The Grounds of the City
High Tea - $35 per person
Settle into the city and spoil yourself with all the delights of our High Tea. Our seasonal menu includes a curated daily selection of house-made sweet & savoury offerings, fresh from The Grounds very own Bakery & Patisserie.
Términos y condiciones: High tea offering is $35 per person, or $40 with a glass of sparkling wine. Bookings must be secured with a credit card (our team will call to confirm) and must be confirmed by 11am on the day of your reservation. Bookings cancelled within a 24 hour period will be charged the full amount. All details can be found at our website.
Válido para 1 - 20 personas
Inicia: 18 de julio de 2019
Finaliza: 31 de mayo de 2020
Disponibilidad: dom. 14:30-17:00
Have been once before for a lovely dinner with girlfriends. The ambience here is great and quite romantic. It prompted me to make another booking here specifically for dessert and cocktails with a friend (as part of a progressive dinner especially for her birthday). I made a note of this in the booking I made 6 days earlier and reiterated this at the door when we arrived for my reservation, before being seated at the bar.
Was really looking forward to trying the Key Lime Baked Alaska and the Molten Choc & Walnut Cake and was disappointed to hear that we "weren't offered the dessert menu because there's no desserts available tonight". It was 8pm on a Saturday night - prime time in dinner service - and the only sweet options still available were the last 3 cakes left in the pastry display. We took 2 of these, which were nice enough - but together with an 'interesting' (but not overly nice) spiced rum cocktail, I felt a little disappointed by the overall service, and left feeling as though I didn't really make my friend's birthday celebration feel all that special.
Nevertheless, I love the fit-out and ambience here and would love to come back to try the high tea. The staff were all very friendly.
Food is good and presented beautifully, the service is fantastic, interior is lovely. It is expensive though, and the coffees and chai lattes are very average for the price.
After looking forward to this for some time it was disappointing to be let down. We arrived just before 8.30AM (opened at 8) and were greeted warmly and taken to our seats without delay. The ambience and vibe was really nice but it went downhill from there. Our food came out and was as cold as our waitress (we ordered hot cakes and steak & eggs). It wasn’t even really busy yet we had to follow up with 2 different waitresses for our orange juice we ordered when we sat down which didn’t end up making it to our table until halfway through the meal. The orange juice came in a small glass and cost $8 - quite overpriced. Was planning to come back here with a group of friends but after this experience, wont be coming back or recommending.
Great tasting food but very small portions. Service was slow with wait staff walking around not doing much and the room was so noisy that we couldn’t wait to leave.
Couldn’t have it in another way. Our girls-get-together-night-out was perfect :)
Lovely atmosphere and great service & reception. Staff were so friendly
Always love eating here .. staff are awesome and food is great quality and beautifully presented 😊 Cocktails are pretty good too 🍹😉
Great coffe, food and service. What else do you need!
my steak supposed to be med/well done but was more medium to rare,
tables to close together at the wall side that people unwillingly hear conversations,
greens portions a bit small for the charges applied,
live music a bit to loud for people sitting near the performer(s),
closing time to early and being "pushed out" abt 9.15pm,
This time, we found the staff were less accommodating and simple requests were met with a slight attitude. Food was delicious and is the reason we return. I'm coeliac and have been confident in prior visits that this was treated with the seriouness required however I saw my meal surrounded by others on the pass where contamination could have very easily occurred, this concerns me and I'll now think twice before going back.
All staff were courteous and hardly noticeable, in the best way.
Helpful, observant and pleasant.
This is almost a repeat of previous responses following previous visits to the restaurant
Always such a great spot for breakfast, service, food and ambience are always fantastic.
My food was cold. Coffee also. Plates were never cleared - and we were there for 4 hours.
I was shocked and disappointed you do not stock any vodka or Pimms, what decent bar / restaurant doesn't stock the basics! Also my hubby had to ask three times as to where his GT was. Food was ok nothing to rave about just standard pub fare food.
Amazing food. We had the High Tea, which was beautiful! Very popular spot so a little bit noisy but still fantastic. I recommend booking in advance (which is really easy to do) if you have your heart set on the high tea etc as lots of people!
Booked a table, but waited for almost an hour - we were offered a glass of wine each which was nice but because we had booked to see a show at the state theatre it meant we only had time for some chips and a cocktail each before we had to leave to go see the show.
The service was very poor.
Asked a wait person 3 times for a dessert menu and they still forgot.
We both enjoyed lunch yesterday, 6/12 starting with a very pleasant receptionist and being shown to our table which was positioned very well. Service overall was very friendly and informed. Dishes we chose were tasty , not too much food on our plates, just enough! Of course there is a degree of lively conversational noise but nothing we could complain about. A comfortable atmosphere - a reminder of the European bistro 'feel'.
Overall definitely recommended. Staff manoeuvre deftly through quite narrow spaces!
great food and ambience
Perfect place for a regular catch up with a friend
Absolute delight in every way except for noise levels which is a major problem of most restaurants now. In fact I won’t go to the city grounds at lunchtime because it is simplydeafening which causes headaches and worst of all is a total conversation killer. May not be as aesthetically pleasing and not as hygienic but bring back sound absorbing floor covers!!! BUT this place is a credit to the owners. Shades of Katoomba’ famous Paragon Cafe. xxxxxxx
Great feel to the place. There was a great buzz and you could comfortably hold a conversation. Location was really convenient. Amazing Bloody Mary's! Will definitely be going back
We had a great time. Food was lovely. Table staff were great.
The food was good, the live music was excellent, the service was friendly but a little on the slow side. otherwis, a great evening was had. nex time I would come a little later than 6.45 in mid-week as the restaurant really emptied out after about 7.30.
Just loved the food here and want to go again as soon as possible. An amazing main course salad of nuts, grains and roasted carrots with a buttermilk dressing was the highlight.
The overall experience was very good. It was a lively, buzzy atmosphere, great decor and ambience. The waiters were excellent, as they were professional, friendly, respectful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We shared 3 small plates, and the food was very tasty. Portion wise, the servings were quite small for the price. I didn't think that was value for money. The total bill for 3 people was $111.00 for three small plates, one dessert (small tart) to share, 3 coffees and one glass of wine. For what we had, I thought that was a bit pricey. However, I would certainly return and recommend it to other people.
The Grounds of the City is a great place with great food and service. My favourite place for breakfast catch ups with friends and colleagues.
Our server was totally amazing. Great range of meal choices not such a big wine list.
I made the RSVP for the friend birthday breakfast at 7:45am, however, it took 45+minutes to serve the food. We all end up getting to work late.
Great vibe and ambience. Very noisy, and coffee was warm. Food was average and too many chips with a $25 burger. I suggest a side salad with smaller amount of fries. Staff are very pleasant and would go back when less crowded.
Amazing staff and service, steak cooked perfectly and the most welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Thanks for a very memorable birthday dinner
Fantastic, friendly service elevates this hidden gem from good to excellent.
A far superior experience to it's sister endeavour in Alexandria. Booking highly recommended.
Overall great experience. Only down fall was we were seated at a booth close to the kitchen where they was the dishes so quiet loud and distracting.
Great food, cocktails and venue
The food and service were great but the seating was uncomfortable, there’s practically no space between the tables and very little leg room. I guess they had to do it this way, the place was already super busy a and packed at 9am.
We had steak and egg, pastries, they were all delicious.
Food was fine - just sooo busy and noisy!
Would go at a different time rather than lunch
Easy and hassle free booking
Hi there, Thank you very much for the 5 stars. We hope to see you again very soon! Kind regards, The Grounds of The City team
This was the second time I had been, having visited for the first time the previous day for breakfast. What I love - the decor and style is awesome, I really love it. The staff are really nice and accommodating, I can't fault them at all, great job team! My burger was one of the best I've had in a long time. A true American-style burger. A few things of note - I ordered a Coke with lunch and it was flat. For $4.50 I'd prefer to have a drink fresh from the bottle rather than flat post-mix. The previous morning I had the fruit toast. Whilst I love thick cut toast, it was ridiculously big and dry, so much so I found it cumbersome to eat. And one sachet of butter wasn't enough. These are obviously minor things, which won't stop me from coming back, but worth mentioning.
The whole experience was disappointing. Service poor, food well below expectations, tables too close to each other. Unfortunately I will never go there again. I think they bought my meal from Mc Donald’s in the same complex and just added $25 to it.
Our meal and the service was terrible. I have been to the Alexandria grounds and it was great. Worst experience in a restaurant that I have had for over a decade.