The Grounds of the City

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1014 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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great and quick service! We even asked for a mini birthday cake surprise on the day which was great. Food and drinks are nice.

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LB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was amazing, great vibe. Order was stuffed up by our server, who didn’t seem to take ownership of the error, and then we were almost charged extra, even though we almost didn’t receive what we ordered. Coffee came out luke warm at best. Slightly disappointed as it’s such a great space

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AP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fab service! We will definitely be back!

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SC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Way too packed in on top of each other and so noisy. The menu was average and the coffee was cold. Sadly not s great breakfast experience

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LC
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was really lovely, venue has been done out well. Very busy which impacts the service (had to ask 3 times where one of our drinks was which was only a tea... it arrived then with the food). Probably not somewhere to come for a quiet intimate meal due to noise levels and tables so close together.

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PV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Staff were incredibly rude - were more interested in getting us to leave

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AL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great service. We had the pasta and kale salad and the portion sizes are generous for the salads. The place is really nice inside and would definitely go back.

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

Excellent service, amazing food!
The restaurant was quite loud when we went but not so much that it was irritating.

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

On arrival the greeting wasn’t too warm, we were ushered straight to our pretty cool booth. Ordered a fruit soda drink which was very disappointing, needed far more flavour...however the food was very generous portions and very tasty! We arrived during the ‘breakfast menu’ time, which we ordered from, and asked to just have a look at the lunch menu incase we were to come back another day. The waitress was very reluctant to ask if she could show us ... anyway we never got to see it and she never mentioned it again! The waiting staff seemed a little all over the shop, coming back double checking our order and then bringing the cake trolley which we hadn’t even asked for. It’s a pretty cool popular place to eat, would definitely book first...

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MF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The booking method was a little tedious having to wait a while before being seated during lunch time sessions. It was very busy at the time. Food was good and tasty. Service a little slow, but overall experience was good. Will come again for dinner

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

Was so good!!! Despite being busy we still got our food quickly!! Staff was excellent as per usual

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced items that weren't even tasty. $27 for a steak sandwich when they skimp on the meat by slicing and layering it - lacked in sauce and flavor. Coffee was mediocre too. Very disappointing as I'm a fan of The Grounds of Alexandria.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We had two waitresses. One was lovely, one clearly couldn’t be bothered. I have significant food intolerances and asked a few questions, it was clear to the entire party she couldn’t be bothered.
And there was no almond milk which baffled me.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Their were three of us and the Table was too cramped but food was good

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NA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have been here and everytime everything exceeds the previous experience...We had the corned beef sandwich which was beyond our expectations...We loved it so much we wanted to go give the chefs a round of applause for how happy they made our tummies!! ...Cocktails were gorgeous and finished off with the Affogato which was literally a party with fireworks in our mouths....We headed to a concert at the Metro afterwards (Rolled there) and we talked about the food all night to whoever would listen! 👌

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G
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the food, loved the ambience (however I wish the tables weren’t so close together). The ONLY thing that I despised was the fact that the moment my friend and I declined dessert, we were told bluntly that they needed our table and we needed to leave. There were a few empty tables around, no waiting patrons, and it was 8.30pm on a Thursday night. We would have stayed for drinks (give us time to digest dinner!) later but we were put off. I’ll come again for the food and ambience, but please be patient with patrons.

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was nice. We took young children and not really suitable. Much more selection & suitable at Alexandria for families

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PB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We ate at the grounds just before Christmas and the food was excellent. This time the fish was dry and overcooked and the squid was tough and cheeir

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love the Grounds of the City. Service cannot be faulted and the food is delicious.

I appreciate the staff even more because they are able to accomodate the children and prams, where a lot of venues wont.

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LL
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue for breakfast on last day in Sydney. Great choice of dishes.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The grounds in the city is a very quaint cafe. The feeling was energetic, the service good and the selection of food comprehensive. I was able to have a lovely catch up for brunch with two friends. We did find the cafe a little noisy but that goes with the lovely atmosphere.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I have never been to a restaurant where they could not alter the meal for a customer. I asked for the Spanish eggs to hold on the egg yolks (just egg whites) and asked for no potato and chef refused. Terrible customer service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The noise level is very high... it’s just the acoustics. We were a family of four and a small table and we were raising our voices constantly to be heard. The fit out is great and the service was also great ( our waiter was really nice and attentive).
The food was average... particularly given the prices. Nothing we had for lunch stood out.
The cake we shared ( “The Grounds” cake) after lunch was delicious though, and our coffee was also good so I can only recommend it for cake and coffee. As long as you don’t want to have a conversation.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool ambiance. Interesting decor. Friendly service.

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HK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

A waitress took my dish that I didn't finish yet without asking me and service was not nice comparing to my first experience with the Grounds. I was disappointed with the foods because they were not generous and over priced.

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

Really like being a part of something special.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grounds of the City has a fabulous atmosphere, terrific staff, exceptional coffee and delicious food.
Truely a must do if in Sydney!

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is awesome. Very friendly staff. Very helpful. Grilled chicken breast with vegetables was elevated beyond the norm! The steak sandwich was excellent. We had hoped to have dessert but were too full!

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

great environment for dating, and also good service

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A
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, however reading the lunch menu was not. I had to research every word in the menu, when it could be so much simpler.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great deco but noisy and pricy.
Ordinary food, not an ideal place to catchup with friends, had to scream to each others

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AS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always good food and coffee at the Grounds. The ambience is lovely and seating is comfortable - especially in the booths. Service is reasonably attentive.

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

Breakfast with the family. Would be good to have smaller meals for kids

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GT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great this is in the city now! Love Alexandria venue but this is an awesome alternative!
Would love to see a kids menu for breakfast!

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T
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good environment. Good coffee. A bit crowded so that service a bit poor. Probably because of new year Eve. Overall are good.

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LA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Coffee was a bit cold. Pancakes I ordered was burnt. Staff looked busy but otherwise helpful

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A
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On this day I proposed to my partner and The Grounds staff went above and beyond to make this a truly special night for us. Prior to the booking time the manager called me to set up a quick meeting at The Grounds in the City and we planned the proposal. This itself exceeded my expectations. I find the effort made by the staff on this night something I cannot say thank you enough for. The timing, food, service and friendly atmosphere could not have been better. Thank you all so much.

Oh, and she said yes!

My sincerest gratitude,
Andy

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a nice dinner at The Grounds for a family birthday. The choice of food was good, with something for everyone and the service fast and friendly. Our complaint was that they brought everything out at once so that mains were cold by the time we got to them... We felt a little rushed and the food was not priced at a ‘fast food’ price point.

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and nice

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IR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Still worth the visit even with all the queues. I come here everytime I come to Sydney!

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