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The Grounds of the City

4.1
4.1
2874 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Cross street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Parking details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,874 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  • Sydney

    Great for brunch

  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Shaymick

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a terrible table , right in the corner No water when we arrived , our food arrived before the coffee The bakery basket was stale Extremely disappointing, expect More for the city
  2. MD

    MartinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails and lovely food. Will be back ☺️
  3. LB

    LindaB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was only OK, but the food was good. Wouldn't necessarily recommend to a friend at the moment.
  4. R

    Raymond

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food really needs some work, the amount you're paying and the standard is just not there. Chips - soggy/some kinda cold Steak - tough chewy, for a prime cut that should not be the case, not seasoned properly Salad - bland
  5. PC

    ParishaC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was easily the word meal I’ve ever had. The service was terrible. The food was bad. The manager tried to fix it but the food and wait staff just kept making it worse. And it was supposed to be a special dinner. It was like being in some cheap themed dinner where people were randomly pulled off the street to cook and serve bad food.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother here before going to a show. Fabulous service, great friendly staff and the food was incredibly good as well as being excellent value. Highly recommended.
  7. N

    Nick

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    music just a little loud other than that an excellent visit prior to the theatre. Staff polite and service efficient.
  8. r

    ruthh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Disappointed that there were no fresh juices by 5.30pm on a warm bright afternoon.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was slow, but overall it’s satisfying!
  10. JT

    JayTeeEss

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice place for date night without breaking the bank. Pretty setting, low-level lighting, good food. Would recommend.
  11. L

    Leila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love The Grounds, and was so stoked to snag a last minute booking this time! Had the opportunity to introduce a friend to this lovely, ambient cafe for the first time. Food was amazing, as always! Thanks for a lovely lunch : )
  12. PA

    PAULF

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I used to love this place but today was inferential and it’s gone downhill. Service was pretty poor to begin with. The server screwed up my order. Fried eggs on toast with additional toast and jam is not rocket science. The eggs had a lot of pepper on them and were cold. The toast was tough to eat and there was barely enough butter to cover the toast. I came all the way from Los Angeles to enjoy this and given how much competition there in this industry you would think they would make more of an effort. In all very disappointing, and not worth a very high price of the food.
  13. A

    Ainewen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great feel to it and really enjoyed the steak frites!
  14. S

    Sashe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was kind and friendly. Thank you to them for their food recommendations. It would be nice if Halal option gets included in the menu. Overall, the ambience was lovely and had a great time!
  15. LS

    LynetteS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great the staff were fantastic, but I found the restaurant a little noisy.
  16. M

    Mickey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Will be coming back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and always good food
  18. H

    Happyfeetsyd

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Greet staff not friendly at all, food average, front of staff better than manager
  19. R

    eRose

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I ordered the italian bowl, which the menu claimed was “pearl cous cous, green beans, apple and raddichio salad with olives, artichokes, fig balsamic and goats cheese”. The entire bowl was 95% cous cous. I received 2 olives, 1 tiny sliver of artichoke, 3 green beans, and not a single piece of apple at all. I like cous cous but i when i’m paying $24 and i’ve ordered a salad, i expect more than just that. I was very disappointed. However, the wine was great, my partner enjoyed the brisket sandwich, and the service and ambiance was lovely as always. I will be back, but i won’t be ordering the italian bowl again.
  20. n

    nicks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location, food and service was great - the place was pretty noisy which was well compensated by super attentive wait staff. Highly recommend
  21. RP

    RobertP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great old world feel ambiance to burn service to match, fresh food and bev high quality.
  22. M

    Melmac

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can see how this place has one of the best reputations in the cbd. Located opposite QVB, the setting screams old Sydney town while the menu boasts popular modern dishes. Who can't love a brunch location with cocktails too.
  23. SM

    SophieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere, food and service, just lovely 😊
  24. JP

    JamesP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    I'd be disappointed with the fare if I'd paid half these prices in a pub. Below average pub food. Ordered entrees and mains and it was all brought together- who does that? Tables packed in. Very noisy. Won't be going back.
  25. SL

    SamanthaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, amazing services , the food options were good .
  26. EC

    ElizabethC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great seat, great service, food very tasty; yummy, , cocktails hit the spot we had a great time. Thank you "The Grounds of the City".
  27. KD

    KathD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great Service and Atmosphere especially for a Monday lunch. A little on the noisy side though
  28. ER

    EricR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food quality was very good but I needed the waitress to identify the raddichio in my salad. Trusty Rusty drink was excellent. Light was too low and I couldn’t read the menu. That aside ambiance was good
  29. JG

    JanelleG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic about the places, will be back
  30. PC

    PeterC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always hard to get in without a booking. Service was fast and attentive and the food was tasty and well presented
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This place was recommended by friends and didn’t disappoint. Great ambience lovely food and drink, great service.
  32. j

    jude

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food was cold and overcooked. Very Small and crowed tables and sitting very close to other diners. Service was slow.
  33. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Disappointing that our entree and mains came at the same time. Toilet mikes away
  34. DP

    DonnaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place for a catch-up with friends with great food on offer.
  35. LF

    LizF

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed a quick breakfast before attending an event in the city. Service was prompt and polite, food was delicious. Beautiful surroundings.
  36. M

    Margs

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, will be coming back! Thanks!
  37. RR

    RochelleR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Food was nice enough but it was very cramped seating in the restaurant and there was not a nice ambiance. Service was good but unfortunately not enjoyable when your squeezed in next to a stranger.
  38. d

    danielb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    It's a beautiful place, and the staff are so kind, but that's it - the food was average, small and unsatisfying, the cake was old and dry, and drinks were good... but paying so much for that?! I won't recommend
  39. KC

    KeithC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Too noisy. Not allowed to have a booth if just 2 people meeting for business- maybe quieter? Too noisy for business
  40. G

    Genesis

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of the best experiences at The Grounds of The City. Management of the day was on the ball. Moved us to a quieter table as we were originally booked next to a larger group coming in. The raw bowl salad was very good and the best chai latte I've ever had! Thank you Alannah Best

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Grounds of the City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 9699 2225.

The Grounds of the City is rated 4.1 stars by 2874 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today
Google Map for The Grounds of the City

500 George St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park St, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 7:00 am–5:00 pm Wed–Fri 7:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 8:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Café

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Sydney CBD has a range of privately owned car parks located within walking distance. Two close-by options include the Citigroup Centre Car Park located at 271 Pitt St or the Queen Victoria Building Car Park at 111 York St.

  • Public transit

    TRAIN - Exit the train at Town Hall Station. The Grounds of the City is located on the right hand side, directly across the road from The Queen Victoria Building. BUS - Arrange a bus route to drop you at Town Hall Station, or the QVB on York St, located within walking distance from The Grounds of the City.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul McGrath

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 9699 2225

  • Catering

    From client meetings to personal celebrations, our drop-off catering menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury options that can be combined to achieve the perfect offering for your occasion. To view our offering and order online, visit our website <a href="https://thegroundscatering.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>.

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