THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY
RESTAURANT DINING & TAKEAWAY
A buzzing oasis full of old-world charm, The Grounds of the City is a restaurant & bar located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, perfect for a quick escape from the hum of city life.
Reservations must be made at least 1 hour in advance. Please note that we do not accept same-day reservations on weekends.
HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
Please note that The Grounds of the City and all Grounds venues are closed on the following days:
Christmas Day (December 25th)
Boxing Day (December 26th)
New Year’s Day (January 1st, 2024)
Please also be advised that The Grounds of Alexandria and The Grounds of the City are not open after 5:00pm on Christmas Eve (December 24th) or New Year’s Eve (December 31st).
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
RESERVE YOUR TABLE
Groups of up to 5 people can book online where available. Walk-ins are also taken daily, with an electronic waitlist at the venue.
Large Bookings (6+ People)
(02) 9699 2225
Please note that valid credit card details are required to secure all reservations.
Start your day in the best possible way, with a delicious breakfast at The Grounds of The City!
Lunch & Dinner Menu
Sit back and relax. Enjoy a sumptuous dine-in menu featuring fresh, seasonal produce.
Our tasty takeaway menu offers a range of options for busy people on the go.
Let us take care of the ordering with our 3-course banquet set menu.
We know that plans can change, though we ask that any cancellations are made no less than 2 hours* prior to your booking time. Cancellations made within this time, or failure to show up will incur an automatic charge of $30 per person for breakfast and lunch bookings, $50 per person for dinner and group menu bookings. Reservations made only for snacks, coffees or drinks may be subject to a shorter seating time, at the venue’s discretion.
*Group menu bookings on Friday & Saturday require 48 hour notice for cancellation.
Monday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Tuesday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Wednesday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Thursday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Friday: 7:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Last bookings and walk-ins are taken 1 hour prior to closing time.
Takeaway is available daily until 5pm.
Please note that a 1.5% surcharge applies to all card payments. A 5% surcharge applies on weekends (excluding groups of 10 or more). A 10% service charge will apply to groups of 10 or more. A 15% surcharge applies on public holidays. A $3pp cakeage charge applies to external cakes.
Our menus are subject to change without notice. Not all ingredients are listed on the menu. Please make your server aware of any dietary requirements before ordering. Please be aware that our menu contains allergens and is prepared in a kitchen that handles nuts, shellfish, gluten and eggs. Whilst all reasonable efforts are taken to accommodate guest dietary needs, we cannot guarantee that our food will be allergen free.
Plan Your Visit
Savour an array of finger sandwiches, mouth-watering pastries and exquisite tea and coffee blends, all served in the classic high tea style.
There’s always something exciting at The Grounds! Explore our calendar of events and start planning your next visit.
The Grounds App
Skip the queues by pre-ordering your takeaway via our app and popping in to collect your meal when it’s ready.
Not sure of the best way to get to The Grounds of the City? With easy connection to public transport modes, we’ve got you covered.
TRAIN & BUS
The closest train station is Town Hall. The Grounds of the City is located on the ground floor of The Galeries shopping centre, which has direct access from to Town Hall station.
Buses stop frequently on York, Park and Druitt Streets.
The nearest light rail stop is QVB. The Grounds of the City is located just south of the QVB light rail stop on George Street, opposite the Queen Victoria Building.
TAXI & RIDESHARE
Taxis and Rideshare (e.g. Uber, Ola, etc.) can drop off / pick up in the surrounding streets of the CBD, but please note that George Street is a pedestrian-only zone, so direct vehicle access is not permitted.
As The Grounds of the City is located in the heart of the CBD, in a pedestrian-only zone and does not have an onsite car park, we do not recommend driving as an option. Should you need to drive, however, there are several privately operated car parks in the surrounding area, including at the nearby QVB (access via York Street). Please pay attention to any traffic directions, road closures or restrictions.
If you’ve still got questions, would like to make an enquiry or need some assistance, please contact our friendly reception team.
(02) 9699 2225
Reception Team Hours
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Please note that we are not able to answer any enquiries outside of these hours.