The Grounds of the City

4.3
2045 reviews
$40 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2045 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Energetic
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ScottC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a great place to come/bring clients to for a relationship building meeting. The look is great - your eyes get drawn to the details and styling, service is excellent and friendly, has a feeling of exclusivity without being stuck up.

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ShayS
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

My pasta was way too salty, I couldn't finish the portion. However I love The Grounds overall and have had much better experiences in The Grounds of Alexandria. Was very disappointed with the food in The Grounds of the City.

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BradW
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Straight away service was awesome, walked in and the place was buzzing.
Cool music playing, good coffee, good food.

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LeenyB
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor, food & service are exceptional. Ensure you book ahead though.

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SharonP
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the lady that directed us to our table, to the atmosphere, the woman that served us and the amazing food - we were all blown away. We had heard great things and were not disappointed. Thank you.

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PatT
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We almost weren't seated even though we had a reservation. The groups in front of us were just walked in without bookings and yet when we were served they told us they had no tables left.

We also waited 15 minutes and asked twice for the bill from two different waitresses.

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DavidB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Ambience and decor was really nice, service and food was poor

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KimO
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great find in the city. We made a booking the night before, just as well as it was packed. Loved the atmosphere, food was fabulous, service was great too.

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StuartM
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Only issue I has was the fries with my burger were inconsistent. Somewhere very nice, others were off colour and felt like they were over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Slow service.

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Hanoot
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Really limited menu. Crappy portions for the price we pay. Really disappointed and wouldn’t go again. So overrated

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RuthL
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, interesting ambience and we could hear our conversation which is rare in most cafes and restaurants.
Would be good for meetings a d all age groups
We will be back.

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katiet
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing location right in the CBD but once inside you could be anywhere!

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GeoffS
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience5

Dont stress aboutr my food rating we didnt have food.

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delloS
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

It’s a great place but the staff are terrible. Took forever to come and get my order then got angry when I asked if I could pay on the way out. Pretty much boxed my friend and I in then dumped the eftpos machine in front of us and were really rude. Will not be going back EVER

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SoSyd
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Saffron pasta was a delight. Perfectly cooked lamb rack salad. And we were very happy with the cakes and coffee.

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LauraV
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went for breakfast and it wasn’t too special, been for lunch before which has been a lot better.

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YanaM
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for Sunday breakfast, lovely service, food and atmosphere. We'll be back.

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AlixH
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food appeared mass produced and not cooked to order, very much like a hotel buffet that was plated for you as eggs were just warm and bacon could have been cooked more and was also barely warm. Serving size was good. Sourdough nice but provided with a knife that struggled to cut through the crust.

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Jules
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

After a perfect experience at The Grounds in Alexandria, The Grounds in the city was extremely disappointing. Ordered eggs with smoked trout but the tiny amount of hollandaise was split, the smoked trout was not even edible - fatty and poor quality - and overall had an odd off putting flavour. On the plus side they took this meal off the bill after I complained (and could see I left nearly all of it on the plate).

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kangavik
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Some of the food is excellent whilst others a big disappointment. For example 3 small soggy pieces of brushetta for over $20 was almost sent back to the kitchen. The kitchen staff need a good kick - one guy was finishing the food with a glove on the left hand and a bare right hand - both his hands touched the food.
Serving staff are excellent.
Ambiance great.
Espresso Martini was one of the best

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Kris
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were amazing, on top of everything. Food was delicious and the décor is lovely

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XXCC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the peach pancake and it looked really good, however, I felt as though the cream wasn't enough so, towards the end, the pancake that had no more cream that can go with it ended up just tasting like soft bread. I really like the interior design of this restaurant however I feel like I'm paying more for the atmosphere than the actual food. The food was ok priced but the drinks I just think its a bit overpriced. but overall, it was a good experience.

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Serena
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grounds of the City is a delight. The atmosphere and decor is excellent, and the service was top notch. There was no crowding (as can happen at the Ground of Alexandria), and the food was excellent and fresh. We went with a 6yo and 2yo and they were welcomed too. Looking forward to going back!

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Vlad
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Poor quality food. Very disappointing. Lovely interior but let down by the most important factor

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Inattentive wait staff.

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KarenK
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous place for lunch. Energetic vibe, sensational food and 5 star service. We had lunch during a work day and were served promptly but with adequate time to review the very inviting menu. We'll definitely be back.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Ambiance and food are good but the experience was marred by a loud guest at an adjoining table.

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KenS
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We made a booking online for lunch as recommended. We were welcomed and shown to a table and very quickly realised the restaurant was extremely noisy. This was a downside, as well as muted lighting with which we found difficulty reading the small print of the menu.
Excellent service, friendly staff and questions about the menu readily answered.

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JaneT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Grounds of the City has consistently good food and very nice, helpful staff. It is very popular and busy and may not suit someone who wishes to have a quiet conversation.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely inside, the decorations were pretty and the service was great.

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SuesheT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a great experience. The staffs were very friendly and helpful. One piece of advice is always book ahead. That will make both the customers and the employees’ lives easier. Cheers!

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Nike
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent Venue, however the bar sometimes struggles to keep up with the busy nature of the venue while the kitchen turns around orders really quickly. Love this venue regardless will go time and time again.

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JanS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fairly basic menu, but well cooked and presented. Agave cocktail was very weak. Outstanding friendly service from lovely waitress, ex Emirates flight crew. Good place for a quick drink and bite before the theatre.

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Emma
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely decor, great vibe. Busy but not too hectic. Nice service.

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Pavlos
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibe, great food and friendly service. A winner!

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Jena
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, I would come again and recommend my friends.

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GeraintC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service...had to get my own water.
The food was terrible and they forgot our juice.
Very humid in there too.
I won’t be returning

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vipLeeJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great for a brunch, tasty food and super fast service. So easy to book ahead and not wait in the line!

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vipJohannaM
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The most beautiful restaurant inside and out. Truly special.
I'm so glad that we visited.
The staff were so kind to our children too.
Will go again.
I do recommend.

FAQs

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 2045 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.