The Grounds of the City

4.2
1283 reviews
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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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MT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service
Fantastic coffee. Had a great time
with my friends

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VD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Tables are too close together, cramped, noisy, slow service, food disappointing.

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CK
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for family - and to impress your in laws :)

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RH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

but it is really noisy and the tables are too close together for comfort.

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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for a team lunch. Delicious meals (loved the veggie ploughmans board), fab cakes, impressive cheeseboard and great ambiance.

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

second time here and love the ambience and the look of this place, booked on Open Table in advance. Took a little waiting time to be seated at 6pm and we were met by a seemingly annoyed waitress who thankfully warmed up eventually. seats are a little cramped as tables are so close to each other, but easily overcome with a squeeze between tables. bustling noise so you do have to speak up to your date, but easy to understand menu, Ordered the Scotch Fillet cooked medium - cooking and sauce was on-point (would come back definitely to have this again). order sides only if you're starved, but the serving of potatoes with the meat was enough for us. ask for the bill and pay at your table. no toilets in the restaurant, but accessible in the Galleries. would definitely return and recommend, thank you team.

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WP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food
Really really nice staff
Excellent service
Helpful front- of-house

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KG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!!

Can’t wait to dine there again

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TR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to visit - it feels like you're in another world!

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh food with varied menu. Would definitely come back again.

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location & forget where you are when you leave. Food is excellent & very attentive service. Coffee is good too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The feel of the place is lovely. The food was good. I think that my expectations were too high. The restaurant feels special, but the food is a bit short of special. Still, I am a big fan of the coffee.

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WF
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday there recently. Staff made it a memorablel celebration for us. The service was great and food was delicious. Will definitely return.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your review. We are very glad you and your wife enjoyed the visit! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cool place to take people from out of town or if you want to impress a date.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Karina, Thank you very much for your review. Have a wonderful evening, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our experience was

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DI
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The hosts of Grounds in the City has a way of making you feel unwelcome the minute you walk in the door. It marred the whole experience for us and won’t be coming back because of it. The food was fine and the servers where pleasant enough though.

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

We met at The Grounds of the City for a late lunch and business meeting. All who attended enjoyed the venue immensely. The food was very good and the service attentive but not intrusive. I will book again.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Sue, Thank you so much for the wonderful review, we are thrilled you and your colleagues had a great time! See you again soon, The Grounds of The City team

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

Great nourishing dishes. The fluffy sponge cake dangerously yummy. Service great.
Only draw back restaurant a little cold as the main door opened continuously.
It was a very cold day. It’s also noisy.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your review. Next time you visit, we will be happy to find a table further away from the door for you! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City Team

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e
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not off to a good start when you arrive 10 mins early for your table and are told your table is not ready and to sit outside in the freezing cold. The menu is quite eclectic for lunch, it would be helpful to show which dishes are vegetarian. The service was quick but maybe that's to turn the tables over as quick as possible. The restaurant is very noisy, not where I would go to have a quiet long lunch.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, My apologies for not having the table ready for you on the day of your visit. I have discussed your comments with our host team to make sure the guests are at the very least given an option to wait inside during cold winter months. Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again soon. The Grounds of The City Team

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j
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff, but food and food choice was disappointing. Fries were not crisp and not fresh (like they had been standing for a while). We had hoped for some nice salads or 'health bowls' but didn't find much on the menu.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Jacqueline, Sorry to hear you did not enjoy your meal or the menu choices. Your comments have been passed on to the kitchen team, who will use them next time we change the menu. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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

A gorgeous setting with delicious food. The staff were friendly and the service was great.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Gemma, Thank you so much for the fab review! We are looking forward to seeing you again very soon! The Grounds of The City Team

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NI
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch or breakfast. make sure you book on the weekends otherwise there is a long wait for a table. Food was great and a good variety

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Nicholas, Thank you so much for your review, we hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City Team

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

Had a reservation but was 15 mins late as my wife was quite ill. Arrived to find our table had been given away and we were made to wait 50 mins for another one. At no point did they try to call me or show any understanding.

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

With all the warmth, bustle, décor and soft overtures you will be transported back to the romantic WW2 era when things were simple and love was uncomplicated.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Nicholas, Thank you for a lovely review, we are very glad you enjoyed your visit! Best regards, The Grounds of The City Team

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M
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing place, went there both mornings we were staying in Sydney. Only downside was that drinks took a while to arrive on both occasions - coffee ordered before a meal but arrived half-way through it. Recommend reserving a table.

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for a great review and apologies for the coffees taking so long, our barista team will do their utmost to ensure that this issue is addressed and monitored more closely during busy services going forward! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City Team

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

It was a great venue, very busy, and quite noisy but a good vibe. I feel the tables were maybe a little too close together.

My meal was fantastic, however, my friend ordered the snapper and had to return as was dry and very disappointing, staff were marvellous, and straight away brough back the menu to re-select a meal which she did and was thoroughly satisfied.

Overall, a delightful lunch out, and would recommend you to all my friends and family.

regards Robyn

The Grounds of the City
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Robyn, Thank you so much for your review! Your comments have been passed on to our kitchen team and please send our apologies to your friend. We are so glad we were able to rectify the issue and you ended up having a great time. Looking forward to seeing you again soon, The Grounds of The City Team

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LS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The salad was disappointing. The rice was under cooked and was very unfullfilling with not much else in the salad other than salad leaves...

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. We went for my brother in law’s birthday but no mention was made at all, which was disappointing as I put the reason etc in the booking.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great catch up with family for Brunch, the food was great, the service was excellent and the venue is beautiful. My only complaint if I had to make one was it was a little noisy for our conversation but to be fair it is a very busy inner city venue and to be expected. Overall a great time had by all.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Leanne, Thank you so much for a wonderful review! We hope to see you again very soon. Have a wonderful week, The Grounds of The City team

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VL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service from Lucas!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Victoria, Thank you for the wonderful comments, Lucas and the rest of the guys were thrilled you enjoyed your visit! See you again soon, The Grounds of The City team

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TS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The place is very nice and some kind of exotic. The space is very limited, unfortunately. Anyway to meet friends and spend time with them it is the wonderful place.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Tamara, Thanks for your review. We hope to see you again soon, so we can try and turn those 4s into 5s! Have a fantastic week! The Grounds of The City team

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was underwhelming, for the price you pay you’d expect something more; more flavour, more servings, just much more.
Service was great; friendly, attentive and professional. Place looks amazing. Need to up the quality of the food to make it worthy of the setting.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant and it was an overall 5/5 experience. Minor improvement needed for service. Ordered hot cakes but I received French toast. I was okay with accepting French toast but was disappointed the second time when I was charged for hot cake instead of French toast. Please check before cooking food and charging customer.

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FC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 1st time having late lunch here. I loved it.
Cosey & lovely food & drink options.
Unique place to go. Intimate & special. Service was perfect. Clean & lived old school plates & details.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Fil, Thank you very much for the 5 stars, we were so pleased you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again very soon, The Grounds of The City team

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience and service!

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MK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the 1920"s ambience.The food was good and healthy if your vegetarian great selection of Gluten free nutritious food however I chose a liquid lunch and paid a small fortune for it.Three people oysters ,2 x salads 1x steak,3 beer & 5 aperol spritz $230.00 plus tip 260.00.
We had a great time ,worth it.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Medousa, Thank you very much for your review, we are looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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AB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy inside so moved to outside table.
Good menu but portions weren’t not particularly generous and the cocktail menu was limited at lunch.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Allison, Thank you so much for your review! We would love to welcome you back at a quieter time of the day, when we also have a full cocktail list. Dinner is generally quieter Sunday - Thursday and at the moment, during VIVID festival, if you book a table through Open Table for 3 or more people on those nights, you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine! We hope to see you for dinner very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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L
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a lovely breakfast! The service was fantastic and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious!

The Grounds of the City
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Lizzy, We were thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit and can't wait to welcome you back! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team

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R
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful fitout and great food. You are squeezed in though and it's very busy so the waitstaff aren't overly attentive

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RB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great place to dine. The wait staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. The food is great quality and beautifully presented. Not the place to go if you are wanting to have any sort of meaningful conversation though. Very crowded and extremely noisy not just with others conversation but the very noisy banging and clanging in the open kitchen.

The Grounds of the City
Responded on May 27, 2019

Hi Roxanne, Thank you for your review! We are generally a little quieter in the evenings Tuesday - Thursday if you would prefer to come back when it is not as noisy, we would love to see you again! Best regards, The Grounds of The City team

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