The Grounds of the City

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1130 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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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was fantastic
Food was delicious and even when my partner wanted a certain drink and they didn’t have it they brought out two little cakes to make up for it !
Brilliant service

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EM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place, such a good vibe and the food is amazing!

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

Beuatiful place, with lovely food and even lovelier staff! Only a small selection of vegeterian food, but what they do have is amazing. Aesthetically pleasing from the decor and music, all the way through to the menus and staff uniform. Favourite place to eat hands down!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great venue for a quick city lunch. The decor is warm and cosy, the service and food good.

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TR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great. Relaxed environment. Plenty of space. Great food.

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FM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been a few times now and the service and food is very consistent. The atmosphere is great

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CN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here!!
Service was amazing our waiteress Diana was so nice and attentive!! The steak and eggs breakfast was soooo good!!
Was my mums birthday you all made her feel so special and completely accomodated for my large pram too!!

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BW
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unassuming entrance in a small mall but very good food and very pleasant staff

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with friendly service and good food! Would definitely go back.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was such a pleasant surprise. The waitstaff were very attentive and the food was amazing!

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TW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The special of the day, mussels in a chilli sauce, were exceptional. The young English waiter we had was polite, attentive and professional. A little noisy during the lunchtime rush hour but that did not substantially detract from an overall excellent experience.

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SB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed in Sydney for 12 days and we ate either breakfast, lunch or dinner here everyday, sometimes even twice in the one day! Great staff, amazing food and coffee, we will be back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and coffee, beautiful furnishings but so noisy it is hard to hear your conversation.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was outstanding! It was so worth it, the only thing is the hallway is too narrow so whenever people were trying to pass behind my chair, most of the time they unpurposely hit my chair.

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LS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is incredible, so fresh and full of flavour. I love the feel of the space. Warm and intimate despite its size. My only issue was the price. Two salads and a bottle of sparkling water for almost $65. Not a cheap lunch at all. Bit disappointing when the salads are $12 to take away.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great place. Diverse menu but a bit hard to understand. Had to Google a lot of random food items. Quite pricy but at least the food was delicious.

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w
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from start to finish and a reasonable selection of food.

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JK
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous cocktails great good and excellent service from knowledgeable wait staff

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j
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Quite disappointed with the famed Grounds. Despite the lovely décor, our table was squishy and there was an absolute din inside. For the price, the food was mediocre. My haricot beans on crumpet managed to be both chilli and bland, and I didn't feel full because the portion was so small; my friend's well done steak was completely dry. The food took ages to come too.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. When you first arrive to the restaurant you walk up to a service window and there are a few tables located outside. It’s part of a shopping mall so one might be hesitant at first however, once you step inside it’s a fantastic ambiance! I would absolutely recommend going here! Food is delicious and they have great cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service, can't wait to try more things!

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at The Grounds of the City and I loved it! Would definitely go back.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Elegant ambience, with nice attention to service from staff. It was very busy so service as lower than I've experienced in the past but still very professional. Food was great, as always.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about my first visit to The Grounds of the City. Having given up going to the Grounds of Alexandria because it's sooo crowded, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to book a table for 6 easily online and for a 5.30pm Friday night time-slot. We were given a beautifully decorated and comfortable nook which made for easy chatting in a group of 6. The wine was served in decent sized glasses - none of this tiny dribble in the bottom of a tankard you can be duped with in some places. Our next engagement was at 7pm so the service must have been speedy because we made it on time. The front of house manager and our waiters were all extremely friendly despite being run off their feet and for a cafe paying city rents, the prices were reasonable. I liked being asked how I wanted my burger meat cooked 'cause I hate eating pink mince. $50 covered 2 glasses of wine, a burger with chips and salad plus a tip. The cost of sharing a meal with friends I've known for decades - a price beyond rubies.

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JC
Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu and service was outstanding! The coffee is the usual highlight but the vanilla slice stole the show :)

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service - a Sydney institution

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was overpriced and definitely not value for money. I had the lobster brioche buns for $20+.
I think there was a crumb of a lobster in the whole meal.

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Met some friends for lunch, the food was fresh and tasty and the service was overall good. It was very noisy as there were so many people packed in to a small area. The tables are very close together and it was difficult to talk to each other and have a private conversation.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great that we could book a table as I had been faced with a long waits on previous attempts to visits. Atmosphere was great busy noisy and staff very pleasant. Food was nice but nothing special. I didn't expect for it to be cheap but I guess for the price I would have expected more. Unfortunately not a lot of options on a Sunday morning in the the CBD.

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed. Very loud though. Coffee not hot, good yummy.

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually really enjoyable but this time I feel they cut a few corners and it wasn’t the same experience. Eg: ice coffee was about 3 small plain water ice cubes, shot of coffee and the milk. Usually served like the pic in the menu and not plain ice cubes. No attention to presentation of the food which was disappointing and unlike previous ‘Grounds’ experiences. No busier than usual so I can’t even put that down as a possible excuse. Maybe becoming complacent with their position in the marketplace (?)
Good ambiance though and our guest visiting from overseas enjoyed it as he had no other experience there to compare it to.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the space and the service. The staffs are really friendly and aways ready to help us any time. The food was great but need more variety in my opinion. But overall, it was a great experience and would love to go back there.

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

It was amazing, especially the service. Staff helped with a birthday surprise that I planed. And the dessert was a treat from the Grounds. How cool is that 😍

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was very noisy, so had to shout for the whole meal... everything else was lovely....

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EF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe not for a business meeting or if you want to catch up and talk, it is too loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great coffee

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S
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time patron; the design of the Grounds is welcoming, a real talking peice, and the food was wonderful. It arrived quickly, was super fresh and delicious. Yet, moreover the service was exceptional; friendly, accommodating, attentive from the moment of arrival, throughout our breakfast experience. Thankyou for making the start of our Sydney getaway memorable.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about The Grounds the service was wonderful very accommodating, professional and delightful. Food was delicious. Loved it

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BB
London
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was Ok - we only had coffee and hot chocolate. not much to say - maybe next time we will order food to provide survey on food and service.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I visit The Grounds of the City often. It is a refreshing experience every time I have been there.

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