The Grounds of the City
Beautiful fitout and great food. You are squeezed in though and it's very busy so the waitstaff aren't overly attentive
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.
Fabulous lunch - excellent SNAPPER - fantastic Colombian waiter - thank you for great service - I will most certainly be back.. soon! Just a bit too noisy.. but we found a good quiet table!
Had a breakfast meeting here. Was a lovely venue with some really delicious food. Friendly service. Was very full when we were there and can get a bit noisy. Planning on coming back.
Amazing waiter, who even triple checked that our food was okay when we didn’t finish our entire meal (due to fullness). Amazing styling throughout the entire place. Will definitely be back!
Good, well made food. A little pricey but this is Sydney
Always a lively venue with good food, service and ambience. Never any pressure to order big, with a relaxing coffee just as good as a meal.
Customer service was extremely poor. The lady at the front desk told us that our table wasn’t ready because we got there at least 15 minutes early. She told us that we could get in earlier if we waited until our table is being set. We waited for our table to be set up while we waited outside the door. We ended up waiting longer then we should have, the lady working at the front forgot about us until we approached her. We finally arrived at our table, which showed plenty of empty tables around. Not only that, customer service inside was again extremely poor, food was okay but not the best.
We were recommended The Ground of the City from a friend in NZ who had been here a month or so ago whilst travelling in Sydney. This restaurant did not disappoint in any way, shape or form!! Delicious food, friendly lovely wait staff and a cool but not pretentious vibe - this is a total gem!! Would highly recommend to anyone.
Hi there, We were so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Love the vibe! Decor is great and makes you feel like you're in a completely different place to Sydney.
Hi Lara, Thanks so much for a great review, we can't wait to see you again soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team
We enjoyed our breakfast. However, it felt overcrowded and noisy .
I would most definitely return to Grounds of the City; the food is terrific, and the atmosphere is wonderful. The coffee is amazing!
A fantastic little haven to get away from the hustle and bustle of the City!
The BEST sponge cake ever but the coffee was average as was the service.
Hi Jane, We were very sad to hear you thought the coffee and service were below par during your visit and sincerely hope you will give us another chance! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Friendly service, great atmosphere and awesome food.
Hi Victor, Thank you so much for the 5 stars, we are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team
The place was nice and food was ok just a couple small things like cutlery and glasses on the table were grubby and was asked by two different people about drink ordering within the same 5 minutes, and food was brought out at different times so my partner was almost finished her dinner by the time i got mine. Other than that it had a nice ambiance to the place.
The service was very slow. Every time we needed something we had to wait until someone appeared and we called them over. The chips were only warm when served, the lamb loin tender and delicious but again, not hot enough. We had completely finished our meals before we were offered another glass of wine. Tables inside were too close and noisy so we requested to be moved outside. A shame as the ambience is inside. In view of the poor service, noisy atmosphere and only warm food. I am sorry but I will not be coming back.
I invited a couple for lunch to The Grounds of the City and they were impressed by the charming decor, quality and presentation of their meals and to top it all, the great service provided by our lovely server who was most friendly and attentive. She even asked for our names and could remember our names when she said goodbye as we leaving. We felt valued as customers and will definitely return.
Hi Betty, Thank you so much for your feedback, Meyra was thrilled to hear you had a good time and we all are really looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
I like the food The portions are too small. The taste is exceptionally good however the value is not that great compared to the noise levels, the crowdedness and the service which was incredibly slow.
The bathroom facility isn’t great - not being in the restaurant . I was told to head out of the restaurant into the shopping facility. After walking quite a way through the centre to get to the bathroom the female bathroom was locked and another waiter then when I’d returned that it doesn’t open till 9:30am. Was a bit annoying at the time.
Great place for lunch, quality food, great service, wonderful experience. And don't forget to try the strawberry sponge cake - it's a must!
Hi Donna, Thank you very much for the lovely comments, we were all thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Was disappointing this time usually really good. Toast on the smashed avo wasn’t toasted. Also no kids menu like they have at Alexandria
Menu can’t really be altered which is frustrating. For example most items were poached eggs, but pregnant people can’t eat eggs unless fully cooked. So the three things I chose couldn’t be altered at all, had to chose something completely different.
Venue is pretty and nice and fast service but just disappointing that the reason for not being able to alter was “we get in trouble”.
A very cool little spot in the heart of Sydney. Decor is amazing it transports you back to the 50s. A great spot for a coffee and cake or breakfast but make sure to book ahead, the line was crazy for those who hadn’t pre booked.
Hi Eliza, Thank you so much for the 5 stars.We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Iaazac our waiter was attentive and friendly he was part of the friendly experience.
Hi Pamela, Thank you so much for your feedback! Isaac was thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit! Have a fab week, The Grounds of The City team
The Grounds is such a charming lovely place that feels as though you could be anywhere in the world! The cocktails are lovely & the service is fantastic! I had a quite expensive steak which I was happy to pay but there really wasn’t any flavour in the cafe de Paris butter & the steak was not as soft as I would have expected for a medium rare. Having said that, overall an amazing experience & we will be back!!!
Hi Eleni, Thanks so much for your feedback! Your comments have been passed on to our kitchen team, who will be using them to make sure we get it a 100% right next time! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
Great service at The Grounds of the City. Took my Mum and brother for breakfast and was brilliant. Great atmosphere and good food. Price range was good as well for the quality food. Best part was the deconstructed coffee/drinks where you get to have a bit of fun and make your own drink on the spot.
The Grounds is my go to restaurant after work. Great atmosphere, cosy interior, great cocktails, food and great location - close to Town Hall Station.
Hi Lizzy, Great to hear you have chosen us as your 'local'. Looking forward to seeing you again very soon! Have a great week, The Grounds of The City team
Met a friend for breakie! Great menu options! Ordered tea, it arrived after the meal 20 mins later. Very busy in the morning and around lunch. Must try for dinner. Vibrant crowd.
Hi there, Thank you so much for the review and apologies for the wait on the tea. We have taken your comments on board and will learn from them, so hopefully next time we will be able to turn those 4s into 5s! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
A splendid evening that made my Mum feel very special. The High Tea was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and the attentiveness and friendly engagement of the waiting staff made the high quality dining all the more exquisite! A big thank you from my family.
Hi there, Thank you very much for getting in touch. We were all thrilled to hear your mum had a great time. We hope to see you again very soon! The Grounds of The City team
The Grounds while a little noisy is the place I choose to have lunch with friends or clients when in Sydney City. The food and service is always great!!
Hi Leanne, Thank you for your lovely comments. If you are looking for a quieter time to catch up with friends, come see us on a week night for dinner! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
We had hot chocoholic & cake, the chocolate was Luke warm when we mentioned it to the young lady she told us it is made to that temperature for young children, We are to older ladies at a a table for two— ?—
Must say the Cakes were scrumptious.
I booked for 7:15 and had a confirmation e-mail with this time - however when I arrived they said my booking was made for 6:30 so I had missed it. Lucky we only have to wait 5min for a table to become free but it was not a great start to the night.
Nice fit out, food is good
Desserts was really really good and the ambience was awesome.
Food was average
Didnt match the expectation
It is all looks no punch
Great service and food
Easy to get to
We were a little confused as to why our entree and main ended up coming out at the same time when every other Restaurant you go to its normal practice to bring out Entree furst.
When I mentioned this to waitress she said that I didn't specify I wanted Entree first, well I didn't think I.had to.
That being said I think our mains were probably kept warm rather than new ones made as our food was luke warm.
Overall I have always loved The Grounds of Alexandria and was keen to try out The Grounds of Sydney and a little disappointed with service.
Ps on a good note our Cocktails were delicious 😋
Went with my 4 yr old neice to the grounds of Alexandria for lunch after she saw images of their cakes. The staff were very attentive without being overbearing. The food was fresh and delicious. The food came out relatively quickly, which I appreciated as my lunch date has a rather short attention span. What let them down was the lack of toilet facilities. The 4 yr old needed to use th toilet. I was given instructions to use the toilets 2 levels up. We ended up using the facilities at Grill'd after they took pity of me.
nice venue very busy on friday nights and service was disappointing had to ask for the drinks menu and there were several times when their were technical issues