The Grounds of the City

4.3
1948 Reviews
$40 and under
Café
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.

Offers

  • Complimentary Glass of Bubbles

    Jan 28 - Feb 6, 2021

    Thu - Sat 3:30 PM - 8:15 PM

    We can't wait to see you at The Grounds of The City now that we've reopened for dinner and to celebrate, the first round of drinks is on us! Make an evening reservation now to dine with us on or before Saturday, 6 February and we'll treat everyone at your table to a complimentary glass of bubbles. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit thegrounds.com.au/city-reservation for full details.
What 1948 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
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4.4
ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LV182
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a fantastic atmosphere and the service was great.

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SophieW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Quick to take our order
Music was really loud for early morning, meaning people had to shout.
Food arrived before drinks, drinks sitting ready at bar for ages before delivered. No salt or pepper, difficult to get staff attention once food was delivered. Expensive for average food. Disappointed 😞

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MonikaV
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Good wine and oysters but the pork was dry and tough. Polite service and nice atmosphere

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MummaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it, great service, great food quick service, fresh ingredients, friendly staff. would go back and tell friends

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RobynV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food2service3ambience5

I ordered the chicken schnitzel with salad, basil and buffalo cheese etc. Salad was light on( no greens except basil leaves of which there were not many at all and one piece of buffalo cheese. The coating of schnitzel was awful.

My sister had the taco and was very happy with taste and presentation

Your lunch menu did not have much choice unless you want poke bowls and tacos, burgers. No simple fish and salad option... No rissotto option

The tea and cake was delicious though!

Service people were wonderful friendly and attentive. My sister paid for lunch bill. I still had outstanding tea and cake bill that I asked to pay initially but told best to wait until later. Then, I was able to leave table and I had to ask to pay the remainder bill. I could have walked out but I am honest. I am telling you this as youmay be loosing revenue.

What a splendid job you did regarding the fit out for Cinderella! Well done for ambiance. Regards Robyn

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Robyn, Thank you for your review. Pretty sure you visited Alexandria, rather than the City, so we passed your review on to them. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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KatjaC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often come here for a before work breakfast catch-up. Great food and service.

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Ashman
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Nice ambience, beautiful interiors, normal brunch food, poor customer service.

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BlairJ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over-priced for what it is. I can think of better options at the same price point.
Friendly service but that ever present problem of a second drink arriving once you’re half way through a meal despite ordering prior.
Menu a bit light on.

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Moose
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were superb! Sorry to see Kat go. Welcome Martina!

The Grounds of the City
Responded 2 days ago

Hi David, Thank you so much for your kind words and the well wishes! I will definitely be around, but trust Martina and team will look after you well! Kind regards, Kat

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Nilico
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Staff were nice attentive and friendly. The brown rice salads were very disappointing and not edible - very dry, rice stale, very fishy seaweed, meat very raw.... We did tell a waiter who then kindly compensated with cake and coffee. I used to love The Grounds of Alexandria but this one was not special. This was supposed to be a birthday treat and left me quite embarrassed.

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Jaymo
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the decor and attention to detail from staff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Jaymo, Thank you for your comments and the 5 stars. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sale16
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good for breakfast, service is efficient without being rushed

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your review and the 5 stars. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DebDeb
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and attentive service. Ambience is sensational. Good selection that varies during the day.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Deb, Thank you for your comments and the 5 stars. We can't wait to serve you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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JennM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Grounds of the City is one of my favourite places to go. The food is always great as are the cocktails.

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Bigwilly
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service, interesting food. Well worth a visit

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon, so we can turn the 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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StevePP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Triage style service. Staff very nice but undermanned.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Steve, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn the 3 stars into 5. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Locky
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had booked a table and informed of such when I arrived, for a blind date. My date was told I hadn’t arrived and seated at a different table. Little unorganised from my perspective.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Locky, Our sincere apologies for the mishap. We hope the date went well once you'd found each other! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Worst experience we have ever had. The waiter was extremely rude and snobby. I have celiac disease and ordered eggs on toast with gluten free bread. And was given sourdough. WHICH STILL CONTAINS GLUTEN.

and my husband ordered eggs on toast on rye bread, and received 1 slice of plain rye toast and butter. When we told the waiter who took our order it was wrong he said “I didn’t hear you order eggs on toast to my husband” what type of customer service is that. What happend to repeating the order back to the customers to check it’s correct. Especially if in my case I can get VERY sick from having a tiny bit of gluten. I have never been so disappointed in a venue before I was so excited to come and came all the way from kellyville to come to your cafe. I will be telling everyone I know to NEVER visit you guys ever.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. COVID 19 protocols in place.
Ambience was fantastic. Service and staff a couldn’t do enough, food outstanding!
Can’t wait until my next visit

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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Tess
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Requires more vegan/vegetarian options, often is too expensive

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Mumrulz
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

A lovely place to have brunch with friends. Good food served promptly but did have to ask a waitress to take our coffee order.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your review. Have a beautiful day, The Grounds of The City team

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JulianE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very nice space with good coffee. Lunch food was okay, nothing too crazy. Price was fair, with good service from the waitstaff.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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MaggieP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I do not think Covid guidelines per square metre were being observed. - tables were too close!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Maggie, Thank you very much for your review. We are doing our absolute best to comply with all NSW Government issued guidelines. We have a strict Covid-Safe plan in place to make sure our team and guests feel safe and always have a great time. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Sean
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Love this place but service was terrible. COVID is not an excuse to be rude.

Won’t be coming back

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CarolynM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed lunch here on Saturday. Staff were super attentive and friendly. We had the steak sandwich, butterflied prawns, broccolini and snow pea salad. All was yummy and fresh. Would highly recommend!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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vipMike
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will definitely be back
Great decor and ambience. Good food choices an£ excellent service however it doesn't come cheap and therefore a special occasion or treat rathe4 than everyday location

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Menu variety is quite restricted. Can we have more options? Also the sand witch bread was also burnt. It could be better

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JoshW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and service was good! Even left a tip which I don’t normally do!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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AlisonM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service, ambience and decor very nice and we had a very nice meal.

It was expensive for a kids meal and three burgers, however with city rents this is the normal now days.

Would I go back? Yes, but not in a hurry.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Alison, Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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DoraK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Slow service. We ordered toast without butter, but we got oily toast. It took a long time for them to get dry toast back. We had to keep trying to get attention from staff if we needed anything.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Dora, Thank you for your feedback and our sincere apologies for sub-par service. We have taken your comments on board and will make sure to learn from them. We hope to see you again, so we can prove to you that we can do better. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Erikabeb
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a date with your partner or friends. The inside is very pretty and cosy

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
80 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best and my favorite in town!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for the 5 stars, we love being the favourite! Looking forward to serving you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Debuardo
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Our expectations were to high
The staff is a bit amateur and the food is 2 stars at best

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Debuardo, Thank you for your review and constructive comments. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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JenniferP
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Boxing Day sales and time to catch up with friends over a relaxed lunch.
The Grounds ticked all the boxes,. Thank you to all from welcome to farewell

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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NeethuN
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great ambience. Service could have been better

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Neethu, Thank you for the 5 stars! We look forward to serving you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AylaY
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was sufficient overall. Nothing special, I think the price comes from the interior design.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Ayala, Thank you for your review. Have a great weekend, The Grounds of The City team

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Oana
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my Dad’s birthday lunch. Staff were extra helpful when working with us to coordinate a surprise cake for him. They also went above and beyond singing Happy Birthday, he didn’t expect it at all and was touched! Great place, great staff and great food.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Oana, Thank you for the 5 stars and your beautiful comments! We are so glad your dad's birthday lunch was memorable and we can't wait to serve you again soon! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Lancastrian
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Staff very friendly and polite. Interesting style and decor. Could do with a couple more menu options - no vegan and vegetarian extremely limited. Overall a pleasant lunch.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 3 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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Michael
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It has a traditional 20s style feel to it, it's unique to Sydney. Can be quite loud at times, difficult to have a conversation.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Michael, Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, so we can turn those 4 stars into 5! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AngelaB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Great experience. Wouldn't be somewhere I would go regularly. Food was acceptable. Noise level was extreme !

The Grounds of the City
Responded on January 17, 2021

Hi Angela, Thank you for your feedback! We will be happy to move you to our outside dining area or into a quieter spot in the restaurant if you request it in the reservation notes or with the host next time you visit. Looking forward to seeing you again, The Grounds of The City team

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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 1948 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.