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Innocent Bystander - Innocent Bystander, Healesville, AU-VIC

Innocent Bystander

4.6
4.6
735 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

8:30 PM


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 735 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Ambiance

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  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Fit for Foodies

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Good for Groups

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Healthy

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Great for Lunch

  • Yarra Valley Ranges

    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

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    Sunday Lunch

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  1. AI

    AaronI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    TracieE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We were told we needed to vacate table by 2pm. Couldn’t order 30min dessert at 1.30pm. Ordered something else then told 15 mins later table was still available after 2pm as booking had cancelled and no need to hurry. 30 mins later told to vacate table again as there was another booking different to the first one. Very disappointing experience.
  3. RB

    RBFB

    Brisbane

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was so nice to walk into a venue mid winter that was warm!! However the temperature seemed to drop towards the end of the night, which wasn't great. Food was good and so was the service. Open fire area could be made so much more accommodating and would encourgage people to have a drink post dinner. The fact it was soon after 9pm when staff were actively packing up made us almost feel unwelcome to stay on, so we left and went had a couple of vinos elsewhere.
  4. d

    danielr

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambience and good device Good selection a little limited
  5. YO

    YelenaO

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a spicy pork and a lamb pizza with a side of ridiculously delicious French fries, along with a friendly and quick service for a Saturday night. Will definitely come back for chefs selection and wine paddles.
  6. GB

    GabrielaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wine. Staff were very approachable and attentive.
  7. PD

    PDosh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    The staff was not polite . We took a bit long to order our mains and were told the table had to be vacated -did not mind that but the way it was all handled was not at all professional.There was a lot of rudeness.The manager instead of being apologetic argued with us and we’re not ready to listen to us at all .Expected much better service when you come all the way and pay so much
  8. AR

    AntheaR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great casual dining - food, drinks and atmosphere. Will be back.
  9. m

    martinl

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice comfortable setting in a busy restaurant, can’t fault the table service, food was yummy and paired with good wine. We will visit again.
  10. JG

    JenG

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food - we shared a charcuterie board and pizza for lunch and it was all delicious. Friendly staff who looked after us well.
  11. GW

    GayleW

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked online . Very easy. Kept up to date . From QLD, found restaurant on things to do in Healesville. Staying at Big 4 . Plenty of parking. Well worth the visit.
  12. AC

    AnnaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were excellent at Innocent Bystander and the ambience very enjoyable. Good food and lovely wine. A really fun lunch on a sunny Sunday.
  13. KH

    KristinaH

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff and the menu has a lot of variety. The focaccia was delicious!
  14. MS

    MarkS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Thank you for a great day, with friends down form the country they loved it and had a great time, thank you
  15. AJ

    AngelaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went for lunch with friends. Great space, plenty of room and not noisy. Very friendly staff, fast service. Great pizza and delicious cider. But wow the aioli that came with the fries was stunning! I also bought a cool beaker for a gift.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice meal and wine - great service
  17. LW

    LisaW

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance, food was served very quickly and the wait staff were excellent. Will definitely be back.
  18. GR

    GRAEMEB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Fettuccini Marinara was as good as I have ever had
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cool place to eat out, nice drinks on offer, menu quite restrictive if you’re not a fan of pizza. Pork belly in Paella but not on menu was disappointing as it was delicious.
  20. LC

    LynetteC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had booked a lunch , enjoyed the pizza it was very nice. Great wines to compliment the style of food offered . The service was exceptional, made sure we were looked after and answered any questions without bother. We enjoyed some time on couches discussing the lovely ambience. The restaurant was fairly full so noise was loud until some cleared out . Overall definitely worth a visit and lunch .
  21. B

    Busybee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We almost cooked sitting at a window with the winter sun glaring onto our heads- even with the blinds down (they only go halfway). After we moved tables to avoid the discomfort we noticed another waitress moved an exterior wall to block the sun. The paella was stodgy and lacking in taste but generous. Had the gambero pizza but I wish I’d been warned the chilli pesto was a serious chilli pesto. Pizza was ok but my tastebuds were blistered. Dessert cones were a joke but the churro was nice enough. Wine was good as was service. Appreciated the still and sparkling water. It was ok but I won’t be back
  22. SK

    SandraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We did a wine tasting before the meal and Jacob was excellent….we had fun and it wasn’t a chore to explain the wines, he set the tone for an enjoyable lunch! The dining staff were very friendly and attentive. The risotto was a little bland, could have had more of a kick.
  23. L

    4Lioness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and ambience is great! Staff are very friendly
  24. BM

    BiancaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and drinks, friendly and helpful staff, great atmosphere.
  25. EF

    EFood

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was really tasty and served quickly. We arrived for a late lunch on a Monday the service was not very friendly (aside from the guy who seated us who was later at the bar).
  26. A

    Andrew

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always enjoyed a place where you can close your eyes and choose a random meal from the menu.
  27. HR

    HayleyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiters were attentive, really friendly and food service was super fast - great when hungry kids are involved. Thanks for a memorable meal!
  28. M

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our lunch at Innocent Bystander. But we’re disappointed that a number of things were unavailable. Tgebspeacial pizza of the day had run out (it was 12.30pm), mojitos we’re unavailable because there was no mint, and the cones of Joy’ were also unavailable. But we did enjoy our meal and the venue,
  29. H

    Hayleys

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, the wait staff were very attentive. The menu was a little restricted, maybe just add some more choice. In saying that though, the pizza dough was incredible!! The setting is gorgeous and Healesville is beautiful. Thanks for a lovely night!
  30. EB

    EmmaB

    Victoria

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Friendly staff. Great wine. Wish there was a few more options on the menu.
  31. S

    Simon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were fortunate enough to secure a table 48 hours out for our family of four. The service staff kindly relocated our table to find a spot more suitable to fit our pram. The food was lovely especially the butterscotch pudding. OMG, I will certainly come back for more of that dessert!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service, limited menu, very good wine selection.
  33. KM

    KayeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place to pop in and get some great food and a drink😊
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice food, although not a huge menu. Accommodating to a baby/toddler. Great take away beverage options.
  35. J

    Jooo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I felt waitress was too pushy in moving us along, we were aware of our 2 hour seating (starting at 12:30), but we're expected to leave before 2:30 finish. We felt very under pressure to leave. The 1m board Chef selection for $60 was also quite disappointing, for the price, there was very minimal food.
  36. TB

    TraceyB

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a lovely setting. The service and the quality was so good.
  37. JK

    JulieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our visit to the Innocent Bystander. We did wine tasting before our lunch which was conducted by Jayden. He was very informative and a lot of fun. All the wines we tasted were very nice and we purchased quite a few bottles. We all loved the Aneis and purchased a carafe of this to have with our lunch. We shared a selection of pizzas which were delicious. All in all it was a fantastic experience.
  38. SD

    ShishirD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. Great food. Good staff. Highly recommend.
  39. PM

    PippiM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an absolute amazing experience at innocent bystander. The food and service was amazing and the tasting of 3 wines was perfect at helping decide. The moscato granita was also fantastic. Cannot wait to come back!
  40. M

    Meegs

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredibly yum, very memorable and I was glad to have a lot of option to make nourishing choices too! Wine was beautiful! We loved our time here!

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 735 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


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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