The Grounds of the City

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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.

Special Offers

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: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun 14:30-17:00
Mon 14:30-16:30
Tue-Sat 14:30-17:00

What 1528 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Did not expect the brioche french toast to be delicious because I had the cake last year and it did not taste good. This time I am glad that I ordered the brioche french toast which was really awesome. However, the service at The Grounds of the City really needs to be improved. The tables weren't fully occupied and did not seem busy at the time I dined in with my sister, I asked for some maple syrup to pour over the french toast. I had to ask two times from the same staff and one more time from a different staff then I finally got the maple syrup. By the time I received the maple syrup, I was already half done with my dish. Also, my sister ordered the rose and watermelon shake and said it clearly to the waitress. Instead, she got served a glass of banana milkshake rather than the one she wanted to order. We asked the waitress and it got changed to rose and watermelon shake later. Also, we asked for the bill twice for it to be delivered the table. I find that the service wasn't that attentive and extremely slow. The bill amount is $51.7 and I paid $51.8 in which I expect a $0.1 change. But the waitress didn't come back with the change and I did not want to trouble the staff too much so we left with bringing it up. Overall, only the food was good while customer service was really bad.

WS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious with reasonable price...however the environment was a bit noisy. We didnt stay for too long

GC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

50 minutes to get our breakfast and coffees came 20 minutes apart

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ambience and a cool other worldly charm exude from the minute you step into the place. It’s more like a busy bus terminal and has a way of charming even the most staunchest critic. 10 out of 10.

J
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Excellent food and place. But for the service, It's a long story.

SP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is such a beautiful space, which feels miles from the noise and busyness of the city outside. The staff are amazing, and kept me feeling comfortable as I waited for my friend. Thankyou - it was a perfectly lovely place for a lunch.

HP
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was very tentative, food was pretty good and was served quickly. Had a problem with using a Gift card at the end but eventually it was sorted after I came up with the idea of doing a manual payment

LM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Unfortunately, the service was terrible. I requested well cooked egg (which the waiter noted), it came out sunny side up. My friend had almost finished his meal by the time my meal came back. The coffee was cold and overpriced.

SA
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We had a reservation for 830 and when we got there they told us kitchen is closing at 9 so they bought all our entrees and main at the same time. And hence food got cold by the time we ate. Would be nice if they let us know while booking.

AR
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. My friend and I really enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. My only thing is it was really noise and couldn’t really have a conversation but you get that a popular cafe spots.
I’m going back this Saturday with another friend this weekend.

HH
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Everything on the menu sounded delicious but lacked execution. Chilli roasted corn millet bowl wasn't chilli, in fact not a pepper flake to be seen. Under seasoned. The potato hash was oily and tiny, I counted two leaves of kale on the plate. Undercooked poached eggs, had to add salt to all the meals, and usually I find restaurant seasoning to be too much and too salty. Nice ambience and funky fittings. Don't go for the food. Nice cake though, quality moist sponge.

E
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We booked a table for lunch and once we got there, we were asked to queue. Their customer service is not great (they do not follow up if we required things) and so as their food. We aslo had to wait for one of our mains as it was apparently not ordered. We were truly dissatisfied and won't be returning any time soon.

N
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service were outstanding. A little bit overcrowded, having to squeeze into bench seat.

Too stuffy in there. If only the door could be left open for some fresh air or the airconditioning improved.

AH
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sensational food and hit up the green bowl with warm trout. Outstanding. Service was only ok. We may have got someone cutting their server teeth.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Very nice place, the interior, but food and service was less than average.

F
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service was good and ambience was great but slightly noisy, overall it was a very enjoyable experience!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Unfortunately I and my friend had bad service at The ground yesterday. We often go there for lunch and always good customer service, friendly staff and great food. But the lady who serve us was bad customer service. We tried to order cakes which we always order but she said there is not the such name of cakes and you need to check take away cake section where is out side of restaurant. Also she drop knife on my skirt and near my friend’s foot. But she didn’t say “sorry”. It was sham.

D
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

So over rated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AD
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top location in the City. Great vibe. Very busy and energetic. The Corned Beef Sandwich was exceptional. Two minor points of feedback on service. 1st was given a bottle of sparkling water unopened and put on table, 2nd took a while to get the bill and pay. Overall though a great experience and would be back.

RW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

High tea was served next to guests with burgers and chips, so I would suggest having a designated area for high tea perhaps to the left of the door? And use the booths when possible. It's all about The Art of Tea.
Tea should be served with tea cups and tea served from a tea pot not coffee plunger.
We enjoyed our afternoon. Value for money. Good atmosphere.

J
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mum out for a Birthday Breakfast and couldn’t have been any happier with the service as well as the food that was served. Every single worker was outstanding and they all made my mum feel super special on her Birthday. I can’t thank all the waiters enough but big shout out to Jesse who was absolutely awesome. Highly recommend!!!!

AP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience - can't wait to go back. My partner and I came to The Grounds of the City for an early dinner ahead of a concert, and every aspect of our experience was wonderful. The service was excellent, friendly, great knowledge of the menu, and attentive without being intrusive. The food was also excellent, we selected a range of small plates and each was a delight - the cuttlefish a real highlight. And finally the drinks, the cocktails were absolutely superb and a good range of wines with the option for a glass, carafe, or bottle. Just brilliant. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and recommendation!

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thank you for the 5 stars and your kind words. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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CP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

- Putting 3 customers to share a small tale but gave a large table to just i customer.
- Overpriced for the foods you get.
- In the Plough dish, the only taste you get is SOUR. Everything, EVERYTHING in the dish is SOUR.

LJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great all round experience though it can get a little noisy during lunchtime

N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The breakfast meals that we ordered were quite average and came out cold.

MA
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff made a big fuss for my friends birthday with a beautiful slice of cream sponge and candle and they all sang happy birthday . She was so overwhelmed and so was I . She asked did I arrange that and I said no. Went a long way to topping off a lovely day!! Thank you

ST
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grounds in the city is reliably superb. I use it as a place to meet people before breakfast as much as I can

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Shivana, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your kind comments. We can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Best regards, the Grounds of The City team

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F
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service top notch, helpful and accommodating. Wait staff well trained and classy service,

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Friedy, Thank you for your review and the kind comments. We were thrilled to hear you enjoyed our service. We hope to see you again very soon. Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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LP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, good food - beautifully presented. Reasonable price.

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and for your lovely comments! We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great vibe- great food and excellent service. Would definitely go back for breakfast/lunch or dinner

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thank you 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

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MT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant the food was delicious with a great menu to choose from...you couldn't fault the staff they were amazing...I think it is my new eating place when I am in the city...

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Dear Marilyn, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We can't wait to welcome you back again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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N
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was superb and very flavoursome, the Lobster Brandade was the highlight of our order. Plating is beautiful serving is generous for the price. Service is really good. We love how the order came nice & quick & waiters are always attentive to our needs. The noise level was the least of our favourite but I guess because the place is just so popular & busy all the time, so just minor detail otherwise. It was a truly wonderful gastronomic experience for us.

BS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The receptionist was very helpful and efficient when we wanted a table of 3 instead of 2. Staff were very friendly and happy. Some food was average and others were delicate and delicious. But the noise.....really should have an expert look at solutions. I left with a headache., sadly.

HK
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our high tea at the grounds 👌👌👌

The Grounds of the City
Responded a day ago

Hi Helena, Thank you so much for the 5 stars, we are so pleased you enjoyed your High Tea with us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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JW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely thank you. It was noisy and busy but we were still able to hold a conversation and not be disturbed by others. Being busy showed us it was just a popular place

The Grounds of the City
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for the 5 stars and your lovely comments! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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BG
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Terrible service from start to finish, the food was lovely though

TS
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

The food and the ambience was great, the service was adequate but the prices were very high for what we ordered. Unfortunately very little value for money.

T
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Overall food and service were good but tables are too close to one another. It was unfortunate that my date night was ruined by 2 loud ladies seated next to my table; by loud, i mean my ear hurt by the time I left. I could not stay longer for a dessert or coffee after meal.

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is fantastic and the food/service was superb. I would recommend it any time to my friends and colleagues.
Two things were not so nice:
1. The tables are too close to each other and it is difficult to move in our out to the chair.
2. The tables are a bit too high to eat comfortably. My friend - who I had dinner with - is a petite lady and she had difficulty to eat comfortably as she had to keep her arms up all the time. I am tall (very tall) and it was still uncomfortable for me too.