Higher Ground Melbourne

4.4
217 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Higher Ground, opened in 2016, is the latest cafe from the team behind The Kettle Black and Top Paddock. Sitting empty and unused for 30 years since the 1980's, it has now been lovingly restored and rebuilt over 2 years.

Not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant, we offer innovative fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside specialty coffee and a wine list featuring varietals ranging from South Africa to Spain.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Australian, Dining Bar
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Hours of Operation
MONDAY – FRIDAY
7am – 4PM
WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
8am – 4PM
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NIGHTS: THURSDAY - SATURDAY
Open till 11PM
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Phone number
(03) 8899 6219
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Nate Wilkins
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Cross Street
Spencer Street
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Parking Details
Spencer Street Multi story parking is just across the road.
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Public Transit
Southern Cross Station - 50m
Tram No. 96 - 20m
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 217 People Are Saying
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Took way too long to serve a three course meal..not recommended for dinner

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Unfortunately dinner pork belly advertised on menu was a very rough+ and chewy pork neck. Breakfast was amazing.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

CONS : I booked at this restaurant using the Citibank dining program - The site clearly states that to be eligible for a free bottle of wine, the table needs to spend a minimum of $50. The restaurant claimed this wasn't correct, and it had to be $100 per table. I'm fine with spending $100 there , but the site clearly states its $50 per table, and I was made to feel uncomfortable by the manager upon correcting him and he advised that the offer isn't advertised as it should be. If the offer shouldn't be offered it shouldn't be on the site, as a patron I shouldn't be made to feel like an idiot, and it is exhibiting poor customer service. Also the wine offered was not the wine that was listed on the Citibank site as available.

PROS : The food was awesome and well worth the visit.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely food and incredible friendly and professional service.
Upon arriving before an AFL match at docklands stadium, the wait staff immediately saw our footy scarves and said they would have us served and out of there within an hour, in plenty of time to make the game!
Lovely building, great ambience and meals were nutritious with the menu catering to my mums strict dietary requirements with ease.

Only downside was it was a little overpriced.

Will definitely be back though!

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Beautiful building, staff and atmosphere. Food was incredible - dined for both breakfast and dinner and both were wonderful. Thank you Higher Ground.

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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

You ran out of fish, not useful and the beer we requested was sold out.
you served the dip for 4 people with 2 slices of toast which to your credit you then rectified.

music a tad too loud even though this was a big venue

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

We only had a short time to dine prior to the football. The staff were accommodating, helpful and very knowledgeable of the menu items. Food was to die for and the wine was the same. Would highly recommend this venue.

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3.0Dined on 1 August 2018

We have now been coming here with our committee for the last 2yrs and the service is always lovely. It's really unfortunate though now we're not being able to pay for our individual meals as it makes it challenging. The service was also not as attentive as normal.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Worth coming back for more visits. Food is awesome and service staff is very attentive and accommodating to our needs. All the best.
Jean from Singapore. Thanks

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The duck pate' and the Barramundi was delicious!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Incredible room, great staff and an amazing six-course set menu. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Incredible night of dining with friends. Food and service was AMAZING and menu and beverage options were excellent. Food was AMAZING and the ambience and building was awesome, great location.

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1.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Average, overpriced food. Paid $30 for fish and then when I found bones in it and told the waiter that they might want to be aware of this so others didn’t choke, she did not seem to think this was a problem. Didn’t apologize or anything.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

I was given a voucher for Higher Ground, so I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a beautiful converted old building with soaring ceilings that form a peak, hence the name Higher Ground! The staff were excellent. From serving staff to the manager, everyone took excellent care of us. Now for the food! We chose the a-la-carte menu, rather than the set priced menu, and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and flavour of the dishes. My barramundi had the best crispy-skin ever, whilst my husband's steak was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this restaurant for its variety, flavour, and service.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food was great. We went for the set nenu and the six of us liked it. Table service was great too. Very friendly and cosy admosphere even though the restaurant is big. We’ll come back again.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Date night with hubby wanted somewhere with food and ambience that was a bit special but not over the top and Higher Ground was just that. Would go back and take others. Brunch menu looks amazing too

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

wonderful food and service really enjoyed the different menu items offered. Disabled access was very good.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Great Food
Great venue
Great Location
Our waiter from The Netherlands was very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Great venue, great fresh food. Excellent location near Southern Cross Station.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Cool building and great ambience. Beautiful food and coffee. Superb service!

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3.0Dined on 1 May 2018

When Higher Ground had initially opened, it was certainly the place to be. This most recent visit coincided with friends visiting from Hong Kong and Dubai. As a group, the food quality received mixed reviews - and most notably was the drop in quality of the coffee. The cafe staff were attentive, the same can not be said of the kitchen staff. In particular an individual named Paul would benefit from a crash course in basic manners and courtesy.

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3.0Dined on 28 April 2018

I went there for dinner. I heard it's good for brunch. Maybe I should have gone for brunch. The space is beautiful, high ceilings, cavernous feel.

The food was nice, but I was hungry after (despite having also ordered dessert). Service was good, albeit could be slow, and we ended up cancelling our hot drinks as it hadn't arrived, and we had finished our dessert and wanted to leave.

There was nothing bad about it, but I wouldn't be rushing back.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Whilst the menu and drink options were limited, they were wonderfully cooked and presented, I for one thoroughly enjoyed the wallaby shank special! The Restaurant seating and ambience was even better with lovely staff to match. Great venue for intimate dining as you can actually hear one another without the usual noisy background music.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Food was average. The tomato sauce on the fish wasn't very flavourful. Something was fried on the side but was chewy spongy. I was expecting a menu like about a year ago when I ate there which was delicious so sorry I was disappointed. Bring back the old menu please.

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

The staff and their personal service were exemplary. Thank you.

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Too noisy. Friendly staff but slow to take order. Music too loud for conversation.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

We celebrated our last night in Melbourne. It was a great evening. Place has a fantastic interior - a bit exclusive American loft feeling. Food was superb - had the chargrilled leek and the special of the day prawns as starters. Very tasty. But it was beaten by the lamb for two - so tender and delicious. We loved it. The service was very attentive and professional. Very recommendable place.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

We had a great night here the service was excellent as was our food. We had a slow cooked lamb shoulder which was exquisite ! Plus beautiful salads. Well done everyone

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Absolutely Exceptional place to dine
The food was delicious The waitress was very good

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

The food was great like always, a little loud for a business meeting and would have been better if the service was faster as we were working with a tight timeframe. All in all good.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Attentive and genuine service, great quality food and a menu to cover all tastes. Beautiful and comfortable space in an easily accessible location.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

A regular for weekend brunch, 1st time for dinner. Everything about the evening was spectacular. Introduced colleagues to Higher Ground and entertained colleagues from Singapore - we all can’t wait to come back. Special mention to our waitress Emma - she made our evening that little bit more special. Her knowledge, recommendations, attention to detail and gentle, friendly personality, was appreciated by everyone in the group. Looking forward to dining for dinner again.

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3.0Dined on 2 February 2018

The restaurant's high ceiling captured my eye instantly, its industrial yet friendly design goes well with the food and cocktails. Nothing too fancy, everything was just right for a comfortable date. The waitstaff were quite friendly too, and very attentive to their customers.

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4.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Dinner was excellent - a unique place whether dining as a group, a couple or solo. The mornings are apparently hectic but evening was a relaxing experience. Both the contemporary cuisine and attentive staff service fulfilled expectations.

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5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Hands down one of the best brunch experiences I have ever had. The food was INCREDIBLE (best scrambled eggs ever) with very attentive service. They also accommodated very well to dietary requirements of dairy free and gluten free making adjustments to the options available.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Amazing restaurant. Delicious food, great service, beautiful interior. Went back for coffee a couple of days later which was also worth the visit,

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2.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Average food, average service, over priced. When catching up with some out of town friends we thought we couldn’t go wrong with higher ground.... but we should have suggested breakfast or lunch, not dinner. Limited menu, food sounded good, but did not deliver. What was supposed to be an eclectic mix of flavours was over seasoned and uninspiring, and a touch over cooked. Staff were attentive in terms of providing water.... at $7 a bottles, but goodluck maintaining a full glass of wine or ordering a second round. From all accounts the breakky, lunch and coffee fare sounds incredible so I’d give them a second chance at an alternative time of day. Maybe it’s with sticking to what they’re good at?

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4.0Dined on 4 January 2018

Special thanks to Melissa from Oldham for her splendid friendly service

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

We first went to Higher Ground for breakfast (recommend booking) and had a great experience and enjoyed an alternative menu. We were so happy with the morning that we booked for Dinner the very next night and once again were not disappointed. Delicious meals, attentive friendly service, and great ambience. We would not hesitate in returning when next in Melbourne. Highly Recommend!

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Food was outstanding. I requested a vegan meal and was blown away by how tasty everything was. The service was great, and they all were very proud of their Restuarant, which left an impression. Amongst the top two vegan meals I have ever had. I’ll be back in a flash next time I’m in Melbourne.

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