Higher Ground Melbourne

4.2
701 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 701 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
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KirstenD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great breakfast. Service was fab - really quick and professional

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GeorginaJ
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Group of 8 for a 60th birthday dinner. Fantastic service, great food, gorgeous setting. Highly recommend

LA
LiAnn
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Was here for the ambience. Food isn't great, servers took some time getting sorted.

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CaitlinL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was amazing would definitely go back. Best pancakes I have ever had and every thing else also look great. Happy with the cost for quality received.

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Phil
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Had to wait 15 minutes after we were seated (pointed at a table rather than shown to one) to even get any water, let alone any coffee or food order taken. Coffees came one at a time and dropped on the table rather than placed. Got the impression that the servers didn’t want to be there at all, or really care about the service they were offering. Food was fine, enjoyed the broccolini with the hazelnuts. Wouldn’t recommend or return.

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Sandra
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Waited for over an hour. Food didn’t arrive. A waitress came and asked what we ordered gave it a few more minutes still nothing.. ended up leaving. Only positive is the original waiter who took the order apologised and gave us our tea and coffee for free. Disappointed as we really wanted to enjoy the meals we ordered.

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RebeccaT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my absolute favourite places to eat in Melbourne.

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Greeting could be worked on when we arrived, crack a smile perhaps, but apart from that, even though some of my bookings couldn't turn up they accommodated our table either way. I did feel judged when I looked out of the corner of my eye when I saw both the greeter and the waitress was talking at their station when some of our parties couldn't turn up due to last-minute unforeseen circumstances (perhaps they were talking about something else but they were looking in our direction). But overall service with the waitresses was outstanding and food and drinks were spot on for my birthday brunch.

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TheCaptain
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This is a really beautiful venue and my third brunch visit.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed the tomatoes and stracciatella with a side of mushrooms - flavoursome and light. My friend was underwhelmed with the miso oyster blade - because she felt it was under cooked. I think a few additional words on the menu might be a good idea, in order to manage diner's expectations (it was very red for a medium rare).

Service can be slow and a little inattentive as it is a very busy restaurant. Mostly the staff are pretty pleasant yet I have encountered the odd 'hospo-snob' and we were moved mid-meal once without so much as an apology.

A few little blips, sure, still worth the trip to the CBD and a relatively short seating period, yes, absolutely.

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KateP
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Enjoyed our breakfast, food and drinks great. It was very busy so glad we booked. Had to wait quite a while for our meals, and only 3 of 4 meals came. We stared at our food getting cold for 10+ mins whilst we waited for the last meal to arrive. There was clearly an issue somewhere.

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KazHerbie
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food, staff and decor. The meal was slow coming though, about 50 mins, but we were chatting and having coffee. We did ask for extra hot coffee but they were barely normal temp but no biggie. Reasonable value but very tasty!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the expansive space, lots of room and light and the food is good too

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MillieH
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Incredibly poor service. After being seated we waited 15 minutes with no menus or water - we went to fetch our own. A server apologised and offered a free coffee- nice touch.
The cafe wasn’t very busy but we then waited another 55 minutes for our food to arrive. We tried to flag down a server to replace our empty water bottle, I was faced with a girl snatching the bottle from my hand and stomping off. When the same girl cleared our dirty plates I said thank you and received an eye roll anda sarcastic “yeah thanks” in return.
By far the worst service I’ve had.
Food was ok, the service was enough to put me off ever returning.
My visit here was to take in the surroundings with a view to host my wedding here- no chance based on my experience, same as the venue is beautiful

JB
JoyfulB
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Limited menu options. Place is perfect! If only there are more food choices….

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HelmaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent restaurant - amazing service and set menu was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

My coffee and food order were taken 35 mins after being seated with a reservation. I could understand the busy period but I think 35 mins isn’t appropriate.

Chilli scrambled eggs, kale broccolini salad and mushroom side were all under-seasoned.

We noted a a table behind us wanting to order tea as a finisher but the wait staff asked them to wait so she could finish food service- staff member never came back.

A couple seated on the communal table were seated after us and waited 20 mins to place a coffee order to no avail- they left promptly.

I’ve had amazing food and service here previously, this brunch experience was a huge let down. I hope the service improves because I had nothing to do while waiting for service and picked up on a lot of things while observing the surrounding tables.

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IanL
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great architecture, pleasant staff and nice food. They do have the smallest cups in Melbourne so be prepared to order three or four coffees.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Will come again 👍🏻

RG
RosemaryG
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience2

Rude and arrogant staff on the door. Wait staff good.
Too noisy.

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GenH
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

food was very mediocre, the iced chai was so bad and the avocado pretzel was disappointing. wouldn’t go again

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DianeT
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not fault service or food. Drinks menu also great. Nothing like starting the day with champagne and something savoury. Highly recommend.

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MonG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Although rectified by some very apologetic wait staff our meals were forgotten and took over an hour to arrive. The place is stunning but not entirely enjoyed whilst waiting an eternity for food that was just good.

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TeriN
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Felt the dining experience wasn’t long enough. Booking the table for us for 1hr 15min was too short. Food was ok but serving sizes were too small. I felt they seated ppl too close together when we are still in the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience5

We have eaten here before and enjoyed our time. After Covid it was nice to be back. The warehouse space is great however, we waited an hour and a half for our food. We arrived 10:15 ordered at 10:30. At 11:15 I asked the waitress if our food was coming she assured me it was. At 11:35 I asked again and was promised it was on its way. By this time my mum went to her car and ate a muesli bar because she just was so hungry. I then went up to the manager at around 11:50 and he came and said the food was being prepped he then offered to comp the bill as we had ordered extra coffees, drinks, danishes etc while we waited. Then finally at around midday our food arrived however, my brothers arrived first, then a few minutes later it was my dads and Mums, then mine then finally my younger brothers which was frustrating as well. Like I said everyone was very polite and they did take things off the bill which was appreciated. However, when the booking is only supposed to be 1hr and 15 mins and you haven’t eaten after 1hr and 30 mins it was so frustrating. However, I do think they forgot our order because every other table around us was turned over multiple times. Just frustrating but the staff handled it very well.

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AEEEE
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place. I thought a few more menu option would be good from a meat lover point of view. Crab eggs only soso.

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Lettieann
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Cool reception initially as early , however the rest of the staff were very professional Enjoyed the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, wine and service was amazing. The building is also great inside.

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BeverleyC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fabulous food, great friendly service and relaxing vibe.

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Eleanor
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal. I got the cauliflower salad which I had ordered before. It wasn't as thoroughly cooked as I could have liked however, it was still delicious.

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Penelope
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

I really love this venue but the arrival system is hectic. Rather than one place for arrivals and one place for payments both come to the same person and place. This made it very awkward with regards to who was next and who should be prioritised. When we arrived there were two groups ahead of us during this time three groups of people arrived to pay. It was awkward, messy and the staff leaned towards those paying first. It also meant the door way was really blocked up.

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PriankC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great environment and awesome food, very unique takes. Highly recommended. They will treat you very well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service and the food was delicious

MA
MunsA
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall, a beautiful venue with great coffee and attentive customer service.

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Natalie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue, with excellent food and attentive staff.

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AllishaP
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good! Went out for the first time in a loooong time with a group of the girls. We had a ball and were very well looked after :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and the food was fabulous

KB
KristineB
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First catch up out of lockdown with my bestie!!! Bloody Marty’s spot on!! Local snapper divine!! Amazing venue & great staff!! THANK YOU!!

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vipYoshiA
17 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot, had the spanner crab Benedict. Very fresh and filling. Coffee is good and great ambience

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Lenny
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Great building and attentive staff but noise level was a bit high for me. The food was good but could have been a bit more tasty- I couldn't taste the Harissa in the Harissa cauliflower salad which was otherwise delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food at fantastic prices. Definitely going back

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 4.2 stars by 701 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.