The Grounds of the City

4.3
2108 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2108 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Tats
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food and coffee were good, service was not good at all

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KathrynD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great GF options for this sad coeliac, incredible decor, amazing vibe and coffee to DIE for.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

It took far too long to get the attention of any waiter to ask for water, take our order and to give us the bill to leave. It was rather a shame because the food was lovely but the experience was completely dampened by the slow and rather poor service. I don’t believe I will be returning on my lunch breaks in the future.

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KamalaR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlotte was looking after our table and we couldn't have asked for better service. She recommended some meals and took time to make the entire experience just wonderful. Food and service was amazing and we will definitely be back.

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ElizabethH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual. Beautiful decor, lovely food. I felt like I was in Paris.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and staff. Tables are too close together though.

KC
KatherineC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had breakfast with a friend. Service was abysmal. Server was rude and abrupt, and when my food came out it was even worse.. dehydrated bacon, cold. Mushrooms served directly onto the toast making it soggy and inedible. When I asked for a new piece, the server rolled his eyes, and they ended up charging me for it!
Hot choc came deconstructed which is fine, but milk was only lukewarm so not terribly nice.
Worst breakfast I've ever had - bar none! Glad I tried it though. Will know never to go back and won't waste my time with a high tea.

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Elmx
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service. Guy walks around pouring water but not taking orders. Staff spend more time talking to each other then checking tables, taking orders and clearing tables. Not attentive at all and had to signal several times to make an order or pay the bill.
The food is good - coffee decent - cakes are great - wine is overpriced - there are much better alternatives in the city which is a shame because it could be much better.

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PeterC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautifully thought out and executed. Very professional feel from start to finish. Clever people ; well done. It has great ambience.

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Aria
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I have visited this place frequently for a drinks and it has always been great. My first time eating there and I was disappointed. The service was slow and very sparse. The waitstaff aren't well trained. For example, the waitress would come by and ask if you wanted another drink and completely ignore the dirty plates on the table. Eventually, when I finally flagged someone down I asked if they could removed the dirty plates.

My friend asked for her eggs well done when she ordered (as she does eat egg yolk) the eggs arrived extremely runny. She sent then back - and when the dish came out the second time the eggs were still runny. This was disappointing as we had all finished eating by then.
She just ordered something else in the end (which was another 20mins wait )without eggs as the message of having eggs cooked through was getting lost somewhere.

The waitress took the new order and left the former dish on the table - even though my friend politely said she couldn't eat it.

When the bill came the dish they couldn't get right was on it - I asked the manager to remove the item and she was good about it. You would think I would have had to ask though :/

I think some retraining and explaining the sequence of service to their waitstaff could go a long way to improving the experience of their customers.

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Con02
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast selection and atmosphere. Would definitely go back again!

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Cory
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very loud, bit pricey (wouldn't come for a snack next time), overall worth it for ambiance, service, and quality.

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AmeliaG
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

service was terrible had to ask for things multiple times to receive

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Bunny
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a “French” style cafe with all the trimmings.
a little bit loud but that is the vibe.
great selection of cakes!

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gabriellelp
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A week day lunch with an old work colleague.
Lovely to catch up in a great setting (slightly faux old European) - a bit noisy though.
The booking was easy, the meal was delicious, the wine was lovely - but the server had no idea about the wines on the menu. When ordering a pinot grigio from the Orange area, she said she thought we wanted an orange wine....she was completely bamboozled by the rose versus the wine from the Orange region. So they need some more training about what they are serving. She was very pleasant though.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and delicious foods

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RobynC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere was fantastic, a really upbeat and energetic vibe. The food was really good and the serving size was generous. However, the service was a little slow, both taking the order and the arrival of the food. Overall, it was a good expereinece and I would go there again and recommend it to others looking for somewhere special.

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Pyks
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and yummy cake - thanks to the waitress who served us

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RuthL
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Venue: Fabulous
Food: Mine ok, a bit lukewarm. My friend ordered a bfast bowl which was cold. When queried, she was advised that was how it was served, which was not on the menu. She was advised she could order something else, but would have to pay for it, as well as the cold inedible bowl.
We had to request water continuously, which usually came after each 3rd request.
The staff were lovely, just busy I think.
Overall, ok, but disappointing.

LM
LeanneM
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast enjoyed by all. Was like stepping back in time with the wonderful decor. Look forward to visiting again to enjoy a cocktail at the bar!

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CamilleV
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All staff were friendly and whilst busy, very attentive. Food was prompt and good however may I suggest a bit of a spice up of the baked eggplant, chickpeas and eggs? I got some hot sauce, but it was a bit bland.

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Moose
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hey Guyz,

Always look forward to coming here; usually for Breakfast either during the Week or in the Weekend.

Kind Regards,

David Christmas

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cakelover
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

lady at the door was very hostile when waiting to be seated as I was a few minutes late and then there was a queue to enter. not a pleasant way to start. food was ok. cakes were nice. we had 1.5 hours before we were asked to vacate. service was so-so. wait staff were very busy and forgot to bring water to the table for us.

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but much preferred breakfast on a Saturday as Friday was far too noisy

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our food order was 'misplaced' ( the server didn't have his device with him) and we had to ask when it was coming. Ruined the experience.

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Osborne5
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I love the grounds normally, but the service was really disappointing. We would have had more drinks, but couldn’t even get our water filled up.
Really disappointed in our experience yesterday.

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KateH
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great vibe, great food, excellent service. A really enjoyable place to visit for lunch

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Vicki
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I have sent a negative feedback form on The Grounds website last night. Not impressed!!

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CassieB
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great coffee, amazing food. One of the best cafes in Sydney.

JJ
JanineJ
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A French Bistro vibe. Recommend it highly.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. We held an interview at the Grounds and it was the perfect location. Great atmosphere and the staff were super friendly and efficient.
Would highly recommended and we will certainly be back.

HM
HannahM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The vibe of the place is really cool but the service is fairly average and the food wasn’t that good. I got the baked eggs which was over cooked and pretty flavourless. It’s also quite expensive. Not really worth going to unless you just want a drink

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HannahP
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Coffee was good. Good food. Too loud. Awesome design.

MS
MichaelS
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is goos to have good meal with friends in a lovely ambience.

KV
KarynV
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place and fantastic service and food. Highly recommend.

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PhilipH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast for us visitors from the country. Great food in a wonderful place. Can’t wait to go again.

JC
JamesC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was immaculate and staff very efficient and courteous

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Service slow, food was cold.

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BelindaC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Cold food & poor service. Disappointed. Menu overrated and overpriced for average taste and poor impersonal service.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They looked understaffed for about 15 minutes until more staff turned up at 830.

FAQs

The Grounds of the City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.3 stars by 2108 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 reservations at the moment.