Higher Ground Melbourne

4.2
646 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

  • Higher Ground $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. Groups of 10 or more must go on Chefs Menu.

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 646 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
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The lamb was really delicious with the yoghurt! Love the zucchini bite! The building and ambience is really nice!

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StephenieM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Funky vibe, very cool venue, delicious food, great wine. Gotta try this place

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch or after work drinks

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Ally
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Food so overpriced. $23 for avocado, tomatoes, corn and an egg with no bread…?

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, tasty food and decent coffee made for an enjoyable lunch. Will definitely be back...

JB
JBass
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Higher Ground is a great space, with great service and great food!

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NZDeshmond
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was terrible. When I called to book, the lady on the phone was very rude, then I had to book on Open Table. Even when we had to do split payment, the lady at the counter was rude and difficult to deal with.

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Lisa
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing place to stop by. the ambience is so classy and food and service seems so orderly. every dish we tasted was amazing, especially loved their famous ricotta hot cakes, all the elements on the dish harmoniously worked together in one bite.

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lisacat7
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place for a feed - menu is creative - however it is noisy and the coffee was not hot
enough me and the food could have been warmer - but I am still recommending it as a great place to try in the city. Fantastic decor.

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our noise level rating reflected the fact that repair works were being undertaken on the front door, and disturbed an otherwise peaceful ambience. Food was great, and service was okay. Wait staff need to be observant and clear used tableware from tables when dropping off orders.

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ELLE
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I am a frequent customer and the portions have become unusually small while prices are still elevated. I invited a friend for lunch and was a little embarrassing when the plates arrived.

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KristenP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

After a wonderful experience for brunch last time I brought three family to enjoy Higherground. Service staff were so overwhelmed, it took 25 minutes to get our coffees. The pancakes were delicious and enjoyed by those who ordered but the mushroom dish was lacking mushrooms, and the bacon and eggs on sourdough with no butter made the bread inedible. I was sad as I had such a wonderful first time here with excellent service. Cannot fault the ambience though.

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Agem
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food is average, service is horrible, asked to modify our meals due to dietary requirements - the staff member said yes of course that’s fine, food came with the salmon/bacon which we don’t eat. Venue is beautiful but the vibe isn’t great. Very touristy.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A great time, but they'd forgotten our meals and then didn't communicate as to if it was being sorted.
A bit dissapointing but i'll keep coming back

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GabrielleW
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Amazing food and service. A must if you are in the CBD

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Ivan
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tasty food, nice venue. Portions can be a tad bigger

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Esther
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Not good - food was not as expected / described on menu, waiter took plates before finished, and bill served promptly thereafter - appeared that wanted us to leave despite having booking and not having been there for more than 1.5 hrs. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous place, great breakfast

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Isobel
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had my partner’s grandparents visiting from Tasmania and booked Higher Ground because of the wonderful experience I had last time I ate there, not to mention the incredible interior design and stunning plants (major props to the person who looks after them!) Safe to say, everybody loved their meal and drinks, and special shout out to the lovely waitstaff.

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LucyM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We waited 25 minutes to be asked if we would like coffee and had to ask two different employees to be served.
The food was great but I am quite disappointed by the service we received.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Steak was served cold

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LaarniB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good to come early and not busy. We were able to enjoy our dinner. The food was top! We had the roast wagyu and grilled octopus. Only if we have plenty of time, would be staying longer and order more food from the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most fun I’ve had out for brunch in a while, we ordered a few cocktails and they were incredible! Can’t wait to go back

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reynaldos
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Superb, love the experience , nice ambience and cleanliness is on point

OT
OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food well presented, in an interesting heritage building.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My family celebrated a birthday here, enjoying beautifully presented dishes in an appealing setting. Great for a special occasion.

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RobynF
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great decor and atmosphere! A bit noisy and service varied. One waitress was great but the other was not good.

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RAOULG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Staff spot on!
Quick and attentive.
Food excellent.
Will return

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Britt
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food that goes beyond typical brunch items. Beautiful setting and friendly staff.

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lish
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

wonderful staff and great ambience, will definitely be there again

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KellyD
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great and servers were efficient although they gave us the bill before our time was up so it felt like i had to rush the rest of my coffee. The place looks so nice inside, very elegany. The food was delicious but if i had pics to see what the food was like before i ordered i may have got something else as it was too big for me but very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic efficient staff and great food in a beautiful building! Highly recommend!

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PaulineJ
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good service. Second visit. I will go again.

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Johanna
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch in a beautiful building. All three mains were tasty and portion sizes were perfect. Service was prompt and attentive.

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yiweic
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

When I first sat down, I found that the table was dirty and had not been cleaned. And the food was served too slowly and I waited about 40 minutes. I was going to order again and say "Excuse me" twice, but they did not hear.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for breakfast, beautiful building, great service and fabulous food. Get the ricotta hotcake!

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parisa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very cool vibe and unique atmoshphere. Food was delicious, however the portion in compare to price is a bit small. Asked for high chair and it was not suitable for the tables as it was so low. In general I liked it

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience!

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simones
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great breakfast
and lovely experience, kids friendly

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Trigsy83
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great dinner spot for a special occasion.

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 646 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.