Higher Ground Melbourne

4.6
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316 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Housed in a heritage-listed powerhouse and inspired by boutique hotel lobbies from the likes of New York and London, Higher Ground is a multi award-winning venue by the Darling Group which boasts a 15-metre-high ceiling, glorious arched windows and a spacious levelled dining area. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the menu features superb dishes and plates characterised by imaginative pairings.
What 316 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Surge
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booking was easy, the staff were lovely and the food was amazing.
I saw Mack from The Bachelor sitting near us and I said hi and he said “hey guys” and I wish I had of asked for a photo with him but I didn’t and that’s probably my only regret.

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MitchellK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Small serving for eye fillet given the $40 price. Ordered medium rare, but came out as medium/medium well. Entrees of cauliflower and beef tartare were great. Ambience and service was good. Overall, price was a bit hefty, but everything else was decent.

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Iris
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had dinner at the restaurant to celebrate the birthday of my sister. Awesome food and service. Great night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lacking of stuff therefore the service was a little bit slow but the food is good. Like the lamb rib very much.

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TillyL
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great location for coffee or breakfast.
Good for eating/drinking with friends, colleagues or as a couple.
If you are having breakfast, try the mushrooms - they are to die for!

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PeterC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Energetic atmosphere and great food. Coffee could have been hotter - my flat white was like warm. Overall I loved it!

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MagyN
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great food , very nice sitting , polite certeous service.

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KChung
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Reservation at 8:30am on a friday morning for a party of 6. 2 were already seated when I arrived as we were waiting for our other friends to join us the waitress brought over table water and menus. After our party had all arrived we tried to wave down our waitress to place our orders. We were in a bit of a rush but could see there were a few empty tables. The waitress nodded to show she'd noticed us trying to flag her, then proceeded to hold up her index finger and say 'just a minute'. Immediately following this she brought 2 carafes of water and empty glasses to the empty table to our left. She then went downstairs and served a family of 3 with a pram, then disappeared. 5-10 minutes later she re-appears and we attempt to flag her again. She once again nods and says 'one minute' then proceeds to walk away to serve another table, the table to our left is still empty. After this I go downstairs to the entrance/register to speak to another staff member in the hopes they can assist us in placing our order. Staff member on the register advised each waiter/waitress has their own section and only they can place orders for that section, but he said he'll send our waitress over. Another 5-10 minutes goes by, staff member on the register seats 6 people on the empty table to our left and leaves. Now our waitress arrives to take our order with a fake smile and no greeting, no apologies were given to explain such poor customer service or why we were kept waiting unnecessarily. We explained we were in a little bit of a hurry as we placed our orders, the only response was 'food generally takes about 20-30 minutes, there's nothing I can do about that'. No recommendations were given for food orders which may require less time or any suggestions as to how we could speed things along. This was not my first time here, but I enjoyed it enough to bring friends along. My friends were disappointed and shocked by the appalling service they received. Needless to say, none of us will be back.

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

Dreadful service. More than 30 minutes to take our order. Weren’t even offered dessert. Wine small, expensive and awful. Won’t return.

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NixonD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

aside from the food being too salty, the food was fantastic

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KallyA
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

We waited for 50 minutes for our entrees. It was delicious but I wish they fixed their service.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great way to start a Sunday. Book ahead if you can or get there early and prepare to wait.

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Olivia
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the venue, so beautiful. The food was delicious. The service was great and very accommodating.

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DylanP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service (for dinner). We'll be back to try the breakfast menu next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch with great service!!

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vipGaooooooooooooooooooooooo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gooooooooood

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PaulineM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

I wouldn't recommend Higher Ground for group bookings because they won't split bills - they'd rather waste their customers time than allocate staff.

Also wouldn't recommend Higher Ground for anyone with mobility problems as they are unwilling to accommodate basic requests like buttering toast for a customer who has an arm in a sling.

Staff too quick to use the excuse as its policy and really give the impression they couldn't care less.

But the venue is amazing (although cold inside if its cold outside), food is great.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it1 Fabulous food and service. A stunning venue! 5 stars

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vipGaooooooooooooooooooooooo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The black toilet tissue tray/box in the Unisex Disabled Toilet should be replaced to somewhere else. It’s kinda weird to drill the box there, especially when someone got bad etiquette?

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Higher Ground, never disappoints everytime we are in Melbourne. Even though it has changed hands the quality of food and service is exceptional.

Thanks

David and Ruth

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JayneS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Amazing food and lovely team but one of our drinks was forgotten and had to ask 3 times for it and one of our meals was given to another table. Team were very honest and apologetic. One of our party had an egg allergy and given the quality and size of the venue, we thought when it came time to looking at the dessert menu, they would be accommodating and at least suggest some fruit or something that could be tailored but it was a flat out "no" to any options for dessert for him so our whole party went to have dessert and more cocktails somewhere else. A shame as its a fantastic venue.

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GrantW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Seated far too close to the kitchen. Quite noisy. Food was great

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NormanS
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recent I went to dinner at Higher Ground in Little Bourke Street Melbourne. I made a reservation for one and on arrival was greeted by friendly professional staff who showed me to table. When I requested a different seating location they were happy to accommodate and guided me to table that better suited me. The food and drink menus were not overly extensive but provided a good selection of choices. I ordered an entrée of Kingfish (special of he day recommended by the staff), a Main of roasted Pork Belly with a side of roasted potatoes and a fig based desert. I was surprised when the chef came out to speak with me, as he had noticed that I had ordered an expresso martini to be served with my dessert. He offered to pair my dessert with my cocktail choice. This he did by combining my original dessert order with a coffee flavoured ice-cream.
In short both the serving and kitchen staff made the evening quite memorable.
I will be back, next time with family and friends.

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magicmtn42
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time, thank you! Professional and friendly hospitality!

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Ally
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place, tried hot cakes and kale & cauliflower salad and polenta were amazing!

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EuanB
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I went to Higher Ground twice over the course of a couple of days, and had the eggs Benedict and the chorizo toastie.

Both were delightful. The bread was a perfect thickness and crunchiness, and the flavours in both dishes were experts balanced.

I had a long black and a mocha, and both were excellent.

I sang the praises of both dishes to anyone who would listen, and know of at least in person who took the recommendation, dined at Higher Ground, and also thoroughly enjoyed it.

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AnitaM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a most enjoyable evening. Friendly and attentive staff throughout the evening. A varied selection of tasty and well presented food. Lovely, airy and spacious setting. The music was a bit loud for us, however, the acoustics for conversation were good. Highly recommended!

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vipGaooooooooooooooooooooooo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good, as busy as usual

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DinerXY
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambience for dinner session. Fresh ingredients and modern techniques. Dishes taste as described on the menu. We spent $140 for 2. Ordered two entrées, one main, one side and one dessert à la carte with 3 glasses of wine.

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Melzy
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a lovely meal at Higher Ground. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. One of our party called it the best pork belly she'd ever eaten. Would definitely recommend.

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DanielE
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The music playing in the restaurant was so loud and the table near the cashier was so low that we were uncomfortable eating. The pork was pretty bad. I’m sorry to write it but we might never go back there for a meal.

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DanielaP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

Said in the booking it was our anniversary - they did not attempt to do anything to make it special

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SamanthaS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it!! Fantastic venue, staff were attentive and the food was amazing!!!!!

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YZHeng
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere in the spacious restaurant made for a good first impression. Staff were helpful in clarifying any queries about the menu and services. We really enjoyed the food - well prepared, great taste and ample proportions. Overall it was an excellent dining experience.

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SimonaG
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place has great food, fast service and overall a great environment. I would def come back here again.

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mjps
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A bit pricey but definitely one of the nicest cafes in Melbourne. Good service and ambience.

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SanjayR
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food , wine and service exceptional. I had the market fish with mussels , was delicious. Add a great pinot . Will definitely be back .

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Claws
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great place for a bite and drink. Menu on website is not up to date which is disappointing.
It would be great if they widened their snack menu. Service was great!

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CThh
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food is okay. Would be a can visit, not a must visit.

FAQs

Higher Ground Melbourne offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 8899 6219.

Higher Ground Melbourne is rated 4.6 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.