Innocent Bystander

4.5
295 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Come visit us at our new home in Healesville (we call it IBHQ) for some delicious wine, great pizza and tasty paella, or enjoy a non-wine option such as our IB Cider and Melbourne coffee around a share board.

It’s a cellar door, a café, restaurant, bar and your home away from home, so relax and enjoy.

We think our wines are best enjoyed with good company and great food, so we crafted our menu with sharing in mind. Created from fresh local Yarra Valley ingredients and inspired by classic dishes we love, our food matches our wines – delicious!

The whole range of Innocent Bystander wines are served fresh from temperature-controlled, 100% recyclable kegs. It’s the same wine as in the bottles, just served by the glass or carafe.
What 295 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal after months of lockdown we finally got to celebrate kissed birthdays!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 6 hours ago

Hi, Thanks for leaving us a great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers, IB

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Sarahjp
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love it at the Innocent Bystander and have had a great time each visit. This time we found the staff were not as friendly but we still really enjoyed it. 😊

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Sarah, Thank for stopping by and visiting us again. We are excited to be back open and pouring wines again. Cheers, IB

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DanielT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat after being cooped up in lockdown!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Daniel, We are glad all our customers can come and visit us again. We are glad you had a great time. Cheers, IB

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MaxineD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, superb wines, very attentive service, definitely returning soon!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Maxine, Thanks for leaving us a great five star review. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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PhillipS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable, cheese and smoked salmon share plates were great

Innocent Bystander
Responded 6 hours ago

Hi Phillip, It sounds like you had a great time with us. We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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JackiT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the favourite go to for our family and we’ve missed our visits whilst in lockdown. So good to be back!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Jack, We are glad to have you back! Its been a long wait...but we made it. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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Gracie
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We were told repeatedly we only had an hour and a half at the table and were pushed to order. Then this time was reduced by ten minutes, before they tried to get us to carry our food outside half an hour early so “they could prepare the table”. We had no intentions of staying over our time as we are aware of the Covid restrictions so it was very frustrating, especially when the waitresses did not come over to top up our water and drinks, presumably so we would leave faster. Disappointing as we had booked a month in advance. Hopefully once COVID restrictions ease they will take a more relaxed approach to service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 5 hours ago

Hi Gracie, Thanks for giving us some very helpful feedback. Its been a crazy couple of weeks as we try to figure out exactly what works and what does not. We do currently allocate each group 80 minutes per booking to allow everyone the chance to dine and get the table ready for the next booking. I apologise that your experience with us was not up to standard. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Craig
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food great, no disappointment at all.

Loved the staff, tried very hard in difficult times.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 6 hours ago

Hi Craig, Thanks for the great review. See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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AmeliaB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a fantastic and romantic dinner for our anniversary, the service was incredible and also the food we ordered, from the salads to the pizza and even the chips were just as tasty! The cranberry mocktail was so refreshing. Will be coming back very soon to try more dishes !

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner here - capping off a lovely first day in the Yarra Valley during a long awaiting escape to wine country from Melbourne. Highly recommend! The food (pizza, pickled eggplant and churros) was delicious. We also had it with the accompaniment of a tasting paddle of wines, which was a great way to sample the wine offerings available. What made the night though was excellent service. We will definitely return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with large size wood fire pizza.

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dined on a Wednesday night.
Service was excellent and the food was tasty and well presented :)

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VanessaB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great afternoon at Innocent Bystander with my girlfriends after not seeing each other for 8 months due to lockdown... service was great, food was great and will definitely be back soon

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really happy, the only thing I would suggest is that you have your Covid Marshall at the entry door letting people know what to do so that they can follow protocols. We had an older lady absolutely stress out as we entered and she yelled at us to go outside and wait as we exceeded the max number inside at the counter, she then never returned to welcome us in, we waited outside for 10 minutes before I walked in and asked if we could enter and another lovely young lady looked after us. Clear communication is the key!!

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and helpful staff who knew all about the food they served. Our group particularly enjoyed the platter of local produce. The atmosphere was relaxed and casual, yet highly professional.All COVID protocols were being followed!

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DebraF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Well informed, safe and very efficient with excellent food and beverages

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Debra, Thank you for coming to visit! We appreciate your five star review. We are glad to be back open doing what we love again. Cheers, IB

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ItaloR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable place to eat and drink. Would definitely go back.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi there, Thank you for supporting Innocent Bystander! We cant wait to have you back in the venue soon. Cheers, Team IB

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Pamela
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was incredible and the team very attentive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Pamela, Thanks for stopping by and dining with us. Our team are very exciting to be back serving all our wonderful customers again. we will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome service and such a cool place to eat.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Lisa, Thank you for leaving us a five star review! We are very proud of our venue and the food our kitchen team produce. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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SianH
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant. Love your work, we always recommend to all our friends and family. Great service, great food.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Sian, Thank you for visiting and giving us a five star review! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. We were well looked after.
Open spaces.
Delicious drinks menu.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Amanda, Thank you for leaving us a great review. Customer experience is so important to us, we are thrilled you had a great time. Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Service was great food ok but put out back in dark during day when sun was shining

Not a great experience

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Michelle, Thank you for visiting us and providing us with great feedback. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with us. With regulations in place limiting the number of patrons per area we made use of all dining spaces. We have just opened up our brand new Garden of Innocence which is a bright and vibrant area to enjoy outdoor dining. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Leonie
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and a beautiful venue. Very well organised with the reopening

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Leonie, It was a big effort to get the doors reopened, we are so lucky to have a great team who all made it happen! Cheers, Team IB

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KatJ
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys were the best ever. First dining out experience since february and it was wonderful. Food was amazing and service was warm, genuine and top notch quality. Love IBs!!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Kat, It has been such a pleasure having all our lovely customers back in the venue! It's great to hear that you loved your experience. We will see you soon. Cheers, IB

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innocent Bystander was easy going, fun and delicious!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 November 2020

Hi Ruby, You have hit the nail on the head with that description! We have just opened our brand new Garden of Innocence with a very relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Cheers, IB

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KatP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pizza the most! Such a great place! Enjoyed our meal so much! Staff were all fantastic !

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Kat, Thank you for coming to visit us at Innocent Bystander! We are please to hear you had a great experience with us. We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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LouA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team have done a great job of providing a top experience in and amongst the challenges of the day. Fantastic food, grea ambience and wonderful service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Lou, Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a fantastic 5 star review! While we all face daily challenges its great to have the support from amazing customers. We hope to have you dine with us again shortly. Cheers, Team IB

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely staff and terrific service. Great to see them back open again.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi James, We had a great stint being open while restriction were eased, we cant wait to be open again for dining. In the meantime we have takeaway available! Cheers, IB

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MeredithE
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the drive from inner Melbourne. Beautiful ambience with the open fire. Interesting fresh and tasty salads. Staff friendly and patient. Love the wines too!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Meredith, Thank you for supporting us! We are lucky to have a such a great venue to call home. Its perfect in front of the fireplace on a cold Melbourne day. Be sure to stay tuned to our socials to keep up to date with all things Innocent Bystander. Cheers, Innocent Bystander Team

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IlseC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, lovely food and the wine was wonderfull! They even have a kids menu. The perfect place to have a late lunch, we loved it.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi there, Thanks for coming to dine with us at Innocent Bystander. We hope to have you back with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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TessC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely food, very kid friendly and great service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Tess, Thank you for coming to visit us and leaving a great 5 star review! We hope to have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Lovely staff in delightful Healesville

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Nicole, Thank you for supporting us during some very uncertain times. We love being open again, serving great food and great wine! Hopefully we will see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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AshM
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and friendly service. Great atmosphere for get togethers.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Ash, Thanks for coming to dine with us at our home in Healesville! We cannot wait to be back up and running again at our full capacity, stay tuned to our socials for further updates! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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AlexandraJ
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For was great, service was great and the food was really good. Loved the tasting paddle.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Alexandra, Thank you coming to Innocent Bystander and supporting us as we navigate our new normal! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us! The tasting paddle is the perfect option for trying 3 of our wines at the table. Cheers, Team IB

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JohannaM
Melbourne / VIC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and they really take social distancing seriously. It was real piece of mind. I will be returning again for a meal ( and a drink) as soon as possible.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Johanna, Thank you for coming to dine with us and leaving a great 5 star review! We are doing our very best to adhere to all social distancing and all precautionary measures. We look forward to having you back for a wine or two! Take care, IB

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch recently, including drinks, pizza and dessert and it was all wonderful.
The staff were friendly and attentive and we cannot wait to return.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Jessica, Thanks for stopping by and dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your Innocent Bystander experience. Our team are excited to be back serving our customers delicious food and wine! We will be sure to see you again in the near future. Take care, IB

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AH05
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food (veg pumpkin pizza) and some delicious Prosecco to accompany.
The staff were super lovely and friendly. There was a slight delay in our meal. However, the staff were amazing enough to recognise this before we even had to ask about our meals. This is true and fabulous service.
Will be back here again!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us and providing a fantastic 5 star review. We love our Zucca Violina pizza, it is the perfect vegetarian option, especially with our King Valley Prosecco! We look forward to having you back again shortly. Take care, Team IB

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Kara
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the current pandemic, Innocent Bystander continues to provide excellent food and exceptional service while still looking after the health and well-being of their staff.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Kara, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great 5 star review! The safety and well-being of our guests and staff is paramount, we are doing everything to remain safe during the current climate! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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LeoD
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm service. Prompt delivery of food. Delicious dishes. Varied drinks selection. Worth the drive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Leo, Thanks for stopping by and dining at Innocent Bystander. We always aim to provide our guest with friendly and fast service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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BecW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I visited Innocent Bystander whilst still in the middle of the Covid pandemic, whilst the food and service was amazing, it was upsetting to see such a beautiful venue so empty.
I will definitely be returning here when the restrictions ease so I can experience the full atmosphere this place has to offer.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Bec, Thank you for visiting and supporting Innocent Bystander as we begin to return to some kind of normal. We can't wait to have venue filled with amazing guests again! Tune into our socials to keep up to date with all things IB. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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FAQs

Innocent Bystander offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5999 9222.

Innocent Bystander is rated 4.5 stars by 295 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 bookings at the moment.