Innocent Bystander

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270 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian

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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 270 People Are Saying
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KatP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the pizza the most! Such a great place! Enjoyed our meal so much! Staff were all fantastic !

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Kat, Thank you for coming to visit us at Innocent Bystander! We are please to hear you had a great experience with us. We hope to see you soon. Cheers, IB

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LouA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The team have done a great job of providing a top experience in and amongst the challenges of the day. Fantastic food, grea ambience and wonderful service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Lou, Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a fantastic 5 star review! While we all face daily challenges its great to have the support from amazing customers. We hope to have you dine with us again shortly. Cheers, Team IB

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely staff and terrific service. Great to see them back open again.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi James, We had a great stint being open while restriction were eased, we cant wait to be open again for dining. In the meantime we have takeaway available! Cheers, IB

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MeredithE
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Worth the drive from inner Melbourne. Beautiful ambience with the open fire. Interesting fresh and tasty salads. Staff friendly and patient. Love the wines too!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Meredith, Thank you for supporting us! We are lucky to have a such a great venue to call home. Its perfect in front of the fireplace on a cold Melbourne day. Be sure to stay tuned to our socials to keep up to date with all things Innocent Bystander. Cheers, Innocent Bystander Team

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IlseC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good service, lovely food and the wine was wonderfull! They even have a kids menu. The perfect place to have a late lunch, we loved it.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi there, Thanks for coming to dine with us at Innocent Bystander. We hope to have you back with us again soon. Cheers, IB

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TessC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really lovely food, very kid friendly and great service.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Tess, Thank you for coming to visit us and leaving a great 5 star review! We hope to have you dine with us again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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NicoleW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food. Lovely staff in delightful Healesville

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Nicole, Thank you for supporting us during some very uncertain times. We love being open again, serving great food and great wine! Hopefully we will see you again soon. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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AshM
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food and friendly service. Great atmosphere for get togethers.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Ash, Thanks for coming to dine with us at our home in Healesville! We cannot wait to be back up and running again at our full capacity, stay tuned to our socials for further updates! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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AlexandraJ
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

For was great, service was great and the food was really good. Loved the tasting paddle.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Alexandra, Thank you coming to Innocent Bystander and supporting us as we navigate our new normal! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us! The tasting paddle is the perfect option for trying 3 of our wines at the table. Cheers, Team IB

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JohannaM
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was spectacular and they really take social distancing seriously. It was real piece of mind. I will be returning again for a meal ( and a drink) as soon as possible.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Johanna, Thank you for coming to dine with us and leaving a great 5 star review! We are doing our very best to adhere to all social distancing and all precautionary measures. We look forward to having you back for a wine or two! Take care, IB

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely lunch recently, including drinks, pizza and dessert and it was all wonderful.
The staff were friendly and attentive and we cannot wait to return.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Jessica, Thanks for stopping by and dining with us! We are so glad you enjoyed your Innocent Bystander experience. Our team are excited to be back serving our customers delicious food and wine! We will be sure to see you again in the near future. Take care, IB

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AH05
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food (veg pumpkin pizza) and some delicious Prosecco to accompany.
The staff were super lovely and friendly. There was a slight delay in our meal. However, the staff were amazing enough to recognise this before we even had to ask about our meals. This is true and fabulous service.
Will be back here again!

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi there, Thank you for dining with us and providing a fantastic 5 star review. We love our Zucca Violina pizza, it is the perfect vegetarian option, especially with our King Valley Prosecco! We look forward to having you back again shortly. Take care, Team IB

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Kara
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Considering the current pandemic, Innocent Bystander continues to provide excellent food and exceptional service while still looking after the health and well-being of their staff.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Kara, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great 5 star review! The safety and well-being of our guests and staff is paramount, we are doing everything to remain safe during the current climate! We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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LeoD
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm service. Prompt delivery of food. Delicious dishes. Varied drinks selection. Worth the drive.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Leo, Thanks for stopping by and dining at Innocent Bystander. We always aim to provide our guest with friendly and fast service. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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BecW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I visited Innocent Bystander whilst still in the middle of the Covid pandemic, whilst the food and service was amazing, it was upsetting to see such a beautiful venue so empty.
I will definitely be returning here when the restrictions ease so I can experience the full atmosphere this place has to offer.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Bec, Thank you for visiting and supporting Innocent Bystander as we begin to return to some kind of normal. We can't wait to have venue filled with amazing guests again! Tune into our socials to keep up to date with all things IB. Cheers, Innocent Bystander.

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KamikazieF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food with good portions. Moscato was also delicious.

Unfortunately with COVID seating issues, they're only allowed a set number of ppl at the restaurant at once. The previous tables over ran so lead to a bit of a wait outside.

Hopefully logistics get worked out but otherwise excellent food, drinks and service

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Kamikazie, Thank you for coming to dine with us at Innocent Bystander. We are glad you loved our Moscato, it is definitely a crowd favourite! We are currently limited to 20 people within the venue as per the government restrictions. Our apologies that you were unable to be seated straight away. We are doing our best to monitor all groups and ensure a fair amount of time is given to everyone. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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StephenL
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

All good mostly but the pizza was too sloppy and the paella was very dry.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 3 July 2020

Hi Stephen, Thank you for dining at Innocent Bystander and supporting us during these uncertain times. We often get great feedback and reviews on our pizza and paella. Our apologies that you felt your meals were not up to our normal standards. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, Team IB

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! The mushroom pizza was heavy on garlic (which I love!) And the seasonal wine was a treat. Loved the pinot gris. It had a cognac overtone to it. Shame it was a small batch as would love to have it again!
Staff were attentive and super friendly.

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GraceC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service lovely. Lovely staff who were helpful. It has ambiance- which is difficult to “pull off” during limited numbers during these Covid times. Nice to have a fire and some light music. Looking forward to going there again

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EmilyC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super impressed with their safe approach to a dining experience.
We were welcomed with a smile and great service from the get go.
The mobile menu was smart and the food was delicious. We will be recommending to friends and family and hope to return with them when restrictions ease.

Great experience thank you

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LindaJC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wonderful service would recommend this place to everyone

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff really did a great job ensuring the meal and ambience was as good as it could be with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Would definitely be great full with more customers.

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VladimirZ
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

After a long waited opening of a restaurants, finally we were able to celebrate my daughters birthday out. We were all dressed up. The atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent. Interior design was fantastic. Fire place was exactly what we needed on a cold winter night. Service was very attentive.
The food... it was something that you can’t have average or ordinary. My wife had seafood paella and it was dry and tasteless. Puppies were slightly off. I ordered pizza Calabrese and it was below the ordinary. The dough was good, but for the price you pay for pizza it should be fantastic.
Overall, I’m disappointed. Will not recommend or come back, unless chef or kitchen is changed.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Vladimir, Thank you for choosing Innocent Bystander to celebrate your daughters birthday. Our venue has a great ambience, especially on those cold nights! We often get incredible feedback for our seafood paella and wood fired pizzas. We apologise that you felt that your food was below standard and did not meet your expectations. We are always more than happy to offer guests an alternative dish if they are unhappy with a meal. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, we will definitely be returning!

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JackiT
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and lovely welcoming staff. Very professional and health and safety conscious which is comforting in these uncertain times.

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AliceV
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous ISO reprieve. An amazing evening out, fabulous food, fabulous wine and amazing ambience. The staff were amazing.

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MargaretR
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good to be able to dine at Innocent Bystander again. Everything was great!

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KezC
Canberra / ACT
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and staff especially in challenging circumstances. The Prosecco was fabulous! The

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Kez, Thanks for visiting us at our home in the Yarra Valley. Our Prosecco is 100% King Valley fruit and the perfect pair to any meal! See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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LukeO
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My Lady and I had an amazing night thanks to your friendly staff!!

The food was incredibly tasty but maybe an option of a plant based cheese on the pizza would have tipped me over to a 5 star rating ;)

However, we will most definitely be back!!

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

As a local we reallylike IB. However very dissapointed to see that on our last two visits the seafood paella has really been poor. Virtually no seafood in it just some bits of cheap frozen marinara mix. Really? Dont mind paying for good food but not this. Rest of menu was great though

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 11 July 2020

Hi Mark, Thanks for your ongoing support of Innocent Bystander. Our apologies that you have felt our seafood paella has not been up to our usual high standards. Please be sure to bring this to the attention of our staff when you are dining. We would be more than happy to remake the dish for you or to choose an alternative meal. We hope to have you back again soon. Cheers, IB

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Annieo
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The duck was delicious as were the pizzas. Love decor/ atmosphere and the wine.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 20 March 2020

Hi there, Thanks for coming to Innocent Bystander! Our Confit Duck Leg is definitely recommended to share between 2 people, paired with our Yarra Valley Pinot Noir or Chardonnay...Perfect! We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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RohanW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice casual atmosphere. Pizza was delicious. Menu was a little limited.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi Rohan, thanks for giving us a 5 star review. We love to highlight great local produce on all our pizzas, you will have to come in and try our new pizza special. See you again soon. Cheers, IB

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CShan
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service is very inviting and ambience is relaxed. Comfortable family friendly place :)

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi, thanks for leaving us a great comment about our service and venue. We hope to have you back soon. Cheers, IB

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Tried to order a pizza at 8.05 & was told not taking any more orders, even though not closing until 9pm

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi there, thanks for coming to visit! We understand this could have been frustrating. Our kitchen does close at 8:00PM Sunday - Thursday and 9:00PM of Friday and Saturday. We hope to have you back soon to try our pizzas! Cheers, IB

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MartinP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Innocent Bystander has always been my favourite Dining place in Melbourne, delivering value for money every time. Thank you great Staff.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi Martin, Thanks for choosing us as one of your personal favourite places to dine, the competition is tough! I'm sure we will see you soon. Cheers, IB

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TinaI
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place to visit - beautiful food, tasty wine, pleasant surroundings and great service. Highly recommended.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi there, thank you for leaving us with a five star review and some great comments. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, IB

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kayles
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I cant fault this place food service wine is amazing

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi, thanks for leaving us with a great review! Cheers, IB

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JessicaD
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Women at desk with shim we paid we sarcastic and rude. Seafood tasted old and paella was bland and overcooked.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 15 March 2020

Hi Jessica, we would love to be in contact with you to discuss this situation. Please contact us directly. Our apologies that your overall Innocent Bystander experience was not up to standard. See you soon. Cheers, IB

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JeremieAnn
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a great place to enjoy great food! Staff were friendly, food were served timely, servings of the food were just enough. Would go back again and again. Overall, our group had a wonderful dining experience.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 7 March 2020

Hi there, Thanks for visiting us at our home in Healesville. It's great to hear that you had an enjoyable experience. We always strive to provide the best possible service to our guests. We will see you soon. Cheers, IB

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LorraineH
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A lovely evening meal. The tasting prior to the meal was much appreciated and not expected. It was a lovely bonus to the night.

Innocent Bystander
Responded on 7 March 2020

Hi Lorraine, Thank you for visiting us! We always recommend coming in a little early to enjoy our complimentary wine tastings, prior to your meal! Perfect way to choose what your favourite wine is. We hope to see you 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 4.4 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

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