.
Hi Maggie, Thank you for your review. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team