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Innocent Bystander - Innocent Bystander, Healesville, AU-VIC

Innocent Bystander

4.6
4.6
775 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Come visit us at our home in Healesville (we call it IBHQ) for some delicious wine, local produce, artisan pizza and tasty paella, or enjoy a non-wine option such as our real cider, local beers and spirits and great coffee.

It’s an urban cellar door, restaurant, bar and your home away from home, so swing by 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 using 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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Winery

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 5999 9222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Themel

  • Neighborhood

    Yarra Valley

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 775 people are saying

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4.6
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  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. JS

    JanetS

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were very impressed and feel you have created a happy and high standard of service with all the staff members being friendly but efficient. The menu is simple but the food is good quality and most enjoyable. We had a share platter which we really enjoyed.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service slow and meal served before entree . Very average menu and below par for taste . Won’t be re visiting .
  3. FO

    FelicityO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous experience and food! Such value, beautiful staff and a pretty venue. Can't wait to come again 😊

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThank you so much for the great review, we're glad you had a great time here at IBHQ. Look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Cheers, IB

  4. F

    Fishy

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Staff are so friendly and attentive to needs ... really excellent The food and the ambience are good too Plenty of reason to visit again and again....❤️❤️❤️

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for the great feedback. Our team of Bystanders are always ready to serve up great food and wine with 5-star service, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Cheers, IB

  5. SN

    SuzanneN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The staff were terrific, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Food also great … lots of options including for those who need food to be gluten free.

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for the great review Suzanne, we're glad you had a great experience. We think our team are pretty great too, and the gluten free pizzas are always a hit! Look forward to seeing you next time. Cheers, IB

  6. M

    Mumof4

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was a little slow but overall very friendly staff and lovely food
  7. G

    suzanneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, menu choices and ambiance. Easy book in and service was excellent.

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks Suzanne, we think our chefs do a pretty great job too! Look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Cheers, IB

  8. M

    Maria

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We've dined at this fine establishment many times and we always have a nice meal. The only feedback I will give is, the chef board we ordered need more cheese choices. Other than that, it was perfect. The paella was very tasty. Definitely coming back again. Will need to leave room for dessert.

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for taking the time to leave us a review Maria. We agree, the paella is always a great choice! We hope to welcome you back again soon so you can try some of our fantastic desserts. Cheers, IB

  9. v

    virginiah

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Music was far too loud we had to shout to hear each other

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for taking the time to give us some feedback, we appreciate it. We try to create an environment for great wine, great food and great conversation so we are sorry to hear that your experience was any less than that. We hope this won't stop you from giving us another go and hope to welcome you back again soon. Cheers, IB

  10. LF

    LyndalF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch! Great service and food was delicious

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoTwo things that we love to hear! Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review, look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Cheers, IB

  11. MW

    MelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We squeezed in a wine tasting before our lunch booking- staff were extremely accommodating and gave great recommendations for the wine tasting! The tempranillo was our favourite! Great food options too- Lovely burrata and the mushroom truffle pairing for the pizza was outstanding! Truffle fries was also a favourite! Would love to come back again sometime soon!

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for the great review Mel! Our cellar door team are always happy to dish out a great wine recommendation and they rarely disappoint. Sounds like you managed to hunt down all of the best truffle dishes on the menu while you were here. Look forward to welcoming you back for a few more glasses of Tempranillo again soon, it's one of our favorites! Cheers, IB

  12. JW

    JudyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great lunch ,beautiful wines ,cold lager, pizza and churros. Great service..we will re visit too.

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThank you for the wonderful feedback Judy. Great food, great service and fantastic wine is what we're all about at IBHQ. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

  13. PK

    PhilK

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Yesterday was a very busy day in Healesville but luckily, we had made a booking for lunch. We were shown directly to our table and received the most professional service from all of the young staff that we encountered. The food and drinks were of quite high standard, but the great service was the highlight. Highly recommended!

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review. Our food and wine is always fantastic, but we totally agree with you, our team of bystanders are always spot on when it comes to great service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

  14. MD

    MickeyDodds

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational food and drinks. Refined and sophisticated, but also very welcoming to all.
  15. M

    Melissa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a lovely lunch with family. delicious food and wine. Excellent sevice. We had a table by the window, as much as we loved the glorious sunny day, it made for an uncomfortble warm lunch in the sun. Thank you to the thoughtful young man who positioned the sliding wall to protect us from the harsh rays.
  16. L

    Lumpypotplant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the food, service and the ambience. The Moscato is a must-try!

    Innocent BystanderResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great feedback, our Moscato is always a hit so we're glad to hear you loved it as much as we do! Look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Cheers, IB

  17. JP

    JacquelineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wine. Friendly service. Hassle-free booking process
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very attractive venue. Atmosphere was great. Staff were very attentive and food and drinks were delivered very very quickly. Bottle shop on the way out is a great idea and very tempting. Paddle for three drinks was a great way to sample what is on the wine list.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    I thought I had booked online for 3, turns out it was only for 2. We had driven from Melbourne to go for lunch especially, considering the raving reviews. Upon entry the waitress gave us so much attitude when the three of us walked in and said she couldn’t add another chair to our table as it was in a walkway. She made no attempt to seat us elsewhere, despite there being free tables in the restaurant space, not just drinking only space, for the time we were there. We sat outside which was fine, however they probably should invest in some outdoor heaters to make it more comfortable on colder days. The other service staff delivering our food were kind enough and the food was great, however the waitress upon arrival was so snide and obnoxious, I really don’t think we’ll be back.
  20. J

    Jjwazzania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, lovely food, exceptional service. Highly recommend

    Innocent BystanderResponded on September 18, 2022Thanks for leaving us a great review, those are 3 things we love to hear at IB. Come visit us again soon! Cheers, IB

  21. NF

    NicoleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and speedy meal delivery. Our waiter was great!
  22. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a tour guide I love to visit Innocent Bystander with groups of people. Out of houndreds of visits all 100% groups were absolutely happy with their lunch at the winery.
  23. MM

    MeaghanM

    Melbourne

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Woodford pizza and great service. Great being able to book online too

    Innocent BystanderResponded on September 18, 2022Hi Meaghan, Thanks for the feedback, we are glad to hear that both the food and service were great. We'll see you again soon! Cheers, IB

  24. AH

    AnnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for great food, quality wines, relaxed atmosphere and excellent table service then Innocent Bystander in Healesville can’t be missed. We shared two pizzas and salad accompanied by a beautiful Yarra Valley Rose. Delicious! This is our third visit to Innocent Bystander and it is still a treat. We will be back!

    Innocent BystanderResponded on September 18, 2022Thanks Ann! We are so glad that you have enjoyed your dining experiences here at IBHQ and that you are well on your way to becoming a regular. We look forward to seeing you next time. Cheers, IB

  25. WT

    WendyT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to come here for a few years. OMG the pizzas were amazing and the staff really friendly. Highly Recommend and will definitely be back!
  26. JT

    JohnT

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great and enjoyed the preliminary tasting prior to lunch Frances (wine manager front of house) was excellent - well informed, friendly & welcoming
  27. NN

    NazrinN

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place (spacious, high ceiling, modern), food (the Focaccia is a must try!), drinks and service!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The waitress Got my husband pizza order wrong so we ended up eating at separate times.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I invited a group of friends for my birthday, and had a lovely time. The food was tasty, especially the carrot side dish, and the wine tasting palette was great value. It was a very affordable option for a birthday event. Some of the pizzas could have had just a little bit more toppings, if I’m being picky. Overall a great experience that I can’t complain about!
  30. DM

    DeMon

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Casual setting with nice selection of food on the specials menu. Also provides the chance to sample a wide range of current wines.
  31. CK

    CarolK

    Gold Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We don't get up to Healesville from Melbourne very often ... but when we do, we always try and book Innocent Bystander for lunch. Love the mushroom pizza and the cos salad ... what a great dressing! Finished off with a lovely glass of prosecco. The service and ambience are always terrific ... great spot!
  32. G

    Glenn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The pizzas some of the best I have had. We chose 3 pizzas with 3 different toppings. All were good. Our party of 3 chose a different favorite such was the quality and taste
  33. TL

    TLDB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Small menu is a blessing and a curse. Food is quick to be served but limited choice (especially if you’re not fancy or a fussy eater). Lamb pizza was very good and highly recommended. Lovely venue though and vibe is good.
  34. SB

    SabinaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Girls Golf weekend. We started with a wine tasting. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Dinner was a stand out. Amazing Food. Our waitress from the Barossa Valley was knowledgable, helpful with the food options and so friendly. She was 10/10. The food was sublime. We ordered all the smaller tasting plates from the menu and one larger meal for the table. It was all perfect. A great mix of vegetarian options and meat dishes. We enjoyed the Wine. That was another pleasant surprise! Can't wait to bring my family here for the experience.
  35. AM

    AnnetteM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good food and great wine all enjoyed in a modern, cozy restaurant.
  36. CB

    ChristopherB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had pizzas which were very good. Service was good too.
  37. E

    Emma

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, delicious wine cocktails and great atmosphere
  38. RG

    RajG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great, ambience very good and also tasted wine there. Will definitely visit again
  39. PM

    PipM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Very friendly. Quick service. Great atmosphere. Great location
  40. AI

    AaronI

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great local beer, wine and spirits. And couldn't ask for better service. Highly recommend

FAQs

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

Innocent Bystander is rated 4.6 stars by 775 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Innocent Bystander

316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, AU-VIC 3777

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Yarra Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Winery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Themel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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