Higher Ground Melbourne

4.1
775 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 775 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
3.9
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
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JenniferT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff, recommended good food, presentation of the food was pretty and fancy. Pair it with wine and awesome company! We had a good time there. Thank you

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HyunhSt
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Food was not that good and variety changed so much. Was expecting the spanner crab but ordered a chilli scrambled eggs. The serving was small, everything was overpriced. Other customers had not gotten the attention of the staff and they had waited 45 minutes. I don't think I'll be coming back because I think people go for the aesthetic but this place is not worth the hype... Kind of a letdown and I'm disappointed.

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James
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

As an individual patron, and the place I was seated (bar area), it was often hard to get the attention of staff and had to just wait until they passed me by.

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vipDavidl
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

This place is open when many others in the CBD are not.

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Prlx
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience3

Food was just terrible... salmon was super salty, peas were raw. Beagel was just dry and old.. place is nice but i really hope you'd work on the food.. i know maintaining food quality is difficult, i understand coming from the food industry myself but what i ate wasn't even edible.. i feel horrible because i suggested higher ground to have lunch with my sous chef, really disappointed..

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MelissaE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The restaurant has a nice decoration but the food arrived a bit cold, the bread was really hard not tasty that all.

They didn’t respect the space limit is was over booked.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Really good food however service was a little disappointing. Just a couple of small things like having to ask for glasses for the table a couple of times and also cutlery.

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FaisalS
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Just need to be a bit more proactive with their customer enquiries. After failing to get in touch via phone and email, I then had to reach out on instagram.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My go-to whenever I am in Melbourne. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and great food! Make sure you book ahead as the wait can be lengthy!

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BarryF
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Service was slow and it is overpriced and not many vegetarian options.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Love the building.
Food good.
Forgot our coffee, food was slow out.

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IvaD
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the place, one of the best in Melbourne, great atmosphere !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely stunning architectural design, the staff were very welcoming, the food was delicious and well priced. Highly recommend checking it out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was superb the ambiance also fantastic and the staff very attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, location, service and wine. As it always is!

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vipSmoon
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good. Took awhile to come out and wasn’t a lot of people

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ChrisM
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scallops and kingfish was amazing! Will be going back!

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at The Kettle Black. We are glad to see that yourself and your guests enjoyed the Scallops and kingfish. As do we! We will seen you again soon.

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CordeliaS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Great food but service was understandably slow because of staff shortage

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your feedback. We strive to provide excellent service to our customers and are disappointed to find, that on this occasion, we have not met that expectation. Your feedback has been passed onto both the front of house and kitchen teams to ensure an improved standard of service.

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Marzie
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was really fantastic! Delicious food, interesting architecture!

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

From our beautiful venue to our food and our service, our team strives to provide unique and unforgettable experience and we are glad that this could be delivered to you. We hope to have you dine with us again soon.

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Weeksy
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service definitely a 5 star experience ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience .We are glad to see that yourself and your guests enjoyed our food and service. We are looking forward to have you again soon.

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ToniT
5 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious-great for sharing and some interesting dishes. Lots of choices for vegetarians but meat and seafood dishes too.
Yummy cocktails and bartender was happy to make me a champagne cocktail even though it wasn’t on the drink menu.
All the staff were friendly and accommodating.
Really great space for dining-like the higher and lower floor levels. Worth a visit.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Our team is very happy you had such a great time with us.We will make sure to pass your praise along to the team on the floor and in the kitchen. Make sure to pop back into Higher Ground soon!

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AnneK
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Had a reasonable experience here. The food was lovely but overpriced for the small sizes and the menu was a little limited. Nice ambiance but was quiet and could get noisy. Dined alone but could be good for a group.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience5

They charge $15 per person if you don't show up to your appointment & you need to provide credit card details before you book. Ok. We sat there for almost 30 minutes before I had to walk around the place and notify a waiter for table service. Not very friendly service when there is any at all. Good ambience and lovely set up though, kudos to the architect and marketing team.

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timw
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I do love the fitout, food and coffee here. Such a shame though when businesses don't understand that COVIDsafety is an extension of good customer service. The host wasn't wearing a mask at all despite being required under current restrictions, and also was quite moody. I know it's a really hard time for businesses and employees at the moment. Just really disappointing when staff don't demonstrate this basic level of respect for customer safety and wellbeing.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, even though unfortunately on this occasion it was negative. We will take on your feedback and pass it along to the team to ensure this issue does not arise in the future.

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice place, food was good, pleasant atmosphere.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Your excellent feedback is most appreciated. We will make sure to pass your praise along to the team on the floor and in the kitchen. Make sure to pop back into Higher Ground soon!

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PuneetK
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Very bad management. The staff is very rude. They do not pick phones if you want to inform them that you are running late and then are arrogant and ignorant towards you at the restaurant because you are late. The staff doesnt care about your dietary preferences. The quantity is too much (to justify the exorbitant price) and everyone was wasting food due to quantity and poor taste. I ordered ricotta hot cake which was so sweet that I couldn’t eat more than 3 bites of it. Would never go there again or recommend to anyone!

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. It is unfortunate to hear that your hotcake was not up to the standard you are used to. Your feedback has been passed onto both the front of house and kitchen teams to ensure better service.

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WMan
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

3 dead insects on tables. Flatbread was not cooked. Missed my coffee order.

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JoanneM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The setting of Higher Ground is amazing and the food it very high quality!

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

The team at the Higher Ground is so very happy you had such a great time with us.Please make sure to make a booking with us soon, we would be excited to have you back to dine with us.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

Sat next to the window seat. Full of bugs and flies. Flew multiple times into our food. Ordered food - cups, cutlery and plates were old and stained to the point we didn’t want to drink the tea. Not what expected from a highly reviewed restaurant. Very overrated and completely underwhelming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was great however took

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KristyH
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

I was really looking forward to visiting this place however it was super disappointing.
It was really noisy and the food was very average. My toast was burnt and the sides were bland. I ordered a side of mushrooms for $4 and I received 1 small full mushroom.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. It is unfortunate to hear that your toast was not up to the standard you are used to. This feedback will be passed along to our chefs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Food and interior were good, however service was underwhelming and there were so many small flies flying around to the point we were constantly fighting them away from our food/had to pick some out. Disappointing for the price point and definitely not worth the hype.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, even though unfortunately on this occasion it was negative. We will take on your feedback and pass it along to the team to ensure this issue does not arise in the future. Hopefully this does not dissuade you from returning; we would be happy to welcome you back through the doors.

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JJCC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere was really nice.. it was a perfect place to chat and enjoy food.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to have you again soon.

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Mkdax
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Experienced the worst dining service ever:
(1). Missing item when the order was placed & kept us waiting for the missing item
(2). Extremely long waiting time before food put on the table (approx 40 mins)
(3). Miscommunication between reception and kitchen
The service cannot be compared to the service 3 years ago. It was total chaos now.

Higher Ground Melbourne
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, even though unfortunately on this occasion it was negative. We will take on your feedback and pass it along to the team to ensure this issue does not arise in the future. Hopefully this does not dissuade you from returning as our team is working hard during this difficult time.

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vipCharismaW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delish brunch and great service

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice venue, good food, great coffee but a little overpriced.

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ChrisV
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Slow, slow, slow. $8 for two slices of fruit bread. Despite being left waiting more than thirty minutes for our food we were not offered drink refills or even spoken to. Too many fancy dishes being prepared for Instagram photos to get the basics right

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HannahH
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

Didn’t really enjoy the food. It tasted so gamy for a pork dish. The drink tasted like carbonated water and the restaurant was very noisy. It was horrible it made me dizzy.

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Bobs
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food and environment is fancy for a restaurant but other than that it’s a bit costly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I find the food overpriced!

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 4.1 stars by 775 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.