Innocent Bystander

4.5
418 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.

Experiences

  • Flight Club

    A$24.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The first rule of Flight Club, is talk about Flight Club! Sit back in our Cellar Door Lounge and enjoy a flight of 3 of our wines, matched with local produce from some of our friends here in the Yarra Valley. We've paired our wines with cheese from Stone & Crow and Yarra Valley Dairy because who doesn't love wine and cheese? For those with a sweeter tooth, we've teamed up with Melbourne Cocoa to create a delectable selection of handmade Innocent Bystander wine infused chocolates. Once you add the flight of wines that inspired them you have a truly decadent experience.
What 418 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KateC
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Fantastic wine. Great for dietary requirements and really professional and friendly service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Kate, Thanks for checking out IB! We love all round great reviews like this and are pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience with us. Come back and visit soon. Cheers, IB

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RichardW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is a good option for everyday dining with friends or family. Nice range of food and plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options and tasty with it. It is fairly easy to get a reservation as the place is large, but the ambience is still quite warm and cosy.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Richard, Thank you for coming to visit us at Innocent Bystander. We have a great range of vegetarian and gluten free options, we are always happy to cater for any dietary requirements. Bookings are essential to make sure you do not miss out on a space, especially on weekends and holiday periods, as we do fill out very quickly, despite the size of the venue. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Steph
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and wine is excellent and the staff lovely.
Highly recommend!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Steph, Thank you for the great 5 star review! We tend to agree with you there...No Bias! We hope to see you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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ALG1
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food-really loved both of the pizzas we tried and also the pumpkin salad. Went down well with the Moscato. Will definitely come back.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thanks leaving us a fantastic five star review. The roast pumpkin salad is delicious, especially with a glass of wine! We hope to see you dining with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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MelissaR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and the atmosphere was great. Will go again when I'm the area

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Melissa, Thank you for the great review! Its starting to get cold here in the Yarra Valley and we can finally have our fire going again, perfect for a cosy night with wine or two. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Yumyum
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great table service! All the waiters were attentive and were knowledgeable about all the food items on the menu. Ambience was fantastic! We were recommended this place by a family member and will definitely refer friends and family to Innocent Bystander.

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and wine were wonderful, and our host Tegan was absolutely amazing and very generous.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander! Tegan is a superstar in our team and we are glad you were happy with her service, we will be sure to let her know. See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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KelliW
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Such a great night. The service was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Very efficient. We asked to be moved and the staff were really great to assist. Food was delicious and the wine was perfect.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Kelli, Thank you for leaving us a great five star review after your experience with us. Its great to hear you had an overall great time with us, from service to food and wine. We hope to have you back with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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GenevieveM
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Was seated by the window on a hot day and as the blinds did not go the whole way down, my friends and I were incredibly uncomfortable by the heat. We requested to be moved twice but was denied even after mentioning that one friend was about to pass out by the heat. It was a very disappointing experience especially as there were plenty seats available (we were told were booked). Another table seated by the windows left after 10 minutes due to the heat.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Genevieve, Thank you for providing feedback. We apologise that your group didn't enjoy your time with us. Unfortunately this the way the blinds are designed, if they were to touch the floor they would be in the way of the tables. Tables are often empty as they have been reserved. We are looking into solutions regarding the afternoon sun being quite warm for these tables and for the time being we are avoiding sitting guest at these tables. We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Pizza's are the standout every time, cos lettuce salad went perfectly with it.

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f00die
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Average service and food. Paella meat and seafood both not fresh at all. Chewy and tough.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi there, Thanks for coming to IB and providing us some feedback. We often get great reviews about our paella and our service. We apologise that we did not meet our usual high standards. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi, Thanks for the great review! Cheers, IB

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GayleM
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I’d like to complement teagan (?) our waitress. She was friendly helpful and complied with all our requests with a great smile and efficiency. Thanks to her we had a great night.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Gayle, Thank you for coming back to Innocent Bystander. We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful night and were very happy with Tegan's service, we will pass on the compliment to her. See you again soon. Cheers IB

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice place. Focaccia bread was amazing. Enjoyed meat and cheese board.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi David, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the wood fired garlic focaccia, meat and cheese share boards. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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EllieD
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’d heard this place recommended by so many people I knew so I went in with high expectations, and absolutely loved it all! The food, wine and general atmosphere was amazing. I will definitely be back!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Ellie, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. Phew! We am glad we lived up to your expectations and didn't fall, short. We hope to see you around soon. Cheers, IB

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SharonR
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The metre long platter was a great choice. Combined with a couple of pizzas and the beautiful chardonnay there was certainly enough for the 4 of us. Everything was fresh and tasty.
We left full and satisfied without feeling bloated.
Wait staff were very friendly and attentive and the service was fast without feeling rushed.
We will definitely be back!!

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Sharon, Thanks for writing a great five star review. Our chefs selection is a one metre long share platter with a decision array of local produce, with pizza and wine...perfect! We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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HelenD
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish pizzas - light crisp base with generous and innovative toppings

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Helen, Thank you for complimenting our pizzas! Using the fresh local ingredients certainly pays off. Cheers, IB

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Kate
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great casual dinner here after having eaten a fancy, filling lunch. Felt like we could order as little or as much as each diner wanted.
Pizzas and some sides were all delicious. Wine drinkers enjoyed their chosen tipple.
Service was friendly and attentive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded a day ago

Hi Kate, Thank you for a great review. We offer a casual approach to wine and dine! It's great to hear it was a fantastic experience. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Flowers
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Maybe you could do with a bar flower arrangement from Midnight :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi there, thank you for the suggestion. We will be sure to bring this up with the powers at be! Cheers, Team IB

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Mark
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service, live band could have played a few more ambient songs with less bass but the kids loved it.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Mark, Thanks for giving us a five star review! We had Malcura join us to celebrate our fourth birthday at IBHQ, it was a fantastic afternoon of wine and music. Cheers, Team IB

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JackiT
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to celebrate 4 great years of IB. Loved the circus performers! They were so friendly and entertaining, not to mention amazingly talented. Had a great meal and a fantastic time.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Jack, Thank you for leaving us with a great 5 star review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our birthday celebrations and the performers as much as we did. We would love you to come back next year and celebrate again. Cheers, IB

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Chrisso
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food, wine & service were outstanding. I highly recommend this place & look forward to returning sometime in the near future.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Chrisso, Thanks for stopping by Innocent Bystander and leaving us a wonderful review. We hope to see you around in the future, let us know if we can assist you in making a booking. Cheers, IB

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PaulaW
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent as always as was the service. We were lucky to have Declan talk us through the wines with his great knowlege, humour and passion for the brand. I cannot recommend Innocent Bystander enough it's a very special destination.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi, Thank you for coming to IB and highlighting your experience with us! It sounds like you had a wonderful time and were able to taste a variety of our range. We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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GeoffO
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

While staying at the RACV Club we looked fora change of scene. Your recent guest recommened Innocent Bystander, hence our booking. WEW were not disappo8inted, thank you

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Geoff, Thanks for coming to IBHQ, a good recommendation if we do say so... We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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Maria
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This place never disappoints. The friendly staff, the food and wines were always on ponint. Our go to place in the Yarra Valley Area. Our daughters just love the mostly meat and cheese platter. The pinot gris jelly on the cheese platter plus the blue cheese, fruit crackers and pear together were sublime combinations. Definitely coming back again. Maybe will try the pizza next time.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Maria, We are pleased to hear that you and your family love coming to visit us. The mostly meat platter is perfect for sharing over a glass of wine. We highlight local meats and cheeses, and make the pinot gris jelly in house. You will have to try our pizzas next time for sure. Our special at the moment is a smoked ham and jalapeno salsa! See you again soon! Cheers, IB

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ElisabethG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Greeted by lovely staff, our table was ideal for us. Waitress knew her job, but spoke a little fast for us to get all that the kitchen had to offer. Apart from that the visit was perfect, pleasant and all was tasty and arstheticly presented.
See you again!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Elisabeth, Thank you for the excellent review. We are pleased to hear that you had a great time with us. We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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MariaM
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent venue and the food was fabulous! Thank you!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Maria, Thanks for the great review. See you around soon. Cheers, IB

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JocelinG
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Was lovely and great food. They don’t have a change table or accommodate for prams into the bathrooms.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Jocelin, We do have a change table. There is a separate bathroom that is larger and has plenty of space for prams. Please ask our friendly staff next time you are visiting and we can show point you in the right direction. Our apologies you were unable to find it. Cheers, IB

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JeroenM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely meal in a nice setting. Had the large chef's special sharing platter. Chicken liver pate is life changing!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Jeroen, Thanks you for leaving us a great review. Our chefs selection platter is definitely perfect for sharing. We get lots of great feedback about the pate and also sell it so you can it home with you. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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AnnelieseC
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were able to make a last-minute booking and sit outside in really lovely weather. The gluten-free pizza was great, as were the fries. Service is always caring and attentive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Anneliese, Thanks for the five star review. We are pleased you were able to squeeze into our Garden Of Innocence, its lovely in the sunshine with a glass of rose and some of our woodfired pizzas! We hope to see you out there again soon. Cheers, IB

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ChrisY
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

Waitress needs a few lessons in dealing with customers. Lack of training I suspect the problem.Disappointing declining of drink service to one of our party pretty well stuffed the night. His only fault being outgoing and gregarious. Given we only actually had one drink anyway, one would wonder. Paella overcooked to the max, rest great.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Chris, Thank you for bringing your negative experience to our attention. We will be sure to check in with the team and follow up this situation. Please feel free to contact us directly should you wish to discuss further. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Jacge
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing pizzas there, we loved the cider and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Already looking forward to going back next time we're in town

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi there, Thanks for stopping by Innocent Bystander while you were in town. All our pizzas are cooked to perfection in our fantastic woodfired pizza oven. Our Innocent Bystander cider is the perfect balance between sweet and dry, made from %100 Yarra Valley Pink Lady apples...Superb! See you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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CommanderBiggles
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall1Food4Service3Ambience1

Booked well in advance but was given the only crappy table in the place by a big black wall and no natural light despite 2 tables being empty by the window. Asked to be moved but was told no and the waitress lied to me saying I could have requested a window at time of booking. I checked the booking system right there and then and the only options were either table or bar stool seating. Totally ruined the not inexpensive meal by being given this terrible table.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi there, Thank you for providing us some insight into your experience with us. We apologise that the table allocated to your group was unfavourable. We do our best to make sure all our guests are seated with their preference to make their experience enjoyable. Please feel free to give us a call if you wish to reserve a specific space and we will do our best to honour your requests. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB Cheers, IB

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RosieL
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Innocent Bystander. Food & service are amazing.
When we are out and about in Healesville, we always end up stopping here, even if it's just for a drink.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Rosie, Thanks for continuing to support Innocent Bystander and leaving us a glowing 5 star review. We will see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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JimH
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Paella was overcooked to the point of very burnt.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Jim, We are sorry to hear that our paella was overcooked and not up to our usual standards. We are always more than happy to remake and replace any dishes that are not satisfactory. Please have a chat to your server so we are aware of the problem and can resolve it for you straight away. We hope to have you visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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KatAuld
Brisbane
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably the best pizza I have ever had. Friendly service and the wine sampler is a must. Also apple cider mojitos OMG. We had a lovely relaxing evening thank you.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Kat, WOW! We are so excited to hear that you loved our pizza. Our mojito is our take on the classic cocktail highlighting our apple cider. Cheers, IB

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AmyH
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, delicious wine, helpful and friendly staff, modern venue

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Amy, Thank you for writing a great all round review and giving us a five star rating. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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StuartM
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Spicy pork pizza was bland
Seafood paella had one in-pedalled or cleaned prawn and 4 mussels and 4 rubber calamari rings
Fries had the most taste of all dishes
Over priced and not very apealing

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Stuart, We are sorry to hear that you were not happy with the spicy pork pizza and our paella. We usually get wonderful positive feedback about both these dishes and apologise that you felt they were not up to standard. Please feel free to chat to someone on the team if you think something is wrong with your food and we would be happy to rectify the issue. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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RobinW
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had never been before wonderful tasting food lovely service. Would go again

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Robin, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and seeing what we have to offer. It sounds like you got to enjoy the true IB experience. Come back and visit us again soon. Cheers, IB

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CarolK
Brisbane
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Better than any pizza in Melbourne. Beautifully presented cos lettuce salad with gentle dressing! Love coming here.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 21 March 2021

Hi Carol, We take pride in creating delicious wood fired pizzas that are cooked perfectly! We hope to have you back dining with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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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 418 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.