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Higher Ground Melbourne

4.4
358 reviews
$41 to $100
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 358 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Benj
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was very good but the lighting was a bit dark for photos although it did add to the ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Not child friendly

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Elise
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were lovely and food was delicious, the combination of flavours was something I have never considered but worked really well together (I had the Mince Lamb Fry up). My boyfriend enjoyed his meal as well (avocado with vegemite emulsion plus bacon and egg) and the bacon really made that dish, highly recommend adding it. Would eat here again and recommend to friends. Oh and the coffee and matcha lattes were delicious, we each had a second cup!

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BQPR
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Overrated - the food wasn't great and overpriced for what it is. The coffee orders were mixed up. Pretty disappointing. The waiter was creepy and a little too attentive and fake smiling which turned us off.

On the plus side, the popup takeway on the outside looked good. Should have stuck with that.

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FatonZ
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff. Good food and vibe definitely coming here again.

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edwinak
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed every aspect of this visit much more than my first one . With the restricted numbers of tankers the service was much more friendly , attentive and efficient. Even the portions seemed somewhat more generous.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Food was ok . Service nice . Drinks menu not much choices . Overall ok

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RijjaM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful place to go, we had 7 people in our group and we all were in awe of how beautiful the interior is and how delicious the food was. But if you decide to get their famous ricotta hot cake, make sure you’re sharing with at least 2 people because she’s a big one!

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IanL
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

A wonderful space, lots of light and a great architectural design. Our welcome was warm and friendly. Our food was nice and reasonably valued. On the downside, my coffees came in the smallest cups I have ever been served.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wanted to go here for ever and finally got there - absolutely perfect! Food was extraordinary. Beautiful to look at and even better to taste. Friendly and professional staff. Honestly cannot fault.

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MonMH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

This place is a hidden trendy and insta-worthy cafe/restaurant.
It has a great atmosphere, it's super comfortable and the food is devine. It's staff are easy going and friendly.
Would 100% recommend :)

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JessicaR
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Benedict eggs was a poor choice... 2 massive pieces of sourdough and 2 of the smallest poached eggs I've ever seen. I won't be back. Disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

A nice ambience, and atmosphere. The food was average and not so much value for money.

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Adri
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing building and interiors and great food and service to match! A true Melbournian cafe that I’m sure everyone will appreciate.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow, one of the best dinner meals I’ve had in Melbourne in a long time. Every dish was well presented and perfectly balanced in taste and texture. The Hapuka and Eye fillet was cooked to perfection. Had I known Higher Ground Melbourne served dinner to such a high standard, I would’ve come a lot sooner! Looking forward to returning already. Bravo to the chef and his team, and the service team!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Was excited to dine at higher ground however as someone who visits restaurants for the food was disappointed to see the menu advertised is different to the one serving as they haven’t updated the websites. Given it is 30/40 dollars a plate and not what was wanting decided to leave the venue which was disappointing to say the least given lockdown meaning had to return home with no experience. Update the website

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Bron
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Although we were restricted to 90 mins, we didn’t feel rushed at all.

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ChrisE
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Higher Ground is always consistently great on all counts. Highly recommend the Parmesan gnocchi and the truffle croquettes.

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Shasha
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Overpriced for just a toast with avocado and poached eggs. Nice location, beautiful building but music was a tad bit loud from where I am seated.

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HTee
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and value. Looking forward to dining there again.

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EllenM
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

I understand that the venue was understaffed but it took ages to get the attention of anyone for drinks while we waited for our food.
We made direct eye contact with our server who acknowledged us but then turned around and walked over to the host stand.
Could be a little more diligent. Not that hard.

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very poor service and a very average meal. I expect more from this company. My meal was cool, not hot. Gnocchi that was not fresh, not hot and tough. Overbearing garnish of sone sort of vinegar that basically tasted like raw onion. I could not even half finish my meal. Staff were disinterested in service...such a poor experience when there were only 3 tables in the restaurant (9 pax) and probably 5 or 6 floor staff at least. We were not offered 2nd coffees nor were we asked if we enjoyed our meals. Nor was our table cleared for over 20mins after we had finished our breakfast. We left before our table was cleared.
A very below average meal that at A cost of $23 for gnocchi at breakfast should have been exceptional. It was awful. Just awful. And it's such a shame because I was so excited to go out for breakfast after not being out since end of March!!!! Higher Ground, Kettle Black, Top Paddock, Two Birds....always on my fav list for Melb cafes. My son has worked at a few of these venues, I am an old singer of praise for every venue I have visited. Many times! This was by far an understated disaster... more so because with such small numbers in the restaurant service should have been impeccable. Food should have been too. Such a disappointment and waste of money.

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ZyraS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been wanting to dine in Higher Ground ever since we moved to Melbourne. And it did not disappoint! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfection, thank you so much for having us!

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, excellent coffee and excellent food. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful food and drinks, accommodating staff and great ambience. Made a special night more special. Thanks.

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HeleneG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Service and food were both amazing very happy that they are back open. Can’t wait to go back soon

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HannahC
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed my time at Higherground. Staff were helpful. Coffee is good. And the food even better. I would come back for the Kale and Cauliflower “salad”. It’s filling, but not too much. And all the flavors are spot on. I’d pay just for that almond hummus and miso dressing! It’s that good.

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ClarissaN
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Higher Ground is definitely a must-try! The food was delicious (Ricotta Hotcake + Gnocchi Mushroom was delish!). Would definitely come back

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RheiaE
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

The service was terrible, we can hardly pay since they did not let us divide the bill. The food was very average, nothing extraordinary and the table they gave us very dark, without good lighting.

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ClaudiaK
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding, impressive food, all made in the tiny kitchen. Was our first time there so we'll definitely go back as there's so much more food to try. Was suggested by the Alto Hotel we were staying at around the corner. Capped off a fabulous long weekend in Melbourne. Thoroughly recommend it.

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K0rtiz
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Awesome food, the music was just a little loud, the service was awesome! would recommend to a friend and return.

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VictoriaJ
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truffle croquettes were beautiful. Can’t wait to come back & try the dinner menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic... and considering the return from covid, the team did an awesome job on the ambiance... can’t have been easy! Great service and attention to detail, all the while considering safety and health as a priority without making it awkward...

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Buzz
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. My favourite coffee in Melbourne too!

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Isabel
Oaxaca
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great service! Love it! Will certainly be returning.

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JimJ
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Looking for that New York loft vibe...look no further than Melbourne's Upper West Side @ Higher Ground. Ticks all the big apple vibes with food tasty and oh so appetising. Service is impeccable.

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Kobe24
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Higher aground is no doubt one of my favourite brunch places. With over 10 visits - mostly I like the atmosphere. It’s always a great time when I go. Perfect for first dates, family visits. I went the first week back in action after the Virus lockdown. Again it was perfect, though one aspect and perhaps the most important was my coffee was super cold like legit cold lol I even asked for extra hot 🤦🏼‍♂️. I didn’t say anything as it took long enough to come. 1 bad visit out of so many is understandable so will definitely be back and this time emphasise the ‘hot’

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The place is incredible... love the high ceiling & tall windows. The food I ordered was 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 the honey oat toast left a yummy burnt taste.. the avo & vegemite emulsion was to die for!! 😻

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Millie
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was okay. No one checked up on us after we got our meals and we were seated right next to the front door/line of people waiting to come in which was both noisy and freezing.

FAQs

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

Higher Ground Melbourne is rated 4.4 stars by 358 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.