Higher Ground Melbourne

4.5
274 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Higher Ground, opened in 2016, is the latest cafe from the team behind The Kettle Black and Top Paddock. Sitting empty and unused for 30 years since the 1980's, it has now been lovingly restored and rebuilt over 2 years.

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant, we offer innovative fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside specialty coffee and a wine list featuring varietals ranging from South Africa to Spain.

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.
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely spot for first date drinks, friendly attentive service and airy ambience

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Love the building, soft music in the background, the choices on the menu and the coffee is Devine.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening with friends! Staff accomodated our needs very well & were personable & attentive.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would recommend, beautiful night time atmosphere, sophisticated and tasty food, friendly and accommodating staff . Compliments to the chefs who do a fantastic job.

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KS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great drink choices and fabulous service. All set in a beautiful refurbished building. Highly recommend Higher Ground.

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T
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

This place is truly amazing inside but the menu is "way out there" for breakfast. None of the 6 people at our table really liked the breakfast menu and felt really disappointed at the options. There were none of the usual breakfast options you get at other venues which really let this place down. Just ordering toast with jam was not what I was hoping to order that morning. And it came out as hard as a rock!! Unfortunately we won't be going back for breakfast any time soon :(

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Recommended by friends. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful. Interesting brunch menu. But the food was average. We are also very disappointed about the service.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

So delicious and the space is beautiful. A major bonus is you can book a table! Not my first time and certainly not my last time

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S
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful place, the service was very good and the food delicious. I highly recommend this place.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great table service and food recommendations. All of our shared dishes were excellent.

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S
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Calm and low lighting atmosphere suitable for people who wants a moody dinner scene.

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was great to visit this place in the evenings when it is not as hectic. We have been here for dinner before so was looking at showing our Sydney friends.
Most of us ordered the pork belly and unfortunately it was slightly over done.
The hot chocolate also didn't have the chocolate punch I was expecting.
Brunch and lunch is definitely better and more polished.

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SN
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thank you for your hospitality. We all had a great time, the coffee was good and the meals were delicious. Our entire group enjoyed the food and the service was great.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Need more attention to each table.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect date night. Excellent service and food :-)

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DE
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was good as always but unfortunately the food was so so this time. I ordered paella and it was very plain. My husband had pork but he said it was pretty chewy. However, this is one of my favorite restaurants and I will come back for sure.

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KL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Pretty expensive for a brunch place. Food was good. Coffee was good. Needed more lighting because I can't take a good photo of my food

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MB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An absolutely enjoyable fine dining experience. The chef’s choice shared plate dinner menu was a fantastic option to share with friends in a comfortably decorated environment. All staff were friendly & capably attended to our needs.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Dinner with my wife during a holiday to Aus from the UK. We are used to European standards of quality and invention, which was absent in this meal. we both chopse the 7 course fixed menu. Each course was served on a single plate, to be shared. The amount of food was insufficient for 1 person., let alone 2. many of the course were just an assembly of ingredients, barely any cooking flair. prawns were grilled and had very little edible content. The main course was belly pork, adequately cooked only sufficient for 1 person. we did not have dessert which was extra.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

great place and food
but few guests for saturday night, that’s why the atmosphere was quite cold and the venue looked empty
very nice staff

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Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall throughly impressed with our meals, the venue and our server. She was lovely, attentive but not in your face. Highly recommend this place and the duck parfait was the stand out dish for us.

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DE
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time. Thank you.

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B
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Nice environment. The meals were okay, a little overpriced, service was horrible, not friendly at all. Will not recommend to anyone.

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DP
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Higher grounds is a must for anyone looking to experience what Melbourne has to offer in terms of fine dining !!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food and service. Very reasonable price, will definitely come back

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E
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Higher Ground is a divine experience. Upon entry into such a well maintained atmosphere we were greeted by such charming staff. They were polite, funny when appropriate, and overall added to our experience being very enjoyable. The selection of beverages was mainly focused on the Melbourne area but what we tasted certainly complimented the meal. Our food was the best by far. I have to say the most memorable thing was the potatoes served basically with cream and butter. Yum. I would highly recommend visiting Higher Ground, if not for the food, then for the friendly staff and a casual but fancy drink. Will visit again soon!

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D
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The chef's menu cannot combine with the a la carte order. The restaurant should tell the customer about this restriction when ordering of food rather than 20 minutes later when the chef saw the order. The portion of the main course is way too small. The lemon, lime and bitter drinks had not been mixed properly so I had to ask for a spoon to stir each glass of lemon, lime and bitter myself. The fish was cooked very nicely, but the lamb shoulder was very salty. The 12-hour slow cooked oyster blade tasted very chewy and reminded me of beef jerky. I was quite embarrass by the food quality in front of my friends. I told them that I'll take them to a better restaurant next time they are in town.

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JA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Recommend for dinner as it is a place to sit and take time in.
Acoustics are not great. Ambience is lovely, fit out is fabulous as is the food and the service.
Been many times and will continue to visit.

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DE
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great all in all and we enjoyed dinner very much. However, I ordered fish for main and it was a bit hard to eat with knife and fork because it wasn’t deboned. And I wish it were a bit less costly. That being said, I loved everything I had and I already booked another dinner in a couple of month and I’m looking forward to it. And the service was great. Thank you.

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C
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great date night place! Champange on the house for my birthday too!
Food was delicious and the staff were very attentive. Thanks

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Tokyo
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice dishes. Great survive. Really enjoyed.

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great but too noisy. Hard to hear friends in conversation, so we didn’t dwell. A pity. Great food and decor.

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Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lamb shoulder chop is delicious! It’s crispy on the outside and tender inside. Full of flavour and paired with fresh and preserved veggie. It’s so nice that I even licked the bone.

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Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was absolutely amazing! They were doing the Christmas set menu, and the food was next level. One of the best ambience I’ve ever been to. Highly recommend it!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easy to book a table. Great staff and service. Very impressed all round. We would definitely recommend Higher Ground. Plus the food is amazing .

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AC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time back and standards have not dropped. Great food and amazing presentation. Great balance of flavours.

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DR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great find in the grungy end of CBD. Bold combinations like white bait and salami shouldn’t work but do. Full credit to the chef. Don’t forget to ask for wines not on the menu.

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D
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing building, used to be an old power station. Very tastefully renovated & the food matches the experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really appreciated some changes made to meal to make it diary free.

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

High ceiling, creating fun loud atmosphere. Good for groups of 4 or so - will be tough to hear each other at a bigger table. Food was creative, and delicious - loved it here, will be back soon

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