The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe

4.2
358 reviews
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Discover a dedication to quality and passion for produce in every aspect of The Cafe at The Grounds, from the finest coffee and the daily baked, ever changing menu of breads; to the abundant garden overflowing with fresh produce used daily in the seasonally driven menu. The menu is rustic, wholesome and focused on a paddock-to-plate philosophy. The Cafe food and drinks menu is bursting with fresh flavour, made with the finest quality ingredients and created with The Grounds own grown and locally sourced produce. The Cafe at The Grounds has team of chefs who constantly push the boundaries with ingredients, and reinvents the classics in order to deliver you perfect flavour combinations that will make you want to come back time and time again. No time to dine in? The Cafe at The Grounds also offers take-away choices with a focus on healthy options including a selection of salads, sandwiches, and an array of fresh pastries, smoothies and juices.
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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great at such busy/popular cafe. Food was pricey thou

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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice environment with delicious cakes!! And the nearby is suitable for photo shooting!

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very busy and overwhelming - to be honest I probably wouldn’t go again because I just don’t like how busy it is. That said, we went to the cafe, and food ambiance was great. We went during the week and had a booking, so didn’t have to wait too long. Highly recommend booking to avoid the wait if you go during the week (no bookings on weekends).

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SJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Way too busy, staff did not check on us. Food was below average. Rushed out to make way for others. Really disappointing, couldn’t wait to leave in the end.

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AW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent environment and atmosphere. Mouth-watering food.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent but staff were too quick to try to get us to leave, even twice attempting to take my drink before I’d finished it and again asking several times if we wanted the bill!!

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PD
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As always, excellent food and friendly, efficient and wonderful service.
The only negative is the pavlova I pre-ordered as a birthday cake had such a hard base it was inedible, so in effect, I paid $55 for cream and fruit.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The place is incredibly beautiful. Staff is friendly... presentation of the food is nice but it is so plain and tasteless. Breakfast was quiete disappointing.

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Service wasn’t the best. Staff were hard to flag down and not helpful!

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MN
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at The Grounds and would highly recommend this place

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

I booked a table in advance for a Birthday brunch as a family. Was disappointed to be seated at a bar like table in the back. The glasses on our table were dirty still - we had to follow up our coffees after our meals were served and then they were wrong. We then charged for the wrong coffee 🤦🏽‍♀️ And told by the waiter when we raised it that he will give us a discount? We never ordered the coffee u charged us for! Our meals were initially delivered wrong, then taken back which was slightly annoying. We have been here before and enjoyed it - this is disappointing to see the service has dropped so much. The waiter was unapologetic and needs to learn not to be more friendly. I will not be coming back and giving it another go unfortunately. It was a $90 breakfast on my birthday that was unenjoyable.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turns a simple lunch outing into an absolute experience, great food, fast and friendly service, reasonably priced, fun atmosphere with parking.

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We love the Grounds and are regular customers for special occasions and travel quite a distance to come. The lack of parking and subsequent 45 mins of circling to get a spot and the early closure of the garden bar soured a birthday lunch for us yesterday. Was hellish! The grounds themselves were as beautiful as always and food great but parking is a real problem

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HP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the ambience and the outside setting where our table was. The food was delicious I had the big brekkie, my friends loved the avo toast with egg and bacon. The service was great however they mixed up my prefer at the start which delayed my food. Overall I loved it and would definitely go back !

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Not a good place for chatting - too noisy but the foods and drinks were great!

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were seated in the Garden Cafe with a reservation on Wednesday 22 May. Drinks order taken. Food order was taken 45minutes later!! We were not offered any desert/coffee. Moved to the Potting Shed for coffee - as outside cafe/bar was closed. The staff here were much more attentive and we were served quickly and asked if there was anything else we would like. The general feeling was much more geared to customers. Would not go to the Garden Cafe again:( As it was for a Birthday - very disappointing.

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HV
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Its beautiful sure but overrated to be honest. Food is oily, not much and expensive for what it is

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time at the Grounds. Absolutely very beautiful. I would say magical. You don't even feel like been in Sydney. very well done you projected it.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue is always so interesting and it was a delight to bring my overseas visitor here. The staff were fabulous and looked after us very well. Very personable service. Thanks for a great experience.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hi Janine! Thank you so much for your fabulous feedback. Glad that you had a great experience with us 🙂 See you next time, Sarah- Cafe Manger

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ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish and filling food with amazing coffee. Definitely a must see destination.

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DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very good and special restaurant. Recommend to have more food option.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are always super helpful and the coffee and cakes are delicious

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was really good! Loved it here and would definitely return

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Food & service were good but so so noisy. Not sure if I’d rush back to dine at the cafe.

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambience galore. Food yummy. Staff lovely but kept far too busy with cafe full at lunchtime, making it difficult to give attentive service. Delightful to wander through the gorgeous garden courtyards following lunch, making The Grounds a stand out from the usual cafe experience!

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R
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful location, great atmosphere, amazing coffee and good food! Harry Trotter the resident pig was the highlight for my 1.5 year old. He has to be the happiest pig ever.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food are good but so many people, service are just so so

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful place.
A bit crowded and noisy but that’s to be expected.
Food was great and not bad value.
Loved it.

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AB
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service
Good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to catch up with friends

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food and very nice presentation. Every corner of the place is an Instagram picture.

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SO
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place, incredible atmosphere, food service and timing was unbelieveably fast especially considering the number of people. Staff were everywhere and very helpful. Wish there was one in Adelaide

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks so much Sean, this is awesome to hear! We’ll pass this on to the team working at The Potting Shed Hope to see you again soon! Regards Gareth, Restaurant Manager

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T
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Biggest issue was not having any parking available or anyone organising it. Top parking was closed and I was forced to park 750m away almost missing me booking

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IR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The venue is eclectic!! The food and coffee was really excellent. Great effort on fitting all that is onsite into such a tight packed space.

However, the level of noise in the Grounds, along with my hearing impairment made it very much a site where i was keen to depart after a short while. Would it be possible to establish a few more quieter areas toward the far corners of the cafe?

PS: i loved how promptly i was seated, in fact about 8 to 10 minutes in advance of my booking time. Make booking a delight when it all works. :)

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review Ian. We’re so glad you enjoyed yourself - we hope we can welcome you back again soon! Regards Gareth, Restaurant Manager

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S
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend brunch or lunch at this wonderful venue

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XZ
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Base on the outdoor and interior design, I would still recommend The Grounds. BUT, the service is not as good as before or expectation. I made a reservation for my friends who came from overseas for a vacation. I paid for the 12% extra service fee, but I have to wait for the reserved table for more than 10 minutes. No mention that the table is finally set at an outdoor area without asking our preference. I saw a lot of walk-in customers entered into the cafe. Thus, I am really confused about why I have to make a reservation for an unreserved table.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought the food was lovely and very quickly served which was great. The staff could have been a little bit more friendly but other than that I thought it was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was wonderful and the setting is beautiful as always. I found it all a bit rushed though. It is so crowded and so many people waiting for a table that you are very aware of the bustling staff, tables being cleared and there is no real opportunity to enjoy the setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Too crowded , but service was good , food came quick and good standard . Toilet was a bit dirty and small for such a big place

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CS
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow this place was great! My friend and I had a booking for brunch today (Good Friday) thank goodness we did it’s very busy!

The staff were super friendly, the food was delicious and it was reasonable pricing!

We just loved it! It’s a lovely noisy ambience!! Def will come back

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