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Higher Ground Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC
Higher Ground Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC
Higher Ground Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC
Higher Ground Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC
Higher Ground Melbourne, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Higher Ground Melbourne

4.3
4.3
957 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Bookings can be made via darlinggroup.com.au/higherground

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Australian, Dining Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 8899 6219
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    EVENTS@HIGHERGROUNDMELBOURNE.COM.AU
  • Private party contact
    events@highergroundmelbourne.com.au: (03) 8899 6219
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Spencer Street
  • Parking Details
    Spencer Street Multi story parking is just across the road.
  • Public Transit
    Southern Cross Station - 50m<br />Tram No. 96 - 20m
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 957 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

957 Reviews
  1. Sdhigherground

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the booking made 4 months in advanced, when we got there our table wasn’t ready nor had one been reserved so we had to wait and sit outside until one was available. When then finally get to our table (must of been for 10 people but we have 7) and one of the male waiters yelled at us that we couldn’t sit at one end of the table? And proceeded to do the rudest gestures with his hand and say “up the other end” without explanation and with the rudest look on his face while rolling his eyes when one of the girls didn’t hear him. Then took forever to take our order and when the lady did, she completely missed a person on the table and we were calling her back and she proceeded to ignore us so we had to chase her down the stairs. No sorry or anything. Drinks came out at all different times. No one checked on our meals. I stated we had 2 vegans with us on the booking and then no vegan option was offered to them. Just was overall disappointing seeing the price we paid, we were so excited to come and the service really let us down.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was spectacular! From the onset stepping into the grand loft, the high ceiling and spaciousness of the restaurant creates a hip and trendy vibe. Not just the ambience but more importantly food and coffee is to die for! I had the amazing kale & cauliflower salad and my partner had the all time favorite crab omelette which was nothing but perfect! Smooth, soft and creamy on top of the home made toast was just the perfect combination! What blew our mind off was the matcha latte! Such heavenly texture, fully bodied and flavored and most uniquely it was served without sugar allowing the authentic matcha to be tasted! I’m sure to be back again to this amazing cafe! Our must have when we are visiting Melbourne!

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  3. MardiM

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very funky setting for this restaurant, busy but efficient, we had booked so were seated promptly and despite being very busy service was quick and friendly. We both had the hotcakes and they were amazing!

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  4. NicoleP

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good, however would be nice if they spilt bills as we were a large group.

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  5. Sammy

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our meal. Wish coffee cup was bigger Had agel was filling.

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  6. Piyumik

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Get the chilli scrambled eggs and lobster tail! :) What an incredibly beautiful venue! The design, the flow, the ambience all go hand in hand. Such a lovely spot for brunch with friends and visitors to Melbourne.

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  7. HERMANNk

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience is good. Food tasted good especially the chilli scrambled egg and ricotta hotcakes. I’ll definitely visit Higher Ground in my next visit to Melbourne. Recommendation to make a booking instead of walk-ins.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience, only down side is the coffee was a bit on the cool side, more cold than hot. But everything else was great, food and service 10/10 Thank you

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  9. LaraP

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is very vibrant and has so much history. The staff are always very attentive. The lunch menu is very limited but has a great breakfast menu selection. You really need to book ahead to get a table

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and a regular. Unfortunately, our requested table was not fulfilled after a week+ notice.

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  11. KellyA

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A poor welcome but a nice breakfast. This one didn't live up to its reputation sadly.

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  12. Pittabread

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and ambience. Food was good and had a variety to the menu.

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  13. GrantH

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The coffee was very very very good and our food was absolutely delicious. We were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

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  14. ToniM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Worth a visit for the ambience. It’s a lovely space. My meal was not up to the standard I expected. My friend said hers was good (she had a snapper sandwich and I had flank steak that was just not seasoned well, a bit stringy and the whole dish didn’t combine well) Maybe just a bad choice on the day.

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  15. LissaV

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue. I found serves to be a bit on the small side but food itself was enjoyable. Maybe waitress could have suggested getting sides to go with eggs.

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  16. Roel

    Canberra

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit noisy, but this place is really fancy and the food was nice. We brought a big piece of luggage, but there was no space to put it in a safe place. I found that several tourists having their luggage and family bringing a trolley visit this place during my stay. I hope Higher Ground should think about some solution.

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  17. JoeM

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and the venue is great. Will definitely be back.

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  18. Jammy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Coffee wasn't hot, very small cups. Food is overpriced. Ricotta hotcakes had rave reviews, not sure why as was quite dense not light and fluffy, a few smaller ones over one large would be better, $28 is ridiculous for what it is, friends poached eggs weren't runny. Staff were friendly.

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  19. JohnL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Higher ground is an excellent dining experience. I went for breakfast. The coffee was superb. The barista team are exceptional. The meals are wonderful as well. The ricotta pancake is something to behold!

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  20. MichaelG

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful food and a great menu. I understand why there was a line up out the door!

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  21. MichaelW

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The shine has gone. I had the Reuben Benedict. And we’ll it was just food. The house smoked pastrami was a real disappointment. It let the dish down.

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  22. KevinD

    Victoria

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    really enjoyed the breakfast and the vibe - a little on the pricey side but it is very popular , quality food and very good service . We will return

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  23. KimberleyFan

    Tokyo

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very popular place for breakfast/brunch. Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. The food is prepared with expertise and coffee arrived promptly. A great place to catch up with friends/family but don't expect to linger.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting food choices and beautiful ambience. An instagrammable worthy food and presentation!!

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  25. Buttercup

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Needs warm water to wash hands. But everything else was great

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  26. MikeyG

    Victoria

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Unfortunately they didn't read the special request I put in the booking.

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  27. Pepi

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and awesome atmosphere. Food was delicious! Cool place to go if you can get in!

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  28. ElaineM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the fit out, ambience and food. I found the service a little on the slow side though.

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  29. JenY

    Melbourne

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The best fruit toast and chai I've had! Large, light-filled multi-level space.

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  30. VicTi

    Adelaide

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. We were seated upstairs and could really appreciate the decor and architecture. Food was amazing, starting with the beautiful presentation to the taste which lived up to the look - highly recommended - but book or you will be waiting.

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  31. TahliaA

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Will definitely be back. Gorgeous building. Great staff. Amazing food. Fabulous coffee.

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  32. SimoneL

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice venue if you want to 'treat' yourself. Lovely meal but is pricey

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  33. AnaV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Very small plates, not worth the cost, the place is very beautiful.

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  34. CaroleS

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Italian Prosecco was excellent as was the food and the service.

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  35. GaynorD

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice venue, friendly, nice food, bathrooms lovely too

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  36. Soapy1

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A stylish and striking place to meet friends and share good food and excellent surroundings. A classy venue.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were here for brunch with old friends and it was very busy. We had a great table tucked in the corner and the service was excellent. The food was not as good as our previous visit but it was still of a high standard. The meals were well presented and we didn't have to wait too long. Once the noisy table next to us departed and we were able to hear each other talk it was great!

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  38. MelissaP

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We came for brunch and the menu options were good. Everyone was happy with their meal and it all looked and tasted delicious.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Deactivated - Far North Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience- food, customer service and place.

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  40. RachelM

    Adelaide

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Initially we were placed upstairs in between 2 smaller tables. We were that closer we couldn’t hear our own conversation. It was not relaxing at all. I inquired about moving to a table that was not as noisy and had more space between guests. The head waitress rolled her eyes at me and said there were no other tables. Eventually she offered us a downstairs table. This made an enormous difference. Much more comfortable and less noisy. It improved our experience greatly. I am a fan of their hotcakes and chilli scrambled eggs were wonderful. And the coffee as always is perfection in a cup!! The other waitresses were more friendly and often smiled.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Higher Ground Melbourne is rated 4.3 stars by 957 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable booking network.

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Google Map for Higher Ground Melbourne

650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Spencer Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Australian, Dining Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Spencer Street Multi story parking is just across the road.
  • Public Transit
    Southern Cross Station - 50mTram No. 96 - 20m
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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