Innocent Bystander

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$40 and under
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Modern Australian

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Sunday Lunch
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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BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner at Innocent Bystander was excellent. We shared the vegetarian platter, delicious mushroom pizza and kale and corn salad. The Prosecco was delish and service very friendly. Very reasonable price. Loved it!

JK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Our meals consisted of paella del mar and the confit duck legs. These were good meals, wel presented and served. A great disappointment was the sangria. Having travelled extensively, we were expecting a drink with lots of white wine infused fruit. Ours was a glas filled with lots of ice, one slice of lemon and half a strawberry, complemented with a carafe of white wine. This did not come even close to our expectations and at $28.00 was quite expensive. Although we would recommend to a friend in terms of food, we would tell them to stay clear of the sangria.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Jacob, thanks for visiting us in the Yarra Valley and leaving us with great feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the Paella del Mar and the Confit Duck Legs. Our seasonal sangria is our take on traditional sangria that people may expect. We will be sure to communicate your feedback with the our team on the bar. Cheers, IB

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NG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Tasting was great and thoroughly enjoyed the selection of wines and knowledgeable service. We had a pizza and the gratin which lacked flavour and didn’t come out hot. I wouldn’t recommend getting the squid and chorizo, it had a very odd overpowering taste which we instantly regretted. Great venue for drinking and bubbly staff but I wouldn’t recommend any of the dishes I have listed.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi, thanks for coming and dining with us. We are glad you enjoyed the wines that we have in our range. Our food is usually highly recommend and enjoyed. Our apologies that it was not to your liking. Our staff would be more than happy to find a dish that you will enjoy. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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AR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved the metre long share platter with a glass of moscato/cider. Have already recommended Innocent Bystander to our friends.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Alana, thanks for coming and visiting! Our metre of awesome is truly awesome. The metre long board highlights a range of locally sourced produce, including Yarra Valley Dairy cheese and cured meats from our friends at The Beef Joint. We hope to have you dine with us again. Cheers, IB

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BC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Innocent Bystander is a great place to catch up, eat drink and people watch.
The food was delicious and there were plenty of options for individuals or to share.
We were very impressed with the staff at cella’s door, in sales and in the restaurant. I had expected a winery to be in the country but it is right in Healesville. There are pluses and minuses for this feature. There are some good, affordable wines with grapes sourced from as far away as Central Ottago in NZ.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Bernadette, thanks for visiting us at Innocent Bystander. Our menu is designed to share, perfect with friends and family and of course a glass of wine. We are located right in the heart of Healesville, very easily accessible. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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S
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

When we first arrived there was a pungent seafood smell throughout, that stained the nostrils -
Tables were all very close together, I kept knocking chairs with the person behind.
2 different staff kept trying to take our order. Considering they had ear pieces we’d assume they’d be great at communicating? Instead we felt constantly interrupted at the start - by the 2 different staff. After we ate our main, was a different story. We were left alone with no service, not asked if we wanted another drink or desert, so we left - wandering around asking various staff where we go to pay the bill. Overall, very disappointed.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Sabi, thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us with great feedback. Some members of staff wear an earpiece in order to communicate effectively throughout the large venue. We often get complimented for our high level of service. We apologise that your experience was not up to standard. If you would like to discuss further please contact us directly. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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AM
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our booking at Innocent Bystander started out with a complimentary wine tasting where we could taste their wine and cider offerings as it is also a wine cellar. We ordered the Metre of Awesome, a salad and the pizza special for the day. All the food was fantastic and enjoyed the ambience of the venue. The service was excellent, they really knew their menu and food was served fairly quickly. Would recommend to all types of people with food for all in the Yarra Valley Region.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Avery, thanks for coming to visit us at Innocent Bystander. We always encourage guests to start with our complimentary tastings, perfect to see what you can enjoy with your lunch. Sounds like you had a great time and enjoyed all we have to offer. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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BA
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy the food, wine and service here 😊

Innocent Bystander
Responded 5 days ago

Hi, thanks for leaving us a 5 star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your overall IB experience! We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such friendly staff, they actually took time to talk us and made us feel very welcome.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thanks for stopping by to visit! We take pride in our the friendly nature of our staff, we are always excited to talk to our guests. We hope to see you again shortly. Cheers, IB

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BB
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Your tasting station prior to our meal was fantastic! We loved planning our drinks to have with our lunch. We have already and will keep telling our friends and family how much we enjoyed the experience, food and of course, drinks.

We ordered the metre platter and it was delish! One of us is vegan and there was more than enough food on that platter for both of us to enjoy.

We also wanted to do a shout out to one of your staff who looked after us. We didn’t grab his name but he had light blonde/red hair and was wearing cherry socks! He was funny, approachable, super kind and witty! He made the lunch that bit more enjoyable and he was more than happy to help us out. He clearly enjoys his job!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Brigid, thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and leaving us with a fantastic review! We can agree, doing a complimentary wine tasting at our tasting bar is perfect to decide what to enjoy with lunch. It sounds like Angus, we will be sure to pass your positive comment onto him! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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NE
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent, food was well staggered between entrée, main & dessert. Everything we ate was incredibly tasty our paella matched beautifully with the wine.

For a busy Friday night the noise level wasn’t too high very easy to maintain a two person conversation at our table.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 5 days ago

Hi, thanks for dining with us and leaving us a great review! We are glad you enjoyed your Paella matched with your wine. If you are ever unsure of what wine to match be sure to ask one of our staff. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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BT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Second time coming to this place and to be honest, whilst it looks homely inside and the food comes out relatively fast, you really have to watch what you order. Paella is decent, but a bit small - probably enough for 2 people and some pizzas just left a bad taste in your mouth (the confit garlic literally leaves a bitter after taste that puts you off eating). Service is also so-so. They're happy to clear your table, but at most times it was difficult to get their attention to order more food. At one point, they took away one of two water bottles for our group of six and never returned with another filled bottle of water. I would rather pay more to eat somewhere else for better service and not having to worry about the food you order (aka Meletos).

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi there, thanks for coming back to dine with us! Our menu is designed around sharing. Perfect to order our Paella and some side dishes for your group. We are usually commended for our great service and apologise that it was not up to scratch. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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L
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a favourite place to go, food is always so quick to come out which is a bonus. The simple yet divine menu is always a winner as well. Only comment would be, we asked the waitress what the cheese platter came with and she was unsure at the time so she went to find out but never actually came back to tell us. Other then everything was on point.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Lauren, thanks for dining with us at our home in the Yarra Valley! We take pride in delicious food and great service. Our apologies that the service wasn't up to our usual standard. We will speak with the team to make sure the different components on our cheese board are communicated! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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RB
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and came out so quickly. Such a great atmosphere and staff were so friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Rachel, thanks for leaving with a 5 star review! We will see you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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RS
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very fast service. Food was great. Family friendly.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Rita, thanks for stopping by and leaving us with a 5 star review. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the menu selection which we shared between 4 of us.
Complementary wine tasting was a bonus.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Linda, thanks for coming to visit us! It sounds like you enjoyed the full Innocent Bystander experience, a wine tasting followed by a lunch shared with friends and family. We hope to see you back soon. Cheers, IB

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was awful, took 3 hours to eat the meal and every time we had to flag the waitress over (who often avoided contact).. Food was average, over priced for what it was. Wont be revisiting any time soon (if ever) better options elsewhere

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi there, thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us with feedback regarding your experience. Apologies that during your visit the service given to you was not at our usual high standards. We often get complimented on our attention to service. If you would like to discuss further please send us a message or give us a call. Cheers, IB.

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OR
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was lovely though service lacked and could definitely be improved.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Olivia, thank you for providing us with great feedback, we will communicate this to the rest of the team. Cheers, IB

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K
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Good food. Attentive service. Ok cocktails. Not overly nice location outside with car park view, but who cares, just makes it a bit noisy sometimes. I would still recommend!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi, thanks for stopping by and leaving us with a great review! We are glad you enjoyed the food and received great service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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RP
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We decided to have a spontaneous lunch and was lucky to book in last minute. The service was prompt, good food and drinks and the atmosphere was chilled although busy. As always, our favourites were delicious and the addition of a dessert was a great choice to finish our meal. We don't venture out this far often and it is always worth the effort to come to Healesville and enjoy ourselves.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi, thanks for coming out to Healesville to dine with us. We always recommend making a booking to ensure you don't miss out on a table. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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VP
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed the wine tasting: ranging from Pinot Gris, through Chardonnay, Rose, Tempranillo, Shiraz to Moscato and Cider. Lots to love about these wines. Great host. No hurry. Lunch: fabulous paella, great merguez lamb pizza, duck and couldn’t go past the fries with aioli. Made for a perfect New Year’s Day with friends. Would highly recommend.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Vicky, thanks for coming and visiting us in the Yarra Valley. We are glad you loved our wines. We love them too, that's why all our wine tastings are complimentary. It sounds like you enjoyed your New Years Day with great wine, food and friends! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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SB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Limited menu but great sharing snacks, paella and pizza.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Simon, thank you for visiting us at Innocent Bystander! Our menu is designed around sharing, ideal with friends and family! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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MD
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious pizzas and yummy cocktails. Service is good too.

P
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Thought it was a "regular restaurant"...but the only thing you could order was paella or pizza (?)
You could order som chips with truffel sauce...but nothing to it, no hamburger, no meat...nothing

KA
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Have been a number of times & never not enjoyed the food. Service is always exceptional .

SM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place - great food. Butterscotch pudding is a must try - happy to drive all the way from melbourne just to have that desert!

DW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Innocent Bystander is a slick operation. The service is good, acting quickly and friendly. The wine was served in test tubes beakers which was cool. The food came out quickly and was to a high standard. A pleasant dining experience.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi David, thank you for writing a great review! We always aim to offer great quality food along with exceptional service. It sounds like you had a great time. Cheers, IB

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, lovely staff and great atmosphere. Thank you

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi, thank you for your five star review! Cheers, IB

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KZ
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t wait to go back! Amazing food and service! Great for lazy Sunday arvo catch ups!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Kristy, thank you for the positive review! We look forward to having you back soon. Cheers, IB

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MH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great pizza and a very tasty paella. Wines served in chemistry beakers

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Megan, thanks for visiting us! We serve our wine by the flask in the resturant, as all of our wine is on tap! Next time you are visiting chat to one of our staff about or wine keg system to see how it works. Cheers, IB

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KW
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dinner for teenagers birthday. Everyone was very happy. Share platter excellent. Paella delicious. Teenagers pizza was very big- great to share. Wine was lovely and we could all choose our own as it’s on tap and not served by the bottle. Well worth the drive to Healesville.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi KelliW, thanks for choosing us to celebrate with you and your family! The pizza is perfect to share, choose a few different options and try them all! Cheers, IB

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S
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place with my friends and we enjoyed our day . Loved the big platter.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Soulsister, thanks for leaving us a 5 star review. We're glad you had an enjoyable day with us. See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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H
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Wine was great. Service was exceptional...our food didn’t come out at exactly the same time so they brought us apology-fries without us saying a word! We hadn’t even realized there was a delay...we were enjoying the paella too much to notice!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Hayley, thanks for giving us 5 stars! It sounds like you had a great time. Next time you visit be sure to try our pizza! Cheers, IB

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E
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is small with a focus on pizza or paella but the food is excellent . Staff were attentive, well-informed and responsive. The wine list was very good as one might expect from a winery restaurant.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Edgil, thanks for writing us a 5 star review! We designed our menu around sharing, with a focus on quality local ingredients. We like to keep our wine list interesting. We just released our Gamay Pinot Noir. Be sure to try it next time you come to visit. Cheers, IB

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CG
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food and drink was great value and very tasty. Only let down was the fact that there was zero outdoor seating for more then 2 people. During sunny days, people generally want to sit outside and eat/drink together.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Chloe, thank you for visiting us at Innocent Bystander! We're glad you enjoyed our food. For groups over two people we do offer large tables in the restaurant for groups to all be together. Cheers, IB

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MP
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Dining experience as always. This Place never fails to impress. My favourite Restaurant in Melbourne.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Martin, we are so glad that you continue to love your experiences at Innocent Bystander. We will see you soon. Cheers, IB

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L
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends enjoyed a girls weekend in Healesville this weekend and this restaurant was one of our high notes. The tasting was well explained and generous. At dinner we enjoyed our favorite Innocent Bystander glass of wine with a share platter. The platter offered a variety of wonderful things. Cold Meats, Olives, Pate, Dips, Cheese and plenty of French baguette. It was on a long platter (see photo) that filled us 4 ladies for only $48. The photo only shows about 2/3 of the platter. It was nearly as long as our table. Very economical. We love the ambience of this restaurant and look forward to coming back.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 December 2019

Hi Laura, we're glad that coming to visit Innocent Bystander was a highlight of your weekend. It's always a great idea to arrive early and enjoy our guided wine tasting. The 'metre of awesomeness' shareboard is perfect to have between four people. It highlights a selection of local products like the cold meats from The Beef Joint! We look forward to having to visit us again. Cheers, IB

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RS
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to IB quite a number of times and as such are confident that all the measurement criteria are consistently excellent. Well done IB team😊

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 17 November 2019

Hi Richard, thanks for providing us with a great review from all your great experiences. I'm sure we will see you around soon. Cheers, IB

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very lovely place to go, a good variety of items to choose from, we had the Awesome Metre Board, great eating for 2 people. Great service and very friendly staff.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 17 November 2019

Hi there, thanks for coming and dining with us! Our menu is designed around sharing, perfect for friends and family. Next time you visit you will have to try our wines at our cellar door. Cheers, IB

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SB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with friends, quick service, amazing wine and delicious fresh produce.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 17 November 2019

Hi Sarah, our venue is the perfect spot for a birthday dinner, enjoyed with great company...and wine! Cheers, IB

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