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The Grounds of the City

4.1
4.1
2778 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 169 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Parking details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,778 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  • Sydney

    Great for Brunch

  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Great for Lunch

  • Sydney City

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  1. E

    Ella

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Ordered a Summer Bowl salad and added the Smoked brisket for $6.00. When it arrived, the salad itself was delicious but the "smoked brisket" was a few very thin slivers of fatty meat. Too fatty to eat and way too expensive for poor quality meat.
  2. J

    Jacintamcg

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of classics with a twist. Also we’d made the booking for the wrong date but were still able to get a table even though it was a public holiday.
  3. M

    Mary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Steak and burger were overpriced for the quality. 4 cheese pasta was ok.
  4. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The staff were clearly too busy to focus on effective customer service. I was rudely told 3 times that my table would be needed after 75 minutes. The staff delayed taking our order, the coffee took time to arrive and the food delivery was so slow that we were rushing towards the end, and then the staff were hovering, even before the 75 minutes were up. Neither my guest from Hong Kong nor I wouldn't book here again for a Saturday morning.
  5. S

    Susanna

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Staff were superb. Coffee not great, bit disappointing really. The avocado was served on cold toast which we didn't appreciate and way too many chick peas sitting on the plate. The Green juice was very disappointing - watery, very little flavour.
  6. F

    Freedamonkey

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the vibe and venue more than the food not that there was anything wrong with the meals they were good. Ambience was buzzy for a Friday night and the place was really busy. Could not fault the food or service. Would return.
  7. BR

    BrookeR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. I had the steak frites and would highly recommend!!
  8. N

    Nori

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have dined many times and the consistency in food and service were superb. I would like to commend Cassy for her outstanding service . Thank you.
  9. GN

    GaryN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Great location and atmosphere - very average food and service.
  10. R

    Reviewer

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Poor service, not great food, uncomfortable seating
  11. TC

    TraceyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were looking forward to The Grounds in the city. I made the reservation and we were expecting lovely things. Service was very slow. My pasta (crab and clams) was beautiful, but there was a huge stuck ball of congealed pasta in my bowl - not overly appetising. Service was too slow. Four times we had to ask for wait staff. Once was for water, they filled my water glass and not my companion. Once was for a dessert menu, and again to have our dessert order taken, only to be told, there were no cakes and nothing on the dessert menu available to have with our tea or coffee. A strange experience. Especially given the formality of booking a table at the Grounds. I won't be in a rush to return, and I'm not certain I could recommend at this stage.
  12. C

    Claudine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience and seating. Lovely waitress Julia who was very friendly and helpful.
  13. AS

    AnneS

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    An excellent location in the heart of city. My lamb was superbly cooked and the raspberry macaron wonderful. A busy venue I recommend booking a booth.
  14. VL

    VeronicaL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service was outstanding from our waiters. Food was delicious.
  15. NN

    NatalieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious breakfast served very quickly. Staff attentive despite being busy.
  16. JM

    JennyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was really excited to return to The Grounds of the City after a lovely experience last time and it didn’t disappoint! I love the decor and it has a really good hum but conversation isn’t difficult.
  17. LA

    LourdesA

    Sydney

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Tightly squeezed chairs and table. Pancakes appears to have canned fruits boiled on top. Instead of fresh chopped variety. Beef raw and half done on bread is not a great choice.
  18. PH

    PaulH

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really great spot. Only issue is the lack of a bathroom, which is just odd. Leaves a long hike to the public toilets.
  19. JB

    JenB

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Grounds was once lovely. This time we encountered some staff who were passive aggressive, poorly trained and plain rude. The vegetarian lunchtime and dinner options are poor. There is a distinction between charred broccolini and burnt broccolini. They sell bread to purchase as loaves and yet do not provide bread for the table to manage the long wait time for meals. And tap water must be hard to come by as we waited 30 minutes to get a jug of room temperature water. We won’t go back.
  20. M

    Marls

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very comfortable seating Service and food was excellent
  21. JW

    JudyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service and food very fresh,but too noisy
  22. TP

    TerP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Busy but very helpful and sweet staff.
  23. S

    Suzanne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was good however disappointed that they ran out of the bakery basket and it was only 10.30am.
  24. HP

    HedleyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ideal location. Prebooking for breakfast essential on weekends. Food very good as was service overall. Background music could have been turned down to a lower level.
  25. SJ

    SharleneJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Better and friendlier staff than Alexandria. Happy to recommend
  26. L

    Luisina

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Very poorly customer service. We had to the waitress to remind the water. Also, after more than 45min we had to ask for the food we ordered (french fries) and it was a different waitress. So, the first one, never brought our order! We got the fries an hour later. Bad
  27. TM

    TheresaM

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A lovely venue, good food & service but really hard to hear with very noisy environment- would ask for a quiet spot if you’re hard of hearing!
  28. JR

    JadeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent service, friendly and so efficient. Food and drinks were fabulous, and the vibe was cosmopolitan. A wonderful experience.
  29. DK

    DominicK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the live music , food and service! Just a little noisy, but great atmosphere
  30. B

    Bizzybirdie

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful decor and a little bit of yesteryear in the heart of Sydney. Tasty food and good coffee.
  31. KN

    KatN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Ordered an omelette, didn't realise it doesn't come w a bread so I ordered one to a waitress when I got my order and she said "okay". I was waiting for over 10 mins for the bread and when we followed it up to the guy waiter, he told us that the kitchen is already preparing for lunch so they're not gonna make it for us. It was 11:42 at that time and asked for a piece of bread at 11:30. It was actually okay with me, I just hoped the waitress told me that instead of making me wait for it. I also didn't like the attitude of the guy waiter. Wasn't a pleasant experience honestly. But I loved the interior of the place, staff just need a bit more training. All the best
  32. D

    Deianna

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We tried the Croque Madame and pancakes. We were expecting something a little more “wow” but it was pretty similar to standard cafe food. Ambience and setting are beautiful!
  33. MS

    MichelleS

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The service was ok, we ordered a coffee and a tea. The coffee i had to ask 3 times when it was coming. It came at the end of the meal. Was so excited to finally dine here and it wasn’t that good to be honest.
  34. TW

    TamaraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic vintage ambience, love the music and the decor!
  35. HL

    HelenL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The atmosphere is quite noisy, and the table set up are close to next table. This environment maybe not good when you need to talk and catch up with friends. It maybe good for a group just hand out.
  36. SB

    SimonB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great service -perhaps a bit too noisy for business discussions but it was a great lively atmosphere nevertheless.
  37. SV

    SylviaV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Could see dishes being washed, tables too close together.
  38. AD

    AnaD

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gorgeous venue, always great service! I prefer breakfast/brunch menu here. Cocktails are fabulous here too!
  39. T

    Tracy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was ok, the crab omelette is not as expected. Feel like just eating eat and potato. A bit pricey but make sense because of the location.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quality menu, Great flavours, Fantastic 'Roaring '20s New York' ambience (Best French fries in Sydney)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 4.1 stars by 2778 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 169 times today
Google Map for The Grounds of the City

500 George St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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