Higher Ground Melbourne

4.2
609 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Higher Ground is a multi award-winning venue by the Darling Group.

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant, we offer innovative fare for breakfast and lunch, alongside specialty coffee and a wine list featuring varietals from close to home.

On the corner of Little Bourke Street and Spencer Street, only a stones throw away from Southern Cross station and Tram stop 120 and 96, sits a dining experience quite unlike any other.

Experiences

  • $70 Chefs Menu

    A$70.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Higher Ground's unique 4 course shared Chefs Menu displays the finest seasonal produce, flavour delivered simply, using various techniques to give guests the ultimate Higher Ground experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 609 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Energetic
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience!

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simones
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great breakfast
and lovely experience, kids friendly

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Trigsy83
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great dinner spot for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were initially seated near the door. On request we were moved inside further to a great seat beside a window.
Meals were well balanced and delicious.
Wine selection was limited but that was a plus. Often with large wine lists we do not know what we are buying and go on price. Here, with only one Pinot Gris on offer and all wines similarly priced, we did not need to choose and were not disappointed.

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Anke
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit and come to Higher Ground!

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KristenP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute gem. I came for time to myself, with delicious coffee and IG brunch, I never felt rushed or in the way as a single. The space is stunning. Will be back!!!

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NatD
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received great service in a super cool building. The food was well priced and excellent quality. My first time here for dinner (I've been previously for coffee and breakfast) but I will definitely be back for dinner.

EG
EleanorG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Great location and fantastic space.

TL
TeeLTee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice vibe, friendly staff and great location. Good covid safety measures.

AW
AlisonW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all round. At first it’s the service and the setting that impress but it’s really the attention to detail on the food and drinks and the overall deliciousness that makes this a standout

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Stephanie12
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The food, service, drinks etc were perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The service was extremely slow—we waited over 1.5 hours to get our entrees. Also, while the food was delicious, the quantity did not match up to the $70pp price point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Kitchen had a bad hair day

Out of set menu course (octopus) and missed and entire enteee course and eventually had to wait 2hrs 10mins for mains to arrive

JB
JeanetteB
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We booked, so table was ready on arrival. We ordered the chefs menu and it was delicious. We really enjoyed it all the high light was the starter of caponata with parmesan crisp, the octopus small plate was also delicious. The main was a very generous serve of caramelised lamb shoulder with all the trimmings. Dessert was amazing chocolate with spearmint, just delicious. Service was attentive and not intrusive. Great value for money and a really enjoyable night out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was great but food was a bit disappointing, sharing a table with randoms was a turn off as well.

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Nish
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The venue and ambience are amazing, and for those alone Higher Ground deserves a visit. However, food was very mediocre. We had the crab benedict and spiced fried cauliflower. Both were small in size for dishes that cost $25. The crab benedict was average and the the fried cauliflower dish had 3 tiny pieces of cauliflower and taste wasn’t anything impressive. Will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Really bad service.

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dined for lunch with a group of 7, didn't notice the other patrons already there, food was absolutely delicious and was really prompt.

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Aurora07
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Kitchen would not accommodate changes to an already limited menu (e.g. replace crab with cured salmon available from 'extras section' even for the additional extra's $7). But overall tasty food and great coffee with lovely staff.

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SharronM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Higher Ground. Its always my go to cafe/restaurant when I'm in Melbourne.

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VouloF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

If you want to feel like you don’t matter .. this is the place to visit. Kudos to the cooks as food was amazing but the experience... poor, won’t be going again.

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BiancaB
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful venue, with great tasting food and drinks. Meals did take a little long to come out, however staff were very friendly and attentive. I would recommend, and will be coming again 😊

RM
RachelM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely experience. The staff were friendly and the food was beautiful. Such a wonderful way to spend a Sunday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Noisy, busy. Confused staff. Weird thing was that the attendant asked what we wanted to drink before we could look at the menu and wasn’t prepared to wait for us to glance at the choices on the menu. We’re not coffee drinkers so can’t just say latte or whatever. It was 10 minutes or so until she came back for our order. More soft furnishings are needed so that my husband and I didn’t feel like we had to yell at each other over the table to be heard.

CM
CarlosM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We has to wait 20 min for our coffee and 15 more for our food to arrive. We could see waiters and staff moving back and forth with limited efficiency. I would suggest to analyse your current procedures to make it easier for them. We saw host take clients to table , back for menu back for water back for order etc.

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courtney
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, beautiful interior, but coffee service was very slow on a Sunday morning and coffees came out cold.

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ByronC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I guess I went at their busiest time and maybe they were short staffed? 30 minute wait to get my coffee, and then another 30 mins for food. I would have ordered another coffee and a dessert but they never came back to check on us. Was very noisy. Food was tasty though.

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Boldas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food and place is great but the staff were very distant. Food and coffee took a very long time to arrive. After an hr seated we were advised we have 10 minutes left on the table but our food had still not arrived. After that though the staff were friendly but could do with better attention to detail.

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EstherN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about higher ground. The wait staff were exceptional and extremely lovely. I will definitely be coming back and already recommended it to my family and friends.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

lovely, friendly service and were able to cater to my dietary requirements (gluten free) with ease!

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Ebony
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Shocking customer service, horrible coffee abs cold food

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SydneyStyleBlogger
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, fantastic food - order hot ricotta pancakes - unbelievable and so instagramable!

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GiuliaP
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

the food is very good. we asked to serve all the dishes together and they arrived one by one and we waited 30 minutes for the last .

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Josh
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to visit, love the atmosphere. Great food and the wait time was quick :)

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Steve
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Small meals. Unique menu but didn't really cater for people who want standard type meals.
Coffee good though.

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TrevorT
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, really attentive service even when very busy. Book ahead.

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JulieE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Awesome venue, interesting menu, enjoyed the cauliflower scramble eggs. Not a lot of cauliflower though... but still yum. My friend had the cauliflower salad, will get that next time!

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Diner
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant! The Nduja Toast Breakfast was sensational!

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Ajjoy
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very aesthetically pleasing building. Staff were nice to talk to, although a lot walking around aimlessly (our empty plates and coffee cups were on the table for far too long). The crusts on our toast was way too difficult to cut - almost burnt on both meals.

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TinaL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice venue to have casual catch-up with friends.

FAQs

Higher Ground Melbourne does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Higher Ground Melbourne also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 8899 6219.

Higher Ground Melbourne is rated 4.2 stars by 609 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.