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Award winning Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner venue in Melbourne. Functions, Weddings and Events. Open 7 days a week.
$5 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner
Cafe, Australian
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As my partner and I decided to spend NYE in the Melbourne CBD, we searched out a quality restaurant for a NYE dinner, and made a reservation for this restaurant on the 12th December 2020. We were later requested on the 30th December, by email,...to confirm our booking, which we did. We had travelled over 130kms into the CBD, for a special short break, and were thoroughly looking forward to the dinner. We arrived some 5 minutes prior to our booking time, only to find the premises closed. A very apologetic cleaner inside advised us that the restaurant was closed for the evening. This left us the challenging task of finding a decent restaurant to dine at, at the peak of New Years Eve. Surely, staff could have contacted their pre-booked customer/s to inform them of their closing for this night? Not impressed at all.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 3, 2020

Poor service, miserable, Luke warm hollandaise and the smallest eggs I have ever seen poached. For such a trendy looking place why serve powdered chai. Beautiful building. Maybe dinner would be better? Don’t know if I would go back to find out

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed June 6, 2020

With the corona virus restrictions being eased, we decided to have an early lunch at Higher Ground. We started with Bloody Marys, then ordered. I had poached salmon on creamed lentils. Three of our party had kale salad, with an egg, which was fine for...the diet conciouxs members of our party (all the women). The males, apart from me, had Eggs Benedict., which was very well done. It was a good lunch, and not expensive. The restaurant was not overly full, compared to other Sundays; the number of diners was limited because of corona virus restrictions. Bookings are essential.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed May 3, 2020

My daughter lives in Spencer Street, walking distance from Higher Ground so she invited me for brunch. She's working from home. I had my favourite brunch, croque monsieur -- really, a fancy ham and cheese sandwich. My daughter had a riccota hotcake with maple syrup...and seasonal berries.. She's a vegetarian, there's a good menu for vegos. Higher Ground has a varied menu, served all day, also available on Uber Eats.More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed April 13, 2020

The food was amazing!! Eggs were perfectly done. Good vibes, with sophisticated design of the restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed March 23, 2020

One of the top coffee / brunch places to visit in Melbourne... EASILY! Outstanding tasting, looking, smelling food, great service and an overall great experience.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020

Complete with Chinese dancing dragons! A great venue for a very special occasion. The waiting staff, the bar staff, the chefs did a great job.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020

This was my first visit here, and reservations are highly recommended. I happened to be solo, and I was able to be seated at the bar promptly without a reservation. Many were waiting patiently at the door for their requested seats. The venue is gorgeously...stunning, open plan in a renovated church. Service was surprisingly efficient considering how busy the venue was. I had the braised seasonal mushrooms, fried polenta, poached eggs on sourdough, and added a side of thick cut bacon. Delicious! Would love to return for a dinner service (Thurs-Sat) sometime.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

FOOD WAS AMAZING. BUT, walked into the restaurant, told them I had a reservation, and got seated by the door where all other Asians were, which was chilly cos they left the door open. When I left a note on the reservation to arrange a...nice corner table if possible. Obviously completely ignored. After 10min I got seated, got an email from opentable saying I did not attend to my reservation, lol, I just replied the email saying I got seated in front of the bar, should have their staff check the reservation before seating guests down maybe. Told the staff to recommend items on the menu, she literally read the menu out, focusing on the main course, and others, “just see what you like”. Was it not obvious we don’t know what we want that’s why we are asking for recommendations? Ok, after ordering, the staff had agree to serve our dishes in order so we could enjoy the best of everything. But NO, they decided to serve all the mains together, and when they were told we asked to separate the mains, they dare to reply “oh really”. No DUH, we decided on spot. So of course we asked the floor staff to keep the other main warm while we enjoy what we wanted first. As a guest working in FNB service industry as well, they are definitely under trained, or more like waiting to get off work, don’t give a sht attitude. This restaurant is definitely overrated and would definitely not come back. Would even regret to say I wasted one night here for dinner since I’m traveling for such short time. Sorry chefs, I would love to thank you guys, but the floor staffs had ruined everything. Cheers.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020

I always enjoy visiting this cafe. While the menu hasn't changed for many years, if you are visiting infrequently then there are still enough options to keep your interest. I have found the dishes to be of inconsistent quality, but that's probably because I've been...going here for years! The ricotta hotcake is the resident favourite and very popular. It is big so don't mistake it for your regular morning pancakes. Don't be afraid of hopping onto their Instagram to check out what looks good! The venue itself is beautiful, big and airy with lots of greenery. It is almost always busy, so ensure that you factor in a wait time between 20-40 minutes depending on when you visit. It gets busy from about 9.30am on weekends and 8.30am on weekdays but there is an outdoor area with a coffee cart that you can wait in. The location is great for tourists, just across the road from the SkyBus and Southern Cross Station. Just make sure you budget waiting time if you going to stop by on your way to somewhere!More

Date of visit: March 2020
HigherGroundDarling, General Manager at Higher Ground, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

Hi, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoy visiting our venue regularly. We will be having a seasonal menu change in the near future so hopefully we will have some exciting new dishes for you to try. Hope to see you soon....More

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Josephine H
January 30, 2019|
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Response from georgiaemuller | Reviewed this property |
Yes :)
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Response from Garry632015 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure but suggest you look at the cafe website.
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Response from Jill D | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any high chairs when I visited but a good idea to call them.
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