Innocent Bystander

4.5
367 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.
What 367 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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LeanneH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved it! Chef’s platter was outstanding

Innocent Bystander
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Leanne, Thank you for leaving us a great 5 star review! The chef selection is perfect to share with friends with a glass of wine...or 2! Cheers, IB

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JackiT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family loves this place. I highly recommend going.

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Cathy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Diavola pizza is in the top few pizzas I have ever eaten and I have eaten a lot of pizzas over my life.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Cathy! Thanks for your review. WOW what a statement...we will humbly agree with you there. Cheers, Team IB

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BozenaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Everything was great , the only disappointment was the view......carpark! :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Bozena, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander and reviewing your experience with us. IBHQ is our Cellar Door in the heart of Healesville, not the vineyards and rolling hills that you can see throughout the Yarra Valley. We do have our wine garden to the rear of the restaurant which has views of the creek. Cheers, IB

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NiamhH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our evening at Innocent Bystander. Hubby and kids rated the pizzas as “really good” and I adored the tasting platter. One of those meals that I’d be happy to have every day for the rest of my life! Churros for dessert were served with a lush dark chocolate sauce that kept the kids quiet for 20 mins! All round a great experience.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Niam, Thank you for coming to Innocent Bystander. Our pizza's are certainly a favourite for the whole family! I am please to hear you loved the platter, we include some amazing local produce for everyone to try. We hope yo have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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AnnetteB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved it here, we will be back. Great staff, nothing was to much for them.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 9 hours ago

Hi Annette, Thanks for visiting us in the Yarra Valley and leaving a great 5 star review. We always make it our mission to go above and beyond for our guests to ensure that you have the best experience possible. We hope you are back dining with us soon. Cheers, IB

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MightyRedArmy
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere. Been there before, will definitely return and recommend.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and providing us with a great review. We will see you around soon. Cheers, IB

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Lychee
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service and accomodating! We went as a family and we all loved it! Great food!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Lychee, Thank you for the wonderful comments and five star review. Cheers, IB

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LaurenP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent. We chose to eat gluten free due for myself and the gluten free pizza bases were delicious! Have eaten here a few times and have loved it every time. Only negative was that there were lots of flies flying around. Will
Definitely eat here again!

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Lauren, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a great 5 star review. We apologies about the flies during the summer season we are currently looking at a number of solutions to prevent the issues in the future. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were pleasantly surprise by the whole restaurant experience. Excellent service. Great tasty prompt food. The paella was our favourite. The tasting paddle is an exciting addition to the dining experience; a real must when you visit.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Jennifer, Thank you for visiting us and providing is with a positive five star review. Our Paella Mixta is definitely a favourite combing eat and seafood into one amazing dish. Cheers, Innocent Bystander

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Erica
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The only thing I would think needs impoverishment is that there was a fly annoying us at our table. Apart from that excellent.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Erica, Thank you for leaving us with some great feedback and a five star review. We have recognised that flies during summer have become and issues and are currently looking at solutions. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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Sarah
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was incredible. All staff were lovely.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for a fantastic review. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

No issues but nothing spectacular. Average pizzas.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi there, We often get very positive feedback about our pizzas and the high quality of the ingredients used. We apologise that you felt that our pizzas were not of a high standard. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Lovely afternoon, great service and good food but pizza was definitely under done. Was a really lovely time though and will definitely come back :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and writing a 5 star review. We are excited to have you dine with us again. Cheers, IB

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RohanB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From when you first enter and are greeted to the end of the food and wine journey there is only one word. WOW. The super freindly staff explain everthing from the covid safe checkin , online menus and great knowledge of the food and wine they serve you will not walk out of there without a smile on your face. We will be going back and bringing freinds with us.

Innocent Bystander
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Rohan, Thank you for leaving us with a glowing five star review. We are so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Be sure to book a table when you visit next to ensure that you don't miss out on a table. We will see you soon. Cheers, IB

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FoodieR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Generally good experience. The courtyard can be better furnished for better experience.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi there, Thanks for dining with us in our garden of Innocence. We are glad you had a good experience. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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Mistermister
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Probably the nicest place in town for food. Service is a bit hot and miss. May take a while to wave someone down. The food is good. But not spectacular. But not much to compare to in Healesville.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi, Thanks for visiting and leaving us with a 4 start review. We always aim to provide high quality food and service. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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Matska
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was great, food was good, Rose G n T spritz was delicious.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Matska, We practise proper hygiene and sanitation procedures here at Innocent Bystander and now more than ever we are very vigilant with COVID safe practises. We do not have any staff with those names, are you sure that you dined at Innocent Bystander? If you have any further concerns please contact us directly. Cheers, IB

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CarlaR
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Well worth a visit if your in the area. Great food, great location and great service

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi Carla, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander and leaving us with a great review. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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SeanSomers
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good atmosphere, food and service. Highly recommended

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi Sean, Thanks for coming and visiting us at our home in the Yarra Valley and leaving a great five star review. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have some great food. Service was first class!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Michael, It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thank you for the great review and comments. Cheers, IB

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CarlaD
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

staff are so friendly and the food is unreal! Definitely worth the drive

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Carla, Thank you for driving out to visit us. We are pleased you had a great experience. Cheers, Team IB

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JackiT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family love it here. Our fave pizzas and wine. Staff are so welcoming and friendly.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 9 January 2021

Hi Jack, We are so glad that you and your family love coming to visit Innocent Bystander. We will see you around. Cheers, IB

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LeahS
Brisbane
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely & friendly service, yummy food. Nice vibe.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Leah, Thanks leaving us with a 5 star review and some positive feedback. We will see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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Hannah
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The paella was amazing! The roast pumpkin side and the mixed leaf salad was also beautiful

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Hannah, The paella is very popular, matched perfectly with a glass of our Tempranillo! Cheers, IB

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DayneL
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

All of the staff were helpful & willing to ensure a great dining experience & wine tasting afterwards were able to happen. A couple of hours flew by while we we there. We always enjoy our time at Innocent Bystander and will be back! Thank You 😉

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Dayne, Thank you for the glowing review! We are glad our staff were able to make your experience a positive and memorable one. We will see you again in the future. Cheers, Team IB

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Willsey
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time and will definitely go back next time we are in the area!! We were greeted warmly at the door. The food was beautiful!!! We had the vege paella (which was amazing), a margarita pizza and a cold cauliflower side dish. The drinks were lovely and our waitress was an absolute delight. I am pregnant so couldn't take advantage of the amazing wine but have loved it on previous visits. Highly recommend!!!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi there, Thanks for leaving us a great review. You will have to stop by in the future and taste our wines. Cheers, IB

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, atmosphere & food!!!
Thank you for an amazing afternoon!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Michelle, You are very welcome. We hope you will be back soon. Cheers, IB

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MelB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

So great as usual! The Zucca pizza and the pate were favourites!!! 😍

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Mel, We are glad we maintained our usual high standards. The Zucca Violina pizza is perfect for all our vego friends! Cheers, IB

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bridgette
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was all spot on, the specials were out of this world

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Bridgette, Thank you for the five star review. Our special is currently the Tuna Tare Tare and definitely a must try! Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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LatikaC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner, amazing desert. Will definitely visit again

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 10 January 2021

Hi Latika, It sounds like you enjoyed the dishes you ordered. We hope to have you back again soon to taste other wonderful dishes. Cheers, IB

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AlexL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for a bite to eat and a tasting paddle of local yarra valley wines.
Something to note that the menu is share style, grilled focaccia, pizza and paella for two was way too much food. Would reccomend a visit.

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BrandonS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible as always. Service, food and obviously wine and cocktails were all sensational - could not fault a thing.

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ChloeW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Innocent Bystander. We are local and are never disappointed. The food and service is always 10/10!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Innocent Bystander is a great place for a relaxing meal and wind down. Great ambience, interesting meals and refreshments and great staff.

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Evan
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

Felt like staff rushed us out. We were happy to order more drinks but were handed check and reminded where to pay despite still drinking.

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EmilyL
Melbourne / VIC
20 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service and food.

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LouiseB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and of course great wine. What’s not to love! We will be back in the new year!

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PaulB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great choice of drinks and good quality food. We particularly enjoyed the Nero D'Avola.

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FrancisS
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was average. I think 1.5hrs dining limit is too short- 10 mins to look at the menu, 15-20mins for food to arrive, then you roughly have an hour to eat.

What we ordered:

1. Pallela Mixta- rice was overcooked.
2. Chef Selection- nicely presented, on a meter long board, but really if you put them all close together theyre really not that much. i think its too expensive for $60
3. Spicy Pork Pizza- its alright.
4. Margherita - this one's good.

Worst part-One of our drinks had a dead fly in it. They didnt charge us for that which is alright, but yeah a dead fly.

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 367 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.