Innocent Bystander

4.5
501 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.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JacquelineS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night!
Highly recommend the beef brisket, was delish!

The drinks were great too☺️

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RhondaW
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful atmosphere and service was fantastic, would highly recommend

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Lorian
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and wine. Had charcuterie platter, paella, cos lettuce salad & fries. More than enough tor 2.
Brisket was unavailable.
Menu choices all high carb - so very filling.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hi Lorian, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and leaving our team a five star review! It sounds like you had a feast...delicious! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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CaitlinE
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pizzas and dessert! Great, friendly service

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hi Caitlin, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great five star review! We hope to have all our customers back dining with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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Hughesy02
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff as always and fast and smooth service!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hey there Hughesy, Thanks for the five star review and highlighting our staff and service. See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific staff

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hey there! Thank you for the five star review and compliments! Cheers, IB

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MirandaD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really loved the food and the service was quick and friendly. Highly recommended.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hi Miranda, Thanks for stopping in at IB and leaving us a fantastic review. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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Deee
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and drinks, great service really enjoyable night

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hi Deee, Thanks for coming to visit us. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable night with us. We cannot wait to see everyone again soon, to pour our wines you know and love! Cheers, IB

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, highly recommend the lamb pizza, roasted beetroot and Mea Culpa Syrah!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hey Andrew, Thanks for visiting Innocent Bystander! Our Mea Culpa Syrah is the perfect addition to the spiced lamb! What a combo. Cheers, IB

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Trish
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great focaccia and amazing smoked eggplant. Paella not traditional Spanish more with an Italian twist but still totally delicious. Waiting staff very attentive. Really enjoyed our dining experience!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Trish, Thanks for coming to IBHQ and posting a great four star review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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JanM
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu hasn't changed still the same. Very little for a vegan who follows the fodmap very strict on any alterations. Didn't like being reminded when we already knew about our departure time.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on July 22, 2021

Hi Jan, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us with some beneficial feedback. We had a recent menu change, with some delicious new additions, sharing at the forefront of the design! Our kitchen is always happy to accommodate to guests with strict diets, please let us know and we can help in your choices. We are sorry to hear you felt rushed, our team does their best to make sure all guest have an enjoyable experience. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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GeeDee
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious paella, lamb pizza and focacia
Great service and friendly staff. Closing hours too soon

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi GeeDee, Thanks for leaving us a great review. Our paella is definitely a favourite, we are glad you enjoyed it! Our kitchen closes for main meals at 8PM on weeknights and 8:30PM on Friday and Saturday evenings, we still serve our delicious desserts till late in the evening. Cheers, IB

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Bianca
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Brilliant food, great menu and beautiful wine. OK with kids for early dinner or lunch. Absolute culinary highlight of our trip to healsville! Would come back for the woodfire focaccia with prosciutto and buratta cheese! Bread and butter pudding was also divine.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Bianca, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. We are excited to take the top position as your favourite food during your stay. The Brioche and Butterscotch pudding is delicious, perfect for sharing...or all for yourself! See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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BonnieM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt attentive service for our small family including two kids. Gourmet food for adults plus kids menu available as well. Great little spot with more than just wine.

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Timtan
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great late Saturday lunch with friends. Excellent service and good food.

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EvetteQ
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the service was fantastic! Our waiter went above and beyond to help us out. Will definitely be back!

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NealeD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick lunch of Pizza & Paella - fantastic
The Roasted Beetroot was amazing!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Neale, Thanks for stopping by our home in the Yarra Valley! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed our pizza, paella and roasted beetroot. See you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Expect to be treated like a number - very sterile and mediocre vibes. Pizza was quite decent but way over priced. Quite disappointed considering the reviews

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service friendly, great atmosphere

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place to eat and drink nice wine. I was there with my family inc 2 young boys. They are all their food which made me happy. Wife a vego and she loved her food.

Highly recommended.

Make sure you book.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were do friendly and food was delish! Get the truffle fries... they were our favourite.

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SienaM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved our time at Innocent Bystander. Highly recommend the wine paddle and pizzas!

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice pizzas with a good value wines

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RindaG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very pleasant afternoon with my family. Food was great and service was wonderful. Would not hesitate recommending the place to anyone. Thank you to all for the lovely afternoon.

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CaronR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a fantastic dining experience. Friendly and helpful staff and top quality food. Highly recommended.

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Smurf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a favourite with the uncomplicated food choices and great wine and beer.

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Zacharyd
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great location, atmosphere, food and wine fantastic, a little loud, but still an amazing place

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Traceyw
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and amazing wine. Lovely warm ambience.

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MICHELAG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Recommend dining here, came with the family. Food was really good, we had the cheese board, Paella and pizza, so great choices for everyone.
Wine was good too!!
Don’t recommend sitting next to the window on a sunny day, we were literally melting, but when asked the staff to move tables, they promptly organise somewhere else for us to sit and enjoy the rest of our lunch.

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Hungry1
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
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 on June 19, 2021
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 on June 18, 2021
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 June 15, 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 on June 21, 2021

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 June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Innocent Bystander
Responded on June 21, 2021

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
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Innocent Bystander
Responded on June 21, 2021

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 May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

Innocent Bystander
Responded on May 27, 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 May 22, 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 May 24, 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 May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Innocent Bystander
Responded on May 24, 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 May 16, 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 May 24, 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 May 16, 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 May 17, 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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FAQs

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

Innocent Bystander is rated 4.5 stars by 501 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 reservations at the moment.