Innocent Bystander

4.5
472 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 472 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hungry1
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Innocent Bystander was ok, worth giving it a shot if you're in healesville.
Just a couple of negatives, place was noisy and ran out of a couple of wines, couldn't try them. As well as the brisk. But customer service was nice and helpful thou...

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Maria
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our go to place whenever we are in Healesville. This time round, brought my friends along. They thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time will come back and try the pizza.

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julieo
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favourites but we wish you would bring back the chicken and chorizo paella

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MasterB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An enjoyable casual dining option in Healesville. Great wood fired pizzas, and a good selection of starters, sides, mains and desserts to suit all tastes. Love the Discovery wine paddle of 3 different wines 50 ml each as a point of difference if trying their wines for the first time. Good friendly staff, efficient service even in busy times.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us and leaving a stand out five star review! Our tasting paddles are designed to be the same volume of wine, but with 3 samples! You will have to try our other wines at our tasting bar next time you are in. Cheers, IB

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NarelleL
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed being out again. Great atmosphere and food. Loved the bread and butter pudding.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Narelle, Its great to have customers back with us again creating a great atmosphere. The brioche and butterscotch pudding is a great winter warmer! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff on & arrival & all through our time there. Service was prompt & very enjoyable meal

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for coming to visit Innocent Bystander. We are pleased to hear you had a great experience with us. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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AbigailF
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and wine. Maybe add more variety in the menu. Otherwise it was a good experience overall.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 27 May 2021

Hi Abigail, Thanks for coming to visit us at IBHQ and leaving us a great five star review. We often get great feedback about our menu and all our different dishes! We are pleased to hear you had a great overall experience. See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a very lovely place to eat. Although being kicked out because of a time limit is not very appealing.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for visiting us at Innocent Bystander. Our apologies if it felt as though you were being rushed. Often on weekends we do have back to back bookings for our dining space, we always welcome guests to stay and take a seat in our lounge for a few wines after dining. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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MICHAELH
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite venue for a spin in the car, a midweek light lunch and glass of wine.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi Michael, Thanks for coming to our home in the Yarra Valley! Its definitely a beautiful drive missing the weekend crowds, bonus! See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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MiaM
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing beer and wines. Caters well for vegans with their good quality vegan cheese option for pizza. Will be back for sure.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi Mia, Thanks for taking the time to write a glowing review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. We pride ourselves in using only the best quality ingredients we can find. We can't wait to see you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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vipGabbyS
8 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a really lovely lunch and the service was outstanding.
Excellent staff who were friendly, knowledgable & efficent.
They were the stand out of your restaurant.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 17 May 2021

Hi Gabby, Thanks for coming to visit us at our home in the Yarra Valley. We love to hear that our guests have had a great overall experience. We hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was highly recommnded but we were a little disappointed in the limited menu and value for money

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi Susan, Thanks for providing us with some feedback! We get great reviews on our menu and are sorry to hear you felt it was limited in offering. We have just released a brand new menu in our restaurant with some exciting new dishes, you can take a look at the menu from our website. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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GeoffW
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Upon paying they asked if we wanted to tip the waiter!? That's a first. (we were served by several waiters so a little confusing?). We awkwardly declined. Great service but we're not familiar with tipping and felt a little confused. Aren't the waiters paid a decent wage at this place?

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi Geoff, Thanks for leaving us a great review and complimenting our service. There is the option to leave a tip for the team, but certainly no obligation. The tips we receive are shared evenly between the kitchen and wait staff, this is quite common in hospitality venues! We hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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TashhyK
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our lunch. Food was amazing, fresh, different and all complemented each other. Dessert was heavenly.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 17 May 2021

Hi there, Thank you for writing a wonderful five star review! What dessert did you try? The favourite for our team is the Brioche and butterscotch pudding...Delicious!

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lizard
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

More casual in nature, which was expected. Our food was barely warm which on a cold evening is disappointing.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 24 May 2021

Hi there, Thanks for leaving us a great four star review with some wonderful feedback. We are sorry to hear your dining experience was not up to our usual high standards. Please let one of our friendly team know if something is not right and we would be glad to fix it and remake the dish for you. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the feel of the place and the staff were so friendly. Food and wine were excellent!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Peter, Thanks for stopping by Innocent Bystander! The venue has a great cozy atmosphere, especially as it's getting chilly outside, there's nothing better than sitting in front of our fireplace with a glass of our syrah. Come and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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RosP
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu was very limited with not much to choose from.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Ros, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and providing us some feedback. We often get great comments about our menu and all that we have to offer. We hope you were able to find something to your liking. Cheers, IB

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RobS
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend. Will come back soon I hope.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Rob, Thanks for writing a superb five star review! See you soon. Cheers, IB

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KarenH
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu, food and wine options, service fantastic. Food quality was great and imaginatively presented.
Loved the wine tasting boards in conical flasks.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Karen, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and writing a fantastic five star review! It's great to hear that we ticked all the boxes. We look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers, IB

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A slight annoyance with the rear door having to remain open when it allowed a cool breeze in. Patrons from two tables tried to close it to no avail.

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Dylan
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had a great time at Innocent Bystander an awesome casual dinner with the staff being very attentive.

Coming from Sydney, would definitely come back when down at Healesville.

The dessert was the highlight!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Dylan, Thanks for coming all the way from Sydney! It's great to hear that you had fantastic experience with us, we hope you make it down to Healesville again soon. Cheers, IB

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Def coming back . Food was amazing and service was fantastic . The wine tastings were a great size to figure out what you wanted. Can not recommend the cider enough !

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Melissa, Thank you for the wonderful five star review! It's exciting to hear you had a great time with us. Our cider is delicious, not to sweet and not to dry...PERFECT! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Buchs
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Outstanding service but needs a larger menu

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi Buchs, Thanks for coming to IBHQ. We are about to release a new menu VERY soon. Stay tuned to our socials to see when we make the new and exciting change! Cheers, IB

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PJHo
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Went there originally for the moscato but will definitely return for the food as well!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hi PJHo, Thanks for visiting our home in the Yarra Valley! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Let us know when you will be back so we can reserve a table for you. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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Cato
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was amazing. Prices were reasonable aswell. Will definitely visit again.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi Cato, Thanks for the great five star review. We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, IB

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BarbieandKen
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Second time being here, didn't appreciate being rushed out. I literally had to scull my wine. I don't recommend going here for a 3course dinner if you want to relax.
On the other hand, the wines are amazing.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi there, Thank you for coming back to Innocent Bystander. We are sorry to hear that you felt rushed and not relaxed. We always try to ensure guests have a pleasant experience with us. Often tables are booked back to back, although are always happy to move guest to our lounges or bar if they wish to continue chatting and enjoying our wines. We hope that this experience wont keep you from returning. Cheers, IB

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MartinP
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always value for Money, one of our top Restaurants.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi Martin, Thank you for writing a great review about us! We hope that we can continue to be your favourite place to dine. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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harrison
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great time, great food
New waitress so just learning but was very polite
But the guy came over and really new his stuff, was so impressed

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi Deb, Thank you for leaving us a great five star review! Its great to hear that your experience dining with us was enjoyable. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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Tommy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended Innocent Bystander and it definitely didn't disappoint. The food was brilliant!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi Tommy, Thanks for leaving us a great five star review. We are glad we could deliver on the recommendation! Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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MeiR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a really lovely time—the service, food and ambiance are wonderful. The inability to lower the blind next to the window was the main downside as it became unbearably hot. Not sure what happens in Summer! Anyway the staff were lovely and moved us to another table (luckily it wasn't quite packed).

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us a great review with some very helpful feedback! We are currently looking for solutions to keep the tables out of the winter sun, as the summer sun does not shine through in the same place! We will always do our best to shuffle around tables to ensure our guests are comfortable. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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BronwynR
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a drive through the Yarra Valley, Innocent Bystander is the perfect stop for a meal. Interesting menu with lots of share plates means you can sample great local produce. Good selection of wine and cocktails to accompany the food and a shop for purchasing your favourite drink on your way out. The staff are friendly and efficient and their COVID safe interventions are not burdensome. I highly recommend Innocent Bystander but remember to book first for this popular restaurant.

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SarahM
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, quick service and all in all very enjoyable!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 6 May 2021

Hi Sarah, Thank you for reviewing us five stars. We are pleased to hear that your overall experience with us was enjoyable. We hope to have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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SandraD
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inviting place, not too loud. Staff was so welcoming and helpful. Food is delicious and moscato is truly to die for.
Great value for money. We shared the 1 mt entree platter and then some pizza and paella, plenty for 5 people.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi Sandra, Thanks for leaving us a fantastic five star review! It is great to hear your group had an enjoyable experience with us. It sounds like you had a feast! Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, great food in lovely surroundings.
Would absolutely recommend

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 29 April 2021

Hi there, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and leaving us a great review! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Rusty
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed my lunch with friends. The food was good. I would recommend buying wine in smaller carafes as the Pyrex breakers do not sit in wine coolers and the large wine got warm. The service was OK but we received contradictory advice on how big the metre board was and what to order with it but fortunately we took the right advise. The waiter serving the metre board was very bland in explaining the contents and disappeared before any questions. Missed an opportunity to embellish the moment like testing us afterwards as to what things were as an example. Compared to our visit to 4 Pillars earlier the service staff were average in comparison. In saying that however we enjoyed the lunch very much and will go back.

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LouiseY
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Foid, wine and ambience. We will be back!

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LynetteC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were advised as to the unavailability of ingredients for pizzas, and were told we could not request any variations. This was reiterated as though it were a prerogative of 'fine dining' to be inflexible when it would have been so easy to be accommodating! Not impressed. The place is not what it once was.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 23 April 2021

Hi Lynette, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us feedback. This always helps us to improve how we operate! Our woodfired pizzas are made fresh with locally sourced produce! We certainly can accommodate flexibility with toppings for guests with dietary requirements. We apologise that we ran out of ingredients that you were hoping for, we do our best to make sure we can fulfil each menu item daily. We hope that you give us another try. Cheers, IB

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Meng
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a recommended by a friend to try. It didn’t disappoint. The food was great. Nice flavours with nice touches. The service was outstanding. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Would definitely be a regular to visit in the future. Thank you to all the staff.

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Cathyv
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly and efficient service. Food delicious.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant, good vibe, good service, nice food, overall would recommend.

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 472 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.