The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe

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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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SC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good breakfast, friendly staff, and an overall unique experience

i
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My only criticism is that there was a long wait between when we were first approached by the waiter and asked to order (but were not yet ready), and then when the waiter returned. However, it is entirely possible that they were busy, and so I could just be impatient

ZA
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast options! Loved the Nutella smoothie on almond milk

B
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambience , good service but I was just a little underwhelmed by the food. I think I have a palate that is spicier

HT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place lovely staff food and coffee was amazing would highly recommend 💜

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you for the great review Hayleigh! x

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AD
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Decor is fun and interesting. I had salmon rissoles which tasty and cakes are terrific. Service was efficient & friendly

ML
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience for first-timers! Very accommodating for little people, with friendly, rapid service. Make a reservation to be ensured a table at this popular venue.

SG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply, outstanding!! Food was superb and the service so friendly.

AT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience2

Extremely disappointed.
Reservation time was not adhered to.
Waited for 45 minutes from reservation time to be seated.
Food was at best luke warm, eggs well undercooked & coffee was bitter.

TS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time going and obsessed. It was beautiful, the stuff was lovely and the food was delicious too.

KC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Good food , but $24 for a plain burger and chips is OTT , and the noise level was off the charts.

MF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Yeah good. Bit loud in the cafe but that’s expected

JW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! You must make a booking, but it is so worth it. A very well-executed menu.

NR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The food as and service was mediocre. The grounds display was amazing

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such diverse place. A fun experience.

TN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The location was really weird and hard to access. The staff wasn't the best and lacked good service attitude. The café was hard to find within the grounds and the food was too expensive and not worth the price. They feed us leaves as though we are cows.

AJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed beautiful food for brunch on Sunday at The Cafe. The food was delicious, came out quickly and was hot and well prepared, as well as being tasty. However the initial server was very abrupt, smashing the order out on the iPad, hurrying us along, brusque in tone. We get that you are busy but it wouldn’t be hard to show some more welcoming service. The subsequent server was a lovely girl with pink hair and a nose ring- I don’t know her name- who took the same amount of time as the initial server but didn’t make us feel like we were inconveniencing her and answered our queries. She was LOVELY. Highly recommend her service. Thank you.

e
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly & helpful staff singing away to Elton songs playing on PA, even though they've heard it over a hundred times! Fast service and meals which tasted great and value for money. Sensational Elton display and not too crowded, most crowd members happy to snap a photo for you in return for a photo!

LM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Not a great menu selection. Efficient but felt hassled.

C
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We came here for my baby’s one year old birthday, had her first babyccino and she seems to enjoy it.

CL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our overall experience was beautiful. The food was delicious and we were seated at our table promptly. It did take a while for our order to be taken and the coffees came after the food. It was also very noisy (Monday 10am)
I would have loved the opportunity to chose my reserved table to try to avoid this

E
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Drinks arrived after we finished food
Very noisy
Felt rushed

AR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Book your table otherwise you don't get a look in on weekends.
Also the baby change room is in the combined Men/disable toilet, which is very awkward to wait in line with the Men and banging on the door while I was in there to change my baby. Not a pleasant experience.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good good, service was good and the food was prepared and served quickly. The only downside is that the restaurant is a bit noisy.

LF
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Difficult accessing the cafe, have just had surgery on my leg, the yellow mat on the ground makes it very difficult to walk when you are using an aide. Also parking, when you have a disabled card a distinct shortage of available spaces.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue is gorgeous, Outstanding food but it is expensive

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was great and ambience was even better

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you so much for the lovely review!

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to share with friends young or old. Tasty food, lovely ambience, and service.
100% recommended! 😃

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thank you for the great review Glenda! We are so happy you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.

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N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Strangest way to operate is the overall impression! You book, you advise the front desk you’re here, you still wait in line with everyone else until a table is ready for! What’s the point?

GV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The Grounds of Alexandria are absolutely exquisite. The atmosphere is beautiful and welcoming. We booked into the cafe and were led straight to a table at our time slot. There was no wait. Staff were lovely and accomodating. The food was slightly overpriced but was very tasty. The children's choc nut shake was delicious as was the gluten free bread and jam! Overall an amazing breakfast outing.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on February 21, 2020

We are glad to hear you and your guests had a great time with us!

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really nice food and extremely pretty. Always nice to check out for special occasions

LW
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There’s lack of ventilation in the corner tables indoor. Wish they could install some large hang fans on the restaurant corners especially during summer time. You can seriously feel the lack of ventilation when the place was packed indoor.
I would suggest the menu to have more options on hot food or hot starters. The decorations are very delicate and it gives a great atmosphere and sophistication on the restaurant. I would recommend my friends to visit here for taking good atmospheric pictures. Food can be more improved. As for the services, it is great, the waitress are always smiling and kept their professionalism during peak hours.
Thank you very much!

PM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best breakfast I've ever had, amazing food and lovely staff that made you feel welcome.

SP
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bacon and egg burger I’ve ever had. The combination of a strong flavoured cheese with lettuce and delicious sauces made for an excellent breakfast. The polenta chips were fried and very dry with no sauce on side option so I had to ask - maybe a tomato relish for dipping? Perfect coffee with a great atmosphere. Loved it.

D
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We booked table and got our meals quickly! Special thank you for halloumi that we ask to add to our meals, even it wasn’t option to add! Staff is super friendly! Absolutely love gardens and different themes of the grounds! Will return!

E
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

There was a lot more food advertised on the website and the prices were different.

EC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

As a Sydneysider the grounds has always been on my list but as I can’t stand crowds I’ve always avoided it. I took my son on a Friday and as expected the amount of people wasn’t to my liking. BUT I must say I was suitably impressed with the management, staff and food service. For a destination with so many customers the service was amazing. We were seat (pre booked) in 5 mins. Had menus and ordered within another 5. Food arrived 10 minutes later. And when I asked for the bill was taken care of immediately. What I thought was going to be a nightmare was a dream. Plus the food was great. I don’t know if I’ll return, as super busy destination venues are just not my thing but for those that do. I highly recommend. Well done the grounds.

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Elle- Thank you so much for the lovely review. We hope you decide to come back soon :)

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue! Love the food & decoration of the place!

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Charlie! Thank you so much for the review. We are happy to hear you had a great time.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

booked a table but sitting there for over 10 minutes and no one served us until I called the staff twice and finally got a menu and bottle of tap water... overall food is fair but too busy to provide customers with decent service...

N
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing, staff friendly and fast service. The grounds are interesting but not a lot for the kids to do so bring colouring or something to keep them occupied

The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe
Responded on January 28, 2020

Hi Nikki! Thank you so much for the lovely review. Next time you are in with your kids, please let a member of staff know as we have plenty of colouring activities for the kids!

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