The Grounds of the City
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.
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 !
Love love love this place, such a good vibe and the food is amazing!
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!
Great venue for a quick city lunch. The decor is warm and cosy, the service and food good.
Just great. Relaxed environment. Plenty of space. Great food.
I've been a few times now and the service and food is very consistent. The atmosphere is great
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!!
Unassuming entrance in a small mall but very good food and very pleasant staff
Lovely place with friendly service and good food! Would definitely go back.
This place was such a pleasant surprise. The waitstaff were very attentive and the food was amazing!
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.
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.
Great food and coffee, beautiful furnishings but so noisy it is hard to hear your conversation.
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.
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.
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.
Great service from start to finish and a reasonable selection of food.
Fabulous cocktails great good and excellent service from knowledgeable wait staff
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.
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.
great food and service, can't wait to try more things!
First time dining at The Grounds of the City and I loved it! Would definitely go back.
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.
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.
Great menu and service was outstanding! The coffee is the usual highlight but the vanilla slice stole the show :)
Great food, fantastic service - a Sydney institution
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.
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.
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.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Very loud though. Coffee not hot, good yummy.
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.
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.
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 😍
It was very noisy, so had to shout for the whole meal... everything else was lovely....
Maybe not for a business meeting or if you want to catch up and talk, it is too loud.
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.
We enjoyed everything about The Grounds the service was wonderful very accommodating, professional and delightful. Food was delicious. Loved it
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.
I visit The Grounds of the City often. It is a refreshing experience every time I have been there.